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The East Element: Fire

In the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, the sacred four elements are a part of Grandmother Earth and are a natural component of our world and ourselves. The elements can be regarded from the perspective of a “medicine wheel”. That is to say a circle of viewing of each of the four directions: South, West, North, East and the Center.

When we view the elements from each of these directions, we can better understand through not just our mind but our physical bodies how each of the elements feel and how these elements combine with other energies and powers of the four directions.

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In the East, the element is fire.

Fire teaches us expansion. It could be a small candlelight, a raging forest fire, the campfire which warms you on a cold night.

Think about the many ways you have experienced fire, and you will have a knowing of the East energies.

Click here for the next element in the Center!

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The North Element: Wind

In the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, the sacred four elements are a part of Grandmother Earth and are a natural component of our world and ourselves. The elements can be regarded from the perspective of a “medicine wheel”. That is to say a circle of viewing of each of the four directions: South, West, North, East and the Center.

When we view the elements from each of these directions, we can better understand through not just our mind but our physical bodies how each of the elements feel and how these elements combine with other energies and powers of the four directions.

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In the North, the element is wind (air).

The wind works with flexibility. Think about the ways you know the wind … the whirling tornados, a summer gentle breeze, the wind caresses from the ocean, to the wind that comes up just before a storm hits.

Think of the many different ways you have experienced the wind, and you will have a knowing of the North energies.

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The West Element: Earth

In the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, the sacred four elements are a part of Grandmother Earth and are a natural component of our world and ourselves. The elements can be regarded from the perspective of a “medicine wheel”. That is to say a circle of viewing of each of the four directions: South, West, North, East and the Center.

When we view the elements from each of these directions, we can better understand through not just our mind but our physical bodies how each of the elements feel and how these elements combine with other energies and powers of the four directions.

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In the West, the element is earth.

Earth energies work with stability and endurance. Think of the many different ways that the earth element appears on this planet: the small portions of earth used in a planter, the tremendous amounts of earth moved to prepare the foundation for a building,  tall rugged mountains, or the earth that fills a forest.

Feel the stability in your body that comes when you contemplate the earth elements in all its forms, and you will have a knowing of West energies.

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The South Element: Water

In the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, the sacred four elements are a part of Grandmother Earth and are a natural component of our world and ourselves. The elements can be regarded from the perspective of a “medicine wheel”. That is to say a circle of viewing of each of the four directions: South, West, North, East and the Center.

When we view the elements from each of these directions, we can better understand through not just our mind but our physical bodies how each of the elements feel, and how these elements combine with other energies and powers of the four directions.

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In the South, the element is water.

Think of the many different ways that water appears on this planet. It can be raging rapids or a small quiet brook. It can appear as a stagnant pond or a great ocean.

Contemplate the many forms in which you experience waters and know that this is South energy. All south energies are fluid or have fluidity as part of their nature.

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The SunDance Story of Creation

Every culture, every people since always have had passed down knowledge of how life began, which we now perceive as myths, stories and legends. In the way of the Twisted Hairs, it is written in the records of the sacred kiva…

In the beginning, since always, the Everything was created from within the void, in which there was a present a pure energy force called Chuluaqui.

This Chuluaqui energy expresses itself as pure orgastic, harmonic, and balancing vibration. In essence, it is the spark of life that allows all things within the Everything to take on their particular substance form.

As Wakan Tanka (the Great Spirit and also called the Everything) discovered its female being. It breathed and inhaled with implosive force. This creative-receptive force became the egg of all creation known as WahKahn, the universe, our Great Grandmother.

Then, Wakan Tanka exhaled and in so doing discovered its male side, the active conceptive force: SsKwan, the galaxy our sacred Great Grandfather.

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photo credit: Hubble Telescope

Therefore, the first of the four sacred elements was AIR, the breath of Wakan Tanka.

The second element was FIRE, the spirit of the Chuluaqui force of Wakan Tanka.

Then from the space of its female and male side, Wahkahn and SsKwan came together with the energy force of their separate Chuluaqui energies combining in a whirlwind serpent fire of total love, and the third element of WATER was created.

The two Chuluaqui energies became Quodoushka, the sacred marriage and union of the male and female energies, which together became greater than the sum of the parts, and thus became the heart of Wakan Tanka.

