Yesterday just before sunset we got to visit the Blythe Intaglios, which just happened to be only 15 minutes away from where we’re currently grounded on the Colorado River.
I had no idea that they were here and now it all comes together why we ended up being directed to this location, as at first we were headed to Lake Havasu, but when we discovered how packed it was right now and places were mostly booked, we decided that the Spring Break crowd wasn’t our thing and opted for something more peaceful.
That is what we’ve found here in Blythe on the river.
I’d heard mention of really spectacular geoglyphs in America in the past, but it didn’t register where they were until we got here.
These are giant, prehistoric and mysterious geoglyphs in the Colorado Desert often called America’s Nazca Lines – referring to the ancient geoglyphs in Peru. Their origin and age is still unknown, although thought they could be 2000 years old.
When I registered in the office there was a magazine on the counter the manager said I could take when she saw me flipping through it.
When I got it back to the RV I opened right up to a page talking about the Intaglios and we looked it up discovering how close we were.
So, we immediately knew we would be going there and that happened yesterday.
We left a little after 4pm and got there just before 4:30pm, leaving us about an hour of sunlight before the sun set behind the mountain range.
It was desolate and quiet. Not a soul around, which made it even more sacred.
The area they are located in is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but no one but us were there.
It isn’t marked with any huge sign post, just a little muted sign off the side of the road you’d have to be looking for that said “Blythe Intaglios” leading to a dirt road that turns into quite a rocky dirt road and continues far back in.
We went a good ways in, but decided that we should turn around to the two locations we drove past (which we did to take in the scope of things before exploring) in order to be able to see the geoglyphs before the sun disappeared.
So we turned around from this beautiful location out in the desert surrounded by mountain ranges where I got out to feel the energy of the area briefly.
We then stopped at the first sign to get out. Cars are not allowed except on the tire marked trail, in order to preserve the area. There are wood fences where you park with a little zig zag entrance you walk through and then takes you up to the metal fenced area for viewing.
This is all done for their protection and preservation, as over the years before they had been fenced off, vehicles had driven through the area. You can actually see the tire marks from aerial photographs of where this has occurred.
Anyway, we made our way up to the first fenced area. I had a surge of energy rushing through me of excitement.
It was such a beautiful time of day…nobody there, gentle breeze, soft glow from the setting sun, and warm colors on the desert floor.
And there it was…the first of these giant geoglyphs that was in the form of a human figure, or as some believe it may be “the Creator”.
(Okay, brief pause to mention that while I’ve been writing this two things have taken place. My good friend Lynne sends me a message about Gaia, my tortoise, and a video she took several years ago of her saying she was coming to her today for some reason. I told her that’s synchronous, as she came to me yesterday at the site of the Intaglios. Right after she shows me a photo of a piece of bark from a tree on the ground where she’s visiting right now in Lake Tahoe, my beloved home, in the shape of a turtle. We both feel this is a message from her connected to my experience yesterday. Lynne has no idea what I’ll be writing yet and as to why this is significant. You’ll see what I mean soon.
And then, while this is going on and I just finish writing above about the gentle breeze in the desert and the human form or “Creator”, I receive three phone calls one after another on my cell phone from a number I’m not familiar with in Nevada. So I don’t answer, but each time a voicemail is left. The first time all I hear is the sound of wind. The second time wind again, but then a man’s voice in another language I can’t make out that is muffled, but briefly repeating a short word or phrase three times in what sounds ancient. Then is cut off with wind. And the third time more wind and a what seems like a woman and I catch something like “this is happening”. And then no more calls.)
While at this first site that we circled around to see at different angles, I felt called to look for some rocks on the ground and found several I was guided to bring back with me. Dave then went to one end of the geoglyph while I sat with my back to the fence, supporting me, facing the direction that the figure faces.
This photo below was taken by Dave without my knowing, while I sat softly tuning in against the fence. You can see just how big these figures are by my tiny size…or was it that I shrunk into Faery mode?
I just closed my eyes, took a few breaths and waited to see if anything would come through. I usually get visions of things and that is exactly what happened.
