Monthly Animalscopes 2023

Medicine Cards Reading for December 2023.

The card reading uses a simple four-direction Medicine Wheel Spread with an East card (1), a South card (2), a West card (3), a North card (4), and a Centering card (5), which is placed in the center. The random card selections were Wolf, Raven, Dog, Bear, and Mountain Lion in that order. The question: What are the best medicines to consider for the month of December 2023?

EAST, Card Number 15, Wolf—Teacher. The medicine wheel speaks of all of creation. It instructs us on how to walk the good road upon Mother Earth. All peoples and all nations are indicated. East on the Medicine Wheel is the direction of the first light symbolizing birth, spirituality, and new beginnings–even a new life. East represents our early childhood, warmth, the sun up, and the spreading dawn. The East season is springtime. The East Gate opens to new possibilities so if you need to change something, now is the time to do it. Wolf’s appearance and Teaching is often a refresher course in something you should have learned but didn’t. Now’s your chance. East is the direction of illumination, the walk of life where the spirit roads take us. Wolf in the East is the precious sacred Wolf, the spirit Wolf auguring good fortune. Like the brilliant star of the East, Wolf is a guide. Wolf is a knowledge carrier, a pathfinder, and a Teacher. Wolf guides us in this world and in the spirit world. Others can be fooled but Wolf always knows the way. If you are confused and feel lost and don’t know which way to turn or go, Wolf can give you clarity and push you right back onto your true path. Wolf symbolizes guidance and that means guidance to pursue your personal vision. Let your spirit be one with Wolf.

The moon, ruler of the night sky will be a strong ally this month so bathe in the moonlight and explore your lunar connections. Let your imagination run wild. Moon presages love and good health. Wolf medicine sharpens your senses at all times and you may notice new things you don’t usually reflect upon. You may experience unfamiliar urges and your psychic abilities may go off the chart with Wolf around. Pay attention to your intuition. Your family may be highlighted in some unique way and a family member may be in the lesson plan in December. You may learn something new and important about an ancestor or close relation. Now is a time to share knowledge, be a Teacher, and impart some special knowledge you may have to another person or a group you care about. You may want to consult with a library to find the latest information on a new interest, books that will bring you up to date on a topic you are becoming more and more involved with. Conversely, you may start writing a book or begin giving lectures relating to your new passions. The role of Teacher will suit you well.

SOUTH. Card Number 16, Raven—Magic. The South’s element is water. South’s color is red. South symbolizes summer, plant life, trust and innocence, youth, emotion, and exploration. South is a place of substance and materiality—a hands-on place of learning. South is a high-energy place. You may be in for some surprises because of Raven. You can bet that Magic is nearby and Raven’s Magic will become a reality in some way during the month. Raven wears the black cloak of the Magician. Raven is the bringer of light and Magic and often gives glimpses into the future—precognition. Raven brings radiance and creative life force. Raven often appears during dark and difficult times. Raven may show up in times of doubt and uncertainty and tell you not to lose your faith in the Magic of being. Raven is betting you still have a few tricks up your sleeve and that you can Magic the world and make it enchanted—a better place either for a certain someone or for a multitude. It’s up to you of course but you can do it.  Raven is telling you to spread your Magic around and be generous.

In Native America, Raven figures prominently in many myths and legends as a trickster, a changer, and a Magician. Raven is a supernatural creature and has the power to enter the Mystery, the void, and to bring back light and Magical abilities. Raven brings you deep love and the brightest of lights. Raven’s energy is coming your way so take heed. Raven is on the wing and Raven in the South this month is pointing to Magic in your everyday life, the nourishing powers of nature, and the Magic of each moment. Put your faith in Magic and go inward into the dark silence of your inside shadow, into the darkness of self, past fear and doubt. Bring forth light. Not only will outward conditions change but your thoughts will change too and you may realize that much more is possible. Raven has the power to beam their thoughts to you so that you take them to be your own. Raven may be bringing you insights. a new light, an understanding of what is necessary. Raven may signify that changes and transformations have arrived. Your mind may be teeming with new ideas. Your powers of manifestation may soar so step forward as a Magician discovering healing abilities for yourself and for many others.

WEST. Card Number 14, Dog—Loyalty.  The medicine wheel can help one in their everyday life journey and with the big picture as well. West on the indigenous medicine wheel is the place of introspection—going within to seek answers from your deepest knowing. West season is autumn.  The color for West is black and the West element is Earth. West is representative of the mature human. Death is represented in the West direction and so is the heart—our ability to communicate love and appreciate blessings. Dogs were domesticated on Turtle Island about 10, 000 years ago.  Dogs were not simply pets in Native America. Dogs were esteemed family members who were allied with humans. They provided companionship.  Dogs had a nose for danger. Dogs were servant soldiers who transported goods and provided protection. Dogs were quick to alert people to any threat. There were no surprises when Dog was present. Dogs taught spirituality, hunting, retrieving, herding, chasing, and tracking skills, but most of all, dogs exemplified Loyalty which begs the question–who and what are you Loyal to?

Loyalty is a good habit to cultivate, knowing your Loyalty and being scrupulous in that regard. Loyalty makes life meaningful. Dog appears in the West to tell you to be steadfast, and to be Loyal to self and to your inner truth.  As the “great bard” put it, “This above all: to thine own self be true and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” Be ever alert to your responsibilities this month and be Loyal and respectful to yourself and to others you love. Be loyal to your highest ideals and be faithful to your extended circle. Dog medicine is deeply spiritual so be mindful of your allegiances and commitments and be sure to honor them.  Loyalty is brave and often requires determined action. Be grateful for the life you have and all the people in it. Hold your Loyalties tight. Loyalty during difficult times is more precious than gold.

NORTH. Card Number 5, Bear—Introspection. Life has its seasons and the season of the North is winter.  North’s color is white. North on the great wheel represents elders and wisdom keepers—those with long white braids who are stooped from carrying many winters on their shoulders. Ancestors, grandmothers, and grandfathers are put in the North segment of the sacred wheel. North represents the mind and intellect—the old ones, historians, sacred ancient bundle custodians, storytellers, and wise elders. North’s element is air. North is night. It is a good time to sum up and reflect upon life’s fulfillment, memories, and inner treasures. Bear can help you do that as Bear’s medicine is Introspection. Bear has a formidable presence and is thought to be a close relative of humans. Bear is often called Grandmother Bear or Grandfather Bear. Bear has many powers. Bear has great strength, courage, and love of family. Bear is grounded. Bear is a mystic–a gifted mother, dreamer, a most powerful shaman, healer, fisher, a great hunter, tracker, and warrior—all the while telling you to look within yourself, to Introspect, and to find your personal truth and personal powers.

Bear is a major medicine power in Native America. For thousands of years, Bear has been celebrated in sacred ceremonies, dances, and sings. Bear tells you to look within, to Introspect, and enter the great silence for answers to difficult questions.  Bear spirit often brings prosperity and many other good medicines into your life. Bear signifies balance and harmony—justice.  Call on the Bear spirit for protection and to give you strength, determination, and the physical endurance you may need in December. Ask Bear spirit to give you insights into healing. Bears have much knowledge and powerful healing medicines they may be willing to share at this time. Bear in the North has appeared to tell you to digest recent experiences and come to peace with them—they may well be bitter experiences. Use Bear medicine to move on and forget about it. However, now is not the time to go into a cave and hibernate. Now is the time to stop being bothered by what has already occurred. Release the past. Ask Bear spirit to help you overcome any tendency toward hatred. Bear may be ferocious in the moment but Bear does not hate. If you are having issues with someone, ask Bear spirit to guide you in solving the matter amicably.

 CENTER. Card number 17. Mountain Lion–Leadership. The four quadrants of the medicine wheel meet at the Epicenter. Council fires and the warmth of spirit are often in the Center of the sacred wheel. Center is the most holy. Essence is at Center. Our healing, balance, and personal truths—our inner knowing are said to be in the Center of the sacred wheel. Mountain Lion is the Centering medicine for this month of December. Mountain Lion is the large take-charge guy, the largest of the big cats on Turtle Island, and can grow to eight feet long. Mountain Lion is called by many names, Panther, Cougar, Puma, Catamount, and even Tiger by some tribal people. With Mountain Lion as a Centering card, you can expect a significant month. You may have to deal with unexpected and powerful events or a powerful person or persons may show up in your life. You may be coming into new powers, enjoying new passions. Time to stand up for your convictions. You may need to Lead the way for yourself and for some stymied people, people in your circle or in your family. The Mountain Lion is quick to pounce and Mountain Lion wants to tell you to take a leap into being a strong and inspired Leader for those people who need you. Set your mind to work on developing your Leadership skills at this busy time of the year.

 Mountain Lion is a solitary, resilient animal—most confident, stealthy, and adaptable. The big cat may well be bringing you the power to have huge success in some well-thought-out endeavor you are pursuing. New doors of opportunity are surely opening for you while you are gaining more and more confidence in your Leadership qualities. Cut through obstacles and don’t be afraid to take on new responsibilities. Now is a time to be strong, brave, decisive, and purposeful—that is your new job requirement. Don’t let anyone knock you off your mountain. You will need to step up and step in. You will need to take charge and lead by example. Having climbed that mountain gives you the vision and the responsibility for Leadership. Don’t be discouraged by complications. You are coming into power. Find creative solutions for any problems you may face and actualize the powers of your intention to be a strong and capable Leader. Meanwhile, make sure you are taking time for yourself along the way. You may receive honors this month or some other unexpected blessing or reward will be yours.

Medicine Cards Reading for November 2023.

The card reading uses a simple four-direction Medicine Wheel Spread with an East card (1), a South card (2), a West card (3), a North card (4), and a Centering card (5), which is placed in the center. The random card selections were Lizard, Mouse, Snake, Weasel, and Fox in that order. The question: What are the best medicines to consider for the month of November 2023?

EAST. Card Number 36, Lizard—Dreaming. The ancient medicine wheel is often called the ring of life which holds an understanding of the powers of the four directions, the sky, and the earth. East is the spirit road, the spirit path—the path of illumination. East symbolizes new life and growth. The entrance to the sacred wheel is usually in the East—facing in the direction of the breaking dawn, symbolizing the start of life’s journey. East’s color is yellow. Its’ element is fire. East represents the springtime of life, the element of earth and substance. Lizard medicine, that of Dreaming, is usually placed in the West but here it is showing up in this reading in the East. Lizard in the East position is telling you to wake up because the alarm clock is loudly ringing—it’s the start of a new day and you have overslept. You might be Dreaming your life away. Get up from your slumber, get with it, and set forth to actualize your Dreams. You have rehearsed long enough. Dreams have given you inner vision. You know the material. Time now for the curtains to open and for you and your Dreams to step forward and take center stage.

Lizard in a Medicine Card reading is a very good omen. Start with Dreams. There is a reason why so many highly spiritual people are said to be Dreamers. It’s because they are. It is important to remember your Dreams, especially a reoccurring one. It’s not a bad idea to write your Dreams down and keep a personal Dream journal. Call it your Dream Keeper. Ask Lizard to empower your Dreams and your Dream book. Don’t doubt that there are people and animals in the West and in other directions Dreaming to you and for you. You can connect with these Dreamers in Dreamtime. You may find healing in a Dream this month. Dreams are spiritual acts akin to transcendent visionary experiences. Dreams can be a direct link to the understanding of our human potential and greatly enhance the quality of our life cycles. Dreams are not unreal. Dreams were and are considered sacred, often foretelling events to come or giving one the blessing of communing with ancestors. Dreams can heal you mentally, physically, and most importantly, spiritually. There are still today powerful dreaming societies in Native America. Dreams are usually subtle but not always. A Dream can be a shout as well as a whisper. Either way, Dreams are powerful teachers reminding us of our inner truth.

