On Wednesday, March 25th Red Cliff Ascent had what we call "Shin Digg" which is where all of the student groups get together, participate in skits, have a bow-off competition, eat AWESOME food--which consisted of bread bowl soups and donuts. Sometimes during Shin Digg people receive Earth names.
Earth names are names given that symbolize change and growth. The names aren't Human names, the names contain symbolic meaning, through animals, plants, seasons, or elements. Hence why it is called an Earth name.
To my great surprise, I received an Earth name at Shin Digg! Which was something I had been looking forward to the entire time I have been working at Red Cliff. Kodiak (another female staff) called me up to the stage and then presented me with my Earth name.
The wind, a powerful and curious thing. It is constantly changing, adapting to every place on earth, but never really settling down. It is known in a very generalized sense, yet remains mysterious because no person knows its true nature due to the many forms that it takes. Hot summer days are often graced with the presence of a light breeze. Although we know that this breeze is there, it is often overlooked and taken for granted until it is gone. Like this, your soft positivity is welcome but not always noticed in a loud way until you have left. Although the wind has shown to be mostly calm, it can under the right circumstances become feisty and strong. In these moments the power of a gale force becomes something to be reckoned with. This strength that you have is not always something to be hidden away. Although a strong wind can rain destruction, it can also create power, shape landscapes and be a thing of beauty. Knowing the proper time and use for both a softness and power is a great skill. Being able to harness your true nature and potential will be a life long voyage.
Blue is the color of Raw emotion. It can be positive or negative, happy or sad. Like the ocean and the sky it can be calm or very exciting. Blue is in constant motion, fluctuating and influencing a new environment.
Green is the color of nature and life. It is grounded and brings peace and tranquility to all who allow it to surround them. Green in vibrant and ready to grow and prosper. Ari, you are here learning and growing. Taking life by the reins and working to move forward. You have allowed your history to shape, but not define you. The balance of blue and green is Turquoise, which represents healing and growth. As a stone, turquoise is beautiful and treasured to those who recognize its worth. As you continue on your journey, remember that it is ok to show those around you all that you are worth, and allow them to share in your success and in your failures.
It is for these reasons and many more that we offer you the name,
To be honest I teared up a little bit as Kodiak read this to me. It was nice to hear what my Earth name meant, and how I had been observed by her and others. I particularly like the line that says "Although we know that this breeze is there, it is often overlooked and taken for granted until it is gone. Like this, your soft positivity is welcome but not always noticed in a loud way until you have left." In my journal I wrote "That definitely describes me!"
Ari (Turquoise Winds)