The first vision that came through was of an ancient, indigenous looking man, but his origins unknown. He was wearing a headdress and like I’ve seen sometimes in visions of an animal being part of the headdress, this was true in this vision, although I’d never seen this animal in a piece like this. And the animal was alive, not a head piece as part of decoration.
And that’s where the above side-note comes into context.
It was a turtle.
You’d have thought it would be a tortoise, being in the desert, but it was actually a sea turtle head with large dark and deep eyes.
The sea turtle image of this amazing ancient face is still very clear for me.
I began to wonder about this area at one time being covered in ocean water or surrounded by it. Or, if the people who came here were from another region by the ocean who created these geoglyphs. Or, if this was pointing to ancient origins in general and Gaia, my tortoise was guiding the way, as she once was a giant sea turtle in a life we shared long ago and works so closely with the core energies of Earth.
In a post I wrote several years ago, I shared the connection with the name Gaia, turtles, Earth, and these origins.
You can read the full article here: Gaia ~ Earth Mother and Turtle? Ancient Wisdom for Conscious Living
Here is an excerpt from it that feels connective to my vision and feelings from it:
“Far too coincidental and divinely synchronous, turtles are the most ancient, vertebrate creatures that also possess Gaia’s wisdom and mother energy and through such, have much to impart. Many ancient myths, such as those of the Indigenous North Americans, describe the world as resting on the turtle’s back and many still refer to North America as Turtle Island.
This is illustrated by their creation legends that tell of a time when Earth was covered by water and Turtle dove to the ocean’s depths to bring forth Earth on its back so the people could have a safe, dry home.”
Interesting I am looking at a figure some feel is “the Creator” and the ancient indigenous man with turtle upon his headdress shows up immediately.
“The name Turtle Island is used today by many Native tribes, Native rights activists, and environmental activists, especially since the 1970s when the term came into wider usage. In a later essay, published in At Home on the Earth, Gary Snyder claimed this title as a term referring to North America that synthesizes both indigenous and colonizer cultures by translating the indigenous name into the colonizer’s languages (the Spanish “Isla Tortuga” being proposed as a name as well). Snyder argues that understanding North America under the name of Turtle Island will help shift conceptions of the continent.”
Many Native tribes each have their origin stories that revolve around stories of the “Great Turtle,” how the Earth grew from dirt gathered on the back of a turtle, etc.
Regardless of the exact meaning to this vision, it simply feels to be a connection to our “origins,” which has been my focus lately on integrating and remembering.
These ancients are supporting the work being integrated and I imagine that this is deep knowledge and wisdom being processed and integrated through calling up this remembrance.
The rest will reveal itself when needed, or simply has been activated with my DNA as I retrace and retrieve parts of myself and our ancient origins collectively.
The phone messages through the wind and ancient voice felt to be reiterating this information that was accessed at the portal in this area yesterday.
A doorway has been opened and I imagine more ancients will be channeling through as I continue this RV journey that is much more than simply traveling about for leisure, as you likely surmised. I think most of you who know me would realize that following my heart is always deeply soul-connected with something simultaneously enriching on deep layers that is part of a return to collective consciousness, mySelf, and All That Is.
Anyway, I then had a vision after this first one of another indigenous man on a white horse and this time feeling some kind of big cat energy. Perhaps connected with the next geoglyph site we went to, as the animal figure some say could be connected to a mountain lion that changes into a person and helps the Creator create the Earth. Some also think it could be a horse, but that would date it much younger if then a horse and that’s not my take on the energy.
The white horse in my vision felt symbolic of spirit and not an actual living animal…perhaps that pure energy like that of a unicorn that embodies a gateway to the other realms.
The vision then changed into an indigenous woman, only seen from the back. Was this the woman’s voice in my voicemail? Was she an aspect of me, which I felt a connection through? Or was she the The White Buffalo Calf Woman I’ll post info on below?
The woman was cloaked all in white with a white hide that felt to be white buffalo. Again symbolic.
