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

Taking The Shawl: A Sacred Path Lesson

As I continue to explain the card spread of the Four Directions of my Sacred Path, I can now tell you about Taking the Shawl. If you read my post on Monday, you know that I was struggling with a writer’s block and somehow I instinctively knew that it had something to do with my spiritual walk and growth. On Wednesday I explained the first card of the spread and the Council Fire card which let me know that I needed to make some decisions.

The second card in the spread represents the South Direction. This card tells me where my faith should be placed or a loss of faith that has caused me to feel weak.  I was feeling weak but not from a loss of faith, more from not paying attention to my faith. So, let me tell you which card came up for my South Winds of Direction. Where am I to put my faith?

Taking the Shawl was the card I turned over and when I read the lesson and it’s application, I wept.  Tears of sadness were not falling from my eyes; no, they were tears of joy and understanding. My Spirit Keepers were telling me it was time to return home. Time to remember a me that I had forgotten and to wrap the shawl around my body feeling Earth Mother’s loving arms embrace me with love and joy.  I had not forgotten that wearing the shawl meant that sharing the goodness of Traditional Teachings was important and good for the global “we”. I had forgotten the magic that I once believed in of the simplicity of happiness. I am to continue my faith in loving others who have forgotten the Sacred Path and also to place my faith in my inner joy.  I realized that I was being entirely too serious and must return home to an inner joy by wearing the shawl.

In my mind, I now envision a most lovely shawl laying on my shoulders and my faith is renewed.  My next post will tell the third card in the spread…the West Direction and it’s significance in my spread.

~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

Wabun Spirit Keeper of the East Wind

Golden Eagle with Nest

The Spirit Keeper of the East Wind is Wabun or Eagle.  Wabun shows us power through illumination and wisdom. The season of the East Wind is Spring. The time of awakening from winter’s rest, a time of vitality and purity of energy. The animal totem of Wabun is Eagle who gives us the Medicine of Spirit. The color totem is red which symbolizes vital energy. The time of day represented is Morning in the East Wind.

Wabun, the Spirit Keeper of the East position on the Native American Medicine Wheel, is influenced by the element of air. This power totem is the Chief Animal Totem of the Budding Trees Moon, the Frogs Return Moon, and the Corn Planting Moon. Spring and the East Wind represent the time of our human lives of infancy and early childhood. This can be the actual time of life or the infancy or childhood phase of an idea. Also the infancy and childhood of where we are in our life path of spiritual learning.

Wabun is straightforward in his power. It is that of new beginnings. Wabun brings the time of new growth to all of earth’s children. The time of Wabun is the time of freshness, newness, enthusiasm, and creativity. The East is truly a time of rebirth, a time when all things are possible. It is a time of innocence and a time of awakening.

Wabun brings the eternal promise of spring. Wabun helps us to know that each moment can be a new beginning. The gifts of Wabun are the gifts of spontaneity, playfulness, wonder, inquisitiveness, and truth saying. Wabun brings the abilities to explore, to feel high energy, to be full of curiosity, to question everything, and to have the determination to see what is around the corner. People born with Wabun as their Spirit Keeper feel that they are the messengers of truth.

The time of Wabun and the East Wind is a magical time both for the earth and for all of her children. It is a time when everything seems to be possible, when each breath, each moment is a new beginning, when incredible energy is available for growth on all levels.

Some of the important lessons you can learn in the East are how to turn the knowledge of the Spirit outward and how to find a way to take this knowledge into the world. Wabun provides a good time to take advantage of your clear-sightedness, your ability to work with things of the earth while still remembering the lessons you have learned from other realms.

The time of Wabun is the time of healing of the mind. This is the place we seek if we seek if we need to find the truth of life and get rid of any lies that might be binding us to old places that keep us from new beginnings.

The powers of Wabun and the East Wind are those of truth, of openness, of illumination. Exploring Wabun will help you to know how to let the sacred energy that is the Creator flow freely and vitally throughout your whole being.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

Waboose Spirit Keeper of the North Wind

White Bison
Waboose  is the Spirit Keeper of the North Wind.  Renewal and purity is the Power of Waboose.  The North Wind represents new life enclosed in death or new growth protected in rest.  The Season of Waboose and the North Wind  is Winter. That season can be about the time of year, the time in a person’s life cycle, or the time or phase of an idea.
The animal totem of Waboose is the White Buffalo who gives us the  medicine or lesson of  Prayer and Abundance.

The color totem for the North Wind is White which represents purity and balance.  The time of day represented by the North Direction is Night.

The North Direction on the Medicine Wheel is represented by the element of Earth and watches over people born to the Earth Renewal Moon, the Rest and Cleansing Moon, and the Big Winds Moon.  It is symbolic of the time in our lives when we are the elders with our hair of white and also the time that we are newborns returning back into this world.

The North is the most paradoxical time of the Medicine Wheel. It is the time when things seem to be sleeping.  This apparent dormancy is a time for some of the deepest growth to occur.  It is in the winter when seeds lie frozen within the earth that they take into themselves all of the earth’s energy that allows them to grow in the seasons that follow.  It is in the north that our bodies cannot move as easily as they have in the past or will in the future.  During this time we seem forced to take into ourselves the wisdom of the Spirit that we will use as we continue our journey.

The time of Waboose is a time of slowing down, of apparent restriction, when outward activity definitely diminishes. It is a time of darkness, quiet, and dreams. It is a time when humans are fragile, when their skin is wrinkled and resembles the soil and the face of the Earth Mother herself. It is a time when people tend to reminisce and from their reminiscences share the wisdom they have gained. It is a time of assessing accomplishments and aims and of preparing for the major giveaway of death and of birth. It is a time when many people come to an understanding of their own life, and acceptance of what they have or have not achieved. It can be a time of peace, and a time of power, a time of forgiveness and compassion for all around you. It is a time to give up old patterns, to surrender to the small changes of body and mind in preparation for the major changes that will come.

Waboose is a time of both ending and beginning.  In the winter the earth appears dead, but there is much happening within. The same is true in human life.

The major lesson of Waboose is that of the giveaway. When we are elders, it is our responsibility to give away to the people all of the knowledge that we have gained.  We should tell our families  what we have learned as we have journeyed around the Medicine Wheel of life.

The white buffalo, Waboose, is an animal who gave up everything for the people: meat, hide, bones, and spirit. It is the White Buffalo Woman who gave the pipe to the people.

The power of Waboose is acceptance of life, acceptance of death, and acceptance of the necessity of sharing all that has been given you.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related