FEATHERED SERPENT MEDICINE
"Man (woman) is superior to the stars if he (she) lives
in the power of superior wisdom. Such a person being the master over heaven and
earth by means of his (her) will is a magus and magic is not sorcery but
supreme wisdom." -Paracelsus-
The Morning Star represents the light of knowledge as a
counter to the darkness of ignorance. As the Morning Star, I will cast brief
light on the issue of color symbology and the ‘medicine wheel’
Our Feathered Serpent Medicine Wheel is not related to the
concept of the medicine wheel as used by the plains Native Americans. Our term
medicine wheel means a mandala of transformation. Medicine refers to spiritual power. It is a circular imagery
based on the four directions of the earth that provides a visual guide to personal
transformation. It is not connected with any one culture.
Our Feathered Serpent Medicine Wheel uses the following
- Red in
in the South
in the West
in the North
This color symbology is ‘First Knowledge.’ It
reflects humanity’s relationship to nature, spirit and each person’s
journey through life. From our perspective as Divine Human Beings, it portrays
the suns journey through the heavens.
To many indigenous cultures, red represents blood, spirit
and life whereas black represents death, the Underworld and matter. These two
colors represent the east and the west of our medicine wheel whereas red in the
east represents birth and black in the west symbolizes death. The sun rises in
the east, travels through the south (at noon the sun is due south) and sets in
the West. Invisible to humans, the sun continues on through the north direction
to be re-born once again in the east.
This journey of the sun reflects our journey of existence.
We are born, we grow, and we die and return to the heavens to be re-incarnated
— to be re-born once again. East is birth (where the sun is born), south
is growth, west is death (where the sun dies) and the north is the place of
heavenly beings, the ancestors and wisdom. It is the place where our soul rests
in metaphoric terms.
The north is symbolized by the color white. Interestingly
enough, people that have had near-death experiences tell about following or
seeing the ‘white’ light. From a spiritual standpoint, white
symbolizes wisdom. Wisdom only occurs after the experience of
knowledge—an aspect of growing.
I’ve come across one medicine wheel where the north direction
is symbolized by red. This doesn't seem to make sense based on natures flow of life. Colors are life and their symbology is the gist of life. Colors bring
understanding and structure. We once had a person on one of our journeys who
felt they were an alien and to them red meant ‘go’ and green meant ‘stop.’
Well, maybe that will work on their planet, but here on earth, it’s a
good way to be killed by ‘going through that red light.’
These colors resonate with my heart and mind—they make
sense to me; they are my truth. However, we are not alone in using this color
symbology for our Feathered Serpent Medicine Wheel. These are also the colors
of the Inca medicine wheel, the Mesoamerican medicine wheel and the colors used
by the great Lakota prophet Black Elk. And to the Northwest Coast First People
(Salish), red represents east and black represents the west.
JC Husfelt, D.D.