13 grandmothers


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start date July 20, 2011

Today's date February 7, 2012

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My dream took place in the country somewhere.
In the beginning there were many wasps on the ground we had to shake off our shoes (which seemed to be sandals. then it was my job to part each grandmothers hair and braid it and each woman and girl did the same.
Then I had 13 white feathers one for each grandmother and each woman and girl got one regular colored feather. We could not use metal pins in the hair. The braids had to be tied with string or twine.
I wanted Naomi to be in charge of the parade as we walked down the road.






VIDEO  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKGXpK8LXR4

VIDEO PARAT 1  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAvlrJskWAk&feature=related


VIDEO PART  2  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKGXpK8LXR4

FOR THE NEXT SEVEN GENERATIONS  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAvlrJskWAk&feature=related

FOR THE NEXT SEVEN GENERATIONS  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URoujimXIyI&NR=1&feature=endscreen

NATIVE AMERICAN P;ROPHECY  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7cylfQtkDg&NR=1&feature=fvwp

PART 2  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqfvUA2vRAM

PART 3  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z57zs_Q67Ng&feature=related

PART 4  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z57zs_Q67Ng&feature=related

PART 5  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7cylfQtkDg&NR=1&feature=fvwp

PART 6  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7cylfQtkDg&NR=1&feature=fvwp

HOP;I BLUE STAR PROPHECY   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z57zs_Q67Ng&feature=related


The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers is a group of Spiritual Elders who came together in 2004 to form an international alliance of indigenous female elders. The Grandmothers are concerned for the state of the world and all living in it; believe that the need for change is urgent; and consider that their formation is fulfilling an ancient prophecy by many indigenous people of the world in which,



The Council was founded and sponsored by a non-profit organisation, The Center for Sacred Studies, under guidance of the Center's Spiritual Director Jyoti.[3] The Grandmothers Council initially met, for 7 days, on 11 October 2004 at the Dalai Lama's Menla Retreat Center on Panther Mountain in Phoenicia, New York, declaring themselves a council at that meeting. The choice of location for the meeting, the land of the Iroquois, was fitting as the Iroquois nation always consulted their own Council of Grandmothers before any decision was made, including whether or not to go to war.[4]

The number of Grandmothers who could have joined the Council might have been more. In total, sixteen spiritual elders were contacted by Jyoti and asked to join the council. The number of Grandmothers who finally accepted the invitation (thirteen) coincidentally is seen as auspicious, as thirteen is a number held sacred in many indigenous cultures and appears in a prophecy of the Grandmother of one of the Grandmothers. When Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein was nine years old, her Grandmother told her that she would be in a council of Grandmothers and gave her thirteen eagle feathers and thirteen stones, telling her to give them to the Council of Grandmothers when they finally met.[5]

[edit] Prophecies of the formation of such a Council

Instrumental to the creation of the Council was Jyoti's vision of a sacred basket. When Jyoti shared this vision with future Council Member Bernadette Rebienot, they realised that they had had the same vision. Bernadette Rebienot had also signed a letter with Peruvian Indigenous people to unite in protecting Mother Earth. The letter (paraphrased by Jyoti) read:

We were here before the governments came and we will be here after the governments leave. It is not okay for them to go into our forest and patent our medicine without our permission. It is time for all First Nation people to stand up globally and declare our solidarity as First Nation people and guardians of our planet again.[citation needed]

Later, in the Brazilian rainforest Jyoti met with Maria Alice Campos Freire who, with her daughter, had an almost identical letter which they had signed with six tribes within the inter-regional Brazilian rainforest in Jurua. Due to this realisation, the International Council of Indigenous Grandmothers was formed.[6][7]

It was a surprise for Jyoti to be told, at the first Council meeting, of the existence of First Nation indigenous prophesies of a council of 13 Grandmothers.[8]


The Council believe that their ancestral ways of "prayer, peacemaking, and healing are vitally needed today."[9]

Other abilities which the Grandmothers state that they are able to offer are, "how to [develop and reinstate] the proper relationship between women and men, integrating traditional and indigenous medicine, maintaining the Earth's balance, and bringing forth the collective power of wise women by deepening our relationship with the feminine." [10]

