Odyssey of the 8th Fire is complete to date,
I will publish the Epilogue here in time.
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Welcome to Odyssey of the 8th Fire, a web site telling a true, epic saga of North America in our era of transition.
As one pilgrim, I invite you to come along on the odyssey: the long story of our sacred passage on foot across North America from the Eastern Door at the Atlantic Ocean toward the Western Gate at the Pacific.
As well as the tale of our travels on foot, Odyssey of the 8th Fire is the essential story of our meetings with dozens of traditional, learned elders of North America. They gifted us with messages to deliver.
Reading Odyssey of the 8th Fire online is a demanding quest. The story is long. Because of this, and because many of the elders who are part of the story note that their teachings take both time and attention to understand, I recommend this literary pilgrimage be undertaken step by step, over a span of eight months or so. Odyssey consists of a lengthy Prologue, and then 225 accounts, one for each day of travel. Those journal entries are ordered chronologically in the navigation bar to the left.
By engaging this online account of the walk just one day at a time, a reader can make a steady eight-month literary and spiritual pilgrimage from East to West across Turtle Island (North America). The journey proceeds place to place, elder to elder, teaching to teaching.
Steven McFadden, author
"I ask you to listen not just with your minds. I ask you to listen with your hearts, because that is the only way you can receive what it is, what we are giving. These are the teachings of our hearts.
"This walk is going to take eight or nine months. There are lots of elders out there across Turtle Island, and they have many beautiful teachings, many teachings that all the people need now. It is our hope, it is our prayer that they will come forward now that the Eastern Door is open.
"It is our prayer that they will meet us as we walk, that they will teach and share what they understand from their hearts. Be patient. Listen to the elders. You need patience to receive these teachings. It doesn't all come at once. You need patience."
- Frank Decontie, Algonquin
June 23, 1995
First Encounter Beach, Massachusetts
|Odyssey of the 8th Fire - Sacred journey. From First Encounter Beach on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, across Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, toward the Western Gate, California.