I found this information that feels totally connected and just like my vision on www.lightningmedicinecloud.com (there is also a video there on White Buffalo ~ An American Prophecy):
The Legend & Importance of the White Buffalo
“To Native Americans, the Bison or American Buffalo was a symbol of sacred life and abundance. This importance and symbolism was created from legend:
One summer a long time ago, the seven sacred council fires of the Lakota Sioux came together and camped. The sun was strong and the people were starving for there was no game. Two young men went out to hunt in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Along the way, a beautiful young woman dressed in white appeared to the warriors and said, “Return to your people and tell them I am coming.” This holy woman presented the Lakota people with the sacred pipe which showed how all things were connected. She taught the Lakota people the mysteries of the earth. She taught them to pray and follow the proper path while on earth. As the woman left the tribe, she rolled upon the earth four times, changing color each time, and finally turning into a white buffalo calf. Then she disappeared. Almost at the same time as her leaving, great herds of buffalo could be seen surrounding the camps. It is said that after that day, the Lakota honored their pipe, and buffalo were plentiful.
This story of the White Buffalo Calf Woman has immense importance to the Lakota and many other tribes. As John Lame Deer, a spiritual leader says, “A white buffalo is the most sacred living thing you could ever encounter.” The changing colors—like some white buffalo do as they age—have significance, too, which must be interpreted by a holy man.
The American Buffalo or Bison is a symbol of abundance and manifestation. The lesson learned by the Lakota is that one does not have to struggle to survive. This is especially true if the right action is joined by the right prayer. By learning to appropriately unite the mundane with the divine, all that will be needed will be provided.
The Native Americans see the birth of a white buffalo calf as the most significant of prophetic signs, equivalent to the weeping statues, bleeding icons, and crosses of light that are becoming prevalent within the Christian churches today. Where the Christian faithful who visit these signs see them as a renewal of God’s ongoing relationship with humanity, so do the Native Americans see the white buffalo calf as the sign to begin life’s sacred hoop.
“The arrival of the white buffalo is like the second coming of Christ,” says Floyd Hand Looks For Buffalo, an Oglala Medicine Man from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. “It will bring about purity of mind, body, and spirit and unify all nations—black, red, yellow, and white.” He sees the birth of a white calf as an omen because they happen in the most unexpected places and often among the poorest people in the nation. The birth of the sacred white buffalo provides those within the Native American community with a sense of hope and an indication that good times are to come.
The telling of a story from one culture to another is complex; without living in the culture, we miss much of the story’s significance. However, it can still have meaning for us if we take the time to learn about the philosophy of the culture from which it came, perhaps meditating or reflecting on its place in our own lives.”
Back to my last voicemail with the woman’s voice, “this is happening,” creates more body chills through me than I already had with all that was unfolding this morning, in light of the above message.
A message of hope.
The last vision I had was of an extraterrestrial being handing something to an indigenous figure. Or at least both hands were reaching toward one another, so it may have just been a communion and transferring of information and connection and not literally a “thing” being transferred, but energy.
This of course indicates, since these geoglyphs are so large and can only be seen in fullness from the sky, that they are intended for reasons more than just Earthly, but also connecting the Cosmos and us to realize our star origins that unite and empower us in integrating and activating the wisdom deep within us.
We then got back in the car and went to the second location we had first seen on our way in. Here there were two sites fenced off to explore.
The first, another human looking figure, this time seemingly male as it has a phallus between its legs….or is this indicating a deeper energy associated with the divine male and does this indicate the other being female then? So many questions only answered by going within and retrieving the knowledge stored there.
The second was of a spiral symbol and an animal figure.
Again, no one knows for sure what kind of animal, and some believe the spiral could be a coiled snake, which has it’s own implications of kundalini or life force energy.
At these sites I found a few more stones to bring back.
As we finished viewing these and made our way back to the car, the sun was just setting behind the mountain creating such an ethereal glow to everything and from my vantage point seeming like a dream and wandering through a vision quest.
Although there are supposedly six of the geoglyphs, we only saw three of them – of course the ones we were meant to see. We don’t know where the other three were. Perhaps much deeper into the desert of the rocky road? We tried looking at an aerial map on our cell phone to see, but couldn’t make anything out but these.
