Medicine Wheel

THE  MEDICINE  WHEEL  IS  THE  CIRCLE  OF  LIFE

When you Call a Direction, the important thing to remember is to welcome the Unseen from your heart's understanding. Recognize the essence of the direction you are facing. Each Direction is more of a spirit than a place and has its own attributes: time of day, season, element, stage of life, medicine plants and animals that embody its sacred purpose or serve as guides through the lessons. Each direction has a color, though many tribal people and traditions interpret the colors differently. Animals and plants can be placed in different positions depending upon the medicine these allies and guides have shared with you personally. Do not be intimidated. When you have the opportunity to open the Door to a Direction, all you have to do is remember the meaning and feeling behind the words and call from that essence.  Remember that those who are called must be released.  Patterns repeat and the circle becomes a spiral. One discovers that the circle is actually a sphere of Above, Below, and Within.  That said, here is a guide to one interpretation of elemental understanding.  Feel free to copy for your personal use.  This is shared to further understanding.  No one owns spiritual teachings.  (Melinda)  

 

 

Direction

 

 

Elemental Essence

 

Time of Day

 

Time of Year

 

Time of Life

 

Animal Association

 

Plant Association

 

Words & Phrases

 

EAST

 

 

 

AIR

New Beginnings

 

 

DAWN

 

SPRING

 

BIRTH and AGE

(Circles never end)

 

EAGLE

Messenger, Far-seeing

 

Spring Ephemerals, Woodland plants,

Spring Flowering trees

 

Vision-See the pattern of our lives; Clarity of Mission,

Wisdom, Connect with Creator

 

 

SOUTH

 

 

FIRE

Warmth

 

NOON- Full Sun

 

SUMMER

 

CHILD

 

COYOTE

Teach through humor

MOUSE

Family,nearsighted, faith

PORCUPINE

Protection

 

Prairie Plants and Grasses, Fire dependent species, Flowers and Fruit trees

 

Joy, Love, Trust, Innocence, Laughter, Warmth, Discover what the world is like, nesting

 

 

WEST

 

 

WATER

Emotions

 

SUNSET

 

FALL

 

TEEN/YOUTH

 

BEAR

Keeper of all Medicines, Guide to the inner world

WATER ANIMALS

RAVEN

 

Oak, Sequoia, Willow, Medicine Plants, water plants

 

 

Experience, Strength and introspection, Discovering who you are and your place as an individual within the world. Learning skills, Door to other worlds

 

NORTH

 

 

EARTH (Elemental)

 

NIGHT

 

WINTER

 

ADULT

 

WHITE BUFFALO

Give-away

GREY WOLF

Teacher, working alone and cooperation in a pack, family

 

Cedar, Birch, Evergreens, Tamarack

 

Cleansing, Place of Abundance and Give-away, Where you take what you have gathered (knowledge, skills, love, etc) and share for the benefit of others.

 

ABOVE

 

 

SKY NATION

 

 

 

 

 

ALL NOT INCARNATE

 

HUMMINGBIRD

BUTTERFLIES

DOVE

 

 

White Pine, Tree of Peace, Seeds

 

Stars, Planets, Sun, Moon, Ancestors and Those Yet To Come- Those that dwell above us on another plane.

 

BELOW

 

EARTH (Planet)

ROCKS

 

 

 

 

ALL INCARNATE

 

 

CROW, TURTLE, The Creepy Crawlies, Cicadas, SNAKE

 

Edible plants

 

Unconditional Love,

Rocks- Keepers of history, Crow-Earth Law

 

WITHIN

 

SPIRIT- The One.

 

 

 

ALL ARE ONE

 

SPIDER -Who weaves the web of all existence

BEE

 

Mushrooms

 

The spark of divinity which connects us one to another.  Creativity.