SOUTH. Card Number 20, Mouse—Scrutiny. The sacred wheel is an ancient teaching hoop originating in Native America. South represents substance on the Medicine wheel as opposed to spirit which is in the North. The South Color is red and the South season is the life-affirming summer. Summer is the time of youth and learning–a time of seeking identity. Mouse is placed in the South of the medicine wheel by many tribes—the place of the children’s lodge, the lodge of trust and innocence. Mouse is a timid and meek animal and tells you never to swell up and become self-important. By nature, Mouse is quiet and unassuming, flexible and adaptable. Mouse is usually on high alert because Mouse is food for the many. Mouse is aware of the dangers all around them and knows how to beat a hasty retreat when necessary. Mouse may suggest you consider exiting a certain unpleasant situation. Take a baby step or two and call on Mouse Spirit for help in making the right decision and for guidance in planning and executing your escape.

Sister and Brother Mouse resonate with earth medicine energy. Mouse in the South is telling you to look ever more closely at all aspects of your life and change accordingly a tiny little bit at a time. Mouse wants you to know that little things mean a lot, as is famously proclaimed in legend and in song. But it’s so very true. Mouse lives small. Mouse is creative and lives in the tiniest of spaces. They are great homemakers and they always find a way to make a home no matter how horrible outside conditions are. They create cozy little nests for themselves and for their brood. Mouse gets up close and touches things with their whiskers while paying attention to the smallest of details. Mouse works tirelessly and because of their dexterity, focus on the small, and attention to detail, Mouse has become a symbol of prosperity often signifying that you are going to find some cheese. In other words, money is coming at you so be ready to grab it and run. Take it to the bank else hide it underneath your mattress.

WEST. Card Number 6, Snake—Transmutation. West on the medicine wheel is the place of introspection, the looks-within direction. West is the sundown, the place of long shadows leading into the night. West is symbolized by the color black and the season of autumn. Death is placed in the West on the medicine wheel as well as dreaming. November is the time when most Snakes have put it to bed for the winter. Snake is connected to the lower world and symbolizes wisdom, and deep inner knowing and is a well-known emblem of healing. Snake also symbolizes primal energy. Snake brings you a much richer inner world and more life force to enjoy the outer world. Snake implies that big changes have come or are coming and one must drop negative energies, shed their skin, restyle themselves, and become a new person able to meet the dynamics of our shifting age—the emerging new phases of existence. Be less resistant to change. Let go of yesterday and welcome now. Keep moving ahead because now is what’s happening now—right this second.

If you see a snake in your path it may be a sign that you need to protect your health and work on your personal energy. Snake can signify health issues. From forgotten antiquities, Snake has been associated with the brain stem and the spinal cord. Snake carries the vital spark of life itself. Snake’s medicine is Transmutation, that which opens the gate and makes transformation probable. Snake has the ability to Transmute poisons of the body, mind, and spirit and to improve health greatly. Snake’s animal ally is the deer. Snake’s plant ally is called little-white-man-root from-the-mountains, the American ginseng plant. These two energies, deer and ginseng may be at play in your life in November–both are good medicines. Snake is a hibernator, therefore, Snake is also a dreamer and an expert in navigating the dreamscape. You may have an important medicine dream during the month. Keep healing intentions uppermost. Snake is a magician with magical powers. Never kill a snake. If you do, you have insulted the whole Snake tribe. Snake ghosts may come to haunt you until you placate Snake’s offended spirit by prayer and sincere apologies to the master spirit of the Snake. Ask Snake for spiritual guidance in this matter if it should happen to come up.

NORTH. Card Number 33, Weasel—Stealth. North on the medicine wheel is where the sacred old things appear and where the old folks, your elders are standing nestled near to Great Spirit’s warmth. It is the place of intellect and wisdom, the place of knowledge keepers and keepers of the memories—it is the place of the mind. North is symbolized by the middle of the night, midnight, and the color white–the sky, the stars, and the season of winter. Weasel has appeared in the North this November. The North is pretty close to the in-between world of twilight—not day, not night. Here Weasel appears with Stealth, navigating the “crack between the worlds”, Castaneda’s words, with boundless energy and intelligence.

Weasel is a powerful ally that can assist you in precarious times—times like these times. Weasel has nerves of steel and is the perfect ally to have in a crunch, in a business, or in a situation where outcomes are unknown and hard to strategize. Weasel is a sleek and supple, watchful and noiseless animal. Weasels think on their feet and they are blindingly fast. Weasel medicine helps one to narrow the field, simplify complications, and keep things flowing and easy—keeping everything moving right along. Weasel is practical and never naive They know how to move in and out of an impasse. Weasel is multiskilled. Learn from Weasel. Learn how to maneuver with your words and with your deeds. Learn how to be Stealthy and play for keeps. Weasel is not a bad medicine to master. Go to work on your inner Weasel. Weasel thrives on stress and action, which in itself is a specific form of power. Weasel can turn the tables and has medicine to turn your life around—calm, cool, and collected at all times.

Center. Card number 25, Fox–Camouflage. Fox has turned up in this reading in the Center position of the medicine wheel. Center is the place to seek balance, harmony, and beauty. In short, it’s the place to find the converging energies of creation–the place to find an effective stance from which to face the present state of affairs. Fox often means a heap of good luck and good fortune are forthcoming. Fox medicine is said to be able to bring one sudden wealth. Fox has long been associated with mystery and magic. Fox is cunning and knows the walk of invisibility, the art of Camouflage, and how to blend into the environment in such ways that they become completely invisible. Fox has the ability to hide in plain sight and not be seen. Fox is said to have supernatural qualities as well. Some say Fox can shape-shift, a power that adds to their ability to remain unseen if they choose.

Fox knows how to look into the changing landscape and see what is really there.  Fox in the Center may be telling us to be still and to blend into the environment in order to observe some truth or knowledge.  Fox may be telling us that we are not seeing the obvious, and to look more closely. Fox is an expert in conserving energy. Fox may be telling you to drop out of sight and take some time to pamper yourself. Camouflage, be still, and tune up your keen senses. Be Foxlike, be aware, and know exactly what’s going on around you and the best ways to deal with it.  Perhaps you are not using your own Camouflage and invisibility to your best advantage. This month may be a time of quiet observation and watching from a stance of silence and learning, instead of loud opinionating, and obvious posturing. Fox has an innate elegance and intelligence, qualities that could serve us well, and serve us to good purpose.

Medicine Cards Reading for October 2023.

The card reading uses a simple four-direction Medicine Wheel Spread with an East card (1), a South card (2), a West card (3), a North card (4), and a Centering card (5), which is placed in the center. The random card selections were Squirrel, Elk, Opossum, Frog, and Grouse in that order. The question: What are the best medicines to consider for the month of October 2023?

EAST. Card number 26 Squirrel—Gathering. The medicine wheel is an ancient paradigm of the unity of the cosmos, holding ancient wisdom handed down to us from Native America. The East color is yellow on the medicine wheel–sun and fires of the heart are in the East. East is the beginning of our sacred journey and we have this opportunity each morning—the possibility of walking on the red road of spirit. We have entered into October country now late into the year. It is a witchy time, October—a time of magic, the time of colorful and beautiful leaves falling from trees, a time of transition into winter. Squirrel has a great understanding and knowledge of trees. Consider the tree—often called a standing person in Native America. The tree is rooted deep in the Mother Earth and there are more roots than branches. Trees are lofty and stretch high into the Father Sky. The tree was once an important communication device. If you could imagine a person’s image and give it to a tree it would reach that person and they would know you were thinking about them. Every single tree is connected energetically to all other trees.

If you are starting something new and you need to give it a boost, it is a good idea to go and stand in the East in front of a tree that you are drawn to. Put your left hand on the bark and ask the tree to help you start from scratch with any new starts you are making. The East itself is a beginning—the dawn of new possibilities. Get a new lease on life. Be like Squirrel. Have lots of fun. Be nimble, adaptable, and resourceful. Be busy-busy all the time. Be active. Get ready and prepared to meet any contingencies and be able to handle them all with ease and comfort. The message of Squirrel in the East is simple. The first message is spiritual. Find your highest guidance and follow it. Be in touch with the little medicine spirits all around you. Ask for and accept help from Squirrels. Know that changes are coming so be ready for them. Squirrel says to Gather necessities you might need in the event of a harsh winter or any other challenging situation. Plan for the unplanned. Squirrel medicine is nudging you to be practical, creative, adaptable, and prosperous. Simply analyze future needs and Squirrel those items away until needed. This is Squirrel medicine in a nutshell.

SOUTH. Card Number 3. Elk—Stamina. Elk has a lot of good medicine to share this month many people can use. Elk are aware and completely in tune with their environment. They know what’s going on and are sensitive to any change–quick to make adjustments. Elk is a spiritual guide. There are many Elk clans and Elk warrior societies in Native America and no wonder. Elk power gives one courage, strength, endurance, and resilience, and warrior powers. A lucky Elk tooth is often considered to be a love medicine. Elk teeth are sewn on the dresses of women participating in various dances. Elk medicine is said to protect women and children–protect them in the everyday world and in times of duress. More importantly, Elk teaches pacing, keeping up and keeping going, keeping ahead of the pack without expending too much energy—powers of the long-distance runner.

Wapiti, the great Elk, is a large member of the deer family. Elk is steadfast and able to cover vast distances and no one should question their perseverance, speed, and agility—their unlimited Stamina. Running from village to village was practiced in Native America and some runners had strong Elk medicine powers. Elk brings Stamina.  Perhaps Elk has come along to help you with certain personal matters you may be facing. If so, take heart. Elk will inspire you to make your way and make it quick, to keep you going while avoiding burnout. Call on the swift deer, the Elk medicine to give you courage and keep you upfront and up to date. Ask Elk medicine to keep you healthy, strong, and always moving in the proper direction.

WEST. Card Number 23. Opossum. 23—Diversion. The West color is black on the medicine wheel signifying your inner world—your inside shadow. The season is autumn. It may be that something you have been hiding from yourself comes glaringly to light. It may require your attention. With Opossum in the West be adaptable. Fit in with any changes in your environment in the month of October. You may feel apprehensive and you may have to be innovative. Opossum often signifies the need for strategy. Strategy doesn’t mean you have to roll over and play dead. It just may be as simple as doing some paperwork you have been putting off. On the other hand, you may have to do some complicated footwork to put things right. Call on Opossum medicine for help—to reawaken talents that have gone dormant due to neglect. Opossum is a trickster. You may soon need to open your own big bag of tricks to achieve your ends. Don’t get too tricky—that could easily backfire, especially in your personal relationships or in any complex money manipulation.

Opossum are nocturnal and their appearance bodes well in the West direction. Pay attention to your daydreams. You may discover hidden and surprising aspects of yourself. The going can get weird this month so expect the unexpected to happen. Opossum always survive. That is a given with Opossum. You need not struggle. Ask Opossum to show you the best ways to manage almost any situation. You may need to lay low for a short period of time. Unplug from the world if it gets to be too much for you—isolate. Channel Opossum energy to avoid drama and to have resourceful solutions to overcome complications. Expect some twists and turns in October. Use your powers of Diversion to send your problems elsewhere. New people may show up in your life and you may be finding new ways to spend your time more profitably—finding new interests. Opossum is messy and cluttered so if nothing else, do a little something by picking up and straightening up your living quarters—keep them clean and comfortable. Depending on where you live, get ready for a cold winter because one is on the way.

