NATIVE AMERICAN SPIRIT KEEPERS
compiled by Dee Finney
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.
NATIVE AMERICAN CODE OF ETHICS
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.
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
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
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.
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".
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).
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.
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.
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
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
|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.SEE: THE MEDICINE WHEELS
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