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    Four seasons, four directions, four stages of life, four loves. The Zia.

    Zia, explained

    New Mexico flag~The Zia Sun

    Anyone who loves New Mexico knows that it's impossible to describe the sounds, sights and smells of a sudden thundershower on a late summer afternoon!

    Pink zia

    Taos, New Mexico. I loved our time here. We had rain, ice and sunshine in a matter of only a few days. Visiting the Indian reservation was a great way to learn about a new culture.

    White Sands National Park, New Mexico

    Beautiful Old Albuquerque New Mexico

    The colors on NM state flag red and yellow,The Zia Indians of NM regard the Sun as sacred(a red circle with groups of rays pointing in four directions)Four the sacred number,the four points from the circle,each bars,the four points of the compass,the four seasons of the year,four periods of each day,the four seasons of life, childhood,youth,middle years,old age,belief that with life comes four obligations:one must develop,strong body,clear mind,pure spirit, a devotion to the welfare of others.

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    Zia Porchlight

    miss my life in NEW MEXICO

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    The yellow field and red symbol colors are the colors of Spain. On New Mexico's flag we see a red sun with rays streching out from it. There are four groups of rays with four rays in each group. This is an ancient sun symbol of a Native American people called the Zia. The Zia believed that the giver of all good gave them gifts in groups of four. These gifts are: The four directions,The four seasons, the four times of day and stages of life.

    Sitting Bull Falls, New Mexico -- This makes me think of picnics there with grandparents. The area around the falls is lovely and can feel like a secure, happy place to me. I'm guessing that there was a lot of rain the year this picture was taken.

    White Sands / via kimberly genevieve

    sunset, mountains and the Milky Way, White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

    Cracked Eggs area of the Bisti Badlands, New Mexico

    White Sands National Monument, New Mexico