The Native Americans honor the wheel of life and the four directions.
All are important and remain in balance. It is something that seems so basic you would think all mankind would understand this.
They are always aware of each and of all. You cannot have one without the other.
They represent the times ~ dawn, noon, evening and night.
They represent the seasons ~ spring summer autumn and winter.
They represent the times in life ~ infant, youth, middle age and elder.
Each has a time and a purpose under heaven
When they do ceremony they ask in the four directions
and also Up
Down, the earth.
How lovely and how balanced.
Oh Spirit of the East, Land of the rising Sun, Of Air, the winds that blow across the lands. Of new beginnings each day. and of open horizons. We bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here with us today. Please join us, Spirit of the East.
Oh Spirit of the South, Place of Passion, Fire and Creation and inspiration, whose warm breath reminds us of summer days. Ignite our hearts with love. We bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here with us today. Please join us, Spirit of the South.
Oh Spirit of the West, the land of the setting Sun, Of water and Autumn's whisper. Bless us with the knowledge of peace which follows the harvest of a fruitful life. We bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here today. Please join us, Spirit of the West.
Oh Spirit of the North, place of quiet, stillness, of cave and deep earth. Place of thankfulness for the knowledge and blessings that have come to us with time. We bless you and ask your wisdom and blessing here today. Please join us, Spirit of the North.
We are in winter now and it is a hard season yet important. A time to sit, to wait, to look inward. It is sometime harsh, demanding and teaches us patience, introspection, looking at ourselves and looking within, with discipline. People want to rush by this season move on to spring and green and growing, yet nature knows this time to hunker down, hibernate, slow is needed so we are properly prepared to go into the next season.