eSMArts team is fortunate to have crossed paths with a truly remarkable artist (and a really nice guy), our friend and elder statesman, Van Stewart Bevil, who reminded us yesterday of the passing of the Cherokee New Year by posting this brief lesson our our yahoo discussion forum. We quote:
Alihelisdi Itse Udetiyusadisvi
On October 7, we left the year of the Firepit, a sign of refuge and warmth, and entered the year of the Big Star, also known as the Rabbit. Both terms refer to the planet Venus, a body which is often mistaken for a star and which appears and disappears from view, just like a rabbit.
Many of the familiar stories of the Rabbit trickster - the pre-electronics Bugs Bunny - refer back to interactions in the sky with other features, such as the constellations Deer, Bear and Turtle. As with all wisdom traditions, these stories have many layers of meaning.
We have entered a year where the pace of events will speed up, and the direction of events may change as quickly as a zigzagging cottontail.
We wish you all the best and a Happy New Year
When I formed the eSMArts group I hoped I would meet funny, talented and caring people like Van, but I never anticipated learning as much as I have from my online family! These folks keep me guessing daily - and that says quite a bit :)
Here is one of Van's paintings that I particularly like (well I actually love all of his works). Buffalo Dreamer is available for purchase in Van's shop, Kicking Bear on etsy.
I encourage you to visit Van's Kicking Bear shop to view his gallery of wonderful oils and also explore the magical healing and wellness items created in the 'old way' by Van himself.
Van's stunning nature theme oils are on display and available for immediate purchase at Coastal Artist on etsy and you can read lessons from this learned educator, writer and spiritual leader by subscribing to his newest blog The Grandfathers Speak