The Ripe Berries Moon
July 23 - August 22
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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. People experiencing Sturgeon energy need to guard against impulsiveness, arrogance, and a tendency to dominate any scenario.
Text by Sun Bear and Wabun Wind, Dancing With The Wheel
Sturgeon You swim up the Red Road,
You know where to go.
I want to swim with you;
I want to Know.
Great strength is yours,
Wisdom, Peace, belong to you.
Will you be my teacher?
I need this, too.
© August 1994 by Faye Clark Haynes - Rainbow in the West
Raspberry flowers Raspberry fruit Blackberries
The Berry Plant photos are originally from the <!A HREF="gopher://gopher.adp.wisc.edu/11/.data/.bot" TARGET="_blank">University of Wisconsin (Madison) botany gopher. I found them on an extensive Native American Indian Information site. Click on either Raspberry or Blackberry image above to learn more about how our ancestors found these Plant People to be both an excellent food and good medicine. Or see Native Plants --ID's, info (MENU) for links to all her Berry and Plant pages.
Garnet in situ Almandine Tri-pyrope
The image on the left, of Garnets as they come from Mother Earth, is Copyright mineral.galleries.com
Both of the faceted Garnet photos on the right are Copyright theimage.com. Click on the image of Garnets in situ, or either of the faceted Garnets to access information on this beautiful gemstone mineral found within Mother Earth. Both sources have good articles. I prefer mineral.galleries.com for info, and theimage.com for great images.
Associated with the heart and blood, Garnet can help with free flow of emotions when you wear it or carry it. Carrying Garnet can strengthen you, warn of danger, and/or help you penetrate to the heart of any situation.
Iron is also a mineral totem for Ripe Berries Moon and is good for your blood as everyone knows. Iron can also teach you when to know that the highest good of all concerned is to say "No" and encourage your resolve.
The Color of Ripe Berries
or a Prize Garnet
This Red represents the life force, strong will; can mean pride, greed, unthinking sexuality, erratic actions. Although this color can augment your energy, it challenges you to think before you act!
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NOTE: The description of the positions and totems and their meanings given on these pages is meant only as an introduction, and not a complete explanation. Meditate and study further for a more complete understanding.
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