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Medicine Wheel

In Native American spirituality, the Medicine Wheel represents harmony and connections and is considered a major symbol of peaceful interaction among all living beings on Earth. A number of stone Medicine Wheels are scattered across the plains of Alberta and northern United States. Some are extremely large with a diameter greater then 12 meters across.

The term “medicine wheel” was first applied to the Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming, the most southern and one of the largest in existence. That site consists of a central circle of piled rock surrounded by a circle of stone; “Rays” of stones travel out from the central core of rock and its surrounding circle. The structure looks like the wheel of a bicycle. Alberta and British Columbia, have two-thirds of all known Medicine wheels (47) which suggests that Southern Alberta was a central meeting place for many Plains First Nations tribes who followed Medicine Wheel ceremonies.

Despite their physical existence, there is a lot of mystery that surrounds the Medicine Wheel as no written record to their purpose has been found. Of the many theories to their purpose, the two learning theories are: the wheels contain significant stellar and cosmological alignments, and/or, the performance of specific rituals and ceremonies that have been long forgotten.

Medicine Wheels are still used today in the Native American spirituality, however most of the meaning behind them is not shared among Non-Native peoples.

Medicine Wheel at Big Horn

We have just begun to unravel the mystery of the medicine wheels, some of which were built at the time the pyramids were being constructed along the Nile River. There are some similarities between the medicine wheels in Western Canada and the megalithic stone rings of Stonehenge which were built at the time the pyramids were being constructed along the Nile River in Egypt. There are some similarities between the medicine wheels in Western Canada and the megalithic stone rings of Stonehenge which were built about 4000 years ago. Such similarities imply to some that there may have been contact between North America and Europe at a far earlier date than the Viking Voyages to Greenland and Newfoundland. Giant stone circles recently found in Siberia suggest a possible inter-continental connection across the Bering Strait land bridge after the last Ice Age.

If you would like to learn more about medicine wheels, please try the following pages:

www.spiritualnetwork.net/native/medicine_wheel.htm

www.shannonthunderbird.com/medicine_wheel_teachings.htm

www.ewebtribe.com/StarSpiderDancing/wheel.html

www.crystalinks.com/bighorn.html

The Rays on the Medicine Wheel are comparable to those on the Medallion of Havati Nui. Each radiating out from a center point within a circle. It is also separated on one side into 4 sections as is the Medicine Wheel, yet also the concentric circles relate to the Medicine wheel as well. (National Museum of the American Indian – Smithsonian Institution)

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