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The Beginning of the
Legacy of Women
Excerpt from the book 'The 13 Original
Clan Mothers' by Jamie Sams.
After the destruction by fire that
ended the First World of Love, the Thirteen Original Clan Mothers
were created as the healing aspects of Grandmother Moon and
Mother Earth, representing all that is beautiful in Woman. As
parts of the Original Dream, the Thirteen Original Clan Mothers
came to walk the Earth, forming the Sisterhood that bound all
women together as dreaming counterparts in order to manifest
the Original Dream of Wholeness on the physical plane. These
seeds of inner peace were planted in the hearts of every humans
female side. Today, this Original Dream of Wholeness is being
nurtured in the hearts of women world-wide and is being birthed
through their shared visions as they open their dreams to the
light and build those dreams in tangible form.
During the making of this Legacy
of Woman Dream, the feelings that would need to be shared among
women in order for the Human Tribe to heal were sealed in the
Earth Mother's tears. These tears were the Medicine that would
transform the pain created when the First World of Love was
destroyed by greed. The hearts of the Human Tribe had been wounded,
and from those deep and jagged wounds, fear and separation were
born. The Two-legged Children of Earth no longer trusted one
another and feared that they had been abandoned by the Great
Mystery and the Earth Mother. It was for this reason that the
love and compassion of woman was born.
It was then necessary for the Earth
Mother's feminine aspects to be taken from the Dreamtime and
allowed to walk the physical plane in order for human women
to take their places as nurturers and Mothers of the Creative
Source. The wholeness of woman that had its roots in the Spirit
World and was connected to Earth through the Dreaming Circles
of women, was birthed into the physical world in order to fulfill
the promise of healing. This healing of the Earth Tribe's wounds
will continue until the Original Dream of the Earth Mother is
restored in the tangible world. Perfect peace and harmony, respect
for all living things, love without conditions, truth as the
ultimate guideline, and equality for all are but a few of the
parts of the Original Dream of Wholeness.
Healing begins to take place on
our Mother Planet through this original Council of Women, creating
the Legacy of Woman, and allowing all women to find their roles
in the Children of Earth's healing process. It was through these
Thirteen Clan Mothers that the truth of healing was discovered:
When we heal ourselves, others are healed. When we nurture our
dreams, we give birth to the dreams of humankind. When we walk
as loving aspects of the Earth Mother, we become the fertile,
life-giving Mothers of the Creative Force. When we honor our
bodies, our health, and our emotional needs, we make space for
our dreams to come into being. When we speak the truth from
our healed hearts, we allow life abundant to continue on our
Thirteen Moons pass every time the
Earth Mother completes one rotation around Grandfather Sun.
Thirteen is the number for transformation (although it has been
maligned by many fear-ridden philosophies). As every year is
completed, a cycle of transformation in the growth and healing
process of the Earth Mother's children takes place. These cycles
of healing and enlightenment
bring forth the powerful aspects of the female principle every
time Grandmother Moon becomes full.
From the beginning, as life forms
came to inhabit Earth, there was but one great land mass. This
land mass was originally called Turtle Island because Turtle
was, and is, the most fertile creature on Earth. The Two-leggeds
were given the mission of preserving the fertility of the Earth
Mother, who would provide for all of their needs if they honored
the Sacred Space of all living things in the physical world.
When this mission was neglected, with greed causing the humans
of the First World to rape women and to pillage gold from the
Earth Mother's body, the feminine was defiled. The Thirteen
Original Clan Mothers had not yet manifested but were the Spirit
World Guardians of preserving the fertility of the Earth Mother.
It was during that time of great
pain that the Clan Mothers passed the legacy of honoring woman
and preserving the Earth Mother to humankind. As these Clan
Mothers came to walk the physical plane, they built a Council
House in the shape of Turtle to be a reminder to all women that
inorder for the Children of Earth to survive, the women must
honor themselves and their true Mother, the Earth. These Spirit
Ancestors of womankind came to walk the Earth in order to understand
their medicines, developing the strengths they needed to meet
and overcome the challenges of being human.
