EAST: Guides you to your greatest spiritual challenges and guards your path to illumination.

45 Blue Heron: Heron medicine is the power of knowing the self by discovering the gifts and facing its challenges. It is the ability to accept all feelings and opinions without denying any emotion or thought.  Heron flies over those who are unaware of who they are and where they belong in the world.  Gently dropping a blue feather to them, Heron asks that they follow their intuition and begin the empowering journey of self-realization.

If the great Blue Heron has flown into your cards today, it is urging you to dive into the watery world of feelings to seek your truth.  Heron teaches you to develop your self-reflective skills so that you may come to know yourself in an intimate way.  Looking at yourself through the filmy lens of self-importance, the cloudy perceptions of low self-worth, or the myopic eyes of self-pity, you will never understand your true potential or appreciate the opportunities that appear.

Heron asks that you examine yourself with a cold eye to see what you wish to improve and how you want to change.  If you get stuck in the process, it may be a sign that you are being too hard or critical.  Choosing ot blame others and constantly pointing a finger at life’s situations, instead of claiming responsibility for your actions, shows that you lack the courage to face the enemy within.

Heron medicine people are willing to look at themselves and see the truth of their motives, actions, feelings, dreams, goals, inner strengths, and inner weaknesses.  In balancing those truths, Heron’s medicine shows you how to meet the challenges of your personal weaknesses and how to continue developing the skills that lead to inner strength and certainty of purpose.

Are you willing to dive into the watery depths of your own feelings and discover the role of your spiritual essence?  Heron is now calling you to delve deeper, to know yourself, and to trust your path.  Like the Phoenix, who rises from its own ashes, Heron emerges from teh unseen worlds of spirit into a new balanced sense-of-self in order ot embrace its potential again and again.

The magnificence of your human spirit lies waiting for the joy of discovery if you are courageous enough to flow the Waterbird throughout the journey.  Heron reminds  you that every traveler on life’s journey is a messenger, and that every destination is the beginning of a new life cycle on the Medicine Wheel.


29: THE STORYTELLER: The Storyteller card speaks of expansion on all levels. You are now growing and encompassing many new ideas if you have received this ard. See which area of expansion needs your attention and feed your personal Fire of Creation. Create more and enjoy the expansion, knowing you earned it.

Note that the expansion will continue if you are willing to share how you achieved your success with otehrs. Many lives are influenced by another’s story. In the good of fortune of your present situation, you may be instrumental in encouraging others.

In all cases, expansion occurs when people are allowed to grow at their own rate and with their own understanding. The wisdom of the Storyteller is a part of the art of remembering Note that you are now remembering your personal medicine and how to be your potential.

SOUTH: Protects the child within and reminds you when to be humble and when to trust, so that innocence will be balanced in your personality.  I have found this to be your most primal gifts.


Grouse once flocked in abundance throughout North America, but now, even on the plains where these birds were so plentiful, there is an absence of them. Many Plains Indian tribes dance the Grouse Dance to honor these birds. The movement of the dance follows a spiral, which is the ancient symbol of birth and rebirth, the ribbed tunnel of eternal return.

The Sacred Spiral is also one of the oldest known symbols for personal power. When you think of Grouse medicine, visualize a whirlpool or even a tornado, for the Sacred Spiral will take you to the center.The spiral is a metaphor for personal vision and enlightenment. Many initiates on Vision Quests paint spiral on their bodies and believe that the Great Mystery will favor them with visions of power and purpose because of this symbol.

The Whirling Dervishes of certain Sufi orders are masters of the spiral dance and can transcend to higher states of awareness through the repetition of this sacred movement. It is said that dervishes can travel to the center of the spiral and return with any magical power they choose. In the dervish state, one enters the Great Silence and has direct communication with the Creator. By spinning clockwise our

counter-clockwise, the dervish draws or repulses specific energies. Sufi dancing is a system which connects one with the Divine Source through ritual treatment of motion.

