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Medicine Cards Reading for July 2024.

The card reading uses a simple four-direction Medicine Wheel Spread with an East card (1) 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 selection was Snake, Horse, Dragonfly, Coyote, and Jaguar in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for July 2024?

EAST. Card Number 6, Snake—Transmutation. Do not be afraid of darkness because light is born from it.  First light is in the EAST and EAST means awakening and the beginning of a spiritual journey toward light and enlightenment. Both Snake and EAST support new beginnings. EAST element is fire; EAST color is yellow. EAST signifies the dawn. Snake says to follow your inspiration and bliss–visualize, meditate, flow. Do not clutch. Everything changes. Energy constantly moves. Transmutation is the moving of one form into another–the process of changing in kind, appearance, or even worth. Our world is in constant flux and change—and one thing becomes another—and this is Transmutation. Snake can show you how to release an enormous amount of focused energy, be it physical, mental, or emotional. Snake medicine practices change your reality to another and better one. Shed your skin. Put on some new clothes and get ready for life to Transmute. Don’t neglect your intellect. Be happy. Walk in the sunshine and trust inner wisdom. Learn to discover and see your life in various novel ways. Snake medicine offers several opportunities. to be propelled beyond self-imposed boundaries and move into highly spiritual states.

Snake exposes you to the possibility of a new beginning if that’s what you want. Snake medicine gives you a boost–the ability to wrap your mind around any problem and understand the best approach and method to solve it. Snake can give you a quantum leap forward in terms of vitality and energy—a personal Transmutation. Snake medicine can enhance your life in countless ways. You may have been through some fiery ordeals lately. Time now for healing, to put out the fire and let go of the past. Flow better–do better. Let your bygones be gone. Forgive and forget is good advice. Ask yourself what now must be Transmuted. For instance, Snake is said to be able to Transmute the weather, to bring rain. With the rain, hardy crops, and harmony and happiness. That is another reason to respect and honor the Snake spirit. Snake is also a universal symbol for doctoring and healing medicine. In any case, Snake energy is most profound. You can be sure of that.

SOUTH. Card Number 35, Horse—Power. SOUTH on the medicine wheel signifies substance. SOUTH is the springtime of life, the time of adolescence.  SOUTH’S element is air–the four winds. The color associated with SOUTH is red. SOUTH is the homeland of the little people and the animal spirits. The Horse card represents your personal Power. Horse medicine gives us the Power to meet challenges and emerge victorious. Horse is inspiring and evokes spiritual energy. Horse completely transformed Native America. Tribal people no longer had to go on foot and walk or run from place to place. Horse completely altered travel. Previously, dogs were used on the Great Plains to pull the travois when relocating camp. Dogs dragged the burdens of tipis, food, and household goods, and the distance covered in a day was greatly restricted. It’s no wonder that in many tribal cultures, Horse is considered a bringer of good fortune and Power. Horse embodies the freedom to run wild while living among other Horses in their particular Horse tribe.

Horse may be telling you to make some key moves. Horse often indicates the receiving of honors and recognition. Horse offers freedom and independence. Horse is courageous and has steadfast determination. Horse often signals new resolve. Sacred Horse teaches spiritual and personal strength as well as profound inner strength. Horse has many Powers but is often associated with wealth and well-being. Horse can guide you in achieving financial goals. Your finances may be highlighted in July. You may receive a surprising sum of money in the month—you will know exactly what to do with it. Horse could bring you various new levels of personal Power and progress—perhaps new and better employment. Horse may bring you the opportunity to move to a different location. You may need to jump some barriers but you will surely have the Power to do so. In every aspect of your life, your Power will be heightened by Horse medicine in July.

WEST. Card Number 27, Dragonfly—Illusion. West on the medicine wheel is the direction of introspection. The element of WEST is earth.  The color representing WEST is black. The season of WEST is the autumn. WEST represents maturity and physicality.  WEST is often associated with inner knowing. Dragonfly appearing in the West speaks of Illusion and possibly a change of perspective. Dragonfly’s medicine is Illusion—be sure it is not delusion.  All of life is illusion and conjecture, dragonfly reminds us of this and says enjoy the illusion, but don’t forget to ground yourself.   Dragonfly may be saying for you to be more flexible and adaptable and look beyond your Illusions—take things lightly. Significant changes are coming. Drop your self-deception and heaviness and find your happiness and lightness of being. Dragonfly may be saying for you to relax and spend some time in nature, preferably near a body of water. Dragonfly is a creature of water and air. See if you can connect with nature and animal spirits. Nature is a basic reality where it is possible to find your true self.

Dragonfly has a close relationship with water and one’s emotions. Dragonfly can take you on an inward journey to a place where you can experience your deeper feelings. Dragonfly’s presence encourages transformation and adaptability—evolving into an illuminated being free of Illusion. Dragonfly ushers in a powerful new dynamism from which we are transformed. Dragonfly appears and you may find yourself becoming joyful, seeking to live a more artistic and colorful existence—absorbing all the scintillating colors of the light spectrum—and mystical light that brings clarity and clears confusion. The medicines and powers of Dragonfly inspire a new way of seeing Mystery—seeing into the spirit world and realizing higher truth. If you are not feeling well, ask Dragonfly for help. Dragonfly can quickly move you through dysfunction and sickness to a place of ease and comfort–bringing a good balance between internal and external sensitivities.

NORTH. Card Number 13, Coyote—Trickster. North on the medicine wheel is the place of wisdom. It is the place of our precious elders and knowledge-keepers. It is the place of the mind and the season of NORTH is the cold wintertime. NORTH is spiritual. The color representing NORTH is white. The element of NORTH is fire. NORTH is often said to be the most powerful direction on the sacred medicine wheel. Coyote in the NORTH tells us to keep an eye out, to be alert and aware of Coyote’s Trickster energy in July. Coyote is a legendary force and thousands of comical tales are told concerning Coyote’s tricks and ill-fated maneuvers. It is wise to stay alert when Coyote is prowling around.

Be on the lookout for your inner Coyote. Watch out for self-sabotage. Don’t run negative inner thoughts day and night. Your powerful unconscious will gobble it up. Keep your inner dialogue lighthearted and balanced. Coyote medicine may bring up some challenging aspects this month. And the number one way to deal with Trickster energy is to follow Coyote’s lead – laugh at ourselves. Laugh about life’s foibles, confusions, and seemingly negative states. None of us knows the true reasons or significance of these Life gaffs. Coyote shows us the way. Coyote is far and away the best medicine to make us laugh and keep going.  Coyote is a great teacher of the absurdity of Life and the acceptance of that absurdity. Laugh, accept, and move on. Don’t be fooled by Coyote’s antics – this is serious teaching energy. Use Coyote medicine to become aware and stealthy about your surroundings and possible pitfalls – we all have them. We can learn to sidestep Coyote’s Tricks with humor.

CENTER. Card number 51, Jaguar—Integrity/Impeccability.  Put away all distractions and be CENTERED in the medicine wheel where the four directions and four quadrants meet at sacred CENTER–a special and mindful place to find strength and to be calm, cool, and collected—CENTER a place where one can focus mentally and physically and be CENTERED. CENTER is the magical place to find your power stance, equilibrium, and balance with the inner and outer world. With sacred Jaguar as your CENTERING medicine, you will gain many new insights. Jaguar is the most magical and powerful of all animals. Jaguar gifts shamanic qualities to you. Jaguar is an Impeccable and honorable shaman— the most powerful of all animals. Jaguar exemplifies Integrity and Impeccability, a veritable icon traversing the physical and spirit world. Jaguar is a shapeshifter and is a force connected to all worlds. The beautiful creature will be gifting you with master shaman Jaguar Power in July.

