Thunderbird and Heyoka

I’m reprinting the information from another site the author is Steve Mizrach.  I’m doing so because this information is important to me. I dreamed of lightning and was approached by Thunderbeings who told me, “We are walking in a sacred manner,” the repeated this over and over. I had this dream about six months ago and I knew at the time it was a harbinger of chaos and war. The next night I had a visitation from an angel Yah-Shew-Ah or Joshua at first he came to me in a white tunic covered in dirt and then revealed himself to be an angel. He claimed to be an ancestor of mine. He then gave me a spiritual gift that I have been spending much time using. It is the gift of protection – in the way that those who were spiritually pure were protected during passover.

I had wanted to give readings for people on the site, but my life became very hectic, as I dealt with many friend’s crisis’ as well as trying to work and raise a toddler. So I will do this instead. I can offer this gift. It is the gift of spiritual protection. Anyone who needs it can contact me via this website through a comment or through the e-mail: astrologyandpsychicpredictions@gmail.com. I know it sounds strange but there are many weird things to come and if you give me your name, birth date (time would be good as well as where you are born so I can locate you on the Auric plane) I will put protection around you. My only caveat is that if you ask me to do this I will get information about you and if I can’t protect you I will let you know the reason – for example if you are sick and are ready to cross over I can not protect you from that or if you have done heinous things I can not protect you from your own karma. If this occurs I will contact you via this site in a post stating your initials and place of birth and ask you to e-mail me so I can let you know why the protection did not work – if of course you contacted me for help in post form if not I will just e-mail you back from the astrologyandpsychicpredictions@gmail.com.

This is a crucial time in human history. It is not the end but it does have the potential to be the end of many things which could lead to major re-adjustments. If you want spiritual protection during this time of transition please do not hesitate. I will make a nightly list and do the ritual for you. This is the most I can offer at this time but in my opinion it is much more powerful and helpful than simply “knowing” what you will live through in the next year.

Please read this very interesting article that I reprinted which was sent to me by my husband due to my connection with the Thunderbird spirits and heyoka. Interestingly my husband is of Native American ancestry (I mean he’s nearly half and a registered member of a tribe – a direct ancestor of those that walked the trail of tears) as far as I know I’m not, (I’m almost entirely Eastern European w/some Scottish/Irish on my mother’s side, but I know nothing about my mother’s father (the Scottish/Irish side) so perhaps I have some Native American roots I am unaware of. Either way all humans are related and all racial memory becomes universal human consciousness that we can tap into.  Also on a side note the angel was from the old testament (which I don’t know very well since I was raised Catholic after my Jewish father’s death – despite being raised culturally Jewish – crazy, huh? I guess that’s why I figure all religions are fine as long as they make sense to the person who belongs to them – different strokes and all. Whatever gets you close to the Great Spirit/God-Goddess is great.)

Many blessings to all of you – make everyday count – let the Great Spirit whisper to you through your heart and your life will be complete,

Denise

 

by Steve Mizrach

http://www2.fiu.edu/~mizrachs/thunderbird-and-trickster.html

Thunderbird and Trickster

Introduction

The Thunderbird is one of the few cross-cultural elements of Native North American mythology. He is found not just among Plains Indians, but also among Pacific Northwest and Northeastern tribes. He has also become quite a bit of an icon for non-Indians, since he has also had the honor of having automobiles, liquors, and even a United States Air Force squadron named after him. Totems bearing his representation can be found all over the continent. There have been a number of curious theories about the origins of the Thunderbird myth – ones which I will show are probably wrongheaded.

In this paper, moreover, I want to examine how the myths and legends of the Thunderbird tie into the sacred clowning/trickster ritual complex of Plains tribes such as the Lakota. I will show how the Thunderbird is intimately connected to this complex, and attempt to explain why. It is the intimate association between these two traditions that may help explain some features of Plains culture and folklore. Aspects of the Thunderbird myth only make sense in light of these associations.

Plains Indians myth and folklore

In order to understand Plains Indians folklore, we have to realize that their myths were not just “just-so” stories to entertain, divert, or make inadequate efforts at naturalistic explanation. Rather, Indian myth functioned in religious, pedagogical, and initiatory ways, to help socialize young people and illuminate the various religious and other roles in society. Indian myth was always fluid, and grounded in the present, which is what might be expected of societies which largely lacked static, written traditions. Storytelling was an art which was maintained by the medicine people with great fidelity, because it was used to explain the development of certain rituals and elements of society. (Hines 1992)

Some have looked at the Thunderbird myths through the same lens of understanding applied to European mythology. The Thunderbird is like the Indo-European dragon or ogre or Leviathan, a huge monster who kidnaps virginal maidens, and who must be slain by the brave hero. Or the Thunderbird is simply treated as some kind of fantastic oddity, like the mythical unicorn or mermaid – an impossible construction borne from the extremes of the imagination. Both these attempts at explaining myth lose the important point of seeing Thunderbird as a personification of energies in nature – those found in violent thunderstorms and such – and his crucial dual nature.

