Fall Equinox: Time to reap your harvest and offer your gift

The Native American Medicine Wheel is a powerful ceremony and series of teachings that mark where you are in the cycle of  your life. The primary points of the Medicine Wheel are the seasons of the year which correspond to the four directions- like on a compass. The fall is highlighted by the Fall equinox or the first day of fall- which is Wednesday. In the tradition that I was taught, the fall equinox is in the west of the Medicine Wheel.

The aspect of self characterized by the west on the Medicine Wheel is inner strength. The totem of the west is that of the grizzly bear. The grizzly bear has no natural enemies- so it knows no fear. It can be the clown of the forest. It has nothing to prove- so it can be true to itself.

In the year cycle of the Medicine Wheel, the place of the west is fall and the harvest. It is the time to glean the value of the intention and dynamic you set (or planted) in the spring and developed in the summer. It is the time of mastery and completion. You now understand this phase of your life and can offer it with strength and confidence.

In the life cycle of the Medicine Wheel, the place of the west is maturity and adulthood. You have experienced the innocence of childhood, and the exploration of adolescence. You are in the prime of your productivity. You can offer the gifts you have developed back to your people. You can make a difference with your community and the world.

In the day cycle of the Medicine Wheel, the place of the west is 6:00 pm in the evening. You are completing and detaching from the dynamic of your day. The sun is going down and your visibility is decreasing. Your focus is drawing itself back inward to yourself. You are starting to feel the implications of the day as well as what is going on internally. Sundown is the most intense time of feeling of the day.

So... make sure you celebrate your fall equinox and time of the west. Honor all the things it signifies in the cycle of your life.

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