Well, I’ve posted often in the past on readiness. In today’s economy, which is struggling to remain afloat, I’m beginning to think that it might just be a good idea to be prepared — with food and water and anything else you can think of that you might need in case of an emergency.
Not that I’m predicting one, mind you. But a very wise man once said “Prepare for the worst and it seldom comes.” So along with that note, I thought I might talk today about signs in Nature. As you might or might not know, Nature often gives us signs as to what is to be expected in the future. This isn’t fortune telling. This is simply reading the signs that are there and knowing what follows.
In the past, the American Indian (the word Indian, by the way comes from the Spanish word, Indio, which means one with God — so I’ve decided that I like that word) was very attuned to his environment. Whether he liked it or not or thought it was beautiful or dangerous, might or might not be. It was matter of survival that he be able to foretell what might be in his future.
From the book, INDIAN WHY STORIES by Frank B. Linderman,
“Tomorrow will be a fine day,” said Other-person, “for grandfather says that a red sky is always the sun’s promise of fine weather, and the sun cannot lie.”
Here’s another one, that I bet you all know. A harsh winter can be judged by the heaviness of the animal’s fur. Nature seems to have made it that way. Here’s a few more — but these signs were helped along by man: A bunch of grass tied together will give you the date of when the person left it passed that way — seen by its freshness. Two or three stones that were deliberately piled on top of each other is giving a warning and the way in which they are placed indicates the direction.
Now one could also leave messages — and they were easy to read for a man or woman who knew how to look. Depending on what you had to hand, rocks could show the direction in which the tribe went — or grass could be tied to show direction, too, by pointing. Trees could be marked to show when one should turn and in which direction. Important notices could be left by the inclusion of different signs. Cutting the bark all around a tree meant “I am starving.”
Even a pony could be used to tell a story. Riding in circles, or backwards or forwards denoted danger or indicated the presence of an enemy or game. The rapidity of riding in a circle or backwards or forwards indicated that immediate attention was needed. If an Indian in the lead of a party road back and forth wildly and with great speed, and then hid himself, it meant that the others in his party were to do the same — the enemy was close to hand and too numerous to win the fight.
Here’s a few more signs in nature — these I don’t know how true they are — you’ll have to determine that for yourself. It was told to me when I was growing up that a circle around the moon meant rain was in the forecast. Now interestingly, in sign language the phrase of winning a woman’s affection was the same sign that was used for “kill,” meaning (according to the author of the book, THE INDIAN SIGN LANUAGE — W. P. Clark) that one killed all opposition. Interesting…
Well, that’s all for today’s blog. I’d love to hear if you know of any of these signs in Nature that foretell of things to come. Or any other signals, also. If I remember correctly, one of the badges of an Eagle Scout is to know many of these different trail signs.
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