2importantIt is very important to note, that what I am sharing with you is how I was taught. Everyone interprets it differently, but they all represent the same sacred teachings.Medicine wheel teachings also very from Nation to NationMi’maq, Cree, Ojibwa, Inuit, etc.
3What is the medicine wheel? The Medicine Wheel represents all of creation, harmony and connections. It is considered a major symbol of peaceful interaction on Earth The basic Medicine Wheel of the Four Directions can be expanded to include other wheels. These wheels within wheels are used to explain and examine things that get in the way of personal growth and the development process that involves leading a person to wholeness. All Medicine Wheels are tools for people to learn about their place in the universe and their relationship to all things created.
4What is the medicine wheel? The medicine wheel is a circle divided into 4 parts, representing the 4 directions which relate to and counterbalance one another to make a whole. This symbol is meant to represent Aboriginal philosophy and the meaning of life.
5The circle What does a circle represent to you??? There is no beginning, and no end.A circle represents important principles in Aboriginal world views and beliefs:InterconnectednessEqualityContinuityInclusiveness
6Circles in natureMedicine Wheels made of stone have been found all over North America marking places of ceremony, meditation, teaching and celebration.They are also found in other ways:Movement of seasons, migration of animals/foodSuns movementThe shape of the Sun, Mother Earth, Moon
7Circles in CultureTalking circles, dream catchers, wigwams, medicine wheel, hoop dancing.
8The Number 4The number 4 is a sacred number in Aboriginal Culture. The power of the 4 directions can be used to explain everything that exists in the world.
134 Aspects of Human Personality Physical Mental Emotional Spiritual This is extremely important when working towards balance in your life. What do you do to keep yourself healthy in each of these aspects????
15connectionsAlways start with the East, because this is where the sun rises. East: Infant, Spring, Spiritual, Tobacco South: Youth, Summer, Emotional, Sage West: Adults, Autumn, Physical, Cedar North: Elders, Winter, Mental, Sweetgrass
17Centre of the wheelThe centre of the medicine wheel represents yourself, and the meaning of life. You need to find balance in all aspects of the wheel before you can find life balance, harmony and your place in the world.
187 DirectionsIt is important to note, that although the medicine wheel contains the four sacred directions, there are actually 7 directions. East South West North Up, to the sky Down, to mother earth Inwards, to ourselves
19“No one better understands you than you “No one better understands you than you. It is your life experiences that have made you who you are today. And no one can pass judgment on you because they have not lived your life” -Gil Lerat, Raven's Eye Columnist, VANCOUVER