If you have Grouse medicine in your cards, undertake a meditation on the various qualities of movement within your world. Begin by visualizing the Sun as one member of a huge group of stars swirling in the massive pinwheel shape of the Milky Way. Then draw yourself out of this pinwheel of light and into the spiraling of your own DNA’s double helix, an arrangement similar to a rope ladder coiled like a corkscrew.

Analyze the way you move through your world. How do you picture yourself in the act of “locomotion?” What kind of reaction do you create with the energy you send into the universe? What words would you use to describe the way you move through both the material and spiritual worlds? In the final analysis, is your movement compatible with your greatest desires and goals?

Many spiritual disciplines ask that you cease all external movement in order to recognize the inner life. Grouse medicine, however, is an invitation to the dance, Grouse celebrates the Divine Source through its sacred spiral dance, and offers this dance to you as a gift. You can spend a lifetime learning Grouse’s lesson on how to harmonize your dance with Mother Earth’s cycles and how to offer the dance as a creation of selfless beauty.


If the Talking Drums have signaled a Pow-Wow, you are being put on notice together together with others of like mind and exchange ideas. The quickening of some aspect of your life will be aided if you use a support system and see what type of support you can call upon from others.

The Pow-Wow card is marking a time of calling in your markers. You may need assistance or just a friend to be a sounding board. Your focus will become clearer, and you may receive the boost you need just from an encouraging word or two.

The quickening is inside of you and speaks of the time just preceding birth. Whatever you are giving birth to at this time can be assisted by gathering your friends around you for the needed support.

WEST: The animal in the West leads you to your personal truth and inner answers.  It also shows you the path in your goals.

#47 PRAIRIE DOG: Prairie Dog medicine teaches that strength and inspiration can be found by retreating into the stillness that quiets the mind. The strength of this medicine is also knowing when and how to replenish your life force. Prairie Dog medicine people tend to seek self-empowerment to silence and inactivity where they can access dreams and visions without the intrusions of worldly chaos. When they reenter the world, they are profound and powerful anchors of calm resolve amid life’s storms.

The medicine of Prairie Dog is applicable to all fo the Marmot Tribe, which includes the Ground Squirrel clan, the Gopher clan, the Woodchuck clan, and the Ground Hog clan. Just as Native American warriors knew when to charge forward and when to become invisible, the Marmot tribe knows how and when to retreat. The Prairie Dog runs for the tunnels when a predator is on its trail; in the winter. It conserves energy by hibernating during the scarce time of the cold moons.

If Prairie Dog has surfaced in your cards today, it may be a warning that your body’s fuel gauge is running low. You might need a day of silence to retreat from regular activities before you become too exhausted to carry on. Have you put your basic needs at the bottom “To Do” list? Burning the candle at both ends may weaken the punch you can normally pack when tackling the tasks at hand. Take a much needed break before you crash and burn. Prairie Dog teaches you that, in order to access gifts of inspiration and renewal, you must be at peace with yourself and rested enough to recognize the blessings being offered.

If you have been battling a situation without gaining ground, Prairie Dog reminds you that pushing too hard can create a resistance that does not allow for interaction. Take a break! Give it a rest! After a comfortable and relaxed time, you can return with a fresh perspective. In the meantime, the dynamics of the situation may have changed because your retreat allows the present challenge to work itself out. There is ample strength available if you quit pushing and go with the flow. Prairie Dog says its tunnels run both ways, now it is time to choose the backdoor exit for some rest and relaxation.


38 FIELD OF PLENTY:  The cornucopia is full of an abundance of ideas, talents, clothing, experiences, food, companions, and feelings that will serve the needs of the Children of Earth. If the Field of Plenty card has appeared, you are being assured that what you need at this time is manifesting Your needs will be met. Give thanks now, before your needs are met. Show Great Mystery the trust you have in your process, dropping any doubt, becoming childlike again.

Do not limit the manner in which the physical manifestation occurs. Original Source operates in mysterious ways, placing hte perfect people, places, and things on our paths to be answers to our true needs. We are asked to recall the differences between true needs and material crutches, which are mere illusions of happiness. In all instances, the Field of Plenty reminds us of our Divine right to have our prayers answered and our needs met.

