The Native American medicine wheel is an ancient religious symbol. The four bars identify the four cardinal directions. The number four has mystic significance to many of the plains people. It represents the 4 seasons, the 4 quarters of the moon, the 4 winds, and the 4 elements. The outer circle represents the hoop of life, the cyclic pattern of ongoing life and death.
- YELLOW is usually the color of the EAST: symbolizing the beginning of the day and of life.
- RED is usually the SOUTHERN color: symbolizing the noon sun, the good things of life, and innocence.
- BLACK is the color of the WEST: symbolizing the end of the day and of life ... a quiet time of introspection.
- WHITE is the NORTHERN color: symbolizing hardships and discomfort, but allowing also wisdom and tolerance.