Saturday, May 16, 2015

Leaping the Moon

Bountiful and Benign… 
I sing. 
All Life is sacred, so 
Honor life with Generosity. 
Giving of yourself draws you closer 
to the Divine.

Majestic Lord,
ruling with the creative strength
 of the Sun…

Lady of the horned crown,
gentle Mother to all the World… 

our cloven dance 
upon the Earth 
cannot be outdone.

Earthy and steadfast,
with Courage like a banner unfurled!
Milk of Kindness feeds every soul…
Gentleness is an inexorable force.
Follow us,
and the World will become Whole.
We will turn over every stone in your path,
and bear you to the Sacred Source.”

For those new to the game, each poem is inspired by a Teacher found in Nature; a star, stone, animal, plant etc that holds lessons of Wisdom for us. Can you guess who is singing today? 

“The cow is of the bovine ilk;
One end is Moo, the other, milk.” Ogden Nash

“I’ve never seen a purple cow, I never hope to see one. But I can tell you anyhow, I’d rather see than be one.” Ogden Nash

“They passed down all the roads long ago. And the Red Bull ran close behind them, and covered their footsteps.” The Butterfly from Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn

The family Bovidae is a large one. Buffalo/Bison Totem has been covered in the poem Grandmother Speaks to Me Like Thunder and as a member of the family should also be considered by anyone who feels called by the specific Bovidae teachers we will discuss here. Other related species should also be studied. This article will primarily focus on Cattle (Cow and Bull), but I’d like to take a quick peek at one or two of the other Teachers in this family as well.

Merriam-Webster defines cattle as “domesticated quadrupeds held as property or raised for use; specifically : bovine animals on a farm or ranch.” The words cattle and chattel are closely related. Archaically, cattle was used to refer to all such quadrupeds much in the way that the word deer referred to all wild four-legged ruminants. Cows are breeding females, and Bulls are breeding males. Oxen are castrated males used for labor. Bullocks or steer are young castrated males. Heifers are unbred young females who are beyond the calf stage. Calves are young from birth to weaning age when they are referred to as weaners, and young beef cattle raised for food are referred to as feeders until they are slaughtered. Bovines have one stomach with four chambers, each of which performs its own function.

They are Ruminants, which means that their digestive system allows them to eat otherwise indigestible food by repeatedly regurgitating and re-chewing. This is referred to as a “cud” (formed and kept in the first stomach), and by re-swallowing the cud bovines are able to break down and eventually digest this tough foodstuff through it’s complex stomach. As a Totem, this denotes a need to chew over all information and process everything in stages. Cow people do not adapt rapidly to change, and will find that they are not truly comfortable with such transitions until they have had time to chew, swallow and digest a given issue thoroughly, however long the process may take. Sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas, giraffes, buffalo/bison, yaks, deer and camels are also ruminants, and share this trait indicative of either patience or a need for patience.

One stomach, referred to as the reticulum or hardware stomach, is where all truly indigestible matter lodges. Are we harboring useless matters within us like scraps of fencing? While this may or may not harm the cow, it does indicate a level of potential to survive that exceeds that of other Cousins. It has the potential to be lethal, so isn’t it best if we pay particular attention to what we ingest whether it be food or dialog? You are what you eat is a good rule to live by for anyone who considers themselves called by one of the Ruminants. Goats are particularly noted for their eat anything capabilities and stubbornness. Magnets are used to prevent hardware disease in cows, and magnet therapy is worthy of exploration by people as well. Humor is often linked to bovines, although I couldn’t really say why cows are funny. I do know that a good sense of humor is needed to help maintain many of the ideals taught by this Singer.

“We willfight for bovine freedom,
and hold our large heads high!
We will run free with the Buffalo, or die!
Cows with guns!” lyrics from Dana Lyons’ “Cows with Guns”

“When a cow laughs, does milk come out her nose?” Author Unknown

“Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.” Dennis Wholey

“Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul the work of the soul, and good for either the work of the other.” Henry David Thoreau

Worldwide, there are 140 species of Cattle, and over 1000 species of sheep; 45 species of deer, 84 species of antelope. Goats are one of the oldest domesticated species, and there are currently about 210 different breeds being raised worldwide. That’s a big family with a lot to consider, so please, take your time in pondering the traits and the particular characteristics of whomever may be calling you! I cannot stress enough that looking at the World through the eyes of All Our Relations is a life-long individual course of study. After looking at the relevance of color, consider the four legs of our Cousins. Aside from the numerical symbolism of the number four, this Teacher’s stance indicates a solid connection to Earth, stability, abundance, and the Four Immeasurables: Joy, Compassion, Love, and Equanimity.

