The Four Directions ~ Lakota Wisdom
The east represents wisdom. The light originates from the east and illuminates everything. It is also the spring when everything, including wisdom, grows.
The south represents generosity. The sun is highest in the south and the season is summer. Summer is abundant and we can show our appreciation by being generous, not only with material things, but also with generosity of spirit.
The west is where the sun sets and the chill of autumn returns. It represents bravery or courage. Courage to face the uncertainty and the unknown as darkness sets in.
The north is winter and cold and darkness. It represents patience and tolerance. We need those virtues to transform the darkness to the eventual light of the east.
The Lakota have three more virtues that are associated with Mother Earth: respect or honor, compassion and humility.
There are 7 Laws that have guided the Lakota People for centuries. They were given to them by White Buffalo Calf Woman:
1. Wacante Oganake: Be generous
2. Wowaunsila: Have Compassion
3. Wowauonihan: Give Respect and Honor
4. Wowacintanka: Have Patience and Tolerance
5. Wowahwala: Be Humble
6. Woohitike: Be Guided By Your Principles, Disciplined, Brave and Courageous
7. Woksape: Cultivate Understanding and Wisdom.