The Medicine Wheel is representative of Native American Indian Spirituality. The Medicine Wheel symbolizes the individual journey we each must take to find our own path. Within the Medicine Wheel are The Four Cardinal Directions and the Four Sacred Colors. The Circle represents the Circle of Life and the Center of the Circle, the Eternal Fire. The Eagle, flying toward the East, is a symbol of strength, endurance and vision. East signifies the renewal of life.
This information gives a nice parallel to astrology. As in astrology, we should also give particular attention to our rising sign and moon sign as well as our sun sign.
North - Purity and Renewal
Spirit Keeper of the North: White Buffalo (Waboose)
December 22 to January 19
Moon: Earth renewal moon
Power Animal: Snow goose
Mineral: Quartz crystal
Frequency: 13.26 megacycles
Plant: Birch tree
Characteristics: The snow goose is at the top of the medicine wheel, and represents the chief. These people have an affinity for the earth, and might pick up rocks while vacationing. The bark of the birch tree helps their digestive tract, and the new leaves and new ends of twigs help deaden the pain in their knees and bones. Like the quartz crystal that is used in communications, these people can send messages over long distances. Often just thinking of someone will be enough to get the person to call them.
January 20 to February 18
Moon: Rust cleansing moon otter
Power Animal: Otter
Frequency: 13.6 megacycles
Plant: Quaking aspen
Characteristics: The otter sits on the right hand side of the chief in high counsel. Their job is to advise the chief and to dissolve disputes. Otter people assume that everyone is their friend. They are multifaceted and quick thinkers who are usually a step and a half ahead of everyone else.
February 19 to March 20
Moon: Big wind’s moon cougar
Power Animal: Cougar
Frequency: 14.6 megacycles
Colors: Blue and green
Characteristics: Cougar people also sit in high counsel, but on the left hand side hand of the chief. Their job is to give advice on running the tribe, as they are considered natural psychiatrists. All people come to cougar people for advice. Being frog clan members, they are natural healers. Cougar people do not jump into the center of the action. Rather, they are the elusive, shy ones that stay behind, and watch things unfold.
East - Illumination and Wisdom
Spirit keeper of the East - Eagle (Wabun)
March 21 to April 19
Moon Phase: Budding tree’s moon red tail hawk
Power Animal: Red tail hawk
Mineral: Fire opal
Frequency: 3.6 megacycles
Characteristics: Red tail hawk people look at the world with a sense of wonder. They have a great flair for life and adventure, and are always open to learning something new. Being of the element fire, these people are passionate about everything they do. They are also fearless, and often act without thinking, which causes them to bump their heads a lot. These people cannot lie, for if they do, they are either no good at it, or it makes them ill. So, they are straightforward and not very tactful. If you ask a redtail hawk whether or not he likes your new dress, you are going to hear an honest opinion.
April 20 to May 20
Moon Phase: Frog’s return moon beaver; New waters moon beaver
Power Animal: Beaver
Frequency: 4.5 megacycles
Plant: Blue commis
Characteristics: These are the architects of the shields. Beaver people are usually workaholics who can focus on getting the job done. The results of their work can have great impact on people far away. Beaver people don’t like change in their lives, and must learn to embrace change and to be thankful for the opportunities it offers, even when this is difficult.
May 21 to June 20
Moon Phase: Corn planting moon deer.
Power Animal: Deer
Mineral: Moss agate
Frequency: 5.26 megacycles
Colors: Green and white
Characteristics: In Indian cultures, deer people are referred to as the Einsteins of the shield. They’re the ones with all the ideas. While most people are wondering what to do with their lives, deer people are wondering when are they going to have time to do everything they think of doing. The element air makes them multifacted and changeable. Deer people don’t necessarily finish what they start, but move from one thing to another. Often, they are artists and entertainers, and they frequently have two or three jobs at once.
South - Rapid growth and trust
Spirit Keeper of the South - Coyote (Shawnodese)
June 21 to July 22
Moon: Strong sun moon; warning sun moon
Power animal: Flicker (large woodpecker)
Minerals: Rose quartz, Carnelian agate
Plant: Wild rose
Characteristics: Deer people are good at working with their hands and make excellent massage therapists. As frog clan members, they find it soothing to sit by a stream. And as coyotes, they have an excellent sense of humor. It is good to invite these people to parties.
July 21 to August 22
Moon phase: Ripe berries moon sturgeon
Power animal: Sturgeon
Minerals: Garnet, iron
Frequency: 74 megacycles
Characteristics: In Indian cultures, the sturgeon represents royalty, therefore, these people are perceived as princes. They come into the world as teachers, with strong leadership abilities. They are always reading and studying to search for the truth. The information they receive must be shared with others. They have a hard outer shell that can’t be broken by physical force, but which can be opened through peace, love, and harmony. These people are soft inside, and will allow you to know them completely when you come to them in this way. One way to get to sturgeon people is to praise them.
August 23 to September 22
Moon phase: Harvest moon brown bear
Spirit animal: Brown bear
Characteristics: Science shows that brown bear people have a high level of neuropeptides in their stomach. Neuropeptides are a substrate of thought, which tells us that thinking is not all in our heads. These people tend to take their gut feelings up into their head to analyze it. As a result, they sometimes lose a sense of what they should do. But if they go with their first feelings, they are usually right. They’re good in business if they don’t overanalyze. As turtle clan members, they are of the element earth, and enjoy picking up rocks and minerals.
West - Strength and Introspection
Spirit Animal of the West - Grizzly Bear (Mudjekeewis)
September 23 to October 23
Moon: Ducks flying moon; cooling sun moon
Power animal: Raven
Frequency: 9.2 megacycles
Character: Like ravens, who fly together, these people tend to stay with the flock. They need to separate themselves from the group, and follow their own convictions. Then they can be the leaders they came here to be. Ravens are attracted to things that shine, and can get trapped into situations that look appealing but are not all they seem to be. and their stone is jasper. They vibrate to 9.2 megacycles.
October 24 to November 21
Moon: Freeze up moon snake; Cooling sun moon snake
Power animal: Snake
Mineral: Malachite, copper
Vibration: 11.8 megacycles.
Characteristic: Snake people are powerful healers. In Indian cultures, they are considered the true medicine women and men, and are trained from an early age for this purpose. These people can sometimes heal through touch. Being of the element water, they are often involved in flushing, healing, and cleansing of the the body.
November 22 to December 21
Moon phase: Long snows moon elk
Plant: Black spruce
Characteristics: These people see the truth where others can’t. They are concerned citizens who won’t stop fighting for their cause until it is set right. Whatever they focus on, they will get. They can’t survive in an unjust situation, whether it be at work, at home, or in a relationship. That only makes them ill. These people can be clairvoyant, especially with the help of their stone, the obsidian. Ruled by fire, they are passionate at what they do. But they can get burnt out easily if they don’t pace themselves. Elk people tend to be impatient with other people who don’t want to do things their way. They need to learn that there are many paths to the mountain top. Also, if they look at what people are doing right, they will see more good in what a person is doing, rather than to look for what’s wrong and to criticize.