Still, the Indians were not merely “mythmaking” in the pejorative sense. They no more literally believed in a giant bird generating storms through the beating of its wings, then Christians today literally believe in their divine being as an old man with a beard sitting on a marble throne. Thunderbird is an allegory; his conflicts with other forces in nature are then an attempt to allegorize relationships observed in the natural order, such as the changing of the weather. Like other Thunder Beings, he is essentially an attempt to represent the patterns of activity of a powerful, mysterious force in a way that can be understood simply and easily – sort of the way in which a weather map functions today. (Edmonds and Clark 1989)

The Plains Indians believed that everything that was found in nature had a human representative in microcosm. Everything in nature often contained its own opposite polarity, hence the expected existence of beings such as contraries, women warriors, and berdaches. Because the Thunderbird in particular represented this mysterious dual aspect of nature, manifest through the primordial power of thunderstorms, it is not surprising that his representatives were the heyoka or sacred clowns, who displayed wisdom through seemingly foolhardy action. Western thinking has prevented us from seeing the reasons why Indians perceived this connection. Few anthropologists have sought to locate how Thunderbird may have been mythologically linked to Trickster.

The Nature of Thunderbird

In Plains tribes, the Thunderbird is sometimes known as Wakinyan, from the Dakota word kinyan meaning “winged.” Others suggest the word links the Thunderbird to wakan, or sacred power. In many stories, the Thunderbird is thought of as a great Eagle, who produces thunder from the beating of his wings and flashes lightning from his eyes. (Descriptions are vague because it is thought Thunderbird is always surrounded by thick, rolling clouds which prevent him from being seen.) Further, there were a variety of beliefs about Thunderbird, which suggest a somewhat complicated picture. Usually, his role is to challenge some other great power and protect the Indians – such as White Owl Woman, the bringer of winter storms; the malevolent Unktehi, or water oxen who plague mankind; the horned serpents; Wochowsen, the enemy bird; or Waziya, the killing North Wind. But in some other legends (not so much in the Plains), Thunderbird is himself malevolent, carrying off people (or reindeer or whales) to their doom, or slaying people who seek to cross his sacred mountain. (Erdoes and Ortiz 1984)

Many Plains Indians claim there are in fact four colors (varieties) of Thunderbirds (the blue ones are said, strangely, to have no ears or eyes), sometimes associated with the four cardinal directions, but also sometimes only with the west and the western wind. (According to the medicine man Lame Deer, there were four, one at each compass point, but the western one was the Greatest and most senior.) (Fire and Erdoes 1972) The fact that they are sometimes known as “grandfathers” suggest they are held in considerable reverence and awe. It is supposed to be very dangerous to approach a Thunderbird nest, and many are supposed to have died in the attempt, swept away by ferocious storms. The symbol of Thunderbird is the red zig-zag, lightning-bolt design, which some people mistakenly think represents a stairway. Most tribes feel he and the other Thunder beings were the first to appear in the Creation, and that they have an especially close connection to wakan tanka, the Great Mysterious. (Gill and Sullivan 1992)

The fact that Thunderbird sometimes appears as something that terrorizes and plagues Indians, and sometimes as their protector and liberator (in some myths, he was once an Indian himself) is said to reflect the way thunderstorms and violent weather are seen by Plains people. On the one hand, they bring life-giving rain (Thunderbird is said to be the creator of ‘wild rice’ and other Plains Indians crops); on the other hand, they bring hail, flood, and lightning and fire. It is not clear where with them worship and awe end, and fear and terror begin. Some Indians claim that there are good and bad Thunderbirds, and that these beings are at war with each other. Others claim that the large predatory birds which are said to kidnap hunters and livestock are not Thunderbirds at all. Largely, I suspect that this dual nature of the Thunderbird ties it to the Trickster figure in Indian belief: like the Trickster, the harm the Thunderbird causes is mostly because it is so large and powerful and primeval.

Origins of the Thunderbird Myth

Cryptozoologists like Mark A. Hall, having studied the Thunderbird myths of numerous tribes, and compared them to (mostly folkloric) accounts of unusually large birds in modern times, as well as large birds (like the Roc) in other mythic traditions, suggest that there may well be a surviving species of large avians in America – big enough, apparently, to fly off carrying small animals or children, as has been claimed in some accounts. (Hall suggests the wingspan of such a species would be several feet longer than any known birds – certainly bigger than that of the turkey vulture or other identifiable North American species.) (Hall 1988) Such researchers feel the Thunderbird myth may have originated from sightings of a real-life flesh-and-blood avian which might be an atavism from earlier epochs (a quasi-pterodactyl or teratorn, perhaps.)

However, the big problem with this theory is that most ornithologists consider it to be quite farfetched. If such a species existed (a situation akin to the folkloric Sasquatch), it would be amazing that to this point it has remained unidentified and uncatalogued. A species of birds that big, unless it consisted of an extremely small number of members, would find it hard to avoid detection for long. Hall does suggest the possibility that maybe, like the mastodon, these large birds were hunted to extinction prior to the arrival of Europeans on the North American continent. Still, the other problem with his theory is that it ignores what Indians themselves have to say about the Thunderbird.

They describe the Thunderbird as a spiritual, not just physical, being. It is not seen as just a large, fearsome predatory bird that people tell stories about. Rather, it’s an integral part of Plains Indians religion and ritual. Only by ignoring this fact could we put our Western ethnocentric biases into effect, and reduce it to a zoological curiosity. The Thunderbird is much more than that; the Indian attitude toward it comes from more than just the mere fact that it is supposed to be really big. To understand the origins of Thunderbird myths, it’s necessary to see how they connect with other elements of Indian belief and ceremony – especially the Trickster complex – and see how they fit into the structure of Plains Indian myth as a whole.