Jaguar are near extinct and live in hidden out-of-the-way-places such as swamps or impenetrable rainforests. They may live in the sunbaked high country. They are rarely seen and it is a great thrill and honor to see a Jaguar in nature. Jaguar is a symbol of change. With Jaguar, important activities are going on unseen underneath the surface of your life. Jaguar is aloof, an outsider. You may feel like you are somewhat of an outcast yourself in July. Jaguar signifies a spiritual and physical world in perfect harmony. Jaguar medicine implies communication skills and leadership qualities. Jaguar tells you to be present. Walk your talk and do your best at all times. Bring love, compassion, Integrity, and Impeccability into your actions and day-to-day activities. Be virtuous, straightforward, and true.

Medicine Cards Reading for June 2024.

The card reading uses a simple four-direction Medicine Wheel Spread with an East card (1) 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 selection was Butterfly, Lynx, Moose, Mouse, and Antelope in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for June 2024?

EAST Card Number 9, Butterfly—Transformation. Welcome new beginnings because the EAST is the direction of daybreak, the first light, and a new day–a brand new beginning. Butterfly says for you to stay open and get ready for change. Butterfly is a symbol of beauty, rebirth, freedom, perseverance, and unseen inner changes–the Transformational process occurring deep within.  Call on Butterfly spirit in times of transition. Butterfly in the East tells one to drop heaviness. Drop it on the ground. Move more sprightly and gingerly. Be a positive example for others. Butterfly says that changes are coming for each of us. Float above the fray. You will no doubt have to let go of some baggage. Keep your lightheartedness and have clarity. Butterfly is a powerful medicine for these times with astounding Transformations in the wind. Keep your heart open and expect a completely new beginning. Expect Butterfly to bring a month of good luck, especially for women, with beauty at every new turn so long as you keep to the airy Butterfly way and stay aware of your Self-Transformation as you journey to the EAST—on your spiritual journey.

You can count on grace and harmony—a gift from the wandering spirit of Butterfly. The colorful, beautiful-winged creature has come for a reason. Butterfly indicates metamorphosis, healing, and changes afoot. Butterfly medicine brings self-reinvention. You may have an epiphany, a sudden clarity of purpose. You may become inspired by a new project or projects and have good energy with which to carry your visions to actualization. You may engage heavily with your muse in June, feeling a sense of excitement. Butterfly may harken a joyful new relationship—new love. You may have new inspiration and enjoy art and beauty as never before. Life will become more vibrant, more pleasant, more colorful.  It will flow happily from moment to moment—from one beautiful experience to the next. Be like Butterfly. Open your wings. Flutter among the lovely flowers in a dance of love. Chances are June will be a carefree and very creative month for you.

SOUTH. Card Number 18, Lynx—Secrets. Lynx grins. Lynx is a powerful medicine telling us to be aware and to use our intuition soundly. Nothing is hidden from you. Lynx is a living lie detector. Let Lynx remind you of your hidden lost treasures that are still within your grasp. Lynx can teach you how to see what’s real, and just as importantly, what’s false. Lynx can remind you of things you believe to have been lost and forgotten. Lynx can put you in touch with hidden powers–your realized self. Lynx gives you the key to unlock Secrets blocking your way to understanding and truth. Pay attention when Lynx is near. Lynx is said to have looked into the eyes of Great Spirit and in that moment, Lynx knew everything there is to know—hidden truths and the Secrets of the Universe. Lynx can see spirits as well as falsehoods. Lynx says June is a month to hold your cards close, not revealing your Secrets to anyone even though you may be moved to do so. It’s best now to keep silent where Secrets are concerned. Lynx Medicine can help you find strength–good mental and physical health.

When Lynx is prowling around you may want to stay hidden. Lynx is clairvoyant, sees all, and nothing escapes the penetrating gaze of this “keeper of Secrets.” Lynx is magical and can teach you to be the same—to know the Secrets of the ages and the power to see Secrets in the immediate—the Secrets impacting your life. Lynx can divine the deepest of Secrets. Lynx is a living lie detector and can never be fooled. Sensitive Lynx sees all phoniness, any sham or scam. Lynx is said to have supernatural intuition. They often have a sort of x-ray vision that can see what’s happening at a distance. Lynx perceives that which is hidden from others—Lynx can jerk anyone’s cover. People often wear masks and hide their Secrets. They don’t want to be exposed. Do you happen to be one of those people? Do you have a big Secret you have to keep? Secrets can hang on you from previous generations. Lynx helps one to get by those skeletons in the closet, process them, and become free.  You may want to bury your Secrets deep within your psyche and forget about them in which case your Secret may surprise you and jump unexpectedly front and center. Call Lynx medicine to help you clear those concealed skeletons.

WEST. Card Number 11, Moose—Self-Esteem. Card Number 11, Moose—Self-Esteem. WEST on the medicine wheel denotes the looks-within place of introspection. The season of WEST is the autumn. The color is black. The WEST element is earth. WEST is the direction of maturity and reflection.  Moose medicine denotes inner peace, balance, Self-Esteem, and strength. Moose is a wondrous animal, confident, assured, and expansive. You may want to cover new territory this month. Moose, the “twig eater,” is a sacred power symbol in Northern Native America and teaches one about pride and Self-Esteem. Pride and Self-Esteem are not the same as being egotistical. Big egos had no place among tribal people. There was not much room for self-importance in a busy tribal society that valued respect and humility. Tribal people had little tolerance for rudeness, especially toward elders or children. Tribal members were never selfish. They were thoughtful and generous.

Moose is magnificent, impressive, mighty– a weird-looking king-sized creature. Moose is unique. Moose happens to be the largest member of the deer family. Moose can weigh almost a ton. Even though Moose takes up a lot of space, the creature has the uncanny ability to blend in with the terrain, move silently and stealthily, and never be detected or seen. Moose is a fighter, a great warrior. Moose is physically and mentally strong. Moose is afraid of no one. Moose look after themselves. Moose may be telling you to do the same, to take better care of yourself and put yourself first There is no one more deserving of self-love and Self-Esteem. The number one person you need to please right now is you. Never put yourself down or demean yourself. Pride and Self-Esteem are much different from being egotistical which can keep one from realization. Moose is an enigma.  Moose are usually antisocial but can also exhibit concern, care, and gentleness to their kind.

NORTH. Card Number 20, Mouse—Scrutiny. The sacred wheel is an ancient teaching hoop originating in Native America. NORTH represents spirit on the medicine wheel, as opposed to substance which is in the South. The North color is white and the season is wintertime. NORTH on the sacred wheel is the honored place of elders and wisdom keepers. The NORTH element is air. NORTH is the place of the mind, the cold and cutting intellect. Mouse tells one not to get fixated but to pay attention to details. Do the little things one needs to do. Perhaps you need to do your work in increments—plug away and get it done–just a little bit at a time. Mouse is continuously learning. Mouse gives little things their due, and their complete attention. Mouse medicine is focused. Many successful people and millionaires have strong Mouse medicine.

Mouse is humble. Mouse is trustworthy. Chiefs have said that Mouse medicine is the medicine of civilization. Without it, our world as we know it would soon fall apart. Mouse is a good medicine to have in these curious uncertain times, doing the necessary. Classification, order, and detail is the thing with Mouse. Mouse, the nitpicker, touches everything with whiskers and chews everything to pieces. They love to Scrutinize, sort out, categorize, and file everything away accordingly. Minutiae that seem insignificant loom large to Mouse. Mouse medicine can help you to be more organized. Being organized, you are more efficient.  Mouse knows that trivia is a big necessity—and it is all trivial. Mouse can help you declutter and you will be able to meet your goals and complete jobs quickly. You can tend to business. And take care of all the various details–then push on.

