way to define a Medicine Wheel is to think of it as a circle with the compass directions of East, South, West and North marked.
The wheel becomes a sacred template or energetic map when we add the layers of spiritual meaning of the compass directions; the cycle of seasons; the natural elements of air, fire, water and earth; the layers of human maturation from birth to death. Native Americans use the
term medicine to signify the spiritual meaning of these layers.
The Medicine Wheel is a tangible tool to help a person to understand how the intangible aspects of life and nature affect them. The wheel can help you to understand how you fit into your community. This is
about a lifestyle as well as a cultural belief system.
There are many deviations of meaning assigned to the wheel components. An example of these deviations is the placement of the 4 elements that symbolize a particular compass direction. It is not
a matter of what is most correct or most incorrect, but rather what holds the most meaning for a particular culture.
The center of the wheel is where the Creator is located. The center is also a place where you can stand or sit with the Creator inside the Sacred Wheel.