NORTH. Card Number 38. Frog—Cleansing. Elders traditionally stand in the North. The North season is winter. The North color is white. The North represents intellect and wisdom. Burn sweetgrass in the North to celebrate elders or perhaps your own elder years. Frog in the North tells you to think about Cleansing and then act accordingly. Clean up your act. If you have the opportunity do a traditional sweat lodge, a Cleansing of the body, or do a traditional vision quest–the seeking of self-empowerment and purpose through vision, a Cleansing of the mind. Frog is a healer and a shaman. Frog’s power song is said to bring the Cleansing rain. Frog medicine can help you sort out your emotions. Emotions are related to the water element. Deepest healing happens on the emotional plains. If you are discouraged and have resentment, ask Frog to help you. Take those two debilitating emotions to the water and scrub them away.

Amphibious Frog has many mystical qualities, including clairvoyance and other psychic powers, the powers of water and earth magic, renewal, rebirth, and fertility—stroke a Frog seven times if you want to get pregnant. It doesn’t work for men but it may foster some sort of creativity. Frog always increases personal power. If you are stymied by a writing or an artistic endeavor, Frog can give you the inspiration to see it gets done. Frog has many other gifts besides. Amphibian Frog is even said to have the power to bestow on you a brand new and better life. Frog spirit in the North may harken a time of transition. Ask for Frog’s support in the event of sudden or difficult changes or if you need to change your mind about something. Ask Frog to take you back to your watery beginnings and give you rejuvenation. If you are feeling overburdened and swamped, Frog medicine can guide you to a Cleansing and give you many a painless solution to pressing problems.

CENTER. Card Number 34. Grouse—Sacred Spiral. Grouse carries the medicine of the Sacred Spiral which is your Centering Card for this entire month’s reading. Therefore, be Centered in Grouse medicine which is in itself a Centering energy. Grouse, also known as prairie chicken, is renowned for bravery and its’ dance which is a Spiraling one. The energy of Sacred Spiral emanates from the Center and expands outward. With Grouse in this position, your personal power will be greatly magnified and you will attract good fortune and good luck. Sacred Spiral fosters spirituality. You should feel doubly at Center most of the time in October. Sacred Spiral symbolizes the womb, birth, and rebirth, all your actions from the mundane to the divine. Sacred Spiral creates an especially sacred space. Let Sacred Spiral help you make a strong connection with Great Spirit.  Create sacred space by your movements—your intent, your vitality, your dance. Imagine a whirlpool or tornado. In this case, the energy will be pulling your desires to you instead of propelling them away. You become a magnet which aids you in manifesting. When in doubt, go to your Center where the dance is always danced.

Honor Grouse. Put yourself at the Center now. Remind yourself that you are in control of you. Balance yourself. Grouse is solitary so you may need to be alone for some part of October. You may need to nest up and be in seclusion. Meditation on grouse medicine may pull you into the wondrous world of Grouse.  Grouse is often called a shaman. Grouse has the ability to make a peculiar drumming sound by the loud and powerful beating of their wings. The sound produced suggests a drum such as a shaman might use. One is definitely in shaman territory when Grouse is near. When the living spirit of Grouse is visited upon you, you will feel like you have realized paradise. The world becomes much more voluptuous, so to speak. You may become fixated with movement as the essence of being. There are myriad expressions of movement and movement never stops. Truly we exist in a vortex of moving parts and moving objects while we ourselves are moving. Grouse medicine may flood your mind with vivid memories of a past life.  You may spin through many moods, joy, sorrow, pride, fear, awe–the sense of knowing that you are close to enlightenment—knowing that Great Spirit is with you and has your back.

Medicine Cards Reading for September 2023.

The card reading uses a simple four-direction Medicine Wheel Spread with an East card (1), a South card (2), a West card (3), a North card (4), and a Centering card (5), which is placed in the center. The random card selections were Salmon, Otter, Deer, Rabbit, and Dolphin in that order. The question: What are the best medicines to consider for the month of September 2023?

EAST. Card number 49, Salmon—Wisdom/Inner-Knowing. We begin at the beginning with the East Card which in this case is Salmon.  East is the season of springtime, the place of the infant on the medicine wheel—the newborn. Think of the beginning of life in the East, the vulnerability and wonder. East is usually the entrance to the sacred wheel—the direction of first light. The wheel is an ancient and mysterious symbol of sacred space. The Salmon people are Northwest tribal people. There are many ceremonies along the Northwest Coast area honoring sacred Salmon.  The ceremonies are done close to where Salmon runs.  Salmon is food not only for the body but is also considered to be spiritual sustenance. Salmon is credited with sacred Wisdom, Inner Knowing, and the ability to bestow the gift of second sight which is a form of extrasensory knowing which may prove important in September.

Your finances should generously improve with Salmon in the East. Salmon brings the medicine of sustenance and abundance—and also renewal so you can enjoy it.  Salmon is on a sacred journey of remembering and returning to their beginnings. Salmon follow through on completing their goals and so should you this month. Call on Salmon medicine for the drive to help you know your way—and to know you have never forgotten it. If you are confused and don’t know where to begin, you may need to tread water, to be still until you are aware once more of the best direction for you to go and Wisdom and Inner certainty have returned to you.  You may suddenly feel the need to be near a lake or ocean—this is in order to go back to your beginning and the place of your ancestors. It might take some doing but be like Salmon when and if you have these urges. Swim against the current if necessary. Jump the countless hurdles and let your mission be your guide in overcoming all turbulence and all difficulties. Then, suddenly you will be there—remembering.  You will have found original thought and your first breath of life.

SOUTH. Card Number 8, Otter—Woman Medicine. The Medicine Wheel reminds us of the cycles of life. Both male and female Otter reflect sleek and graceful female energy, in other words, Woman Medicine. Otters are the essence of femininity. Otters are playful and the SOUTH on the Medicine Wheel is the perfect place to play. The SOUTH is called the place of trust and innocence. Otter has a close connection with water energy—but also earth energy. Otter is inquisitive, adaptable, energetic, has great fun, and makes others smile with their antics. They take boundless joy in the moment. And where Otter medicine abounds you could have happy flashbacks of your own childhood. With Otter energy near, you may need to write things down. While Otter is busy having such delightful times and frolicking, she often forgets almost everything else. But make no mistake, Mother Otter is diligent and attentive to her brood. Like most wild animals, she will protect her offspring fiercely. She will fight to the death if necessary to keep them safe.

Otter brings forth a strong Woman Medicine in September. Woman Medicine is sacred—positive, loving, nurturing, beautiful, and powerful—women are constantly solving problems that keep life in balance. Woman Medicine tells you to enjoy every aspect of your life, from the drudge to the sublime. Woman Medicine implies inner knowing and strong and accurate intuition comes with Woman Medicine. Women often serve as ceremonial leaders and as such are respected or even revered. Women give life to all and the role they play in society is profound, necessary, and basic. They are caregivers, teachers, and oftentimes healers. The love women share both at home and societally highlights the life-givers, giving strength, support, and the will to always carry on in spite of hardships. Tribal women are dedicated– pillars of courage and strength.

WEST. Card Number 4. Deer—Gentleness. West is the adult place on the medicine wheel, the place of the setting sun. It represents the evening time. The season is Fall. The color is black which is the color of mystery, and indeed black represents the vastness of Great Mystery.  It is a place to contemplate the approaching journey to the shores of the faraway, to go within for insights and guidance. East is the place of light and West is the place of the darkening, the place for introspection, and examination of our deeper self. West is the place to burn sage and copal. Deer in the West may be asking you to spend more time in nature. Beautiful Deer in the West symbolizes the love within us, teaches us compassion, and gives us the medicine to walk gently on the earth. Compassion and Gentleness are said to walk hand in hand. It might also be the right time to express yourself to a significant person about matters of the heart.

Deer can help you calm down your emotions. Deer are empathic. Deer’s compassion and empathy are an expression of spiritual development. Deer is a peaceful, gentle being. Let sensitive Deer medicine enter your heart and mind and give you tranquility. Let the Deer guide you on the beauty road—the easy road, Gentle, sweet, effortless, and relaxed. Follow the road of our ancestors that got us here, the Deer way, the heart way, the loving way. Be alert, alive, and optimistic. The Deer Road is the ancestor road so be like Deer–kind, loving, easy-going, and serene. Always invite Deer medicine into your life—Deer’s loving medicine soars through the universe making it a better place.

NORTH Card Number 30, Rabbit—Fear. The North color is white–like the snows of winter. And North is the place where stands the wise elder carrying many a winter on their stooped shoulders. The elder is closest to the Great Spirit. Elders have seen it and done it and they are wise and experienced. Now sage old Rabbit has come along in the North to speak of Fear. Fear is repressive and stagnant—it takes the spark out of life and out of you.  If you are challenged by Fear and it is a problem for you, the magic and powers of Rabbit can bring relief. It is absolutely imperative you quit running negative scripts of gloom and doom in your mind’s eye and flip it to less Fearful. more positive, loving affirmations.

Rabbit tells you to be sensitive to the changes and shifts you will need to make in September. You could be in for happy times if you do. Rabbit often signifies that good luck is coming your way. Your fortunes will certainly improve when Rabbit appears unless you frighten your good luck and bounty away. You may well have a creative streak in September due to Rabbit’s energy. It may be a time to unplug from social media and constantly sensationalized, and Fearful newscasts.  Get out in nature, into the natural world. See its unapologetic beauty. Nature is transforming. Be in touch with your sensitivity, your tricky qualities, your quick mind, agility, swiftness, and your various mystical skills and merits. Romp through the woods and roll in the clover. Let Rabbit energy flow in and fill you with good medicine.  Let Rabbit be your guide. Rabbit spirit is telling you not to Fear Fear, aligning instead with wisdom. Become Fearless and let Rabbit energy bring positive transformation into your life.

CENTER. Card Number 40, Dolphin—Manna. The Center is said to be the beginning of everything. The fires of life are kindled here—and the precious fires that leap us into being. Center is the sacred essence. It is a mindful place bringing one to the immediate—the now. As Centering energy, Dolphin will put you in touch with the harmony and rhythms of life. Call on Dolphin spirit for healing. Dolphins have been credited with teaching ancient peoples rhythmic breathing and breath control and making them aware of many of the life-enhancing benefits of this practice.  Dolphin is a master of the elements of water and air. Breathing air of course is all important. You don’t last long without it. Take several deep breaths and call on the Dolphin spirit. If you get out of sorts, ask Dolphin what you can do to get back into the swim of things.

Dolphins are intelligent and balanced creatures. There is a lot of water element—Salmon, Otter, Dolphin– in this reading. It may be a warning not to get too emotional or angry and to keep your emotions in check. On one level you should certainly drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. On another level become aware of a certain spiritual emersion that allows you to flow, and rather than trying to control everything, you can let go and play along. You can go with Dolphin to pure happiness. Dolphins are symbols of Manna, of rejuvenation, inner and outer expansion, cooperation, harmony, and joyfulness. If your energy is stagnant, Dolphin breathing teachings can revitalize every cell in your body–free you, and help you to get your Manna flowing. Dolphin gives one clarity and where your mind goes, so does your Manna. Manna is a subtle yet powerful divine energy that permeates the universe. Manna is present everywhere. Manna reduces tension and makes you feel contented. One can facilitate the acquisition of Manna and obtain impeccable personal power through meditation and rhythmic breathing. Manna is your true life force. You can control Manna with mindfulness and reap both physical and spiritual rewards.

