Yaponcha; Moderation is key to Everything

mixing_elementsYaponcha- Hopi- Moderation

Yaponcha dwells at the foot of Sunset Crater in the crack of a black rock.
If Yaponcha shows up in your life, it is possible that winds have been blowing incessantly in your life, and you are now ready for a change. It’s time to restore balance in your life.

In Hopi lore, the people of the village were distraught; their crops wouldn’t grow because Yaponcha’s energy wouldn’t allow their seeds to sprout. Two little fellows were sent to talk to him. After traveling for several days, they reached the mountain where Yaponcha resided. After sealing the crack in the rock with corn meal mush to prevent him from blowing, they were quite proud of themselves. Within days of their victory, the air in the village became dry and hot. Soon the villagers felt suffocated and realized that moderation is the key to growing healthy crops and a maintaining a vibrant community. The little fellows were sent back to the crater to remove some of the corn meal, so that the proper amount of wind would reach the village.

Ever since that day, the Yaponcha has blown just enough to keep the people happy without destroying their crops.Click To Tweet

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If Yaponcha shows up in the East quadrant of your Awakening Compass, it is time to pray, and ask the right questions regarding your attitudes and beliefs. The best way to achieve balance in your life is by asking what, how, when and where. Things are not always black and white. Examine your attitudes carefully and find a path that will lead to a life of moderation.
Whirling thoughts may be a sign that Yaponcha is blowing against you, and preventing you from moving forward. Center yourself and become still like the eye of a hurricane. Ask yourself what is required in order for you to move forward with calm and confidence.

Be ever alert, because your pride may be like that of the little fellows in the Hopi story above. They were proud of conquering the wind, laughing all the way as they headed back to the village. Look beyond the glory of your personal achievements. Will vanity and momentary pleasure nourish and sustain your crops?
Feelings of anger and self-righteous may cause you to justify certain actions, but this may be an indication that a counter wind is blowing against you. This is a time to pause, and offer prayers to the Yaponcha. Wait for him to subside before taking deliberate action. Be calm and walk in Peace.

The appearance of Yaponcha in the western quadrant might indicate overindulgence in certain areas of your life. Excessive eating and drinking may leave your fields barren, or you may be denying your body much needed nutrition. Using the wisdom of your hands to craft, cook, or work in the garden is an excellent way to restore Balance in your life.
Shortness of breath or forgetting to breathe may indicate that the winds of Yaponcha have stalled. Stop, relax, and take a few deep breaths before proceeding.


Your ability to make rain depends on the strength of your devotion. Yaponcha comes as a chilly North Wind reminding you to sing, dance, laugh and pray. Practice your devotion daily, year after year, during work, at home, in the fields, and during ceremony, to reinforce your success at growing corn. Become willing to discover the right intensity of wind in your life so you do not become stagnant, or so forceful that you blow out the light of your own dreams. Take an Artist Date, spend time in a museum, gallery, or with your own creative pursuits. It is time to remember your dream and vision.
Have the seeds you planted, failed to grow?  Yaponcha’s swirl comes as a reminder of gratitude. Signs may be as subtle as a fallen feather, a light breeze, or unexpected phone call. Harmony for the community may require a personal sacrifice.


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The East Quadrant

In the Map, in the Winds of the Spirit™ system, the Eastern quadrant represents different qualities of the mind, such as mental acuity or confusion, ability (or lack of ability) to envision the future and make plans, perception, and discernment. If your Awakening Compass dictates that you are in the East of your compass, it means the given situation you are doing a reading for involves (or should involve) your mind in some manner.

NJORD in the East


Arriving from the East, Njord offers a bounty of innovative energy. In order to expand trade throughout Europe, the Vikings built artistic, innovative wooden ships that resembled royal yachts. These marine vessels were great technological advancements during the dark ages; they were fast, shallow for avoiding icebergs, and could also be used as rowboats whenever the seas were calm, without wind.  Time for innovation of new ideas to venture forth into unexplored seas. Like a Viking ship, your ideas need to rise above the glacier, and reach beyond the status quo. Enlist new solutions in preparation for those times in the future when the wind will cease to blow.

