Thunderbird, Element of Fire, Seven Center Circle Stones, Sun Bear Medicine Wheel, Fireweed, Lava Rock, Spiritual Support
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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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This page is dedicated to the Element of Fire, whose animal and Spirit manifestation is Thunderbird.

Thunderbird's Stone is placed just barely South of West, in the Center Circle around the Creator in my version of the Sun Bear Medicine Wheel. In Dancing With The Weel, the Stone placed in this position is Turtle (for the Earth Element); then Frog for Water, Thunderbird for Fire, and Butterfly for Air, in that order. But I prefer to place them in the same order as the Moons: each "Moon" is influenced by a certain element, called a clan. The order is Fire, Earth, Air, Water. So that is also the order of placement I use in the Center Circle.



Fireweed, Epilobium angustifolium The plant totem for Fire, is, appropriately, Fireweed. The younger shoots are somewhat like Asparagus and are good used either raw in salads, or cooked in soups. Fireweed "is so named because it is often one of the first plants to appear in a burned-over" or damaged area. It has an extensive root system and spreads quickly, thus helping to heal the Earth in such an area. (Quotation from Microsoft Bookshelf 98)
There is another excellent photo of this totem plant at Fireweed, by Barbara Samuelson.   For a good description and botanical information, click on the picture of Fireweed.

As our totem plant for the Element, Fire, we turn to Fireweed for lessons in healing the Earth, in helping ourselves and others heal after cleansing experiences, and in being of service to all our relations.



LAVA SWEAT LODGE ROCKS, 
7 for the seven directions.
Copyright  Steve Greene.
Used with permission.

LAVA SWEAT LODGE ROCKS, 7 for the seven directions.
courtesy of Talking Bear Creations

The mineral totem for the element Fire is Lava Rock. Lava Rock, born of Fire from the depths of Earth Mother, offers inner depth, evolution and purification to all of Mother's children. When you study Lava Rock and connect with it, you will find many deeper teachings.



The color for the Stone honoring Thunderbird - Fire, is, quite naturally, Vivid Red. Use this color when you need physical strength or need an assist to take action; also at those times when you need fearlessness or warrior/leader energy. Fearlessness and warrior/leader energies are not something one needs all the time. That can get us into trouble!




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