Updated: Sep 19, 2019
On the Native American Medicine Wheel there are four spirit paths. Each leads from a Spirit Keeper to the sacred center space of the wheel where true spiritual enlightenment is found.
The paths extends inward from the outer circle of life depicted by the Spirit Guides and the annual moons to the inner circle of seven stones that represent the elements of life depicted by The Creator, Father Sun, Grandmother Moon, Earth Mother, the Turtle Clan (earth), Frog Clan (water), Thunderbird Clan (fire), and Butterfly Clan (air).
On each path are three stones representing the steps on the paths to the center of our lives and enlightenment.
The path from the East is the path of a sound mind and healing the mind. The stepping stones are Clarity, Wisdom, and Illumination. The Spirit Keeper for walking this path is Giniw Gold Eagle
First gift from the Spirit Keeper of the East
Clarity - Unclouded. Free from darkness.
Spirit Guide animal is Hummingbird Plant Totem is Rosemary The stone is Mica color of this stone is Silvery translucent
It is not commonly known that the fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the pattern of an infinity symbol – further solidifying their symbolism of eternity, continuity, and infinity. Hummingbird animal totem meaning is about energetic resources. These lovely creatures are a great reminder of how we expend our own energy. When hummingbirds show up in our lives, it’s a good time to take a look at our energy-stores and resources. hummingbirds warrant an honest look at how we are maintaining our vibrational frequencies. Are we frittering away our energy on needless issues (ie: worry, fear, lack)? Or, are we in a state of well-honed, regulated balance when it comes to our energy and resources?
Rosemary is our plant totem for this gift of Spirit. Drink Rosemary tea when you need to clear your mind - to think clearly. Placing some Rosemary in your dream pillow, or just under your pillow will help you to dream clearly, and to remember them as well.
The stone is Mica
Phlogopite Mica is used to bring energy from the four cardinal directions, Mother Earth, and Father Sky. It is a stone said to bring and speed evolution and revolution in all areas, bringing you to your proper path. It is also used to remove spiritual blocks. Phlogopite is a stone of flexibility of perception and adaptation of that perception to integrate the past, present and future. It is used extensively in channeling, including blocks to conscious awareness during channeling. Phlogopite Mica is said to be helpful for relieving mental anguish. Phlogopite is beneficial for back pain, muscle relaxation, retaining teeth, integrity of bone structure, mononucleosis symptoms. Phlogopite mica energetically filters electromagnetic pollution. It opens metaphysical abilities and activates all the chakras. Use it to find the gifts hidden in the darker corners of your soul to remove block to spiritual development. It is ideal for medicine wheel or Earth mother ceremonies. Phlogopite mica keeps the auric and physical bodies free of pollutant energy. Its high magnesium content energetically strengthens bones and tooth enamel, it assists nutrient and vitamin assimilation, enzyme function, energy transfer and correct working of the body.
The color for this position, the first in the Spirit Path from the East, is Translucent Clear, like the wings of our Hummingbird when hovering. East in the Wheel is also the time of Spring. You can also think of this color as like that of raindrops falling on a warm spring day. "Dancing With The Wheel" says that this color is "good to work with for spiritual support when your brain says no, but your heart and spirit say yes."
Second Gift of the Spirit Keeper of the East
Wisdom - Knowledge and sense. Intelligence and foresight.
Spirit Guide animal is gookooko'oo Owl Plant totem Sage The stone is Jade color of this stone is Jade
You cannot deceive Owl, which is why this Spirit Animal reminds us to remain true to ourselves, our voice and our vision. Owl does not tolerate illusion or secrets. If there are skeletons in the closet you can trust that Owl will find them and start house cleaning. Like the owl, which is known for its sharp vision and keen observation, you also possess insight and intuition. The meaning of the owl also has something to do with change or transition. It denotes an approaching event that will affect life as you know it.
With Owl energy surrounding your soul you can look into the past, present and future with uncanny accuracy. We aware that as a Spirit Animal, Owl often calls on us to release the past and put down burdens that hold us back. You have to face your shadows and fears, then move beyond them to find true happiness.