Medicine Cards Reading for August 2023.

The card reading uses a simple four-direction Medicine Wheel Spread with an East card (1), a South card (2), a West card (3), a North card (4), and a Centering card (5), which is placed in the center. The random card selections were Alligator, Porcupine, Antelope, Moose, and Snake in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for the month of August 2023?

EAST. Card number 5O, Alligator—Integration. East on the medicine wheel is often said to be the beginning of life’s circle and is the way, the path. The medicine wheel is a learning mandala and the usual entrance to the Medicine Wheel circle is in the East where the sun first appears. Moreover, the entrance can vary from tribe to tribe. Usually, though, it is in the East. East marks the beginning of this Medicine Wheel Card Spread. First up, Alligators are dangerous. Keep a good distance. Do not provoke or disturb them. Alligator in the East offers a strong beginning for a new enterprise or endeavor and may be telling you to go for some plan you have put on hold. Get your thoughts Integrated and actionable.  Alligator teaches the power of stillness and silence. If your mind is scattered and causing you stress, Alligator has surfaced to help you regain your equilibrium and calm your mind. Relax. The idea of Integration is to make whole—complete healing. We are many things. Alligator medicine Integrates them all– body, mind, and spirit so that one can seize the moment and make the leap toward positive goals when the opportunity arises.

Amphibious Alligator has a dual nature and is able to negotiate both land and water. Alligator is a watcher—so watch for the many blessings coming your way in August and don’t limit yourself in your thinking as to what they might be. Alligator tells you to be flexible. Don’t be afraid to swim against the current if necessary to get what you want.  Alligator suggests that you get much more active on many fronts and be fully engaged with life. Allow yourself to Integrate all aspects of your inner self in order to be whole and discover your true identity. There are several Native American Alligator clans. There are various Maya festivals where Alligator effigies with menacing snapping jaws can be seen threatening the people who are attending–a very jovial but contrary medicine indeed. If you want to save Alligators for future generations to enjoy support efforts whenever and wherever you can to keep our fresh waters pure and free of poisons—not to mention keeping it safe for human consumption.

SOUTH. Card Number 12, Porcupine—Innocence. Happy and slow-going Porcupine has appeared in the South—the summertime of life. South is also the place of trust and Innocence on the medicine wheel making Porcupine feel completely at home there. One could even say that Porcupine is emblematic of the South. Be open to Porcupine medicine. Porcupine are gentle and Innocent creatures telling you not to be hidebound or strict in your thinking. Trust your instincts. Use your imagination. Explore your environment. Have fun. Consider the world to be your playground. Let your inner child rule instead of the stern old adult. South is the direction of growth and discovery so don’t worry. Be happy. Take joy in each moment. Take joy in little things. Have no fear. Be like Porcupine knowing you are protected physically and spiritually. Brother and sister Porcupine’s message is one of remembering and reconnecting with your Innocence, your child self–pursuing your hopes and dreams openly and without guile.

The bell is loudly ringing because it’s time for a recess. Time to be a child again. Time to play. Have fun. Porcupine is bringing you blessings, happiness, and good health, and much more. Confidence, self-empowerment, protection, determination, strength, vitality, growth, gratitude, hope, joy, serenity, and Innocence are just some of the better-known qualities Porcupine inspires. Much respect and honor was given to Porcupine in Native America and there was at least one chief named Porcupine—there could have been others. Porcupine medicine gives one permission to unload all guilt. Dump it on the ground and kick it. Get rid of it. No one cares about your guilt and neither should you. You are better off being open and trusting, non-aggressive–living in complete loving Innocence. If nothing else, Porcupine in the South is telling you to slow down and enjoy. Listen, Porcupine says, quit being so serious.

WEST. Card Number 37, Antelope—Action.  West on the medicine wheel is the adult direction, the color is black, in the direction of introspection. West is the sunset of life and the darkening phase into the night. A long time ago Antelope taught the people how to survive the Ice Age and Antelope’s teachings are very important in our own time of the world. Antelope medicine is much needed today as it was in the past. Antelope tells you to throw off your ropes, your chains, whatever restriction is holding you back, and realize now is the time to stop being stuck–time to take Action. Simply know what to do and do it. Antelope is one of the fastest animals. Antelope in the West tells you to push forward quickly on your dreams and ambitions. Antelope may be showing up to tell you to make an important move. Action is required so Act doing the necessary measures that improve your life.

Antelope is held in high esteem in Native America and the animal is often courted for rejuvenation and staying power. Antelope are known for their acute awareness and sensitivity. Listen to your intuition. Use your intelligence. Antelope is saying it is time to be up and doing. Let Antelope pull you out of the doldrums of confusion and give you clarity. The Antelope response to any given situation is usually the most appropriate one. Antelope has excellent vision and doesn’t miss a trick. They are great teachers and convey various survival skills. Antelope medicine brings you high energy and focus to get past distractions, accomplish your goals, and accomplish them fast.  Antelope have often been shamanized for their swiftness and endurance as well as many other powers. Great Spirit gave Antelope boundless energy and great speed. Antelope is the animal medicine to call upon when you want events to unfold quickly.

NORTH. Card Number 11, Moose—Self-Esteem. The North on the medicine wheel indicates the place of the elders. It is the direction of knowledge and wisdom. It is wise to have self-love and high Self-Esteem. Pride and Self-Esteem are much different from being egotistic which can keep one from realization. Moose is a wondrous being, an enigma.  Moose are mostly antisocial but they can periodically display gentleness toward their own.  It is a good idea not to mess with Moose. Moose is sensitive and will respond to any perceived threat or slight head-on, be it from a single person or even from a group of people. Moose are fighters, especially the Bull Moose. Never mess with Moose. Moose is afraid of no one. Moose is big and can weigh over fifteen hundred pounds. Male Moose have antlers up to six feet wide which they shed each year. They can kick a person standing to the side of them and in front and in the back of them. They are gigantic and absolutely fearless. They can strike without warning. Before one has time to think, Moose charges. If one hears a Moose bellow anywhere close by, it’s time to scram. Hightail it out of there to a safer environment.

 Moose in the North, in wisdom, says for you to take better care of yourself and put yourself first—start by being proud of your accomplishments whatever they are. Never put yourself down. Accentuate the positive as it were.  Know that you have powerful medicines. Be kind to yourself and give yourself pleasure and rewards. There is no one more deserving of love and respect than you. Look in the mirror and give yourself the appreciation you deserve. The number one person you need to please is you. You are most worthy. Feel good about yourself.  Be confident. Be proud. You don’t have to compare yourself with anyone. You are unique. With a solid connection to Moose energy, one can get out there and strut their stuff and have high Self-Esteem and pride in all that you do. Moose energy tells you to embrace your pride and relish your personal power. Focus on what you can do to enhance your Self-Esteem from now forward.

CENTER. Card Number 6, Snake—Transmutation. Where the lines cross on the Medicine Wheel, where the four roads all touch, this place, the Center, is said to be most holy. It is a place of great beauty and truth. The Center is a magical place and we are always at the Center–we just don’t always know it. Get ready for an interesting month. Snake augurs well for the month of August. Snake is a good medicine for the Centering Card because Snake has a profound life force and a perfect balance of positive and negative energy—creation and destruction, male and female. The Caduceus and Asclepius Snake logos are a symbol of wisdom. Snake is linked with libido. When a Snake is outstretched it exhibits male energy. When it is coiled it exhibits female energy. Snake, like Bear, is a hibernator and all hibernators are dreamers. Dreams are fires of the mind and Snake is a master of this fire energy. Snake has the ability to shift and Transmute fire energy in profound ways. If you are on a healing path enter the flow, of the regenerating medicines Snake offers.

Snake is a mysterious creature unlike any other. Snake has the power to Transmute and reverse karma. Never disturb a Snake in nature. If you accidentally do so be quick to apologize and hope the Snake is tolerant as you bow away. Snake has come along in this particular reading to get you out of any rut and help you Transmute any poisons in your life—perhaps a detox is in order. Snake medicine is called upon for power and vibrant health. Snake may be telling you to get rid of an old self, an old way of doing things, shed your identity, and move comfortably into another one—one that suits you better. Let your old constricted egotistic self be gone. Peel away illusions. Claim light and charisma as your due and let your ideal persona emerge. Center yourself in the powerful energies of Snake and you won’t go wrong. You can Transmute the mundane world into a magical one.

Medicine Cards Reading for July 2023.

The card reading uses a simple four-direction Medicine Wheel Spread with an East card (1), a South card (2), a West card (3), a North card (4), and a Centering card (5), which is placed in the center. The random card selections were Horse, Turtle, Armadillo, Mountain Lion and Rabbit in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for the month of July 2023?

EAST. Card number 38, Horse—Power. The East direction is the spiritual trajectory.  It looks to be a Powerful month right from the git-go. Horse expands personal Power. Horse is Powerful both physically and spiritually and can tell you if you are on the right track. Horse lends good medicine to your spiritual quest in the East. Horse has loomed large in Native American lore and teachings. The sacred creature gave the people expanded Power and freedom. Horse may be telling you to move on from some situation or location. Now is the time for you to jump some barriers in the way of your progress. Freedom, intuition, endurance, vitality, spiritual strength—in short, all aspects of your personal Power may be heightened in every facet of your life. This reading bodes well for your personal energy and strength during the entire month of July. Horse medicine in the East indicates renewed power, speed, and courage in the face of some project or problem.

Horse has many Powers but is often associated with money and how to use it. Both money and Horse are said to offer freedom. Horses at one time were considered the measure of wealth. If one had a lot of Horses, one was rich. It has been taught that Horse medicine can aid you in achieving financial goals. Use your determination and will on the money path and don’t forget to consult with your intuition while you are at it. All goes to say your finances may be highlighted and improved in July and you will have a profitable month because Horse medicine offers success in most sound and thought-out ventures.

SOUTH. Card Number 10, Turtle—Mother Earth. Touch the Earth because it is holy. Turtle appearing in a card reading is always auspicious. Turtle in the South will give you grounding medicine, which is to say, realignment with Mother Earth–pulling up energy from the ground which gives one the feeling of belonging and connectedness. According to some northern Native American Tribes Turtle’s four feet are the pillars of the four directions supporting the heavens. Turtle carries the world on her back so that we are always connected with her medicines in a very direct way. Turtle emerged from the deep ocean that covered the Earth and became Turtle Island, the great landmass of the North American continent. Turtle supports the earth we walk upon according to the stories of old which are told even today by elders and remembers. Turtle has many indigenous teachings. Turtle’s first teaching is that Mother Earth resides within each of us and we can talk with her and this is said to be the most potent form of praying.

Turtle has many teachings concerning the long haul, longevity, slow aging, and indestructibility—the powers of regeneration. In this time of Earth and climate changes call on Grandmother’s wisdom and her innate ability to keep us vital, strong, and healthy. Look to Turtle to discover the creative source residing under the dome of your life. Ask Turtle to give you a power stance to face life’s folly and vicissitudes. Turtle goes its way resolutely and Turtle has come along in July to keep you balanced and to help you keep moving steadily and determinedly upon your personal path. Turtle’s walk is tenacious as attested to in many a fable and yarn. Turtle always wins the race. Make friends with Turtle, with your Mother Earth. Lastly, protect the diminishing Turtle population as best you can, both land and aquatic virilities. That’s a good medicine way to honor Earth Mother.

