Reflections: Seasons, Summer


All dressed up in a vibrant expression of life at its peak
Hotly passionate, her seduction is irresistible
An all-consuming expansion

Within the embrace of this woman
One is consumed and forever transformed
What is of ill burned down to the ashes
What is of good altered forever

Summer is fun
Life is good
To be in the sun
Is good fun

Here are some suggested ways help embody the reflection of this season:

  • Pick a day when the sun is full, bright and just hot enough.
  • Find a space where you can safely sit or lie in the sun – be fully naked if you dare.
  • Allow the sun to touch every part of your body.  Feels its heat.
  • Notice how it does not hold back any of its light.
  • It gives it ALL to you.
  • Now, got to the mirror, take in all of who you are in this moment.
  • Celebrate yourself.
  • Get dressed up to express the full delight of being alive – in the sun, having fun, nothing to hide, noting to be ashamed of,
  • Just being fully who you are.
  • Walk through your home in this delight, or go where you will and enjoy!


If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Journeys into the Mirror: A Journal for Women written by Janneke Koole, Illustrated by Mukee Okan, you can find it at DTMMS.

Four Seasons

We all know the four seasons and how they affect our life-style: spring, summer, fall and winter. They too have a place on the wheel.

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Spring, which sings to us about the rejuvenation of the water as it flows in the streams and reawakens life out of its winter dream, sits in the South.  Thus, we know that spring teaches us about fluidity. (Ask any allergy post nasal drip survivor about this!)Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 10.19.29 AM


Summer sings to us about the fire and its heat, its full out expansion of life’s vibrancy and joy. Therefore, it sits in the East.

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The fall sings with the wind that tosses us about to test our flexibility and willingness to surrender to change as the seeds ride on the wind to their new destination. Fall sits in the North.

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And the winter sings with the earth as it calls us into itself, for a time of introspection and death. Even the movement of sap in the trees begins to slow down. Winter sits in the West.


Remember we said there are always a minimum of five places on a wheel. Solstices and Equinoxes sit in the Center. These are the power times for the seasons and act as a catalyst and communicator between the seasonal changes.

Four Elements ~ Fire

The Four Elements are the building blocks of all Creation on Grandmother Earth, and therefore, stabilize our world.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 1.04.53 PMIn the East is the element of Fire.  Fire teaches us expansion. It could be a small candlelight, or a raging forest fire, or the campfire which warms you on a cold night. Did you know that fire is a chemical reaction that emits light and heat, similar to the sun?  Or that Earth is the only planet that has enough oxygen that allows fire to burn?

Our spiritual aspect is the inner reflection of the fire element.  When we are fully aligned with Spirit, we expand into the creative potential of all life.  Our passion, hope, and joy are fueled by the strength of our spiritual determination.

What are you passionate about?  Do you starve your inner fires with restricting belief systems (withholding oxygen rich air)?   Or do you fuel the hungers that bring you pleasure and knowledge?  Think about the many ways you have experienced fire and you will know the East energies.

Align with the Fire Element and expand into the unknown.

(If you are drawing this wheel, North is at the top of your circle, South is at the bottom, West is to the left, and East is to the right.)

Scottsdale AZ Center Expansion Complete

The carpet has been laid, the walls painted, the offices shifted – the Scottsdale AZ Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society Center expansion is now complete. The space is ready for action!

Here are some of the changes you’ll see:

  • the dojo now has a dedicated changing room
  • our Medicine Director and Business Administrator have moved into new, better offices
  • the main reception area has been re-configured into a much more open, welcoming space
  • storage has been rearranged and organization vastly improved
  • new spaces are available for classes, workshops, meetings, etc. – now the Center can host multiple simultaneous activities!
  • and, as noted earlier, everything just looks better

To reserve space for an event, contact the DTMMS Center at 480-443-3851 or email

Also, visit the DTMMS calendar of events in the Phoenix area.

Scottsdale AZ Center Expands

The DTMMS Center in Scottsdale, AZ, has more than doubled its home space.

As of March 1, 2010, DTMMS expanded into the space adjacent to its existing offices.  The additional space will provide 3 more class/meeting rooms, much-needed storage and work space, and – yes – another bathroom! 

The expansion will allow all of the Arizona Red Lodge classes to meet  together in the same location.  It will also make available more gathering spaces for simultaneous evening and weekend events, while freeing the dojo for martial arts classes.   We’re just beginning to explore the possibilities – watch for announcements here and in our web site calendar!