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

9 BUTTERFLY: 

The power that Butterfly brings to us is akin to the air. It is the mind, and the ability to know the mind or to change it.It is the art of transformation.

To use butterfly medicine, you must astutely observe your position in the cycle of self-transformation. Like Butterfly, you are always at a certain station in your life activities. You may be a the egg stage, which is the beginning of all things. This is the stage at which an idea is born but has not yet become a reality. the larva stage is the point at which you decide to create the idea in the physical world. The cocoon stage involves “going within”; doing or developing your project, idea, or aspect of personality. the final stage of transformation is the leaving of the chrysalis and birth. This last step involves sharing the colors and joy of your creation with the world.

If you look closely at what Butterfly is trying to teach, you will realize that it is the never-ending cycle of self-transformation. The way to discern where you are in the cycle is to ask yourself:

1) Is this the egg stage: Is it just a thought or idea?

2) Is this the larva stage: Do I need to make a decision?

3) Is this the cocoon stage: Am I developing and doing something to make my idea a reality?

4) Is this the birth stage: Am I sharing my completed idea?

By asking yourself these questions, you will discover how butterfly is relating to you at this moment. When you understand where you are, the symbol can teach you what to do next to continue in the cycle of self-transformation. If you have found the position through which you are cycling, you will see the creativity of Butterfly.

Using the air, or mental powers, or this medicine is done with ease. As an example, if you have been feeling exhausted and have asked how to heal your fatigue, take notice of the colors you have been drawn to recently. Does your body feel better in green? Could this mean that you need to eat more green vegetables? This type of thinking is an inspiration from Butterfly medicine.

Butterfly can give clarity to your mental process, help you organize the project you are undertaking, and assist you in finding the next step for your personal life or career. The main message to be obtained from drawing this symbol is that you are ready to undergo some type of transformation. To discern waht your next move is, use the Butterfly Spread.

*****BUTTERFLY SPREAD:

The East Card: This card is known as the Egg Card or Egg Position. You should view this card as the nucleus or seed of your development (idea/project). Allow its medicine to interact with the concept of your enterprise. It will suggest the value of the inner core of your plan. Is it the medicine that is needed at this time or place?

44 HUMMINGBIRD(JOY):

Hummingbird is associated with the Ghost Shirt religion, which taught that a certain dance done properly would bring about the return of the animals, and that white people would disappear. Once again the Original People would know the joy of the old ways. In Mayan teachings, Hummingbird can give us the medicine to solve the riddle of the contradiction of duality.

The song of Hummingbird awakens the medicine flowers. Hummer sings a vibration of pure joy. flowers love Hummingbird because nectar-sucking brings about the reproduction of their families. Plants flower and live because of Hummingbird.

Hummingbird can fly in any direction — up, down, backward, and forward. Hummingbird can also hover in one spot and appear to be motionless. Great Spirit created Hummingbird to be slightly different from other feathered creatures.

Because of their magical qualities, Hummingbird feathers have been used for a millennium in the making of love charms. It is said that Hummingbird conjures love as no other medicine does, and that Hummingbird feathers open the heart. Without an open and loving heart, you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life. To Brother and Sister Hummingbird, life is a wonderland of delight–darting from one beautiful flower to another, tasting the essences, and radiating the colors.

If hummingbird is your personal medicine, you love life and its joys. Your presence brings joy to others. You join people together in relationships which bring out the best in them. You know instinctively where beauty abides and near or far,  you journey to your ideal. You move comfortably within a beautiful environment and help others taste the succulent nectar of life.

Hummingbird holds the Bow of Beauty which is delicately inlaid with gold and silver flowers, pearls and precious jewels. Hummingbird disdains ugliness or harshness and quickly flies away from discord or disharmony.

If Hummingbird has flown into your cards, get ready to laugh musically adn enjoy Creator’s many gifts. Drop your judgmental attitude and relax. Hummingbird will no doubt give you a flash of the spirit, darting here and there, and everywhere. Get ready for a strange new burst of energy which may send your senses reeling.

