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

18 LYNX [SECRETS]: It is said that if you want to find out a secret, ask Lynx medicine. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get the silent Lynx to speak. To be confronted by the powerful medicine of Lynx signifies thAt you do not know something about yourself or others.

Lynx is the keeper of the secrets of lost magical systems and occult knowledge. Lynx has the ability to move through time and space, and to go into the Great Silence for unraveling any mystery. Lynx is not the guardian of secrets, but the knower of secrets,. The problem lies in getting Lynx to instruct you. He or she would rather be off chasing a bird of kicking sand in your face than running circles around you.

Lynx medicine is a very specific type of clairvoyance. If this medicine is strong in your, you will get mental pictures concerning other people and the exact things they have hidden, either from themselves or from others. You will see their fears, their lies, and their self-deceptions. You will also know where they have hidden the treasure, if there is any. You never speak of these revelations–you simply know.

The only way you can coax information about yourself out of a Lynx medicine person (in case you have forgotten where you hid the treasure) is to respect the practices of his or her tradition. If you go to a Gypsy with Lynx medicine, you must show your respect by paying with money after the reading. If you go to a Choctaw medicine person, he or she will reach into your midsection, or use other traditional methods to help you. A blanket or tobacco should be given in exchange for the medicine he or she has performed for you. This operative is known as the law of the Lynx people, and is practiced by Native American, Gypsy, Sufi, and Egyptian cultures, among others.

If you have pulled the lynx card, you can be sure that “secrets” are afloat. If this is your personal medicine, you should listen to your higher self. Be still and pay attention to the revelations you receive either in the form of mental pictures of through a high singing voice in your inner ear. Perhaps you will receive information in the form of omens. You can be sure that mother Earth is signalling to you in some manner.

If Lynx is at your door, listen. Brother or Sister Lynx can teach you or your personal power and of things you have forgotten about yourself. Lynx can lead you to lost treasures and connect you to forgotten brotherhoods or sisterhoods.

Some medicine people believe that the Sphinx of ancient Egypt was not a Lion but a Lynx. This Lynx doe snot say much. With an enigmatic smile, the great cat watches over the sands.

 

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21 RITES OF PASSAGE [CHANGE]: A Rite of Passage marks a time of some momentous change in life. If you have drawn this card, you are being asked to make note of the growth and change that is occurring because it will shape your future. The changes may be drastic and earth shaking, leaving a sense of confusion, but each one is benefiting your growth in some manner.

The Rite of Passage card can also speak of need for a change if you have lost the magick and spontaneity of life. Only you can make the decision to change the doldrums in excitement. If this decision is made, be ready to fly with Eagle and experience the new freedoms those changes can bring. In all cases, change is the key. Remember, if the moment you are experiencing is not beautiful, recreate it and you will have initiated your own Rite of Passage.

 

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.

20 MOUSE [SCRUTINY]: 

Mouse says, “I will touch everything with my whiskers in order to know it.” Paradoxically, this is both a great power and a great weakness. It is good medicine to see up close. It is good medicine to pay attention to detail, but it is bad medicine to chew every little thing to pieces.

Mouse has many predatory enemies, including birds, snakes, and cats. Since Mouse is food for many, it has a highly developed sense of danger at every turn. So-called civilization is a highly complex set of components which calls for more and more organizational skills and scrutiny to detail every year. Mouse is a powerful medicine to have in these modern times. Things that might appear insignificant to others take on enormous importance to mouse.

Mouse people anger many other medicine types because they appear to be nit-pickers. Mouse people will spot the lint on your coat, even if it matches in color./ They will try to convince you that the simplest task is fraught with difficulty. they are fixated on methodology. They sort and categorize and file away for alter use. They may seem like they are hoarding, but this is the farthest thing from Mouse’s mind. They are merely putting everything in order so that they will be able to explore it more carefully at a later date.

