14 Iyar 5766 / May 12, 2006
Hopi prophesies bleak but contain hope ... for Hopi
Before his death, Chief "Mike" of the Hopi Third Mesa community at Old Oraibi, Arizona, told his people that their origin and the place to which they would one day return was Jerusalem. This has been confirmed by a personal visit to the Third Mesa and conversations with two of the three daughters of the chief, one of their husbands and a fourth source independent of the Third Mesa community. So while the prophesies they relate about the future of America are disturbing, they do contain hope ... for the Hopi. As many Christians expect to be raptured away from tribulations, the Hopi await their rescue from Jerusalem.
All of Turtle Island (the original name for America) except the Homeland -- Aztlan -- will be destroyed or somehow ruined. Humanity on Turtle Island will be a rarity but the Hopi and Aztlan, their Homeland will be preserved as an oasis to which refugees will flee. (The Cherokee have similar beliefs that they will survive in "places of refuge" in the East). The nation will be split into by a great sea.
World War III, their prophesies state, will be started by "those peoples who first received the light in other old countries." The Hopi also call this war a "spiritual conflict with material matters. Material matters will be destroyed by spiritual beings who will remain to create one world and one nation under one power, that of the Creator."
A sure sign of this coming war will be the dance of Saquasohuh (the Blue Star) Kachina. This dance will occur when a blue-star, far off and yet invisible, suddenly makes its appearance in the slit of the kiva roof on the same plain traversed by the sun during the day.1
The sages of the Torah wrote that everything has a cause. The curse causeless does not come. What we sow, we reap. If the U.S. sows a policy that closes its borders to the poor, needy and tempest (storm)-tossed of this world, God will make this nation poor, needy and tossed with storms. And the grace He is beginning to remove from America will again light on the children of Israel.
... lo, I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest and be quiet and none shall make him afraid. For I am with you, saith the Lord, to save you: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered you, yet will I not make a full end of you; but I will correct you in measure and will not leave you altogether unpunished. (Jeremiah 30:10b-11a)
The question before America is whether this nation, which has clearly enjoyed God's grace and bounty, will recognize the right of Aztlan to exist on Turtle Island. The Hopi could care less about the corporate world, financial success or the progress of civilization. The one thing that does concern them is reconnecting the people of Aztlan with the land of Aztlan, as promised by Ma'asau. (OK, they also believe that technological advances should be balanced with spiritual advances or ultimately the technology will have destructive side-effects. And the concept of "interest" (loaning your neighbor five of something for six of the same something back) is a little strange to a people who share everything).
NOTE: If anyone tends to dismiss these prophesies, consider that the Hopi have three times sang a certain ill-fated song during the prophetic Wuwuchim ceremony; the year before the start of World Wars I & II and the year before the U.S. became engaged in the Vietnam Conflict. The interconnection of the Hopi and many Native Americans with the Living Earth, the animal, plant and mineral worlds and all of Creation, including the "harmony of the different spiritual spheres," all point to devastation on the horizon as the Hopi await the sign of the coming fateful end of their own non-religion. In fact, if the leader of a Hopi clan embraces "any" religion, he runs the risk of having his head cut off.
1 See our interpretation of this "star" related to a change in the star-cluster Pleiades, based on Talmudic writings. The Pleiades traverses the sky from East to West at night like a chariot on the same plane as the sun during the day at a certain time of the year. The Talmud records two stars in the cluster being moved from their places during the flood of Noah. Jesus of Nazareth may have predicted these two stars returning to their original positions in the last days as the sign of the coming of the "son of man."