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Medicine Card reading for August 2022, by David Carson

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 Whale, Bat, Turtle, Crow and a centering card Grouse in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for the month of August 2022?

EAST.  Card number 41, Whale—Record Keeper. East, is the breaking light of dawn, the awakening. Since East is a doorway, enter and listen. Whale, is the shaman of oceans. Ask Whale to untie and release you any difficult karma. Whale is singing for you and you have taken a step into the paranormal and supra-consciousness. Whale is a swimming library and holds the archives of the universe and the Akashic records of our earth. Remember that Whale holds the knowledge of all that exists within the ethers. Ask Whale to help you make a jump in consciousness.

Once you touch with Whale energy synchronistic occurrences abound. You may have a sudden insight. You may see images and have an unexpected recall of a past or a future life. Remote viewing can happen in momentary visions or at surprising moments. You may hear a familiar voice or experience déjà vu.  Pay particular attention to your dreams during this time and keep a dream journal. Whale may show you numbers to win the lottery. It’s possible. Your dreams may be trying to tell you something important you’ve missed in your ordinary awareness.

SOUTH. Card number 42, Bat—Rebirth. South is the season of summer and the place on the medicine wheel where stands the child. Bats sleep during the day and wake up when it gets dark. Find wisdom in the hours after dusk. Bat is a flying mammal and may be helping with an important change you need to make.  Bat often signals sudden transitions telling you to let the old go and welcome the new. Repetitive thought forms may be dying and you may be able to release yourself from their stultifying nature and drop some of your negative baggage and fixations. Let them go—get rid of them.  In fact, now is the perfect time to go cold turkey and let go of any stubborn addictions or bad habits.

Bats are important because they eat insects and keep a balance with nature and the ecosystem. Bats often speak of a different approach to your state of affairs. You may want to get off to an entirely new start in some area of your life. Use your intuition, your sonar if you will, when Bat is prominent in your card spread. Intuition brings nudges from your subconscious mind. Find the good way forward. You may be becoming more and more of a night person, staying awake later than usual. If this is happening to you, make friends with night. Use the night to pull from the treasure trove of your unconscious.

WEST. Card number 10, Turtle—Mother Earth. West is the autumn of life and a time to go inward, a time to enjoy the harvest, the fruits from Mother Earth. The fruits of the Earth are truly our cornucopia of blessings. We belong to Mother Earth. Let her wisdom bring you into harmony, vitality, and naturalness. If you are looking for longevity, study Turtle. Turtles have built-in protection, a natural shield. Turtles often live to be over 100 years old. Some tribes in Mesoamerica believe Turtles hold the secret to immortality.

Dances and ceremonies honoring Turtle are held by various tribes who believe Turtle offers a connection to ancestor spirits. Taking a lesson from Turtle, slow down. Touch the Earth. Be grounded and enjoy each step of the way. Find your life’s best and easiest rhythm. We who live on Turtle Island, the North American Continent, have a special link to the eternal Mother and to Turtle power. Turtle is very sacred in many cultures throughout the world.  Ask Turtle for strength, stability, adaptability, and emotional support. Each of us has a responsibility to give back to Mother Earth. Do that by living mindfully and sustainably.

NORTH. Card number 24, Crow—Law. North is the resting place, the winter of our soul. Crows are placed in the north of the medicine wheel. Crows are powerful medicine keepers. Crows are messengers from Mystery and the keepers of sacred Law and earthly Law. One Law is change and often Crow announces it—change will be forthcoming. We are asked to implement transformation—evolution. Be open to positive change and do what you can to further it. The highest Law of course is unconditional love in any and all situations.

If you see one Crow, make a wish. Crow will take your wish and give it to the void and sooner or later your wish will be fulfilled. Beware of making harsh judgments. Crow may be asking you to be more forgiving of yourself and others. Be kind-hearted, be mindful, be wise, have compassion but be practical as well.  A dear friend or family member may visit. Something you have lost will be found or returned to you. If you have to make an important decision, ask Crow for help because now is the time to decide.

CENTER. Card Number 34, Grouse—Sacred Spiral. The Center is symbolized by the umbilicus and signifies cyclical forces. With this card put yourself at the Center–be at Center. Be aware and in touch with your personal power. Sacred Spiral is feminine in nature and reminds us that we are all born from woman.  Spirals go clockwise and counter-clockwise–spinning, spinning. The act of spiraling is said to unite the physical with the spiritual. Grouse medicine has the power to take you inward to understanding and illumination. Many skillful shamans in various cultures have found the whirlpool, the vortex that takes one to the center of the universe—an interface with Great Mystery.

Grouse asks you to be more proactive with life and energetically address difficulties you may be having. Forget about your smartphone or any of your other devices. Spend time alone in nature. You may want to bring more movement into your life such as long walks, and exercise—and remember to dance alone or with a partner. Dance the good medicine dance when you feel comfortable in doing so. Try spiraling counter-clockwise. Go inward to your DNA. DNA is also a spiral and returns you to your deep ancestral knowing.

Medicine Card reading for July 2022, by David Carson.

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 Moose, Hummingbird, Elk, Dragonfly and a centering card Raven in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for the month of July 2022?