Plant totem Sage
There are two types of sage, each with its own distinct qualities and uses. Smoke from white sage (Artemesia califoncia) is used for purification of mind, body and spirit and sacred articles in advance of prayers and ceremonies. White sage is burned for meditation, smudging and cleansing of spirit and dwelling. In some beliefs, white sage smoke is believed to provide a barrier that prevents negative spirits from entering the room in which the ceremony is being held.
Desert sage (Salvia apiana) has been revered by First Peoples for its medicinal attributes long before the study of microbiology entered the universe. The ancient belief in desert sage as a healing plant is “verified” by scientific analysis of its properties that show it contains certain polyphenals which are natural antioxidants that protect cells from toxins and organisms in the environment that cause infections; it is anti fungal, antiseptic and an astringent.
The stone is Jade
Jade gives you the wisdom to be able to see past self-imposed limitations and helps you shed that outdated can't-win-don't-try attitude. Incorporate Jade into your daily meditation and have the courage to discover your divine inner truth while discarding any negative patterns holding you back from your full potential.
Jade is not always the blue-green or light green mineral rock that many people think of when they say something is the color of jade. While jade meaning is rooted in calm wisdom, healing and protection, each jade color carries a slightly different jade meaning and power.
Black jade meaning represents the gemstone's particular ability to protect by warding off negative physical or psychological assault, especially the negative energies associated with self-defeat. Blue jade meaning is about calm, inner peace and reflection. It is very useful for encouraging dreams and visions. The mind is calmed with blue jade.Brown jade meaning has to do with staying well-grounded. Brown jade strengthens a connection with the earth while imparting comfort and a sense of reliability. Lavender jade meaning has to do with spiritual support. It heals emotional pain while nourishing spiritually. Lavender jade vibrates at the highest ethereal level. Orange jade meaning is all about the joy that can be achieved through connections with all living beings. Purple jade meaning is focused on the aura. Happiness and mirth are brought about with purple jade while it eliminates negativity and supports a higher level of discernment. Red jade meaning has to do with the life force. Use of red jade reduces fears while it encourages action and strengthens the life-force energy. White jade meaning has to do with better focus. The use of white jade reduces distractions to allow for a better grasp on helpful, relevant information. It improves the decision-making process. Yellow jade meaning is all about a cheerful, energetic way of being. Use of yellow jade enhances assimilation and discrimination.
color of this stone is from Jade Green to black.
Jade can bring the serenity that is necessary for making good decisions drawn from one's deepest wisdom. Serenity, courage, justice and wisdom are important Spiritual gifts gained.
these colors help you develop the ability to use accumulated experience and knowledge in a positive manner, and invites in the wisdom of the elders.
The 3rd Gift from the Spirit Keeper of the East
Illumination - To enlighten. Cast light upon.
Spirit Guide animal is waawaatesi Firefly Plant totem American Ginseng The stone is Calcite color of this stone is Florescent Blue
However, as darkness falls, fireflies turn into the remarkable (and beautiful) illuminators of the night. This seeming contradiction serves as the firefly’s animal totem’s most fundamental symbol in the spiritual world: things are not always the way they seem. The firefly symbolism reminds us that our paths are made lighter if we allow beauty and grace to fill our lives. There is no heat in Firefly’s light display. It is, instead, a natural process for them. They expend no excess energy. This is an excellent lesson for those who are workaholics and others who simply never stop and breathe. It is essential to monitor your energy and resources for success in your endeavors. As the saying goes, “Waste not; want not.” This spirit guide inculcates in you the value of simplicity. It urges you to rely on your inner voice to illuminate your life.
Plant totem American Ginseng
Plant spirits are teachers, guides, and allies. From before we had recorded history in any culture, the plant spirits were there, growing with us, guiding us, healing us, and supporting us on our journey. Plants have long been friends of humans–and have long walked beside us, hand in hand, as we do our sacred work. And today, we’ll explore ways we can offer that same kind of honor, respect, and nurturing in return–on both a local and global scale, given that we are in the age of the Anthropocene. Of all the medicinal herbs known to mankind, ginseng is perhaps the most legendary of all—and with good reason: it’s health benefits are truly extraordinary, so much so, in fact, that Chinese emperors once valued the plant more than gold itself. Widely considered a healing panacea in the ancient system of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the root of the ginseng plant has deeply rejuvenating, restorative and strengthening effects that work to elevate the health of all bodily systems: mind, body, spirit and beyond.
