In the Center Circle, Father Sun, Mother Earth, Grandmother Moon, and the four Elemental Spirits form the Seven powers (stones) close to Creator, that help to build and maintain our Home. They watch over us, showing us passage ways into the deeper aspects of Self, assisting us to grow Spiritually, Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally, when we earnestly ask and listen. Frog is sixth Center Stone.
Frogs are one of those amazing creatures capable of existing in the water, on the land, and in the trees. They come in many sizes, and a plethora of colors and design. They are the creature who can move between the worlds. It can sit still within the liminal places between the places of water, and the beginning of air. Frogs remind me of the sacred spaces, our ability to move, and even thrive, in the different elements. Frogs are the lungs of the Earth, reminding me of how precious the moist lining of my lungs are to pollution, chemicals and the air I breath, living in an urban centre. Many countries tell have embedded tales and myths of the Frog. There are different shape shifter tales which elude to shape shifting, and the ability to “shed one’s skin” to become something different. It speaks to the relationship between the shaman and the animal world, as well as the relationship between the physical world and the spiritual world.
Much like the physical shape shifter, water is the element of the Between places, teaching us about fluidity – nonresistance. Water shows us how to be open to our emotions. As water flows around rocks, bends, trees etc., it teaches us to be fluid and more in our own emotions. The Mother Moon shows us her influence on water, she controls the ebb and flow of water, if we take this one step further she controls or influences the ebb and flow of our own life river meaning our blood. Open ourselves to water and trust the Spirit of Water. Water teaches us to move within and have faith and trust. I trust that we, like water, are a part of the whole and we are a small part of something much bigger than ourselves.
Algae, is the plant totem for the element Water. When viewed with a city eye, Algae is pretty disgusting, however without Algae, we as a species would perish within days. Algae is the most important single celled living organism on earth, producing three quarters of the worlds O2. Algae, when seen from underneath, is to see a sight which renews feelings of respect and awe for Great Mystery, Creation, and all we are related to. I have a lifelong appreciation of the gooey stuff, as I spent quite a bit of my early childhood by a prairie lake, with an ample supply of Algae. Perhaps the next time you see some slimy, gushy stuff sticking to rocks, or big, old slimy seaweed, don’t go “Eeeoow! Icky!” Say “Thank You” and take a big breath of oxygen-rich air.
The River rock, the plain river rock, is the stone for Frog, Spirit Keeper of Water. River rock contains energies both of the Earth and of the waters on the Earth. River Rocks have medicine of both these elements. When I use my black river stones to build my medicine wheels, they bring the medicine of Water to those who need it, and the blackness of the soil to plant their wishes, or receive a gift of comfort from Earth. I have a stone tool from a river close to my City, I use in my healing room, aiding in healing, cleansing, stabilizing, or balancing the energy body. Working with River Rocks can release negative patterns, particularly emotional ones. River Rocks are especially potent if you work with them in their natural surroundings. River rocks have often soothed, calmed, and healed me on deep physical and emotional levels. They can evoke change that is concrete, tangible, and unshakable.
OTHER RESOURCES YOU MAY ENJOY:
- Our main Medicine Wheel page.
- Podcast episode on Getting to Know the Medicine Wheel.
- Podcast episode on the Four Directions of the Medicine Wheel.
- Free shamanic music and drumming.
- Or if you’re new to journey work and wish to develop your own relationship with spirit, get started with journey work here.
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