EAST.  Card number 11, Moose—Self-Esteem. Look to the East for inspiration and new beginnings. East is a doorway–the golden Eagle of the East breaks the darkness and night with warmth and light and so this Medicine Card reading begins. Meet with powerful and majestic Moose energy beginning in early July. Moose is expansive and optimistic. Moose tells you to relish everything that makes you you. Do not judge yourself. Instead, give yourself unconditional acceptance and credit for all that you are. Begin the month by being proud of all that you attempt – your botches are as valuable as your accomplishments—and everything you are. Boost your sense of Self-Esteem and don’t let your circumstances or other people bring you down. What you think about yourself is all-important now so gift yourself with some of Moose’s power—that of high Self-Esteem.

When you’ve got it, flaunt it. Stand tall and carry on. Moose is the big one, the largest member of the deer family. Moose is the perfect medicine power to bring forth if you feel like you are being underrated or overlooked. Call on Moose medicine to help you step forward with imposing personal power—with your own particular largess.  You have knowledge. You have wisdom. You’ve been there and you’ve done amazing things so stand up and be counted. You don’t have to put up with putdowns or cheap shots. With Moose showing up at your eastern gate and bringing you spiritual nourishment, it is time to put yourself first and give yourself the praise you deserve. Pat yourself on the back for your many virtues and show the world your value.

SOUTH. Card number 44 Hummingbird—Joy. The child in the south unpacks the world. Pay attention to little things when you are in the south. And the beautiful Flower Eagle, known as Hummingbird, is the smallest member of the bird tribes. It may be the tiniest of birds but the medicine it carries is big, especially during low-vibrational times. Hummingbird may be telling you to search for and discover a flower essence that you resonate with. Also, you may be able to find a “power hum” and develop it. Give yourself a Harmonic boost by humming your favorite song as you work. Studies have shown that humming diminishes stress and anxiety. You may hit on a harmonic resonance that picks you up and taps you into a potent creative vein.

Hummingbird can pull you right out of the doldrums. Call on Hummingbird so you can lighten up and tune up your vibration.  Attract more love and light into your field. If you need resilience, Hummingbird is there for you. Hummingbird brings the multi-colors of a rainbow which can bring happiness.  Sacred Hummingbird bodes well in the south of the everyday world and can open hardened hearts and bring great happiness in the usual and in the ordinary. Remember the sweetness of life at all levels of your being–this is the Hummingbird’s message.

WEST. Card number 3, Elk—Stamina. West is the place of inner contemplation and self-examination—the adult stands in the West. There are several Deer tribe energies in this Medicine Card reading. Elk medicine, “Wapti” medicine, offers protection on many fronts–the idea of loving and easy-going energies with kindness toward all, so that everywhere you go is a blessing. Compassion is implicit. Elk can give you the resolve to get many of your most important jobs done. Elk are noted for their speed and agility—their ability to pace themselves and get to where they are going without burning out. Elk shows you how to meet the stresses confronting you with a minimum of effort on your part. Stresses do not drain Elk but instead cheer Elk ever onward.

Elk medicine empowers and gives courage. Your finances should progress well for the month and beyond with steady and timely improvement. Elk can stoke up your inner resolve and sense of purpose and Elk continuously gives you Stamina and strength. You will not lag behind because Elk can put you in the “now” and help you stay up to the minute—important in today’s world with fast-moving events and changing technologies. Time may shift realities but Elk keeps pace with reserves of energy. Elk stays relevant.

NORTH. Card number 27, Dragonfly—Illusion. North holds experience and wisdom. The Wise Elder whispers to you from the North. Dragonfly medicine has been around for a long long time. Dragonfly is the great mesmerizing Illusionist and if you examine carefully the vibrant colors shimmering over their glassine wings you may see many worlds and universes. The creature can help you adapt to a change of any sort giving you glimpses into hidden meanings—a pronounced simplicity for always seeing the truth.  You are experiencing growth and may have to stretch to be comfortable in a new reality. You’ve surely got that covered with Dragonfly’s support.

Let Dragonfly enhance your personal journey. Dragonfly is hatched in water and lives near water. Ponder on your relationship to the sacred waters. Pray over your drinking water. Indeed, water can be a spirit catcher. Ask Dragonfly medicine for regeneration. Water, they say, holds emotion and memory. It is important you have a good clear appreciation of the water element and know that it sustains all of life. Water is holy and holds a spiritual force that elevates you.

CENTER. Card Number 16, Raven—Magic.  The Center is the place to get Centered, let the past go and be present. Be where you are.  Raven is at the Center of your wheel in July and all roads lead to the Center, so it is told. The great hoop with its Centering medicine is there for all people. Raven brings Magic and the magical force of the master Magician opening the way so that Magic can enter into your life. Raven offers you a Magic wand and that wand is your intention by which you can stir the waters of positive change. Magical wizard Raven has the ability to bend time and Raven is the big chief of past life regression.

Raven says, “Find your shadow,” that is to say, don’t be afraid to consult with your shadow self for answers. Find that elusive hiding place in your psyche where your life script and coping energies have originated. Once discovered, use the lightning bolt of your understanding and willpower to make Magical changes. One must be whole to work real magic, otherwise, you are just playing games and parlor tricks. Raven instructs you to never lose your faith in real Magic. Magic or mystery lingers near at all times but you must be welcoming and open to it. Then you must trust yourself and when you know the time is just right, step forward and become the master Magician. Work Magic for the good of all.

Medicine Card reading for June 2022, by David Carson

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 Fox, Turkey, Dog, Porcupine, and a centering card, Swan in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for the month of June 2022?

