In the ways of our ancestors, we are taught that everything in life is circular. We observe the changing of the seasons, the traveling direction of the sun and the moon, how we develop from birth to death, and in the spirit realm. We are one within the circle of life. The medicine wheel teaches us balance, to discover ourselves and our path.
From the east, we begin to seek knowledge, the direction where everything is fresh and new, to greet the sun and appreciate the potential for new harmony of the Creator’s creations. The sacred plant of this direction is tobacco. As we offer our prayers and thoughts to the spirit world of our creator, we give thanks and offer this sacred plant. The smoke carries these visible thoughts to those honored spirit beings.
From the south we experience growth, the direction to taste the ripe fruit of appreciation and not take what we have for granted. The sacred plant of this direction is cedar; the purifier for the body and the protector from evil.
From the west we encounter reflection and spiritual insight; the direction where dreams and visions allow you to go within and appreciate yourself and your creator. The sacred plant for this direction is sage; the purifier for the body and to keep you in good health.
From the north we experience the purity, the direction where the secret to many cures are found for healing. Like the white snow that resembles the white hair of our elders, we honor wisdom. The sacred plant being sweetgrass; the plant to keep you from evil and make your travels safe.
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