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The Crystal Medicine Wheel

Traditionally, the medicine wheel teaches the way to balance your life. It is worked in a clockwise direction starting with the South, the place of coming into incarnation. Whilst it is always best to work with an experienced shamanic practitioner, it can be used for personal healing and for insight questioning. If working on your own, the most useful way is to sit facing each direction in turn, holding the appropriate crystal and meditating on a question connected to the energies of the direction and how they have affected your life. A drumming c.d. makes the perfect accompaniment.

You can travel the paths between opposite directions to integrate the qualities, such as that between the South East and North West which helps to understand the difference between changes and choices to be made and how you could facilitate them. The crystals act as storehouses for the information and facilitate your journey to the cardinal and minor points.

The Cardinal Points are South, West, North and East and the Minor Directions are South-West, North-West, North-East and North-West. Each direction has its own specific energy and associations:

South: The close-to place

Candle Quartz

Crystal: Candle Quartz
Gender:  more feminine than masculine
Season: Summer
Element: Water – rain, river, ocean, lake, blood
World:   Plants, trees
Time:     Past
Colour: Red (blood)
Human Aspect: emotions, heart, feelings
Human Shield: inner child – wounded child, child’s view
Ally:      Trust and innocence
Enemy:      Fear
Planetary connection Moon
Totems:  Mouse, coyote, snake
Crystal: Candle Quartz


The South is where you are birthed. Placed here, Candles Quartz makes you feel good about yourself and your body, it is useful for those who find physical incarnation challenging. Candle Quartz restores trust and innocence, bringing healing to the hurt child within and helping you incarnate more fully surrounded by an aura of unconditional love. It heals the ancestral line and your own karmic inheritance. Highlighting soul purpose and focussing the life path, Candle Quartz assists in putting ancient knowledge into practice and brings the totems closer. Candle Quartz is helpful in understanding how the physical body can be damaged by emotional or mental distress.

South West: The place of dreams

SeleniteCrystal: Selenite

In the South West, Selenite takes you into the place of dreams and dreaming. It reaches other lives and is very useful for checking on progress made and for accessing the plan for the present life from the between life state. It pinpoints lessons and issues that are still being worked upon, and shows how they can best be resolved.

West: The looks-within place

Crystal: Smoky elestial Quartz
Gender: Feminine
Season: Autumn
Element: Mineral – crystal, stone, etc.
Time: Present
Colour: Black
Human Aspect: Body
Human Shield: Adult spirit (manifestation)
Ally: Intuition, change, death and rebirth
Enemy: Inertia, death, getting old
Planetary connection Earth
Totems: Panther/Jaguar, owl, crow
Crystal: Smoky Quartz


The West is the place of death and going within. In the West, Smoky Quartz teaches you how to leave behind anything that no longer serves you and accompanies you through the gates of death into the otherworld and rebirth. One of the most efficient grounding and cleansing stones available, this protective stone has a strong link with the earth, promoting concern for the environment and suggesting ecological solutions. Alleviating ambivalence about being in incarnation, Smoky Quartz helps tolerate difficult times with equanimity, fortifying resolve. It assists acceptance of the physical body and the sexual nature, enhancing virility and cleaning the base chakra so that passion can flow naturally.

North West: The place of habits, patterns and changes

Crystal: Chlorite Phantom Quartz (Shaman Quartz or Lodolite)

This is the place where the habits of the past must be changed and Chlorite-included Green Phantom Quartz (Shaman Quartz) assists in clearing cellular memory and healing the present-life ancestral line, opening the way for changes to occur. Absorbing negativity and environmental pollutants, it clears a build up of stagnant energy anywhere in the body or environment. This stone can assist with the removal of energy implants, accessing their source in this or any other lifetime. Chlorite has strong associations with nature and with mother earth.

North: The knowing place


Crystal: Quartz
Gender: more masculine than feminine
Season: Winter
Element: Air – the four winds
World: Animal
Time: Future
Colour: White
Human Aspect: Mind:   heart-mind, thinking-mind, functioning-mind, small-mind
Human Shield: Adult – world view
Ally: Balance, knowledge, wisdom
Enemy: Knowledge without wisdom
Planetary connection the stars
Totems: Wolf, horse, buffalo
Crystal: Quartz


Quartz helps you to focus and integrate the four different levels of the mind, facilitating inner wisdom and assisting you to take a wider perspective on life. It enhances metaphysical abilities and attunes to spiritual purpose, bringing about a balance between heart, mind, body and soul. A master healer for any condition, multi-dimensional cellular memory healer and efficient receptor for programming, Clear Quartz works on all levels of being and has the ability to dissolve karmic seeds.

North East: The place of choices


Crystal: Amethyst

In the North East, Amethyst facilitates the decision making process, bringing in common sense and spiritual insights and improves motivation, making you more able to set realistic goals and putting decisions and insights into practice. It assists the assimilation of new ideas and connects cause with effect. Amethyst balances out highs and lows, aiding emotional and spiritual centering.


East: The sees-far place


Crystal: Citrine
Gender: Masculine
Season: Spring
Element: Fire –   6 types
World: Human
Time: Beyond time
Colour: Yellow/gold – the morning star
Human Aspect: Spirit
Human Shield: Magical child – inspiration
Ally: Illumination, enlightenment, beauty, pure pleasure
Enemy: Misuse of power
Planetary connection Sun
Totems: Eagle, hawk, condor
Crystal: Citrine


The East is the place of conception and Citrine carries the power of the rising sun to illuminate your life and recognise the spark of pure spirit within your own self. Lighter shades of Citrine govern the physical body and its functions, and darker shades the spiritual aspects of life.

Citrine helps you move into the flow of feelings and become emotionally balanced. It absorbs, transmutes, and grounds negative energy and protects the environment. It is particularly beneficial for attracting abundance and enhancing creativity.


South East: The place of the ancestors

Spirit Quartz

Crystal: Spirit Quartz

Spirit Quartz is particularly useful for providing insights into problems experienced within a family tightly focusing healing that reaches multi-dimensions and reprograms cellular memory, and promotes self-forgiveness. Spirit Quartz can take you to meet the spirits of your ancestors and those of the planet, and can be programmed for ancestral healing, especially for reframing the past. In past life healing it rejigs the etheric blueprint for the present life, pinpointing significant karmic connections and the gift or karmic justice in traumatic situations.