Medicine Wheel. It’s a 6.

like the blaze from the afterglow of a late autumn sunset, all burnt and brilliant, rich hues refracted, they sought…

to inter the remnant of what was…

so they stretched, reaching outward, all directions for the proper resting place…

at least for the time being…

he and she, as lava to volcano, coral to reef…

turned eyes to the sunrise, tinder, to set the sky ablaze once more…

The Medicine Wheel of Native Americans


32 thoughts on “Medicine Wheel. It’s a 6.

  1. Frank Hubeny June 17, 2021 / 9:45 pm

    From sunset to sunrise. I like the description of them “as lava to volcano, coral to reef”.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge June 17, 2021 / 10:07 pm

      Thank you, Frank. Not certain why or how that came to be – “as lava to volcano, coral to reef” but clearly they were fit metaphors for the characters.

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  2. Doug Jacquier June 17, 2021 / 9:48 pm

    Very evocative, Denise. Couldn’t help wondering about the significance of the stones.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge June 17, 2021 / 10:47 pm

      Thank you, Doug. The photo (taken at sunrise), which I found on Google Images, is of a Native American Medicine Wheel. The Medicine Wheel represents the Four Directions – North, East, West and South. I was first introduced to the medicine wheel and four directions in the book, Seven Arrows written by Hyemeyohsts Storm. The book is historical fiction and told tales of the Native American tribes of the Northern Plains in the U.S. The book had a significant impact on my younger self.

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      • Doug Jacquier June 18, 2021 / 2:16 am

        Thanks for the education, Denise. The closest I’ve come to Native American tradition is the Three Sisters planting system of the Iriquois/Haudenosaunee nations from now NY State and Montreal. It involves successive planting of corn, squash and beans so that they nurture each other as they grow.

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        • GirlieOnTheEdge June 18, 2021 / 8:38 am

          Good morning, Doug. And thank you for sending me to research the Three Sisters. The various legends are fascinating. The system tracks with the concepts of living in harmony with nature. Native American culture; their reverence for nature, the earth, harmony and compatibility all resonate with me.

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  3. Pat Brockett June 18, 2021 / 12:02 am

    This is beautiful! I have never seen any of the actual medicine wheels such as the one pictured, but because of your post I did a little searching to try to learn more about them. What I read was so interesting to me. Thank you for sharing this.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge June 18, 2021 / 1:25 am

      Thank you, Pat! I’m happy to have been instrumental in you sending you on such a journey 🙂


  4. Michael B. Fishman June 18, 2021 / 8:12 am

    Really beautiful, but kind of sad. But also kind of romantic. (At least the way I’m interpreting the poem)

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge June 18, 2021 / 8:50 am

      Thank you Michael. That is such the beauty of poetry, isn’t it? It often elicits a mixed bag of emotions, allowing for individual interpretation. I’m glad you found it beautiful and yes, for me, there was a touch of sadness but mostly the “storyette” was about renewal. You interpreted it as intended. I too found romance in it.

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  5. UP June 18, 2021 / 9:50 am

    Love the similes. Love the six.

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  6. Chris Hall June 18, 2021 / 10:12 am

    What gorgeous, smouldering words! There’s so much wisdom wrapped up in ancient cultures.

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  7. clark June 18, 2021 / 6:37 pm

    Attractive and pleasing wordage… sure sign of an effective Six, the following of secondary and tertiary trails to learn and to enhance the enjoyment of the imagery.

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  8. The Atomic Mage June 19, 2021 / 2:33 am

    Magical, spiritual, elemental, D. This: “he and she, as lava to volcano, coral to reef…” is powerful.
    I have some native American oracle cards and books which talk of the four directions as the directions above, below, inner and outer. Fascinating concepts and beliefs.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge June 19, 2021 / 10:52 am

      Thank you, V. As I was telling Doug, the book Seven Arrows, written by Hyemeyohsts Storm was my introduction, to Native American traditions and beliefs. Yes, very fascinating.
      Do you use your oracle cards?

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      • The Atomic Mage June 19, 2021 / 1:17 pm

        Hiya, D. I used to use oracle regularly, tarot sometimes. I still use oracle cards occasionally and have most of the sets I collected back then, along with all my healing crystals. Really interesting subjects to get into. There was a whole bunch of us doing it back in the UK when I lived there, like a little club it was 🙂

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