The Thirteen Original Clan Mothers
decided to forge the bonds of Sisterhood that would unite all
women as one. This Sisterhood was based on a bond of blood that
marked the cycles of fertility in women. These cycles of fertility
are based on moon cycles of twenty-eight days between bleeding.
To this day, women who live, dream, or pray together will have
their Moon-times or menstrual cycles at the same time so that
their wombs are open simultaneously, allowing the dreams of
humankind to be planted inside and then nurtured as a group.
Every woman has the potential to
birth the dreams of the Sisterhood whether she can birth babies
or not. The womb space is the balance point of gravity in the
human form and the power place of the physical realm found inside
the body. Women who have had their wombs removed can give birth
to their dreams and projects without having the physical organs.
The Sisterhood welcomes every woman who accepts the roles that
will honor all women equally and who will contribute her talents
to the whole. Little girls become women, and a part of this
Sisterhood, with the flow of their first Moon-time. These young
women mark their Rites of Passage into the Sisterhood by becoming
Mothers of the Creative Source. In other words, as young women
are educated as to their roles in womankind, they also contribute
to the birthing cycle of the dreams that will shape the future
of our planet. The Sisterhood is responsible for teaching Woman's
Medicine to young women before they mate and give birth to children
of their own.
Through Rites of Passage and the
education of young women, the Legacy of Woman is then firmly
established in the hearts and minds of the future generations.
Then, the old patterns of family and planetary dysfunction can
be healed. These were the original aims of the Sisterhood brought
to womankind during the Ice Age that followed the First World's
destruction by fire. From that first Turtle Council House, all
circles, wheels, societies, and clans of women were given birth.
The Medicine Lodges, Dreaming Circles, Totem Clans, Sisterhoods,
and all aspects of honoring the Mother Earth came from these
Thirteen Original Clan Mothers. These Clan Mothers
were not of any particular race, nor did they possess an particular
belief systems that could limit womankind. They were the Mothers
of all races and the healing aspects of womankind who then birthed
the healing potential now present on our planet. The Knowing
Systems that they represent are the Foundations of Truth that
allow all women to be the Guardians of humankind's dream of
When these truths were passed to
me in my twenty-second year of life by my two Kiowa Grandmother
teachers, I asked Grandmother Cisi why the red race had been
given the history of the Thirteen Original Clan Mothers. She
told me that the red race was given the Guardianship of Earth
Medicine and the mysteries of the Earth Mother. Grandmother
Berta explained that many pieces to the puzzle of the Sisterhood
were held by wise women of all races, but how those truths came
into being had almost been forgotten as Traditions changed and
eons passed. The blueprint of the first Medicine Wheel of the
Sisterhood was passed orally through the Black Lodges, Moon
Lodges, and Medicine Societies of Women in Native America in
order for the Legacy of Woman to survive. The original wheel
of the Clan Mothers was based on the thirteen moons of the year
and had twelve positions around the wheel, with the thirteenth
in the center.
The Medicine Wheel of the Thirteen
Original Clan Mothers is based on the creed of "Life, Unity
and Equality for Eternity".
Life is in the East of the Medicine
Wheel where the day is born with the rising of Grandfather Sun.
Life in the East teaches us that each new Sun announces a new
beginning when life abundant is available, asking us to participate
by using all our abilities. Unity is in the South where faith,
trust, innocence, and humility begin the Earth Walk of physical
life and where we all see as children. In the South, Unity teaches
us that unless everyone wins, nobody wins. Equality is in the
West of the Wheel where all our dreams are born and all our
promises of tomorrow live. Equality in the West teaches us that
our dreams will only manifest in the future if we honor the
equality of every life form. Eternity sits in the North of the
Medicine Wheel, the place of wisdom, and teaches us that all
cycles of change and all lessons in truth will continue throughout
time. Every lesson of growth brings us closer to wholeness,
teaching that our spirits are forever a part of the Great Mystery
throughout Eternity. Each one of the Thirteen Original Clan
Mothers holds a part of the foundation of truth within the Legacy
These talents and abilities are
woven from the hidden mysteries of Grandmother Moon and are
reflected through Mother Earth in the physical embodiment of
woman. Each aspect of the Thirteen Clan Mothers carries a part
of the truth and corresponds to the thirteen moons of the year.
