Directions and Colors
Native Americans are taught that everything is circular.
"Black Elk said that Great Spirit caused everything in nature to be round. The sun, sky, earth and the moon are round like a shield; Father Sky is deep like a bowl. Everything that breathes is round, like the stem of a plant. Therefore, humans should look upon the circle as sacred, for it is the symbol of the connection all things in the natural world. The four parts of each Plant are round: roots, stems, leaves, fruit; The Circle marks the edge of the world and therefore the four winds that travel there; It is also represents the divisions of time: the symbol of the year (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter); The day, the night and Mother Earth, Grandmother Moon travel in a circle above the sky, and the four stages of life: birth, adolescence, adult, elder. "
The Medicine Wheel depicts:
Each of us is one in the center of the circle. There are endless symbols and teachings connected within and without the Medicine Wheel. These are but a few of them:
The four directions (north, south, east and west)
One suggestion to find your place on the Medicine Wheel is to use your Birthday for the direction section.
East - Mar 21 - June 20
South - June 21 - Sept 21
West - Sep 22 - Dec 21
North - Dec 22 - Mar 20
The four colors of races (red, black, yellow and white)
Ethnic color symbolism http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/color2.htm
Other colors often also represent North - White, Birds; South - Red, Fire, Eagle; East - Green, Bears and Moose; West - Blue, Beaver. Each direction has a different animal (s) connected with it.
The four stages of life (spiritual, mental, physical and emotional)
The Medicine Wheel teaches us that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects must be in balance in order to maintain a healthy mind, spirit and body.
A different color scheme for the Medicine Wheel
Color Wheel - http://www.diabeteshealingtrail.ca/traditionalhealing.html