EAST.  Card number 25, Fox–Camouflage. Foxes are sly and cunning and often noted for their uncanny abilities. If you need to be flexible, there is no better medicine to help you find a way. There are many kinds of Foxes, Red Fox and Silver Fox as an example. There are even Blue Foxes. In any case Fox’s main medicine is Camouflage. Fox has the ability to blend into the environment and become invisible to most observers. Learn from the elusive Fox. Fox may be telling you there is something obvious that you are not picking up on and telling you to open your eyes. See what is hidden and behind outward appearances. You may be greatly surprised.

Fox could be telling you to disappear for a while and become invisible. Be like Fox. Lay low. You too have the ability to conceal and blend in when the need arises. Become like the unseen wind. Weave through any hindrance or difficult situation unnoticed and unperturbed.  If you are quiet and watchful you will observe many things that normally go unseen. Foxiness is an attitude. Be seen when and how you choose. This is the nimble way of Camouflage and the mystic path of Fox.

SOUTH. Card number 31, Turkey—Give-Away. The South concerns consensus reality in the context of new life and new beginnings. Turkey tells you to go easy and share your gifts without expectations. Turkey knows of the sacrifice and often brings forth our most spiritual nature. Turkey is said to be clairvoyant and Turkeys were once considered to be important diviners. You may get sudden helpful insights with Turkey close by. Turkey is referred to as the “Give-away Eagle” by various Native American peoples and indeed you may be feeling a spirit of giving growing within you and a desire to make a contribution to the world and to serve humanity.

Conversely, Turkey may simply be bringing you good luck, good fortune—abundance, clairvoyance, generosity, or prosperity. You may soon be getting a large gift. Or you may get a nod from the universe giving you permission to not hold back. Go for it and gift yourself an important gift you desire. Turkey feathers are often substituted for eagle feathers in ceremonies. Turkey feathers are said to bring harmony and balance—their energies open one’s heart and mind with gratitude.

WEST. Card number 14, Dog–Loyalty. The west on the medicine wheel is the introspective Looks-Within place. Therefore, examine your Loyalties.  What does Dog mean to you in your deepest self? Dog has some serious teachings and good medicine. Most Dogs are pleasant companions. Companionship with Dogs lessens anxiety and stress. Dog was one of the first domesticated animals and there has always been in a close bond between humans and Dogs. Dogs are devoted and have served as both guardians and protectors since time immemorial. They have assisted in carrying burdens and were once the major pack animals before the arrival of the horse in North America, the Turtle Continent.  Dogs can indeed lighten your load.

Dog, it is said, will give you inner power to overcome a pressing obstacle. Let the Dog spirit show you the way. Dogs are Loyal to humans who are worthy. Loyalty has many facets—trust, love, and acceptance. It is a two-way street. There is nothing superficial about Dog. They manifest the truth of their inner being. Let your dog, your pet, become your guru, your teacher.  Go ahead, play and bliss out and get in touch with your own loving nature—laughing and frolicking, a total bonding, a deep acceptance and devotion. Perhaps these qualities have become lost inside your shadow self—the West. Let the spirit of Dog free them.

NORTH. Card number 12, Porcupine–Innocence. Porcupine is in the North, in wisdom so use cold logic and don’t be sensitive. However, watch out for unexpected barbs in June, one or several unkind remarks intended to offend. Best just to ignore them and laugh. Porcupine has the power of faith and trust and embodies these medicines well.  Porcupine is afraid of nothing and has a quality of tolerant acceptance — “You do what you need to do and I’ll do what I need to do. Don’t bother me and I won’t bother you. Just get on with your business.” All good advice from Porcupine.

Innocence is a liberation from the mind, a state of purity. You may want to examine any irrational beliefs you may be harboring and work on getting rid of them. Consider what gives you glee? What gives you joy?  What can you immerse yourself in that gives you pleasure—an activity you can bind with? You can disappear and exist in the eye of happiness with no thought of self or other. Think about it. This is liberation. This is the trusting state, the Innocent state that Porcupine medicine embraces.

CENTER. Card Number 39, Swan–Grace.  Center yourself in Swan medicine, your Centering card for this June. Swan is a high flyer in the skies above and carries the good medicines of the upper world. If you see a Swan in nature, make a wish. If appropriate, Swan will carry it to the brightest star which in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan as it swims through the Milky Way. Your wish will be granted. Swan has come to help you to quit resisting self-transformation. Embrace your beautiful inner self. Be still and know you are due for a positive change in consciousness. Swan speaks of your responsibility to be beautiful within and identify outwardly with the beauty all around you. Swan teaches us to be at peace with all planes of consciousness and trust and flow with Great Spirit’s design.

Elegant and beautiful, Swan is said to bestow the powers of light and wisdom to those who are getting up in years. If you are an elder, Swan ought to spike your happiness quotient considerably. Walk in beauty, be in Grace, as the saying goes– having Grace under pressure, Grace under fire, unruffled, keeping your composure and being in complete harmony with the moment. The essence of beauty is within which then reflects outward. Swan Card represents Grace which is dignity, purity, trust and poise, a knowing that you are on the good road, the right road—the road as it is exemplified by Swan.

Medicine Card reading for May 2022, by David Carson.

Medicine Card reading for May 2022, by David Carson. 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 Hawk, Buffalo, Raven, Rabbit and a centering card, Coyote in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for the month of May 2022?

EAST.  Card number 2, Hawk. Hawks are the sacred Messenger birds and a message soon will be forthcoming.  Listen to your intuition. Hawk’s communications are strong and relevant but not necessarily obvious.  You may need to dig and be more observant. Hawk may be showing up to help with a lack of communication difficulty, showing how you can get a bird’s-eye view from a different perspective while hovering over your problems and seeing all the components in their complexities. This understanding opens a path and this is the best way forward.