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Ilmarinen Finnish Inventor East

Ilmarinen (ilm-arin-en)

Magic is the key ingredient of the Kalevala (cal-e-vala), an epic tale of the Finnish people who lived along the coast of the Baltic Sea, in the North Western corner of Russia. Finno-Ugric mythology has endured the test of time; music and poetry live on as everlasting reminders of the magic that transpires when humans live in harmony with nature.

At the core of the 22,795 mystical verses in the Kalevala are two brothers who are creator Gods. Väinämöinen is the wise shaman, and Ilmarinen is the innocent-wizard craftsman. Ilmarinen is a supreme Deity of divine origin who created the sky, and the son of the celestial Ilmar who was impregnated by the wind at the dawn of creation.[1]

When Ilmarinen “sets the four winds blowing” in your life, the magic of alchemy is at play, yet be wary, for the gold may be otherworldly and different than what you expect.

Time to Extract the Truth from the FlamesEast

Until the Kalevala became their national tale, the Finnish people had long-forgotten their origins. When Ilmarinen fans your fire, it is time to extract the truth from the brightly lit flame of the Smithy residing within you. It is not enough to craft your identity from illusions, social media or television. Immerse yourself into the deep waters of your divine inner wisdom. Great inventions are similar to cloths woven from the threads of innovative thoughts and ideas.

Have you forgotten the words to your favorite childhood song? Hum until the words rise up from the depths of your shared history. Become a fascinated seeker; search for words while you sleep and explore the worlds of magic within your dreams. Before Väinämöinen sailed away, he reclaimed all of the aesthetic tears that were shed when he sang, and reshaped them into pearls of wisdom. He vowed to return one day when there was a new song to sing; that time has arrived.

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[1] The Project Gutenberg EBook of Kalevala: the Epic Poem of Finland — Complete, by Elias Loennrot. Produced by John B. Hare and Carrie R. Lorenz from the preface. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/5186/5186.txt

Biegolmai: Signs



(The Wind Man) Lapp – Samek


When darkness accompanied by subfreezing temperatures prevail, and an arctic wind howls ferociously at the door of your sod hut, it is essential to be in harmony with nature if you wish to survive.

Nature determines the flow of time; the slightest changes in the spring-winter air compel the reindeer herds to migrate to the calving grounds before the terrain melts into slush. According to the history recorded on the drums of the nomadic Lapps, this was also a fall stopping point as they journeyed inland from Atlantic Coast where they spent their summers fishing.

Drum-time alludes to an era long before the genesis of religion, when there were many gods, including Biegolmai, the wind man, one of the four primary deities of the earth plane.Click To Tweet The Turkic speaking people referred to the time of Christianity as, “a time one had to hide their drums”[1]. Fewer than one hundred magic drums survived the onslaught of the missionaries who burnt these sacred symbols of paganism.

A central figure on every drum was Biegolmai. In Scandinavian mythology Biegolmai held the winds captive in a subterranean cavern. He is pictured with a shovel in his right hand used for scooping the winds into the cave. With his left hand he uses a club to drive them out again to enliven and freshen the breath of the land. To calm a storm the shamans would offer up a shovel to appease this fierce god.

When Biegolmai uses his shovel to release the wind from below the snow, it is time to deepen and enhance your relationship with magic and the natural rhythms of your own life, the soul of your surroundings and the cycles of nature.



The Lapps followed an East to West migration. When Biegolmai blows in from the east with a stinging cold blast, your forward movement comes to an abrupt halt. Biegolmai asks you to carefully observe the subtle signs of nature, and wait for the perfect moment to act.

Examine your beliefs regarding your concept of time. Are you in harmony with the seasons/cycles of your life? Are you in harmony with your natural surroundings, or is your day scheduled weeks in advance, with little regard for daylight? Does your cellphone determine where you go and how you live your life?

Pause. Turn off all electronic devices, and align yourself with the winds of change that are swirling around you. Take a moment to listen to the story of your life, which is reflected in the natural world in which you live. Wake up with the sun goddess, thank the man in the moon, listen to the birds, feel the wind, watch and listen for a signal from nature before proceeding.

