Welcome to Shamanic Pathways. Tonight I would like to tell you How
to make your own Medicine Wheel
Last time we were here I mentioned the medicine wheel, and now I
will tell you how to make one.
You can make one as large as you like for your own backyard or a
small one for your own personal use
To make a personnel medicine wheel, take a twig of willow, it does
not have to be willow any twig that is pliable will be fine. Bend
the twig into a circle and bind it closed, then tie a piece of string,
ribbon or twine from north to south across it, then tie another piece
from east to west across it, so the circle of willow is divided into
four equal parts. Now in the middle, where the two strings cross place
something to represent yourself this can be a picture, a piece of
cloth, anything you want in fact as long as you know what it represents
Now starting at the east point wrap the twig in twine, ribbon or
string and wrap in a clockwise direction towards the south point,
then using a different colour of wrapping wrap the twig from the south
to the west point and again in another colour wrap the twig from the
west to the north point, and once more in another colour wrap the
twig from the north to the east point. The choice of colours is up
to you, but as a guide I will tell you the colours I used for my own
wheel. From east to south I used yellow for the morning sun .From
south to west I used light blue for the sky from west to north I used
black for the night and from north to east I used red to represent
the passion of spirit
Now place a guardian animal spirit in each quarter of the wheel,
I offer no guidance as to which animal you place as it is your choice,
use an object to represent each animal you choose. Next place a herb
of your choosing in each quarte , again I offer no guidance as to
which herbs to use, and then place a crystal in each quarter, and
once more I offer no help as the choice is yours.
The reason for offering no guidance is because if I did you would
be making me a wheel and not one of your own.
Finally add a length of string through the center of the circle so
it hangs in equal length either side of the object that represents
you, this is the final two directions one is up and one is down
Now that you have constructed your own medicine wheel remember that
everything inside the circle is your reality , your own world if you
will .All that is outside the wheel is the universe which you have
access to via your centre cord. One last thing to do then your medicine
wheel is complete. A ritual prayer asking the Great Spirit to bless
the wheel. Here is a simple one that you may use if you wish or not
as you want.
When you come to use your wheel you must first line up the four cardinal
directions with a compass. Using the compass find north and place
the north point of the wheel in line with that point.
Great Spirit I ask for your blessing, and for your protection, for
this my medicine wheel.
I ask that none shall enter uninvited, none shall, of those invited
to enter, harm another.
Grant me the wisdom to use this wheel for the good of all and for
the good of this earth.
How big does this thing have to be?
About 12 inches across or as large as you want it.
I thought it was maybe going to be size of a bicycle wheel
If you want to make it that big then do so
No that would take up far too much space
Is it meant to be placed in a special spot in the home?
No you may place it anywhere you wish.
12 inches sounds about right for size.
Can you have more than one if you wish?
Why would you want more than one?
You can use it for many purposes most often it is used to invite spirit
to talk with you
I could do with that then.
So I should hold it during meditation?
The center cord is your link to the upper world and the underworld
it is almost a tree of life in fact.
You may hold it if you wish or lay it on the ground, remember it is
a focal point for you to use
Thanks, it’s a useful tool.
I like to think so
How does it help spirit talk to you?
You are inviting spirit into your reality interested of crossing into
theirs so you have more control so to speak as spirit will always
respect the invite.
Right Im not sure I can see a difference there wolf
I will put it this way, the wheel is your reality no one else can
take that from you and to invite spirit into your reality allows you
Right I see better now
As shaman sometimes you come across a very, shall we say, unhappy
spirit so if you invite the spirit into your reality you can hold
it there until you have helped it.
Right thank you wolf now that is a very useful concept for me
Remember as shaman you don’t just heal the living you are there
to heal all
All that remains is for me to say thank you for listening and thank
you for your time