Hawk is powerful, a raptor. Hawks see clearly and are hyperaware communication experts. Hawk may be pointing you to other channels of communication such as art, poetry, or song—the list could be exhaustive. Be attentive. Hawk knows the best ways to get a point across.  If you feel bottled up and stuck in your communications with others, use Hawk medicine to connect to the upper world which makes your words flow. If you need to give a speech or an important address or simply interact in an important Zoom call or another platform it should be a snap and you will fly right through it—and have an enjoyable experience.

SOUTH. Card number 19, Buffalo. Buffalo is the medicine of Prayer and Abundance. Buffalo says, “I am Tonka, Buffalo. I am mighty but one day I will fall down (buffalo jumps). I will come back to you with food. You can dry my flesh. It will make you strong and it will keep a long time. I will come back to you with shelter (teepees). I will come back to you as clothing and moccasins. I’ll be back with Buffalo robes so that you can sleep and be warm under them on the coldest of nights. I give you these gifts. I am Buffalo. I am holy. I am sacred. Honor me by prayer, ask for what you need and you will soon have plenty.”  And indeed it was so for eons to come.

Our world is truly a world of giving and receiving. What you cast out is what will come back to you manifold. If you have a gift to give away, you must. Consider going on a gift-giving binge, a sort of personal potlatch. Let your goodwill overflow in the process. Buffalo reminds you of the give-away and that a gift is not a gift until it is given. Buffalo may be advising you to give a special gift to someone who is struggling.  You may want to provide for their needs in a loving and mindful way.  At the least, you could host a potluck dinner in the spirit of giving, gratitude, and sharing nourishment with friends and family.

WEST. Card number 16, Raven. Raven is said to be a spiritual bird capable of bringing enlightenment. It can also shine a light on places where light is needed. If you are decisive many new doors of opportunity are open to you. Raven is a creative force and is just what is needed for this month.  You can be sure that Magic is in the air. Magic is afoot with Raven appearing in the west. There may be a certain Magic in the world about you or perhaps you are creating your own magic in the world–or both.  Raven seeks to help you reach into the Mystery and utilize your full potential—those awesome powers hidden in the shadows.

Honor Raven as the bringer of Magic and the light of deeper truths. The blue-black birds represent the cosmos—the void from which all is born. You may have a great deal of energy to accomplish your goals this month. Raven is a bridge to the miraculous.  Be attentive to premonitions. Raven always asks you to be the Magician–a transformer, a changer. But in order to change the world, you must first change your mind and know there are plenty of people who want and need your light, your magical powers, your courage, and your strength.

NORTH. Card number 30, Rabbit. Rabbit’s teaching is about Fear and the power to overcome panic if and when it comes around. You may have some anxious and fearful thoughts creeping into your consciousness in mid-May—it’s possible. You may be more sensitive and reactive than is usual. Rabbit too sometimes becomes very afraid and calls Fear and the Fear materializes and comes running—whatever Fear it is that Rabbit imagines. People do the same becoming obsessive and feeding themselves negative visualizations and then the Fear shows up for real.

In spite of Rabbit often being called the ‘Fear Caller’, Rabbit is also an exemplary warrior. To be sure there are healthy Fears best being heeded. Fear may actually be playing an important role in keeping you safe. But there is a difference between caution and Fear. Stop watching and talking about the horrific things happening in the world. Whenever Fear crops up think about happier times. Instead of trying to control the future, concentrate on doing smaller tasks that are meaningful in your life or the life of others. Do the things that need to be done. Give them your complete attention. Soldier on. Be the conquering warrior claiming victory over Fear.

CENTER. Card Number 13, Coyote. Watch yourself. Be aware and take care because Coyote is the Centering card for May. First of all, Coyote is capable of banishing your gloom so you can get out and have a lot of laughs. But as you probably know Coyote is a magical being capable of turning your life upside-down. May may well be a vexing and tricky month for you to get through so you are likely to be thinking out of the box, or at least you should be because there could be some trips ups in the middle of your path–all compliments of Coyote. Be on your guard and don’t get hoodwinked by the great Trickster.

Just as importantly, be on the lookout for the Coyote inside of you–self-sabotage in other words.  Watch your inner mouth and quit running negativity. You can bet your powerful unconscious is gobbling it up if you do and manifest it in ways that are not particularly rewarding. Aspire to have an inner dialogue that’s lighthearted and on the bright side.

Medicine Card reading for April 2022, by David Carson

Medicine Card reading for April 2022, by David Carson. 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 Ant, Opossum, Dragonfly, Squirrel and a centering card, Raccoon in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for the month of April 2022?

East. Card number 32, Ant. Ants are the original mound builders. Inherent in human nature too is the building of great monuments. The ancients have left us many temples, pyramids, and mysterious earthworks. We can see the ancients had amazing technical skills. Some of the temple mounds date back to even later than 3000 BC. Now for the question Ant may be asking you: is there something enduring, great or small—you name it, a monument loosely defined (invention, a business, building, art, performance, music, etc. you long to get accomplished? If your answer is yes, Ant has come along to help you in your pursuit.

Efficiency., industriousness, organizational ability, perseverance, unity, and order are all well-known attributes of Ant. Ant tells you to endure, work hard toward a purpose and have patience. Ants are always busy, always building.  Ant is a steady worker and shows you the way to do some heavy lifting this month. With Ant medicine, you can take on and accomplish huge jobs–those jobs that require a great deal of Patience and effort over a long haul.