Hummingbird hears celestial music and is in harmony with it. Hummingbird may invite you to an art museum or a concert. Hummingbird energetically embraces the highest aesthetics.

Never be coarse in front of Hummingbird, for this is a fragile medicine which may have no understanding of worldly affairs. Beauty is the target and Hummingbird’s mission is to spread joy or to be destroyed. Humming bird quickly dies if caged, caught, or imprisoned.

Follow Sister Hummingbird and you will soon be filled with paroxysms of joy, and experience a renewal of the magic of living.

 The South card: This card is known as the Larva Card or Larva Position. This card is bout early doing. What needs to be done and how you’re going to do it. Who will take responsibility for the work? Just as a butterfly egg first turns into a growing, struggling caterpillar, tis is the medicine of the Larva Card. Will the energies be great enough to overcome the obstacles? The caterpillar sheds its skin many times during the growth. Will the many egos involved in your project or activity acquiesce (shed skin) in order to facilitate achievement?

47 REVERSED PRAIRIE DOG: 

Oops! The worry bug may have bitten Prairie Dog, and it has appeared in the contrary. Has the workaholic syndrome gotten the best of your inner knowing and sensible outlook on life? Have you been tunneling in a nonproductive direction, because you forgot to come up for air, look around, and get your bearings? have you become addicted to the adrenaline created by scurrying to catch up? If you get sick from the chaos of overactivity, you may have an unwelcome and enforced rest period at hand. Constant stress can steal your inspiration and ability to think on your feet.

Another contrary message of Prairie Dog is believing that compromise or retreat is a sign of weakness. Goodbye lie! You can get stuck in this one-way tunnel if you let your head get too big. If you cannot be still, be comfortable alone, and/or if you cannot delegate responsibility, you need a reality check. Do not be afraid to take a break, to refill your resources, and to adopt a healthy, more relaxed viewpoint. Contrary Prairie Dog also teaches that pushing too hard can have dire consequences. The cemeteries are filled with people who once believed that they were indispensable.

The West card: This card is known as the Cocoon Card or Cocoon Position. It speaks of higher purpose. It is where the highest transformation takes place when transformation happens inside the cocoon and a beautiful butterfly soon emerges. In viewing this card it is good to ask yourself why you have joined the activity/project or coven. Was it to serve the Great Spirit and the tribe, or was it to serve yourself? If your working was simply self serving, it will in all probability backfire on you. Not the self, but the family, the clan, the people, and the Great Spirit are to be served.

1 EAGLE:

Eagle medicine is the power of the Great Spirit, the connection to the Divine.  It is the ability to live in the realm of spirit, and yet remain connected and balanced within the realm of Earth.  Eagle soars, and is quick to observe expansiveness within the overall pattern of life. From the heights of the clouds, Eagle is close to the heavens where the Great Spirit dwells.

The feathers of Eagle are considered to be the most sacred of healing tools.  They have been used for centuries by shamans to cleanse the auras of patients coming to them for healing.  Within the belief systems of Native American tribes, Eagle represents a state of grace achieved through hard work, understanding, and a completion of the tests of initiation which result in the taking of one’s personal power.  It is only through the  trial of experiencing the lows in life as well as the highs, and through the trial o f trusting one right to use the essence of Eagle ‘s connection to the Great Spirit, is earned.

If you have pulled this symbol, Eagle is reminding you to take heart and gather your courage, for the universe is presenting you with an opportunity to soar above the mundane levels of your life.  The power of recognizing this opportunity may come in the form of a spiritual test.  In being astute, you may recognize the places within you soul, personality, emotions or psyche that need bolstering or refinement. By looking at the overall tapestry, Eagle teaches you to broaden your sense of self beyond the horizon of what is presently visible.