One lesson which the Grandmothers stress is the concept of communality and sharing that is common in all indigenous people.[11]

The Grandmothers refer to prophecies from each of their cultures about the Purification Times, claiming that people will be cleansed through changing themselves from being materially to spiritually oriented.[12]

[edit] Healing

The Grandmothers state that indigenous tribes have been connected with the earth and had the role of Earth's caretakers. The Grandmothers wish to help restore this connection, and the role of respect for and care of the planet, in order to restore the balance that has been lost.[13]

[edit] Rituals and ceremonies

The Grandmothers are open to share rituals and ceremonies with others in order to advance healing. This includes sharing with people who have been their oppressors.[14]

[edit] Petitioning against laws that encourage "rape and run" economies

The Grandmothers together petitioned the Catholic Church in 2005 and 2008, asking that it revoke a 15th-century Papal bull and related edicts which authorised Portugal to "invade, search out, capture, vanquish and subdue all Saracens and pagans".[citation needed] This sanction, relating to the invasion of the west coast of Africa, contributed to set the agenda in the conquest of the Americas.[15] The Grandmothers did not wish to personally blame or accuse Pope Benedict XVI (the head of the Catholic Church) for any complicity, as he was not there; they only ask Pope Benedict XVI to close the door on past policy and set the stage for a new climate of acceptance of indigenous people. If the Church does this, the Grandmothers feel that it would lift the stigma on the Catholic Church and be "a feather in the cap" of Pope Benedict XVI.[16]

The Grandmothers received no reply from Pope Benedict XVI after this request, nor after delivering their petition to the Vatican City by hand in 2008. However, their requests are seen as significant.[17]

The Papal Bulls that the Grandmothers are demanding to be revoked are:

[edit] Women's ro

One of the things that the Grandmothers feel is vital for effecting change is to re-balance the relationship between the sexes. Being givers of life and connected with the seasons, the Grandmothers see that women are achieving important roles and going through changes. The Grandmothers suggest that men should take on the roles of women so that this will free women to help the change needed in the world.[19]

[edit] Men's role in future changes

During a satellite conference with Bioneers, the grandmothers were asked how men could help with their work and global change. The answer, voiced by Maria Alice Campos Freire, was to be humble and thus receptive. Bernadette Rebienot added, with a smile, that "anything is possible."[20]

[edit] Activism for indigenous medicine

The Grandmothers consider that indigenous medicine should remain legal and free from ownership or being patented.[21] The Grandmothers believe that indigenous peoples are "the Guardians of the forest and medicines and are appointed by nature" rather than forests being destroyed for the greed of the few.[22]

[edit] Council meetings

It was proposed at the first meeting, by Grandmother Agnes, that the Council should meet every six months in order to "build our relations and learn about each other's cultures."[23] Since then, with one exception when Grandmother Bernadette was unwell in 2008, the 13 members of the Council have been hosted by each of the 13 Grandmothers in turn twice a year.[24] The frequency of the councils are also seen as necessary because of the urgency of their work.[25]

During their meetings, the Grandmothers begin by carrying out a seven-day prayer vigil, each wearing her own traditional dress and carrying out her own prayers and ceremonies.[26]

The work of the Grandmothers is said to have inspired the creation of "little circles of Grandmothers around the world."[27]

The dedication of the Grandmothers is said to be very great. Before arriving at one of the Council meetings, Aama Bombo from Nepal is said to have "literally walked through bombs dropping in order to get to the airplane so that she could get to one of our meetings".[28]


The author Carol Schaefer worked with the Grandmothers to publish Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elders Offer Their Vision for Our Planet through Trumpeter Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications. In a note to the reader the author writes,

Finally, though my name appears on the cover of this book, the words of wisdom expressed within it are not mine, and I do not lay claim to them. In a sense, this book represents our collective spiritual heritage.[29]

The book has been printed in nine different languages.[30] It is in its 4th edition in English.[31]

[edit] For the Next 7 Generations: The Grandmothers Speak (documentary)

The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Carole Hart directed the film, For the Next 7 Generations: The Grandmothers Speak which documents the Grandmothers as they meet and travel around the world.[32]

The title of the film stems from the indigenous culture of long-term acting and planning in order to consider how one's actions would affect the next seven generations.[33]

The film won the 'best of festival' and 'best documentary' at the Talking Circle Film Festival in Hawai'i in 2009.

