EAST: Guides you to your greatest spiritual challenges and guards your path to illumination.
9/17/13 24 CROW [LAW]

2/13/17 44: 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.

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.

 

SACRED PATH

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 the 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 your 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.

 

2. 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.
23 OPOSSUM [DIVERSION]

13 COYOTE [TRICKSTER] (Life card = FOOL)

There are thousands of myths and stories about Coyote, the great trickster. Many Native cultures call Coyote the “Medicine Dog.” If you have pulled this card, you can be sure that some kind of medicine is on its way — and it may or may not be to your liking. Whatever the medicine is, good or bad, you can be sure it will make you laugh, maybe even painfully. You can be sure that Coyote will teach you a lesson about yourself.

Coyote has many magical powers, but they do not always work in his favor. His own trickery fools him. He is the master trickster who tricks himself. No one is more astonished than Coyote at the outcome of his own tricks. He falls into his own trap. And yet he somehow manages to survive. he may be banged and bruised by the experience, but he soon goes on his way to even greater error, forgetting to learn from his mistakes. He may have lost the battle, but he is never beaten.

Coyote is sacred. In the folly of his acts we see our own foolishness. As coyote moves from one disaster to the next, he refines the art of self-sabotage to sheer perfection. No one can blindly do themselves or others in with more grace and ease than this holy trickster. Coyote takes himself so seriously at times that he cannot see the obvious, for example, the steamroller that is about to run over him. That is why, when it hits him, he still cannot believe it.

Contained within trickster medicine is the humor of the ages. The cosmic joke is not just on ourselves but on everyone else, if they are following Coyote or have strong Coyote medicine. Someone like this may be able to since others that a skunk smells like roses, but the fact remains that it is still skunk.

Snoozetime is over if you have pulled the Coyote medicine card. Watch out! Your glass house may crash to the ground at any moment. All your self-mirrors may shatter. The divine trickster is dogging you, and you may trip. Coyote scratches under his arm. He does a crazy dance. He catches his tail on fire playing with matches. He jumps in the fish pond to save himself and nearly drowns. Coyote seduces a concrete statue. Coyote thinks he has found a  bone, but it is a rattlesnake. Everyone watches the comedic scene. Coyote is you, me, booby traps, jet airplanes with toilets that don’t work, blind dates, and all the humorous and whimsical things we encounter along life’s way. Get ready for more of the laughs — lots more.

Go immediately beneath the surface of your experiences.
Ask yourself what you are really doing and why.
Is Coyote your medicine?
Are you playing jokes on yourself?
Are you trying to fool an adversary?
Is someone tricking you?
Do you want to give the office “geek” the phone number of the beautiful new secretary?
When was the last time you did something just because it was crazy and fun?

Pick up the juggler eyes from the ground and put them back in their sockets. See through the genius of your acts of self-sabotage. Find it amusing and laugh, trickster, laugh. If you can’t laugh at yourself and your crazy antics, you have lost the game. Coyote always comes calling when things get too serious. the medicine is in laughter and joking so that new viewpoints may be assumed.

Don’t take myself too seriously.

SACRED PATH

13 CORAL (NURTURING): 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. Remember: to feel is to heal.

 

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

3. 45 BLUE HERON [SELF REFLECTION]

25 REVERSED FOX: 

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.

SACRED PATH

34 BURDEN BASKET (SELF-RELIANCE): If you are carrying Burden Basket today, this card is telling you to pull from y our inner-strength and become self-reliant. You can conquer the world when you let go of the burden by trusting yoru ability to find your own answers. Problems cease being burdens when solutions are found.

The Burden Basket to find our own solution.. Burden Basket also teaches us not to drop our woes at the door of another. Relying on ourselves and our connection to Great Mystery teaches us to stretch into our potential.  If confusion sets in and counsel is sought, use the advice. Don’t waste the precious time of others if you do not intend to respect the wisdom offered. Know also that it’s not your job to solve the problems of others. Don’t rob others of their right to self-reliance.

In all cases, we only carry the burdens we wish to carry. If it makes us feel good or important to have so much to handle, we might need to look at our ideas of self-importance. The reminder is that we are all self-reliant and must use our talents. The best answer is one shared equally by all travelers on The Sacred Path

 

4. 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.
3 ELK [STAMINA]

48 WILD BOAR: If Wild Boar has charged into your cards today, you are being asked to confront anything or anybody that you have been avoiding. Pay attention! Enhance your warrior nature and find the courage to confront your fears. Or, are you being asked to confront a personal weakness or a career challenge? Is it time to finish a project that you abandoned thinking it might be too difficult to accomplish? confront your feelings regarding some issue that makes you nervous or causes discomfort and bring yourself the peace of closure.