CENTER. Card number 37, Antelope—Action. The four quadrants of the medicine wheel meet at the CENTER—a mindful place of great importance. Our balance, our harmony, and our creative force are said to reside at the CENTER of the sacred wheel. Antelope tells you not to be stymied. Be CENTERED in Antelope medicine because Antelope endure. Antelope has finesse, grace, independence, elegance, and most importantly, freedom. Antelope is resilient, a survivor. Antelope has a sharp, cutting, keen-edged intellect and is bringing you an important message for this June–take care of yourself first, then take care of business.  Be aware and communicate plainly and understandably this month—be attentive and especially Active. Do the hard stuff. Don’t play long shots.

Antelope moves quickly. Antelope is constantly on the move and can be difficult to keep up with. When you want things to move fast, call on Antelope spirit. Now is the time to quit being stuck. Get going. Without Action, not much will get accomplished. Be like Antelope. Antelope takes speedy Action and so should you. No doubt further Action will be needed–June will be a most active month with Antelope positioned as your CENTERING medicine. Decisions will be necessary during the month. Keep on your toes, Be flexible. Antelope is adaptable, agile and overcomes all adversity. You may need to move fast because of an unexpected unfolding scenario that requires specific, quick, and focused Action. Be attentive because a wonderful new opportunity may appear right before your eyes—something startling and valuable. A prize! Finders keepers. Grab it and be like Antelope. Run. Don’t walk. It’s yours. The Central message from Antelope this month is to be decisive and take immediate Action. Antelope will put you on the road to happiness, good health, and well-being.

Medicine Cards Reading for May 2024.

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 selection was Horse, Raven, Hummingbird, Squirrel, and Dolphin in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for May 2024?

Card Number 35. Horse—Power. Horse in the East tells us there is power behind a new direction, a new spiritual or/physical act. EAST is the first of the four directions and furnishes a doorway to life’s new adventures. EAST represents the new day and new light and illumination. Various Native American tribes are known for their Horse people who know that Horse has a mysterious spiritual Power transcending human understanding. Horse represents the very essence of Power, strength, and movement. And yet that power is yielding, accepting, and gentle. This balance of physical Power and accepting nature makes Horse medicine a very big totem. Can we balance our own Power? Can we be strong, yet accepting and compassionate? Horse in the EAST points to a balance of Power. Horse can connect you with spirit and enhance your personal Power. Horse can carry you over obstacles that are in your spiritual path. Horse signifies movement and action, urging us to go forward with speed, energy, grace, and compassion. Expand your horizons greatly because now is the time to move. Horse could signify the accomplishment of an important goal that can catapult you to a high position.

Horse gives us unmatched resilience, and with Horse leading the reading, we can go much further than we ever imagined in a short amount of time. Horse is the symbol of wild, free nature – perhaps it is time this month to transcend barriers and free ourselves of self-limiting beliefs, actions, and behaviors. Horse in the East for May is telling us to connect with our inner Power, the Power of our original selves, and move bravely into a new mindset or position in life. The Lakota, one of the Horse Nations, claimed that the Horse was their relative. Their name for Horse, sun’ka wakan, or holy, mysterious dog, signifying the high stature of Horse in their culture. Horse is truly a spiritual animal, and has given away great unearthly Power to humanity in countless ways. Horse in all readings is a Powerful medicine.

SOUTH. Card Number 16. Raven—Magic. Raven in the SOUTH signifies practical reality even though this being brings a certain Magic into the mix. Raven speaks of Magical change and transition. In Native America, there are many tales of Raven imparting Magic and bringing sudden supernatural changes into differing situations.  Raven wears the black cloak of the Magician and brings forth transformation. Raven signifies Magic is near. Raven has sacred powers and usually has some specific message for you from the void—the great emptiness of the universe. Ask the Raven to give you the message or at least some sign or hint concerning the communication to you from the Mystery. Raven, the changer, the transformer, usually signifies a hidden spiritual meaning that will be revealed as Raven’s Magic takes place. From the blackness of the void transformation is achieved bringing your dreams and personal vision to fruition.

Perhaps now is the time for you to go into some of those dark places of deep feeling and emotion you have been avoiding. You may want to heal the pain hidden in the darkness of your psyche and Raven has appeared to help you do just that. Go with Raven, the Magic bringer, into the dark night of your soul, and with Raven’s help, begin healing your pain—any pain. Let Raven take you to a place of healing and understanding. Let Raven’s power rebirth you and give you the powers of Magic—the ability to reach inside the void with intention and work your will. Magic is the easel where you can paint and manifest a new and different reality. Raven’s Magic can heal you and make you a whole person. Magic is said to be secret. It takes practice. Life itself is Magic. If you want to be a wizard or enchantress, there is no better teacher than Raven to show you the way. Albert Einstein said if you don’t believe in magic, you’re as good as dead. Never let Magic fly from your life.

WEST. Card Number 44. Hummingbird—Joy. Hummingbird in the WEST has appeared to tell you to do what makes you happy and realize gladness and inner Joy. WEST quadrant on the medicine wheel says for you to look within. Live in the immediate, the present, and take joy in the sunshine and the fun-filled sweetness of life—in life’s simple but profound pleasures. Open yourself to optimism and to love. Hummingbird is a big love medicine. In myth, Hummingbird engaged with the gods of germination and saved humanity from starvation. Hummingbird is the most colorful bird having flown through the rainbow at the beginning of the world and thereby acquiring the vibrant light spectrum on its shimmering feathers. Hummingbird is a wonder bird; its wings beat faster than the eye can see and produce a “humming”—hence the name Hummingbird. Hummingbird is said to be married to beautiful red flowers.

Follow Hummingbird to your bliss. Hummingbird spreads happiness and Joy wherever they go. There are over 350 Hummingbird species that are found in North and South America. They have standout incredible colors. Hummingbird is an ace flyer. They are migratory and often travel over five thousand miles in a year. The dazzling little flower eagle is gifted and able to do the most wonderful feats. Hummingbird feeds the entire day long, from sunrise to sunset, and will visit over a thousand flowers in a single day to meet their high energy needs. The energetic creature is impulsive, quick, and mercurial. Hummingbird can maneuver and fly in any direction. Hummingbird can even fly backward so if you need to back out of a difficult situation or mess you’ve gotten yourself into–now is the time to call on the Hummingbird spirit and do it. Hummingbird has the knowledge, courage, and power to get you free of past mistakes. Ask Hummingbird spirit to free you from future mistakes as well.

NORTH. Card Number 26. Squirrel —Gathering. The medicine wheel informs us about the seasons of life, from birth to death. Elders stand in the NORTH. NORTH’S season is winter. The color associated with NORTH is white. The NORTH element is air. NORTH represents intellect and wisdom—it is the place on the sacred wheel to celebrate our elders and their teachings. Squirrel in the NORTH tells you to analyze your future needs. Listen to Squirrel and plan ahead.  Know, as best you can, what changes are coming, and get ready for them. Find your highest guidance. No one knows exactly what the future holds but you can make an educated guess and a plan to meet the unplanned. Squirrel tells you to get creative, practical, and adaptable. Be prepared. In the NORTH, in wisdom, prepare for likely eventualities.  Be like a Squirrel. Gather what you need. Fill your heart with the spirit of Squirrel and get busy. Have foresight and resourcefulness to be ready for contingencies. Be prepared to meet and handle them with ease and comfort.