Ginseng emits a slight fluorescence at night, drawing you to it like the inner light of an illumined being.
The stone is Calcite
Calcite Crystals are some of the most abundant types of crystals that can be found on earth. They can be found all over the world, and they are often mixed with other stones as well.
Colors include: colorless, grey, yellow, red, pink, orange, green, blue-brown and black. Calcite is also often fluorescent.
Calcite Crystals can ground you, center you, and bring you inner peace. If you’re unsure where you need to go, this crystal can help you use your talents and abilities to discover your life purpose. It can strengthen your intuition, your wisdom, and your spirituality. This crystal can clear the blockages and the negative energies in your body.
color of this stone is florescent Blue
Whenever you are seeking more illumination and or light try to use this color. The vibrations of florescent blue are quite strong so use only what you need to help you on your quest.
The path from the South is path of healthy emotions and emotional healing. The stepping stones are Growth, Trust and Love. The Spirit Keeper for walking this path is waawaabiganoojiinh Mouse
First gift from the Spirit Keeper of
Growth - To become. To change from one state to another. To advance.
Spirit Guide animal is manidoo-waabooz Rabbit Plant totem Comfery The stone is Fluorite
color of this stone is Violet
In many myths and legends Rabbits act as guides between heaven, earth and the underworld. As such they’re a potent emblem of Shamanic journeys and may even be called upon to monitor those rituals. As a power animal this can translate into various types of fertility from a glorious garden and financial abundance to starting a family. For this to happen, let your power animal teach you the power of silence. It is only when we are quite that the Divine can get a word in edgewise. Once your spirit stills, Rabbit can guide you in taking the right moves for embracing prospects and getting out of a rut. Rabbits are guides into the shadow world, where our personal fears lie. When the rabbit shows up it is time to examine those deep reflexive fears that hold you back from growing. Do you keep bounding for the safety of your old patterns every time something new or challenging presents itself? If the answer is yes, the rabbit asks you to face your fears with compassion for yourself. You must accept that it is part of human nature to feel fear at times, but also believe that our fears need not paralyze our growth and movement.
Plant totem Comfrey
Native Americans used comfrey to treat bloody discharge from the oral, anal, or urinary orifices. Traditionally, comfrey was used to create a plaster to set and cure broken bones giving it the name knit bone. Comfrey has also been used in racehorse feed, as a liquid fertilizer, and to treat animal wounds. The roots and leaves of comfrey are used medicinally. Traditionally, comfrey was used to create a plaster to set and cure broken bones giving it the name knit bone. Externally, the plant is used as a poultice to reduce swelling around bones, treat cuts and burns, and a compress can be made to treat varicose veins. Until recently, comfrey has been used to treat a wide variety of problems internally (including arthritis, asthma, and anemia) though mostly used as a tonic or tea to treat ulcers. Native Americans used comfrey to treat bloody discharge from the oral, anal, or urinary orifices.
The stone is Fluorite
Fluoride crystal works to boost peacefulness and clear focus in your environment, making it a must-have for those times when you need to concentrate. The Fluorite crystal stone meaning can be used as a power source that magnifies everything around it, including other gemstones. This makes it a popular tool to include in healing layouts, especially if you're feeling mentally blocked.
This balancing and grounding stone anchors your ideas by giving structure to your thought process during challenging times. When you're put to the test, ask the Fluorite crystal to clear your head of toxic psychic debris and transform those thoughts into new ideas and innovations. Sow the seeds of inspiration with the Fluorite crystal, your stepping-stone to better decision-making and enhanced concentration.
