As a mighty inhabitant of the sky, the eagle naturally assumes the direction of the zenith in the six-directional arrangement/set. The raptor's power, strength, and dynamic grace earn it high regard in Zuni culture - the eagle is at once teacher, creator and loyal intuitive. Because of its ability to freely survey the land below from the sky above, the eagle is the intermediary between humans and the great divine. Its celestial affiliation is often expressed in carvings that use white, iridescent, or multi colored stones. The eagle is the messenger to the Creator; he's the guardian protector of the cosmos. The eagle represents conscious enlightenment and clarity; his medicine brings perspective of one's self - enabling vision of situations from all sides.