Ani Tsiskwa: Bird Clan Medicine

Wisdom and Folly: Hawk & Crow Medicine for the 144,000

There has been much discussion about who and what the 144,000 are, and many people who are new to the Spiritual Community mistakenly believe that this initial calling is an appointment which confers immediate status.

But, this is not possible here on this planet where we all arrive as fallen angels and must return to our Selves only through spiritual practice, following our Elders’ wisdom, staying close to the child who lives in our heart, and walking softly with our people.

JamesThose who feel called to this idea of the 144,000 are among the best healers, communicators, artists, ministers, teachers, and warriors on the planet.

In classic Crow fashion, the Great Spirit uses that early call to tempt us into all sorts of crazy adventures and challenges here while we are visiting our Mother Earth. These are all designed to teach us to overcome the many wounds that we have agreed to experience during our human lives. (I am greatly blessed (lmao) to carry a great deal of Crow Medicine, and I have shared my powerful awakening experience in this post. Sharing in hopes that it may offer you strength and inspiration along your way. A’ho) – Sits With Crows, Dances With Hawks

Crow In The World

Crow’s child-like joy in the things of life considered “small” by popular culture appears as mental illness by those who aren’t awake.

And, while our visits with Crow are like a great storm while we’re in their midst, afterward – when we receive clarity – we can often laugh at them, and at the very least have compassion for ourselves and the others involved in the experience.

This is the great transformative medicine of the Crow, who teaches us the power of our folly – first to destroy and clean out all that is no longer part of our journey, then to begin the transformation up to visit Hawk who offers us her wisdom.

All great spiritual traditions teach about the importance of discerning wisdom from folly. In the great prophecies and teachings found in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes, we find the following teaching:

1As dead flies bring a stench to the perfumer’s oil,

so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

2A wise man’s heart inclines to the right,

but the heart of a fool to the left.

3Even as the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking,

and he shows everyone that he is a fool.

While these warnings are valid because as we have all seen, a little folly goes a long way, it is important to point out that those on the Red Road will learn to use folly to their advantage. For it is within the realm of folly – the Red Quadrant on the Great Medicine Wheel – that we find Crow and Coyote and all sorts of wonderful creatures who use their trickster medicine in different ways.


The outcome of these adventures is determined by whether or not there is any wisdom – Hawk Medicine – in the mix.

Those people who are drawn to the 144,000 live from the heart – and when we live from the heart (which is on the left side of the body) – it is ever more important that we listen to the voice of wisdom in our right ear. For this is the voice of our Mother Hawk, always watching over us and screeching out her lessons.


When we are on a heart-based Medicine Walk, we begin in the East and walk the circle to the right. We do this so we can visit the house of the Great Spirit and the Grandfathers first. It is here that we receive our highest teachings for the moment in time, and are given the provisions for our journey through our prayers and faith. We begin our walk with Grandfather Bison, who helps us remember what is happening to our relatives around the world, throughout history, and in our own lives.

This is very important medicine as it serves to bring Heaven to Earth through our physical bodies, the choices we make, the words we speak and the thoughts we allow into our consciousness. This balance is reflected in the beautiful relationship between Crow and Bison, who sit at the bottom and top of the Sacred Hoop.


Raven and Buffalo by Craig Kosak.

After walking through the house of the Great Spirit, we move into the Grandmothers’ House, the place of Bear Medicine and Owl Wisdom of the Grandmothers and the Ancestors. This is where we honour our heart wounds, feel the pain and bless and release it.

Then, we move into the house of Red, where the Wolves, Coyotes, Crows, Sparrows and other creatures of Mother Earth are standing by with more lessons about play, humility, community, our physical bodies – the only vessel we have to do the work of the Great Spirit on Mother Earth. And our male relatives who have suffered so much.


Finally, we return to the East where Mother Hawk and our other Bird Clan relatives are waiting to help us process all of this energy & emotional cleansing so we can organize it, understand it, and integrate the lessons back into our  psyches.


The Medicine Wheel is an Ancient teaching tool used by Indigenous peoples of all nations. Native Turtle Island People use the Medicine Wheel to organize and understand our lives and as a visual aid to help us learn and teach our Traditional Culture.

Because I follow Native Turtle Island and Celtic Traditional teachings, I have found using the Medicine Wheel and its many teaching tools along with daily practice – and especially Medicine Walks in my community – are powerful healing forces that help me demonstrate surrender.

As we release our selves to the Great Spirit first and seek protection to do this work, release our pain & forgive ourselves and others, and to humble ourselves to walk with others as we continue to do this sacred work.

This is how we restore balance. And it is balance that will lead  you on the path to reaching the spiritual ideal of being one of the 144,000. There are not very many humans who feel called to this ideal, who can interpret scripture and public sources about this group and make their own decisions about it – and ultimately walk the path.

It is a mountainous path, filled with dips and curves and detours. A rich and beautiful path but a real challenge for those committed to rising ever higher spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally in order to be of service to their communities and indeed, the entire world during this time of profound transition.

Great Wheel

If you are reading this, if you have made it this far on  your walk, we salute you. Keep walking and sharing the light of Truth and the love of the Great Spirit with everyone around you. And, this year – for heaven’s sake – put yourself and your healing first.

We love you all so much, and with special S’gi and Chi Miigwetch to my FANTASTIC ground crew. 🙂

It is my honour to be your messenger.


Bird Clan Messenger 

It is my honour to receive and share these teachings from my guides and the Ancestors. These are messages received and written to the best of my understanding. If I have made mistakes, I would be grateful for your input. If these messages don’t resonate with you, that’s okay. I wish you well. And if these messages do resonate with you  – welcome to the family.

— kandace keithley, namadaki aandeg miimiiwe gekek kwe (woman who sits with crows & dances with hawks) ~ Tsa-La-Gi 

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