Growing up in Oklahoma, each year we would celebrate our grandmother’s birthday by gathering near our grandparents' pecan grove; land that our great-grand father homesteaded. We would gather to tell stories, laugh, eat, and sleep under the stars. Years later, we took the opportunity to revisit the pecan grove. It was there we came across two, young, nine-banded armadillos, a moniker this peculiar mammal had been labeled in Central and South America due to the nine segments or bands within their armor. We watched unnoticed for several moments as they burrowed for grubs and other delectables. When they noticed us, they let out startled squeals and jumped several inches into the air, and waddled off quickly as thei little ears wiggled. The moment was significant. It was like stepping back into childhood where life was simple and mysterious.
Ted Andrews, author of Animal Speak, researcher of Native American traditions, totems and stories, has a great deal to say about armadillos. What spoke to us most were the symbols of longevity, respect, trust, curiosity, discernment and protection. According to Ted Andrew's research, the armadillo is one of the oldest living mammals. Nine bandeds' love to dig and burrow, unearth what is hidden or 'get to the root of the matter,' which is the very definition of functional medicine. More symbols are that of boundaries and protection; ie: knowing your own personal boundaries and those of others. Armadillos carry their armored protection with them at all times.
Our medicine includes - understanding our own personal boundaries, respecting the boundaries of others, carrying our protection with us at all times, understanding our vulnerabilities, empathy, discernment, medicine shield/safety, longevity and being connected to the earth or grounded.
The armadillo combined with our Native American ancestry and the significance of the number nine influenced the design of our logo. Nine holds profound meaning in many cultures. Biblically, there are nine FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT and the nine GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT. Nine is used to define the perfect movement of God. Nine is the number of patience, and there are nine choirs of angels.
There are nine energy centers or chakras of the body – seven temporal and two etheric. The number nine is sacred in Egypt, synonymous with the Ankh, nine symbolizes resurrection to life. Nine also symbolizes the nocturnal and terrestrial for the Aztecs. Most all traditions associate the number nine with the totality of the human being and the eternal.
Our patriarch is one of nine children. The number nine means: our last name, home, family, loyalty, honor, influence and protection.
The day we saw the 9 banded armadillo in my grandparents pecan grove was 01/20/2013. Numerology shows us, this equals 9.
The arrows in our logo hold these profound meaning. Native Americans place meaning on the arrow, depending on the direction it is pointing. The arrow pointing right is protection, the arrow pointing left wards off evil, the arrow pointing down is peace. The ‘A’ in our company name 'BANDED' acts as another arrow pointing up, is awareness. The feathers of each arrow symbolize trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power, freedom and liberty.
A circle around other Native American symbols signifies family ties, closeness & protection. The circle is one of the oldest most revered of all symbols. Common themes throughout many traditions is that of the infinite: a circle has no beginning and no end; it represents equality: no person is more prominent than any other person, every person has a unique, harmonious part to play in the band, everyone is connected. The circle has no break and holds that which cannot be broken. Consider the circle symbol meaning in conjunction with the Native medicine wheels. Here we get the sense of the integration of energy and matter - spirit and man, combining for the purpose of greater spiritual understanding and evolution.
Everything our logo encapsulates what we envision and hope for our family, our business and what we intend to share with others.
***Kendra, I think it may be important to condense this a bit further and bring in a little more about how and why you developed your blends. Let me know your thoughts there...