I had to walk a long time on the Medicine Wheel before I was ready to merge with West. Water is the Element of West. The Spirit Keeper of West is Mudjekeewis, who manifests so beautifully as the Great Bear.
On the wheel the time of the Mudjekeewis is the Evening till Midnight, Autumn, our adult years to elder time. This is the time of slowing down & taking stock of experiences, of going within, like the Grizzly in autumn, of going within spiritually, gaining strength from the knowledge earned; prepare for the time of “winter” or later times.