If you’re facing big challenges ahead, summon the healing white light of Fluorite by sitting quietly with the stone and giving it an intention. Follow your breath, inhaling peace and clarity while exhaling confusion and chaos. Let your breathing slow to a natural pace and inhale the peaceful vibes of the universe, exhaling turmoil and letting it all go with each breathe. Rinse and repeat until you feel a deep relaxation that helps clear the fog of your mind. With a clear head, fully experience all the intricate details of our beautiful world.
This therapeutic session allows you to free yourself from stressful thoughts and also sharpens your awareness of your immediate environment. Using the power of Fluorite, feel emotional and physical pain leaving your body and discover the sensation of being free from mental blocks. The more you work with Fluorite, the more you’ll be able to focus on what’s important.
color of this stone is Violet
If you need assistance in growing or are working on obtaining this use this color on you and around you. Color vibrations are very important, and often overlooked in out life
Second Gift of the Spirit Keeper of the
Trust - To place confidence in the reliance on the integrity and friendship of another.
Spirit Guide animal is Salmon Plant totem Borage The stone is Lepidolite
color of this stone is Lavender
Salmon trusts his/her inner guidance to return to the very same spawning grounds where they were hatched It’s a fish that can swim successfully upstream, and this salmon symbolism teaches you how to find your purpose and cope with challenges. Find your own truth and stick with it. Trust in your instincts and do what feels natural for you because only then can you achieve real happiness.
Plant totem Borage
Borage (Borago officinalis), also known as starflower, bee bush, bee bread, and bugloss, is a medicinal herb with edible leaves and flowers. This herb is also the highest known plant source of gamma-linolenic acid (an Omega 6 fatty acid, also known as GLA) and the seed oil is often marketed as a GLA supplement. It is also a source of B vitamins, beta-carotene, fiber, choline, and, again, trace minerals. In alternative medicine it is used for stimulating breast milk production and as an adrenal gland tonic; thus it can be used to relieve stress. In addition, the GLA in borage seed oil prevents the formation of blood clots , helps to keep cell membranes flexible, and supports the body's immune function.
In the garden, the uses of borage include repelling pests such as hornworms, attracting pollinators, and aiding any plants it is inter-planted with by increasing resistance to pests and disease. It is also helpful to, and compatible with, most plants — notably tomatoes, strawberries and squash. Borage adds trace minerals to the soil it is planted in, and is good for composting and mulching. It is an annual, but readily self-seeds and thrives in full sun. Borage's culinary and medicinal uses have been known for at least 2000 years. Borage is a cooling, cleansing, and refreshing herb with adaptogenic, demulcent, diuretic, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory properties. The entire plant contains mucilage, tannin, essential oil, potassium, calcium , pyrrolizioline alkaloids, saponins, and vitamin C , as well as a high amount of mineral salts.
The stone is Lepidolite
Lepidolite occurs a lilac, violet, pale pink or white and rarely grey or yellow crystals that have a vitreous to pearly lustre. Lepidolite clears electromagnetic pollution and should be placed on computers to absorb the emanations. Lepidolite dissipates negativity, activates and opens the throat, heart, third eye and crown chakras. It clears blockages and brings cosmic awareness. This stone aids in shamanistic or spiritual journeys. This stone facilitates calm, acceptance, trust. It heals fear at its source in this or past lives.
color of this stone is Lavender
this color helps us develop a sense of security, faith, honesty, innocence, compassion and is healing for our inner child.
The 3rd Gift from the Spirit Keeper of the
Love - To delight in a higher state of appreciation.