Whenever reindeer encounter a headwind they change direction. Click To TweetIf Biegolmai appears in your spread in the reverse position, it is a signal that you need to be alert and pay attention lest you miss a great opportunity. Become a wise spiritual tracker and follow the reindeer.


The arrival of Biegolmai as a fresh, costal summer wind means that now is a good time to pray and get your emotional house in order. Use the penetrating light of the midnight sun to cast a shadow so you can examine your shortcomings.

A sieidi is a sacred Sami space used for personal ritual, a place where it is possible to communicate with the spirits. Create or renew your altar (siedi); power builds when we return again and again to a Bieg-olmai place of prayer. Create a ritual to deepen your relationship with your inner emotional winds. Call up Biegolmai to help you harmonize your relationships with others. Make a power drum and paint it with your personal symbols. The reindeer skinned drums were used to record personal and community history. The precise placement of symbols on the drums told individual stories, and described the cosmology of the nomadic tribes. The paintings varied with each location and family, but common elements included a central sun separating a horizontal division for the summer and winter camps, plus three vertical levels of experience; sky, terrestrial atmosphere, and underworld[2]

When the wind man ceases to blow in your emotional life, it means that you are not paying attention to the signs in your life. You have lost your bearings and need to recalibrate your inner compass. To answer questions the Lapp would place a copper ring on the membrane of the drum. Using a reindeer horn beater they would strike the drum, and when the ring came to a natural resting point they would have an answer. Look for reoccurring patterns in your life, and you will find the answer your questions.


The Sami (Noaidi shaman) believed that people have two souls, an animated soul and a “free soul.” Using a specialized drum to help them gain access to other realms through trance states, Shamans used free soul for ethereal travel, which allowed them to communicate with invisible spirits. The Noaids were the intermediaries of the Gods; usually called upon during periods of famine, sickness or while hunting. Access your inner shaman by entering a trance through meditation, dance, or by drumming. Ask the spirits to help you to harmonize with the elements in your surroundings.

Are you feeling wind slapped?   The Sami were necromancer, using their skill to harness the wind into knots for sailors. Adjust your wind knots (see chapter 6.) Biegolmai might blow in as a harsh wind or an early frost if you’re not paying close attention to your family and community. A home is a place with a central kitchen where friends and family gather to share food drum, and sing. Open your heart; call upon the local winds to remove any negativity or blocked energy from your home or office, and bring harmony into your personal relationships. Spending time with children will help you remember and appreciate the importance of storytelling and the value of simplicity.


As a persistent north wind, Biegolmai beckons you to pause in the darkness, and get centered, so that you can reconnect with nature, and discover your essential self. Ask a question, and then use your drum to take an inward journey and climb up the mountain to the precipice of your rich spiritual center. Become like a Sami observer who can perceives the age and intrinsic quality of snow. Deconstruct your spiritual beliefs according to color, size, temperament, texture and age. Alignment with your natural world is necessary if you wish to properly read and interpret the signals in your life.

Biegolmai, the wind man, will capsize your boat when community values are neglected and replaced by self-serving dogma. Enter the dark cave where the winds are stored and you shall find the truth. Make a sacrifice and reconnect with your spiritual self. Inspiration will rise like a glorious late spring sun, growing ever brighter as you serve the needs of spirit and strengthen your bonds with family, groups and community.

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[1] “The Great Ocean of Knowledge”: The Influence of Travel Literature on the Work of John Locke. Ann Talbot BRILL, Jan 1, 2010. Accessed on the web. November 1, 2015 https://books.google.com/books?id=PV36wdwmU24C&pg=PA62&lpg=PA62&dq=sailors+buying+wind+knots+for+wind+witches&source=bl&ots=vhQgQYBlxi&sig=1C1wOtMPtRYo09W0jkWZPuLYIbE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDsQ6AEwB2oVChMItYG82NLvyAIVUfJjCh2J6QYS#v=onepage&q=wind&f=false

[2] C. Nooteboom, Sketch of the former religious concepts of the Asele Lapps (the southern Lapps) In: Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 117 (1961), no: 1, Leiden, 118-140. Accessed from http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com