The medicine wheel: Earth astrology by Sun Bear. Prentice-Hall, 1980-01-01. The Medicine Wheel: Earth Astrology by Sun Bear 295 ratings, 4.10 average rating, 9 reviews The Medicine Wheel Quotes Showing 1-2 of 2 “We all share the same Earth Mother, regardless of race or country of origin, so let us learn the ways of love, peace and harmony, and seek the good paths in life.

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Medicine wheels, like mandalas, are sacred circles, used to create a sacred space. They can be any size. Outdoor Medicine Wheels can be made to accommodate large groups of people, or smaller to accommodate a more intimate group. One can be set up on a table top, where you honor the building process as you place each stone and follow the circular pathways with your finger. You can use rocks, gemstones, symbolic or personal meaningful objects to build your wheel. It is your intention that makes it sacred.

Native American Medicine Wheels

The teachings of the Native American Medicine Wheels, as do other sacred circle traditions, make a link between the human and natural worlds. A reminder that each individual is a part of the Great Cosmic Wheel. The direction, colors and animal symbolism used in indigenous medicine wheels varies according to the location and totems of each tribe.

The 36 point medicine wheel was revealed in a vision to Sun Bear (1929-1992), a Native American medicine man of Ojibwa descent.

36 Stone Wheel

Each stone has layers of symbolism including correspondences to the animal, plant and stone nations. . . as well as astrology, the elements of fire, earth, air, water and the natural forces of the 7 directions: east, south, west, north, above, below and within.

When we take the time to remember one component, in some sense we remember them all, for they are all connected, all part of the same larger Creation. It is said that setting the last stone connects the wheel to all other medicine wheels that have ever been built.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong Master, Nancy Gardner discusses Sun Bear’s vision of the wheel and how she has adapted it for personal use. Ignore the spelling errors and the date. This is well worth the 80 minutes of your time or if you’re in a hurry, check out her 2-minute video on how she works with the wheel.

Mosley’s Astro Medicine Wheel

A melding of Sun Bear’s wheel with an astrology wheel and a Myers Phase wheel using 40 points and entering from the east aligned with Spring and Aries. More on this coming soon.

8-Phase Medicine Wheels

Buz Myers applied the principles of Sun Bear’s wheel to the 8-phase cycle and promoted using the 9 point wheel in conjunction with the lunar cycles.

These instructions are adapted from his Book, “Getting On Time With Your Life

Find a quiet place in your home or yard where you will not be disturbed or have to take it down before the cycle is over.

The stones represent your Higher Self and the Eight Phases.

Enter and exit from the East. Always walk in a clockwise direction as you build the wheel. This winds up the energy (like winding a clock).

As you place each stone contemplate its meaning, touch it to the ground, point it to the sky, and hold it to your heart before placing it.

Begin by placing a stone in the center of the circle. As you place this stone, open yourself up to your Higher Side and ask for guidance.

Next, one at a time place a stone at each of the four directions, remembering to touch it to the ground, point it to the sky, and hold it to your heart before placing it and then continue on out of the circle in a clockwise manner. As you place each stone, open yourself up to your Higher Side and ask for guidance.

These are the Sacred Gates to the Higher Self.


East New

South1st Qtr.


NorthLast Qtr.

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Finally, place each of the four interior directions as in the instructions above.

These are the Gates of Change that lead to a new direction.

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South East Crescent

South West Gibbous

North West Disseminating

North East Balsamic

Once your wheel is set up, enter it at the Eastern Gate and walk it’s circumference clockwise, three times. Stand or sit in front of the stone marking the direction of the current Moon Phase when writing in your Moon Phase Journal. The Phase Wheel will provide you with an excellent visual tool, which will enhance your studies.

The Medicine Wheel should be dismantled during the Balsamic Phase of the cycle or immediately after use, if it can’t remain in place. When taking the wheel down, pick up the stones one at a time in a counter clockwise fashion reverse order from which you set the wheel.

*There are two ways to set the Phase Wheel.1. Earth based: The wheel above is set with true directions of East, South, West and North. When setting a phase wheel on the earth, this is the way that you should work it. 2. Sky based or an astrology natal chart wheel: These wheels are reversed, as seen from the sky. They represent the astrological perspective with South at the top of the chart. It’s an option. Editors note: they are shown both ways on this website.

Books on Medicine Wheels

Native American Medicine Wheel Resources on the web

Crystal Vaults, though a commercial site has extensive free information on Sun Bear’s Medicine Wheel.

This article by Jamie K. Oxendine is about the Native American Medicine Wheel symbol and color and design.

This page is about Shamanism and the Medicine Wheel, using the teachings of Hyemeyohsts Storm, whose books first introduced us to the concept of Zero Chief.

