I had quite a visit to the US these past 9 days. I’m still in the states, set to return tomorrow, and I find myself processing quite alot of information! I was invited to the gathering of the Wind Clan by Chief Bluewolf Kicking Bear about a month and a half ago. Never did I think (at the time) that I would actually come! And yet, here I am, having added to my life experience almost 10 days of very unique interactions, ceremonies, new relationships, shared love, gifts, insights…
The actual gathering took place near Crewe, Virginia – a small town in mid-virginia, located on the eastern coast of the United States…I arrived a few days early and was met at the Airport by River Two Horses. He took me to the land where the Gathering was happening and introduced me to the ‘Family’. I met Chief Bluewolf Kicking Bear-the Clan Chief. I stayed with Star Pony and Shadow Walker who welcomed me into their home with open arms and hearts.
People began arriving from all over the Country-smiling-glad to be ‘home’. We were immensely lucky when Little Tiger-Jan Seiden arrived on the Friday to entertain and thrill us with her amazing flute playing. She took us with her music far away and called the rain and made us laugh when it fell so hard!
On Saturday morning the Heart Beat drum began to beat and a day of Ceremony started in the dawn light. I felt so immensely honoured to be there….so lucky. When my turn came to beat the drum it was almost impossible to do so as I couldn’t see for the tears falling from my eyes. I was surrounded by love and the warmth of a family I didn’t know I had until a few weeks before. It felt so right to be there. During one ceremony the Chief added to my name -which was already Swift Horse- Blue Water Spirit Woman because I’d flown across the ocean to be there!
I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Talking Bird the Medicine Man and he shared with me stories of the Trail of Tears. On my part I took many clan members on vision journeys to meet loved ones gone before, discover Power Animals and even remove a Voodoo curse! The time passed so fast and before I knew it I was driving back to Washington DC to catch my flight home.
And here I am now finally finishing this post-back in the UK- my heart full of joy and a little sadness too-happy to be back with my husband and sons and looking forward to next years Gathering!