NORTH: Gives wise counsel and reminds you when to speak and when to listen.  It also reminds you to be grateful for every blessing every day.  I  believe this represents your relationship to personal authority.


49 SALMON: Salmon is the sacred keeper of wisdom and inner knowing who, despite strong river currents, will always return to the place of its creation. Its determination is driven by the wisdom of instinct and inner knowing, which yields a sense of purpose that cannot be thwarted by external forces. Coming full circle, Salmon medicine people finish what they begin, bringing life’s events and cycles to closure.

Salmon medicine honors every encounter in life as a gathering of wisdom. It teaches that even when the flow of life seems to push you back, you can tap the hidden resources of your human spirit and personal inner knowing. The journey may not be an easy one, and the currents of public opinion may not be in your favor, but you can choose to honor the wisdom you carry and instinctively do what is right.

If Salmon swam into your cards today, it may be telling you to trust your gut feeling and inner knowing at this time. Avoid the influence of those who may have hidden agendas or who manipulate events for their personal gain. Do you need to reflect on the personal experiences that will help you decide whether  the tide is ebbing or flowing in a direction that benefits your forward movement and growth? Go back to the beginning and retrace your path to this point. The wisdom is inside you, and when honoring it, you will not go wrong.

The silver of Salmon’s skin reflects many lessons. To reclaim your inner knowing, you must see the opportunity in all situations, and know that wisdom is earned through both life’s easy and difficult experiences. Be willing to listen to others, as well as to the small, still voice within. Behave in a manner that honors your path. the proper use of inner knowing comes when you flow with your authentic feelings, embracing all the experiences you encounter in life as learning lessons rather than hardships. Salmon teaches you to see every bend in the river as a new adventure, with  a lesson you need to learn in order to grow. That knowledge becomes authentic wisdom through applying these truths to your life.

9 REVERSED BUTTERFLY: (This is about BOB – Listen) There is a need for change in your life that you are not recognizing. This could be a possible need for freedom, for a vacation, or for a new job. You may believe that change is too difficult, and you may rule it out to preserve the comfort of old habits. But in ruling out any possibility of change, you are saying that the courage of Butterfly has been lost. Why does Butterfly represent courage? Because there is a totally different world outside the cocoon, where the known realities of the chrysalis are no longer applicable. This new world demands that you use your newfound wings and FLY!


32 DRUM: Find your own internal timing. You may be pushing too hard or missing a beat. Being out of sync calls for realignment with the body’s needs. Rhythm is a personal thing. To honor your own rhythm is to come back into harmony with the Self. From this point, personal comfort allows you to harmonize with other rhythms of life.

The Drum also speaks of allowing yourself to be supported by Mother Erath’s heartbeat. That is to say, your mind may be outdistancing hat your body can handle and hte body cannot pull needed energy from the Earth because it is trying to keep up with your thoughts. If this applies, you are missing a beat. Slow down and rediscover the heartbeat of your true Mother. Then the synchronicity of your movements will be effortless.

In all cases, rhythm is the key. Become aware of all rhythms and see how yours fits in. If it feels right, you become the music and the dance you are dancing becomes a celebration of life.

ABOVE: Teaches you how to honor the Great Star Nation; and reminds you that you came from the stars and to the stars you will return.  It is the guardian of the Dreamtime-for your personal access to the other dimensions.


If you have pulled Swan in reverse, it is a warning that you must acknowledge what you know, so stop denying your feelings and klutzing up. You may be bumping into furniture or forgetting what you are saying in mid-sentence. If so, this is a sign that you are not grounded. Jump in place and hold the top of your head as you do so. This will get you back in touch with the Earth, and keep you from wandering into a dreamy reality that lessens your focus. Baths help, ad does going barefoot or doing some gardening.

In any case, Swan reversed says that you need to pay some attention to your body. It can seem as if you are flying without a pilot’s license if you are not aware of when you take offf or land. Not recognizing the shift from left brain to right brain is common when you are evolving spiritually. This is all a part of developing the intuitive side of your nature and is a sign that you are to be conscious of your entry into other levels of awareness. In the development of higher mind, you are embarking on new territory that has rules or universal laws of its own. In the world of Spirit you need to pay close attention to the unseen. You may sense or feel in a slightly different way, but this is gradual. Sometimes this shift is lost  among your normal activities until you feel “spaced out.” At these moments it is time to reconnect with Mother Earth.