In learning to fiercely attack your personal fear of the unknown, the wings of your soul will be supported by the ever-present breezes, which are the breath of the Great Spirit.  Feed your body, but more importantly feed your soul.  Within the realm of Mother Earth and father Sky, the dance that leads to flight involves the conquering of fear and the willingness to join in the adventure that you are co-creating with the Divine.

If Eagle has majestically soared into your cards, you are being put on notice to reconnect with the element of air.  Air is of the mental place, and in this instance it is of the higher mind.  Wisdom comes in many strange and curious forms and is always related to the creative force comes in many strange and curious forms and is always related to the creative force of the Great Spirit.

If you have been walking in the shadows of former realities, Eagle brings illumination.  Eagle teaches you to look higher and to touch Grandfather sun with your heart, to love the shadow as well as the light. See the beauty in both, and you will take flight like Eagle.

Eagle is the medicine is the gift we give ourselves to remind us of the freedom of the skies. Eagle asks you to give yourself permission to legalize freedom and to follow your heart’s desires.

The North card: This card is known as the Butterfly  Card or Butterfly position. It is likely to tell you if the Great Spirit has walked hand-in-hnd with you and your coven. Look to this card to tell you what sorts of rewards are to be gained. Will financial rewards be yours? It may seem odd to you to look to the North – the Spirit–for the answer. But as every medicine person will point out to you, matter follows vision and spirit.  It is the law. This card is the place of manifestation.

36 REVERSED LIZARD: 

If Lizard has turned up in the contrary position, you may be having a nightmare. This is a sign of inner conflict. Look to the nightmare for a clue to the nature of this conflict. What are the feelings your nightmare causes? Breathe through these feelings and let the sensations flow out of your body.  See the truth in what your nightmare is suggesting. It could be the simple message that you are confronting your fears and therefore do not need to experience nightmarish events to your day-to-day life.

Another message of Lizard reversed is that you may need more sleep or dreamtime. It could also imply that you have a lack of dreams for your future.

Imagination is the door to all new ideas and creations. As you examine the dreaming process, you will find that the subconscious is processing all of the recorded messages it holds concerning the events you experienced during the day. These messages can be suppressed feelings bringing inner conflict, or they can be new ideas or goals, other dimensions of awareness, future events, warning signals, or desires and hopes.

In one sense, contrary Lizard is insisting that you look to your imagination for new experience.This is necessary when life becomes dull or full of boredom. On the other hand, contrary Lizard may also apply to those who dream too much, refusing to use the dreams as tools to manifest that same vision in their lives. All levels of awareness are accessible through dreams. Remember, life is not always as it seems. Are you the dreamer? Or are you the dreamed?

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.

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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44 SACRED SPACE:  The Sacred Space card insists on respect for the possessions, ideas, homes, and persons of others. This also applies to demanding it for the Self. Mark your territory. Respect yourself so that others will see that reflection in themselves and in how they deal with you. Be willing to say no.

Sacred Space means that you consider your body, feelings, and possessions sacred adn will not allow others to abuse them. Only invite those who have earned teh right into your Sacred Space. you are the one who sets up how other people treat you through how you treat yourself.

In all cases the respect you show yourself and other life forms determines how you relate to the Planetary Family. If you allow others to be destructive in yoru Sacred Space, on some level you don’t have the guts to be disliked. It is not important to be liked by others, but it is important to be able to live with yourself. Happiness begins within.

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

20 MOUSE: 

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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13 CORAL: You are being asked to look at the idea you are nurturing. It may be time to nurture yourself or another. If you refuse to be nurtured it may be time to drop that superhuman attitude before you get sick. Coral tells us taht our bodies have needs too. Pay attention and be good to your body.

Coral also speaks to the Planetary Family (your archangel). If you feel lonely or alone, it may be time to have a reunion with the other creatures that share the Earth with you. Listen to All Our Relations and cut the “I’m the only one” refrain out of your thoughts. that you reconnect to those feelings.

Coral always tells us to listen to our feelings. If you have been ignoring how you feel around certain people or ho w your body feels, Coral is insisting that you reconnect to thsoe feelings. Remeber: to feel is to heal.

