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Symbols & Meanings
By CinnamonMoon

Symbols come from a wide range of universal images that touch something deep within us. They also come from our own interpretive experiences and therefore mean something unique to each of us. That personal symbol is the meaning that holds the greatest importance when we work with them. It carries the greatest weight because we are the ones to benefit from their use and in that we take our cues. If you apply a symbol to a tool or perhaps a sacred space, if it comes to you in a vision or possibly a dream, if you are shown symbols in your journeys, only you can define their significance to your personal path. The universal interpretations are basic guidelines, but they are not carved in stone, if another definition resonates stronger with you then you should use that interpretation.

An example of this might be the Sun. For one individual it will mean a lighting of the way before them, for another it is a blinding light that forbids them to see what is waiting up ahead. Which interpretation is right? Both. They are right for the individual that sees them this way. Whether we are creating them ourselves or Spirit is sending them to us through other means, symbols contain a lot of information that takes us many places. We can go back into the past to summon memories that they hold, step into the future to see the omens they portend, or walk in the present recognizing them as the signposts along the way. Symbols mark our tools speaking of the powers they contain. They mark the sacred grounds and honor the rites and rituals that these areas are dedicated to. They come to us from Otherworlds, passing through the dimensions as we journey and mark the paths we follow or experiences we’re about to encounter. There isn't an area of our life that is exempt if we have the eyes to see and the knowledge to understand.

While our Totem and Power Animals also symbolize aspects of our own natures and personalities, they will not be included in this section as they are too numerous and deserve their own classifications. What you will find listed will be those that can be applied to the Dream Lodge, shamanic journey, vision quest, tool applications, and all other aspects of sacred pathwork. Please remember they are not limited to the universal interpretations or context in which they are being presented. If you have something inside you saying it also means this or that, by all means incorporate your impressions with the sampling I’m sharing here. As time passes you will continue to find significances that are relevant to them and your understanding will grow. You will see that at different times and in various places their meanings shift appropriately; with a little practice it will become apparent that certain interpretations do not apply and should be discarded. Learn to trust your instincts completely. They are there for a reason.

Universal Interpretations of Symbols

Antler: Symbol of personal defense.

Arrow: The flight of the arrow, its direction to a target and from which it comes will tell of its focus and perspective. The arrow flies through the air with swift movement as it reaches its target and strikes at the heart of the matter. True to its mark, "hitting the target", and it is often portrayed in motion to bring about some type of guidance or purpose. To see an arrow in motion represents swiftness and movement towards a goal. The direction the arrow is going indicates where that movement is taking pace and the target may or may not be shown, but the elemental directions themselves do come into play. A straight arrow represents focus and goodness. A crooked arrow may warn of difficulties, deception, or some other issue that serve to be confronted or avoided. A broken arrow symbolizes the ending of something and it is an ending that is not to be undone. This can mean an end to war and a symbol of peace, or a breaking of the peace. Crossed arrows represent union. Groupings of arrows symbolize many things joined together for a purpose. A flame-tipped arrow symbolizes passion in the context to which it is applied. An arrow that pierces something (as in “hitting the target”) represents the target and dedication to succeed in achieving a goal. An arrowhead is a symbol of the beginning of a plan of action.

Autumn: To dream of the season *out* of season indicates friendly forces where you don't expect to find them, and can indicate a time period pertaining to the message received. Maturity and adulthood, it represents harvests, perhaps conserving (putting up the harvest) for later times, preparing for harder times ahead (winter). A time to reflect after the work is done. The abundance of our harvest that can be shared with those we love.

Bells: They clear the air signaling the consciousness of change. Bells are used in ceremony to maintain rhythm or shift focus as matters proceed.

Birds: Generally represent shamanic flight, rebirth or healing. Each bird having its own message. (For more information a course is available covering animals as totems, guides, and teachers. And there are some birds listed in the Totem section of the library.) Most Medicine Birds found in art at sacred sites or on garments are depicted as Eagle, Crow, Goose, Thunderbird or Phoenix when pertaining to shamanic work. The bird signifies the union between the land and air for it is a creature of both realms and therefore can move between the worlds. It has the knowledge of these worlds and the voice to speak of them. It is the freedom of the spirit and its ability to move at will. Human birds are symbolic of the out-of-body experience, shamanic journey, or astral projection. In the case of dreams or visions of the individual each species of bird will have its own message (please look into the Totem section of the library for these definitions).

