CELEBRATING OUR SOURCES
From the Unitarian Universalist Associations of Congregations:
The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:
Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
For Earth Day, 2014, we focus on the symbol of the earth wheel.
The circle with a single crossbar is perhaps the oldest known symbol for “Mother Earth.” Our particular applique representation, with white, yellow, red and black inserts closely resembles one of the clan symbols of the Ojibwa. For the Ojibwa, white represents North, Yellow- East, Red –South, and Black-West. Other Native American tribes also use the earth circle with colored inserts. (the Lakota Sioux for example.) Some also mention blue for sky and green for the land. In some ancient societies, the four quarters of the circle also represent the elements, Fire, Water, Air, Earth (soil).
From the venerable Black Elk, some words for reflection:
“Hear me, four quarters of the world.
A relative, I am!
Give me the strength to walk the soft earth.
Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand.
Look upon these faces of children without number,
That they may face the winds and walk the good road to the day of quiet,
That is my prayer; hear me.
( Josephine Leach, April 22,2014)