The element associated with
Mudjekeewis, the Spirit
Keeper of the West, is that of fire position on the Native American
Medicine Wheel. Mudjekeewis, the
Father of All the Winds, provides a home for the thunder
beings. The mineral associated with Mudjekeewis is
soapstone. The plant is cedar, the animal is the grizzly
bear, the colors are blue and black, the season is the
autumn, the time of day is the twilight, and the time of
life is that when we reach adulthood and maturity.
Mudjekeewis directly influences all the moons in the
western quadrant: the Ducks fly Moon (September 23 to
October 23; Raven), the Freeze Up Moon (October 24 to
November 21; Snake), and the long Snows Moon (November 22
to December 21; Elk). The major lesson of Mudjekeewis is
that of responsibility; responsibility for self,
responsibility for the Earth, and responsibility for all
of our relations on the Earth.
It is during the time of Mudjekeewis that all of
earth's children prepare to give their harvest back to
the Earth Mother. It is during this time that the seeds
from most plants fall back into the earth in preparation
for the seasons that will come. It is during this time of
life that people who have been given a vision know
themselves well enough to be ready to share the lessons
of their vision. Mudjekeewis brings the gifts of
maturity, of experience, and of expertise. It is during
the time of Mudjekeewis that people find out what their
abilities and skills truly are and gain an unspeakable
knowledge of what they can and cannot do in life. This is
a time when people are not afraid to say that something
is unknown to them or beyond their capabilities. It is a
time when they have firmly established their habits and
patterns, when they finally know themselves well enough
to relax in life. The West is a time of strength in human
life, a time of balance.
The animal associated with Mudjekeewis is the grizzly
bear, one of the strongest of our bear brothers and
sisters. Like all bears, the grizzly is very intelligent,
cunning resourceful. The grizzly bear is a problem
solver, one that can use hands and heart to find ways to
do things that will benefit both himself and his brother
sand sisters in the bear kingdom. The grizzly bear is an
animal that sometimes inspires fear in humans in much the
same way the truly mature individual can inspire fear in
those who are hesitant about reaching their own maturity.
When people reach the time of Mudjekeewis, they have
established themselves. They have a career, a profession,
family, and a home. They are stable and responsible. They
have reached a point where they are carrying on their
backs not only the young ones-to whom they provide
teaching, leadership, and healing-but also the older
ones, those who are no longer capable of caring for
themselves as they once did. While the time of
Mudjekeewis appears to be a straightforward time, it does
contain a paradox. Although you experience your highest
point of strength, you suddenly become aware of the
little deaths you see around you; although you feel you
could conquer the world, you become aware of your own
mortality and what that truly means.
When you are under the influence of Mudjekeewis, it is
a good time to find out how you can manifest the powers
of Spirit here on earth. It is also an appropriate time
to look within yourself and gain the strength that comes
from true self-knowledge. The time of Mudjekeewis is the
time when you have the freedom and the knowledge to be
selfless and idealistic. It is a time when you can
understand and move between the different realism of
creation, when you can share your strength with others.
When you are experiencing Mudjekeewis, it is important
that you use all the abilities given to you for the good
of the people. This is a direction in which people do
have a lot of power and, as with all power, it can be
used for good or for bad.
The Mudjekeewis position is the place to seek if you
aspire to maturity. The Mudjekeewis position can teach
you about strength, adaptability, responsibility,
teaching, leadership, and power. The Mudjekeewis position
is one that will help you be truly concerned for the
welfare of others. It will aid you in tempering your
passion and in assessing the knowledge you have gained
from life. You should seek this stone to learn the
balance between looking within and acting without. You
should also come to this place when you know what your
purpose in life truly is, but need help in fulfilling it.
Mudjekeewis brings healing to the spiritual level,
healing to all that we consider to be sacred. It is
during the time of Mudjekeewis that we can be most
effective a s spiritual leaders and as ceremonialists. I
t is when we have 4eneought experience of life to share
that we can do the most true teaching. The power of
Mudjekeewis is the power of serving: serving with
strength, courage, grace, and great ability.
The Spirit Keeper of
the West, Mudjekeewis, is represented by the Cedar Tree,
an evergreen that grows throughout the world. Cedar is a
strong plant, one that houses, nurtures, guards, and
protects many of earth's children. Both the boughs and
inner bark of the cedar are used ceremonially.
Cedar is spiritual kin to sage and sweet grass. It is
the third plant often used in the sacred smudge of Native
American ceremony. Any of these three plants can be
burned alone but are most effective when burned together.
Burned as a single smudge (using the leaves or inner
bark) cedar is a cleanser frequently used when there has
Like sagebrush, cedar is a cleansing and purifying
plant. Its smoke has a particularly pleasant pungent
odor, Cedar is like people in western positions: strong
healing agents. In old times cedar bark was also used for
parts of houses, canoes, implements, clothing, and
Whether cedar is tall and stately or short and
scrubby, it is a tree that commands attention and
respect. Its noble look bespeaks age and wisdom. Because
people of the West carry so many of the burdens of
living, cedar can be particularly helpful in keeping them
refreshed, cleansed and healthy.
associated with Mudjekeewis, Spirit Keeper of the West is
Soapstone. Soapstone is also known as steatite and is
composed mostly of talc, Soapstone is found in Norway,
Canada, and the United States. It has a greasy, soft
texture that appears dull or pearly. it got its name
because it actually feels like soap.
Soapstone varies in color from pale green to black,
gray, or white. Less frequently found is a reddish tint.
Soapstone can range from opaque to translucent. It is a
malleable stone with many attributes and uses.
Through the ages, refreshing powders and bath products
have been made from its main ingredient, talc. Because of
its softness, soapstone has been used for carving
fetishes, jewelry, pipes, and ornamental objects. It has
been said that placing this stone in the rays of the
rising or setting sun will enhance and multiply its
Soapstone helps with strengthening on all levels:
spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical. Fetishes
carved from soapstone are powerful allies that can help
keep the spirit clean and the heart true. Soapstone can
be used to stay focused and wash away obstacles that
stand in the way of reaching goals, R also wards off
illness by cleansing away the source of disease.
Soapstone purportedly strengthens the immune system.
It is good to keep other stones or medicine tools on or
near soapstone as it works to strengths and purify them.
For many people this stone can make them feel washed