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2018 Solstices and the Medicine Wheel

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Dale Osadchuk

Northern Hemisphere-Summer Solstice- South Direction
21 June 2018 at 3.07 am PDT- 6.07 am EDT- 11.07 am BST (summer time GMT)
Southern Hemisphere- Winter Solstice- North Direction
21 June 2018 at 5.07 am EST Lima, Peru- 6.07 pm AWST Perth, Australia
8.07 pm AEST Sydney, NSW, Australia

I have always felt a strong connection to native spirituality. In the early 1990’s a friend gifted me with the book “The Medicine Wheel: Earth Astrology” by Sun Bear and Wabun. I began to integrate the teachings into my astrological readings. In 1995 at a very significant life cycle I was blessed to visit Medicine Mountain in the Big Horn Mountain range of Wyoming. High up on the mountain was a very large Medicine Wheel with prayer ties blowing in the wind surrounding the circle. I asked for a message about the Wheel. Here is what I received. “The Medicine Wheel was created so the people would connect with Grandfather Sky above and Grandmother Earth below.

The different stone markings around the Wheel represent the four directions and initiation into stages of life. The stone cairn in the center is the Within Place, your place of spiritual power”. As I began to descend down the mountain a white tailed deer was bounding down beside me to my left.  Deer symbolizes sensitivity and compassionate communication. She is also a call to new adventures and creating your new story. That experience began my journey as story teller.

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The Medicine Wheel is aligned with the seasons. In the Northern Hemisphere we now enter the South Direction of our Medicine Wheel, the time of summer. The South is the power of growth, intuition, adaptability, and learning to trust your inner knowing. The Spirit Guardian of the South is Coyote, the trickster. He is creator, teacher about adaptability, and the keeper of magic. He shows us when we have become too serious and only tricks us so we will reconnect with joy and laughter.

In the Southern Hemisphere you now enter the North Direction of your Medicine Wheel, the time of winter. The North is the power of patience, solitude, and renewal. It is about transforming knowledge into wisdom. Your Spirit Guardian is Whale, record keeper. Whale teaches us to sing our personal song. He also carries the power of creation and awakens that ability from deep within. Whale teaches you to dive deep and discover your inner powerful self.

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In the Northern Hemisphere, from our Earth perspective, Grandfather Sun has reached his most northerly point at Summer Solstice, longest day and shortest night. While he visits the sign of Cancer (June 21 to July 22) we are in the Long Days and Strong Sun Time. Our Animal Totem guide for this period is Flicker Woodpecker, new spiritual growth and transitioning into the new. Ted Andrews in “Animal-Speak” also associates Flicker with all healing love. The sign of Cancer is the nurturing principle. It is also connected with the Great Mother Goddess who created the Universe. This is the time to nurture and love yourself as you do for others. While the Sun visits Cancer the astrological Earth is in Capricorn. Her guide is Snow Goose, following your dreams and visions.

In the southern Hemisphere at Winter Solstice it is your Long Nights and Earth Renewal Time. Your Totem Guide while the Sun visits Cancer (to July 22/23) is Snow Goose, creative visualization and new spiritual vision. Flicker Woodpecker is your guide for the Earth in Capricorn, new spiritual growth. This a time of looking within and connecting with your Essence Self. For all of us the Clan Mother for the sun in Cancer is Loves All Things. She is the Mother of Unconditional Love and teaches us to love the truth. For the Earth in Capricorn it is Talks With Relations. She is the Mother of the Planetary Family and the guardian of kinship with all life. She teaches us to learn the truth. As always more of their stories can be found in The 13 Original Clan Mothers by Jamie Sams.

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Astrologically the Sun in Cancer is guided by Sister Moon. At Solstice she is at 12 degrees Libra asking us to focus on uniting in peace, harmony and love. But she is square (finding new ways of doing things and motivation for change) Mercury at 16 degrees Cancer (our emotional thinking) and Pallas Athene at 18 degrees Cancer (acting from our emotions). She is also square Saturn Rx at 06 degrees Capricorn (Government power and control) AND Pluto Rx at 20 degrees Capricorn (tearing down old structures and transforming society). Pluto in turn is opposite Mercury and Pallas. This is a T Square with stress being placed on the Moon (our emotions). If we have been following the media reports we know what has been happening in the United States regarding families being torn apart and children being made orphans. It is also happening in other parts of the world. Cancer is the sign of the family. The Solstice chart influences the next three months. But although the above planetary pattern is challenging there is a doorway to walk through. The mid-point between Chiron in Aries (individual freedom and healing) and Uranus in Taurus (what is of true value) is at 17 degrees Aries. New inspired beginnings are possible.

We also have a Grand Water Trine (breaking free of obstacles) that is supporting us. Mercury in Cancer (our spiritual thoughts and perceptions) and Pallas in Cancer (intuitive wisdom) are trine (ease and flow) Jupiter Rx at 13 degrees Scorpio (releasing whatever blocks our empowerment) and Neptune Rx at 16 degrees Pisces (spiritual illumination). But and there is always a BUT. Jupiter Rx (looking within) is square (motivation for change) the South Node at 06 degrees Aquarius (the past) and Mars at 09 degrees Aquarius (impersonal and unpredictable behaviour) which are opposite (polarities) the North Node at 06 degrees Leo (new directions) and Venus at 08 degrees Leo (the ego need for control). Notice I have given the negative expressions. This is another T Square but the doorway is Uranus at 01 degree Taurus (focusing on what is of true value and breaking free from what is not). The highest expression of Venus travelling with the North Node is to follow the Path of the Heart and share Loving Kindness with the world.

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I would like to leave you with this message I received long ago. “The Medicine Wheel is a symbol for the circle of life. Its message is for each of us to find our personal Medicine and Learn to Walk in balance within ourselves and on Mother Earth. And to honor all life as Sacred. Medicine is anything that enhances your connection to Great Mystery and The Oneness. The healing of mind, body, and spirit, that brings empowerment, strength, and Understanding. It means living your life to bring healing to Mother Earth and walking your path in perfect harmony with the Universe”.

Solstice blessings,

Dale  

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Copyright Dale Osadchuk 2017. 
Reprinted with persmission from Dale Osadchuck on crystalwind.ca. All rights reserved. 

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