Again, we saw what we were meant to and that the sun’s glow divinely aligned with our seeing and my receiving the visions. Anything more or altered would have changed the course of things.
I snapped a shot of the sun setting and Dave ahead of me, revealing this altered glow in the atmosphere.
Right at the entrance to the fenced area before our car there was a cairn someone had created. Dave added a stone to the top on our way out.
And when I got in the car and took a look at my stone collection I had rolled in the bottom of my top I was wearing, there were 13.
I immediately thought of the 13 crystal skulls (crystal skull energy is big with me) that were said to have been hidden across the globe at ancient, sacred sites. Twelve of them said to be of the sacred planets of our origins and the thirteenth skull representing the collective consciousness of all the worlds, connecting the knowledge and wisdom of all of them.
Whether any of these things are true or not, whether they will happen or not, I take it all as a message of hope that as we continue to remember and return to the purity of our origins and return to natural harmony, we will understand our power as co-creators in a new reality reflecting this activation of our heart’s true song.
The journey continues.
Like any calendar-marked day, these are just extra awareness reminders that each day of our lives, and the lives of all creatures great and small, would experience greater well-being and conscious presence if we were always being mindful of the things these days bring to mind.
World Turtle Day has been sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue to encourage you to discover the world of Turtles and Tortoises with greater consciousness. It helps brings attention and respect to these amazing ancient Earth dwellers so that we can learn how to support them to keep thriving and bring knowledge to encourage ways of protecting their survival, as well as their disappearing habitats around the world.
Turtles and Tortoises are the world’s oldest creatures and they are also some of the most endangered animals on this Earth.
Many may not give much thought about the less than fuzzy, graceful, and more commonly embraced animals. But reptiles, amphibians, insects, crustaceans, etc. are magnificent creatures and some of the oldest to ever set foot on this Earth. Turtles and Tortoises must be doing something right, as they have been on Earth for over 200 million years – long before the dinosaurs.
The oldest known fossil of a Turtle is 220 million years old, known as Odontochelys. It has a plastron (lower shell) but no carapace (upper shell), as well as teeth.
The next oldest known fossil Turtle, had beaks but no teeth and lived in water – likely salt water. Tortoises are land Turtles that evolved from an advanced Emydid fresh water Turtle (a relative of the Red-Eared Turtle).
All-Creatures.org shares some great information about World Turtle Day and how you can help save Turtles and Tortoises for the next generation at their link I just included.
“…These gentle animals have been around for about 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruction, global warming and the cruel pet trade. We are seeing smaller turtles coming into the rescue meaning that older adults are disappearing from the wild thanks to the pet trade, and the breeding stock is drastically reduced. It is a very sad time for turtles and tortoises of the world.”
Tellem and her Co-Founder, Marshall Thompson, also bring to attention experts’ predictions of complete disappearance of Turtles and Tortoises within the next 50 years. Some of the things that they recommend adults and children can do to help are:
- Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop as it increases demand from the wild.
- Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured.
- If a tortoise is crossing a busy street, pick it up and send it in the same direction it was going – if you try to make it go back, it will turn right around again.
- Write letters to legislators asking them to keep sensitive habitat preserved or closed to off road vehicles, and to prevent off shore drilling that can lead to more endangered sea turtle deaths.
- Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal control shelter.
- Report the sale of any turtle or tortoise of any kind less than four inches. This is illegal throughout the U.S.
Since 1990, ATR has placed about 3,000 Tortoises and Turtles in caring homes. They also assist law enforcement when undersize or endangered Turtles are confiscated and provide helpful information and referrals to people with sick, neglected or abandoned turtles.
Many of you know that I have a beautiful, gentle, and most magickal Russian Tortoise named Gaia. People may not be aware that my family used to have a Desert Tortoise, named Tee-Ta, and a Box Turtle, named Herman, for years when we were growing up. The two of them were fully outdoor Turtles/Tortoises. The Box Turtle not very social, but the Desert Tortoise Tee-Ta was amazingly social. She would come knock her shell on the sliding glass door to tell us she was hungry every day. She loved me feeding her by hand and was gentle not to nip my fingers. She listened and loved being caressed on her head and neck. When we moved Herman went to a friend who had many other Turtle friends for him to play with and Tee-Ta came with us to Sedona, where she still is.
