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navajo astrology

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Transcript of navajo astrology

So' naalkah astronomy introduction the story behind Navajo astrology Navajo Constellations How it all ties in: Brief Knowledge Moon Phases Navajo Astrology long ago the Dine believe that the stars and the universe held a meaning to which that we are all related. The Holy Ones Mother Earth Father Sky

Dahsani Porcupine — northeastern sky
Sò‘ Ahóts’i’í Doubtful Stars — Hyades
Ii’ni Thunder — Pegasus for the body and stars for the feather, beginning
with Denebola in Leo, (October).
Shash Bear — Sagittarius
Tsetah Dibé Mountain Sheep — Beehive Cluster in Cancer
Tãish Tsoh Big Snake — Puppis and Canis Major
Haashch’éshzhiní Black God — Near Pleiades
Jhil Gish Flash Lighting
Jo’hanaa’éí Sun Navajo Name: Translation: Equivalent:
So' Ahóóts'i'í Pinched Stars Aldebaran
So' Bitsee' Nineezí Star With A Long Tail Halley's Comet
So' Hidilyeed Stars Running After Another Falling Stars
So' Nnalts'id Falling Star Falling Stars
So' Nídiilwod Speeding Star Falling Stars we were told not to share until winter time because spring is not the proper time due to certain time of season. these astrology stories are linked to sacred songs and prayers therefore we cannot really tell you the full version of astrology so therefor we will continue telling you astronomy Náhookòs Bi’kà’ Male Revolving One — Big Dipper
Náhookòs Bi’áád Female Revolving One — Cassiopeia
Náhookòs Bikò‘ Central Fire — Polaris, North Star
Dilyéhé Pinlike Sparkles — Pleiades
Átsé Ets’ózí First Slim One — Orion
Hastiin Sik’aí’ií Man with Legs Ajar — Corvus
Átsé Etsoh First Big One — Scorpius (upper part of Scorpius) Gah Hahat’ee Rabbit Tracks — Scorpius (lower curved hook of Scorpius)
Yikáísdáhá Awaits the Dawn — Milky Way
Ma’ii Bizò‘ Coyote — Canopus in the south is usually called the Coyote Star.
There are actually four Coyote Stars. A second one is Polaris in the north. There are aslo east and west coyote stars. the stars of the big dipper make up the male revolver. He symbolizes the paternal figure in the family.
The stars of the constellation Cassiopeia make up the female revolver. She represents the maternal figure in the family.
Poloris or the North Star, is the central fire in the family home it represents a strong bond of family unity. It was said that the holy ones met together and laid out precious stones of all shapes, sizes, and colors, onto a buckskin and that is how some constellations came about . Our lives revolve around the sky, sun, moon, and earth it determines our way of life when we wake up with the sun and sleep when night falls the stars set the direction for the east, south, west, and north. There is a Navajo name for each of the 29 nights of a lunar cycle.
The lunar cycle provides a timekeeping device for the days of the month. The moon is a regulator of many things such as weather, ocean tides,calender months, planting, life and birth, ceremonial functions, and behaviorial influences. Ceremonies are often planned to coincide with the phases of the moon. Tlehonaa'ei introduction For generations, the Navajo people have observed the night sky, developing a sophisticated philosophy and complex astronomy.
The stories of the night sky are only told during the fall and winter.
There are many sacred songs and prayers about the stars and universe.
Pieces of the story are held by different families and clans. constellations Many of the constellations are directly related to animals.
There are eight main constellations.
The Nahookos constellations represent family relationships, similar to that of a mother and father in their home.
Other Navajo constellations depicted in human form represent differing stages of life from birth to old age.
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