Clowning around in Plains Indian culture

Clowning, like the icon of the Thunderbird, could be found in almost every North American Indian society. In every case, it involved ridiculous behavior, but on the Plains it especially exhibited inversion and reversal as elements of satire. There were four types of clown societies on the Plains – age-graded societies, military societies, the northern plains type, and the heyoka shamanistic societies. The behaviors of all sorts of clowns revolved around a few basic themes or attributes: burlesque, mocking the sacred, playing pranks or practical jokes, making obscene jokes or gestures, caricature of others, exhibiting gross gluttony or extreme appetite, strange acts of self-mortification or self-deprecation, and taunting of enemies or strangers. (Steward 1991)

The age-graded clown societies primarily consisted of older people who had been inducted into their ranks – groups such as the Gros Ventre Crazy Lodge or the Hidatsa Dog Society. These clowns were assumed to simply be playing a role appropriate to their sodality, rather than receiving some sort of supernatural inspiration. They carried out certain expected ritual performances on proscribed days, such as the Crazy Dance or the imitation of animals. In contrast, the military clown societies such as the Cheyenne Inverted Bow String Warriors, often carried comical or ridiculous weapons, but were also expected to show absurd bravery in battle, provoking the enemy into giving up its discipline and cohesion with taunts and insults. Not surprisingly, they sometimes rode their horses backwards into battle.

The northern plains clowns, found among tribes such as the Ojibway, wore masks which made them appear to be two-faced, and costumes of rags which made them appear comical. All of these three types of clown societies practiced a sort of conventionalized or patterned sort of anti-natural behavior. That is, they might do something which seemed strange or contrary, but under somewhat regular conditions. You knew when they might do something weird – and there were times when they were forbidden to perform their antics. Further, they might often “give up” the clowning way of life, and return to a non-contrary state by marrying and engaging in a more normal mode of existence.

The heyoka were different in three primary ways from the other sorts of clowns. They were truly unpredictable, and could do the unexpected or tasteless even during the most solemn of occasions. Moreso than other clowns, they really seemed to be insane. Also, they were thought to be more inspired by trans-human supernatural forces (as individuals driven by spirits rather than group conventions), and to have a closer link to wakan  or power than other clowns. And lastly, they kept their role for life – it was a sacred calling which could not be given up without performing an agonizing ritual of expiation. Not surprisingly, these unique differences were seen as the result of their having visions of Thunderbird, a unique and transforming experience.

Testimony of Black Elk: the heyoka and lightning

The Oglala Indian Black Elk had some interesting things to say about the heyoka ceremony, which he himself participated in. Black Elk describes the “dog in boiling water” ceremony in some detail. He also describes the bizarre items he had to carry as a heyoka, and the crazy antics he had to perform with his companions. He also attempts to explain the link between the contrary trickster nature of heyokas with that of Thunderbird.

“When a vision comes from the thunder beings of the West, it comes with terror like a thunder storm; but when the storm of vision has passed, the world is greener and happier; for wherever the truth of vision comes upon the world, it is like a rain. The world, you see, is happier after the terror of the storm… you have noticed that truth comes into this world with two faces. One is sad with suffering, and the other laughs; but it is the same face, laughing or weeping. When people are already in despair, maybe the laughing is better for them; and when they feel too good and are too sure of being safe, maybe the weeping face is better. And so I think this is what the heyoka ceremony is for … the dog had to be killed quickly and without making any scar, as lightning kills, for it is the power of lightning that heyokas have.” (quoted in Neihardt 1959: 160)
Today, of course, Western physicists describe the dual nature of electricity. An object can carry a positive or negative electric charge. The electron is simultaneously a wave and a particle. Electricity and magnetism are thought to be aspects of the same force, and as is well know with magnetism, it comes in polarities, with opposite poles (north and south) attracting. Though the Indians did not have access to our modern scientific instruments, they are likely to have observed some of the same properties in lightning. Thus it would have been intuitive to link the dual spiritual nature of the heyoka (tragicomedy – solemn joking – joy united with pain) with the dual nature of electricity.

Thunderbird and Heyoka, the Sacred Clown

It was believed among the Lakota and other tribes that if you had a dream or vision of birds, you were destined to be a medicine man; but if you had a vision of Thunderbird, it was your destiny to become something else; heyoka, or sacred clown. Like Thunderbird, the heyoka were at once feared and held in reverence. They were supposed to startle easily at the first sound of thunder or first sight of lightning. Thunderbird supposedly inspired the “contrariness” of the heyoka through his own contrary nature. He alternates strong winds with calm ones. While all things in nature move clockwise, Thunderbird is said to move counterclockwise. Thunderbird is said to have sharp teeth, but no mouth; sharp claws, but no limbs; huge wings, but no body. All of these things suggest Thunderbird (and the heyoka) have a curious, paradoxical, contrary nature. You could become heyoka through a vision of the Thunderbird, or just of lightning or a formidable winged being of power. (Steiger 1974)

While clown societies were found throughout the Plains, the heyoka, or sacred clowns, were usually few in number, but were found in almost every clan. Heyoka were contraries, often speaking and walking backwards. They acted in ridiculous, obscene, and comical ways, especially during sacred ceremonies. They were thought to be fearless and painless, able to seize a piece of meat out of a pot of boiling water. They often dressed in a bizarre and ludicrous manner, wearing conical hats, red paint, a bladder over the head (to simulate baldness), and bark earrings. The heyoka was thought to usually carry various sacred items – a deer hoof rattle, a colored bow, a flute, or drum. His “anti-natural” nature was thought to be shamanistic in origin — and as a contrary, he was expected to act silly and foolhardy during battle (although this was found more among warrior clown societies such as the Cheyenne Inverted Warriors.)

