Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The Four Winds
Good morning, all. It snowed some last night, but there's only about an inch or so on the ground...just enough to make it slippery. Today's one of my late days so I haven't left the house yet, but I can see that nobody has picked up a shovel. So, by now, with everyone walking on it and packing it, it should be pretty slippery. Will have to be very careful on my way to the train station.
I finished reading "Isle of the Sun; Mastering the Incan Medicine Wheel" by Alberto Villodo. His writing is very readable, but it has taken me some time to get through this because I wanted to be able to digest everything I read. He's written several great books including "Dance of the Four Winds; Secrets of the Medicine Wheel" (excellent book), "Courageous Dreaming", and "Mending the Past and Healing the Future With Soul Retrieval." All are highly recommended as great introductions to Shamanism and the Medicine Wheel.
The Wheel, or Circle, has been a sacred symbol to many cultures throughout time; the Medicine Wheel is a mandala, a symbolic map which can be used as a path to transformation and healing. Each direction of the wheel--North, South, East, West--is an energy field with its own unique challenges and teachings. These directions can also be called the four winds; the Celts have their "Irish Mandela of the Four Winds" (four Airts which is connected to the four elements). The Four Directions represent the interconnectness of the universe and all is elements.. It is fascinating to work with and I hope to provide more information, but it's time to get ready for work.
Before closing, I wanted to share something I found recently. Ancestry has been updating its WWII records and I found the following;
This is a copy of my grandfather's WW II draft card. I had goosebumps when I found it and saw his signature. It's something to treasure. Anyone with WW I or WWII ancestors? Let me know, and I will see if I can find their draft cards.
Have a great day. Stay warm and dry.