Monthly Symbol, May 2015: Medicine Wheel

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Medicine Wheel is a Native American symbol that represents the harmony and peaceful interaction between all beings and the four elements of the earth.

“The Medicine Wheel, sometimes known as the Sacred Hoop, has been used by generations of various Native American tribes for health and healing. It embodies the Four Directions, as well as Father Sky, Mother Earth, and Spirit Tree—all of which symbolize dimensions of health and the cycles of life.

The Medicine Wheel can take many different forms. It can be an artwork such as artifact or painting, or it can be a physical construction on the land. Hundreds or even thousands of Medicine Wheels have been built on Native lands in North America over the last several centuries.

Movement in the Medicine Wheel and in Native American ceremonies is circular, and typically in a clockwise, or “sun-wise” direction. This helps to align with the forces of Nature, such as gravity and the rising and setting of the Sun. “

From Medicine Ways: Traditional Healers and Healing http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/exhibition/healing-ways/medicine-ways/medicine-wheel.html

Other Articles:

Medicine Wheel by Carrie Langevin
http://truebluespirit.com/native-medicine-wheel/

Navajo Medicine Wheel – A Powerful Native American Symbol of Life Phases by Avia Venefica
http://www.symbolic-meanings.com/2007/10/02/navajo-medicine-wheel-a-powerful-native-american-symbol/

Medicine Wheel and Tarot Suits by Avia Venefica
http://www.tarotteachings.com/medicine-wheel-and-tarot-suits.html

 

Image: Public Domain photo from Bixaby

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