FULL MOON
CEREMONY & TEACHINGS

ONWA shares the teachings of full moon ceremony with our very own Land-based Coordinator. The video describes how to prepare, and ways to conduct your very own ceremony at home. The ceremony can take place up to three days before the full moon, or three days past.

Northern lights

First Moon of Creation
JANUARY

Spirit Moon is the time of connection. During this moon, we recognize who we are in connection to our relations, land, water, and all of Creation. In the light of this moon we purify ourselves and prepare for the coming seasons.

 

This moon is also known as the Wolf Moon, Canada Goose Moon, Center Moon, Cold Moon, Greeting Moon, and well as many others.

Bear

Second Moon of Creation
FEBRUARY

Bear Moon represents the time for introspection. We look inside ourselves and we acknowledge the vision quest that we receive. Looking within, we reflect and envision where we have been and where we are going. Then, we go there with courage.

 

This Moon is also known as Full Snow Moon, Eagle Moon, Groundhog Moon, Hungry Moon, Raccoon Moon, as well as many others.

Sucker fish

Third Moon of Creation
MARCH

Snow Crust Moon is a time of reawakening and rebirth. We recognize it as the time of new beginnings. During this moon, we sound out our voices and begin the process of planting the seeds of creation. The snow still covers the earth, but underneath it, we know the world is awakening from its slumber.

 

This moon is also known as the Worm Moon, Goose Moon, Sugar Moon, Eagle Moon, and well as many others.

Bucket of maple syrup

Fourth Moon of Creation
APRIL

Sugar Bush Moon is the time of new life, when all the water starts running and cleansing the earth. This is the time of healing for our relations; the rocks, plants, animals, and human beings. The sap that runs from the sugar bush tree is the medicine we need for the journey ahead.

This moon is also known as Sucker Moon, Pink Moon, Breaking Ice Moon, Broken Snowshoe Moon, Frog Moon, Sugar Maker Moon, as well as many others.

Flowers

Fifth Moon of Creation
MAY

Flowering Moon is the time for healing and cleansing. During this moon, we begin again, acknowledging the time for replenishing our spirit. It is the time we feast our bundles and recharge, readying ourselves for the coming moons. It is when we prepare our gardens for the planting of seeds, knowing what is to come.

This moon is also known as Sucker Moon, Frog Moon, Budding Moon, Corn Planting Moon, Milk Moon, Mother's Moon, as well as many others.

Strawberry

Sixth Moon of Creation
JUNE

Strawberry Moon represents and acknowledges the growth needed to build strong relations with all of Creation. The strawberry represents the heart and working together with kindness and love. During this moon, we turn our focus to growing strong relationships and supporting one another in all that we do.

This moon is also known as Booming Moon, Hot Moon, Mead Moon, Rose Moon, Egg Laying Moon, Hoeing Moon, Honey Moon, as well as many others.

Raspberry

Seventh Moon of Creation
JULY

Berry Moon is the time for fertility, growth, family, and change. We come together to gather berries and medicine to sustain us for the coming winter. During this moon, we act with kindness that reflects the appreciation we have for one another, knowing our interconnectedness with one another and all of Creation.

This moon is also known as Raspberry Moon, Blueberry Moon, Buck Moon, Feather Moulting Moon, Thunder Moon, Salmon Moon, as well as many others.

Rice stalks

Eight Moon of Creation
AUGUST

Ricing Moon continues our harvesting. We gather the rice and medicines that sustain us through the winter. The harvest time reflects the practice of balance, taking only what is needed and leaving the rest behind; knowing we must share the bounty and leaving enough for future harvests. ​

This Moon is also known as Thimbleberry Moon, Blackberry Moon, Wild Rice Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Green Corn Moon, Flying Up Moon, as well as many others.

Corn cob

Ninth Moon of Creation
SEPTEMBER

Leaves Turning Moon is the time of retrospection, we look back to reflect on what we have learned. During this moon, we come to understand change. We bring our family back into the home, and we are thankful for the moons and what they have provided.

 

This moon is also known as the Corn Moon, Changing Colours Moon, Harvest Moon, Barley Moon, Rutting Moon, Yellow Leaf Moon, and well as many others.

Falling leaves

Tenth Moon of Creation
OCTOBER

Falling Leaves Moon is when we gift others with what we have gathered. We are respectful in our giving, knowing the honour it brings. During this moon, we look inward and understand the journey of letting go of what we no longer need to carry.

 

This Moon is also known as Harvest Moon, Drying Rice Moon, Freezing Moon, Ice Moon, Migrating Moon, as well as many others.

Snowflake

Eleventh Moon of Creation
NOVEMBER

Freezing Moon is the time that we come to know the power of spirit. During this moon, we share our sacred teachings and songs. This is the time for rest and reconnecting with family. We begin the winter moons by looking inward and giving appreciation for everything we have received from the previous seasons.

 

This moon is also known as the Beaver Moon, Frost Moon, Whitefish Moon, and well as many others.

Deer fawn

Twelfth Moon of Creation
DECEMBER

Little Spirit Moon is the time of storytelling. In telling our Creation stories we understand who we are and how we came to be. The stories reflect our language, our governance, our ways of being. During this moon, we reflect on our healing, so that we walk our journey in a good way.

This moon is also known as Cold Moon, Long Night Moon, Snow Moon, as well as many others.

Deer buck

Thirteenth Moon of Creation
BLUE MOON

Great Spirit Moon is the time that we come to truly understand life. The winter season is when we tell our Creation stories; how all of Creation came to be, the universal family, the night sky, and about the creation of all our relations. During this moon we understand ourselves and Creation.