Each of the Four Directions (East, South, West, and North) is typically represented by a distinctive color, such as black, red, yellow, and white, which for some stands for the human races. The Directions can also represent : Stages of life: birth, youth, adult (or elder), death.
The traditions of the Potawatomi honor the Four Directions of East, South, North and West during prayer, during ceremony and throughout the day. Each direction has unique significance. East is the direction from which light comes, and therefore the direction of illumination. It is the direction for birth and rebirth.
The four colour quadrants on the medicine wheel can represent the four directions : north, south, east and west. The teachings of the four directions start with the east, or yellow, quadrant and run clockwise around the circle. Red symbolizes the south, black the west and white the north.
Thank you for today’s sunrise, for the breath and life within me, and for all of your creations. Creator, hear my prayer , and honor my prayer . As the day begins with the rising sun, I ask, Spirit keeper of the East, Brother Eagle, Be with me. Fly high as you carry my prayers to the Creator.
The four directions are represented by four colors: White Shell represents the east, Turquoise the south, Yellow Abalone the west, and Jet Black the north. The number four permeates traditional Navajo philosophy.
The Four Elements. Greek philosophy supposed the Universe to comprise four elements: Fire , Air, Earth , & Water . The Four Elements are usually arranged as four corners, but can also be arranged in ascending order, from bottom to top, the Earth rising out of Water , Air over the Earth , and the Sun ( Fire ) over all.
one of the four main points of a compass: north , east , south , west . symbol indicating the cardinal directions (N, S, E, W).
A medicine man or medicine woman is a traditional healer and spiritual leader who serves a community of indigenous people of the Americas. Individual cultures have their own names, in their respective Indigenous languages, for the spiritual healers and ceremonial leaders in their particular cultures.
It’s likely that the word East came from a word that means ‘shining’. East = Beginnings. Because that’s where the new day begins.
The intermediate directions are northeast (NE), southeast ( SE ), southwest (SW), and northwest (NW).
They believed the white mountains signified mornings, and the yellow stood for dusk. Black signified the night and blue signified dawn. The Apache tribe consider the colours green , white , yellow and black to be important as they represented the four sacred mountains for them.
The original name for medicine wheels was “sacred circles” – the term “ medicine wheel ” was coined by non-Native Americans in response to the Bighorn Medicine Wheel , Wyoming, the largest in North America, around the turn of the previous century.
In Lakota spirituality, Wakan Tanka (Standard Lakota Orthography: Wakȟáŋ Tȟáŋka) is the term for the sacred or the divine. This is usually translated as the “Great Spirit” and occasionally as “Great Mystery”.
Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ (All Are Related) is a phrase from the Lakota language. It reflects the world view of interconnectedness held by the Lakota people of North America. This concept and phrase is expressed in many Yankton Sioux prayers, as well as by ceremonial people in other Lakota communities.
Unetlanvhi (oo-net-la-nuh-hee): the Cherokee word for God or “ Great Spirit ,” is Unetlanvhi is considered to be a divine spirit with no human form. The name is pronounced similar to oo-net-la-nuh-hee.