The Wolf Clan tradition identifies the Eagle as the spirit-keeper of the East on the Medicine Wheel. The gate of the east represents spring-time and new beginnings. They celebrate and honor this space of the East and the Eagle at the Spring Equinox and this time of year.
Many Native Americans refer to someone's spiritual gifts used to heal and bring value to others as their medicine. Animals have medicines attributed to them to honor their essence and to acknowledge the aspects of self and medicines that human beings can awaken and learn from them.
Eagle medicine stems from the eagle's ability to fly higher than all the other animals. This distance allows the Eagle to see things as they are. It can see the forest from the trees. Add to that the Eagle's keen eyesight which allows it to see its prey from such heights. The essence of Eagle Medicine is clarity.
But the Eagle also brings the vision. It's cousin, the Red-tailed Hawk, is seen as the messenger from the other side. This time of the year we need vision to create the focus and discipline to unfold our new life during this coming year.
So this spring invite the Eagle to fly down and pull you outside of yourself and carry you high above all the things going on in your life- so you see things as they are. And ask it bring your vision- so you can walk toward it and recognize the new things in your life that present themselves to you this coming year. All you have to do is ask and be open to it...
About the Author
I, Michael Hoffman, am a licensed psychotherapist, teacher, and author with 25 years experience in counseling and teaching experiential workshops. I have maintained this blog since 2009, and my second book Natural Way of Being will published in 2019.
I offer in-person and video-conferencing counseling, intensive workshops, and online courses to allow participants to directly experience their natural way of being and the life they would have for themselves.