Fertility God Kokopelli
Kokopelli has been a friend for a long time. A long, long time.
Fascination with Kokopelli started with looking for something, anything to give me hope while trying to conceive. The fact that he is a mischievous southwestern, Native American God was not surprising to me. Fertility God that he was, yes, he had a sense of humor. One that I found quite warped at times.
Here’s the Oxford definition of Kokopelli:
- a fertility god of the southwestern Native American culture. Depicted as a hunchbacked flute player, he is known as a playful prankster and storyteller.
The American Fertility Association (AFA) Ball
He become bigger and brighter for years as the Kokopelli Ball through The American Fertility Association. Pamela Madsen and I, for the first year, went around and rallied support for the black tie affair to raise money to support men and women who were trying to conceive. I remember, quite clearly, the excitement that the infertility community had around the Kokopelli Ball~reproductive endocrinologists, fertility centers, pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies and more.
The Kokopelli Ball was a chance to honor those professionals that gave of themselves to the fertility community. We carefully chose individuals and organizations that had truly furthered the field of fertility treatment. And yes, we celebrated. We celebrated the possibilities of fertility for those who were struggling with infertility. We celebrated the successes and the possibilities of more successes. We celebrated the making of new families and expanding existing families. We celebrated the important and very special work that we all did.
That was who Kokopelli used to be for me. He has evolved over the years and transformed yet again last week. Being the mischievous God that he is, that seems entirely appropriate. Of all the Gods and Goddesses out there, he is among the least likely to be what you expect him to be.
When I think of Kokopelli from the past, I think of The AFA galas, replete with tributes and accolades to the professional community dedicated to fertility treatment. I think of the Kokopelli images and icons adorning a small house on an island where so many new plans for The AFA were born. I think of the abundance of Kokopelli’s in Arizona where I have been a visitor so often in more recent years.
Expanding Fertility Community
And now, I see Kokopelli through personal eyes once more. I see a friend, a Fertile Yoga student, a RMACT patient, share small, silver Kokopelli charms with her fellow fertility travelers. I see Kokopelli as something precious, a way to expand community and remind all of us that we are not alone.
I see Kokopelli as love. And laughter, ringing from Ladies Night In and Fertile Yoga. I see Kokopelli as dark, twisted humor when necessary, that mischievousness coming through, yet again.
I see Kokopelli as Hope, with a capitol H and a sense of humor and a sense of love.
Great time for transformations. And sharing. And love.
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