Equanimity is defined as “not distinguishing between friend, enemy or stranger, but regarding every sentient being as an equal”. It is a “clear, and tranquil state of mind, not overpowered by delusions, mental dullness or agitation”, in which we do not discriminate between friends and enemies because we want to help all sentient beings. This is the stable base necessary to build a life of unconditional love, compassion, joy, and sacred abundance. Equanimity, fertility, abundance; Bulls and Cows have represented these qualities since time immemorial. Living your life in a manner directed towards helping All can most definitely be a laborious task equal to that of the Oxen used to haul heavy loads and till fields. In fact there are days when it begins to feel as if even Apollo’s cattle would not be equal to the task. Yet, the crops that we can lovingly harvest are well worth the effort for generations to come! Cattle also remind us that labor is a good and necessary part of life, and that all things are worthy of respect, all things have a place within the cycle of Life.

This Teacher has been associated with Osiris, Isis, Ra, Zeus, Apollo’s golden cattle, Apis, Inanna, Hera/Juno, Freya, Frigg, Pan, Dionysus/Bacchus, and Gobniu the Celtic smith god who kept the Cow of Plenty. Cows are linked with lunar and feminine energies. Bulls with solar and masculine energies. Together they can represent Yin yang, a sacred connection to both physical and spiritual worlds, earthly abundance, labor and sacrifice. Krishna’s life as a cowherd. Jesus; a shepherd born amongst the lowing Cattle. Abundance, the sanctity of all Life and the Earth which gives us all while asking nothing in return… These are all lessons in Divine Humility, Universal Love and Loving-Kindness. The least we can do is be kind, allow All Our Relations space, and share some food now and again, right?

“The management of fertility is one of the most important functions of adulthood.” Germaine Greer

“Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with spoon.” a nursery rhyme

“To live a pure and unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.” Buddha

In my eyes, People have been bent on self destruction for about as long as there have been people. We have agreed for a long time that War is not really an answer, yet we continue to participate in this destructive activity. Domestic violence, spousal or child abuse, children raised without a positive role model for either gender, and a wide variety of violent crimes are all commonplace events in today’s society. Native Elders have said for many generations that we (white people) are set on a death path, and I believe that only a conscious choice made by all people collectively will truly banish this from our world society.

Cattle speak to us about the importance of gentleness and modesty. In Hinduism, the Cow represents the giving, gentle, and humble nature of all Life embodied in the Sanskrit word “ahimsa”. Ahimsa is defined by Merriam-Webster as the "Hindu and Buddhist doctrine of refraining from harming any living being ". In these troubled and turbulent times, perhaps this is the greatest of Cow’s lessons to us. Kamadhenu, the Cow of Plenty in India, was one of the great treasures revealed during the churning of the oceans. She grants all wishes and desires. It is said that the Brahmans who recite the sacred scriptures and the Cow were created at the same time. These holy people, and the cows who produce the butter used in sacred offerings, are meant to teach others how to live good lives. Clarified butter is a sacred offering in India, but every part of the cow has religious significance. Kamadhenu is known by a variety of names (Surabhi, Kamadugha, Kamaduh, Savala) and is believed to be the Mother of all Cows. These animals represent Dharma. Kamadhenu and other lore about Cattle make an interesting study for people drawn to this Teacher.

As is often the case, there is no equivalent word for Dharma in the English language. The word Dharma is derived from the root DHR, “to hold”, and its etymological meaning is ‘that which holds’. Whether referring to this world, the many people of the world, individual action, or the whole of Creation, Dharma is Truth, the underlying Law of our Creator, Divine Law, Piety, our sacred duty to All Our Relations as well as our Selves and our Creator. This Teacher asks us to try to understand these unifying, sacred, healing and constructive concepts, and more importantly, to incorporate them into our every day lives. In essence, to live our lives in every moment as our most heartfelt prayer.

