Grouse Spiral Dance

Today on the way to work, a grouse practically ran in front of my car. I had to hit my brakes and swerve to avoid it, and then I thought about it, because I have never seen a grouse in the road before. I wondered what it meant, so I did some research when I have some time at lunch.

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(Photo by Michael Durham)

The Grouse is associated with the Spiral Dance. From a medicine card website:

Many Plains Indian tribes dance the Grouse Dance to honor these birds. The movement of the dance follows a spiral, which is the ancient symbol of birth and rebirth, the ribbed tunnel of eternal return. The Sacred Spiral is also one of the oldest know symbols for personal power. When you think of Grouse medicine, visualize a whirlpool or even a tornado, for the Sacred Spiral will take you to the Center. The spiral is a metaphor for personal vision and enlightenment. Many initiates on Vision Quests paint spirals on their bodies and believe that the Great Mystery will favor them with visions of power and purpose because of this symbol. 

The grouse means much more also. On Totem Talk, a blog, this was shared.

The sacred spiral is one of the oldest known symbols for personal power. Use Grouse medicine to learn about how you move through your world, what kind of energy you send into the universe, and to figure out if your movement is compatible with your desires and goals. Dancing or walking will put you back in touch with Earth and your body. Grouse may then teach you how to notice the energy flows that put you in harmony and balance with body, mind and spirit.

The spiral is a symbol of birth and rebirth the ribbed tunnel of eternal return. The sacred spiral is also a symbol of personal power, personal vision and enlightenment. If you have grouse in your medicine, undertake a meditation on the various qualities of movement within your world.

Ceased all external movement in order to recognize your inner life, it’s an invitation to dance.

Contrary indications: Signifies a dissipation of energy, lack of control and discipline, lack of connection to the source lack of clear intent behind the energy being poured out.

So I’m going to go home tonight, dance a spiral dance near the fire, and think about how my energy is being used, or misused. And the information about getting back in touch with the Earth is very timely, as I’m feeling very ungrounded the past few weeks.




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