This page is dedicated to Shawnodese, the Spirit Keeper of the South, whose animal and
Spirit manifestation is Coyote. This is the time of Midday and of Summer, times
of warmth; the time of late childhood and early adulthood. These are times of rapid
growth - on many levels. Coyote is the Teacher, guiding us through many lessons
during this time of rapid growth. Sometimes she has to trick us into learning what
we need, but would rather lead us. The animal, coyote, is a wonderful mother, teaching
her offspring what they need to live in harmony with their environment, and so with
Shawnodese, including the Spiritual lessons/gifts of Growth, Trust, and Love.
Shawnodese's Stone is placed due South in the outer Circle you marked out
for the Sun Bear Medicine Wheel. The first Moon of Shawnodese, Strong Sun Moon,
begins with the Summer Solstice, when Father Sun is at his northernmost point.
The second Moon is Ripe Berries, and the third is Harvest Moon. If you were born
during any of these moons, your special Spirit Keeper is Shawnodese. It is important
though to learn to communicate with all the Spirit Keepers and learn their gifts.
|Sagebrush, the correct Sage
for the South
The plant totem for Spirit Keeper of the South, is, appropriately, Sagebrush,
plants of the genus Artemisia, especially A. tridentata, a shrub of arid regions of
western North America, having silver-green leaves and large clusters of small
white flower heads. It is the state flower for Nevada, which is also nicknamed The
Vein of Serpentine (Chrysotile) in rock
[Note: technical Sagebrush information from
Bookshelf 98 dictionary and encyclopedia.]
In our Native tradition Sagebrush is sacred and is used in ceremony and as
a smudge at other times as well. It cleanses your aura, objects, or an area and
Copyright Hershel Friedman of http://www.minerals.net/
The mineral totem for Shawnodese is Serpentine, a common, widely distributed
mineral, composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. It crystallizes and occurs in
two forms: antigorite, a massive variety; and chrysotile, a fibrous variety. The
massive variety has a greasy, waxy luster, and the fibrous variety is silky. Both
varieties are colored light and dark green. In some traditions Serpentine is used
for stings and bites from insects and snakes. Working with Serpentine helps us
learn about ceremony, beauty, energy and action, trust, well-being, growth, and
intimacy. Also, Dancing With The Wheel says it is still a stone of mystery
and is considered the perfect complement to Shawnodese, who brings an air of
mystery even to the familiar.
Here in the Southeast we use the color Red for the
South - like the heat of summer. Red is also traditional for the Eastern Cherokee
and many other Tribes.
Other traditions use Green for the South, since the time of Shawnodese
is the time of growth for Green Growing Things.
Some Northwest traditions use the color Yellow for the
South, especially those who use Red for the East.
Sun Bear's book on his Wheel, Dancing
With The Wheel, lists Yellow and
Green as colors for the South.
Coyote background & graphics by:
Please visit Rain Siverhawk's site.
She has excellent
information for all of us,
especially for those new to the Internet.
Selection of Art and HTML coding
by Star Spider Dancing
Site created October to December, 1998