Earth Medicine and the Medicine Wheel were derived from an ancient source—the Circle of Life and Power, which was the original “Magik Circle” going back to the Phoenicians, the Babylonians and beyond. The sun, with its power as an amazing generator of electromagnetic energy, was the first object to be worshiped. The Circle of Life and Power is rooted in the distant past of virtually all cultures, including those of ancient Britain and northern Europe, in Western esoteric traditions and in Eastern wisdom.

The Circle of Life and Power was the basis of the mystical teachings of ancient Egypt and Greece; it was the basis for the Zodiac in Sun astrology, the Cycle of the Year in Chinese astrology, the circular oracle of the I Ching and the Ki oracle of the Japanese. The Circle was present as the mystical Cauldron of Cerridwin in ancient Britain, at the Round Table of the legendary King Arthur, as the Chalice of the Holy Grail, at the Sacred Circle of Pagans and the Wheel of the Year of the Caucasian peoples of the North.

Similarities between the Zodiac and Medicine Wheel

Both the Zodiac and Medicine Wheel are based on an understanding of complex natural phenomenon—be it on earth or in the cosmos. While Sun astrology is founded on the principle, “As Above, So Below,” the Medicine Wheel is based on another ancient concept—“As Within, So Without.”

Like the Medicine Wheel, the Zodiac is divided into twelve sections to reveal the sun signs. The divisions are exactly the same in both systems; both begin with March 21— the Spring Equinox. The Medicine Wheel and Western Astrology both employ the use of the elements—earth, air, water and fire—and the elements are the same in both systems.

When we look at the parallels that exist between the two systems we see their common origins:

Birth Date, Astrological Zodiac Sign, Birth and Animal Totem, Element Common to Zodiac and Medicine Wheel, Yin (-) or Yang (+), Element based on Season

March 21-April 19
Aries
Falcon
Fire (+)
Fire (+)

April 20-May 20
Taurus
Beaver
Earth (-)
Fire (+)

May 21-June 20
Gemini
Deer
Air (+)
Fire (+)

June 21-July 21
Cancer
Woodpecker
Water (-)
Water (-)

July 22-August 21
Leo
Salmon
Fire (+)
Water (-)

August 22-September 21
Virgo
Brown Bear
Earth (-)
Water (-)

September 22-October 22
Libra
Crow
Air (+)
Earth (-)

October 23-November 22
Scorpio
Snake
Water (-)
Earth (-)

November 23-December 21
Sagittarius
Owl
Fire (+)
Earth (-)

December 22-January 19
Capricorn
Goose
Earth (-)
Air (+)

January 20-February 18
Aquarius
Otter
Air (+)
Air (+)

February 19-March 20
Pisces
Wolf
Water (-)
Air (+)

Excerpt from the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet, copyright 2007

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