Then Gaia came into my life in 2008 and I discovered yet another side to these amazing creatures.
From the moment Gaia came home she loved being on my lap when I worked and would snuggle into my clothes. She loved coming by my feet, helping with my painting, looking out the window at Lake Tahoe, spending time curled up with electrical cords and by my computers, as she worked with Binary codes and enjoyed the vibrations that were like her way of communicating, loved all crystals and would climb inside my giant Amethyst, and constantly listened to me when I talked, stopping and cocking her head with her soulful eyes. She came into my dreams before I got her, and she has come into my dreams with messages many times after. She has also traveled to many places with me and been part of a lot of energetic work. She was an indoor Tortoise for almost all the time I’ve had her, until recently.
And if you’ve been following along, she had a magickal hibernation for the first time this year, but is also M.I.A. again now for the last month.
What I came to learn by having a Tortoise companion is how endearing, intelligent, and tender they are in ways people likely don’t think. Most people go for the cuddly companions and yet there are many homeless, abandoned, abused, and neglected creatures that would make wonderful friends, if you chose to take the time and presence to honor, listen to, and get to know them.
Something we could likely receive benefit from doing to everyone and all creatures we meet that are different than us or our pre-conceived ideas.
Today and all days I celebrate these ancient wonders of the Earth.
If you’d like to read more about the symbolism and wisdom of these magickal beings please visit my blog:
Gaia is etymologically a compound word composed of two elements: Ge, meaning “Earth,” which is also a pre-Greek substrate word related to Ki in Sumerian, also meaning Earth and Aia comes from an Indo-European derivative meaning “Grandmother.” Therefore, the full etymology of Gaia was once “Grandmother Earth.”
Most of us know Gaia simply as Earth or Mother Earth; the primordial element from which all things originated, which is what the Romans believed as well. They knew Gaia, the Great Mother, as a single living entity that encompassed the totality of every element in the Universe; land, sea, or sky.
The Greeks knew her as an ancient primeval goddess who personified the Earth and whose emergence appeared at the creation of the Universe, born from Chaos. Gaia’s power was far reaching in Ancient Greece, making oaths sworn in her name to be the most binding of all.
If only such value for her was still a part of our lives, perhaps we’d discover more honor in promise to the planet we live on and more synergy and harmony through conscious, symbiotic care of the collective she signifies.
Throughout the ages and cultures, active worship of this titan of fertile Earth came under the guise of many names and varied forms ranging from reverent bowing to Druidic ritual, all in an effort to get more in tune with the rhythm and continuity of nature she embodies. She represented to all, the Earth, or spiritual embodiment of the Earth, and sometimes was the goddess of all creation from which all other gods sprang.
Only Egyptian mythology holds a reverse personification, whereas Geb is the Earth Father while Nut is the Sky Mother, as opposed to Zeus as Sky Father and Gaia as Earth Mother.
In Indian religions, the Mother of all creation is called “Gayatri,” which is a very close form of Gaia. She is the mother of all Vedas, consort of the God Brahma, and personification of the all-pervading Parabrahman – the ultimate unchanging reality that lies behind all phenomena. Many Hindus view connection through the pure love and essence of the Gayatri Mantra as Divine awakening of the mind and soul and a way to reach the most Supreme form of existence.
Simply, the mantra helps us reach toward our divine mother and receive her blessings and wisdom to support us through the challenges of life.
Gaia’s qualities of divine femininity express her desire to nurture mankind and mirror for us, the reverence we have forgotten to honor.
Far too coincidental and divinely synchronous, turtles are the most ancient, vertebrate creatures that also possess Gaia’s wisdom and mother energy and through such, have much to impart. Many ancient myths, such as those of the Indigenous North Americans, describe the world as resting on the turtle’s back and many still refer to North America as Turtle Island.
This is illustrated by their creation legends that tell of a time when Earth was covered by water and Turtle dove to the ocean’s depths to bring forth Earth on its back so the people could have a safe, dry home.