SOUTH. Card number 23, Opossum. Possums, as most people call these ancient beings, date back to over fifty million years ago to the time of the dinosaurs. Whatever they have been doing ever since must have worked because Possum is still here and dinosaurs are long gone. Possums are Turtle Island’s only marsupial which means the young are suckled in their mother’s pouch. Possum may be asking you to provide nurture to yourself or others. With Possum energy you may need a break from your usual endeavors in order to get centered and reoriented to your objectives. Follow your intuition and see where it leads. Possums are nocturnal and you may need to plug into the energy of the night to help inspire a project. Meditate, dream and let Possum bring a spike to your sensitivity and instinctual knowing.

Possum feigns death as a strategy for survival, and sometimes being quiet and laying low is a good strategy for us too. Use this technique to take advantage of downtime, regroup and contemplate your next move. If there is something you’ve been thinking about doing, lay low and really think it out. Possum may be telling you to develop a strategy for your next important moves in life—maybe one with less struggle and more energy return. Possum may also be signaling that a diversion is needed in your life, perhaps something as simple as a short trip or vacation to divert yourself from too much seriousness. Let Possum help you strategize, center, and reorganize your approach to your circumstances.

WEST, Card number 27, Dragonfly. Do you suspect it is all a big fake out—an unescapable trick of the mind? Ask Dragonfly for help. Dragonfly is an ephemeral, magical being and represents the medicine of Illusion–all the while teaching one to see beyond appearances. The eye (and the mind) can trick us, so we question and are puzzled about the real nature of things and the continuous change we all experience day-to-day. Dragonfly nudges us toward wisdom and enlightenment by showing us that illusions exist. Analyze and break down the illusions and restrictions you have put upon yourself. Dragonfly draws us closer to Great Mystery.

Some folks call Dragonflies “Snake Doctors.” This makes sense because the dragon is serpentine and the Dragonfly is frequently seen to be hovering around snakes. The habitat of Dragonfly is most often near water—a spring, lake, river, stream, etc. Water is linked to emotion.  Dragonfly may be showing up to help you fix an emotional problem. The shimmering dazzling Dragonfly can help you transition to a new understanding, a new state that is more in the flow. Dragonfly tells you to relax, chill, enjoy the show. And life can certainly be a magic show, a joyride–a romp in the fields of maya.  Easy as she goes in other words—but don’t fight against so-called reality. Embrace it.

NORTH. Card number 26, Squirrel. Squirrels are a cheerful lot and go about their business methodically. Squirrel is the medicine of Gathering on all levels. Get some squirrel smarts. The past is a done deal. Squirrel tells you to honor your future. Life is sometimes erratic and difficult. It doesn’t have to be that way. Set goals and plan how you can accomplish them. Gather what you may need for the times to come. Sock it in, squirrel it away. Be prepared for eventualities. Have what you will need but don’t cling to useless possessions.

Squirrel sometimes warns about a tooth problem so you might want to check with your dentist if you are worried about one. Squirrel has a positive attitude which reduces negativity. Squirrel teaches abundance. Be like Squirrel. Aim to climb high. Don’t accept any obstacles. They have amazing energy. With Squirrel in your cards, you might need or want to have some fun indoors or outdoors. Meditate on Squirrel to help you see what’s in the road ahead—spiritually or materially.

CENTER. Card number 46, Raccoon. It is said that all roads, all ways, all philosophies lead to the center and we should walk our path in this understanding, this wisdom. Raccoon is the centering medicine for April. Consider now Raccoon’s true medicine which is that of a Generous Protector. They provide for the old and the young alike. Raccoon has been called the Robin Hood of the forest. They like to live far back in the deepest tangle woods where dogs don’t hunt. Raccoon tells you to connect with your inner warrior and stand and protect those who are in difficulty or need. Provide for them generously. Raccoon is understandably a symbol for masks. Yet this powerful medicine in this instance may be telling you to unmask and get inside an alter ego—a second self, a self you have hidden from the world.

Raccoon is native to North America but has made her or his way to the Middle East, Central Asia, and parts of Europe—moving out and moving on one might say. Today most people around the globe are aware of Raccoons because Raccoons are experts in the use of psychometry, a form of ESP. Raccoons are able to pick up considerable information by simply touching an object. Raccoon’s humanlike hypersensitive hands are capable of picking up hidden signatures from the past. Go ahead. Try it for yourself. Rub your hands together. See what psychic info you are able to get from holding an object. You may be surprised.

April fool! Raccoons are not noted for psychometry.

Medicine Card reading for March 2022, by David Carson.

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 Spider, Prairie Dog, Hummingbird, Mountain Lion and a centering card, Jaguar in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for the month of March 2022?

East. Card number 48, Spider. Most of the world’s people believe that to see a Spider means extreme good fortune is coming soon. That could be true for you too if Spider has caught your eye. On the other hand, Spider may be telling you to beware of traps. Don’t get ensnared in other people’s difficulties. Pay attention to your own needs. Spider is the medicine of Weaving. The Navajo people, more properly known as the Dine people, pronounced “{dah neigh” – “neigh” like a horse) believe in a goddess they credit with first thought. From that first thought she, the great creatrix, our Spider Mother, wove the universe. She is the weaver of worlds and she created creation. She is working tirelessly on that tapestry, so it is said. Creation is a work in progress on her loom of time.