The first moon birthed the ability
of learning the truth and applied that talent to all Relations,
all worlds, and all mysteries.
The second moon brought the gift of honoring the truth and applied
that talent to self-development.
The third moon birthed the ability of accepting the truth and
tempered these lessons with taking on the additional responsibilities
of justice, self-determination, and balance.
The fourth moon created the ability of seeing the truth in all
realms through dreams, impressions, and prophecy.
The fifth moon gave birth to the talent of hearing the truth
in the physical and spiritual realms, understanding harmony
The sixth moon brought the talent of speaking the truth and
with it came the lessons of faith and speaking humility.
The seventh moon birthed the ability of loving the truth in
all things, therefore, loving all things for the truth held
The eighth moon spun the talent of serving the truth by being
of service to others in all of the healing arts.
The ninth moon brought the gift of living the truth into being,
teaching dependability through living the truth
today in order to preserve tomorrow for the unborn generations.
The tenth moon gave birth to the talent of working with the
truth, using all aspects of creativity in order to bring the
truth into physical manifestation in a creative way.
The eleventh moon wove the ability of walking the truth, showing
how to lead through example, how to stand tall and "Walk
The twelfth moon birthed the talent of giving thanks for the
truth, being based in returning thanks for all that is received.
Expressing oru gratitude created all ceremonies connected to
giving or receiving the abundant lessons and bounty of life.
The thirteenth moon came forward to give the gift of becoming
the truth that is the cycle of transformation; the regenerative
nature of completion that then moves to a new beginning place,
in order to enter the next cycle of growth.
From these cycles of truth the Thirteen
Original Clan Mothers forged the Sisterhood and the Legacy of
Woman. Every Clan Mother came to walk the Earth in order to
honor the Legacy of Woman and to make the Sisterhood strong.
As each one of these ancient Grandmothers took her place in
the Sisterhood's Council, she was given a mission. Each was
to develop all aspects of her gifts and abilities in order to
discover her own Medicine. This Medicine would then be opened
to all of womankind through the making of that Grandmother's
Medicine Shield. Every woman who sought the truth of these Medicines
could understand because each Medicine Shield spoke to her seeking
heart through color, form, and concept. The mystery of each
Clan Mother's Medicine Shield would have to be felt deep inside
each female Two-legged before the Medicine could be called upon
for strength during each woman's personal journey of self-discovery.
Like the Ancient Grandmothers who
had walked those paths of discovering the Self before them,
the ensuing generations of women were never given the answers
but merely given a map, a guideline, allowing them to express
their own uniqueness and to learn their own lessons in their
own ways. The original Medicine Shields of these Grandmothers
have long since vanished, but the Medicine still stands in unity.
As the guiding light of the Sisterhood, the spirits of these
ancient Grandmothers still sit in Council inside the inner Earth
with the light of their Whirling Rainbow Dream coming forth
as the Aurora Borealis.
The gifts that each moon and each
Clan Mother represent contain the abilities of each, as well
as how she learned the lessons of physical life, using her gifts
in order to be in balance while meeting the challenges she faced.
The lesson that still stands before the women of today is one
that was understood in the hearts of every Ancient Grandmother.
That lesson is exemplified through "Life, Unity and Equality
for Eternity". The Sisterhood was formed in order for womankind
to be able to see all aspects of the Self as equal, all talents,
male and female, as contributing to the whole. We are being
asked to honor the gifts of womankind and to call on the strength
of our sisters in order to discover ourselves. The circle will
come full when every human can see the beauty within the Self,
as well as in all others. The transmutation of competition,
separateness, hierarchy, jealousy, envy, manipulation, control,
selfishness, greed, dependency, old wounds, and self-righteousness
must be accomplished before we will come to wholeness. These
attitudes are the enemies of humankind and are found within
the Shadow-self, rather that outside ourselves.
