The Hopi Ten, Grandma and building new altars
There is much to be said about healing right now.
How it happens and what needs to be done.
Old modalities and new ones.
Ones that have always been here but that have been renamed.
And so it is with this in mind that I share this post today.
I have spent the morning cleaning my house listening to chanting
and setting up an altar for my late Grandmother Eden whose birthday is today.
Candles and roses and photos and plants and kitties scurrying about.
Who can express the emotion of loss that continues to sift through
many years after that person is gone. She is ever with me in spirit
but do I ever miss my time with her.
She would cook for me a special dinner every time I spent the night.
Roast chicken and yams with salad.
Then frozen yogurt and peach brandy for desert.
Then she would set my hair in rollers and we would watch jeopardy,
family feud or play card or monopoly.
Then we would sew and listen to Elvis all in the same night.
She would let me wear her silky lady nightgowns
and make me a soft bed on the couch
in blue rose sheets. I would hear her after she tucked me in,
making a chicken salad sandwich for my lunch.
Oh how I miss her. So today I am thinking of her.
And of healing. She was a healer and she was part Cherokee Indian
and I loved to hear the very small collection of stories she had
about her Grandmother, Nasaya and her long black hair.
I am thinking, of baking chicken tonight for my family in her honor.
Is there an altar you want to set up today or this holy month of between the veils?
What about what this powerful new moon means for you? I cried all day yesterday
and when my dear ones asked me why I said I didn’t know – I was just FEELING
everything. You could clear a desk or dresser – you could get board and drape a
scarf on it and light a candle. You could write a prayer on paper for your wishes….
You could think about the TEN most important things in your life right now…
It is time at the New Moon to build a new altar. Will you join me?
Today I am sharing this Hopi Ten message which has been with me and
in my heart many years.
There are moments when I will be sitting meditating or painting
or in circle and one of them will just pop into my mind.
Are you in right relation?
Know your garden.
Where is your water and so on.
About six year ago I met a woman to whom the Hopi message was delivered.
You can hear more about her story at
I was about to get on a call last night with my Mama’s Medicine Wheel Circle
and I called ChoQosh, not having seen her for over a year,
I was so happy to hear your kind and loving voice.
I asked her to tell me again about the Hopi Ten,
so she told it to me again, and said it was much like a Zen Cohen.
I listened as she said it to me like magic particles filtering
into my mind and heart.
Blessings to you dear sister and to the ones who continue
to bring the sacred stories and medicine to the world.
I also was a part of a performance with her for Spearhead a
few Thanksgivings ago where she told all those present
they needed to stop with all the “substances”
but that is for another blogpost and another day!~!
ChoQosh is a Chumash elder through whom the Hopi elders chose to deliver a Ten-Point message – as told to her in April 1993.
Sacred Weaving belonging to ChoQosh – she talks about it on the Prophesy Keepers radio program.
A Hopi Elder Speaks
“You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered . . .
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your communities
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.”
Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said,
“This could be a good time!”
“There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are torn apart and will suffer greatly.
“Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above water. And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, Least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.
“The time for the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word struggle from you attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
And ChoQosh always adds – and look in the river and see who is in there with you and celebrate!
This is a photo taken after a wonderful medicine circle a few years back, ChoQosh it the one with her arm extended.