1. What is the medicine wheel?

a. A circle divided into four parts, each of a different color representing Earth’s four races.

b. A large circular structure oriented with the four cardinal directions defined by stones that was used anciently as a calendar.

c. A complex philosophy that promotes self-reflection, personal growth, and spiritual progression.

d. All of the above.

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2. Where can you find ancient medicine wheels?

a. Lovell, Wyoming

b. South Dakota and Wyoming

c. Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

d. All of the above

3. How old is the medicine wheel?

a. 20,000 years

b. 7,000 years

c. 300 – 800 years

d. Unknown

4. What are medicine wheels used for?

a. A calendar.

b. Institute peace and understanding.

c. Personal introspection, meditation, and personal growth.

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d. All of the above.


1. What is the medicine wheel?

Answer: d – All of the above.

a. Many tribes define it as a circle equally divided into four sections of different colors, i.e. black, white, yellow, and red, which represent the four races of man.

b. Pictured above, the most famous physical medicine wheel and type site for such configurations in North America is at an elevation of 9,642 feet in the Bighorn Mountains in Lovell, Wyoming. It’s 75 feet in diameter and comprises a roughly circular alignment of rocks and cairns. Within the primary circle lie 28 rows of stones that extend out radially from a central cairn.

c. The medicine wheel is both an archaeo-astronomical entity with ancient roots supported by archeological evidence and a philosophical one for personal growth and spirituality intended to strengthen a community, one individual at a time.

2. Where can you find ancient medicine wheels?

Answer: d – All of the above.

Between 70 – 150 ancient medicine wheels have been identified in South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

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3. How old is the Medicine Wheel?

Answer: d – Unknown

Some sources indicate that the Lovell Medicine Wheel is part of a much larger complex of archeological sites and traditional use areas that indicate 7000 years of Native American occupation. Others estimate it was built between 300 – 800 years ago.

The modern medicine wheel philosophy proclaimed by Sun Bear and Wabun Wind (see references below) originated in the early 1970s.

4. What is the Medicine Wheel used for?

Answer: d – All of the above.

a. Calendar

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There are 28 “spokes” in the Medicine Wheel, which coincide with the Moon’s cycle of approximately 28 days. Some stones align with the Sun’s rising and setting on the equinoxes and solstices, marking the seasons.

At different times in the 20th Century archaeoastronomer, Jack Eddy and astronomer, Jack Robinson, independently determined that some of the stones aligned with the heliacal rise of certain stars. These served to divide the seasons into months.

The dawn or heliacal rising of a specific star pinpoints a date exactly. This is the day a star is first seen, just before its extinguished by dawn, after it has been hidden by the Sun’s light for an entire season. If you’re familiar with astronomy, you know that certain stars are only visible specific times of the years. Others never set, such as Polaris, a.k.a. the North Star, and the constellations such as Ursa Major and Minor which include the Big and Little Dipper, that surround it. They are always visible, but they rotate around Polaris and thus change positions during the year.

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b. Institute peace and understanding.

The estimate of the medicine wheels’ age of between 300 – 800 years old coincides with the 15th Century AD when Native American nations were in a state of constant war with each other.

At that time a great Iroquois Chief later known as Hiawatha urged the tribes to cease killing their brothers and formed a great alliance known as the Confederation of Nations, which proclaimed Indian peoples were more alike than different, in spite of speaking different dialects. Their basic belief systems and traditions were similar.


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The Medicine Wheel became part of this commonality and was decorated in special symbols, colors, and stones, to let people entering the tribe know about its tribal members. The wheel instructed individuals on their strengths and weaknesses as well as what they needed to learn and share with others. Each was expected to work on themselves, or leave the tribe. Within a few generations, people lost the concept of blame and anger which resulted in the longest peace in modern history of 150 – 200 years.

c. Personal introspection, meditation, and personal growth.

The medicine wheel has interpretations that are similar to those espoused by Western Astrology. Sun Bear (Ojibwa), whose visions revitalized the medicine wheel for this purpose, claimed, “We attribute any similarities between the Medicine Wheel and astrology or any other way of self-knowledge to the fact that all truths come from the same source.” (The Medicine Wheel: Earth Astrology, p. xix).

Similar to an astrological natal chart, a person’s birth date determines their location within the medicine wheel. That placement is associated with a special moon, power animal, healing plant, color and mineral. As a person progresses through life and experiences challenges, answers and inspiration can come from “visiting” other locations on the wheel and meditating upon the qualities they need to learn and grow.


Sun Bear and Wabun, “The Medicine Wheel: Earth Astrology,” Simon & Schuster, © 1980.

Sun Bear, Wabun, and Crysalis Mulligan, “Dancing with the Wheel: Medicine Wheel Workbook,” Simon & Schuster, ©1991.

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