Maria Yraceburu,
Legends & Prophecies of the Quero Apache:
Tales for Healing & Renewal

(Bear & Co., 2002)

Buy Legends & Prophecies of the Quero Apache for the explanation of the Return of Kato'ya and the Thirteen Sacred Mirrors of Fire. It is worth the purchase price for this one chapter -- and you will have the other 169 pages to boot.

The Apache Tlish Diyan, Snake Clan, has a prophecy that says Kato'ya, the great snake teacher of the two-leggeds and invincible guardian of Sacred Earth, will return to herald the coming of the Fifth World of Peace and Illumination. This prophecy parallels the Aztec legend of Quetzalcoatl (see 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl) and several others. Supporting signs and incidents are occurring around the world with increased frequency. If you are not familiar with these legends and prophecies, look through the reviews in this section and you will find several books.

This is the first time I have seen the Thirteen Sacred Mirrors of Fire listed individually with descriptions and discussions. The author has gone into detail with the first four, which complete the first of the wheels -- the Vibral Core. She has provided hints about the other nine.

Yraceburu has included 13 stories from her people's oral history and legends. At the end of each story, she explains how the story applies to modern living, what she has learned from it or her experiences as a shaman that relate to the story, and how to use the elements of the story to promote your own inner healing and growth.

The story and discussions cover a wide range of human topics, such as love or death and grief or sadness. The lessons from this shaman are practical personal growth tools that will guide you toward becoming balanced and living in harmony with the world around you.

Yraceburu is a splendid storyteller with a lively, spirited writing style that keeps you turning the pages. She is down-to-earth and speaks as if coaching you in person. She reveals much about herself and her own struggles with being chosen as the "hereditary recipient" of her grandfather's knowledge and traditions. She lets you know that it is OK to have a few struggles, and then she shows how to overcome those problems and regain your balance. She is a gifted teacher.

Legends & Prophecies of the Quero Apache is a great book by a "li'l ole granny-type shaman" that you are certain to fall in love with. She tells us that she hopes to continue relating the legends of her people, and I certainly hope she does. The world needs more literature of this caliber.

book review by
Alicia Karen Elkins

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