the four directions...on my bench, on my mind....

March 11, 2010


I know I have spoken of this before, but much of what I am working on at any given time comes to me in that semi-conscious state of mind when we are lingering between awake and slumber....I am sure you all know it....I believe that's when  I do some of my best creating!....this image (or rather a facsimile of it, looking like a finished piece of my silverwork) has been haunting me for the last few weeks. I am in the process of answering the call, and am almost done carving in wax. To me, this is strange, as the medicine wheel pictured is from the mighty Sioux Nation. I have aboriginal blood in me for sure, but I can tell you with all certainty not a drop of Sioux. ( I will depend on my friend Michaela Dawn to clarify any errors here, as this is in part her heritage!)...this image has been relentless with me...and I must answer it's siren song!....I just love the symbolism of this wheel and have been doing a bit of research as to the quadrants and their meanings.......

NORTH


white

winter

white horses

white bird’s wing

herbs

death

SOUTH

yellow

summer

buckskin horses

sacred hoop

flowering twigs

maturity

EAST

red

spring

sorrel horses

daybreak stars

 the sacred pipe

youth

WEST

black

fall

black horses

 a cup of sky

bow

old age

I just love the way it all comes full circle....and am pondering the interconnectedness of it all...this one is going to take a bit for me to wrap my brain around....what do you think all these symbols mean?
Ponder with me, please!
Mitakuye Oyasin







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