Medicine Wheel The North Wind Ruled By Waboose

As I write this post we are about mid-way in the time that the Spirit Keeper Waboose is strong in the Medicine Wheel of life. We are in the time of the North Wind a time of ending and beginning.  Waboose (White Buffalo) watches over the spirits of those born under the moon sign of the Snow Goose, Otter, and Wolf.  Roughly this is a time defined from December 22nd through March 20th on our calendars.

Some strong lessons from the Spirit Keeper Waboose during the time of the North wind are that we are to accept life in it’s fullest, accept death as a natural part of life, and to accept that we need to share all that has been given to us.

If we think of the winter of our lives, it is important to listen to Waboose and share those things given to us. Not just material things but most importantly the knowledge we have been given.  When our physical bodies have entered into the North Wind of living we are older and wiser, elders if you will. Elders are responsible to share the history and culture with the younger people in their families. Passing on the ancient wisdom that was passed on to us when we were young is a giveaway practice that is very important. One that Native Americans have both known and practiced for centuries.

Dream Catcher Series-Spirit Of The White Buffalo print
Dream Catcher Series-Spirit Of The White Buffalo

As we are in the physical time of the Medicine Wheel ruled by Waboose (White Buffalo) we look forward to the changes that are to come and reflect on what we have or have not accomplished. We can use this time as a time of forgiveness and compassion for those who have wronged us or we have wronged.

We can reflect on the White Buffalo (Waboose) who gave everything for the good of the people and see the ways that we might be giving for the good of the people of today, those we know and those we haven’t met yet.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

The Native American Totem Of Whale

Some might find it odd that Whale would be a Native American Totem to learn from. It really isn’t all that unusual as many tribes lived on the coast lines of North America but even the tribes who lived inland know of Whale.

whale totem Whale is the record keeper and is very much like a swimming library. This creature teacher carries the history of Mother Earth and is said to have been placed here by the Ancients from the Dog Star, Sirius.

Our biologists will tell us that Whale is a mammal and it is very possible that it lived on land millions of years ago. In tribal tradition, Whale moved into the ocean when the Earth shifted and Lemuria, the Motherland went below the waters.

There are petroglyphs that speak of the Motherland, Mu, and the disaster that brought the red race to North America from the West. There are symbols in these ancient pictures that speak of the rivers and mountains that were crossed by the ancestors when they were in search of solid ground.

Great Whales of the World


Great Whales of the World

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Whale witnessed the events that led to the settling of Turtle Island (North America) and has kept the records and knowledge of the Motherland alive. It is said that Mu will rise again when the fire comes from the sky and lands in another ocean on Mother Earth. All of Earth’s children will have to unite and honor all ways and all races in order to survive.

The medicine of Whale teaches us to use the sounds and frequencies that balance our emotional bodies and heal our physical forms. We align with Whale’s message when we remember why the drum brings healing and peace. The drum is the universal heartbeat and aligns all beings heart to heart.

If Whale is working with you right now, you are being asked to tap into the records and to allow yourself to be sung to by those who have the original language. Humans are the only creatures who do not have their own unique cry or call. Whale will help you find yours. Whale signals a time of finding your origins, of seeing your destiny as it has been coded in your DNA.  When you are able to open yourself to your own uniqueness your nine personal totems will send their sounds to you or through you.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~We are all related

Sacred Path Message: Smoke Signals

We receive the message of Intent when Smoke Signals enter our Sacred Path lessons. The Red Race has understood and used unspoken languages for many centuries. The People are taught to read the signs in the faces of the Cloud People; the changes in the weather,; the movement of the herds; the habits of their Brothers and Sisters; the creature beings; the cries and howls of the wild; the messages in Medicine Dreams; and the language of the heart.

Smoke Signals have been a universal unspoken language of Native Americans for a very long time. The Sky Language is created with fire from both green and dry woods and then using a wet blanket to smother and the release clouds of smoke. We have seen in movies how Tribes signaled each other in times of battle to secretly let the warriors know the action plan.

The Smoke Signal by Frederic Remington print

Smoke signals are a bridge between Earth and Sky. Prayers take on a visual form from the Pipe smoke as it travels to the Great Spirit. The smoke signals to All Relations that the prayers of the People are traveling to the Great Star Nation to be heard. Smoke signals used by scouts in the old days are really no different than the ones sent from the Pipe. Both are unspoken languages that signal the sender’s intent.