“Practice what you preach.” proverb

“Students of Buddhist should treat the study of the Dharma as more important than anything—more important than their studies at school, more important than their business and livelihood.” Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

“Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.” Henry Miller

In India, when a herd of cows wanders into town, people feed them. Milk is offered to cobras, Monkies, elephants, blackbuck antelope (also Bovidaes), eagles and many other birds are all fed freely and with love. For all of us are sacred spiritual beings on a physical journey. The roads of Life can be rocky. The least we can do is offer a bit of Kindness to each other. Even the rats have a sacred temple in which they may live, breed, and eat! Together with gentle strength, steadfast hearts, in this way… We may make the World a better place.
Some people eat meat. Others do not.

I know without a doubt that a vegetarian diet strengthens one spiritually, and fasting itself has been used in just about every culture as a means of connecting to our higher selves and spiritual purposes. I, like many of my carnivorous Cousins, eat meat. On one hand, this draws me closer to some of my Relations, but it also distances me from others. Some say this fosters animal qualities, and while this is true it is not necessarily a bad or evil thing. A lion, a lamb, a vulture, a beetle… they are what they were made to be. Diet, while only one aspect of life, is an important one. To me, it is not necessarily what you eat as how you approach what you eat. I will not tell anyone what they can and cannot eat, nor condemn anyone for what they decide is “right” or “wrong”. Speaking for myself, I consider the Grain as sacred as the Bull, and I am grateful for, revere, and eat both.

“There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten.” Indira Gandhi

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha

“Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.” Astrid Alauda

Perhaps their will come a time in my life when I no longer feel the physical need to eat meat, and there are certainly are times when I abstain from this food source. Long before I learned that my birth Totem was Deer for example, I had a curious aversion to this particular meat that had nothing to do with either taste or texture. To this day I eat venison only during times of great need or as a special reverence to Deer. As a child around five, I cried when my mother fed me lamb, and began to truly think about how I could happily eat any of the animals that I had loved so long as family. I suddenly realized that others were sacrificing their lives so that I might eat. Looking back on this event, I remember how seriously I thought with my child’s mind on this subject. I looked at my plate and my glass of milk, and realized that my body craved these things, even though I doubt now that I knew even the definition of the word “crave” at that age.

I simply felt my body pulling me towards these foods. With a child’s clarity and innocent simplicity I thought, “Whoever made us all surely knows more than me. Other animals eat meat, maybe I need to too. Besides… I wouldn’t want even a carrot to give up its life only for me to waste it!” Teary cheeked, my heart swelled with love, I was grateful, and finished my meal. As time has gone by, it has become more and more important to me to find ways to supply my family with healthy, organically and locally raised foods as much as possible. No easy task in today’s society, especially on a limited income!

Not only do I consider it unhealthy to tamper with our food by adding chemicals and hormones, but I also object to animals slaughtered with wholesale inhumanity. Just looking at beef alone, about 80% of our cattle raised for consumption is handled by four major corporations. Such cattle are typically raised untended; left to themselves for months or even years before being rounded up and driven to slaughter. ( 

This means that hundreds of cattle from all over who have received the bare minimum of care are driven to the slaughterhouses and sorted. Those of us who eat meat are eating of animals who were not only not revered, but are not in the best of health, have been neglected or abused, may even be in an “acceptable” range of disease, and then terrified before being harvested for our tables. I find this appalling.

“I guess cows aren’t into the four food groups, especially when they are two of them.” Anthony Clark

“I have been stressing the vital importance of people giving up this habit of eating non-vegetarian food even from my boyhood days. Meat eating fosters animal qualities in man making him descend to the demoniac level; it is a heart-rending sight to see cows being slaughtered to serve as food for man.” Sri Sathya Sai Baba, an Indian Spiritual leader born in 1926

Neglect, fear, anxiety, panic, abuse, pain, illness; these are common conditions for all animals slaughtered for food by today’s factory methods. If you are what you eat, is this really what we want to be taking into our bodies? I do urge everyone to truly consider this aspect of our society that many hardly ever think about. In our commercialized and disconnected society, the only way to really change this is by large numbers of people paying attention to how their food is raised and insisting on our food being raised humanely, tended reasonably, and harvested in as reverent a manner possible. I feel this is just as important with our fruits, vegetables and grains as it is with our meats.

