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

[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


Wind Magic: Managing Life’s intensity using Wind Knots

Art by Kartinas Kolekcijas
Art by Kartinas Kolekcijas

The art of tying Wind Knots dates back to the thirteenth century and is attributed to the wizards of Lapland, the witches of Shetland and the Isle of Man.[1]To ensure that winds would blow in their favor, sailors would visit wind witches who would sell them a strand of wind knots. These potent charms were used to call upon the wind for guidance. Magicians gathered winds on mountains tops, enclosing varying intensities into knots. During an expedition, a sea captain would untie a single knot to call up a gentle breeze, two for a half of gale, and three knots to summon a storm. New England sailors had a similar practice; silver pence were tossed overboard to regulate winds.

Much like ourselves in today’s world, sailors were not always adept at calling up the perfect wind to suit every situation; sometimes tossing in too much silver, and raising storms that caused their boats to capsize at sea.

For eons, humans have attempted to control nature.Click To Tweet In Greenland women were believed to be capable of raising storms after childbirth. They would step outside, gathering air into their lungs and step inside to release it into their home. Ulysses received his winds in a leathern bag from Aeolus, King of the Winds.[2]

Working with Wind Knots.

Learn how to use wind knots to harness emotions, and to create sacred containers of energy. As you become proficient at knot making you will learn how to use wind knots to harness your thoughts, emotions, physical objects and how to create a sacred container in which to build energy.

Tools:  A piece of rope or chord and Wind of varying degrees.

This is best done on the top of a hill or mountain, although it can be done almost anywhere outside on a breezy day. You can work in a group, but your knots should not be in plain sight of other people so that you are able to focus intently on your knots. There is an unspoken law of attraction that states that when we make a wish or prayer we should offer it up to the wind in a sincere manner and expect our prayers to be answered. The same goes for your wind knots. In the old times, knot makers would protect their knots by covering them with their hand, as if he was a storyteller sheltering his flame from the wind.[3]

Step One

Find a place to sit; a rock, or tree-stump is perfect.  Begin by connecting with the forces of nature that surround you. Take in a deep breath of wind and feel it expand in your lungs, and into your belly.  As you exhale, remind yourself hat your wind is capable of reaching the other side of the world in a matter of a few days.

We are all connected through our breath, the wind.Click To Tweet

Opening Prayer

Begin your knot ceremony with a prayer by thanking all of the people who have contributed to your knot, all the knot makers that have come before you, the plants that have offered themselves to the rope, and the elements of nature, the rivers, the streams, the rocks, the trees, and especially the winds that are older than caves. Ask that each knot be tied at the perfect moment. Ask for guidance to remind you to release them at the divine moment, and only for a sacred purpose.

Be mindful to prayer for other people with their permission, and only with a clear heart.Click To Tweet

Step Two

Begin by tying an overhand knot, and repeat the following words, “I command the power of the wind to be placed into this knot for safekeeping.”  Now wait, like a surfer for the perfect wave, and when the energy of the breeze feels right, finish the first knot.

Step Three

Continue your connected breathing. Prepare the second knot, and wait for an even strong breeze than the first. Repeat step one.

Step Four

Repeat for a third time, this time waiting for a strong gale force wind to blow.

Once you finish the three knots, thank the ancestors for showing you the ways of this ancient wind practice. End by saying, “These powerful knots have been worth making.”

FOT1019992Storing Your Knots

Keep the Wind Knot coiled counter clockwise in a safe place, on your altar, or in a special drawer. Draw upon the power of the knot whenever you need to regulate the intensity of wind in your life. To release the wind simply uncoil the rope.  Untie one knot if you need to get your energy moving forward, two when you need a strong push, and three when you are ready for a complete upheaval. The power of the coiled knot is proportional to the strength of the wind inside, placed there with your intention, prayers and wind.


[1] The Magical Control of the Wind. Sir James George Frazer (1854–1941).  The Golden Bough.  1922. Accessed on the internet

[2] The Magical Control of the Wind. Sir James George Frazer (1854–1941).  The Golden Bough.  1922. Accessed on the internet

[3] The Old People AJ Perry Thames River Press, Jun 30, 2014 p


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Sila Innua (siliap inua); Inner Wisdom

greeting_the_day_largeSila Innua (siliap inua)

Inuit: Wisdom

If Sila Innua appears in your spread, you are being called to make the most of your intrinsic, divine wisdom. Sila Innua means owner of the air, and breath is essential for life. Without wind there is stagnation that leads to death.

 Imagine living the life of a Nordic nomad, where snowstorms are aspects of everyday living, and your world is enshrouded by darkness for months on end, still you are happy, light hearted, and fearless.   Contending with frigid waters, sub-zero temperatures, and a constantly shifting environment requires ingenuity, an understanding of the elements, and a deep spiritual reverence for life, merriment and song.