Black: Symbol of mystery, negative energy, chaos, creation, or death depending on how it is used.

Blue: Represents the separation of the dimensions and the worlds traversed by the shaman; spirituality or one's pathwalk.

Bones: Represent the shaman as a "hollow bone" or channel for Spirit. They are symbols of death and rebirth. Some use bones of different animals for purposes of scrying (usually chicken bones).

Cave/Cavern: Symbol Mother Earth's womb. Internal knowledge. Sacred space. A cavern is an extension of these realities.

Circle: (Also see Medicine Wheel). The circle is roundly regarded as the single most powerful symbol of all. It is Infinity and the Universe; Alpha and Omega; Beginning and End; Creation and Destruction; Destiny, Reincarnation, and Fortune. The circle stands for the sun and moon, the zodiac, power and protection, the crown of kings, and the tiara of popes (most often depicted as a halo). It is the only single-line diagram that magi use to mark the bounds of their sacred, and thus safe, space. In this way, bracelets and rings gain greater significance, especially when and where they are worn and with what can be inscribed on them. The circle can also represent the eye and, by extension, an omnipotent god. Divine Energy, it is said, always flows in a circular form, giving rise the concentric rings of the Heavens and Hell. Pagans use the circular form of a snake eating its own tail, a symbol of the infinite depth of Wisdom later recast by the Church as the ultimate symbol of Evil.

Claws/Talons: Represent the power and nature of the creature they belong to. Again an animal interpretation needs to be addressed and falls under the library’s Totem section.

Climbing: Generally this is either personal advancement or the struggle depending on how difficult the climb is. This can be on levels of mundane to spiritual goals you are striving to attain. It can mean entering into higher awareness or consciousness. Sometimes it means you are facing an uphill struggle of achievement and that perhaps you should not see it as so challenging, but stop along the way to rest, assimilate and enjoy the perspectives from that vantage point. Depending upon circumstances surrounding your efforts, it can mean rising above difficulties in life. Reaching a shelf or ledge can be either shelter or precarious depending on the use and activity that takes place.

Corn Meal: Used to define sacred space by Native Americans. It warns others not to enter and will seal a door from an intrusive knock by a line drawn with it signifying a spiritual session taking place on the other side. Holds negative energy or entities at bay. It is sacred to the indigenous people of North America as it represents Mother Earth. It can be used to define a temporary Medicine Wheel for ritual or ceremonial purposes and is easily taken along when traveling. Because of its sacred context, corn meal will hold negative energies at bay and prevent them from entering the defined space so it is often used to create a circle of protection around one's home.

Cross: This represents the centering and balance between the elemental forces of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Thus, it represents the four roads of the shaman leading to the center and Spirit. It demonstrates walking the roads from East to West, and North to South. It is the path we take and the choices available to us. Long before its adoption by Christianity, the cross was a symbol of the four-fold world and its various measures of the elemental forces first mentioned along with Birth, Life, Death, Afterlife. With its inherent link to the number four, the cross is also related to the swastika which, before its corruption by the Nazi party, was a powerful symbol of the Wheel of Fire, or energy in motion. To many mystics the cross represents sex differentiation, with the male (upright) and female (downright) forces emanating from a balanced point (horizontal). The Romans, specifically, used the cross to represent reproduction. To be put to death by crucifixion thus came to represent that the person being executed should never have been born in the first place.

Cube: The cube is little more than a two-fold swastika: A spiritual square and a material square. A squared square, in other words. The cube also contains the symbolism of the number six, since it has six sides. It also represents the "four corners" of the world, or the World Age as defined by the two equinoxes and two solstices and the attendant constellations rising helically thereon. Our current World Age is the cusp between Pisces and Aquarius. To say it Biblically, the world (Pisces) is coming to an end (which is, of course, only a new beginning).