We are feeding ourselves with foods that lack savor and nutrition because they have been pumped full of chemicals and hormones, or grown in ground that has not been allowed it’s proper time to rest, or factory processed in such numbers from so many areas that nearly every month something is being recalled as unfit for consumption. From fresh spinach to food for our pets, we are slowly, and in most cases blindly, poisoning ourselves and loved ones. All because the majority of us are more interested in reaping the bigger better profit, thoughtless convenience, or simply can’t afford a better way of life. These numbers certainly outweigh those who are befittingly grateful for the World and All Our Relations which give so generously of themselves that we might continue to grow and learn as spiritual beings on physical journeys. 

I hear and understand the wisdom contained in the quote by Sri Sathya Sai Baba, and it certainly has validity. To many people for many reasons the eating of meat is as wrong as the notion of the eating our own dead, which was once considered a sacred duty in some societies. While I am not a cannibal and a non-vegetarian diet is considerably more common and acceptable than this dramatic comparison, I personally consider all of those plants and animals that provide me with food to be sacred; entitled to reverence, respect, and gratitude.

I believe that our current attitude towards the raising, tending, slaughtering/harvesting, and processing of our food has much more of a profound and destructive impact upon us than we realize or typically think about. I do ask that you give it some thought and ask yourself if it is more important to you that your food be convenient or healthy in all aspects?

“When Rome’s youth became debased and enervated, when regard was lost for men’s honor and women’s purity, when the sanctity of the home was violated, when her literature became cynical and debased, her dominion ended. The moral life of any people rises or falls with the vitality or decay of its religious life.” John Bonnell

“The mere lapse of years is not life. To eat, to drink, and sleep; to be exposed to darkness and the light; to pace around in the mill of habit, and turn thought into an instrument of trade-this is not life. Knowledge, truth, love, beauty, goodness, faith, alone can give vitality to the mechanism of existence.” ~James Martineau
“Take karma, make dharma.” Gary Gach

From eating healthy grass-fed beef we receive: vitamins A, E, and B complexes, Omega 3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), protein, iron, zinc, niacin, and phosphorous. Vitamin A is vital to good vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division and differentiation. Vitamin E helps prevent oxidative stress, protects us from ultraviolet light, prevents cell damage from free radicals, promotes cell communication and helps to protect us against cancer and Alzheimer’s. B complexes are excellent for healthy skin and nails, relieving stress, depression or anxiety, and aid in retaining mental agility. Omega threes help to reduce inflammation throughout our bodies, keep our blood from excessive clotting, helps to relax and dilate arteries, and is useful in combating depression, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, fatigue, dry skin, brittle hair, brittle nails, joint pain and lack of concentration.

CLA assists in weight loss, the conversion of fat to lean muscle, and has shown itself to have strong anti-cancer properties. Our bodies use protein to build and repair all tissues in the body.Iron helps us to produce red blood cells. Zinc is vital to many biological functions including: immune resistance, wound healing, digestion, reproduction, physical growth, diabetes control, taste and smell. Niacin helps in maintaining healthy skin, increasing ones circulation, regulating circulation, and can also help lower high blood pressure by promoting good cholesterol and reducing bad cholesterol. Phosphorus is needed to maximize calcium’s bone-strengthening qualities. It is necessary for the formation of healthy bones and teeth, allows proper digestion of riboflavin and niacin, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, aids kidneys in their function, aids in releasing stable and plentiful energy to cells, may help block cancer and forms the proteins that aid in reproduction.

The woolly sheep, the horned cow, the persistent camel, the cloven-hooved goat each carry their own messages, but are all Ruminants and from each of these Teachers we learn that our hair, skin, teeth and nails are important. If you feel called by one of the these Teachers and you are a nail-biter, I urge you to bend all efforts towards stopping. This has been one of my own worst habits since childhood and it is only recently that I have gained any success in giving up this nervous habit. The general condition of our skin, hair and nails will tell alot about our general health both physically and emotionally, and this is an aspect of our physical selves that is especially important to these Teachers. We should pay attention to our dietary needs as well as tending to the needs of our skin, bones and teeth.

“The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.” B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga: The Path To Holistic Health

“As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.” Joan Gussow

“If happiness truly consisted in physical ease and freedom from care, then the happiest individual would not be either a man or a woman; it would be, I think, an American cow. " William Lyon Phelps

“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.” Billy Wilder

Symbolically, horns of any sort indicate a special link to the realms of thought and spirituality. How your particular Teacher may use or grow their horns might indicated different things. For example, Bighorn Rams have large strong curled horns that play an integral part of their lives. This could indicate a strong thinker, someone who defends their turf aggressively and intellectually from rivals. Around 7 years old these rams begin to experience difficulty with their peripheral vision because of the length of their curled horns, and they will deliberately break off the ends to keep their field of vision clear! This is a reminder that we all have blind spots and if we don’t take actions to not only be aware of them, but to counteract them… we may fall off the mountain or even end up as dinner for a mountain lion!