Centuries of long, cold winter nights caused the Inuit people to develop and hone the art of storytelling. Today, a multitude of myths and legends can be found in the southern tip of Siberia, across the Barren Strait into Greenland, northern Canada and Alaska. The energy of Sila Innua is a common theme throughout these stories, and this venerated wind is generally regarded as formless, invisible wind energy possessing a plethora of special powers and attributes. The northern tribes had access to this indwelling spirit that could transform itself into wind and breath. Sila Innua was regarded as the soul of all objects, people, and animals as it followed them from one life into the next.

To these Sea Hunters, every animate and inanimate component of the universe was permeated with the energy of Sila Innua. They believed their beautifully crafted weapon would encourage the spirit of animals to willingly sacrifice their lives. One myth refers to Sedna (another manifestation of Sila Innua), the sea mother who controls the elements of nature, and responds with violent storms if taboo or customs have been broken. The Angakkut’s (Shamans) were wary of losing favor with Sedna and made regular spirit flights to appease her lest she threaten their livelihood.

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If Sila Innua appears in the East, it is time to pause, reflect and think before you speak. Use your powers of reason carefully, and ponder all options before manifesting your thoughts into action.  A question may elicit many different responses; sometimes silence is most appropriate. Be conscientious when selecting a name for a new business or a newborn child.

The Inuit believed that every word is imbued with a specific energy and meaning. If you are being buffeted by a cold arctic wind, consider “Holding your tongue” until Sila Innua changes course.


If Sila Innua manifests in the southern quadrant you are being advised to trust your instincts. Flight or Fight is a primary human instinct allowing for quick response in extreme situations, and by heeding the advice of Sila Innua, you will act in the appropriate manner. Become engage in your sensuous surroundings,  find peace in your current situation, before proceeding.

If Sila Innua slams into you broadside and blows you off course, it is an indication that the anxieties and fears of the world around you are clouding your vision, and hampering your progress. Listen to the Sea Mother Sedna, and you’ll discover how to reset your sails and get back on course.


When Sila Innua walks through the west door of your life, embrace the darkness while you look forward to sharing the light of dawn with friends and family. This is a time to spend with others sharing stories, singing, and crafting, playing games, walking in nature or cooking together.

If Sila Innua appears in the contrary position it is time to wake up, get energized and move out of the darkness. Get creative and reward yourself by reenergizing your living space with a beautiful makeover.


Sila Innua always blows in from the North when it’s time to go withdraw and go within. Introspection, tranquility and solitude are the operative words here. The Inuit called this time, “Inutuaq” choosing to walk with only your thoughts in order to engender respect, wonder and gratitude.

If you’re natural rhythm is out of sync, Kinak the North Wind, will blow with unusual force. This is a time to withdraw from the outer world. Focus on your Inner Self and reconnect with the raw nature of your own life. Turn off all your devices and surrender, until you feel the wind reconnect you with the larger whole.


Wind Wisdom for Travelers

Fall Leaves 2015

A true test of one’s spiritual fortitude is trying to remain centered while navigating through a fierce windstorm.

It’s always easy to be positive and upbeat when the universe hands us everything on a sliver platter.Click To Tweet On a recent trip to the East Coast I was looking forward to experiencing the fullness of the fall harvest that included colorful leaves, a High School reunion, crisp cold apples, a dinner celebration and cider donuts.

Fall leaves were scattered like patchwork over the four states as I traveled toward my destinations. The most lavish display happened on the first day during a stroll through the countryside with a dear friend I’d known since elementary school. Daylight fades quickly in October, that evening I continued to reminisce with old friends from High School, the winds of time were upon us all.

Fall Leaves fill the Blue SkyThe past summer had been very dry which caused the leaves to change colors in random patches still with a vibrant colorful palette. After spending several years in the hot arid desert where a hint of autumn color was rarely exhibited, I smiled each time I encountered a golden poplar tree, or an oak tree fully cloaked in fine russet tones.

Even a rainstorm and cool winds couldn’t dampen my spirits; as it provided an opportunity to stay indoors and help my mom with a computer project. However, it did delay the cider and donuts, which I was willing to forgo in order to complete my “Renee List.”

Moving onward from Maine to NYC, I noticed that while golden hues of reds, yellows, and sienna lined the highway, the rest stops in Maine, MA and NY were cloaked with the scents and hues of pine tree green.

I felt that my inner compass was properly aligned and that everything on this trip was in balance and unfolding as it should.

