The Rainbow Serpent

Photo courtesy Ryan Means

By Ghost Dancer

In the lore of all the Southeastern Peoples Rainbow Serpents are powerful beings that live in the waters, be they springs, creeks, rivers, lakes, and even the oceans. These beings have a world which exists beneath the waters. Usually when you see a whirlpool or such in the waters it means one or more rainbow serpents are swimming in a circle energizing their power.

These beings have two sides. They help, protect, heal, and save those who deserve or in need of help, protection, healing or saving. They also have the ability to attack and destroy those that are bad, evil and are doing something wrong.

These beings sing, and even enchant two legged ones to come to the water and join them, especially the young ones they feel have beautiful hearts. These beings truly live on love and they need to have beauty all around them. They can change themselves and walk on the ground as you and me, or they can crawl as a serpent upon the ground as well.

Usually a person doesn’t see more than a glimpse of the Rainbow Serpents unless they are alone or in the water. Their shapes and colorations are like those of rainbows, hence their name. The Rainbow Serpent’s beauty, gifts of knowledge, and singing makes them a powerful force that draws people to them. There are females, males, old and young. They rule the waters and all life in the water loves them and will help them.

In the old times, children were brought to the waters to learn or to be given a loving home and family if a child’s family has been killed or if a child has been left alone or abandoned. Here comes the Rainbow Serpents then, for they are drawn by the hurt and sadness of the child just as when a child or baby is lost or abandoned in the forest, the tree spirit, animal spirit, bird spirit, or the winged serpent, will come to take the child and love it as a family and protect it. Many of these children will transform and become as one of their new family. Or they may become a spiritual person and return to help their people and bring new teachings or bring ancient teachings back to their people.

As in all cultures, many times upheavals happen, and the wise teachers are lost. Over long periods of time, people forget or get away from the true teachings they were given and taught in the past. When the true teachers are no longer present, others will twist the wise teaching, or short cut it or use it for their own personal gain. So, someone or something must come forth to get the people back on the right track or back to the spiritual path. When these special gifted children are taught by the Rainbow Serpents, they are asked if they will take the task and responsibility to go back and help the ones that need it or even the ones that abandoned them.

I hope this gives you a better understanding of the Rainbow Serpent.

Ghost Dancer, 20 January 2018

Published by Edna Peirce Dixon

I am an elder in my 9th decade. I have lived an ordinary life, I’ve done all the ordinary and expected things, went to school, got married, raised a family, tried to be a good person. Throughout this life I have also been a seeker, an outsider by nature, always looking through cracks in the fences of life, questioning, challenging, learning, trying to make sense of the world and its conventions. Then in my golden years, as I sought to find meaning in my existence, some unexpected things happened and I’ve since learned it took a lifetime to prepare me for the challenge to come. My journey – indeed my calling - led me to come to know a remarkable man who happened to be an inmate in federal prison. Nothing could have been more foreign to my personal experience. GHOST DANCER Communicating daily for nearly nine years I had the opportunity to walk many paths with Ghost discussing our thoughts on many common interests with candor and respect. With enormous generosity Ghost has allowed me to share his wisdom and knowledge of his Native American heritage on Journeys of the Spirit. Over time, Ghost gradually revealed his life story in small bits, like scrambled pieces of some gigantic puzzle. Now, after spending more than 40 years in prison, Ghost Dancer is at last free and ready to tell his amazing personal story. As the saying goes, “you can’t make this stuff up” and as his friend and editor I can say this is a story so big that even after working with him for nearly nine years, I continue to be astonished as he shares new details my mind simply could never imagine. From the very first chapter, Ghost leads us on his journey and invites us to walk with him on his Nene Cate (Red Road). From the day he was born, a happy, loving gifted child, he endured heartbreaking sorrows, betrayals and exploitations. Through it all, Ghost fought a system determined to destroy him by any means, as he struggled to remain true to his calling. Through Ghost Dancer I also met and came to know Walks On The Grass, another federal prisoner whose story is also compelling even though very different. In Journeys of the Spirit, Walks has shared his decades-long journey from deep addiction to wholeness in LONG ROAD HOME and shared other bits of his story in ALONG THE WAY. Now as he approaches his August release into this crazy world of 2022 Walks shares his the thoughts and misgivings as he counts down to the big day in LIGHTS IN THE DISTANCE.

3 thoughts on “The Rainbow Serpent

    1. I haven’t either. That’s why I included the link to read about the natural history of the very reclusive rainbow snake. They are said to be the most beautiful snake in North America. Entirely harmless. But me, I think all snakes are beautiful gifts of nature even the few that can put a hurt on you.


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