Intuition should be heeded by those called by these horned Teachers, and they should pay particular attention to keep their thoughts positive and flexible. Bulls, camels, goats…. many of these Teachers are noted for their stubborn natures! The rectangular shape of the pupils of goats, sheep and horses is a reminder to see the world with Equanimity; balanced and rational as well as loving and kind. Tails are an additional reminder to stay grounded (tails pointing downward), or to stay linked to spirituality and thought (upward pointed). Cloven feet indicate a tendency toward or a need for tenacious stability and extreme agility. Mountain goats and sheep are especially noted for those abilities. Your window of opportunity may not be wide, but you have an excellent chance of making the most of it!

For positive and negative traits of Cow/Bull people, you can begin by examining the Zodiac sign of Taurus, just as one who feels called by Bighorn sheep might examine Aries. In the language of symbols, hair is representative of spiritual antannae, protection, thought, wisdom. If your cattle bears a mane from shoulders to head for example, this could indicate a need to pay particular attention to how your thoughts affect your actions and work, or even simply to concentrate while working. Like horns, this is a reminder too to keep your channel open, be receptive and aware. Beards, for another example, indicate a need to pay particular attention to how you speak, as well as symbolizing virility and wisdom.

“Not what we have but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.” Epicurus

“Life in abundance comes only through great love.” Elbert Hubbard

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your life and in your days of abundance.” Kalil Gibran

Typically, domestic cows have their first calf when they are about two years old. The gestation period is nine months, and calves are fed by their mothers for about nine weeks. Only a cow with a calf can produce the milk harvested on dairy farms and typically such cows are kept for 3 or 4 years. Dairy cows provide 90% of the milk used by humans around the world, and it is the cow’s ability to provide and feed others without sacrifice of its life that has given it the moniker of Mother to the World. A good milk cow can produce over 25 gallons (400 glasses) of milk a day! That is a lot of milk, butter, cheese or ice cream. Males are typically used for either breeding, labor, or slaughtered for their meat and hides. The Bull therefore speaks of sacrifice in a different manner than the motherly Cow.

While fat intake is a consideration, milk has been helpful to us by providing us with calcium, protein, vitamin a, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, potassium, phosphorus, niacin, and riboflavin. Eating beef provides one with complete protein, including sulphur-containing proteins like cysteine. Vitamins B 6 and 12 are abundant in beef. Taurine and carnitine help build healthy eyes and hearts, and minerals like magnesium and zinc are also found in this meat. 

While vegetarianism is an excellent way of life for some, some of us were born to be meat eaters. Sometimes nothing else will do but a thick rare steak with all your favorite trimmings, and with each of my pregnancies I craved liver, something I never ate before, within the first trimester. My iron levels were never an issue. To my mind, it is more important to concentrate efforts on insisting on sources of healthy local animals than to completely eliminate meat from my diet. I believe that you are what you eat. I do NOT want to be eating an animal that suffered, was miserable, traumatized, abused, pumped full of chemicals and hormones, or lived in fear. I respect my Cousins for their sacrifice and am grateful that they are willing to give of themselves that I might prosper.

“In Life’s name and for Life’s sake, I say that I will use the Art for nothing but the service of that Life. I will guard growth and ease pain. I will fight to preserve what grows and lives well in its own way; and I will change no object or creature unless its growth and life, or that of the system of which it is part, are threatened. To these ends, in the practice of my Art, I will put aside fear for courage, and death for life, when it is right to do so — till Universe’s end.” “The Wizard’s Oath” from Diane Duane’s Young Wizard series

Cow and Bull teach us that hard work is required for a good life, and sacrifice of ourselves for the greater good is a worthy gift to give to our people as well as to All Our Relations. Our individual generosity, in whatever form it takes, is the gift we give back to the World to show our appreciation of Life and the many gifts we are given by our Creator. While the Cow speaks of a softer, more nurturing generosity, the Bull as the embodiment of fiery creative male energy gives of itself more dramatically. This is a message to us that women need to not only acknowledge our nurturing nature and motherly generosity, but also to embrace it, be comfortable with this aspect of ourselves.

