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
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
Hello, in a college course on Native American culture, I learned that the Medicine Wheel holds great religious importance for the Lakota Sioux People.
Each aspect of the Medicine Wheel has symbolic meaning. The circle represents the continuous life and death cycle and unity with the Lakota Great Spirit. The circle has a cross inside of it which symbolizes the 4 directions. Each direction or path has special meaning as shown below:
East – beginnings, purity, family, innocence, amazement of Life
South – youth – passions of life, friendships, self-control
West – Adulthood – solitude, stillness, going inside oneself, reflection
North – Place of the Ancient Ones who have gone over – place of wisdom
It gives me goose bumps to think of the significance of the Medicine Wheel and how much Native Americans value it.
While I was researching a paper for my Native American course, I came across this fantastic website on Native American culture: http://americanindianoriginals.com
Hope you enjoy it, too. Love your blog. Thanks, Sammy
Thank you for stopping by Sammy. Yes, the Lakota and many other Native American Tribes put much significance to the Medicine Wheel.
I am fascinated by these American Totems Bev. Am I right in thinking that my new Grandaughter, born on 19 January, has the otter for a Birth Totem?
Actually, she arrived on the last day of the birth totem Snow Goose. She will be a strong person with perseverance to always get the job at hand done. Tradition will be important to her. Waboose will be her Spirit Guide making her a strong spiritual person as she grows. Congrats on your new bundle of joy!
Well thank you Bev. I am very interested that you say she will be spiritual. One thing she may inherit from her Nana possibly 🙂 And getting the job done is always a very good characteristic to have!
I really like that concept of sharing everything we’ve been given, especially in the last half of life.