WEST. Card Number 28, Armadillo—Boundaries. West is the long-shadowed land, the time of adulthood, the place of introspection as represented by the color black. West is the season for the gathering of food–harvesting in the autumn. Armadillo in the West is bringing you internal strength and telling you to guard your personal space, especially your inner space and your emotions. Armadillo in the West gives you psychic protection. It’s time to don your armor and shield yourself from all manner of unpleasantness, both subtle and gross. Set your Boundaries (Consult Armadillo in the Medicine Card book as to how this is properly and best done). Once your Boundaries are firmly established you will be protected from undesirable intrusions in your personal space and in your life. With Armadillo medicine you will be able to get out there and go about your daily affairs without worry or hesitation.

Armadillo in the West is in all probability a warning for you not to get careless with your words. Don’t overly share your creative ideas or projects. Keep your ideas and plans private until they can be actualized. Setting your Boundaries is often not an option. It is a must and Armadillo has shown up to help you do this. Armadillo counsels you to look carefully at your personal needs. Don’t leave it to your fate or to other people to decide for you. Some people’s energies can drain you and make you feel muddled and discombobulated.  Shield yourself in some manner that only you know. You are the best person to decide your boundaries.  You don’t have to be rigid but don’t compromise yourself either. And never waver in saying no when no is appropriate.

NORTH. Card Number 17, Mountain Lion—Leadership. Life has its seasons. North represents the wintertime of the life cycle. North is the place of the cold and cutting intellect and the place of experienced elders and knowledge carriers. Mountain Lion guards the North in several Native American traditions. And now in the North, it appears the buck is being passed to you. It was often said in past times that the one who walks last and carries the burdens of the people is the best Leader. Mountain Lion brings you great good luck but along with it, a big responsibility. It is clear however that this is the time for you to take the initiative and take charge. It’s up to you to assume the certain role of Leadership in July. People may be bringing you problems expecting you to solve them. You have the strength, the courage, the skills, the foresight–the sixth sense and the know-how to make the moves you will need to make. Never waver. Roll up your sleeves and commence getting the job done. You are a natural Leader—so go for it. The position suits you and it is what is called for in the immediate. After all is said and done you may not have much choice but to step up to the challenges confronting you. Deal with them and prevail.

Now is the time to become a true Leader. Be on good terms with the Great Spirit Chief and know your mission. Respect yourself.  Lead yourself. Take responsibility and trust. Learn how to communicate clearly what must be done—but don’t do too much talking. Choose your words carefully. Dedicate yourself and coordinate hearts and hands. Be an objective strategist, a pragmatist. Learn how to inspire. Don’t worry—just lead.  Set the example. With Mountain Lion at your side, set your intent and stalk your vision and don’t be afraid to pounce. You may not be able to please everyone but Mountain Lion power furnishes an umbrella under which others can rest and feel safe and secure while attending to their duties.

CENTER. Card Number 30, Rabbit—Fear. The Center of the medicine wheel is a place of healing and facing Fear is one way of healing yourself. Centering is being aware, present, focused, stable, flexible, alert, and in the here and now with a strong and balanced stance from which to engage the world. Rabbit card has appeared in the Center to give you a great lesson. Rabbit is a symbol of expansion and growth. There are thousands of trickster tales featuring Rabbit so you might want to get a little bit tricky yourself.  Rabbit has many other virtues–fertility, intelligence, creativity, sensitivity, gentleness, and so on. But Rabbits’ greatest talent is to take you inside yourself and teach you about your Fears and the various ways you may be unknowingly calling them to you. Rabbit is a master of creative visualization but unfortunately often uses it in negative ways, calling their Fears which unsurprisingly are brought into being. Rabbit then has to deal with the consequences.

Rabbit truly has much to say about Fear in today’s Fear-driven world. Fear is toxic—paralyzing. Fear causes mental and physical exhaustion and it can lead to paranoia and mental illness. You don’t need more Fear. You need more courage and a healthy outlook on your future. Rabbit is a warrior that calls and faces their Fear. Rabbit so powerfully visualizes, the actual Fear can become the reality. People often go through this same process. The remedy: quit talking yourself into some horror story that does not exist unless you make it so. Stop focusing on negativity, gloom, and doom. Instead, use the power of your imagination to develop wonderful mental pictures of happiness and love for yourself and for others. Let Rabbit lead the way by bringing you to Fearlessness, to a new understanding of bravery and courage–the power to face and conquer Fear.

Medicine Cards Reading for June 2023.

The card reading uses a simple four-direction Medicine Wheel Spread with an East card (1), a South card (2), a West card (3), a North card (4), and a Centering card (5), which is placed in the center. The random card selections were Wolf, Raven, Owl, Butterfly and Jaguar in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for the month of June 2023?

EAST. Card number 15, Wolf—Teacher. East opens the door to a new beginning and your first steps on a spiritual adventure. Various mystics say the secret to enlightenment is staring you right in the face when you dare to toss it all behind you and start over.  Maybe it’s time for you to do a redo. Wolf can lead the way and free you from bad habits. You are never too old to start again.  If you have been unable to start anew, or else you have somehow been put off your path—and even if you are lost utterly, connect with the powerful Wolf spirit, the opener of paths. Connect with the great pathfinder and their valuable Teachings. Let Wolf be your guide through these challenging times. Wolf will nudge you back in the correct direction to where your path becomes visible once more. Wolf has the power to put you back on track—on your path of personal resolve and clarity. Reclaim purpose with Wolf medicine.

Wolf functions well in a group dynamic. Wolf shows a person new ways and offers many unique but practical ideas that can help you to move forward.  Wolf, is a tracking expert and can lead you in finding what is lost or missing from your life—Wolf can show you how to get it back. Wolf revs up your communication skills and kicks them into high gear. You may be surprised at your own erudition and eloquence—your powers of persuasion. Wolf is saying not to neglect your family and if possible spend some quality time with them.  Reach out to family members who have distanced. Perhaps it is time to come to terms with the projections you have made about a specific person in your lineage and let bygones be bygone. Remember you have a family bond. Bury the hatchet.  Clear the slate and make a new start with the relationship.

SOUTH. Card Number 16, Raven—Magic. South on the medicine wheel is the place of the child and the playground of Magic, of discovery. Raven indicates Magic is afoot in the south of the wheel and your own creative powers may be buzzing off the chart. You can now experience more of life’s real Magic. Raven says to reach inside the black of the black and shape and form your desires and encourage them to hatch and fly. With Raven in the South, you may have sudden shifts of consciousness and realize you are no longer bound by certain beliefs. The world of Magic opens for you and you can see how mystery and unseen energies can create fresh possibilities and perspectives. Raven brings transcendent powers and often abrupt and enigmatic changes into your life. You may find the powers of Magic waking up inside of you and all around you—the discovery of a new zest for living in the moment.

 Yes, Magic is in the air. Raven says don’t doubt it. Raven brings nothingness from the void into the somethingness of the here and the now. Raven has come along to be your Magic mentor, your Magic mirror, and will always speak the truth. Let Raven reveal the supernatural laws of Magic to you. Don’t try to conceptualize. Magic is boundless when you are ready and open to it. Raven manifests real Magic with many options. Now is the time to believe, to trust and to go for it. Whatever you know and believe you can do, you can. Magic comes in the world to free one from stagnation. When you are blocked, Raven pushes you to take the next step. Raven reminds us that we can always do a little bit better—just a little bit. And that little bit is in itself the beginning of Magic.

WEST. Card Number 21, Owl—Deception. The West of course denotes introspection—so think for yourself when you think about it. Owl symbolizes the death of innocence and the birth of deep wisdom. Owl is often called Night Eagle, chief of night. Owl speaks the language of night which is much different from the language of the day. Some shamans understand this Owl language well. The Owl brings messages of approaching Deception and warnings against danger. Ask the Owl spirit to be your advisor. Owl card in the West, coming right after the Raven card implies some sort of inner conflict—perhaps stressful. Owl and Raven are well-known enemies and their energies don’t mix. Your plans may veer off course and go awry. You might feel out of sorts for a while. Watch out for a psychic attack with Owl in the West. Owl in the West of the medicine wheel asks you in what manner you have Deceived yourself or let another Deceive you. Owl then tells you who, what, when, and where and Owl medicine gives you the antidote to Deception.

If you are in the dark about your circumstances, bathe in the moonlight to find answers. Don’t Deceive yourself any longer. Do your homework, so to speak. Burn the midnight oil using your own Owl medicine to discover any bad medicine coming toward you from others or even from yourself. Owls see in the dark. Owls are the invisible ones. People with strong Owl medicine more often than not sleep in the daytime and are much more alert in the night. They have the power to turn on their inner lights and they are able to see what is hidden from others. They become quickly aware when unseen forces are at play and they are able to trace them to their source and deal with them in a suitable manner. Don’t turn a blind eye to a person who may need your understanding and encouragement—someone who has been hoodwinked–Deceived. They may be broken-hearted and need a friend, a shoulder to lean on–yours.

NORTH. Card Number 9, Butterfly—Transformation. North on the medicine wheel speaks of elders, knowledge keepers, and intellectual pursuits. It signifies the mind and our thought processes. Butterflies are exceptionally beautiful and make most people smile and become happy in the moment. Butterfly symbolizes lightness of spirit, dumping your weighty and worldly baggage and being free. Butterfly dances in the air and reminds us of the loveliness of life—beauty and expansion. You may indeed be approaching a crossroads and about to take the next most important step in your spiritual development, your personal journey. Do not resist self Transformation. Go with it. You may be seriously considering a bold new move or a new positioning because Butterfly spirit is fluttering all around you in June–a true and wondrous blessing.

Butterfly is one of those creatures that remind us to make haste while the sun shines. Butterfly may be prompting you to get outside and into nature while reminding you that your next phase of Transformation is in process. Change is in the air and you may feel yourself evolving—trust your instincts. Butterfly tells you to enjoy the now—don’t wait until tomorrow. Savor each moment now. Enjoy the progression as you Transform. With Butterfly in the North, your thoughts may be skipping happily from one beautiful idea to the next. Remember that North is mental. All of a sudden, whammo! Out of nowhere, you change your mind–a huge shift in perspective may happen. You will have seen the light and that quick you are Transformed.

CENTER. Card Number 51, Jaguar—Integrity/Impeccability. The Center of the medicine wheel tells one to be in balance with the inner and outer worlds and have balance in all worlds. The sacred Jaguar is often referred to as “shaman.” Jaguar can maneuver in many realms. You can open your heart using Jaguar medicine. Jaguar has acute senses. To see with the Jaguar glance is an insight into your true self and the self of others. Jaguar is a most powerful medicine person interconnected with the sun—the night Jaguar sun, a time when the sun owns the night. And the day Jaguar sun that wakes us up in the morning—our glorious Jaguar sun making its vital celestial journey each day and each night. The Jaguar sun bestows warrior medicine on both women and men. Jaguar medicine offers you protection from danger.

Jaguar rules the underworld and for a Jaguar to appear in your dreams is highly significant. Nothing matters so much as your Integrity and Impeccability. If you have major decisions to make, ask the Jaguar spirit to help you make the right choices. Are you drained and feeling burnt out? Jaguar gifts may pour in on you in mid-June giving you an unexpected but much-appreciated boost in energy. If you are going through tough times, court Jaguar medicine for the powers of confidence and unshakable willpower–self-assurance. Strive to have Jaguar’s poise and grace. Jaguar tells you to always stand in Integrity and Impeccability and engage with the world as a warrior, with intention, strength, and courage–doing your best at all times.