Death: Death can appear in many ways, creatures, vegetation, landscapes or even bodies and is often contrary in meaning indicating a time of renewal or rebirth in some area of life is about to begin...a time of transformation. This can include the death of old ways or patterns, and new growth. If it was your death that you dreamed it is a good sign of changes for the better and worries passing away or an illness being overcome. So in cases where anxiety surrounds health issues of yourself or those close to you it is a very positive sign that you are worrying too much and thinking in negatives that are not worthy of your spent energy. It may indicate the heart crying its prayers to Spirit and those prayers being heard. It may indicate a need to embrace your own mortality as a human being while embracing your eternal spiritual self. To speak to someone who has died means you will soon receive good news. If you dream of death successively or often you will soon hear of a birth. Dreaming of someone dying you can't recognize means fortune will come from an unexpected source like an inheritance. Death can also portend the fact that you are closing yourself off to someone thus bringing an end to the relationship due to anger, wounds, or infringements.

Diamond: The diamond is the lasting symbol of purity and incorruptibility, due to its form in nature as a stone that cuts all but cannot be cut itself…save by itself. This interpretation, however, most likely came as a result of the "drawn" diamond, which represents two triangles joined at the base. The two triangles represent Man (downright) and the Universe (upright), or the microcosm and the macrocosm, emanating from God. The symbol reminds us that Man is within the Universe and the Universe is within Man; the goal is to unite the two as such that they become inexorably linked—one whole, which is to say, God. Adopted by mystics and alchemists as the symbol of achievement or perfection, it came to represent what was believed to be the lifestyle necessary to achieve such a level of Unity. One that was both pure and uncorrupted. From there arose the notion that a stone with similar qualities must be the very physical embodiment of the drawn Diamond. The symbol reminds us that we must travel through the Tree of Life to become reunited with the Kether (the crown or God).

Dots: Symbols of veils between the dimensions. May represent the element or entities of Air. May represent the presence of spiritual entities that reside at a location or can be approached from it. These dots are often the lifting of the veil between the worlds. The very air around you shifts as you enter into a state of heightened consciousness. Sometimes luminous flecks of light will appear, much like watching a television screen when programming has gone off the air. It may appear as a waffle pattern or grid as well as points of light that are free floating. These represent the unseen barriers and the separation or lifting of the veil that is taking place.

Drum: The rhythm of the drum is the heartbeat of Mother Earth. It is between the beats that Spirit resides. It is the symbolic shamanic steed sounding its hooves as it carries the practitioner into their shamanic journey to explore other dimensions. The drum is the thunder of life, the heartbeat that unifies us all, the heartbeat of Mother Earth. This instrument is considered to be as alive as the heart of the shaman, therefore it is often named and the sound it makes is its voice. Each sacred drum has its own spirit that resides within it, it is more than a tool, it lives. The name for the drum is usually given through Spirit in journey work or meditation; however, some will choose a name for it themselves. Even if the name is chosen freely, I believe Spirit guides that naming. There are several types of drums; some of the more common being the hand, single head, double head, or water drum. The rhythm of the drum is up to you to find. Matching it to your heartbeat, or intuitively following a pattern you associate with a particular animal will help carry you into your journey. Certain rituals and dances do have their traditional rhythms among various cultures, but there is nothing to say that you cannot create a rhythm that suits you in private practice. Beginning with a steady beat or count will lead you into your rhythm when you focus on your purpose.

Eye: Represents the trance state, the spiritual eye often called the Third Eye, or spirits watching over a locale.

Fans: Fans are made from many different types of feathers. Each species of bird represents specific qualities that the fan possesses. They can be created for the use of individual feathers (sometimes using feathers from more than one bird), or by using a wing or tail. Each fan will have its own purpose which can include healing, smudging, summoning, consecration, or a tool for shapeshifting.

