When I asked, “what are the uses of the Chumpi”, I was told: “only for offering the Bands.” When I heard that answer, I knew there was more.
To me and to a growing circle of mesa stewards, these Chumpi Stones are mystical keys to the essentials of Q’ero Cosmology. They unlock the secrets of the Inka, true Living Energy Masters. They are vibrational tools and iconic means to unravel the mysteries of indigenous belief and experience.
In my visits to the Andes and inquiries about these stones, I have found that venders invariably refer to the points of the Chumpis as connected to the peaks of sacred apus, or mountains. Since the mountains are known to be repositories of ancestral wisdom, these stones hold the experience and knowledge of the ages.
Many of these stone sets have three rings carved on each tip, representing the three worlds of Creation: the lower (Uhupacha), middle (Kaypacha), and upper (Hanaqpacha). Thus all wisdom gleaned from Chumpi Stone use has the potential to apply to the hidden realms and our past, the present moment, and to the future of visions and dreams.
I have found the most profound application of the Chumpis to my mesa work within a seven stone set. The first stone is crafted with one point, the second, two, and onward through the seven. In this way, they correspond not only with the seven rainbow colors of the Inka flag, but also with our own personal energy portals or chakras.
In future submissions I intend to speak of the archetypes associated with each stone and explore aspects of the indigenous cosmology to which these Chumpis refer. In the meantime, I invite you to engage in Chumpi experimentation and open yourself to the indigenous world that lives within.
Chumpi Stones can easily become an essential component of each mesa. These are ancient energy tools, carved from stones of many varieties, and crafted in sets most typically of 5 to 7 stones each.