Then seeing that the purpose of creation was discovering substance form through the act of orgastic pleasure to gain knowledge of itself, Wakan Tanka (WahKahn and SsKwan) made love and created all things within the Everything.

Thus the fourth element of EARTH became the physical manifestations of the love energy of the Great Spirit.

This is the story of how the Everything was birthed through the elemental connections.

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Click here for the first of a series of posts on the Elements beginning in the South!

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Deer Animal Totem: Adaptable, Swift Movement

Happy birthday to the Deer! For those not familiar with SunBear’s Earth Astrology, those born from May 21 to June 20 have the deer as their birth animal totem. In the U.S., this includes the mule deer, white-tailed deer, black-tailed deer and several other species.

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We can learn so much about our natural selves from the animal world, including how to be more efficient and balanced with our everyday energy.

Did you know? Deer are the keeper of magick, magical law and alchemy and the teacher of natural law and swiftness. Many Native Americans believed the moon, wind and rain affected the movements of deer. Scientific research indeed confirms that their movement depends on the outside temperature, moon phases and even barometric pressure. They are highly adaptable and can live from the cold Arctic to the humid heat of Florida.

The mule deer, specifically, knows how to enter our maze, where we wander lost in our patterns. It knows the earth and can identify danger up to 24 hours in advance.

The white-tail deer is the keeper of softness and the teacher of beauty, soft power and respect for feminine power. Remember, gentleness = strength!

What do you think? Where can you add a little deer medicine to your life?

 

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A Ceremony for 24-Hour Natural Time Alignment

Recently we posted on our blog about the Powers of the Four Directions and how they are represented in each of the four directions (south, west, north, east plus the center) as well as natural time changes for both Grandmother Earth and humans.

To help apply these teachings, we offer you this exercise from the Sweet Medicine Sundance path to help you become more aware of our natural time relationship to Grandmother Earth and learn how to align ourselves.

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1. Reread the teaching on Grandmother’s Earth Natural Cycles of 24-Hour Time and the teaching on Human Natural Cycles of 24-Hour Time.

2. Sit with Grandmother Earth at each of her four changing times in a quiet way. Outdoors is always preferable, but this may be done inside as well. Use all of your sense to taste, touch, smell, hear, and see how she changes. Make notes if you desire.

3. Next observe your own human time changes using each of your senses. (This may be done within the same 24-hour period or a separate day.) Find the places in your life where you can have greater alignment with your changes as a human and with the changes of Grandmother Earth. Are there one or two things you discover you can implement in your life each day?

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Natural Cycles of 24-Hour Time for Humans

Like Grandmother Earth, we as humans experience four times of change as well. However, they are a little different. You will notice below that midday and midnight are where we as humans have switched the East and West with Grandmother Earth’s movement.

Due to society’s scheduling, most humans lose alignment with their inner change time. At midday, we need to go inward and rest our body, but in our daily lives, most people are working. During our fire time at midnight, most people are sleeping. But naturally, the strongest time for humans to do ceremony is between midnight and sunrise! It is naturally their active fire time.

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“The sun teaches to all things that grow their longing for light. But it is night that raises them to the stars.” – Kahlil Gibran

What is our natural time change as humans within the four directions?

In the South, there is Sunrise.
This is also our exhalation, our “breathing out” time. It is when we most connect with our own inner water element, our fluidity of self and emotion. Coming from our fire time, we use the inner waters to cool the fire.

In the West, there is Midday.
Here we as humans are in the burning heat and fire on Grandmother Earth. We must put our earth body lodge to rest. Many cultures in Mexico, Europe and elsewhere align with this energy shift by closing their shops and other business activities between 12pm and 2pm and enjoy leisure and siesta as a rest period.

In the North, there is Sunset.
Here the mind gets calm. This is a magick time were we have more of our inner gifts available to us. This is especially true if we are in alignment with Grandmother’s cycle. Usually at this time we are rushing home from work or fixing dinner, not aligning with calm energy.

In the East, there is Midnight.
When much of Grandmother Earth is introspective and calm, it is our time to embrace the fire element within. This is when our activity energy is the highest, for our inner fire is going full blast. It is a good time to do sorcery and magick, a time to source the force of creation. Those who work a night shift have tapped in to this energy. However, due to work scheduling , most people are asleep during this time. They make this their quiet time, when in fact, it is potentially their most powerfully creative time. This puts people out of alignment.

Take some time to pay attention to your own natural cycles. What do you observe?