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The Medicine Wheel - Sacred Circle

Updated on October 30, 2017

Big Horn Medicine Wheel

Medicine Wheel Native American Sacred Site - National Historic Landmark in Wyoming Medicine Wheel  U.S. Forest Service Photo As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.
Medicine Wheel Native American Sacred Site - National Historic Landmark in Wyoming Medicine Wheel U.S. Forest Service Photo As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain. | Source

What Is The Medicine Wheel

"There is no one traditional medicine wheel," Loren Cruden writes in her book Compass of the Heart: Embodying Medicine Wheel Teachings, she writes "there is no consensus about what medicine wheel refers to."

Most land-based spiritual paths--whether of Native American, European, or other origin--have oriented spiritually to the "Six Powers" (the four Cardinal Directions, Earth, and Sky).

Loren Cruden states that the medicine wheel is one way of naming and using that orientation.

"Early cultures throughout the world built rock structures which joined the landscape to the sky, some serving as calendars. Stonehenge in England is an example. Over 100 Medicine Wheels constructed by Native Americans have been found in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains of the United States and Canada. Their complete story is lost in the vastness of time." ~Joe Stickler, Valley City State University

photo credit: Medicine Wheel from Photobucket

"I tell them that there are ancient Indian legends that say, 'In time the White man will call for the Indian to bring healing to them.' I believe that the healing for the world will come through the Indian Medicine Wheel and its teachings." Roy Wilson

Medicine Wheels: Ancient Teachings for Modern Times
Medicine Wheels: Ancient Teachings for Modern Times

The Four Pathways are used to experience the God within and all Pathways go through the Creator in the center, surrounded by seven Spirit Messengers along with the four Gatekeepers, the twelve Spirit Helpers.

 

Medicine Wheels: Ancient Teachings for Modern Times

"This illuminating guide to the Native American ritual of the Medicine Wheel makes an ancient spiritual practice available to everyone" ~Amazon

Roy Wilson, who has served for many years as the tribal spiritual leader in the old tribal traditional ways, combines Sun Bear's Zodiac in the outer circle and his own vision.

The Medicine Wheel can be a powerful element in finding your path, your power and guidance for your journey around the sacred circle that is your life. ~Sun Bear

Medicine Wheel - Weaver Of Visions - The Kate Wolf Anthology

Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. ~Rumi

Compass of the Heart: Embodying Medicine Wheel Teachings
Compass of the Heart: Embodying Medicine Wheel Teachings

"The medicine wheel is simply a way of orienting oneself spiritually. Each chapter includes her observations about all the spiritual aspects of that direction, as well as suggestions for rituals and exercises." ~The Midwest Book Review

 

Compass of the Heart: Embodying Medicine Wheel Teachings

(Author) "In 1981, when I began to work with Lewis Sawaquat, a Native medicine man, one of the first (and few) things he asked me to..."

Compass of the Heart: Embodying Medicine Wheel Teachings uses the teachings of the six directions-East, South, West, North, Sky, and Earth-as it explores what it means to be consciously engaged in the life that swirls around us each and every moment.

These practices that Cruden discusses in this book deepen one's relationship with the Earth so that spiritual awareness occurs not just in rare moments of inspiration but as an integral and ongoing part of life itself.

Loren Cruden

Author

Loren Cruden, who lives in Washington State, is a midwife, herbal healer, and leads shamanic workshops in the Pacific Northwest. And she writes books

Interaction with a medicine wheel offers many layers of understanding. The wheel is a map of life, and just as you can name, explore, and understand life from many different perspectives, you can work with a medicine wheel from a multitude of approaches, each one adding dimensions of experience and realization. ~~Loren Cruden

Medicine Wheel Ceremonies: Ancient Philosophies for Use in Modern Day Life (Native American (Paperback))
Medicine Wheel Ceremonies: Ancient Philosophies for Use in Modern Day Life (Native American (Paperback))

Medicine Wheel Ceremonies is a great introduction to the ancient Medicine Wheel Circle.

 

Medicine Wheel Ceremonies - Ancient Philosophies for Use in Modern Day Life (Native American)

"I was able to set up and execute my own circle very quickly while maintaining an understanding and appreciation for the traditional Medicine Circle. I immediately felt the effects of this powerful medium." ~~Mary Jackson

"The Medicine Wheel is an area that I have been very drawn too, studied it a little but than wandered off to something else. I know the sacredness of them and I still want to learn more. Fantastic page with a lot of great information!" WhiteOak50

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Medicine Wheel - CC Photo by Jack Heart

Medicine Wheel
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Medicine Wheel, Ley Lines and Obelisks - Vortex Energy Part 4

Medicine Wheel, Sedona Arizona

Medicine Wheel, Sedona, Arizona Photographic Print Edwards, David
Medicine Wheel, Sedona, Arizona Photographic Print Edwards, David | Source

Stone Henge - CC Photo by jooliargh

Stonehinge
Stonehinge

The Celtic Spirit: Daily Meditations for the Turning Year

Castlerigg Stone Circle Poster

Stone Circle on a Landscape, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England, UK Photographic Print Panoramic Images 120 in. x 40 in.
Stone Circle on a Landscape, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England, UK Photographic Print Panoramic Images 120 in. x 40 in. | Source

Bighorn Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark - Located in the Bighorn National Forest on Medicine Mountain

 used by permission by Steve Dutch Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
used by permission by Steve Dutch Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay | Source

Explaining the Lakota (Sioux) Medicine Wheel - according to Don Warne Part 1 of 3

Robert Gass Medicine Wheel/Native American Sunrise

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      attraction 42 

      5 years ago

      Thank you. :)

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      medicalassistan 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting lens. Your poll is quite informative, too.

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      grannysage 

      6 years ago

      One of the most profound experiences I ever had was visiting the Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming. It is awesome to look at and one can feel the energy from centuries of rituals conducted by the tribes who visited here. The wheel itself can only be entered by someone of Native American ancestry so I walked the outside perimeter in meditation and still felt the connection to the earth, sky, and the four directions.

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      Terrie_Schultz 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I have participated in several Medicine Wheel ceremonies, and they were amazing.

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      GaelicForge 

      6 years ago

      It's interesting to see how, historically, the Celtic people have been able to integrate so easily with the indian cultures present in America as they were forced from their homes and immigrated to the United States. Could it be because of their common heritage of reverence for the Earth and the constant flowing of energies their lives so initimatley integrate with wherever they go? the Druid and the Medicine Man holding the same reverance in common.....

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      Pat 

      6 years ago from Midwest, USA

      @David Dove: Thank you, David

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      David Dove 

      6 years ago

      Inspirational

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      christopherlee lm 

      7 years ago

      I like this Len, thanks.

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      Pat 

      7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      @TapIn2U: Thank you Sundae!

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      Pat 

      7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      @WhiteOak50: Thank you for the Angel blessing!

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      Pat 

      7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      @howtocurecancer: Thank you for the Angel blessing.

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      WhiteOak50 

      7 years ago

      The Medicine Wheel is an area that I have been very drawn too, studied it a little but than wandered off to something else. I know the sacredness of them and I still want to learn more. Fantastic, page with a lot of great information! I am dropping off an April Fools Day SquidAngel Blessing!!!!!

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      howtocurecancer 

      7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      KokoTravel 

      7 years ago

      You've sparked my interest! I'm out for more information!

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      awakeningwellness 

      7 years ago

      I participated in a Medicine Wheel ceremony last summer and it was a fabulous experience, I loved every minute of it!

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      7 years ago

      Now this is something that EVERYBODY can browse and enjoy. I think everyone will love this. Blessings Sundae:)

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