However insulting or sacrilegious heyoka actions might be, they were tolerated, since it was assumed they were acting on the higher and more inscrutable imperatives of the Great Mystery. Heyoka were freed from all the ordinary constraints of life, and thus were usually not expected to marry, have children, or participate in the work of the tribe. Despite their bizarre acts (such as dressing in warm clothes during summer or wearing things inside out), they were trusted as healers, interpreters of dreams, and people of great medicine. Whenever they interrupted the solemnity of a ceremony, people took it as an admonition to see beyond the literalness of the ritual and into the deeper mysteries of the sacred. Like the flash of lightning, the heyoka’s sudden outbursts and disturbances were thought to be the keys to enlightenment – much like the absurd acts of Zen masters in Japan. (Hultkrantz 1987)

Thunderbird and Trickster

Part of the link between heyoka and Thunderbird comes from Iktomi, the Trickster figure. Iktomi is said to be heyoka because he has seen and talked with Thunderbird. Iktomi is the first-born son of Inyan (rock), and is said to speak with rocks and stones. Like Coyote and other Trickster figures, Iktomi likes to pull pranks on people, but is just as often the victim of tricks and misfortunes. This makes him at once a culture hero, and a figure to be feared and avoided. Iktomi was thought to be a hypersexual predator, one who frequently pursued winchinchalas (young virgins) who bathed in streams, through various methods of deceit. Yet his pursuits and antics often wound up with him inadvertently getting hurt or winding up in trouble.

Paul Radin suggests that Iktomi and other Trickster figures are akin to the Great Fool or Wild Man of European folklore, who often shows up in the Feast of Fools and other ceremonies where the social order is turned topsy-turvy. (Radin 1956) Jung, following his lead, claims the Trickster as an archetypal part of the collective unconscious; and his “crazy wisdom” as emblematic of humankind’s earlier, undivided, unindividuated consciousness. Iktomi and other tricksters seem to be at the constant mercy of their desires; yet their blind luck always seems to protect them from the consequences of their missteps. He is dangerous primarily because he is so powerful, yet so rarely has the forethought or good judgment to use his power wisely. Radin and others proclaim him the representative of untamed, unpredictably wild nature, within the confines of culture.

In other cultural traditions, thunder and lightning are connected with the unexpected. We talk about a “bolt out of the blue.” In American folk culture, there are a host of legendary stories of mysterious cures or transformations wrought by someone being struck by lightning. It’s at once dangerous, and a symbol of sudden, shocking revelation and inspiration. It’s also the primary weapon in most pantheons of the chief sky god (such as Zeus in Greek mythology.) For the Plains Indians, thunder and lightning symbolized the vast, uncontrollable energy of nature. It’s not surprising, then, that the Thunderbird is connected with the strange, uncontrollable force of the Trickster figure, and his avatar, the heyoka.

Significance of the Trickster Figure and “Contrariness” in Plains Society

Psychological anthropologists, especially those oriented toward psychoanalytic theory and depth psychology, point to the Trickster figure as a sort of important cultural “release valve.” He represents the “return of the repressed,” the Dionysian aspects of life only temporarily held in abeyance by the Apollonian forces of civilization. The carnivals and feasts held in honor of fools in Europe, suggest some anthropologists, are “outlets,” allowing people to invert the social order temporarily as a way of promoting its continuity in the long run (avoiding its ultimate collapse.) The ruler is dressed in peasants’ clothes, and some ignorant serf is crowned king. Symbols of authority normally held in extreme reverence are mocked and desecrated.

Clowns and contraries in Plains societies do not just come out once a year, however. They are permanent parts of the society, and are seen as continual reminders of the contingency and arbitrariness of the social order. Long before French theorists came on the scene, the heyoka was reminding his own people about the social construction of reality. By doing everything backwards, the heyoka in a way is carrying out a constant experiment in ethnomethodology, showing people how their own expectations limit their behavior. Like a good performance artist, the shocking behavior of the heyoka is supposed to confront people and make them reconsider what they may have arbitrarily accepted as normal. It’s to “jolt” them out of their ordinary frames of mind. (Steward 1991)

More importantly, as a representative of Thunderbird and Trickster, the heyoka reminds his people that the primordial energy of nature is beyond good and evil. It doesn’t correspond to human categories of right and wrong. It doesn’t always follow our preconceptions of what is expected and proper. It doesn’t really care about our human woes and concerns. Like electricity, it can be deadly dangerous, or harnessed for great uses. If we’re too narrow or parochial in trying to understand it, it will zap us in the middle of the night. Like any good trickster, the heyoka plays pranks on others in his culture not to make them feel embarrassed and stupid, but to show them ways they could start being more smart.

