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Joined: 07 Nov 2005, 20:40

21 Sep 2006, 21:00 #1

In the Daily Inspiration Lodge, Cinn had posted about Earth and Sky from Jamie Sams. It was also a bit about Braids. I would like to share briefly, some of
what I have learned of Braids thru the years.

Hair is a physical reprensentaion, extention of our thought, and of our Spiritual Essence, our Strength. This is why, when a Loved One Crosses over, a lot of
times a Person will cut thier Hair and send it with the Loved One. It is Strength to help them on thier Journey.

A Braid is 3 bunches of Hair, braided into 1. It reminds us of the Strength in Unity. We are stonger Together than Alone.

The 3 groups of Hair can mean many things. It can be like the Lakota Virtues. 1 stands for Bravery. 1 for Fortitude, in facing Life, Fortitude is internal,
facing our problems without burdening others. Living with our pains. 1 for Generosity, taking care of those less fortunate than us, the Elders, and the Young
Ones, the feeble and the infirm. Together they make the 4th Virtue, Wisdom, which comes after years of living the other 3.

The 3 can also represent, (and what I most often think of when I Braid my Hair), Love, Honor and Respect, which together make the basis of all our
relationships, and are what make us Human. By offering Love, Honor and Respect to All, we are full-filling our places on this Earth. We are Human.

I most often wear my hair anymore in Braids and Free. I put my Hair behind my ears, then Braid that, and the back is hanging loose and Free. I am a carpenter,
(well anymore I just do odd jobs, and work also in a metapysical shop a few hours a month), and it keeps my Hair from falling in my face, or in the way of my
sight, and outta the way of saw blades. So I have two Braids, and Free.

Another, way of looking at it is, the 3 represent Body, Mind and Spirit, which together make us Whole.

There are many more Teachings about Braids in the World. I would imagine every culture has some, either about Braids or just Hair.

Listen for the Flute in the Breeze


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Joined: 26 Jun 2005, 16:39

21 Sep 2006, 22:49 #2

1 for Fortitude, in facing Life, Fortitude is internal,
facing our problems without burdening
That would be the part of
my braid that has the split ends?

just kidding. Good post.Image

Bear In Mind
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Joined: 17 Nov 2004, 22:48

22 Sep 2006, 05:03 #3

I've been *tempted* to post about braids but didn't
since there's already a post on "Hair"
in our Library created when my little sister was
flitttering around here.
Thanks for
posting this! I'm very interested in hair. Can't explain
why now ~ have to rush off to Karate practice
Image but I'm
looking forward to seeing the responses! ImageImage

Cinnamon Moon 1
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Joined: 16 Oct 2003, 23:40

22 Sep 2006, 05:10 #4

Thank you for sharing. I'll copy this to the
Symbolism Library if you don't mind. Image~To Be A Feather In Spirit's

~To Be A Feather In Spirit's Wing~