The chiefs tell us that without Mouse there would be no systemization of knowledge. Mouse ended Renaissance man and hearkened the age of specialization. Mouse knew from the very beginning that “there is always more to learn.” One can always delve deeper and deeper and deeper.

If your personal medicine is Mouse, you may be fearful of life but very well organized, with a compartment for everything. You should try to see a larger picture than the one staring you in the face. develop largesse of spirit. try to become aware of the Great Dance of Life. Realize that even though you may be sitting in Los Angeles, there is also a New York, a Moon, a solar system, a galaxy, and an infinite universe. Jump high, little friend\. You will glimpse the Sacred Mountain.

If mouse is in your card-spread, its medicine is telling you to scrutinize. Look at yourself and others carefully. Maybe that big hunk of cheese is sitting on a trigger that will spring a deadly trap. Maybe the cat is in the pantry waiting for you. Maybe someone to whom you have delegated authority, such as a doctor, a lawyer, or even a plumber, is not doing the job faithfully. The message is to see what is right before your eyes and to take action accordingly.

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8 EAST SHIELD [ILLUMINATION/CLARITY] The East Shield represents a need for clarity independence in some part of your lie. It may also mark a time of illumination when suddenly things begin to fit together and make sense to you. If you have been confused, now is the time to ask for order in your life. Order can be restored through making lists of things ot do, clearing up your living space, or finishing old projects. When order is restored, you are then more receptive and can find the clarity you need.

The illumination of the East can also be asking you to assist another in finding clarity. Sharing your ideas may bring illumination as others give you feedback. It may also be a time to heal old wounds or negative thoughts so that there is room for clarity to enter your life. Be creative and daring in order to stretch your concept of who you really are and venture into new realms of understanding.

In all cases, the east Shield marks a time of new freedoms that come from wiping the mud from your eyes and seeing with the eye of Eagle. Observe which thoughts keep you in blidners and clear that Mindness through summoning your courage and taking flight.

 

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

14 DOG [LOYALTY]  All the Southwest and Plains Indian tribes had Dogs. These noble animals would often give warning signals of approaching danger. They helped in the hunt and were a great source of warmth on long winter nights. Since the canine tribe has many breeds, early Indian Dogs were usually half-wild. This wildness, however, never divested the owners of their Dogs’ innate loyalty.

Dog has been considered the servant of humanity throughout history. If a person carries Dog medicine, he or she is usually serving others or humanity in some way. Here you will find the charity worker, the philanthropist, the nurse, the counselor, the minister, and the soldier.

Dog was the servant-soldier that guarded the tribe’s lodges from surprise attack. Dog is a medicine that embodies the loving gentleness of best friend and the half-wild protector energy of territorial imperative. Like Anubis, the jackal dog protector of Egypt, Dog is a guardian. Throughout history, Dog has been the guardian of hell, as well as of ancient secrets, hidden treasures, and babies–while mother was cooking or in the fields. Dog honors its gifts and is loyal to the trust placed in its care.

In examining Dog medicine, you might find that you have fond personal memories of owning and loving Dog as a pet. The message that Dog is trying to give you is that you must delve deeply into your sense of service to others. Canines are genuinely service-oriented animals, and are devoted to their owners with a sense of loyalty that supersedes how they are treated.

Dog medicine asks you to look at how readily your sense of loyalty is countermanded by your need for approval. If you have pulled the Dog card, there are several questions you need to consider, depending on the situation about which you are asking.

1) Have I recently forgotten that I owe my allegiance to my personal truth in life?

2) Is it possible that gossip or the opinions of others have jaded my loyalty to a certain friend or group?

3) Have I denied or ignored someone who is trying to be my loyal friend?

4) Have I been Loyal and true to my goals?

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32 DRUM RHYTHM/INTERNAL TIMING): 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.

 

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.

 

39 SWAN [GRACE] We learn from Swan to surrender to the grace of the rhythm of the universe, and slip from our physical bodies into the Dreamtime. Swan medicine teaches us to be at one with all planes of consciousness, and to trust in Great Spirit’s protection.

