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PRAYERS: INVOKING THE SEVEN DIRECTIONS
Received by Seneca Elder, Grandmother Twylah Nitsch
This prayer is appropriate for opening a Medicine Wheel or
When opening a circle or Medicine
Wheel it is vital to call in the seven directions. This allows you to
tap into the power of the wheel for reverent and focused communion with
The directions will always respond when you call them, which may feel
like energy coming into your hand or arm or showering down through your
crown. People often report feeling "chills" and "goosebumps". Sometimes
it is just a knowing that Spirit, your ancestors, animals and guides are
now surrounding you.
In preparation you will need to take
some cornmeal (or tobacco) and go out as soon as you can, at or just
after sunrise. The right hand is used in these ceremonies to make an
Begin by facing East and holding some cornmeal in your outstretched
right hand and say:
"To the East: to the new day, to the Light Within/Without. To golden
eagle. To illumination. East, Gate of the Morning, thank you for the
moving airs, for the awakening of life. May my eyes lift to see the
freedom of the birds. May my thoughts be in awareness of the gifts of
To the East: I call for your power and spirit to come in."
Drop a few grains of cornmeal on the ground. Then wait for a response.
Turn to the South and say:
"To the South: to Trust and innocence. To the Little Mouse. To white
tailed deer, to the good road home. South, sacred fire of creativity, I
seek your vitality in healthy alliance. Thank you for the teachings of
relationship; for music, dance and art, those things that carry joy and
communion. I pray that my life may unfold in harmony with my kin in all
To the South: I call for your power and spirit to come in."
Drop some grains on the Earth. Wait for response. Face West and say:
"To the West: to the Dark Waters of Looking Within. To black bear, brown
bear, to raven. To the medicine path. West, power of places between the
worlds, I turn to you seeking passage into the depths of knowing and
unknowing. Thank you for the lightening and the cleansing rain, for
those things that teach compassion and nourish understanding. Thank you
panther, for the medicine of solitude and the silent stalking for truth.
To the West: I call for your power and spirit to come in."
Drop some grains on the Earth. Wait for response. Face North and say:
"To the North: Home of the old ones and those gone by. To the wisdom
place, place of White Buffalo and Snow Leopard, Moose and Beaver. North,
Spirit’s mountaintop, I turn to you for wisdom. In the place free of
shadow I seek perspective and a path of service. Thank you for the gifts
of lodge and sustenance. I pray to live upon this gracious earth with
remembrance of gratitude and with respect for my elders in all realms.
To the North: I call for your power and spirit to come in."
Drop some grains on the Earth. Wait for response
Lean down and place your hands on Mother Earth. Offer some cornmeal in a
circle on the ground and say:
"To Mother Earth, enfolding all beings with the beauty of compassion,
nurturance creativity and peace. Hear my prayer for the two-leggeds and
the four leggeds, for those who fly and crawl and swim and walk and run,
for all children of the Mother."
Stand (facing East again) and raise your right arm up to the sky:
Now envision yourself in the center of a circle and make a sun-wise
circling gesture above your head (like using a lariat), starting in the
East, 3 times, offering cornmeal as you say
"To Father Sky, encircling all beings with the light of protection,
warmth, clarity and vision. Hear my prayer and grant me the courage to
bring the radiance of my true Self out into the world, and the humility
and self-esteem to foster the radiance of others."
Now face the center of the circle (if you are in a group, or in a
Hold both hands over your heart, as you say:
"To that place within my being where the 6 directions meet. May I live
today from this center of wholeness and balance."
End with these words:
"Thank you for this day. Thank you for this opportunity to serve. "
If you are alone, or if the group will continue with silent individual
prayer, you may hold the cornmeal to your heart and speak your words to
"Great Spirit, hear me. This one calls to you."
Then speak what is in your heart.
When finished, breathe your prayer into the cornmeal and gently place it
on the Earth, or you can let the wind people take it.
Notes on the Medicine Wheel Prayers:
When you address the Directions, you call into wakefulness those
particular aspects of Spirit reflected in yourself. You participate more
fully in life. By asking for blessings from the Directions you begin to
explore what these realms really mean to you: what things you actually
associate with Sky, Earth, and the Directions. You deepen your
understanding of these realms and thus your relationship with the forces
of life they embody. When your prayers come from your own sense of
relationship, the wheel becomes a true spiritual locus for you. Feel
free to make these prayers your own. Working with the wheel is a way of
remembering the sacred hoop and making it your sacred space of spiritual
practice. (some of this wording is from Loren Cruden in her book "The
Spirit of Place")
by: Anam Cara Center: Home of the
EarthSong SoulFriend Community & Jeanne Marie Merkel, M.Div.
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