Feathers: Sacred symbols of the essence of the creature from which they come and the attributes are applied to the use of the feather respectively. Feathers are considered sacred keepers and hold a portion of its life force and powers. Eagle feathers are a symbol of the Great Spirit and shamanic union with it. They are used for clearing the energy of an individual, for healing, and to represent the power of life. Hawk feathers are used when messages are being sought, for sweat lodge ceremonies, and for smudging. Raven feathers are used for journey work and enlightenment. Owl feathers are used to discover hidden knowledge, rites that revolve around death, and for seeking wisdom. Turkey feathers are used when giving thanks or as a substitution for the lack of another feather. Buzzard or Vulture feathers are used to banish negative energies and spirits. Whatever the quality of the bird, that same attribute is applied to the use of its feathers.

Flute: The flute calls up the inner spirit of the individual and can be used to call in other spirits as well. It is generally related to one's personal power and carries the message of the heart to Spirit.

Flying Buck: Symbol of shamanic flight, often referred to as the trance buck. It is depicted as a creature that is flying through the air. Generally it is seen as a deer, antelope, gazelle, or similar animal. It is symbolic of the shamanic state of trance, out-of-body flight, or shamanic journey.

Fossil: Preserved cosmic and physical truths that are unchanging.

Ghost: In shamanic terms it is a spirit helper or representation of spiritual protection. It may address a guide or teacher as well as a spiritual healer from another dimension. The face of a ghost may address the relationship of rebirth in some form depending upon its use.

Giants: One who is greatly idolized or feared depending on circumstances. Can warn against speculative ventures for the short term. To meet one boldly indicates future success. Killing one means increase in material things. Seeing one trample over others indicates obstacles you can overcome through perseverance.

Gold: Reflects the good, purity, positive aspects of the way it is used. Symbolic of the Sun.

Golden Ratio: (0),1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89,144,233,377... The Golden Ratio of 1.618 is derived from the Fibonacci Sequence (above). The Fibonacci Sequence is found by starting with one. The next number is the sum of the two numbers that immediately preceded it: Starting with 1, 0 1=1, 1 1=2, 1 2=3, and so on. The Golden Ratio is found by dividing any number in the Fibonacci Sequence by the number preceding it. At first the ratio is not quite exact, but eventually it plateaus at 1.618: 5/3=1.666; 13/8=1.625; 89/55=1.618; 377/233=1.618... This number is not only significant in regard to the Fibonacci Sequence, however. When a rectangle with sides measuring lengths of successive numbers in the Fibonacci Sequence (233 and 144, for example) is divided to make a square, it creates a new rectangle with sides that have a ratio of 1.618, which can then be divided to make a new rectangle with sides in a ratio of 1.618... Connecting the dividing points then creates the Golden Spiral. The Golden Spiral is found in everything from the arms of spiral galaxies to the pattern of leaves on a sunflower stem to the shape of a nautilus shell. It is even postulated to be the measure of the spiral in strands of DNA. In terms of sacred geometry, even buildings of great antiquity demonstrate the Golden Ratio. In the Great Pyramid, the shape of the King's Chamber is a Golden Rectangle. Some contend this to be coincidence -- a product of the natural stability of shapes that exhibit the Golden Ratio. That may satisfy some that the pyramid builders had no knowledge of the Golden Ratio, but it also denotes the inherent sacristy of the number, that it should be the best ratio for all structures, complex or otherwise. The Golden Ratio is truly the Macrocosm within the Microcosm; the universe in the shell of a snail.

Gourd: The gourd is a multi-purpose item. It is fashioned into rattles, ceremonial containers, bowls, drinking vessels, and dippers. It can be used as an instrument to feed water to the Stone People of the Sweat Lodge, to serve drink to those gathered at circles, to hold offerings that will be later given back to Mother Earth and the spirits that have been called upon. Gourds are used for implements at the feast tables, and as gifts to share with others. They are painted and adorned in relation to the way they are to be used.

Green: Represents growth and good health or healing. Grey: Symbol of the Void of Spirit. The physical and spiritual center where positive and negative energies are balanced or held at bay.

Grids: These represent the lifting of the veil between the worlds. The very air around you shifts as you enter into a state of heightened consciousness. Sometimes luminous flecks of light will appear, much like watching a television screen when programs have gone off the air. It may appear as a waffle pattern or grid as well as points of light that are free floating. These represent the unseen barriers and the separation or lifting of the veil that is taking place. They can represent the paths on the Medicine Wheel or within the Web of Life too. If found at a sacred site they are a sign of that place being a portal to another realm. Other symbols present would speak of what that realm holds.