Squirrel is a delightful, exuberant, and curious creature. They are easily pleased and playful—they have fun and make a game of their life. They continually find amusement in their environment.  Squirrel in the treetop has a direct connection to the upper world, but not only that, Squirrel have earthly wisdom as shown in their day-to-day activity—their Gathering.  Squirrel is nimble and can scurry up and down a tree with ease. Squirrel medicine gives one a boost, the power to be present while creating a safe and meaningful future. Spiritually speaking, Squirrel teaches gratitude in the moment—all moments. Squirrel is said to bestow blessings, spontaneity, and the ability to turn most situations to your personal advantage. Squirrel medicine gives you self-trust. Trust yourself. You know what you are doing and why. Make a stand. You have an inner knowing of what to Gather and when to Gather it. Let your Squirrel spirit medicine guide you in Gathering.

CENTER. Card number 40. Dolphin—Manna. Find harmony and balance at the Center of the sacred wheel, the medicine wheel—Center is the mindful place of our essence. Find your Center using Dolphin medicine and Manna breath work–ancient breathing techniques. Dolphins are a marine mammal. They are considered sacred by many cultures who believe Dolphins have supernatural powers to help humans. They are often thought of as saviors because they have saved many people from drowning. Whales, like Dolphins breathe through a blowhole. Manna is the breath of life. It is a force that permeates the universe. Dolphin teaches us how to obtain and use living Manna. Manna revitalizes us—every cell and atom of our body. Let Dolphin guide you to deep tranquility and peace of mind. Dolphins are spiritual pacifists and teach one how to get along with others and live together in peace and unity—lessons of cooperation, teamwork, and support–lessons of cheerfulness and gentleness. Dolphins make us whole putting, us in touch with the very rhythms of life and showing us closeness to Mystery.

Dolphins can be spotted along the east coast of Turtle Island from Florida north to New Jersey. They are easy to see and recognize from shore. Dolphin has a large brain and the animal is highly intelligent. Dolphin offers you friendship and concord. They are empathetic and there is a bond between Dolphins and humans. Interaction with Dolphins is said to bring luck and fortune and the Manna of heaven into your life. Many people credit Dolphin with supernatural and mystical powers. Dolphins are highly respected by many occultists. Dolphins are social and travel in groups called pods. Dolphin spirit medicine may be nudging you toward one special group with which to identify. There is that possibility. First, you may need to get out and about and into the ebb and flow and get your Manna flowing.  With Dolphin medicine, one becomes aware of patterns of energy—the natural rhythms and the rhythms of nature. Dolphins can help you design your life the way you want it to be. Breathe deep and relax. Your stress and anxiety will disappear and like Dolphin, you can spread gladness and cheer wherever you go.

Medicine Cards Reading for April 2024.

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 selection was Blue Heron, Alligator, Whale, Eagle and Bear in that order. The question: what are the best medicines to consider for April 2024?

EAST. Card Number 45. Blue Heron—Self Reflection. There may be rapid changes. You may need to walk your talk this April. The medicine wheel affirms our connection with the universe and EAST represents a new beginning, the springtime of life. Spring is the exuberant time of childhood. Beautiful Blue Heron appears with a message of determination and gives one the ability to stand their ground—to stand tall, to be perfectly still and patient and wait for opportunities to appear and then grab them. Hit with a lightning strike and make it your own. Blue Heron helps one reach higher states of understanding and consciousness. The great bird stands alone in perfect harmony with all that is. Blue Heron has the power to silence the mind, keep their heart from being trampled in these fast-moving times, and live life on their terms. Blue Heron always encourages you to stay on your unique path, whatever it may be. Blue Heron medicine offers you infinite patience, the rewards of calmness and well-being–finding deep inner peace within.

Blue Heron gets its name from its blue plumage. Like Heron, you may have to face into the watery depths of your emotions. Blue Heron is often found standing stalk-still on one leg over long periods, waist-deep in the water, and contemplating their Self-Reflection on the glasslike mirror surface of the water. Blue represents both the sea and the sky, freedom, and stability—serenity. Blue Heron has these qualities. They stand in truth and balance—wisdom and inner knowing. They have inner strength and certainty of purpose. You may discover you are dramatically transforming your perspective and finding out what truly matters. You may Self-Reflect and rediscover skills that have gone dormant. Self-Reflection is about learning within and without—looking at the world without bias. Self-Reflection requires resolve and personal courage. It often requires the heart and hands to work together in new ways.

SOUTH. Card Number 50.  Alligator—Integration. Find guidance from Alligator in the SOUTH during April. The SOUTH quadrant of the medicine wheel is the summertime of life, the time of adolescence. The SOUTH element is air. And the SOUTH color is red. SOUTH is said to be the place of trust and innocence. The lesson here with Alligator in the SOUTH is to become fully Integrated with the totality of self. Humans are contradictory creatures—often divisive and divided many times over, this against that, inside ourselves. Alligator can aid and facilitate balance in the struggle with the many opposites within. For instance, the hidden unconscious demands one thing, and the conscious consensual mind, another. What is your habitual self-doing that opposes Integration within all parts of your psyche? We must see what we are doing to realize our higher truth and the importance of Integration.

Alligators speak of our ancestors, and we should listen to their primal voices and gain their vision and wisdom. They speak of the renewal of power and a strong life force. Besides exploring and Integrating opposites, the powers of Alligator are manifold. Alligator medicine implies innate self-understanding and great strength. Alligator is patient, adaptable, and highly intelligent. Alligator offers you those same qualities, that is to say, if you connect strongly with Gator’s spirit. You will instinctively want to live near water or a watery marsh, a lake or creek. Alligators are cold-blooded. Like Alligator, bask in the sunshine if you feel the urge. You may feel lethargic and less with it during the winter months, but when spring rolls around it will be a very different story. Your energy comes back with a vengeance. You will want to spend more time with friends and loved ones, keep good company, and get outside more. Engage in meaningful activity—immerse yourself in cultural activities, see a play, or go to a museum. Enjoy different and various activities– get out and around and do more than usual.

WEST. Card Number 41. Whale—Record Keeper. The WEST direction on the sacred medicine wheel represents the adult stage of life. The WEST element is earth and the color representing WEST is black.  West is said to be the quadrant of introspection—looking within yourself for answers. Whale’s ocean of water suggests you examine your emotions, thoughts, and feelings and review your personal history–track your spiritual state. Whale is an awe-inspiring creature, a wise presence and tells you to look within to see your spiritual growth and state of being. Whales trace back 50 million years. Whale is very much a “swimming library.” And a singing library as well. Whale is a marine mammal and Earth’s largest animal—weighing up to two hundred tons. Whales symbolize peace and longevity—and Whale medicine is often called upon to improve memory and enhance patience and compassion. Whale is the keeper of earth’s long memory and the very roots of evolutionary and human history. Whale has total recall and keeps ancient knowledge. Whales may be the most intelligent species of life on our planet. Whales are a plea for tolerance—a plea to honor the great and the small–all races. The human family must unite to survive into the future—so it was told by ancient prophets and chiefs.

Our memories are our story and shape our unique identity. Memories create a sort of personal biography—memories echoing from your past. You may have to take a proverbial walk down Memory Lane this month. You may have several unexpected memories pop up in April. People in your past suddenly loom large in your consciousness. You may begin to see them in the changed light of time and appreciate their distinct influence upon your life–their special qualities and re-realize how important they were and still are. Whale may be telling you to sing a new and different song. You may need to widen your communication skills—to reach out and to socialize more. Let Whale nourish you and be your support. Whales are the old ones—the giants of the water, the Record Keepers, the ones who remember and there is much to remember.

