Shaman inside Buffalo


Wednesday was a perfect day for another bike-hike-bike adventure to the Calvary Hill Arizona in McDowell Mountains above Scottsdale.  Not a cloud in the sky. The temperature was “only” 92F.  Which is a great improvement over the 108F in which I hiked up to that peak 10 days ago (see Return to Calvary Hill, Sep 15). On my way down, a sacred rock in the pyramid shape that I had noticed quite a few years ago (see Farewell Apucheta Hike, Mar 2009) offered some wonderful spirit medicine (see below).

Overall, I spent five hours on the mountain. That included an hour or so at the summit of the Calvary Hill Arizona – where I played my flute (to bewilderment of some hikers below – they might have thought the mountain was singing to them! 🙂 ). I also meditated and took pictures of magnificent views of the Valley of the Sun in all four cardinal directions.

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Then just as I was starting to descend from the summit, two Blackhawks appeared from out of nowhere and noisily flew overhead, like air force jets flying over a parade. They startled me at first. I thought I might have looked like a hearty lunch to them. Fortunately, I was wearing desert camouflage clothing.

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And then I also remembered that our mountain spirits in Peru, our beloved Apus, often materialized as birds.  Which is what I suspect these two blackhawks were. For, it was the first time ever that I have seen Blackhawks in the desert.

Grayhawks are quite common in the Sonoran desert.  In fact, the Eagle’s Nest, the name of our home here in Scottsdale, is based in a community named Grayhawk. But Blackhawks are extremely rare. In fact, before this hike and the encounter with them, I did not even know they existed around here.  So in the end, I felt honored by their overflight.


On my way up the mountain, I talked to the Spirit about the Ten Commandments for Ascension issued by Prime Creator on Sep 2. I explained that I had trouble with the No. 5 (“Refrain from eating the animals, for they are your friends”). Elizabeth and I have been virtual vegetarians for over five years now. But every once in awhile, we enjoy a good steak, or prime rib, or a bowl of hot chili.

On the other hand, I am a Steward of the Earth. Which means a caretaker of all sentient and inanimate beings on this planet. Which requires respect for the sanctity of all life. Anyway, by the time I reached Calvary Hill, I had my answers. Yes, I am to stop eating meat. And no, seafood is not considered animal food in the spirit of the Ten Commandments. So when I came down from the mountain, I told Elizabeth that from this day forward, I will be a Pesce-Vegetarian.

Ironically, this evening, we had a planned dinner at a wonderful Scottsdale steakhouse with Elizabeth’s youngest son. I ended up eating a delicious salmon with lobster tail while they feasted on steak. 🙂


The most exciting part of the pilgrimage actually took place on the way down the mountain. About a quarter of the way down from Calvary Hill, there is a magnificent pyramid shape rock.

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You can see it in these photos taken in March 2009 just before my move to Hawaii. A fellow shaman-friend who came with me on that hike was trying to feel the energy which emanated from the rock (see Farewell Apucheta Hike).

This sacred rock has always reminded me of the tremendous blocks the Inca had used to build the sacred cities of Machu Picchu or Sacsaywaman, for example.  Two of its sides are perfectly smooth, as if cut by a precision diamond saw. But its the third side of this tetrahedron that contained a special spirit message for me.

Up until today, I had never given a second glance to this dark and jagged part of the rock. But something made me stop and REALLY look at it this afternoon. And what I saw was quite fascinating. It was a message for me from the Native American cosmology, depicting Buffalo, Eagle and Medicine Man (shaman). Take a look…

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The top left shot is the original photo. The other three contain enhanced images of the spirit message that was written in stone. The large top part of the rock is the shape of a Buffalo head. Buffalo has always been the most holy of the sacred animals according to Native American beliefs. You can see below some of the Buffalo Spirit Medicine powers it contains.

One of them is the preservation of the sanctity of life. So it was a confirmation of the earlier message about my Pesce-Vegetarian resolution. Johnny Depp Tonto

Inside Buffalo’s head, one can discern a profile of an Indian Medicine Man’s painted face. The shaman is wearing a White Eagle headdress (see two lower images – above). And While Eagle is one of my most active spirit guides.

The image also reminded me of Johnny Depp as Tonto in the recent release of “Lone Ranger.” Except that Tonto’s headdress was a black bird.  Maybe like the two Blackhawks that had just flown overhead?

The Eagle spirit medicine has been my guiding light ever since I undertook the Arizona Desert Quest in the spring of 2013.  Eagle’s is a powerful sign that has been recognized and worshipped by different civilIzations throughout the millennia (see below).

It seems there is never a dull moment when I go off on these mountain hikes. And they are always delightfully surprising. I never know what to expect.


Magical Attributes of Buffalo (Bison): Social life, fertility, courage, abundance, prosperity, knowledge, sharing, work, challenge, survival. Visions of a buffalo show that prayers are heard, reminding you that nothing is achieved without the help of spirit. Formulating plans that will benefit you.

Prayer and Abundance. In the Lakota traditon it was the White Buffalo Calf Woman who brought the sacred pipe to the people and taught them to pray.

All animals are sacred, but in many traditions White Buffalo is the most sacred. The appearance of White Buffalo is a sign that prayers are being heard, that the sacred pipe is being honored, and that the promises of prophecy are being fulfilled. White Buffalo signals a time of abundance and plenty.

Buffalo was the major source of sustenance for the Plains Indians. It gave them meat for food, hides for clothing, warm and soft buffalo robes for long winters, and hooves for glue. The medicine of Buffalo is prayer, gratitude and praise for that which has been received. Buffalo medicine is also knowing that abundance is present when all relations are honored as sacred, and when gratitude is expressed to every living part of creation.

Because of its desire to give the gifts that its body provided, and because of its willingness to be used on Earth for the highest good before entering the hunting grounds of Spirit, Buffalo did not readily stampede and run from hunters.

To use Buffalo medicine is to smoke the pipe in a sacred manner, and to give praise for the richness of life to be shared with all races, all creatures, all nations, and all of life. It means smoking for others so that their needs are met, praying for the good of all things in harmony, and accepting the Great Mystery as part of that harmony.

If you have encountered a Buffalo, you may be asked to use your energy in prayer. You may also be called upon to be an instrument of someone else’s answer to a prayer. This could portend a time of recognizing the sacredness of every walk of life, albeit different from your own. To honor another’s pathway, even if it brings you sadness, is a part of the message that Buffalo brings. This may be a time of reconnection to the meaning of life and the value of peace. Most assuredly this time will bring serenity amidst chaos if you pray in earnest for enlightenment and the power of calmness and give praise for the gifts you already have.

From Buffalo Medicine


The Eagle represents spiritual protection, carries prayers, and brings strength, courage, wisdom, illumination of spirit, healing, creation, and a knowledge of magic. The eagle has an ability to see hidden spiritual truths, rising above the material to see the spiritual. The eagle has an ability to see the overall pattern, and the connection to spirit guides and teachers. The eagle represents great power and balance, dignity with grace, a connection with higher truths, intuition and a creative spirit grace achieved through knowledge and hard work.

The dictionary of scripture and myth, describes the eagle as;

A symbol of the holy spirit, which flies, as it were, through the mind (air) from the higher nature (heaven) to the lower nature (earth) and soars aloft to the self (sun).

From Eagle Spirit Ministry


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