[edit] Grandmothers sitting on the council

[edit] Ambassadors for the Grandmothers

Several elders have been involved in supporting the message and work of the Grandmothers, among them:

[edit] Notes

  1. ^ Schaefer, C, (2006) pp.1-4.
  2. ^ Harcourt-Smith (6 February 2007)
  3. ^ Supriano, S, (2009-08-03)
  4. ^ Schaefer, C, (2006) pp.5-6.
  5. ^ Schaefer, C, (2006) pp.9-10.
  6. ^ Schaefer, C, (2006) p.211.
  7. ^ Supriano, S, (2009-08-03)
  8. ^ Supriano, S, (2009-08-03)
  9. ^ Schaefer, C, (2006) p.1.
  10. ^ Schaefer, C, (2006) p.10.
  11. ^ Schaefer, C, (2006) p.6.
  12. ^ Schaefer, C, (2006) p.6.
  13. ^ Schaefer, C, (2006) pp.4-5.
  14. ^ Schaefer, C, (2006) p.4.
  15. ^ Capriccioso, R, July 17, 2008
  16. ^ Supriano, S, (2009-04-06)
  17. ^ Capriccioso, R, Jul 17, 2008
  18. ^ Chittister (2009)
  19. ^ Supriano, S, (2009-04-06)
  20. ^ Jurs
  21. ^ Schaefer, C, (2006) p.2.
  22. ^ Schaefer, C, (2006) p.200.
  23. ^ Supriano, S, (2009-08-03)
  24. ^ Supriano, S, (2009-04-06)
  25. ^ Supriano, S, (2009-04-06)
  26. ^ Harcourt-Smith (23 May 2007)
  27. ^ Harcourt-Smith (23 May 2007)
  28. ^ Supriano, S, (2009-08-03)
  29. ^ Schaefer, C, (2006) p.xiii.
  30. ^ Supriano, S, (2009-08-03)
  31. ^ Supriano, S, (2009-04-06)
  32. ^ '"For The Next 7 Generations" at Donna Karan's Urban Zen'. Online PR News.
  33. ^ Schaefer, C, (2006) p.1.

[edit] References

[edit] External links

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Oweea, Oweea, we
Oweea, Oweea, we
We fly, higher and higher
free, our wings soft and light,
circling, circling, the earth.

Wearing my long wing feathers as I fly,
Wearing my long wing feathers as I fly,
I circle around, I circle around,
the boundaries of the earth.
I circle around, I circle around,
the boundaries of the earth.

VISION - I saw 7 Native American Spirit Keepers.

They were vertebrae bones with wings, decorated with feathers, beads, macrame, etc. Each one was different.

Each color represents one of the four directions--north being white, black representing west, red symbolizing south, and yellow depicting east.

1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone.
Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen,
if you only speak.

2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path.
Ignorance, conceit,anger, jealousy and greed stem
from a lost soul.Pray that they will find guidance.

3. Search for yourself, by yourself.
Do not allow others to make your path for you.
It is your road, and yours alone.
Others may walk it with you, but no one
can walk it for you.

4. Treat the guests in your home with much
consideration. Serve them the best food, give them
the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.

5. Do not take what is not yours whether from
a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture.
It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.

6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth
- whether it be people or plant.

7. Honor other people's thoughts, wishes and words.
Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them.
Allow each person the right to personal expression.

8. Never speak of others in a bad way.
The negative energy that you put out into the universe
will multiply when it returns to you.

9. All persons make mistakes.
And all mistakes can be forgiven.

10. Bad thoughts cause illness
of the mind, body and spirit.
Practice optimism.

11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us.
They are part of your worldly family.

