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NATIVE AMERICAN MEDICINE WHEEL
NORTH * WABOOSE
EAST * WABUN
SOUTH * SHAWNODESE
WEST * MUDJEKEEWIS
Text by Wabun Wind and Sun Bear and Cece Stevens
The Earth Renewal Moon is the first moon of Waboose,
The Spirit Keeper of the North. This moon begins at the time of the winter
solstice when father Sun starts his return from his journey South and begins to
bring the warmth that quickens growth in the Earth Mother and all her children.
The stone representing this moon is placed one-quarter of the way to the East in
the northern quadrant, moving clockwise. The mineral totem for the Earth Renewal
Moon is the Quartz Crystal, the plant is the Birch Tree, and the animal is the
Snow Goose. The color is white. The elemental clan influencing this position is
the Turtle clan.
The Earth Renewal Moon teaches you to be as clear a receiver and transmitter of universal energy as the Crystal, as important a communicator of the ancient knowledge as the Birch Tree, and as respectful of tradition and ritual as the Snow Goose. This is a position with the potential for great power. The Earth Renewal Moon teaches you to be fluid, yet proper in conduct as well as clear, adaptable, prudent, and wise.
Snow Goose are quiet, swift and very protective of their family. Snow Goose people are cautious, independent and hardworking. They adapt well to new situations and value tradition over technology.
People in this position have keen vision, are good ceremonialists, and can take large steps in their personal evolution. Snow Goose people need to guard against becoming blocked, against using their enormous power incorrectly, and against being so perfectionist they never have time for fun.
The Rest and Cleansing Moon is the second Moon of
Waboose. The stone for this Moon is placed midway between the Northern and
Eastern stones. Silver is the mineral totem for the Rest and Cleansing Moon, the
Quaking Aspen is the plant totem, the Otter is the animal totem, and silver is
the color. This position is influenced by the Butterfly Clan.
People experiencing this Moon are considered as valuable as Silver, as lighthearted as the music of Aspen leaves, and as playful as the Otter. The Otter position can help you truly to like people, yourself included, and to be more humanitarian in your views. This is a time when you can excel in communication, in developing your intellect, and in romance. The Rest and Cleansing Moon can help you both to develop your psychic abilities and to uncover the clever, bold, humanitarian, and gentle aspects of your own being.
Otters are playful, prophetic animals. Otter people are creative, and logical. They have high ideals and tend to seek more from others than is reasonable. They seek the truth above all else.
Although Otter people have the potential to be noble and loving, they need to guard against dreaming so much that none of their noble ideas ever become reality.
The Mystic * Pisces
The big Winds Moon is the last moon of
Waboose, Spirit Keeper of the North. The stone representing this moon is placed
three-quarters of the way between North and East. The mineral totem for the Big
Winds Moon is turquoise, the plant is the plantain, the animal is the cougar,
the colors are blue and green, and the elemental clan influence is that of the
Turquoise can teach people in this position about the real meaning of value and about protection. The plantain can teach them about their healing abilities, and the cougar can teach them about mystery and the need to establish safe territory. The Big Winds Moon can help you discover your own natural medicine power and the depth of your psychic abilities. In this position you will learn about your deep sensitivity, your yearning for spirituality, your hesitation to express your true feelings, and your need for grounding on the earth.
The Cougar is graceful, has initiative, and loves freedom. Cougar people are generally very trusting, and generous with deep feelings towards their loved ones. Their ultimate goal is to find and keep love in their life.
People experiencing the Big Winds Moon can be prone to moodiness and to melancholy. They need to learn to temper their sensitivity and to have a greater sense of reality.
The Budding Trees Moon is the first moon of Wabun,
Spirit Keeper of the east and occurs at the time of the spring equinox. The
stone for this moon is placed one-quarter of the way between Eastern and
Southern Stones in the outer circle. The mineral totem for the Budding Trees
Moon is the Fire Opal, the plant is the Dandelion, and the animal is the
Red-tailed Hawk. The color is yellow. This position is directly influenced by
the Thunderbird clan.
The Fire Opal can teach people in this position about the need for Water--the emotions--in tempering their fiery energy. The Dandelion can show them the advantages of taking root as well as flying. The Red Hawk can demonstrate the joy of freedom and of a long, clear view. The Budding trees Moon will teach you about energy, intensity, catalyzing change, fearlessness, and optimism. Being in this position will show you your leadership ability, the enormity of our own spirit, and the extent of your clear-sightedness.
