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Spirit Keepers

Medicine Wheel Power Animals

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The four animals commonly represented in the role of spirit keepers for the medicine wheel are The Bear, The Buffalo, The Eagle, and The Mouse. However, there are no fast rules about which animals represent the directions of the medicine wheel. Michael Samuels, co-author of The Path of the Feather, teaches that all native peoples have different spirit animals and meanings of the directions, encouraging us in choosing our own. Each direction of the wheel offers its own lessons, color, and animal spirit guide.

1. The Buffalo Represents North

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The Buffalo is the spirit keeper of the northern direction or earth quadrant of the medicine wheel.

2. The Mouse Represents South

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The Mouse is the spirit keeper of the southern direction or fire quadrant of the medicine wheel.

3. The Eagle Represents East

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The Eagle is the spirit keeper of the eastern direction or air quadrant of the medicine wheel.

4. The Bear Represents West

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The Grizzly Bear is the spirit keeper of the western direction or water quadrant of the medicine wheel.

Bear as a Spirit Totem

 

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