Grandmother Spider’s energy can help you in any creative endeavor. Spider medicine brings good medicine aplenty. Feminine power, linguistic skills, artistry, climbing ability, patience, persistence, and the manifestation of wealth and prosperity are just some of the qualities associated with Spider medicine. If you want to get technical, pattern recognition is also a medicine of Spider. They are skilled engineers. Spider web is a binding medicine—catch what you want and bind it and hold it.  Use Spider medicine to connect with your deepest intelligence and to enhance essential connections.

SOUTH. Card number 47, Prairie Dog. Prairie Dogs are not really dogs. They get their name from a noisy barking sound they make. Prairie Dogs are sprightly, gregarious, entertaining, social, happy little creatures most of the time and bring forth the same kind of energy as this. Their home territory was once a lot bigger than Paris and London combined. In pre-Colombian times it is said there were Prairie Dog towns that stretched for hundreds of miles from Oklahoma into Canada, as an example.  There were billions of urban Prairie Dog inhabitants. They have a lot of predators—humans, eagles, hawks, owls and other birds of prey, dogs, coyotes, rattlesnakes, bobcats, foxes, and actual dogs, to name some of them. They were and still are being ruthlessly eradicated but some are protected in National Parks.

Prairie Dogs never stray far from home, not more than a hundred feet or so. That might be good advice for a lot of people these days. It may be to your advantage to stick close to your residence. Prairie Dog’s medicine is Retreat so whenever it is possible for you, take an at-home break—have a kind of staycation. There will be many new possibilities in front of you.  The trick is to see the familiar in a different light. Pamper yourself. Treat yourself and turn off your phone, your computer, and any other detracting noisemakers. Burn a little sage, cedar, and sweetgrass. Bathe yourself in the smoke. Get centered and let your stress, troubles, and woes mix with the wonderful fragrances and be gone. Relax. Focus on you.  Be with you. Be at peace in your niche of the world. Rejuvenation is always possible. Do some deep breathing.  Munch on some of your favorite food. And you can pray or meditate or read some uplifting spiritual literature. Be good to yourself, happy and friendly just like lively Prairie Dogs.

WEST. Card number 44, Hummingbird. Take only a few deep breaths imagining you are breathing in a bright red, that is to say the favorite color of Hummingbirds. Hummingbird is the medicine of Joy and this bodes well for you this month. Whenever Hummingbird is around, love and light are in play. Think of the beautiful rainbow bird that darts through negativity. Boost your vibration. Be open to new experiences. Let the powers of Hummingbird lift you up and open your heart to the Joy of love. If you are seeking love, ask Hummingbird to bring it on. Wear a bit of the color red—but just a little smidgen, not too much. A little bit should do the trick.

Hummingbirds are unique in their maneuverability, and they are able to fly fast and straight, hover in one spot, fly upside down and backward. They are territorial and they can be very protective of their space. They got game and they got the moves. Hummingbird medicine can help you be at home in the various shifting facets of our present-day material culture, buoy you up so to speak, with a lightness of spirit while helping you to keep your energy high and joyful.

NORTH. Card number 17, Mountain Lion. Mountain Lions are a diminishing population from Canada to southern South America. Maybe that’s why there is such a lack of competent Leadership. Mountain Lion tells you that YOU are the leader you have been waiting for. These American Lions are native to the Americas and make their home anywhere there is large game. Mountain Lions are agile and can be swift, fierce, and savage. Mountain Lions have great strength. Because they are Mountain Lions they often live in the mountains where no one else can climb—that’s rather like what a leader does. Great leaders get above the fray. They’ve already been there. They’ve done that and they have seen the world from the mountain top. Their Leadership and authority are unquestionable.

Mountain Lions have keen intuition and will naturally take charge of every situation. Real Leaders are visionaries. They have honesty and integrity. They automatically inspire one to do their best. People gladly follow the cougar’s lead. Mountain Lion combines intention with power—the power of accomplishment. All to say leadership is a role you may have to assume at some point this month. Believe in your own abilities and be ready for this eventuality.

CENTER. Card number 51, Jaguar. Whoa! Jaguar comes bounding into the picture to emphasize your responsibility to your personal power. Jaguar is the medicine of Integrity and Impeccability—a lot of big cat medicine here and with the previous Mountain Lion card. Jaguar is symbolic of abundance and protection. Jaguar brings in ferociousness. Never doubt it and never lower your vibration for anyone. This magnificent feline possesses mesmerizing beauty as well as unflinching raw power seen in her every act. To lock eyes with the mirrored eyes of Jaguar is to experience an unshakable will–an impact you won’t soon forget.

Jaguar is a transformative medicine. Be open to change. With Jaguar appearing as a centering card, you will have to walk your talk for the month of March. No fudging. A Jaguar stays focused. Jaguar is said to have two sets of eyes and is depicted that way in Mesoamerican art. This means Jaguar has second sight and the gift of remote viewing and telepathy—great gifts to writers, poets, and artists of any kind. Second sight is often a doubling, both a seeing and a manifesting. Jaguar power may be bringing you spiritual healing and because matter follows spirit, there will be physical healing as well.

Medicine Card reading for February 2022, by David Carson

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, Beaver, Bear, Antelope, and a centering card, Swan in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for the month of February 2022?

