In the East, we determine with the spirit through passion and lust. The words passion and lust are bound to create controversy. Think of it this way. You have not had an apple in a long time, and you may never have an apple again. As you eat this apple, you totally focus your attention on it. With all your senses, you taste the juice of it; you are aware of the texture and smell of it. You savor every morsel of it as if it were the only thing going in town. This is eating an apple with passion and lust. So, in our lives, with everything we do, whether it is cleaning the floor, writing a paper, or making love, we should do it with the spirit of passion and lust, as if it were the last moment of life. Savor each moment by determining with your intent and focus from your spirit.
The winged ones are aligned with spirit, and they are the receiver-determiners in the East of the Animal World wheel. They are masters of movement in alignment with the wind energies, so they can fly the currents of the mind. In every aspect of their being, they symbolize the way our mind receives.
The winged ones also represent our fierce desire to fly. Even in the earliest cave drawings there are two connections made to the animal world by shamans and sorcerers: first to the horned ones and second to the winged ones. Early humanity equated freedom with the symbol of the winged ones. The greatest thing our mind can conceive is its individual, autonomous freedom, and birds represent this at the highest level, symbolically and in practice. They also give us their wings and feathers as medicine objects that can direct or move energy.
Check out the Song of the Deer by Thunder Strikes with Jan Orsi if you would like to learn more.