Medicine Bundle: My Sacred Path Lesson


To continue with the cards that came to me in the Four Directions Spread of my Sacred Path card reading, we come to the last card. The card for the North Direction. This card expresses the wisdom I will gain if I follow a true course and apply the knowledge of the other three cards.  The North wind is the place of the Elders, gratitude, and healing.  Which card came to my spread?

The card I turned over was the Medicine Bundle which represents Allies and Support.  It tells me to honor the wisdom of my Ancestors and my Allies. I should look at the strengths that have been given to me and count them as some of my personal Medicine. They are supporting me in my present path and I should recognize them as blessings from my Medicine Helpers. It is with their help that I will find the courage to support Self.

This card reminds me that I am not alone, I am not empty, I am not voiceless.  I am awakened to the idea that no matter how difficult the path, I am being supported during the climb. Since I have been struggling on the path, I am being cautioned that I am out of balance with my natural Allies.  If I learn from the other three lessons, my Allies and I should start to walk together again.  Actually, my Medicine Helpers and Spirit Keepers never stop assisting me if I stumble on the path. I just need to remember to be grateful for their assistance and be most humble in thanksgiving for their help.

Medicine Bundles have been used by Native Americans since ancient times. There are all sorts of purposes for a bundle of medicine to be collected. The bundle would hold articles that represent totems of Power Animals or Allies of nature. In times past, a Medicine Bundle could have a personal purpose or it could have been for a Tribe, the Warriors, Dreaming, Visions, or a multitude of needs. What was collected and put in the bundle was to assist the person carrying it in the endeavor they were about to take on or to keep with them for a lifetime on their personal journey.

As I have continued to reflect on the lessons from this Sacred Path reading that I did for myself, I’ve felt much better. I still have some work to do with myself but at least now I know the ways to go about it. I found out that there were decisions that I needed to make and act upon, I needed to return home to a me that I had neglected by wearing the metaphorical Shawl, I need to reconnect with my Inner Child and have more fun, and my Spirit Keepers are always with me.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

Lessons of the Medicine Bundle

We will learn some lessons of the Medicine Bundle as we walk the Native American Sacred Path.  An actual bundle  contains a collection of items that come to us in a variety of ways.  They will represent our Power Totems and other items that symbolize particular medicine to the owner of the Bundle.

Medicine Bundles are different than Medicine Bags or Medicine Pouches. Bundles can be as small as something that can fit into your hand or as large as a newborn baby.

The Medicine Bundle can have many different uses. Of course, an individual can have one for their own personal medicines. There can be Tribal Bundles, Warrior Bundles, Hunting Bundles, Dreaming Bundles, and Vision Bundles. This is just a few uses for the bundles that can be used today and have been used for centuries. Typically a Medicine Bundle would be made by a Medicine Man or Woman, especially if there is a need for a group bundle or for a particular use.  We, as individuals, can certainly make our own bundle for our personal totems and medicine, although the Medicine Bag is usually the choice of a person.

Medicine Bundles come with their own set of rules because they each have a specific purpose.  Giving a bundle to a family member or friend is a giving of yourself and your Totem allies. They should not be given to someone who would not honor the sacred responsibility of the Bundle’s Medicine.

In the Sacred Path Lessons if the Medicine Bundle card shows up in your spread, you are being told to honor the wisdom of your Ancestors and your Allies.  You should consider the Power Totems who walk with you and reflect on what they help you with.  The Medicine Bundle reminds us that we are not alone as we walk our path. We have allies to help us learn even when times are difficult. We are reminded to be grateful for our Helpers.  The Medicine Bundle tells us to take note of who is helping us and to also make sure we help others.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related