Men need to feel that they are actively and definitively giving of themselves in a protective and productive way to families and even communities. The Cow is linked with the Moon, and the Bull has likewise been linked for centuries with the more fiery and active energy of the Sun. Together though, in harmony, this feminine/masculine energy of Cattle represents the fertile Earth and Yin-yang. Those called by this Totem who are unfamiliar with the Yin-yang concept should devote some study to it. While we as men and women have our individual approach, in the end it is just as important that we all have a truly balanced approach.

Ultimately though, service to others is a Cattle lesson in whatever form we express it that transcends something as earthly and mundane as gender. These concepts of service to others, dharma, reliability, nurturing are vital elements in society that are suffering a rather severe setback right now. For many reasons, we as a People have become so insular that we certainly no longer rely on, or care for our family, friends and neighbors on a day to day basis for our needs. In most cases don’t have the support of a strong, reliable, or extensive network when we truly need it. We most often feel utterly isolated within society and disconnected from the World around us.

While individuality is a wonderful and worthy thing, this “every man for himself” attitude is detrimental for our selves, our loved ones, our communities, and the World in general. In the not so distant past, when there was a major task that needed to be done, the people gathered together and accomplished the task. Today, people are often reluctant or unable to ask help of anyone, even their own families. In the end, this is a destructive path both individually and collectively. Just as “bull-headed” stubborness, anger, aggression, and blind emotional reactions are harmful to our selves and others.

“Reasoning at every step he treads,
Man yet mistakes his way,
Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads,
Are rarely known to stray.” William Cowper

“My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.” Tryon Edwards

“There are the waves and there is the wind, seen and unseen forces. Everyone has these same elements in their lives, the seen and unseen, karma and free will.” Kuan Yin

The constructive side of a Cow or Bull person might be: earthy well grounded individuals displaying reliability, warm and loving hearts, persistence, determination, stability, and a generally peaceful nature. The destructive side might exhibit: jealousy, possessiveness, resentment, inflexibility, self-indulgence, greed, impatience, coldness, unreliability, lack of drive or follow through, instability and aggression or mood swings. Foster temperance and equanimity in all things, feed and share the loving and patient side of your self.

Are you being too stubborn or rigid? Are you too self-indulgent or aggressive? Are you rushing in blindly and aggressively like the proverbial bull in a china shop? Are you allowing yourself enough time to process and truly think about you current situation or issues? Are you like the infamous Celtic Queen Maeve who felt driven to steal the Brown Bull of Cooley; too concerned with your possessions, position, appearance and wealth to the detriment of your loved ones? All of these are potential issues for those called by this Teacher.

Cosmically connected, the sacred Cow brings abundance, awareness, a fertile spark into our lives. She feeds the world. Steadfast, gentle, courageous, crowned by thought and spirituality the Bull lends us his strength, helps us to till the fields of our life, and teaches us how to lovingly bring about a bountiful harvest; sacrificing himself utterly for the feast. How does this Teacher appear in your life?

“Maeve was a queen with a passion for war.
She had riches and wealth, but still wanted more.
She wanted the bull that dwelled in Cooley -
a magnificent beast that she longed to see.” Brown Bull of Cooley lyrics

“Cows are my passion. What I have ever sighed for has been to retreat to a Swiss farm, and live entirely surrounded by cows… and china.” Charles Dickens

“The most decisive actions of our life… are most often unconsidered actions.” André Gide, The Counterfeiters, 1926

“The child’s world has no beginning or end.
To him, colors are neither beautiful nor ugly.
The child’s nature has no preconceived notion of birth and death.
The golden mountain is solid and unchanging.
The ruby sun is all-pervading.
The crystal moon watches over millions of stars.
The child exists without preconceptions. " Chögyam Trungpa

Key Concepts: Nurturing, Motherhood, Fertility, Compassion, Self Sacrifice, Standing for Truth, Nourishment, Renewal, Stability, Lunar Energy

Potential Balancing energies: Grasses , Grains, plants like dandelion, daisies , blackberries, plantain, sunflowers, milkweed, violets, clover , angelica , Trees , Insects like Crickets/Grasshoppers or Bees , Lions , Wolves and other Canine Teachers, other horned or antlered Teachers like Deer, other hooved Teachers like Horses , “Snakes”: , and birds like Crow