Medicine Cards Reading for May 2023.

The card reading uses a simple four-direction Medicine Wheel Spread with an East card (1), a South card (2), a West card (3), a North card (4), and a Centering card (5), which is placed in the center. The random card selections were Hummingbird, Horse, Otter, Ant, and Bear. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for the month of May 2023?

EAST Card number 44, Hummingbird—Joy. East is where the dawn breaks and marks a fresh new beginning–the young day sun and the possibility of reaching your spiritual aspirations with Hummingbird’s help. Spirits enter through the Eastern door. East is the place on the Medicine Wheel of new light, the place to look for inspiration and a restart. Hummingbird represents love and heart. Spirituality has been defined as a Joy that transcends understanding, a deep Joy that defines the true nature of the universe. Hummingbird paints the world with effervescent and beautiful colors just as one can circulate beautiful colors through their body during mediations. It is no wonder that Hummingbird is one of the most ancient love medicines and as we all know, love conquers all, meaning, love is the ultimate power. Hummingbird in the East signifies a joyful beginning or start of a new cycle or project. Hummingbird in the East reminds us to use Joy as a tool for discovering parts of ourselves that need a reboot; Joy is hopeful, a fresh start.

Hummingbird medicine is the best remedy for overcoming drudge and to brighten things up in your life. Change your routine every now and again and quit doing the same thing over and over. As you go your way notice the newness and sweetness that is around you. Be kind and help others. Help animals. Do it in such a way that it makes you pleased with yourself so it boomerangs and comes back to you and contributes to your own well-being. Hummingbird asks you to rediscover the Joy within—that Joy which is good, true, and beautiful.  You may have turned away from Joy because of complications or fear. With Hummingbird hovering around you, take any worry or sorrow you are embracing to a higher vibration.  Delight in your love of life and your responsibilities and your personal journey. Go to the nourishing medicine flowers, keep to the beauty road, and always choose Joy.

SOUTH. Card number 35, Horse—Power. South is the place of the child discovering the world—chewing it to pieces, playing, doing, delighting, and growing. Horse teaches you not to be afraid of your own Power—to learn how to enjoy it and use it to your advantage. Let Horse be your magical benefactor, but as with all Power, be careful. Don’t get thrown. With strong Horse medicine in the South, call upon Higher Power and fast-forward. Jump the hurdles that are obstacles in your path and do it effortlessly.  Horse can take you to where you want to be. Horse has many powerful medicines in each direction. Horse spirit can help you carry your heavy burdens when needs be. Horse medicine will be there for you beginning in early May.  Horse in the South brings power to everyday endeavors, to the viscous reality of the day-to-day. Horse in the South signifies that the power is there to accomplish something big in the world, in your world. This could be the month to tackle large projects and be successful.

In Native American stories, Horse shrank the world many times over and made it manageable—made life easier for almost everyone. The art of stealing Horses from an enemy was a highly developed skill, respected, and honored in many Native American cultures. Stealing Horses was stealing Power. Dance your Horse-spirit-medicine with a passion and be as free as the wind. In Native America, a many-Horse person was a person of great wealth. Use your Horse medicine to complete some specific project or objective you are pursuing. You may soon become a many-Horse person yourself and increase your Power and status immeasurably.

WEST. Card Number 8, Otter—Woman Medicine. West is the looks-within place on the wheel—a place to examine what is hidden within you—seeing yourself with no guile, no judgment, simply being in the swim of life, being in the moment. Otter is the female adept who carries Woman Medicine. Otter goes with the flow in the river of life. Otter is keeper of the spiritual sisterhood and speaks of balanced female energy—playing, sharing, and approving. Without Woman Medicine there would be no unity of spirit. Otter medicine allows you to enjoy yourself much more fully and be receptive and grateful for your many blessings.  Otter in the West may be saying to apply your women’s intuition to an inner issue or problem. Think things through using a different energy. Try play, lightness; deep inner wisdom does not have to be heavy and dramatic. Perhaps Otter meaning in the West is about applying lightness and laughter to an issue to transform the energy.

In Native America, there was a Council of Grandmothers. The grandmothers had the respect of everyone. Grandmothers were the old ones who had lived long lives and had much experience in living. They had faced many of the very real day-to-day problems of survival. The Grandmothers gave counsel and advice and were concerned for the earth. They were given final say and their word was the highest law. They always took into consideration, when making their decisions, the quality of life for the seven generations to come. They were the ultimate Otter Power Medicine.

NORTH. Card Number 32, Ant—Patience. North is the place of wisdom on the medicine wheel, the place where the elders stand—a place to find knowledge and experience. Ants and elders are both wise and all can profit from Ant medicine. Ants are committed and they represent hard work and persistence. Ants will bring you good luck and good fortune as long as you honor and emulate their medicine. Ants have a well-developed social system. Though they are many, they are one. The individual Ant is a tiny part of the collective, but their work as a whole is powerful. They think as one. Ants have synergy and working together with others of their kind, they are able to accomplish seemingly impossible feats.  Ant in the North talks of the wisdom of patience and the inevitable power of the whole to move mountains. Ant reminds us of the wisdom of working hard for the greater good and being patient for the results.

You may have to have trust and be patient because of some situation or problem that occurs in May. You may be aggravated or on edge for a time but stay with the Ant medicine. Know that what you need is coming to you. Ants know how to wait–so should you in May. Let Ant medicine untie each day for you and in just the right moment, seize an opportunity you have been waiting for—something you have wanted for a long time. Wrestle it to the ground and get it done. That’s Ant medicine. Patience–the short and sweet of it.

CENTER. Card Number 5, Bear—Introspection. The Center tells us that we have descended from spirit into material form and we must find a balance between these two distinct worlds. Center yourself in Introspection and Bear medicine. Bear is a hibernator, a visionary, a dreamer, and is able to know their own strengths and weaknesses. We have assumed an identity, an individual consciousness, and the freedom to act. Bear Medicine tells you to pay close attention to your Intuition and hunches during the month of May and when it feels right, act on them immediately.

Bear has many powerful medicines. Bear is the animal medicine keeper of seeking within and knowing the inner territories. Bear asks you to examine the whys and wherefores of your inner life.  In Centering in Bear medicine, you may find you have many options. Bear has great physical strength and you can put the boundless inner strength of Bear to work for you. Introspection makes Bear versatile so look at your own versatility. Bear is a renowned and noted shaman, a hunter, tracker, warrior, and healer, and Bear is held in esteem for their mothering abilities. Listen to your Bear medicine to solve problems. Take some time to meditate in May because Bear is surely pointing the way to using introspection to create positive change in your life.

Medicine Cards Reading for April 2023.

The card reading uses a simple four-direction Medicine Wheel Spread with an East card (1), a South card (2), a West card (3), a North card (4), and a Centering card (5), which is placed in the center. The random card selections were Grouse, Buffalo, Whale, Spider and Hawk in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for the month of March 2023?

EAST Card number 34, Grouse—Sacred Spiral. East is the spiritual direction and symbolizes a new beginning, especially so if you are a spiritual seeker and on that path. Grouse is also a symbol for personal power, in this case, suggestive of both personal and spiritual power. It is the whirlpool, the tornado that is propelling you inward. Grouse may be asking you to seek the spiritual way existing right in front of you so close you are not recognizing it—your way. In any case look closely at all your activities, your dance upon terra firma. Are you making the right moves and are you in sync with the delicate music issuing from the cosmos? Are you being empowered by your activities—your dance?  Within Sacred Spiral is the hidden secret of endless vitality, a vortex that unlocks your passion and the unbounded joy at the core of being.

Grouse is inviting you to the dance of dances, the spinning dance of life itself, the dance that transports one to divinity. Grouse may be sending you medicines in April to greatly enhance your spiritual walk–your personal journey to the East. You may find yourself hit with sudden thunder bursts of energy. You may become limitlessly productive and creative and see new ways to fix problems or make them disappear. You may have revelations on how outward movement effects inward self-understanding. You may have to slow down and meditate on your life and personal journey–what it actually means to move through time and space.  Grouse has many spiritual teachings not the least of which is to organize your earthly space and get creative.

SOUTH. Card number 19, Buffalo—Prayer and Abundance. In the South, we find substance and growth—substantive Abundance. South is related to summer and the fullness of the heart. Buffalo in the South is the great provider and is linked spiritually with the prayer pipe. The following prayer was originally inspired by the creation of the Buffalo Medicine Card in 1988. Buffalo was the central medicine of the plains people of Native America giving them most of the necessities of life–food, shelter, clothing, and their spiritual way. BUFFALO PRAYER, A PRAYER TO THE ANIMAL SPIRITS was used in the opening of events such as seminars, talks, ceremonies, and various rites of passage. Here’s the prayer:

Grandfather and Grandmother of all spirits, we know that you have given us all that is good and we acknowledge Your love which surrounds us. We call all the animal powers to be present and send powerful medicines to protect us, heal us, guide us, and teach us.

We ask for the powers of Swan so that we may gracefully and peacefully glide through whatever challenges we face.

We call on Prairie Dog power so that we can go deep inside and pay attention to our intuition.

We ask for Ant medicine so that we cheerfully, enthusiastically, and competently complete the tasks before us.

We ask for Eagle medicine so that we can see far, understand and release negative patterns holding us back from self-realization. We ask that we may touch with the Great Mysterious.

We ask for Spider medicine for catching power to attract the people and situations necessary and important to our continued spiritual growth and development.

We ask for Moose power so that we may learn to love and honor ourselves more completely and that we openly and honestly share love with others.

We ask for Badger energy when we must stand our ground and speak up for ourselves in a timely manner.

We call on Deer energy so that we can better understand and share universal love and so that the gentleness within ourselves can touch with the gentleness within others.  Let us be loving, kind, and peaceful.

We ask for Buffalo power so that our way will be cleared to abundance on this earth plane.  We ask that our hearts remain open and that we receive guidance to wisely share that abundance with others.

Bring us Wolf medicine so that at the appropriate time we will meet and recognize our inner and outer teachers.

We ask for Hummingbird medicine so that we can taste the sweet nectars of life and have great happiness while dwelling on the earth mother.

Lastly, we call out to the old yodeler, Coyote, so that we can laugh at ourselves and not be overly serious.

Grandmother and Grandfather of all spirits, we offer our talents and our time in trust to you. Please guide us and help the veil to drop from our eyes so that we can clearly see Your pathway.  Give us the power, strength and will to move forward on Your road, Your good and sweet medicine road. We are yours—ah ho!

WEST. Card Number 41, Whale—Record Keeper. West is the direction of the long shadows, of the obscured and the hidden, the direction of introspection, going inward and seeking your personal truth. Whale can show you the way and take you there. With introspection comes clarity and new potentials. Whale has a higher consciousness. Whale keeps an ocean of memory but must come up for air once in a while and take a look around at what is happening to them in the immediate. Whale is a good medicine for searching outwardly and inwardly. Whale are said to have empathy with those who need them. If you have a blank or missing portion of your personal history, consult with the swimming library, Whale medicine. Whale keeps the knowledge of the Earth’s past history including the personal history of everyone. Whale is said to have total recall of the Akashic records, past, present, and future. Trust your soul purpose as shown to you by Whale. Like the shaman of old who sang the answers to questions, Whale is a shaman singing to you with the answers you need now.

