Stone circles are one of the earliest human constructions found all around the world. They are part of our ancient past and remind us of our connections to our ancestors many thousands of years ago.
In both Celtic & Native American traditions stone circles were referred to as ‘Medicine Wheels’.
When the term ‘medicine’ was used in these cultures, it was different to our understanding of Western allopathic medicine today. It did not just mean something to treat an individual’s disease. The meaning extended to embrace anything that would help one achieve a greater connection to the Creator and natural world around them. Medicine in this sense, could facilitate a soul level healing bringing wholeness back to one’s life, one’s family, tribe and the earth.
Native and ancient people understood the rhythm and patterns of nature. To them, everything in the world was alive with spirit. The medicine wheel was a cosmological model they used to represent and explain this.
Using stones arranged in a sacred circle on the earth, they created a physical map honoring the cycles of sunrise to sunset, new moon to full moon, Spring to Winter. As well as cycles of birth death and rebirth.
The medicine wheel was a meeting place between heaven and earth, a place where the four directions and four elements (air, water, fire and earth) came into a fusion of power. This power could be directed and dedicated to a particular intention as well as helping to remind one of their own place in the great web of life.
We can call upon this wisdom now to connect more deeply with nature and the cycles of the earth in our own lives. The medicine wheel is a powerful tool for bringing balance, vitality and protection into our homes as well.
Whilst the creation of a home or garden medicine wheel is a significant process and it is good to have guidance around the ritual and ceremony, there is nothing stopping you from beginning your own exploration of this remarkable tool.
As we move into Spring, the season of renewal and rebirth, it is a great time to consider ways you can invite more of nature’s beauty, power and balance into your own home.