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The Earth Renewal Moon (December 22 to January 19) position on the
Native American Medicine Wheel is
the first moon of the year and the moon of Waboose,
Spirit Keeper of the North. This moon begins at the time
of the winter solstice when Father Sun returns from his
journey South and begins to bring the warmth that
quickens growth in the Earth Mother and all her children.
The mineral totem for the Earth Renewal Moon is the
quartz crystal, the plant is the birch tree, and the
animal is the Snow Goose. The color is white. The
elemental clan influencing this position is the Turtle
The Earth Renewal Moon teaches you to be as clear a
receiver and transmitter of universal energy as the
crystal, as important a communicator of the ancient
knowledge as the birch tree, and as respectful of
tradition and ritual as the snow goose. This is a
position with the potential for great power. The Earth
Renewal Moon teaches you to be fluid, yet proper in
conduct as well as clear, adaptable, prudent, and wise.
People in this position have keen vision, are good
ceremonialists, and can take large steps in their
personal evolution. Snow Goose people need to guard
against becoming blocked, against using their enormous
power incorrectly, and against being so perfectionist -
they never have time for fun.
Snow Goose is the animal
totem associated with Earth Renewal Moon. The Snow Goose,
a beautiful white bird, has been called "goose from
beyond the north wind" because of the direction
these geese go when they migrate in the spring.
Some species of snow goose travel 5,000 miles each
year, flying in a loose V pattern. The snow geese are
very gregarious. It is not unusual to see 20,000 or
30,000 birds all stopping to eat at the same location. At
their nesting grounds they show respect for tradition by
allowing the experienced nesters to have the first choice
of sites. Both goose and gander stay with the eggs.
Snow geese are nitpickers. They will spend hours
picking mosquitoes or other insects off each other. Geese
have much keener vision than humans do. The snow goose
honks but when several thousand geese are approaching,
the sound can be mistaken for anything from a pack of
wild dogs to yapping coyotes.
Working with the snow goose can teach you about the
creative mystery, the universal powers, tradition,
perfection, stability, community, ceremony, vision, and
The Birch Tree is the
plant associated with the Earth Renewal moon. Birch is
one of the most ancient an abundant of trees. Native people used the bark for writing, The sap for syrup and a
beverage, and the bark and leaves for teas and medicinal
remedies. Placing the leaves on hot rocks in sweat baths
creates a vapor that helps to cleanse the body and get
rid of static electricity. Branches of the birch can bee
bound together and used during sweats to thrash the body
helping expel toxins. Birch makes a good tea to treat
skin conditions, arthritis, rheumatism, kidney, bladder,
and digestive problems. Birch brings knowledge of ancient
traditions and lost wisdoms. It opens up all energies so
that they flow well, thus helping your ability to
transmit and receive the powers of the universe.
Quartz is the
mineral totem associated with the Earth Renewal Moon.
Although all forms of quarts can affect people passing
through this position, the greatest effect comes from
clear quarts crystals.
Quartz is a power stone. It is an amplifier,
transmitter, and receiver of universal energy and it is
helpful for transmitting healing energy. It strengthens
psychic and prophetic abilities. Quartz crystal gives
knowledge of your power and teaches caution in exercising
it properly. It reminds you not to be too hard or rigid
in your views and philosophies.
Crystals bring clarity and renewal on the emotional,
physical, mental, and spiritual levels. They energize and
balance the chakras.