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

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