The Meaning of Medicine Bags
A medicine bag is traditionally a small pouch filled with talismans such as stones, herbs, found objects, personal memorabilia, etc. and is intended to bring protection, good luck, and/or for use in healing to/by its owner.
Native Americans have carried these bags for centuries, but in recent years, they've also become popular in our modern day culture, becoming rear view mirror adornment, wall hangings, and decorative displays.
bags are generally worn about the neck or on the belt because in
Native American culture, it is believed that the spiritual power is
best when worn on the body, but now-a-days people feel the spiritual
power surrounds the bag wherever it is.
items need to always remain in the bag, because, essentially, each item
in the bag is a talisman and is representative of sacred power, and is
meant to bring that power and spirituality to the owner of the bag.
Allowing others to access the bag and it's contents, 'steals' the
power of the talismans from the owner.
The painting and the objects tied to the shield, all have their special meanings and qualities which are, in turn, imparted to the owner of the shield. A shield may be decorated with symbols that represent your power or spirit animal, a special experience, a dream or an important journey. It should be considered a prized possession and hung in the place of honor in the home, office, or place of personal sanctuary. In the gallery pages, whenever possible, I will try to relay the message and symbolic significance of the shields that I have created.
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