East. Card number 34, Grouse. Grouse is the medicine of Sacred Spiral. The old ones tell it this way when explaining Grouse Medicine teachings.  Our world is a kettle being stirred. It is as though we are doing a hoop dance inside this turning energy– going around and around.  Be sure to keep on good terms with the winds. You do this by giving your visible prayers in the form of smoke to the four directions (four winds). In any case, be grateful for the air we breathe and the atmospheric spirits.

Grouse medicine tells us we are all swirling and not all Spirals are bad—far from it.  A Spiral never ends.  Knowingly or unknowingly we whirl. We evolve and revolve. Planets and galaxies spiral through the cosmos.  We are in a cosmic spin above in the sky and we are in an earth spin here below. Your DNA is a spiral. Sacred Spirals are fundamental to being.  Best learn how to spin your energy and spin your medicine in good ways.  You may want to do some simple, safe, counterclockwise spins, spirals if you will, preferably in the early morning in order to get in sync with the dervishing energies pouring in in February. If it makes you dizzy or uncomfortable, stop it immediately and do some other easy exercise instead.

SOUTH. Card number 22, Beaver. The Beaver are a tribe of master builders, transformers. Never interfere with their constructions. Their dams have a transcendent power and their work is often necessary for the ecosystem to function as it should. Let Beaver bump up your work ethic. With Beaver in your cards, you may have a surge of productivity. The spirit of Beaver may help you greatly improve your living situation. You can alter your life and easily make important changes not just for you but for others as well. With Beaver, you will want to network because Beaver works well with others. You may plunge into work projects and be startled at your practical results.

We are in the midst of change. No need to get emotional about it. If the old familiar structures are not working in your life, ask Beaver’s spirit to help you build a new structure. Start from the here and now. Roll up your sleeves and do what you need to do. Make a blueprint. Lay the groundwork. Beaver may be telling you to make a strong new foundation that supports all areas of your life. Stabilize, balance, and get busy – do what is necessary to shape a better future for yourself, your clan, and the planet. We are all in this process together.

WEST. Card number 5, Bear. Bear, according to various elders and teachers, is our closest ancestor—a wise grandmother or grandfather in a fancy fur coat. Bear is always considered to be a most powerful shaman and deserves our utmost respect. Bear may bring you an important dream or vision this month. Bear card in the west is auspicious. Bear keeps the Looks-Within medicine of Introspection and holds powerful medicines for those who hunger for self-knowledge. Bear says to spend some time alone. Bear may also be telling you to spend some time in meditation, settling your mind, finding equipoise, and keeping yourself mentally and physically fit.

Bear card is a mothering card, especially in the West position. It means now more than ever, whether you are female or male, become a nurturing mother and nurture yourself. This means to love yourself unconditionally, give yourself encouragement from your strong nurturing mother within. Be tough in tough times. Protect yourself from harshness in a callused world. Invest in you. Be there for you. Nurture your body, mind, and spirit. Forgive and heal the past. You can change your life for the better with Bear’s inner understanding and guidance.

NORTH. Card number 37, Antelope. Antelope medicine is ancient. The Prong-horned Antelope has been on Turtle Island for many millions of years. There are few faster animals on earth. Their medicine is quick and efficient Action. If you feel stuck and don’t know what to do, call on Antelope spirit for power to act—to make the leap. Long ago Antelope showed humans what they had to do to survive and thrive and the key was to take Action.

Antelope reminds us that we must work for wisdom. We must push beyond the known, beyond our limiting beliefs. Explore and you will find that there are fewer barriers than we may think if we make Action our constant. Antelope may be showing up to help you in your job or occupation or in some endeavor you are making. It may be time to consider your options and make an important move. You may need to be quick to seize a wonderful new opportunity coming your way.

CENTER. Card number 39, Swan. Swan is a particularly good medicine for these times and with Swan as your centering medicine, it is particularly strong now. Swan ushers in a certain tranquility and is able to open wide your heart chakra. Swan teaches you to bring grace into your life. Walk in beauty and bring beauty into your living situation. Swan looks into the deep blue lake mirror and sees its own stunning image—the very soul of beauty and the mystery of being. Swan tells you to follow your heart. Swan has a sympathetic and empathetic magic quality. Swan is a love medicine and your love life may be especially happy now. Or you may find a perfect mate.

There are many planes of consciousness. Swan is at home in most of them. Swan may herald a transformation. You may be having glimpses of a new future. Trust in Great Spirit’s plan for you. Become aware of your beautiful inner self. Swan will always help you to achieve harmony and sublime happiness. If you have recently lost someone or something greatly important to you, then chances are Swan has come along to help you cope and get through it and to remind you that love rules and that love is forever. Swans mate for life and are an emblem of love. It may seem difficult right now in our world but strive to see the beauty of the planet and the people around you. This is truly a beautiful world and human beings are truly beautiful. Don’t give in to fear-mongering – hold to beauty. With Swan as your centering card know that you are evolving spiritually each day this month and that all will turn out well and be so, so beautiful.

Medicine Card reading for January 2022, by David Carson.

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 Hawk, Butterfly, Rabbit, Deer, and a centering card, Snake in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for the month of January 2022?

EAST. Card number 2, Hawk. There is hidden wisdom in the cry of a Hawk. Hawk is a guardian and protector of Mother Earth and of all of her children, that means you, me, and all her animal children. To all, she gives a special blessing. Hawks are sacred and their feathers have many powers such as projecting power or bringing you intellectual understanding. Hawk is a Messenger of the above world and often Hawk’s message is urging you to become your higher self, reminding you as it were of who you really are. Hawk is sending you signals in January. Keep yourself open and awake so you will be able to hear and act upon them.

