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How the Vulture Saved the Earth

October 25th, 2014

How the Vulture Saved the Earth

This beautiful turkey vulture flew in between me and the sun so close above me I could almost reach out and touch him. I shot the photograph right into the sun which came out quite illumined and mysterious. To bring out the colors I saturated them and this was the result. while looking up the symbolism of vulture I came across this Native American tale. It is only fitting that I tell this tale as the photograph is a perfect illustration for it.


Long ago the sun was much to close to the earth.

It was burning hot and the animal world got together to decide what must be done. Fox stepped up and offered to help. He took the sun in his mouth and ran as fast as he could towards heaven. The sun got so hot it burnt his mouth. To this day the Foxes on earth have black mouths. He returned unsuccessful.

Then Opossum stepped forward
Opossum volunteered and wrapped his tail around the sun and ran towards the heavens. He too found the sun was much too hot as it burnt the hair off his tail. He returned and to this day all possums do not have hair on their tails.
Vulture stepped forward

He was the most beautiful and powerful of birds. He had beautiful feathers on top of his head and so beautiful that he was envied by all. He pushed the top of his head against the burning sun and pushed the sun farther and farther up into the heavens. He could feel the feathers burning off his beautiful crown but he was so strong that he pushed the sun far away enough from the earth so the animals and the earth could live on. Vulture had sacrificed his beautiful crown feathers to save the earth and he remained bald. To this day all vultures heads are bald.

~ Native American Tale

Vulture is very misunderstood. People see vulture as ugly and mean because he eats dead animals. Vulture is an amazing bird that keeps our environment clean. His scientific name

cathartes aura means "golden purifier". He does not kill his prey. Vulture is also a beautiful graceful soaring bird who rides on the winds. Have you seen vulture teetering on the winds making use of every draft. this takes much strength and power.

Vulture teaches us to honor others for who they are and not how they appear. This is a very good lesson for us to learn. Perhaps your heart will open next time you encounter vulture and you can share this story with others. ~ DeborahMoen

Sky Horse

September 5th, 2014

Sky Horse

Sky Horse: Last evening; I watched as a voluminous mass of vapors shapeshifted into a rearing stallion standing well over 10,000 feet above the earth. It was white then transformed into angelic light gray then became illumined with the gilded sunset light of peach and gold. This lovely stallion ran away on the evening winds through the calico clouds and the swiftness of his stride brought lightening and thunder shortly after. Hail to the Sky Horse ! Click *
©DeborahMoen

Summer Solstice Celebration

June 21st, 2014

Summer Solstice Celebration

Hail to the sun ! Shining and giving us the abundance of Nature's bloom.
Celebrate the life giving power that shines upon us.

Hail to this day of the longest; and shortest of nights that we all receive the glorious rays and beauty and abundance of the sun. This time is one when the veil is thin and what lies beyond the fields we know; stands open. endless and available.

Dance on the shadows cast by your beautiful body and the thriving trees and the plants, as the sun shines upon us this day .

Celebrate the fire, the Sun of the inner earth, whether shining or behind the clouds, light candles and pray, make bonfires or bowl fires, and toss in your words of desire to the fire and follow the smoke up and up to the Sun.

Till and care for and appreciate your gardens as they thrive and grow. Bless the weeds and bless the water.

Sing with the song of birds, the chirping of crickets, the rustling of leaves.

Make circular gardens of herbs, and altars and lovely benches to sit on and pray.

Make life meaning filled. Bring in your animals and fed them and nurture them bestow upon them garlands, or special meals or kisses.

This is the day that has been long celebrated; bringing the understanding of calenders, when to sow and when to reap, it inspires sharing of the rites and passages of seasons, it brings the stories carved on the rocks and cliffs, it invites the appreciations and glory of merriment and gladness for the Light.

Hail to the Sun and to Thee! Thank You.

~ Deborah Moen © all right reserved Sun Halo was photographed in Washington, Utah near the Red Cliffs

We Are Stardust

May 26th, 2014

We Are Stardust

We are stardust in the highest exalted way. We are part of this universe. The universe is in us. Every atom in our body came from a star that exploded.

Spring Snow on Mothers Day

May 26th, 2014

Spring Snow on Mothers Day

The snow came in gale force slanting downward from the north east. Between the gales, I saw thousands of snowflakes and could not help but sense the presence of each and every Mother, that we have loved, coming to earth, in each and every snowflake, to spread the vibration of Eternal Love.
And what a lovely sensation to breathe during this time for as you breathe she is breathing with you, as you wake she is touching your cheek, as you go through life she is there walking right beside you, always with Eternal Unconditional Love. Click * DeborahMoen ©

Zion National Park Utah Kolob

April 29th, 2014

Zion National Park Utah Kolob

Title: Temple Door
Artist: Deborah Moen
Description: When I am awake the world around me is my palace of beauty. I often see laughing or ancient faces in the cliff walls, and just the other day I saw a dizzying vertical wall of Navajo Sandstone giving birth to a rock, and on the right here, in this photograph, I see a mighty temple door. It reminds me of a royal Egyptian tomb or secret passage way into the monolith. I can wander through these areas for hours without knowing that time has passed. I love how the Light shines on the stone here and how the pine trees grow so full of life in this stone. I keep such beautiful reminders to shift my thinking to right any harsh ideas. With such beauty here on earth how can I be mad. Looking here inspires extraordinary glorious dreams, imagination and meditations which reflect back to me 1,000 fold over and over again.