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Understanding the Medicine Wheel

Medicine Wheel

To understand the wheel, it is important to understand the meaning of both the colours and directions.

Story and photo by Sarah Ryeland

East, or yellow, represents the emotional realm of life. It’s the direction of spring, inspiration, childhood and vision. The eastern part of the wheel represents emotional renewal, fresh beginnings and growing with the help of the sun. Yellow teaches us to respect our emotions and recognize them as an important part of human life that needs to be in balance with the other realms.

South, or red, represents the physical realm. As the summer, or youth stage of life, south represents growth and strength. Just like adolescence, the red area of our lives is when we assert independence and discover who we are. In this realm we are experimental, fearless and learn powerful lessons.

West, or black, is the spiritual realm. Representing autumn and adulthood, west symbolizes courage, knowledge and maturity. Autumn is traditionally a time of darkening days, which is illustrated by the colour black. As adults, we often lose sight of the light inside us and begin a journey through the dark to find it again. This takes courage, and leads us into the spiritual world where we discover a new life.

North, or white, represents the mental realm. In the north we are in our elder stage of life, having wisdom in our winter years. North is a quiet and calm realm, giving us the opportunity to think about life and contemplate the lessons we’ve learned during our earthwalk. The white section of the wheel is where we see the value of every stage of life and the wisdom of living in harmony with each direction/colour.

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The Medicine Man of Limberlost Road

The medicine wheel is the cornerstone of Native philosophy. Tim Yearington has created a large version of this teaching tool on his property on Limberlost Road.

A teacher and healer, Tim Yearington puts his philosophy to work

Story and photo by Sarah Ryeland

One night he dreams that a feather is waiting for him in the woods. Upon awakening he has a nagging feeling that he should listen to the dream, so he sets out to find the feather. He heads out, not knowing where to look.

Listening to his spirit and signs from mother earth, he searches through the woods. Just as he is about to give up, he stumbles across the beautiful feather that sits on a log, just waiting for him to pick it up.

Tim Yearington still has that feather…

Who is the medicine man?