NORTH. Card Number 1. Eagle—Spirit. NORTH on the medicine wheel is the place of wisdom keepers, our precious elders. The season of the NORTH is wintertime. The color of NORTH is white. The element of NORTH is fire. The NORTH quadrant of the sacred wheel is the time to take it easy—slow way down and take good care of yourself. It is a time to contemplate and meditate and consider the round dance you have been doing–traversing around the medicine wheel of life. It may be a visionary time. Eagle is a most sacred animal soaring high in the sky and is said to elevate one’s consciousness. Many native cultures have an Eagle Dance to celebrate their connection with Great Spirit. Majestic Eagle is said to be closest to supreme power, sometimes even touching Great Mystery with the tip of their wing feathers. Eagles are renowned for their power feathers, protection feathers, honoring feathers, and so on. No two feathers are the same. Feathers were used on pipes, beautiful bonnets, other headdresses, prayer sticks, and many other items. It was possible to tell by the feathers worn the deeds one had done and that person’s status among the people.

You may discover Eagle power and be much more observant than usual.  You will see not only the minutia but the big picture as well.  Whatever the challenges you may have to face in your life, ask the Eagle Spirit to help you deal with them. If that’s not possible, let the Eagle help you accept them. Eagles symbolize Spiritual power and are a symbol of spiritual success and propel you to the threshold of it. Eagle nourishes your soul and brings you to a new level of understanding. Eagle offers you many new opportunities and new ways of seeing and thinking—and a clarity of vision. With Eagle medicine you grasp cosmic design, the big picture. Eagle is observant. Eagle in the NORTH, in wisdom and Spirit, asks you to attend to your physical and spiritual needs. Eagle is a sacred messenger and may bring you some good news that you have been waiting for. With Eagle’s presence in the NORTH you can expect to receive a meaningful gift during the month.

CENTER. Card number 5. Bear—Introspection. Be CENTERED in the energy of the CENTER of the sacred wheel, the place where the four directions and four corners meet at perfect CENTER.  Have no distractions. Be focused and balanced in Bear medicine. Have a strong stance and feel life force come up from the ground.  Let all thoughts of the past or future go and be present. You have a meeting with the Bear spirit in April and you will need to pick up on Bear’s presence in your life–Bear is your CENTERING energy and CENTRAL medicine this month. Bear is an impeccable shaman and Bear has powerful magic. Bear knows the inner territories of the mind and has big dreams and manifesting medicine. Always call on Bear medicine if you feel like you have lost power. Bear has potent energy and has medicine for you to heal yourself and also others. Above all, Bear is a healer and a warrior. If you have lost something Bear is a great tracker and Bear medicine can help you find it. Bear can give you strength when you are feeling weak or exposed.

There are Bear ceremonies and Bear dances in Native America. There are ceremonies for persons with strong Bear medicine—someone who has attained their medicine in a dream or a vision. People with this medicine are highly respected. They have a deep inner peace and an outward ferocity when needed. Bear spirit tells you to listen to yourself—pay attention. Introspection tells you to look within, to know yourself, and to know what is valuable to you–and just as importantly, what isn’t.  If you are a parent, you may want to look in on your children to see if they need your help or protection. Mama Bear is an archetype of courage when it comes to defending their offspring from harm or danger. Bear may be telling you to keep a strong connection with Mother Earth and to spend time alone and in nature–to always look within to the Source when you are baffled as to where to go or what to do. If necessary, go back to the comfort of your cave and examine your thoughts and feelings. Keep an eye on your Bear medicine this April. It will come in handy.

Medicine Cards Reading for March 2024.

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 selection was Coyote, Elk, Buffalo, Horse and Dog in that order. The question: What are the best medicines to consider for March 2024?

EAST. Card Number 13. Coyote—Trickster. The medicine wheel is often called “the wheel of all people”—or “the wheel of all creatures,” which in this case includes all creatures existing on Mother Earth. The medicine wheel teaches interconnectedness. The medicine wheel is our hoop, our circle of life and well-being–our lodge of ancient knowledge and wisdom. EAST indicates a reboot, a new day with new hopes and dreams, a new beginning in the dawn’s early light, the daybreak sun. East signifies taking your first steps on a spiritual journey. EAST shows us that darkness gives way to light and gives us a gift from the beneficial warmth of the sun’s rays. The season of the EAST is spring, a time of childhood and growth. The element of the EAST is water. The EAST color is yellow. Let us begin in the EAST with the appearance of Coyote—the crazy dog, the foolish one, the cosmic joker, the greatest Trickster and mischief-maker there is. We are forced to begin with Coyote in our path, Coyote spreading disorder and conflict. You may have to beat a quick retreat or do a very wide go-around. That adage of avoiding Coyote at all costs applies here. Still and all, Coyote is always there somewhere waiting to play his tricks—make your getaway and avoid the Trickster.

Coyote has appeared with powerful Trickster medicine. Something you see may not add up or be as it seems—it fools the eye. Quit trying to make sense of it as today’s world becomes more and more bewildering. Times may get a bit Tricky in March–confusing perhaps or convoluted. You may hear Coyotes yapping and wailing somewhere off in the distance or calling to you with their beautiful singing. There are many Trickster animals, Raven, Rabbit, and Spider for instance, but Coyote is the most well-known, most talked about Trickster–every tribal culture has its own Trickster tales that make you laugh until it hurts. Coyote stories are many. Coyote Trickster medicine often boomerangs and returns to the Trickster. Coyote energy is everywhere in our world today—on the news and in every nook and cranny. Coyote Tricks are seemingly inexhaustible. If you have been burned by Coyote even once—it most certainly was a painful lesson. Coyote could be a corporation, a politician, a professional holy man or woman, or a slick salesperson selling you their bill of goods. Considering the powerful Trickster medicine of this totem, perhaps Coyote appeared in the East this month to remind us to start anew and to laugh at ourselves and not take everything so seriously – laughter is powerful Trickster medicine.

SOUTH. Card Number 3. Elk—Stamina. The SOUTH element is air—the four winds.  SOUTH on the sacred wheel is high noon, the summertime of life—a time of youth and growth, teenage years, the years of the young adult. The color of the SOUTH is red. SOUTH is a time to cast about and find out what’s in process, what’s there, and what’s happening in your field. It is the time to see and understand what you are up against and what is coming toward you. Elk medicine gives one many gifts. Besides Stamina, Elk has great wisdom. Elk in the SOUTH is the pragmatic one, the sensitive one always urging you and showing you the way to do better. The burdens carried by many people today are staggering—all the worries of today’s hyper-world. You may feel vulnerable in these times and feel a certain weariness. Elk, also called Wapiti, has come to your rescue with its powers of rejuvenation, strength, wisdom, and nobleness of spirit. Elk has come to give you Stamina now when you need it.

Elk medicine tunes you up. You may soon find a new inner power and it will contribute to your Stamina. You will find guidance and the protection of Elk energy. Let Elk be your support in March. Elk is a beautiful and prideful animal. Elk is community-minded and reminds us to care for people, and especially the children in your life—be they near or far. Elk tells you it’s not a time to rest. You’re not done. You have paced yourself and are never too tired. Reach inside and find your strong warrior self—the power given to you by Great Mystery. Get your inner sparkplugs sparking. Become one with Elk energy. Most importantly flow like a river. Keeping going is Elk’s motto—keep on moving on. Persist. Lean in. Always give it your best shot, whatever it is you may be doing. Elk medicine gives you support and teaches you to maintain and keep going over the long, long haul. Simply put, go in your own measured way, in stride. Keep your pace even and steady, reliable, and pull in and maintain Elk’s increased energy. Some native cultures maintain that Elk medicine gives one an automatic deep connection to Mother Earth and the natural world. We are all the children of Mother Earth wherever we are, wherever we go. Here’s a quote from Black Elk, “The holy land is everywhere.”