The hawk is a messenger of insight, adaptability and openness. Hawk people aim to initiate and lead, and may be impulsive from time to time. They want to establish individuality while still being accepted by the group.
People experiencing the Budding Trees Moon need to learn to channel their energies, contain their tempers, and be more patient with others.
The frogs Return Moon is the second moon of Wabun of
the East. The Stone for this Moon is placed midway between the Eastern and
Southern Stones in the outer Circle of the Medicine Wheel. The mineral totem for
this Moon is the Chrysocolla, the plant is the Blue Camas, and the animal is the
Beaver. The color is blue and the elemental clan influence is the Turtle clan.
From the Chrysocolla, people in this position learn to balance the Earth and Sky within themselves; from the Blue Camas, to sustain themselves and others; from the Beaver, to make all environments as pleasant as possible. This is the position to explore when you wish to learn about stability, the value of hard work, luck, and your ability to create and maintain an orderly and beautiful environment. The Frogs Return Moon will teach you about perseverance, patience, stability, and practicality.
The Beaver is a strong, handsome and proud animal who can be aggressive if challenged. The beaver is an industrious builder with unlimited patience.Beaver people are very industrious and find security through possession. They are eager to discover and possess something which has lasting value.
People in this position need to guard against being too stubborn, overindulging, and holding back all their feelings.
The Corn planting Moon is the third Moon of Wabun, the
Spirit Keeper of the East. The Stone representing this Moon is placed three
quarters of the way between the Eastern and Southern Stones in the outer
circle of the Medicine Wheel. The mineral totem for the Corn planting Moon is the
Moss Agate. The plant totem is the Yarrow, and the animal is Deer. The colors
are green and white, and the elemental influence is from the Butterfly clan.
The Moss Agate teaches people in this position to clearly see their link with the mineral and plant kingdoms. The Yarrow teaches about both cleansing and strengthening. The Deer demonstrates the beauty of grace and quick movement. This position teaches about beauty in yourself, in others, and in your environment and teaches about your own healing abilities. This position will point out any cutting edges in your personality, the necessity of balancing time and energy, and your ability to create.
The Deer can see extraordinarily well, is very strong willed, and graceful. Deer people are great observers, have great intuition and creativity. They try to bring things together and better them through creative actions.
People experiencing the Deer position need to learn to be more consistent, less suspicious, and more willing to show some of their own deep feelings.
The Strong Sun Moon is the first moon of Shawnodese,
Spirit Keeper of the South, and occurs at the time of the summer solstice. The
Stone honoring this position is placed one-quarter of the way between the
southern and western Stones of the Medicine Wheel. The mineral totem for the
Strong Sun Moon is Carnelian Agate, the plant is the Wild Rose, and the animal
is Flicker. The color is pink, and the elemental influence is from the Frog clan
From the Carnelian, people experiencing this position can learn about their strong heart connection; from the Rose, about their ability both to heal and to inspire; and from Flicker, about their desire for self-expression. The Strong Sun Moon teaches about the importance of the emotions and the need for a strong home base. People experiencing the energy of this position are intuitive and wild in some aspects of being, but conservative and home loving in others. The Strong Sun Moon will educate you about the law of relationship and about family, mothering, and nurturing. While working with Flicker you must guard against wallowing in all your emotions and about fearing to take any stand.
Flicker strive to return home after a long journey. Flicker people are home-loving, giving and sensitive. They are also very imaginative and sometimes moody. Their goal in life is to live in harmony with the environment.
The second Moon of Shawnodese, Spirit Keeper of the
South is the Ripe Berries Moon. The Stone for this position is placed midway
between the Southern and Western Stones in the outer Circle of the Medicine
Wheel. Iron and Garnet are the mineral totems for this Moon, Raspberry is the
plant totem, and Sturgeon is the animal totem. The color is red and this
position is influenced by the Thunderbird clan (Fire).
Iron teaches people in this position about their strength and Garnet shows them their heart is the source of that strength. From the Raspberry they learn about their sweetness and the thorns they project to protect this part of themselves from other people. Sturgeon shows them their depth and their need to teach.
Ripe Berries Moon teaches how to work from the heart-center, how to demonstrate affection, how to face fears, and how to develop leadership abilities. This Moon helps develop courage and power.
