The Four Main Munay-Ki Power Animals
I’m in the process of learning a new system of shamanic empowerment rites as taught by Alberto Villoldo who studied with the Q’ero shamans of Peru. I wanted to share a bit about the power animals associated with this system known as Munay-Ki (munay=love/will and ki=universal life force energy). The four main Munay-Ki power animals are snake, jaguar, hummingbird and eagle. They each correspond with a chakra each as well as one of the four cardinal directions.
Snake is invoked in the South for help with leaving the past behind and stepping into what we are becoming. Snake corresponds with the root chakra. Snake teaches us to walk lightly upon the earth and teaches us the way of truth and beauty.
Jaguar is invoked in the West for protection of the medicine space. Jaguar corresponds with the sacral chakra and has the power to devour any toxic emotional energy. Jaguar teaches us to be peaceful warriors, to trust that there is enough and that there is no need to be in competition with other living beings.
Hummingbird is invoked in the North to help us assimilate the ancient wisdom of our ancestors. Hummingbird corresponds with our solar plexus chakra. Hummingbird teaches us to always seek the nectar of life, be filled with joy and to turn ‘impossible’ to ‘I’m possible.’
Eagle is invoked in the East to teach us to soar and see the bigger picture. Eagle corresponds with the heart chakra. Eagle helps us to see the interconnectedness of all living things so that we can carve out the path of our destiny with clarity of vision.
Out of these four power animals, the one I have the strongest and most personal connection is Eagle. Many years ago, a golden eagle came to me in a dream vision. I recall standing close to a waterfall in a sacred space where people were starting to congregate. I had been caged up until then but the cage door had mysteriously been unlocked. As I stepped out of my cage, the golden eagle swooped down and kissed me. And yes, I do realise how ridiculous that sounds but it was a dream… and a powerfully liberating one at that!
Some say that the Munay-Ki system of shamanic of rites is an example of cultural appropriation and typical rubbish neo-shamanism. However, Villoldo claims to have the blessing of the Q’ero to share this system with the world. I guess there is no way to know if Villoldo’s claim is true but I hope it is because these beautiful rites are simple yet powerful and at least to me personally, they came into my life at just the right time.
The Tarot is a Mediterranean game of cards and Reiki comes from Japan, yet I don’t see people clamouring about cultural appropriation though they are now used all across the world. In my humble opinion, what springs forth from the Anima Mundi as a tool for healing belongs to us all. The pi stone sign from my maternal bloodline confirms this.
For anyone wanting to learn more about Munay-Ki, I can recommend Sharon Ramel’s course on Udemy.