12. Children are the seeds of our future.
Plant love in their hearts and water them
with wisdom and life's lessons.
When they are grown, give them space to grow.

13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others.
The poison of your pain will return to you.

14. Be truthful at all times.
Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.

15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self,
Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self -
all need to be strong, pure and healthy.
Work out the body to strengthen the mind.
Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.

16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be
and how you will react. Be responsible for your
own actions.

17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others.
Do not touch the personal property of others -
especially sacred and religious objects.
This is forbidden.

18. Be true to yourself first.
You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot
nurture and help yourself first.

19. Respect others religious beliefs.
Do not force your belief on others.

20. Share your good fortune with others.
Participate in charity.

The Medicine man begins a ceremony by beseeching the West power, while thinking about the life giving rains and the ever present spirit world. Next, he beseeches the north power, the source of endurance, strength, truthfulness, and honesty, which are qualities needed to walk down a good path in life. Then, he will look to the east power. The east is where the sun rises, and the sun brings us knowledge, the essence of spirituality. Without knowledge, we become ignorant and cause harm to ourselves and others. The fourth energy is the south power, which brings us bounty, medicine, and growth. Next to be acknowledged is the earth spirit. The Medicine man then touches the pipe to the ground, and says, "Mother Earth, I seek to protect you." Since Mother Earth depends on the sun’s life giving energy, the pipe is then held up towards the sky. Lastly, the pipe is held straight up to the Great Spirit, the Great Mystery, the unexplainable source of all life. These words are then spoken: "Oh Great Spirit, I thank you for the six powers of the universe." The Medicine man explains that the person reaching out to the spirit world has no fear: "Most of us are not afraid of the Great Spirit. We don’t fear something that has given us our life."

The Purification Ceremony

The Medicine man begins "We honor our relations as we enter the ‘womb’ and again as we leave.. "We crawl around until we form a circle around the center. The center of the center is where a little pit is dug for the grandfather rocks. These are brought in, one at a time, and the first four are placed in the north, south, east, and west directions. They they’re sprinkled with a little sage and sweet grass and whatever the medicine man might be using. The medicine man offers prayers to each of the four directions, to honor his ancestors, and to honor those in the nonphysical as well as the physical worlds. This is a sacred time. It is a time of prayer, introspection, and healing.

"When the water hits the rock, it goes up in steam, fills the air, and unifies everyone within the ‘womb.’ Everything is united, as we say, all of my relations. At that moment we are connecting ourselves to the basic elements of life, and that brings out the greatest good in people. We are connecting to the movement that is all around us, that we are part of, and never separate from.

"As we sit in the circle, we each go around, one at a time, and we offer prayers of thanksgiving and praise for the Almighty, the great spirits, the great mystery, the sky father, and the earth mother. The medicine man sits by the entrance, and is the first to offer his prayers. Each person then takes a turn. Eventually you come to the end and the medicine man blends all the prayers. It’s kind of like weaving a tapestry. It’s a mystical, magical process, an altered state that goes beyond the physical form. It takes you into the reality of the nonphysical world, where the real healing takes place."

Spirit Keeper of the East

The time of Wabun begins with the Spring equinox, the beginning of our solar year. The "times" of Wabun are the times of new beginnings: the time of Dawn, of Spring, of early Childhood, of Birth, the bursting forth of all new things with renewed energy.
The first three Moons are under the direct influence of the East. If your Moon is Budding Trees, Frogs Return, or Cornplanting Moon, then your special Spirit Keeper is Wabun. But you also need to realize that all the Spirit Keepers are there for you, each with their special gifts and lessons, each with their own time, in a day, in a year, in our lives.

The Stone for Wabun is placed in the Outer Circle marked out for the Medicine Wheel -- exactly in the cardinal direction East; or as near as you can reckon it. On March 21st of each year Father Sun is directly East. This is the date of the Spring Equinox, meaning that Father Sun is halfway between his southernmost point of (apparent) travel and his northernmost point: an equal distance between the two points. This is also when Father Sun is exactly (as much as anything is :o) in the East.