The Account of John (Fire) Lame Deer: Heyoka and ASC

Lame Deer calls the heyoka the “upside-down, forward-backward, icy-hot contrary.” He describes in detail one particular heyoka trick which may give some clues to the nature of their antics. Apparently, they would grab pieces of dog meat out of a pot of boiling water, and fling them at a crowd of people, without being burned or harmed in any way. (Why dog meat? Lame Deer gives a clue when he says, “For the heyoka, he says god when he means dog, and dog when he means god.”) Lame Deer suggests before doing this they chewed a grayish moss called tapejuta. I suspect that heyoka were able to perform this feat through going into trance, an altered state of consciousness, by utilizing this and other psychotropic plants on occasion.

More importantly, I think they induced trance in others through their contrary behavior. Psychologists have noted that trance does not always occur through rhythmic repetition. Another way in which it occurs (the “paradoxical state”) is through a sudden shock to the nervous system. Ethnomethodologists have often noted the blank, glassy stares and strange states produced by violating peoples’ expectations – by, for example, getting into an elevator and facing the other people in it. It’s in such “paradoxical states” that people often may assimilate new information quickly, without filtering. They also may be able to “abreact” psychological trauma. For these reasons, the heyoka may have been seen as a source of wisdom and healing.

Lame Deer seems to suggest the power of trance is connected to the power of Thunderbird. As a paradoxical state of consciousness, it ties into the paradoxical energy of thunder and lightning. The crash of thunder can startle us and wake us up out of dreaming sleep. The trance of the heyoka comes from sacred power. He ties it all together in a way that’s fairly succinct:

” These Thunderbirds are part of the Great Spirit. Theirs is about the greatest power in the whole universe. It is the power of the hot and the cold clashing above the clouds. It is blue lightning from the sun. It is like atomic power. The thunder power protects and destroys. It is good and bad; the great winged power. We draw the lightning as a forked zigzag, because lightning branches out into a good and bad part… In our Indian belief, the clown has a power which comes from the thunder beings, not from the animals or the Earth. He has more power than the atom bomb, he could blow off the dome of the Capitol. Being a clown gives you honor, but also shame. It brings you power, but you have to pay for it.” (quoted in Erdoes 1972: 251)

Conclusion

The Thunderbird’s association with heyoka clowns is not simply serendipitous. The fact that the Thunderbird displays many paradoxical and contradictory attributes links it to Trickster figures and to the contraries of Plains  Indians culture. This culture complex probably resulted from Indian beliefs about nature and the ways in which thunder and lightning exemplified the manners in which it could be at once capricious, beneficent, and destructive. The Thunderbird’s own link to the original Great Mystery suggests that the role of the sacred clown was seen as one of the highest in Plains society – like wandering fools in Europe, they were thought to be touched by the Divine power itself. Like Thunderbird himself, the heyoka was thought to be a conduit to forces that defied comprehension, and by his absurd, backwards behavior he was merely showing the ironic, mysterious dualities that existed within the universe itself.

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Thunderbird and Heyoka

The Dream… And All Your Theories…

I read a bunch of posts today after hearing there was another terrorist plot aimed at Chicago through the transport of massive amounts of explosives on a cargo airplane. Luckily, the plot was foiled.

Barry’s post about flight 389 gave me the chills. Perhaps this was a reference to aircraft being involved in the plot. All the ideas were interesting, the prime number theory, the date theory of combining 8+3=11 and then the 9 so another 9-11 sort of terrorist attempt. All of the ideas were very fascinating and made a lot of sense.

I watched some conspiracy theory info about 9-11 and the finding of thermite in the 9-11 dust. Supposedly, it is an accelerate, highly flammable and explosive. It can be added to paint without anyone knowing and then once it dries it works as an explosive. Despite my gut feeling that we were not directly involved in 9-11 I do believe our government at the time was passively involved and it is possible that this was used in the paint, one of George Bush’s brother was actually managing all the buildings that were destroyed. I don’t think there was a stand down and our government was complescent perhaps even initiated Al Quada to do the deed, but I don’t and never have had the feeling that any of our people or military knowingly were involved in this plot. I believe and know it was Bin Laden, knew that very moment it was him and his organization. Whether GB and his bunch of thugs was in on it, they were at least accessories and opportunistic if nothing more but I don’t believe they actually had anything to do with carrying out the attack directly.

OK, I’m watching Hardball I guess there was a tip from Saudi Arabia that 2 explosive packages were sent toward Jewish Centers in Chicago from Yemen. So they did indeed contain explosive material according to Obama.

Anyway, the big wild cat reference I found information about a man who designed or had a major hand in getting both those buildings built. He was nick-named the name of the cats I had in the dream. I can’t remember what they were now though and would have to go over that post. He died this summer and there was a reference to him being called by the name of a big cat. I had googled the cat name with the names of both those buildings, which is how I originally found out about him.

Anyway, thanks to everyone out there trying to help figure out this dream.

I had another dream, the first part was for me personally the second part was universal. I was told a “Great Storm,” was coming. I had this dream a few nights ago. Frankly, every time I tune into the collective energy I get depressed or literally very ill.

