Medicine Wheel Power Animals

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Spirit Keepers

Medicine Wheel Animal Spirits
Medicine Wheel Animal Spirits. Canva/Getty Collage

The four animals commonly represented in the role of spirit keepers for the medicine wheel are The Bear, The Buffalo, The Eagle, and The Mouse. However, there are no fast rules about which animals represent the directions of the medicine wheel. Michael Samuels, co-author of The Path of the Feather, teaches that all native peoples have different spirit animals and meanings of the directions, encouraging us in choosing our own. Each direction of the wheel offers its own lessons, color, and animal spirit guide.

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Spirit Eagle

Bald Eagle in Flight
Bald Eagle in Flight. Getty / Todd Ryburn

Keeper of the East

The Eagle is the spirit keeper of the eastern direction or air quadrant of the medicine wheel.

Eagle as Spirit Totem

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Spirit Buffalo

American Bison
American Bison. Danita Delimont / Getty Images

Keeper of the North 

The American Buffalo is the spirit keeper of the northern direction or earth quadrant of the medicine wheel.

Buffalo as Spirit Totem

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Spirt Grizzley

Grizzley Bear
Grizzley Bear. Mark Newman / Getty Images

Keeper of the West

The Grizzly Bear is the spirit keeper of the western direction or water quadrant of the medicine wheel.

Bear as a Spirit Totem

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Spirit Mouse

Mouse
Mouse. NIck Saunders / Getty Images

Keeper of the South

The Mouse is the spirit keeper of the southern direction or fire quadrant of the medicine wheel.

Mouse as Spirit Totem