The beautiful, majestic (and endangered) Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is the animal Totem for Wabun. Eagle soars high, higher than any other physical being. And yet from this lofty height He can see the mouse far below. At the same time He sees the whole picture. The first gift of Wabun which Golden Eagle can help you realize is Clarity. Ask Wabun to help you soar high, close to Creator, and gain Wisdom. Higher yet, till you gain the Light of Illumination.

Spirit Keeper of the West

The time of Mudjekeewis is the Evening til Midnite, Autumn, our adult years to elder time. This is the time of slowing down, of taking stock of experiences, of going within, like the Grizzly in autumn, but going within spiritually, to gain strength from the knowledge thus gained; the time to prepare for the times of "winter" or later times.

The Stone for Mudjekeewis is placed due West in the outer Circle, exactly opposite the Stone for Wabun of the East. The three Moons of Mudjekeewis are those of Autumn to early "winter": the Ducks Fly Moon, the Freeze Up Moon and the Long Snows Moon. If one of these is "your" moon, then Mudjekeewis and his path or gifts of experience, introspection and strength are the most relevant for you. But remember, all of the Spirit Keepers are there for you, and different assistance is needed at different times. We need to learn as many of the gifts as we can.

Cedar is the plant kingdom totem for the West. The above photo is of Western Cedar. For a picture of Eastern Cedar and very interesting information on the habitat, growth, uses, etc. of these trees, check White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) in "Flora, fauna, earth, and sky...The natural history of the northwoods". The needlelike Cedar leaves are rich in vitamin C; Native Americans and early European explorers used it to treat scurvy, therefore it is also known as Arborvitae, "Tree of Life".
Fragrant, pleasing Cedar thrown on the fire, or used as a smudge, putifies, and heals.

The mineral totem for Mudjekeewis is Soapstone. There is an excellent article on the characteristics of Soapstone, creating the sculptures using ordinary tools, and by "seeing" your subject in the in the chunk of stone, at Soapstone (part of Cameron Owls, www.owlman.com).
Please click on the image of the beautiful Soapstone Grizzly carving above to see more examples of Nunivak Island carvings. For information about the artist click on his name under the photo.

Soapstone has been used for many thousands of years for both Sacred and decorative carvings. Carry on your person and/or meditate with Soapstone to learn about purification, preparation, maturity, responsibility, old knowledge, and strength with malleability.

Blue is often the color of evening clouds and sky. The night is usually thought of as Black. Black and Blue are the colors for the Stone honoring the Western Spirit Keeper. Use these colors when you are working on evaluating experience, learning introspection, and developing strength for the times ahead.

Spirit Keeper of the North

Waboose's time starts with the Winter solstice, when Father Sun is at the southernmost point of his journey, the shortest day of the year. Her times are Midnite to Dawn, Winter, the elder time of life and around to birth or rebirth.

The most honored White Buffalo is the animal manifestation of Waboose, often equated with White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman.

The Stone for Waboose is placed due North in the outer Circle, exactly opposite the Stone for Shawnodese of the South. The three Moons of Waboose are those of Winter: the Earth Renewal Moon, the Rest and Cleansing Moon and the Big Winds Moon. If one of these is "your" moon, then Waboose and her path or gifts of Cleansing, Renewal, and Purity are the most relevant for you. But remember, all of the Spirit Keepers are there for you, and different assistance is needed at different times. We need to learn as many of the gifts as we can.

Sweetgrass is the plant kingdom totem for the North. Sweetgrass not only sustained the Buffalo,
but is the most popular ceremonial and smudge plant today, next to Sagebrush. Sweetgrass draws in positive energies and calls the ancestors.

Here is excellent information: SWEETGRASS (Hierochloe odorata) - and you can even purchase organically grown plants to start your own plot of Sweetgrass. See also, the article Sweetgrass by Marie Burke, Buffalo Spirit Writer.

The mineral totem for Waboose is Alabaster. Alabaster is a gypsum based stone. Because it is easy to carve and takes a beautiful matte or polished finish, it has been used for many thousands of years for both Sacred and decorative carvings. Please visit Cardinal Stoneworks webpage (above) to see examples of many unsusal and varied colors of Alabaster.
Carry a small piece of Alabaster on your person and/or meditate with Alabaster to learn about gentleness with strength, purity, high ideals, peace, and the give away.

