Selu Unitsi ᏎᎷ ᎤᏂᏥ – The Corn Mother
Selu, the Corn Mother, is the mother of all abundance continual and everlasting. She is Ageyv Itseiyusdi living within the grain of our material world, the soul thereof by which we receive our sustenance therefrom. As her kernals are scattered, shed as blood, we fall into the realm of the myriad, of quanta, of number, of measure and of harvest. As her kernals are gathered up, as shades of the soul, do we become more whole, the gathering of monads and in the ascent thereof become distilled into the spirit, the essence of life itself. In this way is she known as Seluwisgi, the good corn liquor.
"I have chosen you, to enter into my barns: And have commanded you to open the Corn, that the scattered may appear, and that which remaineth in the sheaf may stand. And have entered into the first, and so into the seventh. And have delivered unto you the Testimony of my spirit to come. "For, my Barn hath been long without Threshers. And I have kept my flayles for a long time hid in unknown places: Which flayle is the Doctrine that I deliver unto you: Which is the Instrument of thrashing, wherewith you shall beat the shears, that the Corn which is scattered, and the rest may be all one. " - Watcher as Gabriel to John Dee
Selu was slain by her offspring, Wild Boy and Calm Boy and in that moment the duality of order and chaos overcame the fertile and ever-nurturing eden of the corn mother. In that moment, the sun, the moon and the daksi (Turtle Island) were born, and from a ball of feathers that she had worn arose the hummingbird warrior – the lord of mediation. Her death set many things in motion, with her stories tending to only deal with one level at a time. Thus, there is more than one story about the origin and death of the corn mother, each a different telling. Her death is the corporeal death, the leaving of the anchor of this word, yet as her seed arises each growing season does her presence return, forever straddling both worlds as the wheal of the year turns. As such she is a central and principal figure during many of the sacred new-moon observances throughout the year, which are of the planting and harvest cycle of the corn.
Selu is sometimes equated with 'First Women' though that title is more appropriately given to Ani Ageyv, Strawberry Woman, who fell to Elohi (Earth) from Galvladitlv (The World Above/Heaven). As clan linage is matriarchal, Ani is also the root prefix for a group in the third person and also, the title of the first woman of a line. Ani Ageyv the first women then, should not be confused with aniageyv, 'women' in the collective sense, though she is the root of the later. For this reason, among others, Selu is seen as the embodiment of what it is to be a woman, and the aspiring role-model for women seeking to be in right relationship with themselves and all things. The female practitioner of medicine strives ever to embody the virtues of Selu, as men strive to embody the virtues of Kana'ti.
Selu is actually part of a trinity along with Watsi (squash) and Duya (beans), whereof the lady of the three-ways is Agisegwa, the holy feminine trifecta of Anigaduwagi pantheon. Herein is a deep ecological and theological teaching. These Three Sisters, as they are known were planted in the same plot, providing for and looking after one another. They give to the soil what the others need, and keep away that which they do not. The three also correspond to the past (Watsi), Present (Selu) and future (Duya) and also to the world above, the world below and our world as the balancing point between the two. Thus The Three Sisters are the way of the axis about which the three realms spin.