Brotherhood/Sisterhood of the Jaguar—The Spirit of Ancient
From the jungle lowlands of ancient Mexico to the numinous
high peaks of the Peruvian Andes, the magic and the omnipotent power of the
Jaguar prevailed as a primary mythology and symbology of religious authority
and dynastic rulership. Today, these beliefs still survive within the ingenious
peoples of the Amazon Rainforest, where sorcery and miraculous healings occur
side-by-side in a cultural paradigm ruled by the spirit of the unseen.
The Amazon Rainforest is an enigma where, of the
approximately 200,000 plants, only 2% have been truly studied. It is a treasure
land of magic and ecological harmony, which was and still is, ruled over by the
mystical one, the jaguar. And as always, wherever we find the cult of the
jaguar, we’ll discover the shaman portrayed as the “master of thresholds.” Just as the jaguar maintains mastership
over the land, the jaguar also moves with ease across the thresholds separating
land and air and land and sea, in a sense, moving from matter to spirit and,
once again, back to matter.
These jaguar-shamans, a brotherhood/sisterhood of the
jaguar, are in the truest sense spiritual warriors protecting the health and
well being of the tribe while providing stability and identity. The jaguar, as
brother/sister and double to the shaman, gives the power to the shaman to be
able to “see” in the dark. With this spiritual medicine, the
brotherhood/sisterhood are then able to master the night as well as the
As religious leaders, the jaguar-shamans bring prosperity
and fertility to their peoples through the honoring of the jaguar spirit as
witnessed by their identification of the jaguar as a representation of the
elemental forces of wind, rain, lightening and thunder. It is through this
power, as jaguar-shamans, that the priests are able to harmonize with nature
and thus bring unity and well being to their people.
Many people identify Quetzalcoatl, the prophet and messenger
of peace, as the feathered serpent (bird-serpent) but in reality, Quetzalcoatl,
known to the Mayan’s as Cuculcan (Kukulcan), was a combination of three
animals—jaguar, serpent and bird. This representation of a jaguar’s face and
fangs, a serpent body that is feathered, reveals the elemental forces
(jaguar-earth, serpent-water, bird-air) in action achieving accession to
spirit-fire. This teaching revealed the secret knowledge necessary to achieve
Quetzalcoatlhood—In this body, in this life.
Initiatory Journey into the Myth and Mystery of the Feathered Serpents.