The Thirteen Moons
Adapted from Year of the Spirit Moons Calendar,
the Anishnaabe Kendaaswin Publishing Company, North Bay, in 1998.
Reference should also be made to Jamie Sams’ book,
The 13 Original Clan Mothers, whose work has reinforced
The first moon of Creation is Spirit Moon, and it is manifested
Northern Lights. It is a time to honour the silence and realize
within all of Great Mystery’s creatures.
The second moon of Creation is Bear Moon, when we honour the
vision quest that it began in the fall. During this time, we discover
see beyond reality and to communicate through energy rather than
The third moon of Creation is Sugar Moon. As the maple sap begins
we learn of one of the main medicines given to the Anishnabe,
our blood, and heals us. During this time, we are encouraged to
lives as we would our blood sugar levels, by using Divine Law.
The fourth moon of Creation is Sucker Moon, when sucker goes to
Spirit World in order to receive cleansing teachings for this
world. When it
returns to this realm, it purifies a path for the Spirits and
cleanses all our
water beings, During this time we can learn to become healed healers.
The fifth moon of Creation is Flower Moon, where all plants display
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 moon
we are encouraged to explore our own Spiritual essences.
The sixth moon of creation is Strawberry Moon. The medicine of
is reconciliation. It was during this moon cycle that communities
their annual feasts, welcoming everyone home, regardless of their
over the past year, and letting go of judgment and/or self-righteousness.
The seventh moon of Creation is Raspberry Moon, when great changes
By learning gentleness and kindness, we may pass through the thorns
bush and harvest its fruit, knowledge that will help in raising
The eighth moon of Creation is the 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
teachings that come from the Spirit World.
The ninth moon of Creation is the Corn Moon, during which time
we learn about
the cycle of life. Each cob of corn has thirteen rows of multicolored
which represent all the spirits waiting to begin their Earth Walk.
These will be the future generations for whom we must prepare.
Falling Leaves Moon
The tenth moon of Creation is the Falling Leaves Moon, a time
when Mother Earth
is honored with the grandest of colours. As all of Creation makes
to her, we become aware of all the miracles of Creation before
our spiritual energies are once again awakened.
The eleventh moon of Creation is the Freezing Moon, a time when
Star Nation is closest to us. As every creature being prepares
coming fasting grounds, we are reminded to prepare ourselves for
spiritual path by learning the sacred teachings and songs that
will sustain us.
Little Spirit Moon
The twelfth moon of Creation is the Little Spirit Moon, a time
By receiving both vision of the spirits and good health, we may
Red road with the purest intentions, and we can share this most
energy with our families and friends for the good of all.
Big Spirit Moon
The thirteenth moon of Creation is Big Spirit Moon. Its purpose
is to purify us,
and to heal all of Creation, a process which may take a three
spiritual journey. During this time, we receive instructions on
powers of the universe and transform into our own vision of the