WEST. Card Number 19. Buffalo—Prayer and Abundance. The WEST direction on the sacred medicine wheel is said to be dusk, the autumn of life, our adult stage. The color associated with WEST is black. The WEST element is earth. WEST represents maturity. It is the looks-within place—the place of introspection and a time to consider the meaning of life and death and the end of our physical journey. Buffalo’s teachings are not materialistic. Prayer brings renewal and the medicine of Buffalo is Prayer. Buffalo energy is in alignment with the giveaway. The human heart is said to be in the WEST and you may well feel a newfound gratitude for the many gifts you have been given.  Pray often. Without Prayer, your heart will fall down. With Buffalo positioned in the WEST, you may discover great inner strength and know that Abundance is not far away—more likely than not it has already arrived. Buffalo reminds one to send prayers on the wind to wherever they need to go–in other words Pray for others. It is said that Prayer brings protection, lessens anxiety, and brings calmness when you are greatly stressed.

Buffalo in the WEST is a sign your Prayers are being answered. If you are traditional, you know that tobacco smoke is a visual Prayer. And of course, it was White Buffalo Calf Woman who brought the sacred pipe and its teachings of Prayer and Abundance to the people. Walk with the Buffalo spirit and walk your walk in a sacred manner. Let your life be a prayer to Mystery. Look to Buffalo for resiliency, honor, guidance, humility, and a contented, prayerful life. If you need to push through on something and don’t seem to be getting anywhere, Pray and ask the mighty Buffalo spirit for help. Buffalo not only endure, they overcome. With the appearance of Buffalo, you may need to make peace with someone because you are wasting too much of your energy and are obsessive about it. Buffalo may mean you are being asked to seek out trusted spiritual help if you feel you need it. Conversely, you may need to pay attention, be alert, and be aware that you may need to be the answer to someone else’s Prayers.

NORTH. Card Number 35. Horse—Power. NORTH on the medicine wheel represents the season of winter. NORTH is the place of wisdom and logic, the place of wise elders with their long white braids. The color of the North direction is white like the deep snow. NORTH is a place of remembrance and contemplation. It is the place of the mind, the intellect. It is a reminder that it is all in the mind and that the mind rules. Horse is an empowering medicine. Horse gives you a drive and ambition that won’t quit. Humans and horses have worked together for thousands of years and there is a close and magical bond between them. Horse in the NORTH is usually an omen of increased intellectual Power but it could just as well be speaking of worldly Powers in play. Horse can leap you forward in your career. Horse speaks of advancement and honors. It often speaks of confidence and a rise in your standing in the world. Horse may be saying fame is coming near and nudging you toward it.

Horse is an important animal the world over. Horse is well-known for dynamic Power, for their psychic and magical Powers. Horse has charm and beauty. Horse will no doubt lead you into incredible experiences if you are willing to pony up and give them the rein and go there. Horse presages new inspiration, personal Powers, strength, and a new freedom of movement. On the other hand, too much Horse energy can make one feel set apart, estranged–different from most other people. You discover you have a certain savvy, horse sense as it is called. You have a much better take on what’s going on than most other people. You may need to hold your horses at some point in March–ease up even though you are raring to go. Horse is a warrior and you may feel like a war horse yourself, eager to charge into the fray. Horse is good medicine when you are moving to a new location or need to transport possessions to some distant whereabouts. Horse energy implies exceptionally good luck in any relocation or travel plans.

CENTER. Card number 14—Dog—Loyalty. The medicine wheel revolves around the Center. It is said that all roads, all philosophies, all paths of knowledge, lead one to the Center. Dog is in the Center this month, perhaps to remind us of the importance of Loyalty– to people and principles of value. Dog sees many things invisible to humans. It is claimed by some people that Dogs see ghosts and other spirits. Also, Dog’s sense of smell, which is related to intuition, is most acute. Some Dogs are psychic and know ahead of time instinctively who and when someone is arriving. Dogs understand and respond to voice and words – they also understand the unspoken things.

The time before the introduction of horses by Europeans was often referred to as Dog Days in Native America. The indigenous people only had Dogs to help them carry their heavy loads, their burdens. Dogs pulled sleds in the winter snow and aided the people in countless other ways.  Dogs are brave and devoted helpers and servant-protectors. There are many reasons why Dog is considered our “best friend.”  As stated, Dog is Loyal which begs the question, who or what do you owe your allegiance? Is your Loyalty steadfast? When you are Loyal to others does that mean you are not Loyal to yourself? With Dog as a pet, your life will change—for the better. You will bond with a loving and Loyal companion. You will be happier, less apprehensive, more mindful, and more present. You and your Dog will surely get outside in nature for walks. Dog encourages you to move your body and be more health-minded. Go get a Dog if you don’t have one. People who own Dogs are more contented. Is now just the right time for you to look at that perfect Dog in the window? Better still, adopt a Dog from an animal shelter, a Dog that needs you.

Medicine Cards Reading for February 2024.

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 selection was Frog, Deer, Rabbit, Turtle and Swan in that order. The question: What are the best medicines to consider for February 2024?

EAST. Card Number 38. Frog—Cleansing. The season of the EAST is spring, a time of growth. The element of the EAST is fire. The color is yellow. EAST represents the first light, the dawn, and positive solar energy, the day-break sun, and your first steps on a spiritual journey. Frog is noted for its’ serenade, songs sung on the riverbank or near the lake shore. These songs are sung by male Frogs and are said to bring the Cleansing rain. Frog medicine has close ties with water energy. Water is essential in our lives. Water Cleanses the body, mind, and spirit. Frog in the EAST is telling you to flow like water and release blockages to good health and well-being. Let water energy heal and Cleanse you. Make sure you are consuming a good amount of water each day and staying hydrated. You may want to do a thorough sage smudging of your residence. Open all the drawers and closets and smudge all the places you have neglected. Smudging is a Cleansing of the stagnant energies in the physical space you inhabit. Some while after this is done keep the energy moving. Do a traditional house cleaning and get your place shipshape and in good order.

Frog functions well on land and in water. Frog not only brings rain but so much more. Frog is the totem for various water clans. When Frog is in the equation you might find you have sudden and unexpected deep feelings about something or someone.  Frog is a healing medicine and can help you with any emotional problems you are facing. Follow Frog’s advice.  Ask Frog to help you Clean it up, whatever “it” is—whatever situation you are in or if you are trapped in a rut you can’t seem to get out of. Frog has the power to help. Frog is slippery and has many coping skills. With Frog’s help, you can leap in the right direction. If you have the chance to do a traditional sweat lodge, best do it. Frog is a good omen associated with fertility, optimism, and positive emotions. Frogs croak. So look to Frog for your special power song—sing out in the shower. If you have been dreaming of oceans, lakes, and streams go ahead and visit a body of water that may be calling out to you—perhaps a certain well, spring, waterfall, or even a stretch of sandy beach. Such a visit may improve your outlook and make you stronger. Kiss that Frog and see what happens. You never know and they will never talk about it.