The color for the Stone of the North and the Sacred White Buffalo is the color of Winter in the north, the color of the hair on the heads of our wise elder Grandmothers and Grandfathers, White. This color helps to cleanse, renew and purify your body, mind and Spirit.

Spirit Keeper of the South - Coyote (Shawnodese)

South - Rapid growth and trust

Moon: Strong sun moon; warning sun moon, Power animal: Flicker (large woodpecker), Minerals: Rose quartz, Carnelian agate, Color: Pink, Plant: Wild rose, Clan: Frog, Element: Water

The second moon of Shawnodese, Spirit Keeper of the South is the Ripe Berries Moon (July 23 to August 22) position on the Native American Medicine Wheel. The stone for this position is placed midway between the southern and western stones in the outer circle of the Medicine Wheel. Iron and garnet are the mineral totems for this moon, raspberry is the plant totem, and the sturgeon is the animal totem. The color is red, and the Thunderbird clan influences the position.

Iron teaches people in this position about their strength and garnet shows them their heart is the source of that strength. From the raspberry they learn about their sweetness and the thorns they project to protect this part of themselves from other people. The sturgeon shows them their depth and their need to teach. The Ripe Berries Moon teaches them how to work from the heart center, how to demonstrate affection, how to face fears, and how to develop leadership abilities. This moon helps develop courage and power. People experiencing the sturgeon energy need to guard against impulsiveness, arrogance, and a tendency to dominate any scenario.

Sturgeon is the animal totem associated with the Ripe Berries Moon. The sturgeon is known as the king of fishes. A primitive fish that has probably existed on the earth since around the time the dinosaurs disappeared, the sturgeon comes in a variety of sizes, but can reach twelve-foot lengths and at least 300-pound weights.

Sturgeons were considered the royalty of fishes among the Native people who lived in the Great Lakes area. In the Ojibwa nation there is a Sturgeon clan that is one of the teaching clans. To the Ojibwa people the sturgeon represents depth and strength.

The European people who came to North America did not have the same respect for this fish. At first they considered it a nuisance when sturgeons got in their nets. Later they almost fished it to extinction when they discovered the value of its roe, which is better known as caviar. The sturgeon is rarely found now.

Working with the sturgeon can teach you about your determination, perseverance, depth, knowledge, generosity, strength, and sexuality.


Raspberries, the plant associated with the Ripe Berries Moon. The raspberry itself is a delicacy, and the leaves and root of the plant have medicinal properties. The berries not only delight but also cleanse the system. They can aid in breaking up and expelling gallstones and kidney stones and stimulate the action of the urinary tract. The root is an astringent and has some antibiotic and healing properties. It can be used as a gargle for sore throats. The tea as a compress has been applied to wounds and cuts to slow bleeding. A tea from the leaves can be used to cure diarrhea, cankers, uterine problems, and menstrual issues. Raspberry leaf tea is one of the belt herbal teas for pregnant women, acting as a tonic. A tea from the twigs is good for colds, flues, difficulty in breathing, and for balancing blood sugar levels. Raspberry plants can teach you to find the sweetness within the thorns of life.


Garnet and iron are the minerals associated with the Ripe Berries Moon. Garnet can help to balance your sexual energies. It is associated with the heart and blood and can stimulate the free flow of emotion in its wearer.

Garnet can help to strengthen those who carry it, can warn of danger, and can help you to lead a good and honorable life. It can also help you penetrate to the heart of any matter.

Iron is good for the blood and heart. It can remind you of the necessity of being tempered by life's experiences. It can encourage you to have a discriminating hardness that will allow you to know when no is the answer that will promote the highest good for all that are involved.

