The Condor and the Eagle
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The Condor and the EagleAmericas north and south unite.
Among the gifts that Native Americans bring us is a most unusual one—a heartening prophecy from the natives of the Andes. According to their tradition, centuries ago, humans took two diverging paths: the path of the condor and the path of the eagle. The condor path, which has come to represent the peoples of the Southern Hemisphere, is associated with the heart, the intuitive, and the spiritual. The eagle path, which represents the peoples of the Northern Hemisphere, is associated with the brain, the rational, and the material. For the past 500 years, the power of the eagle—mental and materialistic—has dominated that of the condor’s spirituality and heart-centeredness. But according to the prophecy, this is about to change.
The indigenous tradition among the peoples of the South has divided time into epochs called pachacutis, each spanning roughly 500 years. According to the Aztec Calendar—a.k.a. The Sacred Stone Calendar of the Mexican People—the Fourth Pachacuti that began in 1492 was characterized by the prophecies as a time of turmoil, struggle, and conflict. Since October 12, 1992, we’ve been in the Fifth Pachacuti, which is said to be a time of partnership and union, where eagle and condor “fly together in the sky as equals.”1
And not a moment too soon. In our evolutionary journey through basal paradigms that have taken us deep into the realms of spirituality and materialism over these many centuries, the one thing these paradigms had in common was their disconnection from the sacred feminine and, consequently, from Earth itself. The very detachment and denial of the feminine in Western society has put us out of touch with the natural world. For centuries, the powers of unbalanced domination, empowered first by a He-God then by a He-Science, have forced our world further and further out of kilter to where we are on the brink of destroying the very ground upon which we stand.
Now, in its infinite sense of humor, the Universe is finally asking us to reconcile the hemispheres, left and right, north and south. This time of spiritual reunion, when we will link the sacred masculine and the sacred feminine, is not merely the province of indigenous spirituality or reconstituted goddess worship.
The Dalai Lama has also spoken of it. He says he will be the last Dalai Lama from the Himalayas, and the next one will likely be from the other high mountains, the Andes. Meanwhile, many international organizations have banded together under the banner of the Pachamama Alliance to foster this emergent human culture by helping the people of the condor and the people of the eagle share their gifts with one another.