Inspired from the book, Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s back
A Native American Year of Moons,
by Joseph Bruchac and Jonathan London
The elders say our land was shaped by Oh-zee-ho-so, the changer, who formed himself out of the dust which fell form Creator’s hands and after making the world. He pushed against the earth to rise and great mountains rose up on either side. Then the waters flowed into the place where he stood and made
Champlain, the lake we call Peh-ton-ba-gok, the waters between.
When Oh-zee-ho-zo’s travels on this earth were done, he came back to rest by
this lake once again, making the circle complete. So it is that our own People
of Dawn place one final moon at the end of the each cycle. We call it Kit-chee
Kee sos, Big Moon. Its name is the last in our circle of seasons, thirteen
moons on Old turtles back.
Thirteeth Moon Abenaki
Nature Spirits: house faeries, both of the home itself and of house plants
Herbs: balm of Gilead, hyssop, myrrh, sage, spikenard
Colors: light blue, violet
Scents: wisteria, heliotrope
Stones: amethyst, jasper, rock crystal
Trees: rowan, laurel, cedar
Animals: otter, unicorn
Birds: eagle, chickadee
Deities: Brigit, Juno, Kuan Yin, Diana, Demeter, Persephone, AphroditePower Flow: energy working toward the surface; purification, growth, healing. Loving the self. Accepting responsibility for past errors, forgiving yourself, and making future plans.