Sun Bear Medicine Wheel is NOT the Medicine Wheel of any Native Nation (Tribe), but comes from a Vision given to Sun Bear by Grandfather. Waboose/North is the fourth and last Direction Stone in this Wheel since here we use the East as the starting point, the beginning of the Circle. We now place a Stone for each "Moon" of the Solar year. The first one (and Next page) is Budding Trees Moon, the first Moon of Wabun, which begins with the Spring Equinox.
Remember that in his book Sun Bear started in the North, so if you follow that way, when you build or honor your wheel you start the Direction Stones with Waboose. You will finish the directions with the West, and start the Circle of Moons with Earth Renewal Moon, the first Moon of Waboose, which begins with the Winter Solstice, the time when Father Sun starts his return journey from the south.

FROM: http://www.ewebtribe.com/StarSpiderDancing/west/

Traditionally, a Medicine Wheel is a circle of stones which are aligned to the four cardinal directions and divided into four quadrants. This ancient symbol represents life, cycles of time, the Earth, and the Universe. It is a place to come to create, to meditate, to pray, to deepen your inner being, to mark a change in your life and to seek guidance. Each direction or quadrant of the Medicine Wheel holds attributes to assist in your journey around the Wheel.

In the East sits the Eagle. The Eagle walks the Mental path and brings Illumination, Clarity & Wisdom.

In the South sits the Coyote. The Coyote walks the Emotional path and brings Growth, Trust & Love.

In the West sits the Bear. The Bear walks the Spiritual path & brings Introspection, Strength & Experience.

In the North sits the Buffalo. The Buffalo walks the Physical path and brings Cleansing, Renewal & Purity.


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Subj: Fw: The Power to Be

Date: 04/06/2000

From: t.james1@xxx (James Taylor)

Highest greetings, as always in love and light to All.

Here's another gem from Standing Elk everyone.

As some of you are aware, I recently completed an Initiation into the Maya Deer Mystery School. Receiving the following was/is syncronistic to this event in my life, and there is a great need to share it with All.

If you resonate with, and are in a position to share this with all your friends, and/or post it on your respective webpages or digests, I'm sure we'll all benefit greatly from the jump in consciousness the reading of this will enable us, if we're individually willing to really feel and think about what it talks about, to achieve.

Till we connect again, as always, only thei highest manifest good for All In Love and Light, In La' Kech,


----- Original Message -----

From: Standing Elk

To: t.james1@xxx

Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2000

Subject: The Power to Be

Dear James,

Good Morning. Here is a message from Little White Deer that you can share with your friends and others that are interested in their own personal growth.

Love and Blessings

Standing Elk

Message for April 6, 2000


The Power To Be

The Doctors are here. They are doctoring you in this circle. And, the Doctors are here healing the four nations of Turtle Island. For Little Deer is here.

There is problem within your bodies because you have forgotten the Power to Be. The Law of Nature speaks that everyone must chose Right Relationship in order to truly Be.

The Deer Nation is a Giveaway Nation for the Two-Leggeds. We are your teachers as well. With the Deer Nation come the Spiritual Doctors; for, the Deer Clan is a clan of Medicine Peoples.

The Power to Be is rooted in the Elements. The Deer Nations have long understood Right Relationship with the Elements of our world. Only when human being stepped into the unwisdom of abusing the Elements did problems manifest a dense body like you’ve had. When the Two-Leggeds did disgrace the Earth through abusing the Elements, not only did the Two-Legged form fall, but so did the Relations of the world that you see.

Our Mother Earth and Our Relations, as we are known, did not even inhabit seen forms till the humanities chose to demand of the powers of Mother Earth and crossed the line of respect. So, did physical maladies, disease and illnesses of mind and body and heart come into the Peoples. As the Bird Nations and Deer Nations and the Swimming Nations were very powerful in the Spirit World before they descended with Man, still, too, are they strong nations of Spiritual Beings. We did not have to come here with you, but are here as companions and teachers and to give food to the Two-Leggeds as well.

In past times the human peoples had no need for food, except the Love of Creator. This is the plane to which everyone is ascending now. The sweet fruits of the Tree of Life which all of the Relations do enjoy will be the power for your life. You must walk again in balance with the Elements and to do this is to choose to be a wise gardener, a guardian.

