It was quite a synchronicity to open Orca Chantress Beluga Shaman by Leesa Sklover, a Jungian practitioner and enchanting chanteuse whom I heard speak at the Temenos Institute in Westport on Friday night. She played the Orca Chantress kundalini yoga chant at the close of her presentation,”A Jungian Look at Yoga Therapy, Meditation and Chant.” It was the most extraordinary blend of opposites (the spiritual and the sensual, the primal and the ecstatic) that I have ever heard! Leesa composes her world chants with her own exquisite voice blending into her collaborator Jim Nollman‘s interactions with dolphin and whales, along with wolves, bugs and birds! Check out Jim’s Interspecies Art Gallery!
The music hits at my highest and lowest chakras simultaneously. Leesa’s voice is just exquisite! She is a chantress of the highest order, a teacher of kundalini yoga, sound therapist and musical performer — truly an artist of the twenty-first century utilizing her gifts to connect people with the newly emerging icon of the hieros gamos.
She certainly has the sacred geometry down!
This afternoon, after nearly 48 hours of a power outage, which made the darkest moon last night I have had in a long while, I open the CD and discover a song, Beautiful All Around, containing the sacred geometry of the hieros gamos! To arrive at the hexagram, the chant combines Native American healing tradition (the four directions) with the Jewish shamanic tradition.
It is the New Moon, after all, and the discovery brings to mind an alchemical image depicting the geometry of the six directions:
In Hebrew it means “closed hand.”
In astrology, the Yod (highlighted above) means Finger of God.
Leesa’s marvelous chant, from the Sefer Yetzirah, is holistic in that it engages the six directions through the three letters that make up the name of God: YHWH (Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey) with a gematria of 10+5+6+5 = 26
sky: yod hey vav
earth: hey, yod, vav
east: vev, yod, hey
west: vav, hey, yod
south: yod, vav, hey
north: hey, vav, yod
The six directions form the hexagon…
…the totality of the hieros gamos, the divine marriage of opposites.
You see the dove descending from the six-pointed star, the Seal of Solomon, to the center, primordial point where the six directions meet:
“The priomordial point, while always remaining essentially “Unlocalized” (for it cannot be affected or modified by anything whatsoever), makes itself the centre….From this point start the six directions, which, as pairs of opposites, represent all contraries, and to it also they return, by the alternating movements of expansion and contraction, which constitute the two complementary phases of all manifestation.”
–Renee Guenon, Symbolism of the Cross
The holistic art at this absolute center is a sacred reality embodying the primordial point of the six directions of space. This art can be identified by:
ü Multiple levels of meaning
o incorporating past, present and future
ü Integrating time and space
ü Holistic microcosm of a macrocosmic process
ü Interconnected with life on the planet
May it be beautiful before me; May it be beautiful behind
May it be beautiful before me; May it be beautiful above, all round
This was a beautiful act of transformation of karma
–English lyrics by Leesa Sklover inspired by Navajo healing-ceremony night chant
And this totality of the six directions is where the search for “woman of the 21st century” was begun, and where she is now being formed!
“For the being who stands at the centre, all is unified, for he sees all in the unity of the Principle. All particular and analytical viewpoints, which are founded only on contingent distinctions and which give rise to all he divergence of individual opinions, have disappeared for him and are reabsorbed into the total synthesis of transcendent knowledge, which is the same as the one and changeless truth.”
–Renee Guenon, Symbolism of the Cross