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.

45 RACCOON: Raccoon carries the medicine of the protector of the underdog and provider for the youg, infirm, and elderly. Often called “little bandit” by southern tribes, this Robin Hood of the animal kingdom teaches us about generosity and caring for others. When Raccoon comes your way, you are being asked to contact your inner warrior, to become a protector and generous provider for those in need. Raccoon medicine people have the uncanny ability to assist others without allowing them to become victims or dependents. Like the tribal chiefs of old, Raccoon tends to the needs of the tribe before taking anything for itself.

A troupe of Raccoons scouting for food is often a hilarious exercise in generosity. After rolling in teh cornmeal or flour, they finally settle on their favorite morsels, giving the best tidbits to their lookout. Racccoons leave a watcher behind when raiding a campsite or mountain cabin, usually the dominant male. He is always fed first byt he other raiders to honor his vigilance as the group’s protector. Thus uncommon lack of greed is as rare in the world of humans as it is in the rest of the animal world. While other creatures fight one another for the best of a kill, Raccoon teaches the universal law of giving back to the source of your strength, guidance and protection. You are also reminded that benevolence and generosity come around full circle to reward the giver.

If Raccoon wandered into our cards today, the little bandit may be telling you to look around and see who needs your strength at this time. Speak up in defense of another instead of remaining silent when others are gossiping. Maybe it is time to share the beauty of your time, energy, or possessions with the less fortunate. But remember to help those in need develop their own protector and provider skills. In all cases, Raccoon asks that you honor yourself and others equally. Provide for your own needs, or your well will be dry when you choose to give generously. Chiefs earn their Eagle feathers when they promote every human’s right to self-dignity, acting in this manner brings that same honor to yourself and to your family.

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19 PAINTED FACE (SELF EXPRESSION): Use your creativity in order to express your feelings, your talents or your desires. Expressing who and what you are at any given moment is healing as well as productive. As you change and grow you may feel the need to alter the way in which others perceive you. Changing your appearance, attitudes and activities to match the new you may be called for at t his time.

The keynote is that this card asks you to open up and allow others to see your Medicine. In that way, you are offering a git to others who may have need of your talents. Don’t deny how you feel, what you think, or what you can offer the world. In truth and with grace it is now the time to allow the Medicine of the Self to emerge.  You will never lose face by presenting the true Self minus the self-importance.

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.

40 DOLPHIN 

Dolphin speaks to us of the breath of life, the only thing that humans cannot go without for more than a few minutes. We can live without water and food for days, but oxygen is the source of our sustenance. Within the breath we encounter the rhythm of energy that all life emits. In changing the rate of rhythmic texture of our breath, we can tap into any other life form or creature. This is a very easy way to connect with divine energy coming from Great Spirit, was well as with your own personal rhythms.

Dolphin is the keeper of the sacred breath of life, and teaches us how to release emotions through Dolphin breath. Dolphin creates rhythm, swimming through the water and breathing before submerging, then holding its breath for the duration of underwater travel. As Dolphin comes above water again, it blows its breath out in a manner resembling the popping of a cork. We can use this same technique to pull the stopper on our tensions and create total relaxation. this is a good exercise to use before entering silence.

Manna is life force. Manna is present in every atom, and is Great Spirit’s essence. Dolphin teaches us how to use life-manna through our breath. It revitalizes each cell and organ, and breaks the limits and dimensions of physical reality so that we may enter the Dreamtime.

While interacting with Grandmother Moon, Dolphin came to discover underwater cities in the Dreamtime, and was given the gift of the primordial tongue. This new language was the sound=-language that was brought by Spider from the Great Star Nation. Dolphin learned that all communication was pattern and rhythm, and that the new aspect of communication was sound; he carries this original pattern to this day. Dolphin returned to the ocean of the Great Mother, and was very sad until Whale came by and told Dolphin that he could return to be a messenger to the Dreamtime dwellers anytime he felt the rhythm and used the breath. Dolphin was given a new job. He became the carrier of messages of our progress. The Dreamtime dwellers were curious about the children of Earth, and wanted us to grow to be at one with Great Spirit. Dolphin was to be the link.

