greeting_the_day_largeSila Innua (siliap inua)

Inuit: Wisdom

If Sila Innua appears in your life, 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.


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.

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