The solution to contrary Swan is:

1) Notice your surroundings and touch the Earth with your feet, hands, or both.

2) Focus on one reality or the other. If you are being called to visit the dreamtime, stop what you are doing and be still. Enter the silence and empty your mind of chatter. Be receptive and open so that the message may enter your consciousness.

3) If you are just preoccupied, daydreaming, or “spacey,” you need to focus on doing some physical activity. Use the reasoning side of your brain to make a list of what you need to do next, and this will stop the clutter in your mind that may be causing the confusion.


29 COUNCIL FIRE: If you have been waffling over what to do next, the Council Fire card is insisting tha you make a decision. There can be no forward movement if you fail to decide which trail will lead out of the swamp and into the forests. It takes courage to make changes in your life and all changes must begin with a decision. Do it and don’t look abck. Life awaits you in all its beauty.

If the decision of another has left you in a precarious position, make new decisions of your own. There is no need to make your decisions based upon another’s. Consider all possibilities and how your decision affects others, then be courageous enough to act. Find your truth and stick to it.

BELOW: Teaches you about the inner Earth, and how to stay grounded and on the path.


If Beaver has dunked its head under water and is contrary, you are being asked to open new doors to opportunity and to stay aware. This could also usher in a time of laziness or apathy. find what is damming the flow, and remove the impasse. The questions that may arise when Beaver is contrary are:

1) Have I forgotten to allow room in my life for new experiences?

2) Am I willing to work with others?

3) Am I resentful of having to work?

4) Do I express my creativity by doing, or just by dreaming about it?

5) Has my mind created so many obstacles to productivity that I feel like a failure before I begin?

Meditate upon Beaver’s determination and willingness to work. Visualize the goal you wish to accomplish, and be willing to work with others to achieve that end.


12 ARROW: You are being asked to find the truth of your present situation. You can protect yourself from uncomfortable situations by using the truth as a protection. It does not matter what others thing of you. You know the truth. When you honor tht truth, you cannot be hurt by the lies of others.

Arrow also speaks of the ideas of Brotherhood. This is to say that you must armor yourself with the good intent and truthfulness of those you wish to associate with. Drop those who would no longer honor your path or truth. Remember: Arrow is straight and always says, “Stay on The Sacred Path.”

WITHIN: Teaches you  how to find your heart’s joy and how to be faithful to your personal truths.  It is also the protector of your sacred space, the place that is yours alone and is never shared except by invitation.


If Wild Boar has appeared in the contrary position, this could be a warning. Because you have been unwilling to confront some challenge, situation or feeling, it is about to explode in your face. It could be time to evaluate any avoidance mechanisms. Denials can vanish when you confront them with unflinching honesty. If some lie is present, now it is time to come clean with yourself or another. Have you dishonored yourself by breaking a trust? Be strong and make amends. If you do not believe that you are brave enough to confront your mistakes or denials, quit lying to yourself and acknowledge the authentic power of the honorable self within.

Remember, you can call upon Wild Boar to help cut through feelings of helplessness or weakness. Those sharp tusks can cut to the heart of the matter and reveal the valiant warrior self that you may have unwittingly abandoned.


16 POWER PLACE: We are created in the image of a limitless Creator, the Great Mystery, and therefore we are limitless co-creators. The ability to infinitely create is one of our gifts as Catalyzers. When this gift is discovered and used properly, we become givers and receivers simultaneously, living antennae or bridges that conduct energy between Mother Earth  and the sky Nation like the Thunder-beings. Individual Power Places become the teachers that instruct us in our catalyzing abilities. 

You are seeking a way to become a Catalyzer of certain life events if you ahve chosen the Power Place card. Being the Catalyzer in any situation means you are commanding your talents to effect some kind of result. This ability is learned through Earth-Connection. Your body can conduct the energy you need to create the desired outcome if you allow the Earth Mother to feed you the extra voltage.