If Dolphin has appeared to you today, frothing through the waves in your spread, you are to be a link to some solution for the Children of Earth. This can be a time when you are to link with Great Spirit and bring answers to your own questions or to those of others. In addition, this can mean a time of communication with the rhythms of nature. You are put on notice to be mindful of your body rhythms and the patters of energy being fed to you from the Creator. Imitate Dolphin and ride the waves of laughter, spreading joy in the world. Breathe and experience the manna so freely given. Break existing barriers and connect tot he Dreamtime or Great Star Nation. Know that we are all whole in the eye of the Everliving One.

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30 FIRE MEDICINE (PASSION AND SPONTANEITY): You are being asked to acknowledge the Fire within. Your spontaneity for lliving depends upon your connection to Fire. You can support your passion for living through acknowledging all of the Good Medicine present in your life. Your ability to create adventure and excitement comes from your willingness to give yourself pleasure and joy. All that is needed to continue the passion is to decide you are worthy and proceed.

If you have any judgments about passion on the physical level, it may be time to clear them. All acts of life area sacred when treated in a respectful manner. Any old fears of intimacy or commitment can act as limitations to relationships. If this applies to you, clear the fear. s the fear leaves, so will the coldness of past hurts, and you will be ready for more rewarding future relationships.

In all cases, Fire Medicine insists that we use the Fire within to fuel our lives with energy. This energy comes from Mother Earth’s passionate physicality and Grandfather Sun’s spontaneous love. When we are in balance, this divine Union sparks our natural desire for experiencing life. If the spontaneity is already happening to you, continue.

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

7 REVERSED SKUNK: 

Skunk medicine operating through the contrary or reversed position indicates that your self-esteem may seem to others as if you are putting on airs. Observe whether or not you are repelling others in your vicinity because of envy, jealousy or a projection of their low self-esteem. Examine your feelings. Be truthful with yourself.  Right the situation by assuming the attitude of Skunk nonchalance. In assuming  nonchalance, you are neutralizing the effect of leaking energy.

In leaking vital energy, you may be stinking up your environment. This is similar to dumping all of your woes on anyone who will listen. If you are doing this, it may be time to shut your mouth and go within. You may also be leaking sexual energy and repulsing the object of your interest. That person may be too shy to tell you to lay off. Look deeply at your self-image and how others are reacting to it.

To balance the causes and effects of your actions and energy flows, you must decide whether or not you need to spray in the direction of others to repel their envy, greed, jealousy or overamorous tendencies. On the other hand, you need to always maintain your “right to be.” Self-respect ist he key to all of these situations, whereas ego is merely what you believe about yourself to be.

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11 NORTH SHIELD (WISDOM/GRATITUDE): 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.

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

27 DRAGONFLY: 

Dragonfly medicine is of the dreamtime and the illusionary facade we accept as physical reality. The iridescence of Dragonfly’s wings reminds us of colors not found in our everyday experience. Dragonfly’s shifting of color, energy, form, and movement explodes into the mind of the observer, bringing vague memories of a time or place where magic reigned.

Some legends say that Dragonfly was once Dragon, and that Dragon had scales like dragonfly’s wings. Dragon was full of wisdom, and flew through the night bringing light with its fiery breath, the Breath of Dragon brought forth the art of magic and the illusion of changing form. Then Dragon got caught in its own facade. Coyote tricked Dragon into changing form, and the shape of its new body became like Dragonfly’s. In accepting the challenge to prove its power and magical prowess, Dragon lost its power.

Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment, and the communications from the elemental world. This elemental world is made up of the tiny spirits of plants, and of the elements air, earth, fire and water. In essence, this world is full of nature spirits.