As more women take their roles in
the modern world of corporations and business, they often find
themselves losing touch with the feminine. This is almost expected
since the corporate work force
is dominated by men. The role models of the ancient Clan Mothers
can assist these modern women in maintaining their sense of
Self and enable them to become leaders through example rather
than through competition, backstabbing or conquest, but the
challenge to accomplish these goals depends upon the strength
of the Sisterhood. Women must support other women in a way that
allows those who chose difficult paths to lean to call upon
their sisters, maintaining the understanding of who they are
and what they can become. In this manner we can also support
the development of the female aspect in our male counterparts,
and then pass the legacy of wholeness to all our children.
The timelessness of the Medicine
that each Original Clan Mother holds will apply to our world
no matter how many generations pass, because these truths are
eternal. We are the Mothers of the Creative Source. The fertile
aspect of our nature comes through being able to nurture the
truth found in our dreams and to feed our dreams, giving them
life, and then to build dreams in the physical world. After
those dreams are birthed, we then are able to share the skills
necessary for others to do the same. This is a part of the timeless
wisdom that our wisewoman Grandmothers of the Turtle Council
House offer us.
In each aspect of the Original Thirteen,
we find a part of the Legacy of Woman that will fuel the fire
of our personal and unified creations. To share that wisdom
with our peers and our daughters is to honor the ceremony called
the Give-away. The Give-away teaches us to share the wisdom
that was shared with us, passing it on so that for eternity,
the Teachings, Traditions and Medicine will live.
The Legacy of Woman and the bonds
of the Sisterhood will never be broken even though some human
beings insist on standing outside that circle of love and compassion.
Those who stand outside are not to be hated or shunned. They
ar the Children of Sorrow who have never known their true Mother.
They are the product of families torn apart, riddled with dysfunction,
unable to break the chains that bind them to their pain. Their
hearts, which seem hardened, have never known the safety of
transformative tears or loving arms and gentle healing. These
children of pain and sorrow come from such profound wonderness
that the only life they know is one in which they must defend
their viewpoints because they fear that they are unworthy of
The Earth Mother loves the wounded,
even as they rape her body and claim material possessions in
order to assert their right to be. She offers them love and
rest. Then, she offers to heal their eyes that cannot see, their
ears that cannot hear, and their hearts that cannot understand.
The Earth Mother's waters offer to wash away the memories of
anguish and personal grief held in human hearts. We hear the
voice of our Earth Mother through our female side. Women are
being offered an opportunity to become living extensions of
her love, by healing themselves. As healed humans, we may become
pockets of safety where others, still wounded, can seek the
tools to use in finding their own paths to healing themselves.
As women, we are continually writing
the history of the Legacy of Woman. We cannot point a finger
at men or each other without owning the pain of past generations
who forgot how to give or teach human compassion. Our own family
trees are filled with teaching situations and with tragic examples
that may have blinded our own Ancestors to the value of truth
as it is found in love. Now, the destiny of wholeness of the
human race falls to the Sisterhood because all things are
born of woman.
The Thirteen Original Clan Mothers
are here to teach us how to become our visions an dhow to heal
each other as well as our world. The women who have completed
all the lessons on the Medicine Wheel of live have been called
wisewomen, holy women, saints or goddesses and have been given
a thousand different names. These fully realized females have
appeared in a million or more roles throughout time, and yet,
every living woman is a potential role model for humanity. The
women who have been recognized as role models were all born
of the Earth Mother and learned the lessons of her thirteen
aspects, the Thirteen Original Clan Mothers. They are all ancient
Grandmothers who spun the webs of our present world to deliver
their children from the dark night of the soul. They are eternal
and they offer their strength to each of us, female and male,
in the spirit of truth and in the name of love.
All of us, as Two-legged humans of
Earth, are being asked to return to the Ancient Turtle Lodge
that exists inside the shell of the Self in order to discover
and rediscover the talents we hold. The fertility of our Earth
Mother and All Our Relations depends upon how we heal ourselves.
After we are healed, it is our task to created new maps of how
to use the energy we used to waste on worry, hurry, pain, grief
and conflict, in order to create a unified world of peace. We
discover the essence of our true Mother's desire for peace when
the h is moved from the end of the word Earth to the front,
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