In the Sun Bear Medicine Wheel the Stone honoring Purity is the Third Stone in the path from the Spirit Keeper of the North to the Center Circle and Creator. In your Wheel building ceremony, when you have placed this Stone, your Medicine Wheel is complete. Complete your ceremony with Drumming, Singing, and Prayers, in whatever way you are led by Grandfather and your guardian Spirits, whether you build your Wheel alone, with Family, or with a Group. There are excellent directions/suggestions on this in Dancing With The Wheel, by Sun Bear and Wabun Wind.
The animal Spirit for the Gift of Purity is Dolphin.
Dolphin is an oxygen breathing mammal, who gives live birth to young after a preganancy of 11 or 12 months, whose brain is equal in size to, or larger than, man's, and who spends his entire life in the water - mainly the oceans of Mother Earth. Dolphins are of the scientific family Delphinidae. They are related to Whale, but are generally smaller, and have well-defined, beaklike snouts and conical teeth. Dolphins have a very close-knit society, are very affectionate and family loving. They live in groups of varying size, anywhere from a few members to (it is estimated) tens of thousands of members. They locate food (fish and squid) and objects by using the returning echoes from high-frequency clicks they send out that bounce off prey and other objects. Called echolocation. They appear to communicate by sounds that seem like whistles and squeals to humans, as well as with sounds that are beyond our hearing range.
In the process of looking around the Internet for information on Dolphin, I found
two sites worth recommending (am sure there are lots of others too!). One is David's Dolphin
Images. He loves both Dolphins and photography and has some excellent
photos. The second site, Regina Blackstock's Dolphins
and Man.....Equals? is full of interesting information and stories about Dolphins.
The following two quotes are from her article:
The Plant for Purity is Trillium, a beautiful pure plant of woods and garden. Trillium is Native to North America. There are a number of different kinds. Some of the better known are white wake-robin (Trillium grandiflorum) and nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum) of eastern North America and dwarf white trillium (Trillium nivale) of central United States. The Sweet Trillium pictured above, right, is native to Montara Mountain on the California coast. Certain other Trillium are also known as birthroot and ground lily.
At one time the root of Trillium was powdered and boiled, used as a tincture, tea, poultice, and herbal bath. It was used as an effective pain reliever and to clean (purify) wounds. However, Trillium has become very rare due to destruction of its natural habitats, and should not be used at all until, and if, it has had time to recover and propagate.
Show your respect for Trillium by protecting it should you discover an area
where it is growing. Honor Trillium by asking for its recovery in your prayers, and
by remembering this delicate, pristine, herb during your meditations when seeking
to understand or gain Puity.
Herkimer Diamond is the perfect mineral to help bring us the Gift of Purity. This is a beautiful, clear, natural crystal. It comes out of the ground, or pockets in stone, already formed and faceted by Earth Mother - from only one place in the world - Herkimer, upper New York State, US. To learn more about this very special Stone go to What Are Herkimer Diamonds? on the Herkimer Diamond Mines, Inc site. This page also opens in a new window; you can close it after viewing if you wish to stay at www.ewebtribe.com sites.
Like many other minerals, Herkimer Diamond is also a recorder Stone, with
impressions of the past, present, and future. It can help you to remember past
lives if needed in the purification process; also helps with psychic and prophetic
abilities. Place a Herkimer Diamond under your pillow, or include in a dream
pillow, to purify your dreams. When you are meditating on the Gift of Puity,
this Stone assists you in obtaining Purity of mind, of body and of spirit.
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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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