If Dragonfly has flown into your cards today, you may have forgotten to water your plants. On another level, you may need to give thanks to the foods you eat for sustaining your body. On the psychological level, it may be time to break down the illusions you have held that restrict your actions or ideas.

Dragonfly medicine always beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits which you need to change. Have you put on too much weight, or have you started to look like a scarecrow? Have you tended to the changes you have wanted to make in your life? If you feel the need for change, call on Dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation.

See how you can apply the art of illusion to your present question or situation, and remember that things are never completely as they seem.

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37 GREAT MYSTERY (ORIGINAL SOURCE): … Every life form has one common mission as well as their individual ones. Each life form is created to learn to be an equal contributor to the beauty of the whole. The purpose of the common mission is to discover who you are, why you are here, what talents you can use to assist the whole, and how you are going to go about it. This mission of discovery is the Sacred Path of Beauty that allows every living creature to express uniqueness in a way that exemplifies harmony and truth…. All ideas in Creation come from Great Mystery, are gathered by Great Spirit, and then are used to feed the rest of Creation.

The Great Mystery card tells us the Original Source is the Creator of all life and that we are created in that likeness. We are free-willed co-creators who become the source of all we to experience in life. The buck stops here. We are totally responsible for all our joys and all our pain. ,

In receiving this card you are being reminded to give gratitude for all of your lessons; it changes any pain to gain. Focus on your creative capacity and you can change anything. It may be time to drop any blame, shame, or regret and take charge of  your life. The victim role doesn’t suit you. We are creted in the image of an infinite Creator and are therefore limitless co-creators.

In all cases, Great Mystery will continue to confound and astound us every time we try to figure it all out. Stop your mind’s chatter and listen to the Source. Original Source shows us that the Mystery lives within us and contains all the answers we need to find along the Sacred Path. The Sacred Path of Beauty is experiencing the mystery of life without having to control the outcome from our tunnel-vision command post. Go with the flow and watch the glory of limitless co-creation. After all, Great Mystery is the Divine plan and everything is on schedule.

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.

10 TURTLE: In Native American teachings, Turtle is the oldest symbol for planet Earth. It is the personification of goddess energy, and the eternal Mother from which our lives evolve. We are born of the womb of Earth, and to her soil our bodies will return. In honoring the Earth, we are asked by Turtle to be mindful of the cycle of give and take, to give back to the Mother as she has given to us.

Turtle has a shell which is similar to the protection that Earth has employed for centuries as her body has been defiled. Mother Earth’s protection has come in the form of Earth changes, new plant growth, the creation of new land masses by volcanoes, and climate alterations. Like Turtle, you also have shields that protect you from hurt, envy, jealousy and the unconsciousness of others. Turtle teaches you through its habit patterns, how to use protection. If you are bothered by the actions or words of others, it is time to go inside yourself and honor your feelings. If you are attacked, it is time to give a warning snap.

If you have chosen the Turtle symbol, you are being asked to honor the creative source within you, to be grounded to the Earth, and to observe your situation with motherly compassion,. Use the water and earth energies which represent Turtle’s two homes,to flow harmoniously with your situation and to place your feet firmly on the ground in a power stance.

Turtle is a fine teacher of the art of grounding. You may even be able to overcome some of your “space cadet” tendencies if you align with Turtle medicine. In learning to ground, you are placing focus on your thoughts and actions and slowing to a pace that assures completion.

Turtle warns pf the dangers of “pushing the river,” as evidenced by the plodding pace it keeps. The corn that is harvested before the time is not yet full. However, if it is given the chance to develop at its own rate, in its own season, its sweetness will be shared by all.

Turtle buries its thoughts like eggs in the sand, and allows the Sun to hatch the little ones. This teaches you to develop your ideas before bringing them out into the light.

If you have drawn Turtle, it augurs a time of connecting with the  power of Earth and the Mother-Goddess within. This is a reminder of the ally you have in Mother Earth. It does not matter what situation you have created: Ask for assistance, and abundance will follow.

