13 Grandmother Moon Teachings
13 Grandmother Moon Teachings
by Arlene Barry from her series of compiled teachings “Kinoomaadiewinan Anishinaabe Bimaadinzinwin” Book Two, pages 17 & 18
First moon of Creation, and is manifested through the Northern Lights. It is a time to honour the silence and realize our place within all of Great Mysteries Creatures.
The 2nd moon is when we honour the vision quest that began in the fall. During this time we discover how to see beyond reality and to communicate through energy rather than sound.
As the maple syrup begins to run, we learn of one of the main medicines given to the Anishinabe. During this time we are encouraged to balance our lives.
Is when the sucker fish goes to the Spirit World in order to receive cleansing techniques for this world. When it returns to this realm, it purifies a path for the Spirits and cleanses all our water beings. During this time we can learn to become healed healers.
Is where all plants display their Spirit sides for all the world to see. This life giving energy is one of the most powerful healing medicines on Mother Earth. During this moon we are encouraged to explore our Spiritual essences.
The medicine of the strawberry is reconciliation. It was during this moon cycle that communities usually held their annual feasts, welcoming everyone home, regardless of their differences over the past year, letting go of judgment and/or self-righteousness.
7th moon is when great changes begin. By learning gentleness and kindness, we may pass through the thorns of its bush and harvest its fruit, knowledge that will help in raising our families.
When we honour the thimbleberry which produces an abundance of fruit once every 3 years. One of the 1st plants put on Mother Earth, its purpose is to protect the Sacred Circle of Life by allowing us to recognize and understand the teachings that come from the Spirit World.
During this time we learn about the cycle of life. Each cob has thirteen rows of multicolored seeds which represent all the spirits waiting to begin their Earth Walk. These will be the future generations for whom we must prepare.
Falling Leaves Moon
Is the time when Mother Earth is honoured with the grandest of colours. As all Creation makes their offerings to her, we become aware of all the miracles of Creation before us and our Spiritual energies are once again awakened.
Is a time when the Star Nation is closest to us. As every creature being prepares for the coming fasting grounds, we are reminded to prepare ourselves for our spiritual path by learning the sacred teachings and songs that will sustain us.
Little Spirit Moon
Is a time of healing. By receiving both vision of the spirits and good health, we may walk the Red Road with purest intentions and we can share this most positive energy with our families and friends for the good of all.
Big Spirit Moon
The 13th moon purpose is to purify us, and to heal all of Creation, a process which may take a three month long spiritual journey. During this time, we receive instructions on the healing powers of the universe and transform into our own vision of the truth.
Sisters in Spirit Logo
artist Dick Baker
Grandmother Moon is a powerful teaching about Aboriginal women’s special connection to our Grandmothers who have passed into the Spirit world. Grandmother Moon provides us direction, strength, knowledge and wisdom in taking our sacred place in our families, communities and beyond. She teaches us about our sacred role as the life-givers and the heart of our nations – for without women our nations cannot go on. We need Grandmother Moon’s presence in our lives now more than ever, especially for our young women who live in the dark and struggle to live in the light.
You know all women from birth to death
We seek your knowledge
We seek your strength
Some are STARS up there with you
Some are STARS on Mother Earth
Grandmother, lighten our path in the dark
Creator, keep our sisters safe from harm