MEANING and PURPOSE

My intention of Spirit Junction was to create a place that all spiritual paths would feel welcome and expand, so I wasn't too surprised when In 2005 I felt compelled to build the Feather Drum Medicine Wheel.  

Being unfamiliar with Medicine Wheels, I consulted the below links and books for instructions and guidance. I would direct your attention to them for more in-depth explanation and uses, however here is an excerpt from the Native American Medicine Wheel website:

"The Native American Medicine Wheel was used for various spiritual and ritual purposes, especially for healing almost any illness. Since it was believed that illness sprang from spiritual imbalance, the focus of the healing was on treating the source of the problem, not the symptoms. As the medicine wheel focuses on balance of all things, it was thought this balance would help the spiritual imbalance in the person who was sick."

The creation of this wheel was inspired by "Dancing With The Wheel" by Sun Bear. In his book I discovered there is a reverence and order in building a Medicine Wheel which honors the Wheel, the Land and those who Inspired the Wheel.  Sun Bear's website encapsulates all that I had wanted to create myself, so without need to, forgive the pun... "re-create the wheel", I have listed it here:

The Sun Bear Medicine Wheel link is:

http://www.ewebtribe.com/StarSpiderDancing/wheel.html

Native American Medicine Wheel website:

http://www.support-native-american-art.com/Native-American-Medicine-Wheels.html

 Below I have provided actual pictures of the stones in my wheel, along with their corresponding number and name, to help with further understanding and to allow the recreation of the experience some of you may of had while “in” the wheel at Spirit Junction. Peaceful Journeys...

I would love for you to share your experience with me.  It is my belief that we never walk the “wheel of life” alone.  All questions, quests and answers that seem to be for one, is for the Whole.  The answer that seemed to be for you, a seemingly separate being, becomes Holy Whole in the sharing of it with your brothers and sisters.  As we sit with the insight and guidance from within while walking the wheel and allow it to integrate to the center of our being, we discover the answers were never “outside ourselves”, in the wheel, in the labyrinth or in someone other;  the answers and guidance we seek, is “ALWAYS WITHIN” As we use the things, symbols, tools of the world to find deeper meaning and understanding, our need for, attachment to and dependence on them lessens and the enJOYment of them increases.

In the middle of my process putting all of this together, I received an email from a friend.  She had researched Sun Bears Medicine Wheel and sent me the link below.  

Enjoying what has so abundantly been given.....

 There are some differences in the Clan positions between the link I provided and MY wheel.  I have referenced them in the link below:

 Created as directed in Sun Bear's book
"Dancing with the Wheel"

01 CREATOR STONE 

 

 02 MOTHER EARTH CLAN

 

 03 FATHER SUN CLAN

 

 04 GRANDMOTHER MOON CLAN

 

 05 TURTLE CLAN

 

 06 FROG CLAN

 

 07 THUNDERBIRD CLAN

 

 08 BUTTERFLY CLAN

 

From bottom to top
09 NORTH (Earth) WABOOSE
25 CLEANSING Spirit Path
26 RENEWAL Spirit Path
27 PURITY Spirt Path
07 THUNDERBIRD CLAN

 

 From bottom to top
10 EAST (Air) WABUN
28 CLARITY Spirit Path
29 WISDOM Spirit Path
30 ILLUMINATION Spirit Path

From bottom to top
11 SOUTH (Water) SHAWNODESE
31 GROWTH Spirit Path
32 TRUST Spirit Path
33 LOVE Spirit Path

 

 From bottom to top
12 WEST (Fire) MUDJEKEEWIS
34 EXPERIENCE Spirit Path
35 INTROSPECTION Spirit Path
36 STRENGTH Spirit Path

 

NORTH MOONS From bottom to top
13 SNOW GOOSE Moon
14 OTTER Moon
15 COUGAR Moon

 

EAST MOONS From bottom to top
16 RED HAWK Moon
17 BEAVER Moon
18 DEER Moon

 

 SOUTH MOONS From bottom to top
19 FLICKER Moon
20 STURGEON Moon
21 BROWN BEAR Moon

 

 EAST MOONS From bottom to top
22 RAVEN Moon
23 SNAKE Moon
24 ELK Moon

 

 
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