SOUTH. Card Number 4. Deer—Gentleness.  Gentle down easy when Deer comes calling. Deer brings you the power to put away your anger and fears. Deer represents the path of the heart—the path of love, compassion, and empathy. Deer tells you to apply the same love you have for others to yourself. Deer in the SOUTH tells you to bring acts of kindness into your everyday activities and personal interactions—above all else be kind to every person you come in contact with. And remember meekness during these times is far better than bluster or blaming. SOUTH on the medicine wheel is said to be a place of substance. The season of the SOUTH is summer. The SOUTH element is water and the color that represents SOUTH is red. SOUTH symbolizes the teenage years, the years of adolescence, exploration, and getting your hands dirty.  Deer in the SOUTH may be asking you to get out of doors and into nature—to be close to the standing people, the trees, or the long ones, the streams and rivers. Let your heart fill with gratitude—loving kindness toward all sentient life.

Deer is a prey animal for many cultures across the globe. Because of this, Deer is nervous and sensitive and is quick to pick up on any danger lurking about. Deer can help us to be supersensitive as well so you can avoid conflict. Ask Deer for agility, balance, and swiftness—not to mention Gentleness which is the medicine most linked to Deer. Deer is often affiliated with Native American shamanistic healing. There is a story much told at one time in Native America concerning the first killing of the Deer and this Deer is said to have brought disease into our world because of being ‘killed unjustly.’ That first slain Deer has caused humans a lot of heartache and trouble from disease and sickness since that day and seemingly there is no end in sight.  On the bright side, Deer also provided the cure, the remedy, a part of which is becoming aware and listening to the voices of the animals within us, taking their advice to heart, and doing the work of healing ourselves. Deer has a lot of doctoring medicines for you when you need them.

WEST. Card Number 30. Rabbit—Fear.  Each one of us has our own set of Fears. Fear in the WEST may come calling in the form of nightmares or if not nightmares, a tight sensation in your stomach making you aware that you are Fearful. The WEST element is earth. The WEST color is black. The WEST season is autumn. It is a time of the stretching shadows of dusk and it is the time of the mature adult. Fear in the West speaks of Fears you may have repressed and hidden from your psyche, perhaps you have even hidden your Fear deep inside from the time of your early childhood. You may have forgotten about it but your body hasn’t. Face your Fear. Do not let Fear keep you from personal growth. Do not Fear Fear. Look right into Fear’s scary face. When Rabbit is in the WEST be aware. Don’t fall into destructive habit patterns. Try to understand Fear and not run away from it—see through it. Embrace your Fears and make each one your ally giving you the courage to go about your business and do what is right for you. Rabbit gives you bravery. Try to live in the moment walking past your Fear, putting it behind you.

Rabbit can be a lot of fun. Don’t be overconfident though when Rabbit is around. Rabbit can be a great trickster, a master manipulator. Rabbit often brings in a big bag of tricky tricks and surprises. Rabbit has hopped into this Medicine Card spread to teach about Fear, but also, Rabbit brings good luck and the power to jumpstart your life.  You may soon be rolling in clover. Rabbit can enhance your life and if you are stuck in a rut, Rabbit comes to your rescue. Rabbit may be telling you to hop along and remove yourself from some sticky or restrictive situation you may be caught up in. Rabbit can show you how to take off in a completely different direction. Most of the time Rabbit is in your path so you can overcome Fear. But Rabbit is fecund. The creature is a symbol of fertility and abundance. WEST is the ancestral direction. Rabbit in the WEST tells you to honor their memory. Burn copal incense, and remember your lineage in prayers toward the WEST.

NORTH. Card Number 10. Turtle—Mother Earth.  NORTH on the medicine wheel is where wise elders stand. The season of the NORTH is winter. The color representing NORTH is white. NORTH is mental. The brain is in the NORTH—the locus of our conscious thoughts. Turtle is the oldest known symbol for Mother Earth. Touch the Mother Earth because she is sacred—holy. Turtle has come to reacquaint one with Mother Earth. We who live on Turtle Island, the North American continent, walk on holy ground. Every part of Mother Earth is sacred. We belong to her. She does not belong to us. Many elders say Mother Earth is crying—we are not taking care of her and honoring her properly. Elders say she is being desecrated at every turn by ignorant greedy people. We should instead be devoted to Mother Earth—living in a peaceful, sustainable manner. Mother Earth merits your respect and reverence. For thousands of years, ancient peoples have reverenced Turtle and Turtle’s Mother Earth teachings.

Turtles are inspiring. Turtles are built to last and are noted for their longevity. Many have been documented living for over 150 years. Turtle medicine protects you from dangers. Turtle tells you to stick your neck out now and then and plunge into whatever you are doing. If things get out of hand and are too much for you, go inside your shell. Stay there for a while and be at ease. Be secure. Trust in Turtle’s medicine.  Be calm and collected until all is clear.  Ask Turtle to help you with any difficulties or challenges you may be having. Be slow and steady like Turtle and get your jobs done. Turtle medicine teaches harmony with the environment, patience, persistence, grounding, and being inseparable from Mother Earth. Since a home is carried on the creature’s back, Turtle is always home. Let Turtle be a pleasant reminder that you have what you need.

CENTER. Card number 39. Swan—Grace. The CENTER of the medicine wheel is a magical place where the four directional roads meet. It is a sacred space. Some elders say there is a spirit tree growing in the CENTER. The roots of this medicine tree go to the CENTER of the earth. The great tree offers refuge to all who stand under the boughs. The Spirit tree is there for all people. The future bodes well with Swan in the CENTER and Swan is the CENTERING medicine for February. Swan is sacred and exquisite—long-necked, Graceful, and lovely. Swan has faultless beauty and poise. No wonder Swan is considered a love medicine. Swan may foretell romance and sweetness approaching you. It may be an amorous month but remember, Swan mates for life and they are the very essence of loyalty—no doubt about it. Swan ranges far and wide—they are large and heavy birds but can fly higher than eagles, so it is told. Swan is one of the largest flying birds. Swan has an impressive wingspan of ten feet. They are adept at both flying and swimming. Their beautiful feathers have been much sought after but hopefully now, not so much.

Swan medicine reminds us of the inner beauty of all creatures and inner strength. Swan in the CENTER brings great good luck, a mirroring, a magnification of self-love. You will have great success and Grace in dealing with others. You may well notice that your intuition is spot-on while Swan energy is present and you may discover new psychic powers when you least expect them to come your way. Swan brings a new enchantment to your everyday life experiences. Swan may want you to simplify—to live gently on the earth. You may well find yourself more and more prone to a modest life—peace and tranquility. Swan brings Grace and beauty into the picture—Swan may be an indication you have neglected yourself for far too long and now is the time to commit yourself to finding personal serenity, self-esteem, Grace, inner beauty, and advancement of your spiritual evolution. Live in Swan’s purity, calmness, and Grace, and be contented.

Medicine Cards Reading for January 2024.

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, Turkey, Eagle, Lynx and Spider in that order. The question: What are the best medicines to consider for the month of January 2024?

EAST. Card Number 32. Ant—Patience. The medicine wheel contains knowledge of the universe. It holds the Father Sky, the Mother Earth, the Center, and the four cardinal directions, plus the up and the down direction. EAST is the starting place and points one toward spiritual strengths—points one toward the light of a new day. East is the break of dawn, a bright spot arriving out of the darkness and filling our world with the increasing light of a new and wondrous day. Greet the sun in the EAST in all its illuminating radiance. Here is the beginning of our journey. One and all of us are connected to this source of life directly and individually. In any case, the sun is a happy omen and each day denotes a new beginning. Ant in the EAST tells one to get to work. Don’t wait. Ant gets in fast and is in it for the long haul. So should you be in 2024. There are very few problems that can’t be fixed if you throw Ant’s medicine of work and the Patience to follow through. Get after it and don’t stop until each job gets done.