Hand: Service to others.

Hexagram: The hexagram is the shape created naturally by bees in the hive. The symbology of bees thus becomes linked to that of the hexagram, and by extension, the number six and the Seal of Solomon (or Star of David). The hexagram -- and resultant star -- is the one of the most powerful mystic symbols. It represents the Sixth Principle: That of a consciousness united fully with the Manas or Universe. It is two triangles overlapping -- the balance of Man and Universe, each with its own triangle of balance. Most often the figure is drawn with one triangle white and the other black, to represent a perfect union of the Spiritual and Material, or the Macrocosm and Microcosm. This is the loss of the Individual within the Universal -- the ultimate goal of all Magi often thought of as "Oneness" with the universe. The "magic" of the sacred number seven -- representing complete release from the world, from consciousness, even from the Oneness of six -- comes only from the power of six. Remember: Man is five, the Devil is six, and God is seven. Man must experience the physical to realize His potential within the Spiritual. Without the physical plane, the spiritual would have no meaning. For this reason, Christian mystics believe, God came to Earth and lived as a Man in Jesus.

Horse: The shamanic steed echoed in the beating of the drum as its hooves fall. The shaman follows the rhythm into trance. In some cultures the head of a horse on the end of a stick or pole is used to ride the circle and bring about a state of trance. Horse also represents "stealing power" and protecting the source of that power as a Stallion protects the herd.

Labyrinth/Maze: Obstacles to overcome. The attitude and success of getting through it indicates the level of struggle in overcoming the challenges before you. If lost and frightened you will struggle very hard, find you are unable to resolve issues, and may need to change directions. These are often strong indicators that you are to attune to your intuitive nature and allow it to guide you through situations. Often these mazes indicate times of serious confusion or anxiety and not knowing which way to go or which turn to take. Perhaps you have too many options and need to begin eliminating them choosing from the least supportive first and narrowing things down a bit. Can indicate puzzles and riddles to be solved. A need to be patient and accepting during a complex journey or undertaking.

Medicine Wheel: (Also see Circle) This represents the universe, the self, unseen worlds, and eternity. It is the Sacred Hoop of Life, opened and sealed to focus the work area, opened and undone when work is complete. It is the symbol of infinity for it has no beginning or end. This is the sacred space of the Medicine Person or practitioner, a place that is not a place, a time that is not a time, a world that is not a world. It can be defined with stones, by drawing it on the ground with the tip of a staff or other ritual tool, by drawing it in the air, using cornmeal, or through visualization. Symbol of the universe in all its dimensions. The outer circle is the presence of Spirit that surrounds everything. The quarters are the four elements of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. The lines between them define the roads of the quarters. Each of the 36 stones of a Medicine Wheel represent an aspect of the powers, seasons, moons, clans, and teachings they possess. It is the symbol of infinity that penetrates all dimensions. Medicine Wheel: Symbol of the universe in all its dimensions.

Migration: Major times of change and/or transition. Moving to a new environment. Collective consciousness and awareness of the needs of the whole. Relocation either physically, mentally, or spiritually.

Mirrors: These are used on costumes to reflect the forms of those present at the ceremonies as a symbol that the individual observing is also a part of the event as the 7th element. In this way all are shown to be connected to the energies of the universe. They are symbols of inner reflection, shedding light into darkness, and can be used as portals to other dimensions. Mirrors have long been used alone or with water as scrying tools.

Orange: Symbol of courage, facing challenges, the energy of the mind.

