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Make Your Own Medicine Shield

Make Your Own Medicine Shield

The medicine shield had nothing to do with protection in battle. It was a personal shield which declared its owner’s sacred intentions and “medicine” or inherent power.

As such it was treasured by many American Indian tribes.

The personal shield was made of animal skin or hide stretched over a wooden hoop. Around the edges were attached feathers, fringes, and sometimes other dangling objects. It had special emblems and symbols painted on it which indicated the owner’s special qualities and quest in life. It could show a representation of an animal or animals with which the person was particularly related and which represented his or her principal power source and protection. The colors used also had significance.

Making your own medicine shield can be a valuable lesson in shamanic understanding because it can help you to recognize your own “medicine” power and how also to express it:

You can make your own medicine shield from chamois leather or fabric stretched around a wooden embroidery ring. Your shield is intended to be a mirror of the self, reflecting what you are and expressing in some way the dreams or aspirations you want to bring into being. So it can serve also as a reminder of your mission in life–your soul’s path–as you presently perceive it.

Making a medicine shield is a means of making contact with the Higher Self for the purpose of “dancing a dream awake”–bringing into material reality a ‘dream’ or intention of the soul and thereby fulfilling the soul’s purpose.

The medicine shield is not a static thing. It can be added to, developed, and even changed as one’s life unfolds.

Read more: Spirit, Exercises

Adapted from Shamanic Experience, by Kenneth Meadows (Bear & Company, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Kenneth Meadows. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Shamanic Experience, by Kenneth Meadows (Bear & Company, 2003).

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11:08PM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

Thank you for sharing, interesting info.

11:07PM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

Thank you for sharing, interesting info.

11:07PM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

Thank you for sharing, interesting info.

11:06PM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

Thank you for sharing, interesting info.

2:21PM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

Interesting. Thank you.

2:24PM PST on Dec 29, 2011

Wonderful :) Thanks for sharing this, could be a great holiday time exercise to make one.

3:11AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

Thank you

6:40PM PST on Feb 2, 2011


12:27AM PST on Jan 29, 2011

Thanks for the article.

1:25AM PST on Dec 11, 2010

Thanks for the info.

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