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Hunab Ku: 77 Sacred Symbols for Balancing Body and Spirit by [Speerstra, Joel, Speerstra, Karen]
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“In this enchanting book, the Speerstras offer a rare glimpse into the power, meaning, and magic of ancient symbols throughout time and across cultures. It’s great reading for healing the spirit.”—Cyndi Dale, author of ADVANCED CHAKRA HEALING


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*A richly illustrated book that draws on cross-cultural ancient symbols, numerology, archetypes, and earthworks, and the chakras. *Includes 77 vivid full-color illustrations placed within the framework and palette of the seven chakras.

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  • File Size: 4654 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Crossing Press (April 27, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G8P2LO
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By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
"In Hunab Ku, you'll find seventy-seven images of home-multiple ways to view or earth and ourselves. These images, like the Hunab Ku itself, measure and move us and encourage us to embark upon our own sacred journey. The Hunab Ku lies at the very center of these images, reminding us to balance our intentions, to center our understandings, and to become more conscious of what ancient wisdom continues to teach all of us today." - From the book

Hunab Ku is an ancient Mayan symbol that represents the joining of opposites. Hunab means "one state of being" and Ku means "God". Masculine and feminine, analytical and intuitive, objective and subjective, yang and yin, conscious and unconscious, external and internal-the Hunab Ku speaks to the abyss between opposing forces and, in fact, serves as a bridge between them. The archetype of the Hunab Ku is the "space between" that reflects oneness with God and the unity of all things.

The Mayans constructed several detailed calendars and these calendars reflected cycles of the Earth and humanity itself. After each cycle of 5,125 years, the "universe takes a deep breath and begins again", and according to the Maya Long Count Calendar, humanity is posed on the edge of a great unfolding of balance and understanding. Many have called this the Age of Aquarius, but the Mayans called it the Age of Itza-Age of Consciousness. Some interpretations have set the winter solstice of 2012 as the time marking a gateway to the galaxies where Hunab Ku-the great mover-will pulse and fill us all with intelligent energy.

To help prepare humanity for this cosmic awakening, authors Karen Speerstra and Joel Speerstra have presented 77 sacred symbols that create an interactive system for learning, healing, and meditation.
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To readers on their own spiritual journey, Hunab Ku brings images of some of the richest symbols of ancient wisdom together with "logos"--the words of the authors that help one to interpret and integrate the wisdom into their own lives. As much a book to be read as one to be used--just as such tools of self-insight as the Tarot, I Ching, and other divinition aids-- Hunab Ku offers the reader a wonderful meditation on the energies of each of the images. The museums next to my office at Harvard University are filled with artifacts from other cultures, ancient times, but they don't speak to a viewer with the richness and depth of wisdom that the Speerstras have brought to the artifacts included in Hunab Ku. A book to be kept close!

Julia Blackbourn, Cambridge MA
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Hunab Ku is eminently readable not only because of its straightforward and lucid prose, but for its clever organization. It consists of short essays on the power and meaning of specific primitive symbols that one finds in various cultures--in art, mythology, and oral tradition-symbols that represent ideas and concepts deeply pertinent to the human condition.

The authors have grouped the symbols and their explanatory essays into seven sections. The essays are accompanied by quotations from philosophers, folklore, and great spiritual texts in human history, as well as invocations inscribed in the ruins of ancient temples.

This is a beautiful book, a compendium of ancient insights and fundamental wisdom that leads the reader to contemplate the profound meaning behind the universe and the life that inhabits it. Although it can be read straight through as a sort of treatise on primitive art, many readers will want to keep it by their sides as a frequent spiritual reference-a well-thumbed guide through life's journey.

Christopher D. Costanzo, Bethel, VT
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Hunab Ku is a travel guide for your journey of self awareness. Through it you'll travel to cultures and symbols from all periods of humankind, gaining insight into what makes us all human at the core. The book is a treasure of knowledge beautifully presented. And as with travelers--some travel for the sights, some for the insights--Hunab Ku will lead you anywhere you want to go.
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Hunab Ku is a happy wedding of prodigious research and lyric prose. Utilizing 77 ancient archetypal images, this book can be enjoyed as a mini ancient art history course or a resource for insightful meditation.

Once the reader is acquainted with the 77 symbols, he can turn to the end of the book for exercises in chakra healing, insight work, courage and guidance.

Spiced with appropriate quotes from the Egyptian Book of the Dead to Teresa of Avila to Thorton Wilder, Hunab Ku is a delightful journey to self exploration, knowledge and acceptance.
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This book is a gem. Reading it was like going on a delightful and enchanting journey to some of the most sacred sights on earth. It is obvious that the authors have done their research. The historical review followed by the spiritual perspective captured the essence of the symbols and provided valuable lessons for living. This is a book that I will keep on my nightstand for easy access.

Daniel S. Hanson

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Augsburg College
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I love this book. I'm learning a lot about ancient symbols so I can use them in my paintings. The authors mention other culture's meanings of each symbol, not just Mayan. The size of this book is handy; not too big or small. I also like the layout of the symbols, numerology, and colors and how they all relate to each other, the chakras, etc. The quality of my used book was as it was stated and it was shipped quickly and packaged well.
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