Pentagram: When drawn correctly, the pentagram represents Man, arms and legs outstretched and head erect. This is the form of the five-pointed star within the pentagram. It is a square representing the four-fold world with a fifth point , the Manas or Spirit/Creator, mid-way to Heaven. Manas is the godhead; the ultimate degree of consciousness; the goal of all magi. The pentagram is thus employed to draw the Manas from around the practitioner: from the Cosmic and Mental planes. It also reminds us that the Manas comes from within us all; from within our minds and bodies. The five-pointed star has always been used to represent these concepts of Individual and Universal Manas and their relations to each of us. It is thus a very powerful symbol for Human potential. Five itself is linked to Man: Five fingers, five toes, five senses, five main appendages. This reminds us that we have something more than the four-fold world around us: A fifth; a quintessence; Manas. In terms of the physical world, the pentagram is again the four-fold world, plus a fifth: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Ether (or Space). In the Tibetan system we find Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Awareness, linking the symbol again to human consciousness and potential. The pentagram may be the most recognized and potent of all sacred symbols; unfortunately, it is also the most misused. When turned with the Manas down, it represents human downfall, linked by some to Original Sin. In this sense, it has become a symbol of evil, which doesn't do justice to the true meaning behind the symbol. When Peter asked that he be crucified upside down, it was in deference to Jesus, whom he saw as rightfully positioned with his head "mid-way to Heaven." By inverting the symbol, Peter was admitting he had not yet progressed beyond the level of consciousness that kept him trapped in the four-fold world. Those who employ the inverse pentagram are thus admitting they lack greater spiritual insight and base their views largely on what the world around them describes. They are admitting to being material beings in a material world, an attribute often given to the Devil, leading to the adoption of the inverse pentagram by Satanists -- those concerned only with physical and material wealth, gain, and stimulation.

Pi: pi=C/D Pi is the ratio between the circumference and diameter of a circle, where in the above equation C is the circle's circumference and D the diameter. It seems that all people with a written language, no matter at what point in history, had at least a fundamental knowledge of pi. Degrees of accuracy have changed over time, but little else about pi has. Pi can also be rendered as 22/7 or 377/120, but is most commonly considered 3.14. Making the number more mysterious is that no one has ever been able to locate a repeating pattern in the decimal sequence. Most decimals repeat a pattern eventually (8.2349574623879879879879, for example), but despite having taken pi out to literally hundreds and thousands of places, no pattern has emerged -- indeed, it is thought to be a truly infinite number. As with the Golden Ratio, with pi we can thus witness the Macrocosm in the Microcosm; the Infinite within the Finite. It also adds mathematical substance to the role of the circle as a symbol of Infinity.

Pouches: Pouches are made for items that are sacred, holding items that will heal or protect, containing offerings, pocket wheels, and any number of other purposes. They are made of skins or fabric, often painted, tooled, or beaded in a way that signifies their use. Bundles are the wrappings used to enfold several items. As an example of a Medicine Bundle's contents, a shaman might include a smudge fan, a bowl, herbs, stones, flags, and prayer ties among other things. These are the items that will be put to use when the bundle is opened and laid out before the individual. The outer wrapping can then be used as an altar cloth or shield. Be it for either a Bundle or Medicine Pouch, the cloth is always one of natural fibers. When a skin is used it is carefully selected for the symbology it signifies as well as the energies of the creature from which it comes.

Prayer Stick: Like the Talking and Listening Sticks used to give permission to speak or as reminders to be silent, the Prayer Stick is used for speaking with Spirit. It keeps the user focused and centered. Adorned with ribbons, etched or painted symbols, and other items, it is symbolic to the individual and can be crafted as they see fit or feel guided by Spirit. In general they are about 36 inches long, sometimes shorter, but rarely exceeding this length.

Purple: Represents the enlightenment and attainment of wisdom received from Spirit.

Rainbow: Represents promise, the coming together of All Our Relations and races to share wisdom and knowledge in harmony.

Rattle: Rattles are used to get the attention of Spirit, enhance a rhythm, soothe the sick, or mark a significant change in ceremony. The rattle can be made of turtle shells, deer hooves, bird beaks, gourds, animal horns, or other items that are tied together. Some are hand held while others are fixed to leather bands that can be worn as leg or arm accessories, tied to a staff, or placed on footwear. They are ceremonial instruments used to summon the attention of the spirit world bringing on trance states while tapping the power of the inner spirit. They are the waking or quickening of changes that are taking place. Rattles are used to carry the rhythms of the body toward healing or movement in some direction.

