The Corn Planting Moon (May 21 to June 20) is the
third moon of Wabun, the Spirit Keeper of the East. The
stone representing this moon is placed three quarters of
the way between the eastern and southern stones in the
outer circle of the Medicine Wheel. The mineral totem for
the Corn Planting Moon is the moss agate. The plant totem
is the yarrow, and the animal is the deer. The colors are
green and white, and the elemental influence is from the
The moss agate teaches people in this position to
clearly see their link with the mineral and plant
kingdoms. The yarrow teaches about both cleansing and
strengthening. The deer demonstrates the beauty of grace
and quick movement. This position teaches about beauty in
yourself, in others, and in your environment and teaches
about your own healing abilities. This position will
point out any cutting edges in your personality, the
necessity of balancing time and energy, and your ability
to create. People experiencing the deer position need to
learn to be more consistent, less suspicious, and more
willing to show some of their own deep feelings.
is the animal totem associated with the Corn Planting
Moon. The deer is sensitive, graceful, and alert
creature. His beauty brings joy to all that see him.
Despite some differences in size and habit among
different species of deer, they all tent to range between
two and four feet at the shoulder and between 50 and 400
pounds. Deer have a bleating voice but snort when
excited, squeal when under attack or in pain, and
sometimes have a special bleat with which to call their
fawns. The fawns of all deer are spotted when they are
born, to camouflage them. Fawns are also born without a
scent to afford them greater protection. Bucks have sets
of antlers they lose and regenerate every year.
Deer live in herds, or in small groups with others of
their own sex, except during the mating season when
otherwise friendly bucks will fight using their now
fully-grown antlers. After mating season an older doe
usually leads the herd for the winter. In the spring the
does give birth, often to twins or even triplets.
Multiple births sometimes cause overpopulation. Cougars,
coyotes, dogs, bears, bobcats, forest fires, humans, and
automobiles are the killers of deer. It is estimated that
more than 400,000 deer are killed annually in the United
States on highways and other roads.
Deer were very important part of the circle of life
for many Native peoples. They provided staple food for a
number of tribes who would honor the deer's gift through
ceremonies, dances, and prayers.
To some tribes, notably the Huichol in Mexico, the
deer was the most important of animals. The Huichol
believe the deer represents the heart and is the
gatekeeper to the spirit world. The Deer Dance is the
most sacred dance for the Huichol, one that helps them
pierce the veil between worlds.
Working with the deer can teach you about
adaptability, camouflage, grace, beauty, speed, healing,
sensitivity, alertness, creativity, your heart energy,
and your connection with Spirit.
is the plant associated with the Corn Planting Moon. The
whole plant can be used medicinally. Yarrow is terrific
as a tonic and strengthener. It has been used with good
results for digestive tract disturbances and as a blood
cleanser. Yarrow is an herb that helps conquer the common
cold and brings relief to flu sufferers. It is a good
diuretic and opens pores and helps to eliminate toxins
through the skin. Yarrow is excellent for stopping
bleeding and is a primary herb used to alleviate
menstrual cramps. Externally, yarrow acts as a local
anesthetic and disinfectant. It also helps relieve
mosquito bite, itch, and toothache. Yarrow also aids the
lungs, glands, and bronchial tubes. Being around yarrow
can help you discover the healing powers that flow
through you, as well as your inner strength.
Agate is the mineral associated with the Corn Planting
Moon. Moss agate is an overall healing stone that brings
balance to all parts of the body. It is especially
beneficial to the eyes.
Moss agate has been used in rainmaking ceremonies. It
is a stone that can be used to help create a bridge
between the mineral, animal, and human kingdoms. It can
help you to remove the boundaries between your own mental
and emotional bodies. Moss agate helps you to find truth
and courage within, even in difficult circumstances. It
can aid in alleviating depression, enhance your ability
to dream, and ground and energize you.