In Flight of the Seventh Moon, Lynn Andrews compellingly chronicles her continuing apprenticeship to the Native American shaman Agnes Whistling Elk and her spiritual quest for the ancient wisdom of woman. This companion volume to the highly praised Medicine Woman details the circumstances that urged Lynn Andrews once again to leave her home in southern California and return to Manitoba, where she had first been introduced to Native American lore and the tribal shaman ways.
In the aftermath of all that befell her, culminating in her dramatic recovery of the sacred marriage basket from the powerful sorcerer Red Dog, Lynn discovers that she needs further protection from the treacherous Red Dog. She recognizes also that her safety depends upon the strength and insights that can only come with deeper commitment to the medicine path. Thus, in Flight of the Seventh Moon, we journey with her back to Agnes Whistling Elk and Ruby Plenty Chiefs, under whose guidance she begins her initiation into the teaching of the shields -the ancient path of protection and power handed down from generation to generation of Native American women.
Through a series of visions and ceremonies, Agnes and Ruby led their apprentice to profound new understanding of her womanliness and selfhood. As part of the learning process, Lynn is introduced to Grandmother Walking Stick, "a crystal medicine woman...a warrioress and teacher." Who is the mentor of Agnes Whistling Elk. Central to Lynn's rites of passage is her construction of her own medicine shields. "Learning to make a shield is the process of fitting together the shattered pieces of oneself into a whole. This puzzle becomes a working mandala, a shield that we carry in our everyday life." As she builds her defense against Red Dog's powers, Lynn earns a place in the inner circle of the Sisterhood of the Shields, a secret society of shaman women who follow the most ancient traditions of woman.
In Flight of the Seventh Moon, Lynn Andres perceptively and grippingly describes the competing forces of white and black magic in which she becomes entwined; her growing awareness of her own innate power as a woman, which draws upon the substance of earth and sky; and how she translates her newfound understanding into the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of everyday life. Flight of the Seventh Moon reveals dazzling interior landscapes of mind and heart exploring long-hidden areas of Native American culture and mysticism and sharing with us a process of learning a path of knowledge that leads us toward "balance, wisdom, and a more complete view of truth" too long denied by patriarchal society.
The second book in the classic Medicine Woman trilogy.
"This beautiful book weaves rare and profound teachings of the Medicine Path with the remarkable story of a warrior woman's gateway of initiation."
Eh. This is supposedly a description of the author's path to power, guided by a Native American woman. I guess this is the second book, her introduction was the first one (and attack by a big bad guy) and this is her learning to shield herself.
I found the writing amateurish and unconvincing. It was more like a friend describing their vacation than a skilled travel writer. Her descriptions sounded exaggerated frequently. I kept wondering what the actual story was, what actually happened, and how much she imagined afterwards. I don't disbelieve such things can happen--the book just didn't convince me they happened to her.
It also didn't offer any assistance, guidelines, etc, for someone who might want to draw from the book to their own life. Which was part of what I didn't like--it was a creative writing assignment ('what I did this summer') not a book focused on conveying something to the reader. Clearly the path is better taken with a guru, but I could not decide why she thought someone would want to read it--what was the purpose of writing the book? What was it she wanted the reader to take away?
Another great one in Ms Andrews series. This one is not as good as the 1st two but worth the read. She does fill you in just a bit on the previous books. But I think one could still enjoy the story as a stand alone. It is very mystical and wise from a novices point of view.
"This beautiful book weaves rare and profound teachings of the medicine path with the remarkable story of a warrior woman's gateway of initiation" -the ojai foundation
Great book about the power of women.