When Smoke Signals come into our Sacred Path lesson they call for clear intent. Perhaps your purpose or direction in life has become muddled, now would be the time to “walk your talk”. The signals that you are sending to others may be bringing unwanted attention to you. Take a look at what it is that you are putting out and fix it so that you will attract the kind of experiences and people that you want inside your own Sacred Space.

It could also be a reminder from the Spirit World. If you lack direction or have unclear intent as to what your needs are, your Allies cannot assist you with your requests. Clear intent brings you rewards on all levels and will speed your growth. Pay attention and be sure to take advantage of the power of your intentions.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

Weasel: Native American Animal Totem


The medicine that comes from the Native American animal totem of weasel is that of stealth.  It has an incredible amount of energy and ingenuity. Some who have this totem find it a difficult totem to have.

There is some significance that ermine or weasel is a pelt that is worn by royalty. The gifts of weasel are the ears that hear what is really being said and the eyes that see beneath the surface of a situation to know the many ramifications of any event.

It is said that the chiefs would send Weasel to the enemy camp to find out what their powers were. “Tell us, Weasel; what are the medicines of our enemy?” the chiefs would ask upon his return.

Dear little weasel never failed to give an accurate account of the enemy’s numbers, strengths, and weaknesses. It was weasel who tearfully reported to the First People of the coming of the white boat people:

“These brothers have strange new medicines. They will tell us that to live the way we do is wrong. They will confuse us with their talking bark. They have stolen thunder from Sky Father and placed it in their weapons. They have no respect for the animal brothers and sisters, and they make their thunder speak to the animals and kill them. They will make the thunder speak to us also. Their numbers are too many to count and these white brothers will steal everything from us but our spirits. The great dark shadow of the ravenous bird of death has fallen over the People”.

Can you imagine how hard that was to share for weasel? If you have the medicine of weasel your powers of observation are quite keen. People find you as a powerful ally in business since you can see what the competition is doing. Sometimes people make a big mistake when sizing you up because they don’t always see your great powers.

Weasel asks you to observe who or what needs attention, or a solution and then to offer your assistance in your own quiet and discreet way.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

Medicine From My Sacred Path


Lately, I’ve been a little remiss with concentrating on my own Sacred Path and the Medicine that I can receive from the teachings of our Ancestors.  So much so that I found that I seemed blocked in writing posts for this blog about Native American Totems. I read about that a lot, writers getting a block and not being able to put their thoughts down or able to come up with something to write about. For the last month, I have not been able to come up with something to post and it bothered me a great deal. After some reflection the other night, I realized something significant. I’ve been so busy taking care of obligations to others and the needs of others that I forgot about taking care of Bev. We are not to be selfish and only think of ourselves’; however, we do need to have a balance of working with our own spiritual needs and growth while also working with and for others.  It makes sense, doesn’t it? We can’t truly be a help to others if we are not in balance with ourselves. We can’t teach others about being on their Sacred Path if we are not paying attention to our own journey.

The other night, I took some time to meditate on my writers block. As I sat in the quiet with my sage candle burning and holding my medicine bag in my hands, I began to weep silently. I softly asked Great Spirit why I was feeling so lost, empty, and voiceless. Gently, I smoothed the fringe on my medicine bag made from the softest deer hide as I humbly waited for an answer.  I chose this particular medicine bag because Sister Deer is my power totem for my North direction. She offers me wise council when I need it.  She didn’t make me wait long for an answer. A strong thought came into my mind asking me if I had looked at my Four Directions on my path lately. I knew then what I needed to do.

I took my Sacred Path Cards out of my medicine bag and did the Four Directions Spread.  This is a very simple spread of the cards laying them in each of the four directions of the wind. East, South, West, and North in that order.  The East card tells us the spiritual door we are now opening. The South card tells us where our faith should be placed at this time. The West card gives us insight on how to find the inward answer to reach our goals and find our own truths. The North card shows us the wisdom we will gain if we follow our true course.
My spread was:

  • East Card – Council Fire (Decisions)
  • South Card – Shawl (Returning Home)
  • West Card – South Shield (Innocence/Inner Child)
  • North Card – Medicine Bundle (Allies/Support)

In my next post, I will explain the cards in the spread I did further. It is absolutely amazing how these really fit and how it opened up the writer’s block as I began to study the medicine of each card.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related