I have been immersed in the energies of the northern part of the Medicine Wheel in the past few days. The north is represented by the Elders and wisdom. Yesterday, August 17, would have been my Dad’s 91st birthday if he were still physically here with us. Even though he Walked On in 2010, when his birthday rolls around, my thoughts and feelings are about him. And, today, August 18, would have been my grandmother’s birthday. So, I am remembering her today as well.
When my Dad and my Grandmother Walked On, passed away, their spirit selves stepped off the Medicine Wheel. We experience the turning of the Medicine Wheel only when we are in physical form here on earth. This does not mean that we do not remember those that have Walked On and miss them physically. I miss my Dad’s sense of humor and laughter. I miss giving him a kiss on his cheek and the aroma of Old Spice.
I remember my grandmother wearing her Ho Chunk style skirt and blouse with a scarf tied around her head. I remember her voice as she spoke in Ho Chunk. Even though she has been gone since 1973 we remember her and share the stories. You know how those stories go, the “I remember when” stories. For example, I remember the story about grandma when she was the look out to watch for the farmer as my Dad, went into the field to take a watermelon for an impromptu birthday party to celebrate their birthdays”. I am sure we all have “remember when” stories about our elders.
As I sit with my Elderly mother and reminisce about my Dad and her mother, I can hear in my Mom’s voice how she misses them. She is 94 years old. She is at the North of the Medicine Wheel. She recollects the good old days as if they just happened yesterday. This seems to identify the energy of the North as she reflects on those feelings around those memories.
Some may call the elderly time of life as the twilight of life. But on the Medicine Wheel the Elders are approaching the wee hours of the morning just before the dawning of a new day as they move toward the Eastern part of the Medicine Wheel. The movement back into Spirit as they Walk On or rather off the Wheel to go home back to the Creator and into pure light energy.