Medicine wheels, or sacred hoops, were constructed by laying stones in a particular pattern on the ground. Most medicine wheels follow the basic pattern of having a center of stone(s), and surrounding that is an outer ring of stones with “spokes,” or lines of rocks radiating from the center.
Some ancient types of sacred architecture were built by laying stones on the surface of the ground in particular patterns common to aboriginal peoples.
Originally, and still today, medicine wheels are stone structures constructed by certain indigenous peoples of North America for various astronomical, ritual, healing, and teaching purposes. Medicine wheels are still ‘opened’ or inaugurated in Native American spirituality where they are more often referred to as “sacred hoops,” which is the favored English rendering by some. There are various native words to describe the ancient forms and types of rock alignments. One teaching involves the description of the four directions.
Here at The Bunkhouse, we frequently have drumming ceremonies. The center stone of our Medicine Wheel is a rose quartz thought by some to aid in powerful, spontaneous healings.