Medicine Wheel

The Medicine Wheel is representative of American Indian Spirituality. The Medicine Wheel symbolizes the individual journey we each must take to find our own path. Within the Medicine Wheel are The Four Cardinal Directions and the Four Sacred Colors. The Circle represents the Circle of Life and the Center of the Circle, the Eternal Fire. The Eagle, flying toward the East, is a symbol of strength, endurance and vision. East signifies the renewal of life and the rebirth of Cherokee unity. East = Red = success; triumph North = Blue = defeat; trouble West = Black = death South = White = peace; happiness

Seven is the other and most sacred number. Two numbers are sacred to the Cherokee. the man. the power of new life. the people symbolically partook of white food and. At the center of their paths lays the sacred fire. above. In love charms. Autumn=u-la-go-hv-s-di The color for West is Black which represents death. to induce the woman to cast her lost with his. WHITE denoted peace and happiness. Four is one number. happiness & serenity. Seven also represented the seven ancient ceremonies that formed the yearly Cherokee religious cycle. The Cherokee word for East is ka-lv-gv Summer=go-ga The color for South is White for peace. It is a season of survival and waiting. boasted. west. Spring is the re-awakening after a long sleep. "I am a white man. The Cherokee word for South means "warm" u-ga-no-wa. White beads had the same meaning in bead conjuring. east. . power. and "here in the center" the place of the sacred fire." implying that all was happiness where he was. victory over winter. and white was the color of the stone pipe anciently used in ratifying peace treaties. it represented the four primary directions. after the dance or game. defeat. Spring=gi-la-go-ge The color for East is Red which represents victory. The Cherokee word for North means "cold" u-yv-tlv. Summer is a time of plenty. as the Green Corn Dance and ball play. Seven is represented in the seven directions: north. south. the end of Life's Cycle.There are three additional sacred directions: Up Above = Yellow Down Below = Brown Here in the Center = Green Winter=go-la The color for North is Blue which represents sadness. In ceremonial addresses. bellow. The White spirits lived in the South. Autumn is the final harvest. returned along the white trail to their white houses.

or unsatisfied desire. success in love and ball play or any other undertaking where the benefit of the magic spell was wrought. the lover figuratively covered himself with red and prayed that his rival would become entirely blue and walk in a blue path. the priest used black beads and invoked the black spiritswhich always lived in the West. " approximates meaning of the common English phrase.RED was symbolic of success. and put it into the black coffin deep in the black mud. BLACK was always typical of death. disappointment. In love charms. The soul of the enemy was continually beaten about by black war clubs and enveloped in a black fog. BLUE symbolized failure. with a black serpent coiled above it. "The blue spirits lived in the North. To say "they shall never become blue" expressed the belief that they would never fail in anything they undertook. "He feels blue. recovery from sickness. .-bidding them to tear out the man's soul and carry it to the West. Red beads were used to conjure the red spirit to insure long life. In conjuring to destroy an enemy. "He is entirely blue. It was the color of the war club used to strike an enemy in battle as well as the other club used by the warrior to shield himself.

it represented the four primary directions. boasted. Two numbers are sacred to the Cherokee. Four is one number. Seven also represented the seven ancient ceremonies that formed the yearly Cherokee religious cycle. The White spirits lived in the South. west. the people symbolically partook of white food and. peace and harmony. or of being human. At the center of their paths lays the sacred fire. The circle is never ending. Medicine Wheel The medicine wheel is a symbol for the wheel of life which is forever evolving and bringing new lessons and truths to the walking of the path. one learns the lessons of physical life. after the dance or game. "I am a white man. you will never truly know their hearts. and "here in the center" the place of the sacred fire. Seven is the other and most sacred number. or stood on their spokes of the wheel. . wheel. life without end. Until you have walked in others' moccasins. and know those truths. In ceremonial addresses. Seven is represented in the seven directions: north.WHITE denoted peace and happiness. above." implying that all was happiness where he was. to induce the woman to cast her lost with his. This road runs South to North in the circle of the medicine wheel. It is a pathway to truth. the man. In experiencing the Good Red Road. south. east. on the great wheel of life many times. as the Green Corn Dance and ball play. White beads had the same meaning in bead conjuring. bellow. and that every direction is to be honored. The Earthwalk is based on the understanding that each one of us must stand on every spoke. and white was the color of the stone pipe anciently used in ratifying peace treaties. In love charms. returned along the white trail to their white houses.

Eagle feathers represent: Four directions on Mother Earth. Ernest Hunt . Nomad. In spirit.Navaho . The Blue Road of the spirit runs East to West. The medicine wheel is life. Every living creature will one day see and experience each spoke of the End of the Trail An end to the old ways of life. The medicine wheel teaches us that all lessons are equal. rebirth and the honoring of each step along the way. that is the world of the grandfathers and grandmothers. one enters the Blue or Black Road. Freedom to hunt and fish. Four age groups. afterlife.After the graduation experience of death. one will continue to learn by counseling those remaining on the Good Red Road. migrating with the season. Four seasons of the year. as are all talents and abilities.

They are the healing tools we give ourselves to sooth the spirit and empower the will. All persons carry shields of the lessons they learned from the four directions on the medicine wheel. Every shield carries medicine through it's art and self-expression. Each shield is the essence of a time and space that carries certain aspects of knowledge.Medicine Shield The medicine shield is an expression of the unique gifts that it's maker wishes to impart about his or her current life journey. just reflection. This allows intuition to guide the heart so that humankind may celebrate more than it mourns. or illustrate the next mountain a person wishes to climb. . The truth needs no explanation. This can be a new level of personal growth..

protection Eagle feathers for wisdom. Healing the sick. fortune.West. Bring good luck. South. Ernest Hunt . East. Enriching one's health. happiness. honesty.Sun who looks to four winds on Mother Earth: North. Buffalo horns for strength.Navaho .

Sky. It is the symbol of all times throughout creation.Medicine Wheel . because the Great Spirit caused everything in nature to be round. the Circle is a symbol of these divisions of time. It is the symbol of the circle that marks the edge of the world and therefore. . The Sun. It is also the symbol of the year. the Four Winds that travel there. Thus.Circle of Life The medicine wheel is sacred. the Night. man should look upon the Medicine Wheel (circle of life) as sacred. the native people believe. Earth and Moon are round. The Sky. and the Moon go in a circle above the Sky. therefore.

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