Hawk soars into your consciousness to show you a new way, to let you lean forward. Hawk gives you a renewed voice. Hawk will guide you. You may be a visionary, a dreamer, a person not entirely of this world but of another, a knower, a clairvoyant, a prophetic voice perhaps. Following your dreams and visions can be a lonely road but do not despair or abandon them. Your dreams are meant to be pursued even in the face of uncertainty. Their mysterious power comes from your heart. They are meant to join with the beating heart of our world, the heart of all creation. That is Hawk’s Message to you to begin this month.

SOUTH. Card number 9, Butterfly. Put a little chip of wood in the palm of your hand. Hold it a moment. It connects you to the standing people—all the trees great and small and to all other plant life, the green and growing realm—no negative energies here. Butterfly knows the plant world well. And Butterfly comes along at this point in your physical and spiritual evolution to tell you to seek clarity, to be still, to be patient, enjoy the moment, and to listen for nudges. Then act. You know it—a change is surely coming for you. But don’t worry about it– Butterfly can and will assist you in finding the next step on your personal path of Transformation.

Fight any battles you may be having with the good medicines of Butterfly. What’s your story anyway? What story have you molded yourself into in order to fit in? Butterfly will help you break that mold. Break it like the butterfly coming out of its cocoon. It is time for you to tell yourself a brand new and different story about who you really are. During the coldest times of winter go and stand at the base of the Butterfly tree in your spirit, in your mind, in your imagination. Become a beautiful Butterfly Warrior climbing the wind, skipping, darting, and dancing over the flowers. Now is the time to become impulsive, free, lovely, and unpredictable like a Butterfly. Let your new story feed you with wonderful new powers. Know that spring is coming. Find beauty at every turn. Love your life and all the people in it—with a new creative story about you.

WEST. Card number 30, Rabbit. January reminds us to give-away to our friends and relatives if only a kind word and a remembrance of the bond you share. Rabbit in some indigenous cultures is associated with strong alcoholic drink. Before Columbus “discovered America.” Mexico and Central America had over forty different kinds of alcoholic drinks—oh yeah. “Drunken Rabbits’ referred to the God of Pulque, a drink rather like beer. There was Coyol wine, Balche for instance, and a drink made from morning glory called Xtabentun. There were many drinks made from fermented corn. It’s human nature to want to drink, get loose, and have fun. Okay, be jolly and all that but Rabbit may be a warning not to imbibe too much during the holiday season. If you go out to party have a sane and sober designated party to get you home safely.

Rabbit is a powerful trickster working overtime nowadays. Don’t let Rabbit trick your mind into being paranoid and fearful for any reason. Don’t hit the alarm button too fast. Rabbit is a good lesson. Rabbit tells you to stop feeding Fear with your energy. Stop stressing and don’t call your Fears into being. Don’t bolt at some imagined danger. Calm yourself. Don’t follow the Rabbit down the Rabbit hole. Don’t go there. Be strong, be brave, be a warrior and face your Fear when you have called it to you. We are responsible for what shows up in our life and we need to deal with it. There are actual Fears that need to be dealt with immediately to be sure. But Rabbit has come along to help you quit manifesting those self-created Fears you don’t need.

NORTH. Card number 4, Deer. Maybe you are being over-sensitive. You may even have deep depression and grudges against everyone–lots of issues. If so then take a timeout especially if you find yourself being gruff, impatient, and quick to anger. You need Deer big medicine in times like these. Gentle down easy. Deer teaches the good way—the path to peace, tranquility, and happiness, self-love and loving-kindness–love for others, love for yourself, and love for all of creation.

Deer is said to be the first healer, instructing the first medicine person. The Deer told him to take a part of her breath and to go and blow it on the sick. You will be able to heal sickness this way, Deer said. Deer are associated with the heart (love), earthy, and yet cosmic in nature—in touch with all the beauty and subtleties of life. Deer asks you to live on the bright side, find your own bright light within, and manifest it without through kindness, empathy, and compassion. In other words, play nice. Start being nice right now and never quit being thoughtful and nice. You won’t regret it.

CENTER. Card number 6, Snake. Snake brings in a profound creative life force in January. Take advantage of this at your center. Snake also brings balance. Be centered in Snake’s energy all month. The diamond-shaped triangle is a familiar motif in Native American decorative art and represents the diamondback rattlesnake with all its formidable powers. Rattle Doctor Snake could be telling you to face some anxiety you are having. You may need to revise your self-concepts. Stop clutching and see where the flow takes you. Let those constricting ideas go like a snake sheds its skin. Let your ego be gone. You are no doubt transmuting to a higher self. You are becoming hyper-aware of the changes occurring all around you in the new normal as well as in your inner world. Snake helps you to change your energy in positive ways.

January lands on us like a wake-up splash of clean winter air. Like the snake, you may have to hibernate for a time and let your dreams catch up with you. In Native America, there are dreaming societies, members who believe their dreams can help shape reality. I will dream for you. Maybe you will dream for me. Make the biggest change you can make this New Year. Change your mind. Change your attitude to one of positivity and optimism for the future. Know that the good medicine spirits are working with you at all times. January is the perfect month to mid-wife and bring forth the realization of some mission you hold sacred or essential to you but you have been repressing taking action on it because of doubt and timidity. Drop your reticence on the ground. Kick away your doubt. Go for it. Go for broke but don’t go broke. Keep your expenditures reasonable.