Sun Bear Medicine Wheel is NOT the Medicine Wheel of any Native Nation (Tribe),
but comes from a Vision given to Sun Bear by Grandfather.

Third Gift from Spirit Keeper of the East

I l l u m i n a t i o n

Firefly by Rainbow In The 
Firefly 2000 Rainbow In The West Rainbow In The West

Illumination is the gift from the Spirit Keeper of the East that is represented and honored by the third, or inner Stone, of the "path" from the East to the center circle, the one closest to the Creator.

The wonderful mysterious Firefly is the animal totem for Illumination. Watching these magical creatures on a summer evening produces a feeling of awe and wonder, as well as appreciation for the many small beings. Awe and appreciation of all life are important to Illumination. Some Native peoples considered Firefly to be related to the Thunder Beings.

The plant totem for this position is Wild American Ginseng, Panax quinquefolius, another ancient assistant for Illumination. Ginseng emits a slight fluorescence at night, drawing you to it like the inner light of an illumined being. Using this herb helps promote overall good health. It is a healer, calming agent, and strengthener.

Wild American Ginseng 
from 'Spirit of the Forest'
Wild American Ginseng from 'Spirit of the Forest' used with permission

You will show your degree of illumination by NOT harvesting Wild American Ginseng if you find it. This powerful helper plant is almost extinct - from overuse, since it is the root that is used for either cooking or medicinal purposes. Purchase cultivated American Ginseng. This supports the Ginseng farmers, and allows Wild Ginseng to live and repopulate. For more information, please see
Spirit of the Forest. This page will come up in a new window, which you can close when finished reading, to continue your travels around the Sun Bear Medicine Wheel.

Calcite, in all its beautiful colors is the mineral totem you use to help with Illumination. Meditating with Calcite's Spirit, or carrying it in your medicine bag, or wearing as "jewelry", can help you with joy, love, communion, peace, and centering, as well as Illumination.

Assorted colors 
of Calcite from
Calcite rhombohedrons of different colors
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Calcite also comes in other forms and colors, including crystals. Please click on the image above to see more images of many of these beautiful minerals. For thorough information about calcite please go to The mineral calcite, a page in Both these links will come up in new windows, so they can be closed if you wish to continue reading about the Gifts from the Spirit Keepers.

The color for this gift of the East is Fluorescent Blue. Whenever you are seeking more Illumination and/or Light, try to use this color. For example, you can use something of this color to focus on during meditation. The vibrations of fluorescent blue are quite strong, so use only what you need to help you with your quest. (Am not certain this blue border is "flourescent blue", am not an artist.)

NOTE: The description of the positions and totems and their meanings given on these pages is meant only as an introduction, and not a complete explanation. Meditate and study further for a more complete understanding.

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