A world without song would be a dreary place. With Whale’s appearance in the West, ask Mystery for a power song to be given to you—a song that can be used in rituals and rites, a song giving you inward vision, a song you can use to summon spirits or to bring harmony and success into your endeavors, in short, a power song that belongs to you and no one else. Be open. You may be able to find your authentic spiritual voice in song, a song reverberating from within—a song full with power that opens a portal to a vast new consciousness and new abilities. You may find your authentic spiritual voice, an impeccable song—a song that empowers you. Discover your spiritual voice in song, your song, a song bringing you good medicine powers. Whale offers you the discernment to know the medicines that are coming your way. On the simplest level Whale could be telling you to get your personal records organized—a good idea in April.

NORTH. Card Number 43 Spider—Weaving. North on the medicine wheel signifies old people, elders, and wisdom keeping–the various remembered oral histories of a tribe or nation often Woven in memory belts. Weaving is a sacred art form. If you happen to be Weaving with yarn or even if you are Weaving a yarn, that is to say, spinning a tale, you are using Spider Medicine. Spider medicine can be subtle with its near-invisible silken threads going out in all directions. Spider often means a new awareness is coming into your life showing you new ways to catch what you want in the personal web you are knowingly or unknowingly Weaving.

Don’t kill Spiders. It’s bad luck for one thing. An important event may occur in the direction you see a Spider. More often than not, Spider is an omen that often concerns money. Your wallet may be getting a lot fatter in April. Or perhaps you will receive a love letter or a gift. Spider has long been associated with gain, a fortunate portent. Spider spirit may be telling you to persevere and be persistent in your efforts to get a certain task accomplished. Use Spider medicine. Be like a Weaver at their loom, an artisan, a maker of beautiful designs—stay focused in pulling the threads of your web together in the creation of your individual masterpiece–whatever it may be. Weaving is a sacred art form. Weavers are the keepers of ancient and often secret traditions. Weaving teaches unity and realization of intent. You may accomplish an important goal in April.

CENTER. Card Number 2, Hawk—Messenger. The Center of the wheel is the place of healing and enlightenment. Center is the mindful place of the real you—the eternal consciousness of right now in the present, in this very moment in time. The Center is always there. It is your stance. It is the here and now of your deep inner self. But in a certain sense, there is no Center. Before you can catch the moment, it is gone—moving on. You may or may not be able to catch the moving Center but you can always catch the Message if you pay attention and that’s the important thing. You must listen and contemplate and find synchronicity with your inner and outer knowing—Hawk’s lesson.

Anchor yourself to Hawk medicine in April. Let Hawk initiate you into the magic of seeing and being. Let Hawk be your guide. Hawk illuminates and spikes your awareness of Messages coming to you from a higher plane and in non-ordinary ways. Let the keen-sighted feathered companion, Hawk, help you engage your awareness—all of your senses. Hawk is a bright spirit-light and Hawk will help you find the truth of every situation. See beyond appearances. With Hawk medicine powers burgeoning,  you may open the third eye of your sixth-sense chakra, the pineal eye, the eye in the center of your forehead that provides an understanding that is light-years beyond our normal way of seeing.

Medicine Cards Reading for March 2023.

The card reading uses a simple four-direction Medicine Wheel Spread with an East card (1), a South card (2), a West card (3), a North card (4), and a Centering card (5), which is placed in the center. The random card selections were Black Panther, Turtle, Eagle, Dragonfly and Otter in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for the month of March 2023?

EAST.  Card Number 52, Black Panther—Embracing The Unknown. East indicates a beginning, most often a new start in a spiritual direction and Black Panther in this position reinforces the power of the Unknown in our everyday and spiritual lives. We are living in interesting times. Everyone seems to know that this March is a significant month. It has a lot of uncertainties and Unknowns. We sense that we are at an axis of change. Astrologers and other diviners are all over the map in their differing predictions. Black Panther is telling you to watch out for negativism.  No matter what March brings Black Panther is telling you to trust Black Panther medicine to help you go beyond any anxiety you may be harboring or projecting. You don’t have to figure everything or even anything out. Black Panther tells you simply to Embrace the Unknown so you won’t get pushed around unnecessarily by your own distress and so your life will always be on a strong footing.  It is important to embrace the impermanence of life and thereby be free of attachments.

Black Panther is a protective medicine.  Ask Black Panther to help you discern what is involved in your personal shadows. Our shadow self is that part of us that we have repressed and buried in our subconscious. There is no better guide than Black Panther to escort you through your personal shadowland. Embrace the Unknown, the Mystery, the shadow self in order to have the courage to start out in new directions.

SOUTH. Card number 10, Turtle—Mother Earth. South denotes substance and growth– the summertime of life. Turtle in the South position may emphasize matters of home, physical being our stability. Turtle in the South reminds us that we take our home with us wherever we go, the home of our inner being, our beliefs, and our sense of security in knowing that we are more than our body, our circumstances. South is the time of the happiness of the child. Be happy because we live on Turtle Island, the North American continent. Be aware and listen to our sacred Earth at all times. Turtle medicine teaches a deep understanding of the wisdom of our planet. Seek healing balance from nature. Your equilibrium will help to heal the planet. Be in harmony with the Earth’s cycles. Be aware of her natural rhythms. Earth is our spiritual and physical home, it is the source of life and healing, our power, the essence of life for all sentient beings. True power comes from Earth wisdom and Turtleway will take you there.

If you have great anxieties give them to Mother Earth. Let them go deep and be transformed. It’s no wonder that Turtle teaches grounding also known as Earthling. Grounding makes contact with Earth energies and one is stabilized in the moment, the here and now—the state of happiness and contentment. Turtle energy enhances creativity and gives one the patience to bring thought into form. Turtle medicine is slow and steady. It focuses talents and abilities where they are needed and we are able to achieve remarkable results. It may be that you hit a snag and have to alter your directions on a project you are working on in March. Turtle tells you to slow down considerably and enjoy the land or cityscape—your environment wherever or whatever it is. Turtle always reminds you that when you walk upon the Earth you walk upon sacred ground. When you are standing with your bare feet on the Earth the place you are standing is holy.

WEST. Card Number 1, Eagle— WEST. Card Number 1, Eagle—Spirit. West signifies introspection and seeking higher truth within so turn your Eagle eyes inward. Eagle in the West is telling us March is a time for going within, scrutinizing our connection to Spirit, and fine-tuning our inner lives. Eagle is big medicine as almost everyone well knows. Eagle nests in the highest branches of the tree of life. Awe-inspiring Eagle gives us divine courage. Ask Eagle to bring higher medicine powers into your life. Eagle gives us a strong and direct connection with Great Mystery. Because of Eagle’s often high and circular flight, the feathered creature has been associated with the powers of the warrior sun. Possessing Eagle medicine, you stand out. You shine brightly.  If you are a Spiritual seeker, the majestic Eagle can transport you to the above world into the realm kept by this great feathered raptor—the place of the mysterious powers of Spirit. Eagle is a cosmic visionary and is pointing the way for you.

Eagle brings Spiritual renewal and may be bringing you a new beginning and new powers of Spiritual understanding. Eagle touches us with the divine. Eagle is the freest and most sovereign of all birds and an Eagle in flight is a marvelous sight to behold. You can be certain the Eagle sees you as well as you see them. Eagle has near panoramic vision and can view a vast territory yet Eagle sees the most minute details—they see six times more than humans and have the most powerful eyesight in the animal world. Eagle doesn’t miss a trick. Let Chief Eagle show you the Spirit roads. Eagle is a high warrior. Eagle does not waver nor should you.

NORTH. Card Number 27, Dragonfly—Illusion. North signifies the mind, the intellect, the place of the elder—wisdom. Dragonfly may be telling us, reminding us that the product of the mind is our thoughts. Thoughts are often illusions. How are thoughts shaping our realities and are they in fact reality or are we under the Illusion of fear about something? Fear is an illusion in itself. All is well, which in our world today seems a ridiculous thing to say – but know that it is true. Dragonfly lives in or near water. Examine your emotional state and keep it fluid. Look to the deeper meaning of your life. Old Fools-The-Eye, Dragonfly, is the ephemeral mystifying shapeshifter. Dragonfly is a magical being that carries the medicine of Illusion. Good luck usually accompanies a visitation by this enigmatic creature.  Dragonfly is a master of space and can fly in all six directions. Some elders have said that Dragonfly has the power to distort space and even time.  Dragonfly can foretell travel to a different area or even a move to a foreign country. Count on Dragonfly’s help if you need it. If you miss home, it is much easier now to communicate—there are myriads of ways to phone home.

Dragonfly signifies change and transformation. Dragonfly, the prophets, and medicine people have told us that our physical life is an Illusion – we can use this thought to help us stay light and shirk drama. You may need to spend some time near water– a river, a spring, a lake, an ocean, or even a simple water park someplace close by. Dragonfly needs to be near water and perhaps your spirit requires the same. If nothing else, enjoy a hot tub or go for a nice swim. Water is rejuvenating and has many special powers. Dragonfly may bring new insights or the fulfillment of a wish. Dragonfly may also bring new friendships or resurrect old ones. Enjoy Dragonfly medicine while it is around.

CENTER. Card Number 8, Otter—Woman Medicine. The Center is a constant, where we are at all times—the locus of what we think about now. Otter medicine speaks of feminine energy. Otter in the middle position this month indicates a time of centering female power. What needs a more intuitive touch? What is not working because of too much yang, or an overstepping of force?  All women have a component of masculine energy and all men have a component of feminine energy. Feminine energy is life itself and the life force within you. It is intuitive, heart-centered, empathetic, and nurturing. Otter tells you to seek your true nature and to have fun and enjoy life. Otter medicine will give you a strong energy boost. Extract and put good things into your life. Otters find joy at every turn. Flow with the waters of sensuality. Otters can be a bit mischievous and teasing. Otter brings a contagious exuberance and oftentimes good fortune. Otter Is a life-affirming and happy creature and signifies balanced female energy—in other words, Otter holds the powers of Woman Medicine and with it essential and profound Insights.

Woman Medicine is compassion itself. It is easy, soft, and encouraging. It is the energy of the ever-changing flow and harmony of existence. Otter energy may be telling you to be more open, childlike, and playful–to be happy and receptive to what life is bringing you. Otter heightens your power of intuition. Intuition is a sort of instant knowing. No thought or reasoning is required. Intuition holds the essence of divination. It is a good idea to listen to your intuition as it is your higher self trying to remind you of something important you already know.

Medicine Cards Reading for February 2023.

The card reading uses a simple four-direction Medicine Wheel Spread with an East card (1), a South card (2), a West card (3), a North card (4), and a Centering card (5), which is placed in the center. The random card selections were Bat, Horse, Dog, Snake and a centering card Lizard in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for the month of February 2023?

EAST.  Card Number 42, Bat–Rebirth.  Bats are flying mammals and the only mammals capable of flight. They know how and when to hibernate and Bat is adaptable to most situations. Bat has always been associated with reincarnation by various differing cultures.  Bat is an appropriate animal to be showing up in the East.  You may have a sudden life-changing understanding that brings you close to who you are—you may see yourself in a startling new light—a sudden passage from the mundane to the cosmic.  At least open yourself to that possibility. Let yourself go in that direction. Bats symbolize connections between life and death, an understanding one must master in order to obtain shamanic powers—so it is told.

Bat medicine brings the certainty of new opportunities. Bat can launch you into the fantastical and the magical. Bat may bring you a glaring huge gift. They can shake up your mindset and reshuffle the cards you are given to play. Bat can give you a better hand. Bat may harken an initiation into a new consciousness—a jarring of identity and the assumption of new personal powers. You have no doubt heard of an atom smasher. Well, Bat can be an ego smasher. You may have an unexpected visionary experience that gives you power and purpose. To achieve this realization, you may have to die a little to your old self. One thing is sure. You will be shaking hands with a new person— and that person is you!