The Sturgeon is swift, graceful, spontaneous, and determined. sturgeon people make great leaders and are courageous, ambitious and determined to succeed. They want to find purpose in life and to dominate what they do best.
People experiencing Sturgeon energy need to guard against impulsiveness, arrogance, and a tendency to dominate any scenario.
The Harvest Moon is the last moon of Shawnodese of the
South. The Stone Honoring this position is placed three-quarters of the way
between the Southern and Western Stones. The mineral totem for this position is
the Amethyst, the plant totem is the Violet, and the animal totem is the Brown
Bear. The color is purple and the elemental influence comes from the Turtle
The Amethyst can teach people experiencing this moon about good judgement and justice; the Violet, about their ability to penetrate to secret regions of the heart and soul; and the Brown Bear about their capacity for creative curiosity. The Harvest Moon teaches about discrimination, fair decisions, good sense, perseverance, confidence, and the ability to analyze. The energy of this position is one of balance, rationality, and practicality. This is the place on the Wheel that will help you truly understand the concepts of work and duty. In the Brown Bear place you need to guard against being overly critical of others, or cynical about life.
Brown Bear are very observant and sensible. Brown Bear people are intelligent, well spoken and discreet. Their eye for detail often makes them perfectionist. They must cultivate tolerance and optimism.
This is the first moon of Mudjekeewis, Spirit-Keeper of the West, Father of the Winds. The animal of this time is the talkative, social, trickster bird, the Raven; the plant is the mullein; the mineral is bloodstone jasper; the color, brown; the element, air (the Butterfly Clan). People born under this moon, or experiencing its influence, seek to deeply understand the concept of balance in all aspects of life. They will sometimes go to extremes in order to find the mid-point of balance, occasionally confusing others who don't have the Raven's ability to change their minds quickly and easily.
The raven is intelligent, cleaver and mystical. Raven people are peace loving, idealistic and charming. They long for harmony in the community and must stay away from uncertainty and inconsistency.
Raven people are great communicators, who enjoy
conversation for it's own sake. They are comfortable in most situations,
and can help other people to feel that way also. They need to temper their
changeability, and to remember to make important decisions in a timely and
This is the second moon of Mudjekeewis, Spirit-Keeper of the West,
Father of the Winds. The stone honoring this time is placed midway between
the Western and Northen stones in the outer circle of the Wheel The mineral
totems are copper and malachite, the plant is thistle, and the animal is Snake.
The color is orange and the Frog Clan is the direct elemental (water) influence.
Copper teaches people experiencing the Freeze Up Moon about how to focus their energies and malachite teaches them to be more sensitive to all energies. The thistle demonstrates healing abilities and versatility. The Snake teaches adaptability and the capacity to silently travel to places others might fear to go. This is the position to learn how to travel between the different realms of creation and how to become a messenger for the spiritual aspects of life. The Snake position will teach you about the extent of your own energy, your ability to create change, your inquisitiveness, your desire for truth, and your keen sight.
The Frog is mysterious, intuitive and is the epitome of transformation. Frog people aim for satisfaction and thrive on praise. They require great self-discipline and will power to control their harsh natures.
When working with the Freeze Up Moon you must be careful to keep yourself grounded and not to become too suspicious of people.
This is the third moon of Mudjekeewis, Spirit-Keeper of the West, Father of the Winds. The stone honoring this time is placed just before the Northern stone in the outer circle of the Wheel The mineral totem is Obsidian, the plant is the Black Spruce Tree, and the animal is magnificent Elk. The color is black and the Thunderbird Clan is the direct elemental (fire) influence. This is the third moon of Mudjekewis, the time when autumns gentle and changeable weather begins to hint more and more of the uncompromising winter fast approaching.
The Elk is a wise and strong animal which possesses great stamina. Elk people are determined, sincere and understanding. They are also inquisitive, generous and trustworthy.
People born under this moon, or experiencing its influence, are concerned with the welfare of others, and with doing their part to make it a just world. They are insightful people who, in times of self-clarity, can reflect to others what those others need to see. Elk people love to teach anything they have learned to anyone who will listen. If they are sensitive to others they can become master teachers in any field. Elk people have a dramatic flair, and a good business sense that contributes to their teaching ability. They need to curb their competitiveness, and to be tactful in order to be all they can be
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