So it's good that we are now in the direction West on the Medicine Wheel, because the West is a powerful ally in a world of corrosive bullshit. If there is a single word that defines the Celtic direction West, it is: Great Mystery. Mystery cleans the bullshit.
The world is bursting with forces wanting to shrink our natural immensity - forces that try to convince us we are defined by our fears, lusts, and insults. When we stay small like that, our energy leaks out, and then we are more easily controlled. The most dangerous thing to the ruling powers is spiritually alive, energetically protected, shame-free, trust-filled human beings. This is what the West teaches us to become. This is why working with the medicine wheel is so powerful.
The West is associated with the element water: that element that travels unceasingly between the three realms - under the earth, across the body earth, and into the sky, known shamanically as the underworld, the middle world and upper world, or energetically as the belly center, the heart center and the head center. Water is an image of humility, for it submits to the shape into which it flows. And yet, water wears away mountains and in this way it is an image of patient power- and trust in patient, measured action that results in tectonic change. Water is an image of faith, for onward it flows – continually falling, actually - toward an unseen sea whose song it hears within itself; flowing over and around countless obstacles, wandering, wending and winding, searching for home, drawn onward by the haunting music of the soul. (Like us!) When we feel the powers of grief, joy, awe and intimacy, they are carried by water out of our body and into the world. Water is an image of transformation, for it shapeshifts into ice and steam, wave crest and whirlpool, droplet and tide.
I hope you can allow the West to wash over you, and through you, to live you and heal and cleanse you.