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Shawnodese * SOUTH
The element associated with Shawnodese position on the Native American Medicine Wheel, the Spirit Keeper of the South, is water . The mineral is serpentine. The plant is the sagebrush. The animal is the coyote, the colors are yellow and green, the season is summer, the time of day is midday. The time of life is that of our older childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. Shawnodese directly influences all the moons in the southern quadrant: the Strong Sun Moon (June 21 to July 22; Flicker), the Ripe Berries Moon (July 23 to august 22; Sturgeon), and the Harvest Moon (August 23 to September 22; Brown Bear).
Like the power of Waboose, the power of Shawnodese is a paradoxical one. Shawnodese brings the time of rapid growth, a time when every being has to reach out for fulfillment so quickly it does not have time to question the path laid down for it by the Creator.
The plant that poked its head through the soil and began to grow during the time of Wabun now needs to leaf out fully, flower, fruit, bear its seed, and prepare for the time of harvest. So it is with all life influenced by this quadrant.
Humans are no exception. In the time of Wabun, we explore everything with little discrimination trying to find what makes us feel good, what seems to fit with us. In the time of Shawnodese, we begin a more directed form of exploration. The South is the place where many people seek their visions and ask the Creator to point them in the direction they should go. Often after the Creator has made this direction known, people have to follow it so rapidly that they must learn to trust the Creator and not question their p Th. To aid in following the new path, Shawnodese gives the gifts of energy, adaptability, maturity, playfulness, and humor.
For many humans the time of Shawnodese is more of self-assurance, of acceptance. It is a time when everything in our world truly seems possible, when the search for love is definitely one of our guiding forces and when we are particularly capable of giving and receiving love in many meanings of the word. The time of Shawnodese is a time of learning about relationships.
The paradox of Shawnodese is that while all this open, outward, energetic activity is taking place, while we are learning to trust life and follow our own life path, the old trickster, the coyote, is prepared to do whatever he needs to in order to make us grow inwardly as well.
The coyote means many things to Native people. To some he is trickster in the most powerful sense: a sacred clown who urges life to keep crating itself. To others he is a form of the Creator. Some consider coyote merely a clown, a fool, one who tricks himself more than others.
The animal itself also has many meanings to people. To some, coyote is a nuisance, a thief, and a scoundrel. To others he is a symbol of freedom and mystery. How fitting a totem he is for paradoxical Shawnodese.
The favorite trick of the coyote is one very appropriate to this point on the wheel: making you fall in love, most often with a person very different from you and from how you thought you wanted your mate to be. Attraction is the glue that draws people to these walking, talking, human lessons of life. Love is the cement that binds them together as long as they are willing to learn from each other.
The power of Shawnodese is a mysterious power, a changing power. It is the power that takes that which we yearn for, gives it to us. and then craftily observes what happens. The little sprout of the spring yearns to be the flower of the summer. When it is, the plant must learn the lessons of being fully open and fully vulnerable to the earth, the sky, and all its relations.
When you are under the influence of Shawnodese, it is a good time to explore love, explore relationship, and explore the world around you; to learn who you are and how that compares with who you feel you should be; and to take the first strong steps toward your own maturity.
When you are under the influence of Shawnodese you must be careful not to burn yourself out trying to do everything. You must be careful to use some common sense in your relationships. You must learn how to protect yourself, for this is one of the lessons necessary to grow into a mature human being. You must learn that there is a both a time to be open and a time to contain your energy and your feelings within yourself.
Shawnodese is the place of the heart, the place of the emotions. It is here that we come when we need healing of the heart, when we need to learn how to love, when we need to learn to let go of all that is not love; hate, fear, envy, jealousy, rage and anger.
The Shawnodese stone is the place to come if you are having problems with a relationship or if you are looking for a relationship. The Shawnodese stone, the stone of the trickster, will help you to understand why it is that you are drawn to a person and what you can do to help the relationship grow. This is the position in which you will learn about charm, nurturance, trust, gullibility, humor, and manipulation. The Shawnodese stone will teach you about sexuality and sensuality and how they differ and how they are the same. this is the stone to seek to ask for healing of the emotions and healing of the heart. It is to Shawnodese that we come when it seems like it is too painful to open once again. It is Shawnodese is the power of love; the power of the open heart working in conjunction with the discriminating mind. The power of Shawnodese is the power of growth.
The Spirit Keeper of the South, Shawnodese, is represented by the sagebrush, most often referred to simply as sage. Despite its name, this prolific plant is a member of the Arlemisia genus and is not a true sage. Artemisias are ruled by the moon. Sagebrush grows in many forms around the world. Its name some- times causes it to be confused with culinary sage, which is a member of the mint family. How typical of the Shawnodese energy is that confusion! However sage and sagebrush look, smell, and grow very differently.
Sagebrush is a shrub with two- to four-foot-long slender branches that hold many bushy leaves. The tuff-like flowers are most often purplish pink. Sage- brush grows wild in drier climates and in the desert areas such as California, Washington, (Utah, and many other states. It is an earth healing plant, which helps preserve both soil and moisture in these dry areas.
The most important use of this sage is as a smudge. Along with sweet grass, it is the most common herb used for smudging today. Whereas sweet grass is considered to draw in all the good energies, sage is considered to help transform any energies that are not working for the highest good of a person, place, or ceremony. When burning, sage emits a pungent, strong, thick smoke. The sage smoke, like the rapid growth of the summer, helps bring change to everything
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