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1 PIPE (PRAYER/INNER PEACE): The Pipe card speaks of inner peace that can be found through the balancing of the Self. It is now time to honor both sides of your nature, male and female, and to acknowledge the Eternal Flame of Great Mystery that lives inside of you. How you influence the lives of others depends upon the balance. Inner peace can be found through prayer and the understanding of your role in the whole of Creation. World peace begins in the heart of each individual. It may be time to make peace with others or with any inner conflict that keeps you from seeing the beauty of your potential In all cases, the Pipe card asks you to honor the blessings given by Great Mystery. It asks you to honor who you are and why you are here. It asks you how you can assist our world. In making peace with the Self, these questions will be answered and the Sacred Path will become clear.

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.

44 HUMMINGBIRD: Hummingbird is associated with the Ghost Shirt religion, which taught that a certain dance done properly would bring about the return of the animals, and that white people would disappear. Once again the Original People would know the joy of the old ways. In Mayan teachings, Hummingbird can give us the medicine to solve the riddle of the contradiction of duality.

The song of Hummingbird awakens the medicine flowers. Hummer sings a vibration of pure joy. flowers love Hummingbird because nectar-sucking brings about the reproduction of their families. Plants flower and live because of Hummingbird.

Hummingbird can fly in any direction — up, down, backward, and forward. Hummingbird can also hover in one spot and appear to be motionless. Great Spirit created Hummingbird to be slightly different from other feathered creatures.

Because of their magical qualities, Hummingbird feathers have been used for a millennium in the making of love charms. It is said that Hummingbird conjures love as no other medicine does, and that Hummingbird feathers open the heart. Without an open and loving heart, you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life. To Brother and Sister Hummingbird, life is a wonderland of delight–darting from one beautiful flower to another, tasting the essences, and radiating the colors.

If hummingbird is your personal medicine, you love life and its joys. Your presence brings joy to others. You join people together in relationships which bring out the best in them. You know instinctively where beauty abides and near or far,  you journey to your ideal. You move comfortably within a beautiful environment and help others taste the succulent nectar of life.

Hummingbird holds the Bow of Beauty which is delicately inlaid with gold and silver flowers, pearls and precious jewels. Hummingbird disdains ugliness or harshness and quickly flies away from discord or disharmony.

If Hummingbird has flown into your cards, get ready to laugh musically adn enjoy Creator’s many gifts. Drop your judgmental attitude and relax. Hummingbird will no doubt give you a flash of the spirit, darting here and there, and everywhere. Get ready for a strange new burst of energy which may send your senses reeling.

Hummingbird hears celestial music and is in harmony with it. Hummingbird may invite you to an art museum or a concert. Hummingbird energetically embraces the highest aesthetics.

Never be coarse in front of Hummingbird, for this is a fragile medicine which may have no understanding of worldly affairs. Beauty is the target and Hummingbird’s mission is to spread joy or to be destroyed. Humming bird quickly dies if caged, caught, or imprisoned.

Follow Sister Hummingbird and you will soon be filled with paroxysms of joy, and experience a renewal of the magic of living.

SACRED PATH

3 VISION QUEST (SEEKING/FINDING) : The Vision Quest card speaks of a time of new directions  or strengthening of the present path based on personal truth. Sometimes to find this truth it is necessary to Enter the Silence and remove personal confusion. In other instances it is actually necessary to go on a Vision Quest.

This card tells you that the course of your life needs to be clarified through vision. It is now time to ask for assistance from the Allies and/or Ancestors so that your choices will be reinforced with their wisdom and assistance. Seeking your potential answers is the keynote. Trusting those feelings and following them with action is the way to find truth. To accomplish this you must release confusion and doubt, then proceed by allowing your truth to emerge. Remember: in seeking you are asking for answers; be willing to accept and recognie the truth when it comes to you. Recognition and acceptance always precede inner knowing.

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