If you pulled Swan, it ushers in a time of altered states of awareness and of development of your intuitive abilities. Swan medicine people have the ability to see the future, so surrender to the power of Great Spirit, and to accept the healing and transformation of their lives.

The Swan card is telling you to accept your ability to know what lies ahead. If you are resisting your self-transformation, relax; it will be easier if you go with the flow. Stop denying that you know who is calling when the phone rings. pay attention to your hunches and your gut knowledge, and honor your female intuitive side.

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33 DREAMTIME [UNLIMITED VISION] You are being asked to see with unlimited vision. Wipe the dust from your eyes and pay attention to the messages you are receiving from the parallel universe. Our world is pregnant with possibilities. All time is now. You are a co-creator in the Two Worlds and will be given unlimited sight and knowing if you ask for it. This vision may come in a sleeptime dream or through out-of-body Journeying. It will give you the insight that you need at this time. Unlimited vision allows any seeker to pierce the veil of unconsciousness and come to an inner knowing. In all cases, this card marks marks a time of sseeing truth on all levels of Creation. You are now being given the ability to go beyond the accepted reality. The cocoon is open, trust yourself, your Allies, and your Medicine. You may now take flight.

 

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

 

35 REVERSED HORSE [POWER]: If your ego has gotten in the way, you may have failed to notice the lack of respect you have been receiving from others. You may on the other hand, be struggling with others who are abusing their power. “Should I say something? Should I fight my desire to put them in their place?” you may be asking. Remember the times in your own life when you have fallen out of grace with Great Spirit, and then have compassion for the brothers or sisters who are n ow doing the same. If you are overpowering another or feeling overwhelmed, Horse medicine in both the dignified and contrary positions is a simple reminder of how to balance your shields.

In allowing all pathways to have equal validity, you will see the power and glory of the unified family of humanity. This is the gift of the Rainbow Warrior or Warrioress. The “I” has no place in this Whirling Rainbow that comes from the Great Mystery and is replaced by the universal “we.” All colors of the rainbow and all pathways are honored as one.

Apply this knowledge and reclaim the power you have given away by forgetting to come from compassion. Untangle yourself from the present situation and understand that every human being must follow this pathway to power before galloping upon the winds of destiny.

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7 MEDICINE WHEEL [CYCLES/MOVEMENT] The Medicine Wheel card portends a time of cycles and/or movement. You are asked to notice which stage of the cycle you are presently experiencing. Is it the beginning, the creation, the growing time, and developing or end of a cycle? How you look at where you are will assist you in clarifying what it is that you need to do next. Any retreat, hesitation, or stopping has now ended.

With this card you are being put on notice that the stagnation is over and new beginnings have taken root in the present. Don’t get caught in old patterns. Notice which direction on the Medicine Wheel will assist your forward movement and apply that lesson in your life. Your choices are illumination and clarity (East), faithfulness and humility (South), introspection and goals (West), or wisdom and gratitude (North). It is now time to decide for yourself which type of movement will keep the Wheel turning. In all cases, the Medicine Wheel card assures you that life continues.  The quality of the new cycle depends upon you, your actions, and attitudes toward growth.

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

45 REVERSED BLUE HERON [SELF REFLECTION] Surprise! It may be time to come up for air if Heron arrives in the contrary.  Too much self-reflection can lead to self-obsession or a morbid sense of humor.  If you have been looking within and criticizing yourself, watch out! It is imprudent to drown the sense of joy that usually accompanies the journey of self-discovery.  You may have assumed the attitude that perfection is desirable.  That may be what advertisers sell you, but that attitude leaves no room to be human.  Oops!  You learn some of your most valuable lessons through your mistakes.   Wouldn’t life be boring if everyone was a plastic clone of an ideal human?

