Animal Medicine Monday – Wolverine

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The Wolverine is a powerful animal that resembles a small bear but is actually the largest member of the weasel family.  According to National Geographic, “these tough animals are solitary” and “need a lot of room to roam. Individual wolverines may travel 15 miles (24 kilometers) in a day in search of food.”

Wolverine is the keeper of personal power and defender of psychic attack. Wolverine is one of the strongest defenders against mental confusion. It will also eradicate evil or that which destroys life.

 

Twenty Count Tuesday – Sacred Earth Father

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Our hearts begin to soar like an eagle on the fleeting wings of time as we spin towards the North to become the Dance within the Wings of the fourteenth Power. We see that this fourteenth Power swims as the dolphin and carries us through the rivers of life, through the aeons of time.  This Power flows into the great Lake of Memory and is Earth Father. He teaches us the Dance of the Snake so that we might be close to the ground and hear the Songs of the Rock People.  He teaches us to dance with the four-leggeds through the flowers and trees so that we can hear the Songs of the Plant People. This is the world of magick. We feel the Medicine of the Sacred Chant called How to Fly as the Eagle and we realize that this is, indeed, the Sweet Medicine Chant. Within it are the Songs of the Spirits of all our Animal brothers and sisters on this Sacred Planet

Animal Medicine Monday – Raccoon

 

raccoon_1280Raccoons are considered the masked heyoehkah, or sacred clown.  As they gather, they teach us to collect only that which is necessary.  They also teach us to horde, save and steal.  Raccoon is the teacher of jealously and possessiveness.  Because it is nocturnal, it is a shadow exposer.

Animal Medicine Monday – Wild Turkey

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Wild Turkeys are called ground eagles.  Like the eagle, communicates with the Great Spirit, but from a more tonal and grounded place.

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Twenty Count Tuesday – Sacred Animals

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Across from the Plants and the Waters, sitting in the North, are the Sacred Animals. They are the fourth Power and the second children of the Sun and the Earth. The Song they sing is one that is carried on the Sacred Winds which blow fiercely through our minds, like a hurricane and its howling of Awakening. Sometimes the winds blow gentle and soft and whisper Clarity.

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Animal Medicine Monday – Grizzly Bear

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Grizzly Bear is the Spirit Keeper that sits in the west of the Spirit Keeper wheel of animal totems.  They are the Keepers and Teachers of the Sacred Dream, called the “sleeper-dreamer,” who teaches us to know ourselves through introspection of the dream and teaches us to sleep dream and actualize our reality. A great dream interpreter, the grizzly bear teaches us how to survive turmoil and trauma. Teaches protection of home, loved ones and possessions. Teaches us to stand and walk tall: how not to give power away to tyrants and how to pace our physical body.

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Children of Grandmother Earth, The Animal World

Each of the worlds have a wheel of their own.  Each of the directions dance with the Animal World in different ways.

In our tradition, animals are known as “Sweet Medicine.” Each animal through its habits and ways carries within its being-ness a “medicine.” It is a gift of healing they bring to us if we align with them. Mostly they teach us to be who we are. You don’t see a dog wanting to act like a frog. It is content in its dog-ness. These animals are great teachers and allies.

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In the South are the swimmers of all sizes and shapes.  They are receiver-givers. The fluidity of water has to do with our emotions. Look at the dolphin: it is a receiver by nature, but if a human is in trouble, it will give help to the human.

lizard_1280In the West are the crawlers, those who creep with their belly on the earth. The earthworms, lizards, and snakes are receiver-holders. They know the earth intimately, so from them we can learn how to be in a more harmonious relationship with her. The earth worm eats compost and changes it into soil, therefore helping the soil to hold its integrity.

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In the North are the four-leggeds, the receiver-receivers, those who run with the wind and teach us balance. Some of these animals have been willing to “receive” humans onto their backs and make our transportation easier.

 

 

 

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In the East are the winged ones, the receiver-determiners. These beings relate to our spirit (fire). The eagle is known as the “Messenger of the Great Spirit,” carrying our prayers to spirit and bringing messages back to us.

 

In the Center are the mythical animals, the receiver-transformers and catalyzers. Mythical animals have a way of stretching our imagination and teaching us in the dreamtime.  They carry truth through the myth and legends of all cultures. Also here are the two-leggeds who are not yet sacred humans. The Sweet Medicine SunDance Way speaks of unbalanced humans as “two leggeds.” They are human in form but lack the consciousness and right behaviors of what it is to be truly human. When humans become balanced, they move to their own place on the Human Wheel.

