Butterfly, dragonfly and bat medicine came visiting recently as I was in study with Sefer Yetzirah and its teaching on “arms of the universe.” In beginning to write this post, that well known song came to mind by Sarah McLaughlin, “In the Arms of the Angel,” so I went looking for the lyrics and read about the creation of the words, which speaks of heroin use and addiction. Many probably know about this, but it was?unknown to me.
What an interesting turnaround in the use of the word “angel.” Sometimes ignorance can be bliss. In this case, I am glad I took the time to look up the story behind the lyrics.
Getting back to the “arms of the universe”?and what the butterfly, dragonfly and bat medicine ? Jamie Sam’s Medicine Cards book???brought to me:?Butterfly medicine invites us?into the art of transformation, as I wrote?about June 5.
Dragonfly medicine invites us into “the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment, and the communications from the elemental world.”?It?”beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits which you need to change.”
Bat medicine “signals rebirth of some part of yourself or the death of old patterns.”?Sam explains: “The universe is always asking you to grow and become your future. To do so you must die the shaman’s death.”
In Sefer Yetzirah, Chapter Five ?? “Arms of the Universe/Boundaries of the Universe” ??starts off with?a teaching of the 12?elemental letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and it lays out the directions that form the 12 edges of the cube.?
Too much to?write in a single post, so I would like to leave you with the?closing paragraph of 5:2,?”The 12?diagonal boundaries are? therefore like transmission lines, through which creative energy flows into the universe from the 12?diagonal paths in the Tree of Life. As such, these infinities are the interface between the physical and the transcendental.”
If at the end of this all, you are saying to yourself, “WHAT?” I consider the post has accomplished its intent …