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.
“Datkaagmin” Thimbleberry Moon
The eighth moon of Creation is Thimbleberry Moon, when we honour the Thimbleberry which produces an abundance of fruit once every three years. It was one of the first plants put on Mother Earth, and 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.
This Moon is also known as Blackberry Moon, Wild Rice Moon, as well as many others.
“Miskomini Giizis” Raspberry Moon
The seventh moon of Creation is Raspberry Moon, it is a time of great changes, family and kindness. By learning gentleness and kindness, we will pass through the raspberry thorns and the prickliness of its stem and harvest the berries. These teachings help in guiding our children, family, community and how we take care of the Mother Earth, and everything that gives us life each and every day. Celebrate the Summer Season and the many gifts that it gives to us!
“Ode'imin Giizis” Strawberry Moon
The sixth moon of Creation is Strawberry Moon. The medicine of the strawberry is reconciliation. It was during this moon cycle that communities held their annual feasts, welcoming everyone home, regardless of their differences over the past year, letting go of judgement and/or self-righteousness. This Moon is also known as Booming Moon, Hot Moon, Mead Moon, Rose Moon, Egg Laying Moon, as well as many others.
Utilize the medicine of the strawberry to reconcile relationships in your life. Regardless of indifferences, challenge yourself to walk in the teachings of love and humility.
“Waawaaskone Giizis” Flower Moon
The fifth moon of Creation is Flower Moon, 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 time, we are encouraged to explore our Spiritual essences. This Moon is also known as Sucker Moon, Frog Moon, Budding Moon, Corn Moon, Milk Moon, as well as many others.
As the trees, plants and flowers begin to bloom, let it be a reminder to allow your spirit to bloom, even during such times as these. As we honour this Moon in Ceremony, now is a time of purification.