The most important spiritual events in the lives of all people on earth are the rites of passage. As in nature, rites of passage mark the rhythm of the seasons of human life. Each one signals the beginning of a new stage in life and the evolution of those who benefit from these life-changing experiences.
The way people wear their hair is an alignment of their thinking; the braids (unity of thought), the hair tied back (safety of thought) and the color (conviction of thought). The appearance of the hair is of great importance, as each style represents a different state of mind. Hair is widely regarded as an extension of one’s thoughts.
The elk speaks to us of endurance. This totem teaches us how to measure our efforts so that we can provide constant energy without burning out. This is a particularly important medicine in these times of great stress.