Council Fire: A Sacred Path Lesson


The other day I posted about working with my own journey on my Sacred Path and a card spread that I did with my Sacred Path Cards to determine why I was feeling out of sinc and blocked with my writing. I promised that I would explain the results of the Four Direction Spread and how it fits with what is going on in my life and the answers I feel I received.

The first card to be placed in the circle is the East Card.  The card that falls in this position tells me of the Spiritual Door that is now opening in my life. The card that I picked from the deck will act as the spiritual seed that needs fertile ground and nurturing.  How I accept the role of nurturing greatly depends on my present situation and my state of mind.

The card came up “Council Fire”.  It is all about decisions.  It has been the custom of Native Americans  since ancient times to call a Council Fire when decisions need to be made that effect the whole Tribe or Nation.  It was a great honor to be chosen as a representative of the People and sit at Council. Many facets would be looked at before a decision was made by a Council. All Sacred Viewpoints of those affected by a decision would be considered and treated with respect.  How was the situation handled in the past and does it apply now? A Council Fire was never taken lightly by the indigenous peoples of North America.

So, why did the Council Fire card show up in my East Direction? I have been pacing back and forth and trying to make several decisions about my life and where I want it to go from here. My Spirit Keepers seem to be telling me that I must make a decision and move forward.  It will take some courage to make some of these changes and I know that no change occurs without first having made the decision to change.  The card very much fit into a door that is opening and I must make a decision to go through the door.

My decisions:

  • Take time each day for my own Spiritual growth. My inner energy is thirsty and I need to water it daily to bring it back to life.
  • Begin the process of getting out of the antiques business. I give myself one year to accomplish this. The clutter of the massive inventory is preventing and blocking my progress as an individual. I can see now that its time in my life is done and it is time to move on.
  • Sacrifice less of my time for the benefit of others and concentrate a little more on my own needs. I don’t mean for this to sound selfish, I’ll continue to give of my time because that is important to me.  I just need to balance it out more.
  • Embrace my need to write.  There are stories I must tell…I think I’ve always known that. I need to break down the walls that I have built and let those stories come out. I must begin in earnest to let the writer in me out.

My next post will be about the South card that I drew and how it plays out in my Sacred Path.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related