As a result of my feeling that we are dealing with the possibility of a lot of upheaval including the potential of an upcoming revolution – literally. I found a book called “The Fourth Turning.” There are a bunch of websites that give you the basics. It’s very similar to the astrological knowledge of Uranus cycles. These major shifts in Uranus happen about every 20 years which the author notes, of course the author is coming from the position of a historian and not an astrologer. I’m not sure he even knows about the parallels with astrology. My only argument would be some of the divisions are a little off (astrologically by just a couple of years) but the ideas are very fascinating.

We are currently in the fourth turning. Astrologicaly speaking we are going from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius and of course with change comes resistance, fear and turmoil. Once we get through the worst of it, the Age of Aquarius will be a return to reason and intellectual expansion which is why, perhaps, we are seeing those who are irrational and mindlessly religious push back in such extreme ways – they feel the loss of the herd to the rational mind. Let’s face it these are a small number of nutty extremists who are trying to push the country back to the Dark Ages.

We are in for some very strange times. I’ll report more as I get info. If anyone has questions they want me to try to answer (it may take a while since I’ve been extremely busy lately) contact: happypeopleusa@aol.com or if you want a private reading contact me via that e-mail.

Many blessings to all you good people,

Denise

The Dream… And All Your Theories…

Weird Dream

Before I get into the weird dream I just wanted to apologize for not being able to blog. I have been very busy and bogged down. I also wanted to address a person who asked what their life path number is. The way to find this out is to add up your birthday. Here’s an example: 7-7-1977  =36 = 9.  You add up every element, the day, the month and the year to get your number. It’s very simple. Numerologists differ on how to add it up as some produce master numbers (depending on how it is added together) and other ways of adding will not. My feeling is that no one is ever always a true master number. So if you have a master number in your birthday or in your name, you will have access to this but you can’t always sustain being in that energy. It’s my belief that if you add your name in any way or your birthday in any way and it gives a master number, one should use that as well as the compounded number such as 22 also = 4.

OK, here’s the dream. I was in a supermarket and all of a sudden I was shown the numbers: 9 then 8 and then 3. These numbers were shown to me several times and then put together to form the number 389. I wondered why I was shown this number. I knew I was in the middle of a dream and being contacted by a spiritual force that was trying to let me know something. I wondered if it were perhaps a winning lottery number, but confirmed it was not through use of symbolic language with my higher self.

Next I was flying over the city of Chicago. I was telling the people I was on the flight with about their being a monster who lived in both the Sears Tower and the John Hancock building. They had always been there and were known to everyone in the area. The people didn’t believe me so I took them to the police I was working with and the detectives backed up my story. A woman detective named off some bizarre obscure big cat, it was supposed to be a bit like a mountain lion, but different.

I was flying over the buildings again and this time could see some decay and thought I saw the beast in one of the towers. I can’t remember all the other details, but it felt like it was a warning of a terrorist attack or something like that against those buildings which I’d felt before might happen. However, it seemed the police knew about it and for the time being there was no immediate danger, but the fact that the cats or monsters were still in the buildings, and that there was decay implied to me there would be more attempts or perhaps even someone or something connected to both buildings potentially already eating away at the structure or already in place. Either from the construction standpoint – a flaw that could be exploited or someone connected to both of those buildings.

Cat’s generally imply (symbolically) predators – not ordinary predators but  stealthy predators. Cats sneak up on their victims, and then toy with their prey. In terms of criminals they are associated with burglary (cat burglars). Cats have the greatest kill ratio of any creature on earth outside of human beings.

My point here for Chicago is to remain on alert especially from Michigan Avenue to the Loop. I have no idea what that number meant or why I was shown it and why it was shown to me at first in reverse as 9 – 8 – 3 and then put together as 389. If I get more information or clarification on this I will post about it. If anyone else has had dreams that are similar please post them or if anyone has info that might illuminate the meaning of this dream please post it.

I’m hoping that the information I received will be enough to give pause to those it is meant to and help avoid potential disaster. Again, it seemed that things were and are OK for now, it was a warning though that something is brewing.

Best wishes to all,

Denise

Weird Dream

Israel A Dream and Warning…

I had a terrifying dream about Israel last night. I was in the middle of another dream and received a phone call from Israel. As I was listening and trying to figure out who and what was calling me, I looked out over the sea and saw it bubbling. It was very frightening. It was as if it was boiling and also as if it was being agitated all at once.  I shivered.

Then I was in Israel up in the mountains above a major city (I assume Tel Aviv? But I wasn’t told what city was below and didn’t actually see the city either, I was just aware that it was there behind a boulder which was obscuring my view of it.) I was with a group of military men, most dressed in street clothes, one had a military jacket on but with regular clothes other than that. We were looking for bombs and armaments. While looking we found a long cylindrical shaped bomb, like a giant bullet. I heard them say mortar, but then heard a countdown, and when it got to the number one there was a massive explosion, everything went yellow and I woke up from the force of it.

In the dream I was told (there was a guide who I didn’t see but heard) that this was not an ordinary regional skirmish, but was much bigger than that, the beginning of a world war.

It was terrifying.

It’s been a long time since I had one of these bizarre dreams. I have found that they are not always literal. It could be some  major change in Israel’s relationship to the world is coming, perhaps from some sort of mind-blowing (hence the symbolism of the bomb and the color yellow) new ideas that could lead to an escalation in a march to a much bigger war. It could also be literal though. And sometimes the dreams are literal, but exaggerated in degree for effect. I haven’t figured it out completely yet, but I had to post the warning despite being swamped and being sick. I’ll let everyone know if I have any further clarification.

