Sun Bear Medicine Wheel - Ripe Berries Moon - Sturgeon - WabunWind - Spirituality
Sun Bear Medicine Wheel is NOT the Medicine Wheel of any Native Nation (Tribe),
but comes from a Vision given to Sun Bear by Grandfather.

The Ripe Berries Moon

July 23 - August 22

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Ripe Berries Moon Images
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The second Moon of Shawnodese, Spirit Keeper of the South is the Ripe Berries Moon. The Stone for this position is placed midway between the Southern and Western Stones in the outer Circle of the Medicine Wheel. Iron and Garnet are the mineral totems for this Moon, Raspberry is the plant totem, and Sturgeon is the animal totem. The color is red and this position is influenced by the Thunderbird clan (Fire).
Iron teaches people in this position about their strength and Garnet shows them their heart is the source of that strength. From the Raspberry they learn about their sweetness and the thorns they project to protect this part of themselves from other people. Sturgeon shows them their depth and their need to teach.
Ripe Berries Moon teaches how to work from the heart-center, how to demonstrate affection, how to face fears, and how to develop leadership abilities. This Moon helps develop courage and power. People experiencing Sturgeon energy need to guard against impulsiveness, arrogance, and a tendency to dominate any scenario.

Text by Sun Bear and Wabun Wind, Dancing With The Wheel


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Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrhynchus)
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Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrhynchus)


Sturgeon

You swim up the Red Road,
You know where to go.
I want to swim with you;
I want to Know.

Great strength is yours,
Wisdom, Peace, belong to you.
Will you be my teacher?
I need this, too.

August 1994 by Faye Clark Haynes - Rainbow in the West



Sturgeon (Acipenser spp.)

This genus includes several species. The white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) is native to the North America West Coast, and is a popular game fish. A very long-lived fish, it can reach 100 years of age, and 1500 pounds. It is anadromous, although dams have created landlocked populations as well. The green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris) is native to the West Coast and parts of Asia. These fish spend a greater amount of time in the sea than do white sturgeon, but do not grow as large or live as long.

The shortnosed sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) ranges from coastal New Brunswick, Canada to Florida. It prefers the slower moving nearshore marine, estuarine, and riverine habitat of large river systems. Listed as an endangered species throughout its range, it is an anadromous fish that spawns in fresh or brackish water. Although it is anadromous, it tends to stay closer to freshwater than does the Atlantic sturgeon.

The Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrhynchus) ranges from coastal Labrador, Canada to Florida, and is listed as threatened under the United States Endangered Species Act. These fish migrate extensively up and down the coast after spending months or years in estuaries.

The gulf sturgeon (Acipenser desotoi) is a subspecies of the Atlantic sturgeon. It ranges from Mississippi River to Florida, with reduced numbers compared to historic abundance. It is listed as threatened.


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Raspberry flowers Raspberry fruit Blackberries
Raspberry flowers
Raspberry fruit
Blackberries

The Berry Plant photos are originally from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) botany gopher.  I found them on an extensive Native American Indian Information site. Click on either Raspberry or Blackberry image above to learn more about how our ancestors found these Plant People to be both an excellent food and good medicine. Or see Native Plants --ID's, info (MENU) for links to all her Berry and Plant pages.


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Garnet images
Garnets in situ from
 mineral.galleries.com Garnet - Almandine
from theimage.com Garnet -- Tri-pyrope
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Garnet in situ
Almandine
Tri-pyrope

The image on the left, of Garnets as they come from Mother Earth, is Copyright mineral.galleries.com
Both of the faceted Garnet photos on the right are Copyright theimage.com.  Click on the image of Garnets in situ, or either of the faceted Garnets to access information on this beautiful gemstone mineral found within Mother Earth. Both sources have good articles. I prefer mineral.galleries.com for info, and theimage.com for great images.

Associated with the heart and blood, Garnet can help with free flow of emotions when you wear it or carry it. Carrying Garnet can strengthen you, warn of danger, and/or help you penetrate to the heart of any situation.
Iron is also a mineral totem for Ripe Berries Moon and is good for your blood as everyone knows. Iron can also teach you when to know that the highest good of all concerned is to say "No" and encourage your resolve.


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The Color of Ripe Berries
or a Prize Garnet

This Red represents the life force, strong will; can mean pride, greed, unthinking sexuality, erratic actions. Although this color can augment your energy, it challenges you to think before you act!


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NOTE: The description of the positions and totems and their meanings given on these pages is meant only as an introduction, and not a complete explanation. Meditate and study further for a more complete understanding.

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