When Were You Born? Medicine Wheel – East

Were you born between March 21st and June 20th? If so, you were born into the eastern quadrant of the Native American medicine wheel.

In Native American astrology, your birth date connects you to specific power animal spirit guides who are available for support and help. They also connect the time of year you were born to specific characteristics and energies that are available to you.

For this article, the focus is the eastern quadrant of the medicine wheel.

Medicine Wheel: East

The combined energy for this direction is new beginnings, giving birth to something new, the flourishing of creativity, the wellspring of enthusiasm. Draw upon this energy when you need to transition into something new, need help with a creative project or need renewal.

Golden Eagle

“If you’re learning to meditate, moving from one set of beliefs to another, or simply hungering or spirituality, link up with the eagle. It will help you to reconnect to your personal power.” –Stefanie Weiss, Spirit Animals: Unlocking the Secrets of Our Animal Companions

Eagle can help you when you’re feeling overwhelmed, or facing difficult choices.

It can help you let go of beliefs or habits that no longer serve you and help you to expand your viewpoint.

Hummingbird

If you’ve lost your bliss and need to rejuvenate your enthusiasm, hummingbird is the animal spirit you need. Hummingbird can help you embrace life again when your joy seems to be hiding.

When you are in an emotionally difficult situation, hummingbird can lift you away from it for a time, helping you retreat long enough to regain perspective.

Owl

Owl is the animal spirit to call on when you need inner wisdom or maturity. But not only does it offer wisdom, it enhances vision. It helps you see in the dark, which means that you can see your own shadows and those of others. You can see through the rationalizations, the pretenses, the excuses, to the truth beneath it all.

Use this wisdom with compassion and acceptance to invite others into the light. And search out your own darkness, releasing anything that keeps you from shining your light, fro fully living your soul’s purpose.

Hawk

“If you seek mental clarity on an emotional problem that you can’t see your way around, the hawk will help you to zero in on the crux of the issue and work through it.”~~Stefanie Weiss, Spirit Animals: Unlocking the Secrets of Our Animal Companions

(1) Hawk helps you see things from a new perspective, to take a break when you’re too close to an issue and step back long enough to gain a different perspective.

(2) Hawk can help you learn to trust your own wisdom. If you can hang on to a higher, spiritual perspective, that may be easier to do.

Air Element

This direction is connected to the air element. Generally speaking, the air element is associated with mental activity, with getting organized, with making and keeping commitments, with clearing clutter, with “clearing the air”, finding your voice and communicating your truth, with getting more deeply in touch with your inner life, with your purpose.

(1) This energy is the one you can harness for assessing your life as it is today and deciding which changes you are ready to make.

(2) It also can be used for more clearly discerning and expressing your soul’s purpose. And can help you clear away whatever has been in the way of living it fully.

Wheel Clamping – Like It or Hate It, It Is an Effective Method of Parking Enforcement

When you park your car or other road vehicle it is important to be aware that parking or leaving your vehicle in an unauthorized place whether on public or private property can not only cause frustration, but can also be a dangerous hazard to other road users and pedestrians. We all share this world, and therefore it is important that we not only drive responsibly but also ‘park’ our vehicles responsibly. If vehicles were simply able to park ‘anywhere’, then major issues would result which would negatively affect us all in one way or another.

A wheel clamp is defined as a device locked to the wheel of a parked vehicle to keep it from being driven, used to force settlement of outstanding traffic violations. Wheel clamping is notoriously unpopular with unauthorized parkers in the same way that traffic wardens are.

Wheel clamping came about as an effective means of parking enforcement, to replace the necessity to tow and impound vehicles which can be very costly. When a ticket is placed on a vehicle, some road users simply remove and discard the ticket and refuse to pay. Chasing payment subsequently can be an expensive legal process, and ultimately if someone does not want to pay it is difficult to make them pay in full within a specified period of time. This method is an effective mechanism as it ensures payment must be settled before the clamp is removed and the vehicle released for use.

In Scotland, clamping of wheels of vehicles parked on private land is illegal. It was banned as a result of the case Black v Carmichael 1992 SCCR 709 when this method was used to constitute extortion and theft. In England and Wales wheel clampers operating on private land must now be individually licensed by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

In 2005 legislation came in force in England and Wales to prevent unlicensed companies and individuals from doing this method to vehicles on private land, and specific rules with regards to signage and notifications of parking restrictions were stipulated. It may not be long until wheel clamping on private land is outlawed, and ministers have been looking into this matter over the last 12 months particularly in response to growing popularity of public campaigns.