Many blessings,

Denise

Israel A Dream and Warning…

Creepy Dream, North Korea & Sarah Palin

Last Thursday morning I woke in a panic after having this insane dream about this surprise attack on the US. I was with my family in a library and my brother looked up at the mountain, there was what looked like a fire. My brother said, “It looks like war.” I asked him how he came to that conclusion and said something to the effect, that it just looked that way.

I looked up again and pointed out 3 missiles coming our way. But couldn’t figure out why or who was attacking us. There had been no warning and it was a beautiful sunny day like it had been on 9/11. As my brother and I wondered about what was happening we saw buildings destroyed in random lines as if something like a laser from the sky was causing it. I thought perhaps the “lines” were caused from a satellite that we couldn’t see as we watched the crude missiles loose steam. We never heard them drop anywhere near us. But the “lines” of destruction kept coming. One was headed for the library we were in. I was seperated from my family in the chaos as everyone ran for safety.

After a while of these “lines” destroying buildings in straight random patterns, it became very easy to avoid them. I didn’t see anyone hurt or killed during the dream, just panicked when we could hear the rumbling coming our way and knew one of the “lines” was also headed toward our building. Then everyone would run somewhere else. I was finally reuinited with my family in the dream.

My daughter woke me up by tapping my face and smiling at me. The dream stuck with me however. It had been very odd and vivid. I haven’t had a war dream in a while so I was rattled by it. I thought about who the enemy was and figured it was North Korea. It was a conclusion come to in the dream as no one could tell for sure but most of the population thought it was them or Iran. Also the lines of destruction I wondered about that and thought they might be sonic weapons on satellites which was why they were so crude, but also why they were also so directional and made a rumbling noise that became recognizable in the dream.

Three days later North Korea sent some more missiles over the ocean. I was out of town until late last night on vacation and couldn’t post. But it made me think that our ignoring of North Korea might lead to something very unexpected by them. It’s been my feeling that someone else is really in charge there, someone who is really power hungry. I feel like Kim Jong Il is either dead or not in his right mind/incapable of rulership, and someone who is not just a big spoiled brat but rather a psychopathic tactician is actually running things. I felt the shift of power there last fall and have the feeling there is more to the North Korean plan then bribing us for money, there is some kind of darkness afoot there. Yet in the dream it was crude and directionless, but it did reek havoc here. Dreams have a tendency to be hyperbolic to make their point and I woke feeling that this was a warning that we as Americans were not being told the truth about some serious threat that has been being made against us that our government is blowing off as hot air.

This would seem to describe how we’ve been dealing with North Korea. Once they get the technology, no matter how crude, they are going to try and attack us. That’s what I took the dream to mean. They probably won’t get that far in terms of really doing major damage. And it was strange how the lines of destruction, random and robotic in their destruction might really be some crude satellite weaponry we are not privy to this is why I posted this. I don’t know much about sonic weapons but when I put the pieces together from the dream it seemed to fit what I would think these weapons would be like. I meant to do some research on it but if anyone knows anything about this type of weapon please post what you know and/or if it fits the description or if something you know of that is a different technology seems to fit.

Hope everyone had a happy 4th of July.

Many blessings,

Denise

Oh and Sarah Palin stepped down. Remember the prediction last October that there would be numerous scandals eventually forcing her out of office? What a “leader.” She can’t seem to finish a term, as mayor she quit, and now as Governor. She’s psycho.

Creepy Dream, North Korea & Sarah Palin

A Dream and a Warning…

 

Last night I dreamt I was back in my hometown of Chicago, in the downtown area. Many of the buildings had windows blown off of them. The John Hancock building (I think, it may have been the Sears Tower though) had a hole of windows missing in the center of the building. From the street I could see office furniture and papers riffling from the wind. At first I thought perhaps it was a terrible wind storm that had caused the damage, but in retrospect it seemed more like the kind of damage a bomb would do, one that perhaps wasn’t that powerful, but the sound of which would shatter glass in many buildings. I was then shepherded into a safe zone, and my dream continued.

 

This is the first creepy warning dream I’ve had about Chicago. I had a bunch of dreams about 9/11 that were a cross between Chicago and New York (probably because I grew up in Chicago, and know the topography there, its part of my psyche). But this was definitely Chicago. I was told by the guide in the dream that this “storm” had hit Chicago.

 

As I meditated on whether to post this dream or not, first I was going to talk to my husband about it (who was in the other room while he was sitting on a chair checking his e-mail) one of our daughter’s toys (a brand new one) played a tune. By the way this has happened with all of her toys at various points, sometimes in the middle of the night, which is kind of annoying, but anyway, I’ve gotten used to being haunted. This confirmed the necessity of the post as I’m sure one of my relatives on the other side was responding to me with a confirmation. I had worried about posting this dream because sometimes they are personal, but this did not have that feel, it was very lucid, vivid and I had a guide, which in personal dreams I do not have.

 

Also as I meditated on so many questions about the forthcoming racism, which as I stated will get worse and more scary for awhile, I had a very creepy knowing. I am not so worried about President Barack Obama, he’s not naïve and has incredible protection, but I am worried about Michelle and their two daughters. As sick as this may seem, I feel there is or will be soon, a plot to kill them.