For there are Seven Elemental Clans with which the human being is related. The very forms, opinions and substance of these Elemental Clans do live within your bodies. We are Related, the teaching says. And, it is so.

So Little Deer is here to speak of the Seven Elemental Clans that the Two-Leggeds can walk in balance with the Elements, the powers of our Mother’s world.

The first Clan, let it be known, is the Earth Clan. The Earth Clan does find its powers and locations in the roots of you body. And from there, your feelings of the need for shelter and for warmth do come--from these Elemental Clans of Earth. You must take care of the Earth, Peoples. For even the handful of sand or the bowlful of the dirt has consciousness and healing power. For our Mother is alive and is diverse.

The second clan is that Water Clan that does reside in the bowels of your being. The Waters Clan dost make up what Two-Legged is. The Water Clans likewise can be accessed through the Sacred Chakra; (for you feel the Waters of Life through there). The Water is your Relationship to the Sacred Law of Creator. For in the Waters of the Mystery did Creator bring forth that Light.

So, too, the Fire Clans you do find through the feelin’s of your liver, your Will, and that Solar Walk. This Fire nature is the spunk of your passion, is the inner light and is life that glows in all the Relations. Therefore, your prayers and your freedom are through that Fire. The Fire is Two-Legged’s friend.

The Fourth Direction and Principle Element is that of Air. And these, the lungs do provide place for these Nations, as does the voice. The Air Nations are the consciousness of all Life...[At this moment, the Wind knocked our windchime against the balcony windo - -two loud thumps - the chimes danced and sang for a long time. We sat quietly, listening to the Wind Spirits.]...and therein is the sacredness within. When you breathe, know that it is the Breath of Creator, of Spirit that has entered into your bodies. And when you honor the Plant Nations through the smudge and the smoke, do add your Prayers of Thanksgiving.

These are the Principle Four Elements of which the Two-Legged thus dance. Each is related unto a Direction. Thus, do the Grandmothers and Grandfathers guide these clans.

Understand then, O Peoples, that when you violate the Sacred Trust of these Elements, that indeed the Grandmothers and Grandfathers perceive and do enact Cycles of Karma. Yet, be comforted for Little Deer and the Doctors are here with healing power through this Universal Law of Nature.

There are three Spiritual Clans with which human beings interact most strongly. The Clan of the Ethers - the Power of Spirit - is the sacredness behind the Word, the Power of Truth. The Sacred Essence that dwells within your Heart of Hearts is of the same Spiritual Ether as the Creator’s Love. And so, Peoples, when you speak, speak your words of Love.

Little Deer reminds the Two-Leggeds that, indeed, there is such a thing as Manna. It is a Clan of the Elemental Kin. It is a way in which you can understand the gentleness and the abundant power of those Angel Kin. They are indeed bearers of the Sacred Vision that work through that Eye of Truth. O Peoples, when you think your thoughts, think of Beauty and Strength and Truth. The Ancestors of the Seventh Heaven feel, comprehend and purify your thoughts; therefore, with sincerity, think your thoughts well.

Little Deer would have the Peoples know of the Seventh Clan of the Elemental Folk. These are a clan from that place of the Fiery Waters--to you another dimension altogether—that is anchored within that crowning intelligence that dost awaken humanity and dost adorn the Deer. Within these worlds dost your own liquid presence be. Essence is the emanation of the Waters of Life of Creator: herein, the Seven Planes of Human Life are brought into understandable form by the Elemental Kin that you are.

Peoples of the Two-Legged Nations, walk with understanding that that which you perceive is in relation to who you are; that like unto a being made of many substances - EARTH, WATER, FIRE, AIR, ETHER, MANNA AND ESSENCE - Two-Leggeds are the walking guardians for Kingdoms of Life and are responsible to the Spirits of Mother Earth.

Therefore, O Two-Legged Peoples, walk with the Elemental Relations in Peace.

Then your bodies can receive the doctoring that we have for you. Then you will stop fighting yourselves and Peace will be amongst all our Relations.

Mitakuye Oyasin,

Standing Elk

Canku Woksape Wicasa

Mazaska Wicahpi Waste Win

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