Like Gaia, these ageless beings have carried a myriad of symbolic meanings throughout the ages and cultures, mysteriously linking them as symbols of the primal mother (except in African lore where it is a male symbol) and lunar cycles; again possessing Earth and Cosmic Universal significance and connection with the center.
Far East Asian myth believed turtles brought about the creation of the Universe from its parts, which are said to depict a map of the stars and sacred writings: the shell symbolic of the heavens and used in divination readings, the body symbolic of the Earth, and its undershell symbolic of the underworld. This cosmic order they represent, coupled with the magical ability to support us in uniting heaven and earth within our lives, supports our experience of life as “heaven on earth.”
They are the only animal to have the honor of symbolizing both Mother Earth and healing waters, as well as personifying winter, humidity, thunder to the Mayans, Venus, Aphrodite, Northern directions, and the moon (most turtle shells are divided into 13 sections depicting the 13 yearly phases of the moon.) Powerfully nurturing and protecting, turtle medicine is beautifully illustrated through shared attributes with its Earth Mother counterpart, Gaia, while their spirit symbolizes profound lessons in light of its own example.
There is a presence and flow of steadfast strength in their deliberate, steady, and thorough approach to a life of non-doing, non-reaction, acceptance, and naturalism. Always at home within themselves, they embody the meaning of “home is where the heart is,” understanding detachment and freedom. These carefree, patient, instinctual creatures honor the rhythms of life balance, demonstrate non-violent, self-defense mechanisms, and know when to turn within. Navigating one day at a time, they mirror the importance of moving at one’s own pace through life while honoring boundaries.
Turtles are survivors; living so near the Earth, moving slowly, aging gracefully, symbolizing groundedness, and embracing courage with faith, as is demonstrated through the progress they make only by sticking their neck out. It is no wonder they are considered the wisest of souls in the animal kingdom, offering a potent and profound analogy for humankind on many deep levels.
So intertwined are the turtle and Gaia; there is no mistaking the significance and association of their deep and profound symbolism that seemingly comes from two separate sources, but are synchronously bridged as one. Such contrast between an omnipotent presence and an unassuming innocence and yet the blood lines run through the core of the same essence.
Do not be fooled by the book’s cover, as both embody the spirit and soul of Earth and beyond and share with us invaluable knowledge and teachings. Across the board, whether known as Gaia, personified as Turtle, called, sung, or chanted by another synchronous name, she is the connection to the Universal mothering and nurturing source that leads us to a deep sense of profound peace and balance within and manifested without. Yet, more than any other goddess, she is consistently identified as the divine and animate Earth Mother; the living, conscious planet we reside on that provides sustenance and inherent wisdom to all of her children.
Gaia personifies awareness of our connectedness through the circle of life and the sacredness of all life, be it plant, animal, human, or stars above. She roots her values and respectively ours, helping us to remember that connection and to remind us that respect and gratitude for everything and everyone around us is the ever-present message she hopes to impart.
Through this conscious living we can attain that balance and wholeness that is the promise Gaia offers. Shifting our perspective to that of experiencing connection with her as a partner in life worth respect and honor, we can then enjoy the blessings of that union through the daily gifts of beauty and miracles she provides.
Dedicated and inspired by my friend and Russian Tortoise, Gaia: a sweet, magical, Taurean-born being possessing earthy, feminine energy, as her name suggests. Gaia’s name was spoken to me from the Universe as I listened to ancient mantras on the way home from receiving her into my life. She was restless in her box, but instantly calmed to a stillness with the sound of the first mantra playing. Ironically, as I listened to it and sang the words, the only thing that pervaded my thoughts and essence was the Gayatri Mantra, even though the mantra I was singing was not this one. I only had Gayatri on my mind for some odd reason and didn’t realize I hadn’t been listening to it, until hours later after reaching home. So while I sang the mantra playing, I heard the word “Gayatri” in my head and instantly thereafter, Gaya…Gaia. I turned to my little friend and knew. The Universe and she had both spoken her name to me through the ancient mantra playing. And now I know why.