If you have been procrastinating, Wild Boar is reminding you to quit avoiding the inevitable. In all cases, it is insisting that you be fully present and mindful of what is happening and why. If you drew this card, you already possess the courage needed to confront all that life offers; just remember where you hid the courage. Challenges do not simply vanish. Unless you actively embrace your issues, you cannot reclaim your spirit’s energy. Half the battle is won through the warrior’s willingness to acknowledge and to accept the whole truth at all times.

SACRED PATH

41 SHAMAN’S DEATH: You are being put on notice that a death cycle or ending is in progress.  Before the rebirth can begin, we must look at what is dying. Assist the process by consciously allowing the old to be removed. Let go and then make way for the new cycle of life to take hold. Remember that you are creating fertile ground for new adventures when you are willing to let your old identities die. The rebirth cycle is always full of promise and growth when you allow the old patterns to dies with dignity.

 

5. ABOVE: Guardian of dreamtime, personal access to the other dimensions.
6 SNAKE [TRANSMUTATION]:

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.

SACRED PATH 

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.

 

6. BELOW: What grounds me:
7 SKUNK [REPUTATION]

27 REVERSED DRAGONFLY [ILLUSION]: 

Are you trying ot prove to yourself or someone else that you have power? Are you caught in an illusion that weakens your true feelings or minimizes your abilities? If so, you may have contracted “Dragonfly dive-bombing.” Is this the final “crash and burn” for some pipe dream that had no real purpose? Look within and feel the sense-of-self energy within yourself. Notice if it is ebbing, and find the point in time when you were deluded into believing that you would be happier if you changed because someone else wanted you to. Misery is a prime clue that you lost your will and personal validity when you bought into someone else’s idea of who or what you should be. The illusion was that you would be happier if you did it their way. In forfeiting what you know is right and true for you personally, you give away your power. It is time for you to take it back.

Follow Dragonfly to the place inside your body where magic is still alive, and drink deeply of its power. This strength belongs to you. It is the power of becoming the illusion. This ability is ever changing, and contains within it the knowledge that you are creating it all.

SACRED PATH

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.

 

7. WITHIN: Brings personal joy and illuminates personal truth.  Also protects sacred space.
28 ARMADILLO (R) [BOUNDARIES]

43 REVERSED SPIDER [WEAVING] 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.

SACRED PATH

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

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

 

8. RIGHT SIDE: The father which protects me.  My warrior side.
21 OWL (R) [DECEPTION]

30 RABBIT [FEAR]  If you pulled Rabbit, stop talking about horrible things happening and get rid of “what if” in your vocabulary. This card may signal a time of worry about the future or of trying to exercise your control over that which is not yet in form — the future. Stop now! Write your fears down and be willing to feel them. Breathe into them, and feel them running through your body into Mother Earth as a give-away.

SACRED PATH

5 STANDING PEOPLE [ROOTS/GIVING]: The Standing People card speaks to us of roots and giving. We must nurture ourselves through connection to the Earth in order to give freely without exhaustion. The root of the Self is where strength is gathered. This root should be firmly earthed in the soil of our Mother Planet. Without this connection, dreams cannot manifest and our giving cannot be compensated by the Earth Mother. If you are spaced out, stop and reconnect.

Be still and become the trees in order to observe what is growing in your forest. The root of every answer for physical life is found in the Earth. Look at your  family tree for the strength offered by your Ancestors. Lift your branches high, seeking the light of Grandfather Sun and you will see how your roots make you of the Earth and yet a bridge to the Sky World.

The Standing People are asking you to give of yourself. Ask yourself if you are willing to give and receive. Count the root of every blessing with gratitude. Find any blockage that limits your root system or ability to go deeper. Then remove that feeling and go deeper once again for the answers you seek. Remember taht we are also the root of the future and through our lives, future generations are nurtured. Weed out anything that will in hibit future growth and you can stand proud among your Tree Relations.

 

9. 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.
16 RAVEN (R) [MAGIC]

3 ELK [STAMINA] 

If you have picked Elk medicine, you may be telling yourself to seek the company of your own gender for awhile.  You may need a support group to realign yourself with the stamina of the warrior/warrioress energy that you are a part of.  This communication with others of your own sex allows you to air your feelings in safety and to get feedback from others who have had the same experiences. You may need a new sense of community–communication in unity.

Elk could also be telling you to look at how you are holding up physically to the stresses in your life, and to pace yourself so that you maintain an equilibrium of energy over the distance you plan to cover.  Vitamins or high-energy foods may be one solution, along with some personal quiet time for replenishment.

SACRED PATH

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

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

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