I was peace, despite some very turbulent winds that were blowing everywhere I went.Click To Tweet Underneath the orange-red leaves of the trees, I sensed uneasiness, an illness and sadness. A pattern of shifting and aging life that matched the dying leaves on the ground followed me like a windstorm throughout the entire trip. My life seemed green and vibrant as a Broadway Play, while so many around me were struggling with the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

What brings you joy?Once I arrived in NYC I experienced my own Simoon. One of my favorite pastimes is to ride the Citi bikes, allowing one to comfortably cover great distances while enjoying the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, while taking in the impressive skyline. After an intriguing lunch with a friend who offered enthusiastic support for my Wind Wisdom Book, I discovered that my bicycle had been stolen. The docking station had registered my attempt to lock the bike, but the port was broken and the bike was nowhere to be seen. Just that morning I had reminded a client that no matter what may be happening in the outer world, spirit always resides within.

Needless to say, my task was to walk my talk. As I walked calmly back to my place, I pondered the experiences of that day. Much to my surprise I ended up having dinner with dear friend, at the same place where a memorial for a dear friend had been held the previous year. I was not able to attend the service back then, but yet here I was, exactly one year later. Despite the attempts of the blowing sand to blow me off course, spirit had intervened and led me to where I was meant to be.

The next day I reached my final destination in the countryside, where chilled cider and delicious cider donuts awaited me.

Life is full of ups and downs. To succeed in life it important to be flexible, knowing that although the winds may sometimes blow us off course, if we trust spirit and hold on to our hat, we’ll reach our destination safe, sound, and much wiser.


During this trip, the I AM Symposium was playing in the background. This is a world wide online event that I co-hosted with my colleague, Stephanie Gunning.  The theme of the event is overcoming Adversity to Wake Up.  The winds have a great sense of humor.  Here is my talk.


Nil’chi; lend your ear to the wind


Nil’chi, “the holy wind that informs everything,” offers guidance to those whose inner ears are open. When the universe was created, the Sacred Wind entered the darkness of the underworld. Dark and light wind energy fused, giving birth to mists of lights that traveled to the four corners of the middle world. These energies settled in the mountains, and breathed life into the four cardinal peaks of the Navajo landscape. Everything in the Navajo world is alive with energy; “wind that stands within.” Unlike the Western viewpoint where language attempts to define and order reality, in the Navajo cosmology, the Holy Wind informs all life. Wind possesses all knowledge, and having the power to inform, and order life, it also has the ability to command, compel, organize, transform, and restore. [i]

The Navajo believe there is an in-standing wind that enters our body prior to ­birth, staying with us until we exhale our very last breath. For the indigenous people of the plains, words express the energy and movement of wind. Wind enlivens, organizes, mobilizes, and transforms everything. Wind influences our thoughts and feelings, helping us to take the right actions. Through sacred language and ceremony, wind can dispel darkness and create desired outcomes for individuals and communities. In order to live in peace and harmony, one must develop an intimate relationship with the Holy Wind.

When Nil’chi appears in your life, listen carefully because guidance and transformation are forthcoming.

1 Holy Wind and Navajo Philospohy, James Kale McNeeley, The University of Arizona Press, Tuscon, 2001 p


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Nourish your SoulEast (Mount Blanca Sisnaajiniis, Eastern point on the Navajo Horizon), a white mist rises from the underworld, marking the dawn of a new day.

If this card appears in the East, Nil’chi has appeared to instill new ideas into your consciousness. It is imperative that you be open to these gifts. Remember that all of life is expressive, and communicates. Allow yourself to be receptive to an inflow of new ideas.

Do you believe you do not have enough time, or that time is running out? In the Hopi language there is no concept of time, there is only the present moment, the now. If Nil’chi reveals appears as a contrary wind, bring your thoughts into the present moment.


South (Mount Taylor Tsoodzil – Blue Bead or Turquoise Mountain)

The time to act and move forward has arrived. Listen closely to your inner voice; now is the time to organize, plan and follow the guidance speaking from within.

Missed opportunities happen when a door opens and you fail to walk through. Feel the counter wind blowing, and ask that Nil’chi removes any emotional blocks preventing you from moving forward.

West (Doko’oosliid – San Francisco Peaks)

Like the sun setting down into the western horizon, you have successfully accomplished your mission.

When Nil’ Chi shows up as a contrary west wind, it is a reminder to wait patiently until your crops are ready to harvest. Tune into the in-standing wind of the land before proceeding.

 North (Mount Hesperus Dibé Nitsaa from Navajo is Big Sheep)

When Nil’chi appears in the North quadrant, it signifies that a transformation of energy is on the horizon. There is always a moment, at the end of a dark cycle (night) when an energetic shift occurs. Keep all of your senses alert. Venture outside at night and observe the subtle wind as it heralds a brand new dawn.

There is no time like the present to take an inventory of your spiritual gifts. Nil’chi in the contrary position encourages you to offer a prayer of gratitude for the lessons learned during the previous cycle.


1 Holy Wind and Navajo Philosophy, James Kale McNeeley, The University of Arizona Press, Tuscon, 2001 p