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The Harvest Moon
The Harvest Moon (August 23 to September
22) is the last moon of Shawnodese of the South. The
stone honoring this position is placed three-quarters of
the way between the southern and western stones. The
mineral totem for this position is the amethyst, the
plant totem is the violet, and the animal totem is the
brown bear. The color is purple, and the elemental
influence comes from the Turtle clan.
The amethyst can teach people experiencing this moon
about good judgment and justice. The violet, about their
ability to penetrate to secret regions of the heart and
soul; and the brown bear, about their capacity for
creative curiosity, The Harvest Moon teaches about
discrimination, and fair decisions, good sense,
perseverance, confidence, and the ability to analyze. the
energy of this position is one of balance, rationality,
and practicality. This is the place on the wheel that
will help you truly understand the concepts of work and
duty. In the brown bear place you need to guard against
being overly critical of others, or cynical about life.
Brown Bear is the
animal totem associated with the Harvest Moon. The brown
bear is the same species as the black bear. In fact, some
females will have one brown and one black cub in the same
litter. Brown bears make their dens in holes, in caves,
beneath fallen trees, in deserted buildings, or beneath
waterfalls. They are generally careful and quiet
creatures. Brown bears are omnivorous, eating anything
they can get their paws on. Among their favorite foods
are honey and berries. their only enemies are humans and
Bears are curious just like their cousin the raccoon.
Bears are slow, deliberate, and pleasure oriented. They
take time to watch and learn from the things around them.
They hurry in the fall when they must eat enough to
sustain them through their long winter sleep. The bear's
hibernation is not a complete one. During the latter time
of hibernation females have their cubs, so they have to
be awake enough to nurse them.
Bears have a cheerful and good nature and share many
abilities with humans. They can stand on two legs and
walk for a short distance. they can climb trees; remove
honey from bee trees; and spear fish, using their claws
To Native peoples, the bear was a very special animal.
In many legends of the animal world, such as the one
telling how the Spirit Keeper animals were designated,
the bear is acknowledged as the head of the council of
the animals. In that legend bear had long been chief of
the animal council but his leadership was being
challenged by buffalo, eagle, and coyote, all of whom
felt they had attributes that wound make them good
leaders. As the debate between advocates of these
different animals threatened the unity of the council of
animals, Mudjekeewis, Spirit Keeper of the West, came
into the council and told the four debating animals that
because of the special qualities each had, each one would
serve with one of the Spirit Keepers. In this way all of
their gifts would be utilized, and the animal council
would stay united with bear, who would also serve with
Mudjekeewis, as the chief. Bear is council chief because
of his fairness, his strength, and his courage. IN most
tribes the Bear clan was either the medicine, leadership,
of defense clan.
From working with bear you can learn about
deliberation, pleasure, observation, slow and steady
movement, fairness, courage, strength, healing and
Violet is the plant
associated with the Harvest Moon. Violet symbolizes
quiet, warmth, and reserved sentimentality. The violet is
also a powerful medicinal plant. both the leaves and the
flowers are good as soothing agents, particularly for
irritated mucous membranes. It is also high in vitamin C.
Medicinally, violet is good for penetrating the blood and
lymphatic fluids, dissolving toxins in those areas.
Violet can assist in healing cancer, and toxicity in the
stomach or bowels. It relieves sore throats, difficulty
in breathing, and helps cure tumors of the throat, ear
problems, and headaches. Violet is good for relieving
toothaches and skin problems. It cools high temperatures.
Violet can be used as a thickener in stews and for
flavoring in hot dishes, salads, jams and syrups. Being
around violet awakens the heart to the fullness of its
feelings and helps you understand the depths of your
is the mineral associated with the Harvest Moon. The
amethyst symbolizes good judgment, justice and courage.
It is a stone that soothes, pacifies, and teaches
discrimination. Amethyst is purported to protect against
black witchcraft, lightning, hailstorms, and
intoxication. It can help you achieve spiritual
attunement as well as a good balance between the energies
of the physical and spiritual levels.
Amethyst can help you understand the sources of your
anger, and thus begin to release it. It also helps to
soothe and clarify the Dream State. Amethyst is a stone
that stimulates nobility and purity within those who
carry or wear it.