9/2AST: Guides you to your greatest spiritual challenges and guards your path to illumination.

Past: deer


The contrary aspect of Spider is akin to the negative side of woman. Spider will eat her mate if she gets too caught up in herself to see the validity of honoring male energy. The warrior at her side is a strong balancing force. If you have become disdainful of your mate (male or female) and have felt very superior recently, you are not honoring either your male or female side.

If you are not presently in a relationship, you may have chosen a member of your family or a workmate to harass. This type of negative criticism only breaks down relations, and is a reflection of something you hate about yourself. If you are trying to feed your ego in this manner, you have lost the game. You are entangled in the web of your own illusion about who you really are. It may be time to look at why you are being critical and why you are feeling so weak that you must attack others.

If this does not apply to your situation, take a look at another message that contrary Spider medicine brings: lack of creativity. If you fail to use your talents to get the web spinning, your lack of creativity can change into destructiveness. If you are feeling stagnant and unable to move in a positive direction, you may come to resent others who are doing well. This resentment will become a Black Widow Spider and eat you up, and the only one to mourn your demise will be you. Get moving, find joy and new ideas in the accomplishments of others, and use them to propel you into a new phase of creative spinning on your own web of delight. Observe Spider’s web and find pleasure in the ideas you receive from her universal language


15 TALKING STICK [VIEWPOINTS/OPTIONS]: The Talking Stick reminds us of the validity of other viewpoints and teaches us how to listen and apply what we hear. We are being reminded not to interrupt others who are imparting wisdom. We are taught through listening that life has milliions of options and answers to any dilemma.

If the Talking Stick has appeared in your spread, you are probably not allowing yourself any options in your present situation or have become too stuck on one idea to see any further than your self. Open up and listen to the opportunities taht the Talking Stick says are coming your way. Remember all life signals and/or options are available to thsoe who will hear. You are being given an opportunity to grow through an alternative route. Use this gift now.


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.

PAST: Prairie dog-reversed   And Bager-reversed


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 pain 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.


40 SMOKING MIRROR (REFLECTIONS): The Great Smoking Mirror reflects the lesson of leaving the myth behind. You are what you decide you are. Remove the smoke screen that hides your natural talents of worth, and stand tall. Recognize the areas to be developed further and begin taht process. Stop cowering before your potential and live your truth. There are millions of role models to choose from.

On another level you are being asked to be a good reflection for others. Encourage others to be bold through Walking Your Talk. The reflections you see in others may not make you happy if  you are doubting yourself andyour right to be. Jealousy on any level only inhibits growth and wastes energy. Shatter the mirrors that insist on self-importance, gloom, or failure so you can get down to what’s really important.

On all levels the Smoking Mirror asks us to accept light and shadow as equal.  The reflectiosn we dislike can be worthy opponents w ho teach us to grow into our potential. Even our shadow sides serve us by leading us through trial and error to the true image of Self.


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

Past: Blue Heron-reversed  and Mountain Lion -reversed

Present: 47 PRAIRIE DOG [RETREAT] 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.


10 WEST SHIELD [INTROSPECTION/GOALS]: If the West Shield has appeared in your spread, Bear is asking you to look at your present goals and discern how they affect your future. Are the answers you seek from your own inner knowing? If not, it may be time to Enter the Silence and digest the questions so that your personal answers can emerge.

Bear also reminds us that the West Shield is the place of all tomorrows. If you are afraid of the unknown, it may be time to clear away the fear. Strength to accomplish this clearing is Bear’s greatest medicine. call on Bear and feel the courage to meet teh Future fill your spirit.

In all cases, the West Shield speaks of the ability to complete our goals, this acknowledgment of our inner strengths and the power to find and know our own answers. Remember that the opinions of others become mixed with our own doubts and become limitations when we forget to Enter the Silence.


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.

Past NORTH: Swan-reversed   and   Dragonfly-reversed

Present: 35 HORSE [POWER] “Stealing horse is stealing power” was a statement made frequently in historical Native america and a reference to the esteemed role which Horse played in the native cultures. Horse is a physical power and unearthly power. In shamanic practices throughout the world, Horse enables shamans to fly through the air and reach heaven. Humanity made a great leap forward when Horse was domesticated, a discovery akin to that of fire. Before Horse, humans were earthbound, heavy-laden, and slow creatures indeed. Once humans climbed on Horse’s back, they were as free and fleet as the wind. They could carry burdens for great distances with ease. Through their special relationship with Horse, humans altered their self concept beyond measure. Horse was the first animal medicine of civilization. Humanity owes an incalculable debt to Horse and to the new medicine it brought. It would be a long walk to see one’s brother or sister if Horse had not welcomed the two-legged rider upon its back. Today we measure the capacity of engines with the term “horsepower,” a reminder of the days when Horse was an honored and highly-prized partner with humanity.

In understanding the power of Horse, you may see how to strive for a balanced medicine shield. True power is wisdom in remembering your total journey.  Wisdom comes from remembering pathways you have walked in another person’s moccasins. Compassion, caring, teaching, loving, and sharing your gifts, talents and abilities are the gateways to power.


