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The Medicine Wheel

The Medicine Wheel is a powerful metaphor for the totality of life. All aspects of creation and consciousness, inclusive of the mineral, plant, animal, human and spirit realms, are contained within the center and eight directions of the medicine wheel.  They overlap and interweave to form the whole.  It is in the center of the medicine wheel that we find the void, black hole, sacred zero, the chaos at the source of creation, containing all possibilities.  Each of the elements - air, fire, water, and earth - is guided and molded by the sacred life force energy contained within the void.  It is the source of chi, which is the driving force of all sacred sexuality. Through sacred sexuality, all forms of all things within the mineral, plant, animal and human kingdoms, have been and continue to be created.  Life could not exist without the sexual life-force energy of the void, which is the catalyst for all the powers that are found within the 360 degrees of the medicine wheel. 

"Honor the sacred.
Honor the Earth - - - our Mother.
Honor the Elders.
Honor all with whom we share the Earth:
Four-leggeds, two-leggeds, winged ones,
Swimmers, crawlers, plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty."
Anonymous Native American Elder

To learn more about the medicine wheel and its components, scroll down this page.  First click on the center to connect with the void  and sacred sexuality, the life-force energy within chaos.  Then click on each of the directions to experience the energies making up the substance of the medicine wheel.  In the cardinal directions are: East - Fire, spirit, human kingdom; West - Earth, body, mineral kingdom; South - water, emotions, plant kingdom; North -  air & wind, mind, animal kingdom.  In the non-cardinal directions are: Southeast - self-concept, ancestors; Southwest - dream, symbols; Northwest - cycles, patterns, rules and laws; Northeast - choreography and design of energy.

Cycles and patterns, rules and laws

Air & winds, mind, animal Kingdom

Choreography and design of energy

Fire, spirit, human kingdom

Self-concept, ancestors

Water, emotions, plant kingdom

Dream, symbols of life experience

Earth, body, mineral kingdom

Cycles and patterns, rules and laws

Cycles and patterns, rules and lawsAir & winds, mind, animal kingdomChoreography and design of energy

Earth, body, mineral kingdomFire, spirit, human kingdom
Void, chi, chaos, sacred sexuality
Dream, symbols of life experienceSelf-concept, ancestors
Water, emotions, plant kingdom

Earth, body, mineral kingdom

Void, chi, chaos, sacred sexuality


Mineral kingdom - Plant kingdom - Animal kingdom - Human kingdom - Earth energy Body consciousness - Sacred sexuality - Energy design -  Life force - Medicine wheel Water and emotions - Dream symbols - Air and flexibility - Patterns and cycles Ancestors and self-concept - Fire and spirit - Chaos and void


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