Contrary Heron also reminds you taht self-improvement is best accomplished by balancing the desire to change with gentle discernment.  There are many layers of truth to understand, and wholeness is impossible to attain in one dive. You do belly flops when you become judgmental, rigid, and flat.  Diving deeply into your feelings, you may emerge renewed.  But, being too critical, merely floating on top of the water, you will callously break your spirit in the process.  Heron reminds you to dive deeply, but do not hold your breath while waiting for instant or total enlightenment. If you do not resurface for air, the collective feelings of humanity and the infinite depth of eternity can drown you.

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28 MEDICINE BUNDLE [ALLIES/SUPPORT] You are being asked to honor the wisdom of your Ancestors and the Allies. If you are not sure what the messages are, look at the strengths that are now being given to you and count them as your personal Medicine. This assistance is supporting your present path and should be recognized as blessings from your Medicine Helpers. Through them, you may find the courage to support the Self.

The focus of this card tells you that you are not alone. The Path may be difficult at this time. but you are being supported during your climb. I The Path is progressing easily, you are in alignment with the Allies and are experiencing their assistance. Be grateful.

In all instances you are being asked to note who is helping and see if you can return the favor by supporting others. The assistance of the Medicine Helpers does not falter when you stumble to your path. By example, you should also remain true to others you have assisted. Betrayal after trust is deadly. To have Allies, you must also learn how to be one.

 

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.

25 FOX [CAMOUFLAGE] Watch out for wily Fox if this card has appeared reversed! Someone may be watching you, and trying to figure out your next move. If you look deeper, however, it may be that you are watching yourself to prove to yourself that you exist. If you have become a “wallflower” to the point of disappearing, you may need to decide that you are worth noticing.

Contrary Fox is as foolish as it is cunning, and you may have fooled yourself into believing that your low self-esteem is due to your being born plain or having an ordinary life. This is camouflage of a different sort, in that you have camouflaged your true desire to experience life with friends, with joy, and with purpose. In any case, you are put on notice to be aware of apathy and self-induced boredom. You may have to dig deeply to find what excites you enough to scurry across the wasteland of your dulled senses and live.

contrary Fox may also be telling you that you have become too visible. In climbing to a place of recognition, oftentimes the envy or jealousness of others is thrown in your face. If you are feeling attacked, withdraw. It may be time to assume the attitude of the hermit and deck yourself in the cloak of invisibility.

To right contrary Fox is this situation, call on Armadillo and name your boundaries. Then call on the family’s protector to show you the art of camouflage. Once out of the line of attack, you can resume the role of being your “foxy” self.

Become Fox and feel the joy of knowing the playground of your life. You may just find the chicken coop full of intriguing morsels of delight.

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22 HEYOKAH [TRICKSTER]: If the Trickster has appeared on your horizon, you are in for a barrel of laughs. You may be doing exactly the opposite of what you need to be doing and are about to get busted for it.  Stop leaking your creative energy on other people’s problems or high drama. Stop being so serious and crack a smile, or Coyote will dog your dreams. Remember that some days you are the fireplug and some days you are the Dog. That goes for everyone, so don’t let getting pooped on get you down. Learning through laughter  or opposites can be fun. The keynote to the Heyokah card is to lighten up and start balancing the sacredness with irreverence. If you are just being stubborn, it may be time to create a contrary lesson that will force you to crack up, crack a smile, or trick you into going into the crack in the universe to find out what’s really important.

 

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.

Throughout time, Raven has carried the medicine of magic. This has been true in many cultures across the planet. It is sacred, in the medicine ways, to honor Raven as the bringer of magic. If the magic is bad medicine, the carrier may be honored out of fear rather than out of respect. Those who fear Raven may do so because they have been dabbling in areas in which they had no knowledge, and a spell may have backfired on them. Rather than analyzing the dark side of sorcery, realize that you will fear Raven only if you need to learn about your inner fears of self-created demons.

Raven magic is a powerful medicine that can give you the courage to enter the darkness of the void, which is the home of all that is not yet in form. The void is called the Great Mystery. Great Mystery existed before all other things came into being. Great Spirit lives inside the void and emerged from the Great Mystery. Raven is the messenger of the void.

