Published under: Healing, Shamanism
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.