South Shield: A Sacred Path Lesson


To continue with the cards of the Four Directions Spread that I first posted about on last Monday, it is time for me to share about the third card in the reading.  This card represents the West direction and shows me how to find the inward answer that introspection brings. In order to reach my goals I need to seek my own truths about what I desire, how I plan to fulfill that desire, and what my purpose is in meeting that goal. The card that falls in this position of the spread gives the tool that will assist in finding those truths.

The card that came up for me in the West Direction was the South Shield. The lessons of the Sacred Path that pertain to this card are of Innocence and the Inner Child.  So the tool I need to use to get back on my Sacred Path and begin a balance again is my Inner Child and the Innocence of that part of me.  I am to let myself return to the child like parts of Self that need no support from my ego. I need to balance work with play and sacredness with irreverence. Basically, the card is telling me to “lighten up” so that I can continue on my journey. It is telling me that I have been way too serious and that is what part of the block has been.

The South Shield is telling me to let loose and laugh more so that I can break up the high-minded garbage that has clogged up my energy source. I need to stop holding on so darn tight and remember how to trust like a child.

If I take time to reconnect with my Inner Child, I should be able to find some of the lost magic that every soul needs. I am reminded that playfullness heals a world full of woes.  Yes, the South Shield is the perfect tool for me to get back on my Sacred Path.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

Mudjekeewis Spirit Keeper of the West Winds

A Grizzly Takes a Seat to Survey its Surroundings
Mudjekeewis (Grizzly Bear) is the Spirit Keeper of the West and is also Chief Council of all Spirit Keepers and Animal Totems. His power is strength and introspection due to the West being the season of Autumn. West wind represents a time of strength gained from knowing yourself and a time of stability. The totem colors are blue for spiritual strength and black for looking within. The time of day represented by the West Wind and Mudjekeewis is evening and this can relate to a time in your life, where you are in your present journey, or the time of a specific project that you might be involved in. Mudjekeewis is your Spirit Keeper if you were born under the directly moons September 23 to October 23 (Raven), October 24 to November 21 (Snake), and November 22 to December 21 (Elk). The major lesson of Mudjekeewis is that of responsibility; responsibility for self, responsibility for the Earth, and responsibility for all of our relations on the Earth.

Mudjekeewis, Father of all of the Winds, is under the element of fire and provides a home for the Thunder Beings. Mudjekeewis (Grizzly Bear) brings the gifts of maturity, of experience, and of expertise to our lives and our situations.

Like all bears, the grizzly is extremely intelligent, cunning, and resourceful. A problem solver, Grizzly Bear, uses his hands and his heart to find ways to do things that will benefit both himself and his brothers and sisters in the bear kingdom. The grizzly bear is an animal that sometimes inspires fear in humans in much the same way the truly mature individual can inspire fear in those who are hesitant about reaching their own maturity.

A person can be in the time of Mudjekeewis and not have Grizzly as their Spirit Keeper. It will be a time when people have established themselves. They have a career, a profession, family, and a home. They are stable and responsible. They have reached a point where they are carrying on their backs not only the young ones that they provide teaching, leadership, and healing to; but also the older ones who are no longer capable of caring for themselves as they once did. While the time of Mudjekeewis appears to be a straightforward time, it does contain a paradox. You will be experiencing your highest point of strength, but you are also aware of the little deaths that you see around you. You feel you could conquer the world and you become aware of your own mortality and what that truly means.

The plant totem for Mudjekeewis is the cedar and the mineral totem is soapstone.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

Totems of the Four Winds

The Four Winds or Directions have a spirit and power lessons for us to learn from.  Each Wind or Direction is associated with a season or a changing in the rhythms and tides of Mother Earth.  There is  an animal totem and a color that represents  each of the directions that the Four Winds travel across Father Sky.

In the case of the Directions or Four Winds of the Medicine Wheel the Chief animal totem is actually called a Spirit Keeper because the totem of the Directions is a power totem, if you will.  These  Spirit Keepers are Beings responsible for teaching us about the power of the direction of the wind they represent.  When we are born we are given one of these Spirit Keepers by the Great Spirit.  These power totems from the Four Winds  are much  like a Guardian Angel, if you will.  They are given to us to guide us, teach us, and protect us.  We can think of them as the Team Leader over the team of  the Spirit Helpers (our birth totems) that watch over us and give us the medicine lessons during our lives.

Although we have one Direction and Spirit Keeper who particularly watch over us, we can always learn much from each of the Four Winds.  The next series of posts will explain what we can learn from each Direction of the Four Winds and the Spirit Keeper who is the Chief of that direction. We will learn about the winds of North, East, South, and West along with the Spirit Keepers Waboose (White Buffalo), Wabun (Eagle), Shawnodese (Coyote), and Mudjekeewis (Grizzly Bear).

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related