The Four Winds are
different than the Seven Directions (North, East South, West, Above,
Below, and Center or Within), and there are many attributions for each,
depending on the tradition in which you are working. Here are the
attributions of the Four Winds taken from the CD "Journey to the Four
Winds," by Navajo recording artist Tony Redhouse:
O East Wind:
Traditionally, the East wind represents a time of birth and new life
emerging in nature. Imagine the childlike innocence and joy of observing
the beauty around you.
O South Wind:
The sound of rain reminds us of prosperity, abundance and growth. In the
South, imagine the energy for healing and vitality.
O West Wind:
Where we go deeper inside ourselves, relying on our hearts, not our eyes,
to perceive the light that reveals our true self.
O North Wind:
Wisdom. We have allowed ourselves to be like children, to develop our
gifts, to trust our intuition and gain wisdom.
Who controls the voice of the
flute? Remember, you are just one of the many beings inhabiting this
world, including an unseen world, richly populated. There is the Spirit
of the Flute; the Wood; the Spirit of the Flutemaker; the Seven
Directions; the Animal Spirit residing in the Fetish (which you may
experience differently, depending on whether the fetish is facing you or
facing outward); the Spirits of Place (which exist in every place, not
just the "cool" places); the Devas, or Nature Spirits (plants, trees,
etc.); the Four Winds, Ancestors; and a host of others.
While in some traditions, the
Direction you are facing is the Direction you are in, in the case of the
Winds, it is the direction in which your back is facing that determines
what wind is blowing through you. For example, if you are sitting with
your back facing the West, then the West Wind is blowing through you.
What Wind and/or
Direction to choose? Where are you right now in your life? What energy
would you like to manifest in your life? Experiment with feeling into
each direction and discovering the nuances in how you feel, what you play,
think, see, etc., in each Direction. Close your eyes, let each Direction
speak to you and each Wind blow through you, and listen to what each has
to say to you. Be receptive to the gifts each has to give to you, and
remember to say Thank You.
c 2004 Stephanie Baldridge