Medicine Wheel / Sacred Hoop

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SACRED CHANT

Niti chai chai NUI
Ora nika, ora nika, hey hey,
Hey hey, oi ey.

The Medicine Wheel is representative of American Indian Spirituality. It symbolizes the individual journey we each must take to find our own path. Within the medicine Wheel are the four Cardinal Directions ( north, south, east, and west ), and the three additional sacred directions ( up above, down below, here in the centre ). The circle represents the circle of life, and the center of the circle, the eternal fire, Wah-Kon-Tah, the Great Spirit.

In Native American tradition, the foundations for inner peace are:

  • prayer and gratitude
  • wisdom
  • innocence
  • searching your path, or goals

Mother Earth – below
Father Sky – up above

The Eastern Path of the medicine wheel is the golden path, and is represented by the spirit of the golden eagle. His attributed are clarity and wisdom, and illumination. The East is where the sun rises, where life begins. It is spring. It is light.

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The Western Path of the medicine wheel is the black path, and is represented by the lion. His attributes are pride and ego, our shadow selves. This is the path for retreat, for searching for our true goals. It is night. It is autumn.

The Northern Path of the medicine wheel is the red path, and is represented by the spirit of the buffalo. His attributes are gratitude and prayer, and our connection to the ancestral spirits. Winter and old age are the cycles.

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The Southern Path of the medicine wheel is the white path, or snow path, and is represented by the spirit of the jackal or warthog family. His attributes are laughter, childhood innocence, and playfulness. It is the cycle of summer and childhood.