18 WHIRLING RAINBOW [UNITY/WHOLENESS ACHIEVED] You are being asked to remove any type of discord from your life in order to grow. Don’t feed the negativity Look at any lessons being presented at this time, learn from them, then ocus your attention on creating new beauty and abundance in your life. Do not allow yourself to be caught in the quicksand of petty tyrants. A true, worthy opponent will present lessons to make you grow beyond any high drama and into a sense of unity with the Self. Other petty tyrants are not worthy of your attention or your energy. You need not take on the issues of others when the discord is due to their lack of unity within themselves.

Encircle any discord with the Whirling Rainbow of Peace and consider the unity you have with Great Mystery when you keep your eye on the goal and your feet on the Sacred Path of Beauty. Remember that any challengers to unity are equal to your ability to overcome them.


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.

Past: Rabbit

Present: 40 DOLPHIN [MANNA] 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.


29 THE STORYTELLER (EXPANSION): 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 others. 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.


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

Past: Frog


If you have drawn Hawk reversed, it may be because you have shut down your powers of observation on some level. If something in your life has become too painful to feel, too unbelievable to to hear, or too dark to see, it is time to examine the point at which you chose to let yourself become emotionally involved, and to no longer be the observer. When you allow your emotions to override your perceptions, the message from Hawk cannot penetrate the chaos and confusion. At this point, you are asked to be mindful of the honest observer’s neutral position, which allows the message to be intuitively and clearly understood, without emotion coloring its true meaning.

Emotional coloring is a tendency of Hawk medicine people when they are off balance. Their emotions cloud their vision and lead to crash landing. The ego can clip the wings and leave Hawk grounded. Also, if Hawk believes that those who cannot fly the same way he/she does have weaker perceptions, then the winged messenger has not understood his or her own medicine.

Freedom of flight is a privilege, and being a messenger is an honor. The responsibility for delivery of the message is up to you. Take your flight and forget about interpreting the omen your own way. Let the receiver decide what the message means. Unless it was sent specifically for you, you would be tampering.

Hawk in the contrary position teaches you:

1) To open up to the powers of observation;

2) Not to tell others how to think or behave;

3) To take care of your own emotional baggage before you begin receiving omens, visions, or messages;

4) To remember that all gifts are equal in the eyes of the Great Spirit.


44 SACRED SPACE (RESPECT):  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 ble to live with yourself. Happiness begins within.


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.

Past: Salmon

Present: 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?


26 WAR BONNET [ADVANCE]: It is time to advance. Don’t waste energy going backward or staying in the doldrums. You are now able to move to the next step on the Sacred Path. Like a Warbonneted Chief, you have carried the right to learn the next set of life’s mysteries. Take your Medicine Bundle and all of the strengths it represents and charge forward.

The advance can be on any level. Your spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional healings are understood through life’s experiences. You can now approach your destiny with every feather you ahve earned marking your past victories and see the destiny you have chosen emerging before you. Your Medicine is strong and will allow the advancement you need at this time.


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.

Past: dog

Present: 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.


8 EAST SHIELD [ILLUMINATION/CLARITY] The East Shield represents a need for clarity 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.


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.

Past: Wolf

Present  41 REVERSED WHALE [RECORD KEEPER] If Whale has beached itself in your cards, the contrary medicine implies that you are not following your sonar or homing device. On some level you have forgotten that you hold all the answers you need to survive, to grow, and to claim the power of your chosen destiny.

It may be that you are having to deal with a lot of chatter in your head and cannot get to your personal records. If so, you may need to use other sounds to enter the silence. The drum or rattle, the Indian flute, or the sounds of nature may help. the call of Whale is the lullaby of the tides. Rock yourself gently and float into the world of the sea. Flow with the waters of time and collect your answers — they are the only truth that will lead to your personal pathway of knowing.

Contrary Whale is saying that you must desire to know. You must seek the Whale song within you. In hearing Whale’s call you will connect to the Ancients on a cellular level. and then as you relax into the flow of the song’s rhythm you will begin to open your unique library of records. It may  not come all at once. It may take practice, but if you hold the desire to know close to your heart, it will be Whale’s gift to you. Look at Great Star Nation adn send gratitude to Sirius for the song of Whale.


27 CRADLEBOARD [ABILITY TO RESPOND]: The papouse you are carrying is your future. If you wish to influence it, you must respond now. Whatever your situation, the ability to respond is called for at this time. The Warrior side of your nature has the courage you need. Don’t sit and wait for someone else to do something. Use your creativity, sspeak your truth, and respond.

You are being reminded that it is your responsibility to find your own answers and act upon them. Whether it is a past, present, or future challenge makes no difference. You can respond in a way that will promote your growth. Look at how you can use your personal Medicine to respond to the situation and how that action will make you grow. You have the ability, so now you must recognize it in the Self and use it.

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