Spirit Guide animal is Wolf Plant totem Hawthorn The stone is Rose Quartz
color of this stone is Rose
Ancient cultures and indigenous people believed that animals and humans shared the same spiritual essence between each other. They also believed that these animals are attracted to us and present themselves to us in specific moments of our lives to reveal messages. The personality traits of the Wolf are those of powerful instinct, intuition, and high intelligence. The Wolf roams the wild with a thirst for freedom, working within a social environment. Wolves are also ritualistic, like humans. Their social behavior is based upon a hierarchical structure, with an alpha male and alpha female. They also mark off certain territories as sacred. . The first one has to do with hierarchies, which are quite rigid among them. The alpha male and alpha female are the undisputed leaders of the pack. Unlike other species, the leader isn’t necessarily the fastest, but the most intelligent and skilled. Wolves have developed many ways to communicate by body language and vocally. Facial expressions, tail and ear movements, body posture, teeth bearing, eye squinting and scratching are part of their vocabulary. Vocally, a wide variety of growls, yelps, whines and howls make up a sophisticated system of communication. Wolf language helps the pack to identify and locate its members, establish territorial boundaries, give instruction, request assistance, sound warnings, teach the young, and generally to bring cohesion and unity to the pack. Howling in harmony with the moon and all living things- he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.
Plant totem Hawthorn
As a flower essence, Hawthorn helps open the heart to giving and receiving love, and can help in healing heartache. It encourages self-love and self-acceptance. As with many heart-acting energy remedies, hawthorn helps us to develop courage. The very etymology of the word courage draws our attention to the heart: cor is Latin for heart. And courage is truly an open-hearted state. Has also been used as a cardiac tonic, hypertensive /blood pressure normalizing, antioxidant (rich in bioflavonoids and proanthocyanidins – protects myocardium against oxidative damage, prevents oxidized cholesterol from accumulating in vessel walls)
The stone is Rose Quartz
These are lovely healing crystals for you to have throughout your home, as they have a loving vibration that is a powerful energy to help to heal relationship problems.
They embody a melodious and gentle energy, aiding you to become truly loving, and live life from your heart. Simply keep a piece of this stone nearby and your life will improve for the better. Rose quartz teaches you how to love yourself, particularly if you feel that no-one loves you. You can't receive love into your life until you learn how to love yourself and rose quartz is ideal to teach you this important fact. Rose quartz encourages you to trust, value, accept and forgive yourself.
color of this stone is Rose
The soothing energy of Rose fosters empathy, reconciliation, and forgiveness of others. Lowering stress and tension in the heart, Rose Quartz clears out anger, jealousy, and resentment of others, and allows healing of heart issues and dis-ease associated with holding on to such negative emotions.
The path from the West is the path of the spirit and spiritual healing. The stepping stones are Experience, Introspection, and Strength. The Spirit Keeper for walking this path is Mishimakwa Grizzly bear
First gift from the Spirit Keeper of the West
Experience - Knowledge and understanding
Spirit Guide animal is The Whale Plant totem Olive tree The stone is Hematite
color of this stone is Steel Gray
This graceful giant of the ocean has inspired awe around the world, and rightfully so. The sight of a Whale breaching the water or frolicking in the foam moves the most stoic of person to wonderment. In this case, whale symbolism is reminding you that you cannot know or understand everything. Thus, there are things that you must accept through the heart, senses, and intuition without the knowledge and understanding of why. In other words, whale meaning is asking you to have trust and faith in your hearts desires, and in so doing allow it to lead you to your destiny. Whales are associated with compassion and solitude, and knowledge of both life and death. They are also associated with unbridled creativity. The exhalation through the blowhole symbolizes the freeing of one’s own creative energies. Sound is also a creative force of life. Whales use sonar and echo-location, linking them to the tutelage of direction and response to feedback. Though whales are symbolic of free use of creativity, they are also teachers of how to use creative energies more conservatively. Experience into harmony with the environment and searching for ancient knowledge on how to do so
Plant totem Olive tree
The Olive trees in general are among the oldest found on Mother Earth, and thus have experienced millennia of history. This tree has given us one of the healthiest oils known for many thousands of years
The stone is Hematite
In Ancient Times, hematite was a popular stone for decorative purposes. Jewellery, weapons, and even armour decorated with hematite were traded widely. The dark color was thought to be especially intimidating or protective. this stone’s energy is earthy, and it is one of the best stones that you can use to harness the power of the element of earth to lend you strength and dispel negativity.