Red: Symbol of passion, anger, or danger dependent upon how it is used. Symbol of blood and if it is red earth it is seen as sacred to Mother Earth. Can also represent sacrifice.

Ropes/Threads/Strings/Ladders: Represent the pathways upon which the shaman travels to Otherworlds. They are attached to a pole or tree representing the shamanic tree or true center of all worlds and then to the shaman. This allows the shaman's spirit to travel back and forth. These are the pathways upon which the Medicine Person travels to Otherworlds. All are a form of straight lines that can be traversed going and coming or to invite other spirits into sacred space. In the case of the pole a rope is attached to it and the pole becomes the spiritual center of the worlds with the rope becoming a pathway to it. Ladders are symbols that represent a way of reaching the Above World and a path on which to return. The pole is symbolic of the shamanic tree and found in the center of sacred circles, lodges, and the majority of ceremonial locations. The poles are cut from living trees and they are considered to hold the spirit of that tree within them. Sometimes a tree itself will be planted or grow at the center of a sacred site.

Sacred Pipe: Symbol of Mother Earth, Father Sky, the seven sacred directions, and its adornments speak of the powers it holds. Sacred Pipes represent proper prayer, truth and harmony achieved through entering oneness with Spirit. Its shape and style will signify its use.

Shield: The shield has many symbolic uses. They can depict the powers or gifts of an individual; the activity within a sacred place; or express the Medicine of an individual. There are many uses for a shield but it will always tell a tale.

Silver: Represents the spiritual aspects of a given situation or use.

Skull: Symbol of life, the eyes and ears of the spiritual essence from which it is derived. Painted they speak of energies they contain as well as the intention for their use.

Smoke: Symbol of making the unseen seen. Carries the prayers spoken into it to Spirit as it rises. It comes from the elemental Fire and thus maintains its qualities of purification. It also contains the attributes of the wood used to create the fire that produces it.

Spiral: Can represent the cycles and flow of energy or nature. May symbolize interrelationships or two paths that parallel one and other through opposites.

Spring: To dream of the season *out* of season indicates friendly forces where you don't expect to find them, and can indicate a time period pertaining to the message received. The season of creative new beginnings and inspiration, it is a time of preparation for those plans to get underway. It represents birth, conception, new ideas, philosophy, abstract thoughts, the child within, and more.

Staff: Symbol of the power held by the one who fashioned it or carries it. These are usually marked significantly. Stones: With all the crystals and stones there are too many meanings to list here. These range from healing, warding, sending, and receptive qualities depending upon the stone itself.

Summer: To dream of the season *out* of season indicates friendly forces where you don't expect to find them, and can indicate a time period pertaining to the message received. This is about growth, development, trust in oneself and faith. Here we are about to enter into a learning experience. A time of action, adventure and intrigue…as well as caution to avoid mistakes.

Tree: Represents the shamanic tree or Tree of Life, the path of the three worlds: Above World through the branches, Below World through the roots, and Middle World through the trunk.

Tunnel: Symbol of transformation or self-discovery. A new route of discovery, a passage to Otherworlds.

Vine: Represents a situation that continues to grow and may reach a great distance before it is complete.

Web: The symbolic Web of Life linking all to Spirit. The webs we weave as we create the lives we lead. White: Symbol of purity, Spirit, that which is good.

Winter: To dream of the season *out* of season indicates friendly forces where you don't expect to find them, and can indicate a time period pertaining to the message received. It represents old age, the sage, magi, wisdom, sustenance, a cycle of death followed by rebirth. A time to reflect after the work is done, a time of shared wisdom and stories, of grace in the give-away.

Yellow: Symbol of courage, strength, peace, contentment, or challenge depending on how it is used.

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INDEX Page 1
(Divination & Dreams, Guides & Spirit Helpers)
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(Main Section, Medicine Wheel, Native Languages & Nations, Symbology)
INDEX Page 4
(Myth & Lore)
INDEX Page 5
(Sacred Feminine & Masculine, Stones & Minerals)
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(Spiritual Development)
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(Totem Animals)
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