If Raven appear in your spread, you are about to experience a change in consciousness. This may involve walking inside the Great Mystery on another path at the edge of time. It would portend a signal brought by the Raven that says, “You have earned the right to see and experience a little more of life’s magic.” Raven’s color is the color of the void — the black hole in space that holds all the energy of the creative source.

In Native teachings the color black means many things, but it does not mean evil. Black can mean the seeking of answers, the void, or the road of the spiritual or non-physical. The blue-black of raven contains an iridescence that speaks of the magic of darkness, and a changeability of form and shape that brings an awakening in the process.

Raven is the guardian of ceremonial magic and in absentia healing. In any healing circle, Raven is present. Raven guides the magic of healing and the change in consciousness that will bring about a new reality and dispel “dis-ease or illness. Raven brings in the new state of wellness from the Void of Great Mystery and the field of plenty.

Raven is the messenger that carries all energy flows of ceremonial magic between the ceremony itself and the intended destination. For instance, if a ceremony is being performed to send energy to a disaster area where people need courage and strength, Raven would be the courier for that energy flow. The intention could be to allow the people of the devastated area to feel the concern and support of the participant in the ceremony.

If you have chosen Raven, magic is in the air. Do not try to figure it out; you cannot. It is the power of the unknown at work, and something special is about to happen. The deeper mystery, however, is how you will respond to the sparkling synchronicity of this alchemical moment.  Will you recognize it and use it to further enhance your growth? Can you accept it as a gift from Great Spirit? Or will you limit the power of the Great Mystery by explaining it away?

It may be time to call Raven as a courier to carry an intention, some healing energy, a thought, or a message. Raven is the patron of smoke signals or spirit messages represented by smoke. So if you want to send a message tot he Blue Road of spirit, in order to contact the Ancients, call Raven. Or, who knows, the Ancients may be calling to you.

Remember, this magic moment came from the void of darkness, and the challenge is to bring it to light. In doing so, you will have honored the magician within.

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20 COUNTING COUP [VICTORY]  The war cry has been shouted and victory is assured if you have received the Counting Coup card. You are being put on notice that a personal victory is in the works. You may have overcome a long-time challenge or conquered an opponent so now it is time to share your victory with others. Whether the victory is one of a spiritual nature or of winning a lottery ticket makes no difference. You are to honor yourself at this time and be grateful for this blessing.

Counting Coup represents the success of forward movement and the acknowledgment of right action. You have been true to yourself and are being rewarded for staying on The Sacred Path. Congratulations! Victory is sweet but sweeter the joy of your Coup with those who want to see you winning. Remember: Warriors who had Counted Coup always took care of the widowed, aged, and feeble. The material victories shared bring further honor, providing another Coup Feather for those willing to Give-Away.

 

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.

46 REVERSED RACCOON [GENEROUS PROTECTOR] If raccoon has appeared in the reverse position, you may be robbing yourself of much needed strength at this time. Do you need an attitude adjustment? If you are wasting energy on self-pity, feeling like an underdog, do something nice for someone else. The change of focus could create more self-esteem. Observing the authentic needs to another’s situation absolves self-pity. Another contrary message is denying the need to be generous or compassionate with yourself. In this case, you may not be providing enough workable options to solve your present challenges.

If you are feeling drained, it may be time to receive the gratitude of thoseyou ahve helped in the past. If you have been giving too much and have forgotten to honor your own needs, Raccoon could be telling you to steal some time to be alone. The little bandit also reminds yout o keep watch for “takers” who never give back. Keep yourself from feeding others who are too needy or too greedy. Balanced raccoon medicine does not waste its generosity on those who refuse to help themselves or are too lazy to contribute or learn self-reliance.

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9 SOUTH SHIELD (INNOCENCE/INNER CHILD): 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 muscles 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 heals a world of woes. The more serious you take the game, the less chance any of us have of winning.

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