 

On election night the joy and elation I felt from the collective psyche (and my own personal joy) was countered by an intense feeling of hatred. I could feel the anger, racial intolerance and vileness of bigotry stewing on the other side. I was happy to see Barack Obama take no chances and give his speech behind bulletproof glass. He must always be vigilant, but so must his family. I fear that Michelle will see herself and the girls as less of a target and be more open to getting hurt. If anyone out there has access to them, let them know about this. Take triple measures with the girls and Michelle. I am very worried.

 

Later on I will try to get Michelle Obama’s chart and look at it, and again look at President Obama’s to see if there is a particular time frame when they should be most vigilant.

 

Best wishes to all,

Denise

 

 

A Dream and a Warning…

Alaska, It’s Giving Me the Creeps!

OK, I have had way too many dreams about Alaska as of late. I had three within the past 5 days or so. The one I had last week was sort of a best of, recap of dreams I had forgotten about. And once I had this dream I began remembering some of the dreams that came during the summer. There was nothing specific about them but just a vague creepiness, going up to Alaska for a vacation and something being wrong, visiting in-laws up there and getting a bad feeling. Stuff like that.

I have been meditating all day on what all of this means. I’m going to float out something that may seem very bizarre, perhaps even unbelievable. I told my husband the interpretation of all the signs, signals and feelings I was getting and he felt it was too illogical and started doing some research. I told him in one of the dreams, what I am about to tell you, was sort of a ground rumor that many Alaskan’s were aware of but unless you were local, would never have heard of.

In my husband’s search on the web, finding articles (and as it turned out much to his chagrin, suggested I might actually be onto something) I decided to do a chart of the election. Since Alaska is the furthest western point in the US, and the polls will close last there, I wanted a city to input from the Aluetian Islands, so I ended up looking at pictures and maps of Alaska and I literally got the chills. 

Here’s the thing. I’m starting to wonder if there isn’t a nefarious plot against the US being hatched there, one related to Russia. At first this seems completely ridiculous, but the more one thinks about it and does research the less odd it seems. It turns out that the Alaskan Independent Party is very anti-american, we knew that, we also knew Todd Palin was an active member of this party until about 2000 when his wife ran for mayor. She has given key note speeches at their conventions and tried to appoint members to positions in the local government of Wasala when she was mayor. But whatever, right? 

Well, they made a bid to the UN to try to become an independent state and were sponsored by Iran. OK, that’s kind of weird. And Putin is a big supporter of AIP and so is Russia. As it turns out Alaska was part of Russia (I didn’t know this being from the lower 48, or if I did I didn’t remember it) and there has been talk that Putin is interested in re-acquiring Alaska for Russia because of its natural oil and gas reserves. This is part of why (recalling back about a year or more ago) a Russian submarine placed a Russian flag on the bottom of the ocean under the melting ice caps. They were there laying claim, to the north pole. This was supposedly because Putin was and is angry about the purchase our government made to buy Alaska from the Russian Emperor Alexander II back in the 1867 before the Russian Revolution when they became a communist country. 

Now the feeling I have gotten is that there is a bridge between AIP and Russia. I get a strong feeling that AIP is not just a group of guys going drinking and talking crap. I get a feeling they are seriously acting on succession and are (and I don’t say this lightly) either now or in the future, trading arms (even perhaps nuclear) in exchange for oil and gas. AIP are using the pretty somewhat dimwitted beard, Sarah as slight of hand to get closer to the reigns of power, perhaps even get inside information to give to the Russians in exchange for their support to succeed. I am talking really, serious treason here. This is the feeling I get. I hope this is not the case. I hope the creepy dreams and weird feelings go away, but I am very worried. I have been meaning to look into Putin and what has been going on in Russia for awhile now because I feel them ready to pounce, not just on Georgia which they already have, but I feel they are going to get even more aggressive because they know we can’t do anything about it.

OK, there I said it. It seems nuts. It’s out there. But my gut and dreams tell me, there is something nefarious afoot in Alaska. Maybe, and hopefully it isn’t this extreme, and I’m sure there would be Alaskan’s horrified by this idea, just as much as any other American. But there is something very wrong. I don’t think Palin is directly involved at least not in a way that she understands, although I do think she is indirectly connected. I do feel her husband knows and maybe himself involved in this.

And I want to share this readers comment:

 

hopeandaplan

Hey Denise, I had a weird dream about Alaska about two weeks ago, of course I cant remember it but I did tell my husband something was going on up there. It seems obvious that I would have a dream since Palin has entered the collective unconscious but I told my husband before Palin was picked that something significant was afoot about Alaska, that was days before Palin was chosen. My instinct from day one on Palin was that she had more to fear from the right than Democrats. Rove was pushing for Mitt Romney and I found it interesting that her handlers who called her, “Rogue” “Diva”and a “A Wacko” were all Romney operatives. At least that’s what I;ve read Romney dropped out of the Presidential race because he must have been promised the VP slot. He had just hired Cheney’s daughter as an advisor. This man would not have gone quietly particularly since he spent millions of his own money. Palin could come apart of her own arrogance but there are certainly enough powerful unscrupulous people she’s upset. Romney cant be the only person she’s upset in her illustrious career…

Alaska, It’s Giving Me the Creeps!