Medicine Wheel Teachings – the Owl and the Snow Goose


The circle, no beginning and no end …the continuing journey of our soul from conception to birth to life to death an infinite loop of energy and influence. Birds build nests in circles, the wind send it’s breath through on swirling breezes through the trees. Fire dances and leaps twisting in circles as it reaches out from its point of origin to snap at what is before it. Water which is life will circle in currents swirling as it moves over the earth. The Great Mother Earth herself is round traveling in a circle around Grandfather Sun. All are examples of the circle, no beginning, no end, continually evolving with us as we walk the human, teaching us as we journey on our paths through life.

Thus is the same of the Medicine Wheel, sharing teachings that allow us to understand and shed insights to the purpose of our existence and relevance with all things Sacred. Keeping this in mind I will share with you the teachings I have been given over the years and how they can not only enrich our lives, but strengthen our being.

In the last article I spoke to the basics of the Raven and Snake Birth totems, today I will address the next two totems on the wheel which are the Owl and the Snow Goose.


The period of the Owl November 23rd – December 21st

The Time of “Long Winter Nights’
Animal: the Owl
Plant: Poinsettia and Mistletoe
Mineral: Obsidian
Color: Gold
Spirit Keeper: Falcon and Salmon
Power Direction: North-West
Element: Fire and Earth
Elemental Clan: Hawk Clan (Fire)
Life Path: Elevation

Owl brings both Magical and Spiritual with it’s presence. always Sacred to me, and to be revered by all. It shares with us the Great Mystery and all that is to be understood in life as we walk the human path. Teaching us to be open and see with wonderment the life that is around us, interacting with us, sharing with us, part of us even in the smallest of ways. In return showing us how we can impact it all in return.

To keep our eyes open in even in what we may perceive as dark times, for that glimmer of hope and light to shine through. Remember to fly beyond and look at the larger picture so better to plan ahead how to approach situations, people or the journey itself. It teaches us to use our intuition and deep connections with wisdom that has been seeded deep within our souls.

The Owl will take us on a journey so that we may discover that whatever is needed for balance and positives in our lives, first must be attained within our own Soul. When we achieve the balanced required of us we are then able to obtain our own highest potential.
In order to imprint on the world around us, we must first learn to be kind and love ones self.

The period of  the Snow Goose December 22nd – January 19th

The Time of “Renewal”
Animal: the Snow Goose
Plant: Bramble
Mineral: Peridot
Color: White
Spirit Keeper: Bears, Ravens and Beavers
Power Direction: North- North West
Element: Earth and Air
Elemental Clan: Turtle (Earth)
Life Path: Adaptation

Snow Goose teaches us to respect traditions; for the past indeed holds keys to our futures it reminds us of what is important so that our own Sacred Hoops remain healthy and balanced. teaching us it is a cautious time with the energy shifts that are occurring, to be making any large changes in our lives with out great thought and preparations.

Snow Goose also teaches us about asking for help and support, working together with others within your circle to accomplish more than what could be done alone. Working alongside another or in a group teaches us the benefits of cooperation and belonging.
Snow Goose shares the talent of communication through writing and storytelling.

Stay open to new ideas, to spiritual quests, and traveling just be prepared before you do so. It’s time to move forward with your life. Move with care and enjoy. Be flexible. Let go of the old allowing yourself to move into positives with an ease of motion.

The Goose will lead you on a path towards completion, allowing you to develop your wants, needs and desires to their full capacity if you listen to its guidance. It teaches you to adapt and bend when needed. In order to do that we must learn to let go of the past in order to learn that when the moment presents itself to us, we will have a fuller understanding of “All that is Sacred.”

Until Next time, live in the moment and breathe in all the beauty life shares with us all, for we Are All Related!

“I am dedicated to educating and sharing culture and insight with all that we can. It is not enough merely to teach the ways of our Ancestors, we must honor those traditions by sharing and educating the World. Inspiring others …Inspiring our Youth. Through the Music… the Arts…the Stories… the Teachings and Knowledge “

Mitakuye O’yasin
~bear Medicinewalker

Music provided by Chris Ferree and available at http://www.chrisferree.com  as part of the Wolf and the bear Network @2017