Category: Moons of the Medicine Wheel
July 23 to August 22
The Ripe Berries moon is the second moon of Shawnodese, Spirit Keeper of the South. Iron and garnet are the mineral totems for this moon, raspberry is the plant totem, and the sturgeon is the animal totem. The color is red, and the Thunderbird clan influences the position.
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. The sturgeon shows them their depth and their need to teach. The Ripe Berries Moon teaches them 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 the sturgeon energy need to guard against impulsiveness, arrogance, and a tendency to dominate any scenario.
Sturgeon is the animal totem associated with the Ripe Berries Moon. The sturgeon is known as the king of fishes. A primitive fish that has probably existed on the earth since around the time the dinosaurs disappeared, the sturgeon comes in a variety of sizes, but can reach twelve-foot lengths and at least 300-pound weights.
Sturgeons were considered the royalty of fishes among the Native people who lived in the Great Lakes area. In the Ojibwa nation there is a Sturgeon clan that is one of the teaching clans. To the Ojibwa people the sturgeon represents depth and strength.
The European people who came to North America did not have the same respect for this fish. At first they considered it a nuisance when sturgeons got in their nets. Later they almost fished it to extinction when they discovered the value of its roe, which is better known as caviar. The sturgeon is rarely found now.
Working with the sturgeon can teach you about your determination, perseverance, depth, knowledge, generosity, strength, and sexuality.
Minerals: Garnet and Iron
Garnet and iron are the minerals associated with the Ripe Berries Moon. Garnet can help to balance your sexual energies. It is associated with the heart and blood and can stimulate the free flow of emotion in its wearer.
Garnet can help to strengthen those who carry it, can warn of danger, and can help you to lead a good and honorable life. It can also help you penetrate to the heart of any matter.
Iron is good for the blood and heart. It can remind you of the necessity of being tempered by life's experiences. It can encourage you to have a discriminating hardness that will allow you to know when no is the answer that will promote the highest good for all that are involved.
Raspberries, the plant associated with the Ripe Berries Moon. The raspberry itself is a delicacy, and the leaves and root of the plant have medicinal properties. The berries not only delight but also cleanse the system. They can aid in breaking up and expelling gallstones and kidney stones and stimulate the action of the urinary tract. The root is an astringent and has some antibiotic and healing properties. It can be used as a gargle for sore throats. The tea as a compress has been applied to wounds and cuts to slow bleeding. A tea from the leaves can be used to cure diarrhea, cankers, uterine problems, and menstrual issues. Raspberry leaf tea is one of the belt herbal teas for pregnant women, acting as a tonic. A tea from the twigs is good for colds, flues, difficulty in breathing, and for balancing blood sugar levels. Raspberry plants can teach you to find the sweetness within the thorns of life.
The colour associated with this moon is RED. This is the red of the ripe raspberry, the red of the most prized of garnets. It is the red of the life force, the red of strong will. This is a red that can signify pride, greed, unthinking sexuality, and erratic actions. Having this colour around you will increase your energy and power. It will also challenge you to temper your actions with thought.
Source: Dancing With The Wheel
Written by: Sun Bear, Wabun Wind, and Crysalis Mulligan
The Energy of The Ripe Berries Moon
Keywords: life lessons, victory, courage
Survival is the theme of the Ripe Berries Moon. No matter what hardships life has recently handed you, this moon signals victory over adversity. Past issues resurface because spirit knows you are now equipped to deal with them. Truths avoided only resurface at a later time. Confront the lesson and release the burdens that stand in the way of your personal fulfillment.
Those born under the Ripe Berries Moon have a very masculine approach, which comes across as incredible strength and stamina. This moon encourages you to explore your softer feminine side deep within, and bring your emotions to the surface. Face them with an open nurturing heart and express them with the strength and stability of the Ripe Berries Moon influence. When you find this balance you will feel and emotional calm and be able to hear the voice of your intuition. You will have the strength and courage to accept an abundant life for yourself. Set an example to others who look up to you. Owning your own power comes from accepting and creating abundance through gentle perseverance and strength of will.
Prayer: Help me to have courage and strength, Great Spirit, to confront lessons as they arise and to accept the rewards for my accomplishments.
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