SOUTH. Card number 35, Horse—Power. Keep on good terms with Horse medicine, with Power. Have a good balance with Horse but watch it–don’t let yourself get Horsed around by anyone. Horse was once a migratory herd animal. With strong Horse medicine, you may want the freedom to go places and do things. Horse may increase your confidence to take on important work. The gifts and medicines of the Horse are enormous. Horses transformed our world. They made goods easier to move. They sped up progress. They reduced distances. They allowed people to travel far and wide and interact and trade with each other—to exchange ideas and share knowledge—“cultural expansion” is another way of putting it.

Certain shamans and medicine people often called their drum a Horse. And like the Horse, the drum has many beneficial attributes. The drum was the Horse of compassion. It was used in many native rituals, sings, and healing ceremonies and knitted the people together in harmony and intent. Both Horses and drums are related to mother earth’s energy and the drum makes one aware of the heartbeat of the world. By using the Horse, and the drum, a medicine person could facilitate altered states and movement through non-ordinary reality.  One can ride the spirit Horse, the drum, into many beneficial realms and experiences. Let Horse send you galloping to great success this month and consider adding the drum to your spiritual practice—harnessing the powers of the magic Horse.

WEST. Card Number 14—Dog—Loyalty. Dogs are just about everywhere there are people. Dogs are the oldest domesticated animal, most often tamed and trained by women. Dogs have had close interactions with humans for eons. The Dog nation is vast but they all have one trait in common—Loyalty.  It may be that your Loyalties get tested during the month of February. With strong Dog medicine, you may need to sniff things out. Loyalty exists at the bedrock of culture—it is a given. Loyalty is what binds us together. If you are tempted to be disloyal to a certain individual or group, don’t. That is not the best way to go. The Dog nations teach us to honor our commitments to one another and to be Loyal. Loyalty is active, a verb–it’s what we actually do. Loyalty fosters an unbreakable trust.

It’s nice to know that you have a Loyal friend by your side who is always there for you. Dogs are faithful. Dogs are vigilant and devoted. Dogs instantly pick up on one’s emotional state. You can’t fool a Dog—the tail tells it. Dogs can even sense something coming toward you from miles away. They have a certain kind of hyper-awareness. Dogs give and expect Loyalty. Don’t be wishy-washy about it. Loyalty is a decision you make and it may at first be a difficult one. When Dog appears it is a good idea to get your loyalties straight. True Loyalty never wavers. It is steadfast. It goes the distance. We all know on some level that we must be Loyal to friends, family, clan, and country or culture. Not having this internal compass is risky. Be Loyal.

NORTH. Card Number 6—Snake—Transmutation. North is the place of wisdom and the direction can symbolize the mind so you may need to wisely change your mind about something. Snake is a trickster and facilitates enormous progress in metaphysical endeavors.  Snake may also be offering you transcendent power, a loss of your old tired self, shedding as it were, and the gain of new and vibrant energy. Snake symbolizes renewal. Snake may be telling you how to profitably bend in unusual ways according to your needs and circumstances in order to overcome what seem to be impossible obstacles. Snake could also be showing you how to strike with blinding accuracy and force and put a quick end to your lack of progress—Snake energy always gives balance and good health and is basically a very good omen.

Life is but a dream as is told in old stories and songs. Don’t just seek visions. It’s important to explore your dreams. Snakes and other hibernators such as bears are big dreamers. Dreams put you in touch with supernatural worlds. Know that these worlds are real. Snake may be protecting you in some way. Old Shaking Tail may be trying to warn you about the need to take care of some pressing matter you have overlooked and that is staring at you unblinkingly right in the face. Seeing a Snake may mean that change has come suddenly upon you. Be ready for it. Snake can ease your transition. Snake is an earthy animal and brings in a perfect balance of masculine and feminine energy.

CENTER. Card Number 36, Lizard—Dreaming. Dreams and visions are sacred and figure prominently in the old ways of life and Lizard can portend both. Similar to visions, Dreams can be instructors and teachers on your pathway. You can meet with your ancestors and find many a hidden truth in your Dreams. Lizard is telling you to remember them and to remember Dreams are sacred and especially so when Lizard is in the Center position. Let your Dreams nourish you as water nourishes a plant. Be with the now of the now of your Dreams. There may be something important you are missing. Be sure to have a dream journal or other writing material near you when you sleep so you can awaken and write your Dream experiences down. Later, when you are wide awake you can more fully analyze the Dream message or messages you have received.

Dream on. You may want to acquire a Dream catcher to hang over your bed to catch new and varied Dreams. Dreams often point the way to certain areas of your life that need your attention. Lizard is telling you to make Dreaming your ally. There are many kinds of dreams. They all have an impact on consciousness in one way or another–good and bad, remembered or forgotten. You may relive a former incarnation in a Dream. You may be able to solve a pressing riddle or problem that goes beyond logic in Dreamtime and manifest the exact answer you need. A power animal often comes in Dreams and could be trying to give you some much-needed medicine or power. An ancestor spirit may appear in the Dream dimensions and you can have direct contact with them—it is said that these Dreams are especially important and holy. Dreams are a gift. With Lizard medicine and Dream power alone you have the ability to shift and change most situations and greatly improve them.

Medicine Cards Reading for January 2023.

The card reading uses a simple four-direction Medicine Wheel Spread with an East card (1), a South card (2), a West card (3), a North card (4), and a Centering card (5), which is placed in the center. The random card selections were Butterfly, Owl, Beaver, Wolf and a centering card Hummingbird in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for the month of January 2023?

EAST.  Card Number 9, Butterfly—Transformation.  East direction symbolizes a new sunrise—a new beginning and so it is now a new year–a year with new possibilities and new spiritual potentials. Beautiful Butterfly, a Transformer medicine is dancing on the winds of change. Elders have said that some people can get stuck. Maybe Butterfly has flickered into your January reading to encourage you to dance your own dance and to let yourself go so that the next stage of your Transformation can emerge. Now, with Butterfly, there are openings to realization. Best you go for it.

You don’t really have to go anywhere to go somewhere. Go up is often a good option. Butterfly opens many opportunities to experience the mystical process of change—finding sweetness and beauty. You may want to wander near or far—rejuvenate and replenish your energy. You may even be moved to go on a journey to a power spot that will lift your spirit immensely. Butterfly may be giving you the lightness of spirit that can find a powerful place of expansive connection with the earth.

SOUTH. Card number 21, Owl—Deception.  Metaphysically South is related to the summertime, the fullness of the heart, the joys of discovery, and a time of blossoming. Owl is often telling one to develop their personal radar, their sixth sense.  Let Owl help you to see in the dark. Elders have said that Mother Earth was once in complete darkness and that Owl has done its level best, without success, to keep it that way. Owl has now come along in the South to help you open your eyes wide in order to see and track down Deception coming at you in your everyday world. In other words, to know what is going on. You may have various “ah ha” moments when your senses detect Deception giving you the medicine to be able to take the necessary steps to protect yourself from being hoodwinked or swindled.

Does Owl appear in your dreams or perhaps call to you in the dead of night? In some Native American Cultures Owls are associated with magic and powers to move through the great silence, to teleport as it were—to work wonders in far-off locations.  In western popular culture, Owls are often linked with death or approaching death. The creature is taken to be an extremely bad omen. Not necessarily so–Owl allows one to see through illusion and gives one certainty concerning their own wisdom and inner knowing. Owl teaches one to honor wisdom whenever and wherever it occurs. January may be a month of overcoming ignorance and a month of great insights and vast new awakenings. If you have lost something physical or even nonphysical, ask Owl to help you recover it. As often happens, unexpectedly, they will.

WEST. Card Number 22 Beaver—Builder. West is the self-examination place, the place of introspection. West is the place of the inner understanding of self.  Beaver is known as Grandfather Two-teeth and Spanky-tail and by many other names and carries the medicine of Builder. Beaver in the West is telling you to pay attention to the architecture of your life. Determine your goals and ambitions—your master plan. Beaver is showing up to help you in this and to boost your understanding of your latent Building skills so that you may construct, reshape, Build and/or create anything you may want or need. Beaver is a strong medicine for bringing your desires into concrete form. Of course, as the saying goes, you will have to be busy as a Beaver. Ask the Beaver power to be with you. Stay focused and do the work necessary to achieve your material objectives.

Beavers don’t say much but they have the ability to touch people at deep levels. They are always doing—being busy. Beaver is an exemplary medicine teacher so follow Beaver’s lead. Shake off apathy. You can accomplish great feats now. Beaver urges you to get going while success can flow your way. Beaver is saying not to muddle around—but be decisive and creative. Then take the proper steps to engage and complete your construction. Beaver works hard but never regrets the hectic pace of their life—up and doing is a part of their medicine, their motto, and they plunge into work having a great deal of fun along the way. Beaver may also be telling you to drink lots of pure water and to stay hydrated. After all, Beaver mostly lives in water so quench your thirst and keep your emotions flowing by having a positive attitude all the while pursuing new and innovative experiences. Beaver medicine helps you transmute negative emotions into optimism.

NORTH. Card Number 15 Wolf—Teacher. North is indeed the top of the world. It is the place of culmination and maturity—the place where stands the wise elder, the place of courage and strength, deep spiritual knowledge and understanding—not from a textbook but experiential knowledge. According to oral history, it was at the beginning of the world when Great Spirit told Wolf to go and explore the world, each trail, and every terrain. Since that time a long time ago Wolf has been understood to be a Teacher of measure and order. If you have fallen from your path, there is no better medicine than Wolf to set you right back on track because Wolf has been down every trail of earth and always knows the way. Wolf can never be fooled because they have been there. Wolf is willing to share their knowledge.

Wolf, the great Teacher, has a mystic understanding of all environments. Ask Wolf to be your guide on the learning road and cut the trail that leads to your destiny. Make plans to get educated, not necessarily in a formal setting. Remember that a Teacher is a transformer. If not, you may be wasting your time. Remember that real learning can be painful and push you light years from your comfort zone. Learning can be the passing of a torch that can light the world. Some knowledge is forbidden and must be stalked and captured. Questions and answers often coexist in the most unlikely places and a guiding Wolf can take you there where you can learn the true secrets of creation and be worthy of wearing the mantle of Teacher.

CENTER. Card Number 44—Hummingbird—Joy. Center. The Center of the medicine wheel is a spiritual and ceremonial place of balanced personal power—the intersection of all the directions and a spirit portal. Moving always from your center is an ancient concept to continually be in your highest self—alert and aware. Hummingbird in the Center augurs well for the month of January.  Hummingbird has an expansive spirit embodying endless rainbows of Joy and light. Hummingbirds love medicine and is often called upon to lift spirits and increase enjoyment of life. Hummingbirds’ beauty puts one in touch with the magnificence of all creation.

Center yourself in pure light. Practice this and you will light up a room. Seek beauty. Sacred Hummingbird’s energy this month brings in an abundance of Joy, the resilience of spirit. Hummingbird can hover and move in any direction. Let Hummingbird show you versatility—new and similar ways to move. Open your heart to the beauty of little things in your everyday world. Call on Hummingbird to help jump your vibration to a higher level. Hummingbird in the Center brings Joy in the immediate. So enjoy. Do what you need to do to make yourself happy and you will automatically make other people around you happy—a good way to begin a new year.