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Children of Grandmother Earth

In the totality of Grandmother Earth there are four categories or Worldsas we call them. They correspond to the four directions. In our tradition, we often speak of these worlds as “children” or “people.” Though different in nature from humans, we relate to them with equal respect and honor.  As varying forms of life, we are all children of Grandmother Earth, all manifestations of the creation of all substance form. Each of the Worlds carries and manifests energy within its own unique expression.

apple-tree_1280The Plant World sits in the south and are the Givers of Energy.  the Plants as the givers of energy. What it means for the plants to be givers is that their gift, their essence of being-ness as a plant is to give. They give nourishment, shelter, beauty, inspiration and most importantly through the photosynthesis, the oxygen we breath, our breath of life. Plants teach unconditional giving. You don’t find a plant trying to decide who it will give air to today according to its likes or dislikes.  Through its being-ness, it simply gives.

coal_1280In the West is the Mineral World, who are the Holders of energy. The saying goes, that “within one grain of sand lies the entire Universe.” It is from the Mineral World that plants are born, so we might say that what is “held” is the potential for life. The Mineral World teaches us that substance is primarily a container, a vessel for spirit. The Mineral World is thus like our physical body.

meerkat_1280Sitting in the North are the Animals as the receivers of energy.  Their gift is teaching us how to receive. Knowing how animals are receivers is probably most easily understood by those of you who have pets. You will recall the times when you were sick or just “blue” and your pet came to curl up beside you and “made you feel better.” Animals will take on the energy of their human companion. Often people will say the pet looks like or acts like their caretaker.

The fourth World consists of Humans as the determiners of energy. Among all the creatures, it is only the humans who were created with free will, an agency of choice and self-determination. It is also only the humans who have the genitalia for experiencing full body orgasm at will. These two features distinguish us from the other Worlds. We determine our own reality and with this comes authority, responsibility, and power. It is our choice whether we exercise these in beauty and re-creation or in pain and destruction.

Remember we said wherever you have four, you also have five. So with the four Worlds is the fifth World: In the center of all Worlds is the World of Spirit, the catalyzer of all energy.  All forms of life have “spirit” (manitou): they have life force energy, which we call the catalyst, pulsing through their form.
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Sturgeon Animal Totem: Deep Diving

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Oh ancient, royal fishes … we didn’t forget about you! Happy birthday to the Sturgeon! For those not familiar with SunBear’s Earth Astrology, those born from July 23 to August 22 have the sturgeon as their birth animal totem.

We can learn so much about our Natural Selves from the animal world, including how to be more efficient and balanced with our every day energy.

Did you know? The sturgeon is among the most ancient fish, dating back to dinosaurs roaming the earth; hence, their thorny, prehistoric physical bodies, strength and ability to survive. Although a deep swimmer, the sturgeon will occasionally breach the water, jumping into the air before going back to its low depths.

As such, people born with sturgeon as their sitting place animal totem likewise tend to show an aggressive thorny exterior to hide their true feelings while being easily hurt on the inside from their soft, sensitive hearts. If in balance, they can spin this medicine in the light to easily feel what others are feeling without it affecting themselves. They know how to dance in the memories of water and be in clear, deep emotions.

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

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Communicating With Animals & Sweet Medicine

You may have heard of “Sweet Medicine” from the name of our path: The Sweet Medicine Sundance Path. Sweet Medicine also refers to the animal world. Each animal, whether they are our birth totem animal (see Sun Bear’s Earth Astrology teachings), the wheels of animals that are our spirit guides and allies, or the animals we invite into our daily lives, has a medicine that is its spiritual essence.

The Spirit of these animals is the energy that connects us to our higher selves, and each animal does this in its own unique and natural way. Animals simply are who they are in alignment with their natural habitats. We, as humans, sit in the center of the animal Wheel of Life and learn from them how to walk in greater balance and harmony.

We love this video as an excellent example of how Sweet Medicine touches our own spirit, helps us to connect to our higher self, and teaches us to walk in greater balance and harmony in the world.

Anna Breytenbach, The Animal Communicator  — Click to Watch!

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