With Ant medicine, your social skills will improve. Industrious Ants are communal and have a clear social order with a caste system, the queen being the founder and head. She is the most important of all, producing the thousands of eggs necessary to ensure the survival of the colony. There are also worker and soldier Ants and a reproductive caste that assists the queen—only the queen can mate. With Ant in the EAST, you may have an itch to do something productive. Begin with self-discipline. Like Ant, do some strategic planning and get organized and prepared. When you are ready and have a solid actionable plan, get down to brass tacks and begin the serious business of the work. You will find that you have the drive and Patience to accomplish your goals. Rewards will be forthcoming.

SOUTH. Card Number 31. Turkey—Give-Away. Turkey comes with the sun high in the SOUTH. SOUTH is a warm, green, and growing direction. Because the sun is high in the SOUTH, it is said that all life comes from there. The season of the SOUTH is summer and the color most associated with the SOUTH is red. SOUTH is the place of the adolescent on the sacred wheel. Turkey may be telling you to Give ’til it hurts. Turkey is telling you to give to a youthful person and give with an open heart–your time, your money, your council or what have you.  You will be giving to yourself in a certain way when you do this. Some people get stuck. You may need to reconnect with your inner adolescent. Some people carry adolescent behaviors even into old age.  Look in the mirror and see if this is you. Wipe the power pout off your face and instead smile and be happy. When Turkey appears in the SOUTH it is a time to count your blessings and give yourself credit for what you possess and what you have accomplished. Life itself is a great accomplishment.

In many tribal cultures the Give-Away, also called potlatch, was practiced. Turkey spirit tells you to share and Give-Away. Look to the good of your friends and fellow creatures—the animals. Focus your attention on gratitude. You no doubt have plenty to be grateful for. Try to see your world through rose-colored glasses and appreciate the give and take of life. Gratitude benefits one and all—gratitude is contagious. It lifts up the spirit.  Turkey says to be thankful and be grateful each day knowing gifts are coming your way this January—it may be a little thing like having a pleasant cup of coffee or tea or having a heart-to-heart with a friend. The gift could be something huge like hitting the jackpot and obtaining a big raise or promotion you have wanted and waited on for such a long time. Prime the pump, so to say, give yourself a gift to get the gifting ball rolling. Give your time to a worthy cause, working in an animal shelter for instance, or for a charity you support. And give a little thank you for all your struggles because struggles sow compassion.

WEST. Card Number 1, Eagle—Spirit. WEST on the sacred wheel is introspection, the looks-within direction–turning your eyes inward toward understanding and self-knowledge. The color of the WEST is black. The WEST element is earth. WEST represents the adult and maturity. The clear-eyed Eagle has big medicine for you. The most sacred of birds is the sees-far Eagle. Eagle is a visionary so let your vision take flight.  Eagle is courageous. Eagle is said to be related to the sun and is a most poignant symbol of Spirit and enlightenment. Eagle is a warrior. Eagle in the WEST indicates your inner light and profound communication with Spiritual essence. Eagle in the WEST confirms that you have made remarkable spiritual strides whether or not you are aware of it. Eagle has landed right next to you. Don’t be afraid to go beyond the self-imposed limits. Especially now, award yourself permission to speak on spiritual matters and be a bridge to help others who may be stumbling on their path.

Eagle in the WEST gives you a boost in spiritual awareness and internal spiritual growth. Trust your heart to keep you on your path. New opportunities will appear. Your energy will improve. You will be close to the source of blessings. Eagle will be watching over you and will not lead you astray. Eagle in the WEST opens the gate into hidden spiritual truths and is beaconing you to enter. Don’t be afraid of the great light of illumination held within the darkness of the WEST. Eagle as a power animal and guide is unequaled. Eagle medicine gives one vision and freedom within. Connect all the dots and see the big picture. Eagle takes in a vast amount of information—both above and below. You should be able to rise, spiritually speaking, in January–to soar, and to prevail in almost any situation. Eagle medicine in the WEST confirms a profound inner knowing—a closeness to Mystery. Be like Eagle. Go where Eagle goes each day, to the top of the clouds.

NORTH. Card Number 18, Lynx—Secrets. The NORTH segment of the medicine wheel speaks of the old ones, the elders and caretakers of sacred antiquities, keepers of time-worn knowledge, teachings, stories, histories, songs, and sacred possessions. Lynx appearing in the NORTH is a powerful omen. Lynx looks at you with opalescent eyes that have met with the eyes of Great Mystery. Lynx is an astute observer and knows Secrets. Lynx is a magician and knows the Secrets of the ages, magic, and magical powers.  Much about Lynx is hidden. Lynx has the power to enter the great silence—the silence of forever. It’s been said that Lynx has a hidden chuckle. That’s because Lynx knows something you don’t. Lynx knows Secrets. Lynx is said to have looked directly at the brilliant light of Great Spirit and in that moment knew everything about everything. No one could keep a Secret from Lynx from that time onward. Lynx is always in close touch with the remembrance of that light and the consequent clairvoyance it brought—a sort of psychic energy that allows one to see what is true, what is real–no matter the pretense or facade.

Lynx is not often seen. They keep to themselves, aware and discerning. Lynx is independent going its own way. You have to have the courage to know Secrets and keep them. Lynx tells you never to gossip. and you can’t be lax about it. You must have courage to know Secrets and you must know how to keep them carefully concealed. This is how you build trust with others, by honoring and keeping their confidence. Lynx’s appearance harkens revelations. You could be entrusted with a Secret this January. Lynx can read omens and signs—you may put two and two together and have a eureka moment. Lynx may be encouraging you to have a new Secret—a special place in nature, for instance, that is private, where you can go to recharge. To reference Medicine Cards, “Become Lynx and wear the Mona Lisa smile. Only you will know what you are smiling about.”

CENTER. Card number 43, Spider—Weaving. The CENTER is often called the navel of the earth—a place of great importance and creative force, the CENTER and balance of life. The mind is said to be at CENTER. You reside at CENTER—at the cross-corners where the four directions meet. The process of Weaving teaches one much about how our world works in the deepest sense—the fabric of being. So now along comes Spider as your CENTERING card in January–don’t be frightened away. Spider Mother is a protector watching over you and she helps you find your CENTER. Spider brings you there. Spider is also a good warming medicine in wintertime as she is said to have Woven the first blankets. Spider Mother watches over humans and keeps them free of entanglements.  Creatrix Spider Grandmother sits at the loom of time Weaving all realities of this universe which is a work in progress. Spider Woman is the spinner of our fates–so it is told by many elders and wisdom keepers. Spider energy helps you Weave your reality in a good way while following the strands of your destiny.

Seeing a Spider often signifies a new cycle has begun—time to Weave a new creation, one you have thought about and dreamed of achieving. If your life is broken Spider can help you mend it and make it right. Spider has astounding survival skills and thrive in varied environments. Spider teaches perseverance in pursuing your spiritual and other goals and Spider never wavers or gives up. All the alphabets can be found in Spider’s web so Spider can help one to become a better writer–especially in tying loose ends together in a literary work. Spider has this power and knows how to bring works to completion without a lot of drama.  Be like Spider. Maybe it’s time for you to quit procrastinating and spin. Spider brings good luck in communications. Now is a perfect time to hit it with that book or story or some amazing yarn you want to write. Spider tells you to make a strong personal web and keep it ever in good repair. Get rid of the things caught in your web you no longer need. Release stress. Be Centered in yourself and be strong–be happy in this New Year.