Edward Running Bear's Four Red Roads Medicine Wheel

Edward Running Bear's Four Red Roads Medicine Wheel
Four Red Roads Medicine Wheel

Four Red Roads Medicine Wheel

The Outer Circle is The World I see around Me.
The Inner Circle - The Sun-dance Medicine Wheel is The World With in Me.


The Sundance Medicine Wheel

Tarot as a Medicine Wheel

Tarot as a Medicine Wheel


      The earliest surviving copies of the Tao Te Ching (Way - Virtue - Teaching) and the I Ching (book of Changes) were found together side by side written on two bundles of split bamboo sticks.  The strings that bound the bundle containing the text of the Tao Te Ching were in tacked where one could make sense of the text in an order that was intended by the author and this book of wisdom we now have and understand today.
      On the other hand with the I Ching we have a book that the unnumbered pages fell apart and the meanings are not clear.  Human for some reason can not abide things that are unclear.  For example, in France a large cave has evidence of early habitation.  There are marking on the walls and the great minds of academia who wish to seem (at least in their own eyes) to be wise speculate as to the great religious significant of what may well be the graffiti of a bored child adding a few marks on the wall with a burnt stick.
       The I Ching came under such examination and fell into the realm of speculation and Divination.
      The Tarot like wise seems to have fallen under the spell speculation and Divination.
       The Tarot has two sets of cards.  One set is memorialized as the deck of fifty two playing cards we have to day is called the Minor Arcana. The other set of twenty to cards called is the Major Arcana become interesting if placed in a circle as a picture of the journey of life

Major Arcana

           The cards of the Major Arcana show us a path through life.  The fool is our selves as a spirit unmanifest setting out on the journey of life. First is the Magician who is one to combine the powers above with the elements below (Earth -Air -Fire - Water) and unlocks the secrets of each to manifest change.  Two such magicians come to mind, The Black Smith taking Iron ore from the earth correctly applies air, fire, and water to make tools of steal and the Potter who like wise changes moist soft Clay to a hard vessel to carry water. The other cards show us others who we meet and also are aspect of ourselves.  An other example of wisdom stored in picture form. In my Medicine Wheel I would place the path around the outer edge of the outer circle. 
      Of interest to students of the Latter-day Revelations of the Restored Gospel are:

Paul writes to the Corinthians

40  There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.41  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.42  So also is the resurrection of the dead.  It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

       Now I refer you to Section 76 of the Doctrine and Covenants for a fuller explanation.

Minor Arcana

        The Native American Sundance Medicine Wheel shows us the Path to know and be with God or Father the Great Spirit of the Above by following the paths of Pray, Study, Sacrifice, where as the Minor Arcana show us the aspects of this life that all emanate from God.

  Passions                     Wealth           Power                       Wisdom

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