Hematite utilities the magnetic qualities of our yin-yang energies to balance the meridians within the body and to provide a stable equilibrium between the ethereal nervous system and the physical nervous system. It focuses energy and emotions for balance between the body, mind and spirit. Dissolves negativity and prevents you from absorbing the negativity of others. Hematite is strong, supporting timidity, boosting self-esteem and survivability, enhancing willpower and reliability, and imparting confidence. It helps to overcome compulsions and addictions, treating overeating, smoking and other forms of overindulgence.
color of this stone is Steel Grey
Lessons to lean with the use of this color are comprehending and dealing with your experience, putting them in perspective, understanding the purpose, and working trough your experience in an honorable manner.
Second Gift of the Spirit Keeper of the West
Introspection - To look inside.
Spirit Guide animal is Raven Plant totem Chamomile The stone is Lapis Lazuli
color of this stone is Royal Blue
The raven is sometimes called the “Keeper of Secrets” and like all birds is a messenger between the heavens and the earth. The raven encourages us to dive deeper and to look within to seek the answers to put in motion the much-needed change. Often times these messages may be difficult, but soaring over hurdles and obstacles is how we grow most. Here are a few common meanings for this power animal.
Introspection, courage self-knowledge, magic healing creation rebirth and renewal rebirth without fear being able to tear down and rebuild
The raven totem usually appears when you need a spiritual rebirth. You are being urged to cast the darkness out of your life so you can allow the light to come in.
Find comfort in your solitude, and learn to enjoy life even if you are on your own. Just like the raven symbolism, you need to seek someplace still and quiet so you can be more in tune with the world and the people around you.
Plant totem Chamomile
Though a symbol of rest and relaxation today (think: chamomile tea), this flower signified "energy in adversity" in the 19th century. Used in everything from cosmetics to aromatherapy to beverages, calming chamomile has been around for ages, dating back thousands of years, at least to ancient Egyptian times. The daisy-like flowering plant comes from the Asteraceae family of plants (which also includes sunflowers, Echinacea and marigold) and is most famously known as a relaxing herb.
The Mayans make a tea with orange and lime leaves to lift the spirit. Before refrigeration, meat was immersed in a chamomile infusion to prevent it from spoiling.
Native American Indians have used the various chamomiles in a variety of ways, often making use of the whole plant. Different tribes had different purposes that included teas for stomach bloating, regulating the bowels and making perfume from the crushed dry flowers.
A related species, A. cotula, commonly called Stinking Chamomile or May Weed, was once widely used in the Unites States to promote sweating in chronic rheumatism.
Chamomile is a symbol for energy in action or adversity. It is an herb of the sun and is therefore associated with regeneration, healing and protection. The apple, which it is sometimes said to smell like was a sun plant totem for Ancient Greeks. For these reasons it was planted on graves as a symbol of rebirth, in the same way that the sun rises and is reborn each morning.
Chamomile was a sacred herb of the midsummer festivals and was thrown onto the festival fires, ritual cups for drinking and in garlands used to decorate the ceremonial areas.
The stone is Lapis Lazuli
The lapis lazuli stone is incredibly spiritual. When worn, one can experience mental clarity and an increase is psychic communication to spiritual guides. It is believed to create a bridge from the spirit world, protecting the wearer in the physical world. It is one of the most powerful stones and should be used with care. Lapis Lazuli has high intensity frequency and can open many of the chakra centers. This must be done only with love in the heart, comprehension in the mind and wisdom in soul. he very earliest cultures valued lapis lazuli more highly than gold. The ancient Egyptians used Lapis Lazuli as a symbol of Truth.
color of this stone is Royal Blue
This is the color you meed for contemplation, meditation,and for going within. It has a calming, healing effect. helpful for introspective work.
The 3rd Gift from the Spirit Keeper of the
Strength - Power and vigor of mind
Spirit Guide animal is The Ant Plant totem Nettle The stone is Amber
color of this stone is Yellow
Despite its tiny size, the ant spirit animal is incredibly strong and possesses immense strength of accomplishment and will, the ant symbolism reminds you that great things take time, so always work with diligence, inspiration, and conviction, and you will be able to achieve anything! The ant meaning is also related to doing hard work, achieving goals, and be