day forty-nine. We have our indoor four-legged for our pets and some of us have other winged and 2-legged animals for our companions, but when out in nature we can’t help but notice all the different wild life among us. When an animal crosses your path, it might just be there to give you some medicine. Back in the late 90’s, I was living in San Francisco when I discovered a really cool bookstore that had these Animal Medicine cards, a tarot deck of sorts. It’s pretty simple: you hold the cards asking a question or asking for guidance. You can always light some sage (which is always a good idea), light a candle, do a full “spread”, diffuse essential oils, have some music going on lightly in the background. Anything and everything to invoke you to be in the present moment to RECEIVE.
Yesterday for 11:11, I asked for general guidance and picked the GROUSE medicine card. I didn’t know too much about the Grouse before picking this card, but it’s absolutely fascinating the words in the book that go along with this deck. Grouse is card #34 and the phrase or word is: Sacred Spiral.
Here are the words for Grouse Medicine:
Grouse once flocked in abundance throughout North America, but now, even on the plains, where these birds were so plentiful, there is an absence of them. Many Plains Indian tribes dance the Grouse Dance to honor these birds. The movement of the dance follows a spiral, which is the ancient symbol of birth and rebirth, the ribbed tunnel of eternal return.
The Sacred Spiral is also one of the oldest know symbols for personal power. When you think of Grouse medicine, visualize a whirlpool or even a tornado, for the Sacred Spiral will take you to the Center. The spiral is a metaphor for personal vision and enlightenment. Many initiates on Vision Quests paint spirals on their bodies and believe that the Great Mystery will favor them with visions of power and purpose because of this symbol.
The whirling dervishes of certain Sufi orders are masters of the spiral dance and can transcend to higher states of awareness through the repetition of this sacred movement. It is said that dervishes can travel to the center of the spiral and return with any magical power they choose. In the dervish state, on enters the Great Silence and has direct communication with the Creator. By spinning clockwise or counter-clockwise, the dervish draws or repulses specific energies. Sufi dancing is a system which connects one with the Divine Source through ritual treatment of motion.
If you have Grouse Medicine, undertake a meditation on the various qualities of movement within your world. Begin by visualizing the sun as one member of a huge group of stars swirling in the massive pinwheel shape of the Milky Way. Then draw yourself out of this pinwheel of light and into the spiraling of your own DNA’s double helix, an arrangement similar to a rope ladder coiled like a corkscrew.
Analyze the way you move through your world. How do you picture yourself in the act of locomotion? What kind of reaction do you create with the energy you send into the universe? What words would you use to describe the way you move through both the material and spiritual worlds? In the final analysis, is your movement compatible with your greatest desires and goals?
Many spiritual disciplines ask that you cease all external movement in order to recognize the inner life. Grouse medicine, however, is an invitation to the dance. Grouse celebrates the Divine Source through its sacred spiral dance, and offers this dance to you as a gift. You can spend a lifetime learning Grouse’s lesson on how to harmonize your dance with Mother Earth’s cycles, and how to offer the dance as a creation of selfless beauty.
Find your rhythm. Honor the synchronicity. Spiral into your potential.
Source: Sams, Jamie and Carson, David. Medicine Cards (Santa Fe: Bear and Company, 1988).