Find a personal Power Place and call upon the Four Elements through prayers of gratitude. Then yu can command your talents for good and effect the empowerment of manifestation. In so doing, your needs will be met. You can make it happen by using your creativity and receiving the energy needed from the Earth Mother. Remeber that you are a Catalyzer and are totally responsible for your personal empowerment.

RIGHT: Guards your male side and teaches you that, no mater where you turn, it will be your father-protector (spirit guide) within.  This animal also carries your courage and warrior spirit.


Oops! Here comes Badger upside-down and fuming! This could mean that you are being chewed out by someone else or that you have expressed your anger in an unhealthy way. If t his applies to you, remember that all anger stems from anger toward the self. It is an anger of helplessness that is misdirected toward others.

If you are angry at a coworker for telling the boss that you were looking for another job, you are really angry at yourself for not keeping your own secret. If you are angry at your children for disobeying, it is usually anger that stems from fear for the children’s well-being. This self-anger condition is usually present when you have “silly accidents,” falls, cuts and scrapes or when you find yourself bumping into furniture.

Badger in the contrary position can issue in a time of reflection on what you feel helpless about. Is it your lack of aggressiveness or initiative? Is it your fear of being blasted or belittled if you present a new idea? Maybe it is a time when you need to get in touch with your own jealousy or envy of others who are willing to put themselves on top through hard work.

In the reverse, Badger teaches you the pitfalls of shyness and insecurity as well as of misused or vicious aggression. Go to your feelings — maybe you just need to let off steam. If so, scream into a pillow and tehn punch it a few times. It will surely put Badger back into balance. Badger can be difficult medicine and learning to use it properly is a rare gift.

In another context, contrary Badger could be calling you to use herbs and roots to heal your body. Badger reversed may also be putting you on notice to be aware of those areas of your life that need the input of someone else’s aggressive creativity to spark your own. In any case, contrary Badger speaks of a need for more aggressive action in life. No more inactivity can prevail without creating pain of some kind.


9 SOUTH SHIELD: Returning to that part of yourself that doesn’t need support from the ego. Find where you can be humble in the present situation. Balance work with play and sacredness with irreverence. To continue you have to stop being uptight. This may be a time to get some physical exercise to loosen up tight muscels or to laugh to loosen up your sophisticated garbage. Stop holding on so tight and remember how to trust. How can you trust anything or anyone when the image in the mirror is not really you? In all cases your inner child is trying to teach you something about handling the situation. Listening and trusting the little tike might restore some of the lost magic of life. Remember, playfulness helas a world of woes. The more serious you take the game, the less chance any of us have of winning.

LEFT: Protector of the Female side and teaches you that you must learn to receive abundance as well as to nurture yourself and others.  The left-side animal is also your teacher about relationships and mothering.

32 REVERSED ANT:  Watch out! Here comes the sting! If you are in a hurry, you may fall prey to those who are not working for the good of the whole of humanity. Those individuals who make greed a way of life prey on the fear and urgency of those who have forgotten natural and tribal law. It’s easy money! If this warning applies to you, become aware of users and con artists.

In the contrary position, Ant also teaches you to trust natural law. If you do, harmony always follows. Your silly impatience will bring Coyote to aid you in sabotaging your plans for the future if you allow your panic to outweigh your rational sensibilities. The key here is to honor the will of the Great Spirit, so that mountains are not made of anthills!


11 NORTH SHIELD: Some kind of wisdom is coming your way. You are now being asked to show gratitude for these new understandings in order to continue the growth process. Wisdom is one way in which you can experience the natural order of the universe and how it applies to your life. Wisdom is an inner knowing that cannot be traded, sold, or stolen from you. Knowing is truth that has been experienced. You have learned a lesson and derived from it a sense of Self that will serve you for the rest of your life. The successful completion of this lesson should be marked by prayers of thanksgiving or acknowledged in gratitude. In so doing, you will have completed the circle of the Sacred Hoop and honored the source of that truth. Remember that the gift of wisdom is the heart of the recipient and remains alive as long as it is honored as a blessing.

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