So long ago, I came across a native american woman, I have no idea her tribe who was a medicine woman. She 'inducted me' into the tribe and I was given a medicine bag which was stolen and a bag of prayer stones.
This was when I was very very young all I remember is the name symbol on the medicine bag.
What I'm looking for is information to verify the prayer stones. It was a small bag full of small round smooth stones. I was told that if I wanted a message sent to the universe / grandfather / etc I was to take a stone out and hold it in my hand with my thought in mind and throw the stone - the passage of the stone through air would take my message / question to where it needed to go.
I am looking for any confirmation of this ritual and or a point in another direction.
Post by Lone4eagle on Jan 11, 2012 11:52:54 GMT -6
"was a small bag full of small round smooth stones"
It was a bag full of stones. A traditional use could be taking a stone, holding it in your hand prayerfully, even maybe while saying your prayer. Start by placing a stone in the east, then another to the south, moving sunwise as they say, another west, north, finish stopping at the east stone. Additional stones might be put 1 stone halfway between the 4 winds (at SE, SW, NW, NE). Or 2 stones evenly spaced between each of the 4 winds (4 winds are the directions east, south, west, north) to represent the rooted beings, 4 leggeds (walkers), ancestors (2 legged), stone beings, swimmers (water beings), rainbow spirits, earth crawlers, and the winged ones.
A center stone can also be placed in the center or a special type of energy stone on a flat rock, seashell, etc.
A pinch of tobacco is then sprinkled to the ground, starting at the east. It is sprinkled toward the east, rather than straight up into the air. Another pinch is sprinkled to the south, west, north. In the center of the circle, a pich of tobacco is sprinkled on the ground to Mother Earth, then a pinch is tossed up into the air for Father Sky/Grandfather (Great Spirit, Great Mystery).
You might have remembered the part about tossing or throwing up into the air to Grandfather/Great Mystery, in the medicine woman's instruction, if the stones were meant to be used as Medicine Wheel prayer stones.
To Native Americans, this is known as a Medicine Prayer Wheel. Smudging with sage or tobacco is more commonly used, rather than sprinkling a pinch of tobacco, Smudging can be used indoors too while sprinklling a pinch should be done only outside.
Last Edit: Jan 11, 2012 13:13:25 GMT -6 by Lone4eagle
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