The Medicine Wheel
The Native Americans and many other groups have held the connection between nature, man, and animals as sacred. In these cultures, the medicine wheel is a representation for many spiritual ideas.
The Medicine Wheel in Native American ceremonies is meant to guide with the intention of aligning with the forces of Nature – Father Sky, Mother Earth, and Spirit Tree—all of which symbolize dimensions of health and the cycles of life.
To break the medicine wheel down even more, according to the Oxford Dictionary, a medicine wheel defined is “a stone circle built by North American Indians, believed to have religious, astronomical, territorial, or calendrical significance”.
The Plains Indians of North America, have integrated the medicine wheel with ceremonies and healing practices. Medicine Wheels have been built on Native lands across North America over the last several centuries and take many forms such as an artwork such as artifact or painting, or built on land.
Different tribes interpret the Medicine Wheel differently.
For example, each of the four directions (East, South, West, and North) is typically represented by a distinctive color, such as black, red, yellow, and white, which for some stands for the human races.
Native American astrology has 12 animal totems and one year is divided into four sections/directions ― North (Winter), East (Spring), South (Summer), and West (Fall). The Native American medicine wheel traditionally existed as handmade monuments constructed by placing stones on the ground oriented to the four directions (east, south, west, and north).
Read more about your totem animal on the medicine wheel according to your D.O.B by following the links below: