Where Are You On The Sacred Medicine Wheel?

Published under: Healing, Shamanism

Warrior Priestess's Medicine Wheel

The Sacred Med­i­cine Wheel

For mil­len­nia, the Sacred Med­i­cine Wheel has been instru­men­tal in main­tain­ing the bal­ance of power among the indige­nous tribes of North Amer­ica.  The “med­i­cine” refers to “wis­dom” and the “wheel” rep­re­sents the cycles of life. By learn­ing to “walk the wheel” — and view life from many dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives — the Med­i­cine Wheel offers a prac­ti­cal approach to cul­ti­vat­ing har­mony and bal­ance in one’s life.

Begin­ning in the Children’s Fire (ages 0–3), we move clock­wise (start­ing with the Men’s Lodge) into a new lodge every 3 years.  After gain­ing the per­spec­tive of the Dog Sol­diers, we return to the Children’s Fire and begin another cycle around the wheel.

Here’s a chart that will help you deter­mine where you are on the wheel and offers some insight into each viewpoint.

In the U.S., our arms man­u­fac­tur­ers and the Pen­ta­gon occupy the same lodge — the War Chief’s Lodge.   The deci­sion to go to war shouldn’t be made from the same mind­set as that of the orga­ni­za­tions man­u­fac­tur­ing the weapons.   Look where that’s got­ten us.

You can learn more about the Sacred Med­i­cine Wheel (tapes and work­shops) at Rev. Ros­alyn Bruyere’s web­site.

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4 Responses to Where Are You On The Sacred Medicine Wheel?

  1. Sarah finch says:

    I’m try­ing to fig­ure out exactly where I am on the med­i­cine wheel, not just by my age (which is 27 and 28 on the 6th August) but also the 9 month lodge and 3 year lodge I am cur­rently at as well, and I’m hav­ing a really hard type find­ing the type of cal­en­dar I need to work it out with.

  2. admin says:

    Hi — I don’t know quite what you’re ask­ing for. If you’re 28 years old you’re back in the Children’s Fire. I don’t know any­thing about the type of lodges you’re refer­ring to. Sorry.

  3. Kenneth says:

    I’m at ” Men’s lodge” now, but I don’t quite under­stand the first two items ” #1Also known as the Con­trary Lodge.
    The house of com­pul­sive dual­ity. #2The active prin­ci­ple in the world.” Is there a pos­si­ble more clear explanation ?

    Thank you very much.

    • admin says:

      Ken­neth: This is the lodge where the mind asks lots of ques­tions. How­ever, for a more in depth/clearer under­stand­ing I can only refer you to the lec­ture given by the Rev­erend Ros­alyn Bruyere. Audio tapes are avail­able on Rosalyn’s site.

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