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Native American Strawberry Moon ~ June 23, 2013

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The next Full Moon will be June 23, 2013.  The Wabanki, people of the Dawn (most commonly known as the Algonquin tribes) knew the Full Moon in June, which they called the Strawberry Moon,  as a time to gather ripening strawberries. It is also known as the Rose Moon and the Hot Moon.

Your Native American moon sign is reflective.  Because we are dealing with attributes of the moon, the personality type shared below, for people born in June – Month of the Strawberry Moon, will speak to your shadow self.

Most astrological zodiacs are based on sun signs (the position of the sun at your birth).  Sun signs describe how you appear to the world (it fits with the metaphor of the visible sun radiating brightly for all to see upon the earth).

The moon signs are a metaphor – they express shadows, motion, change and soft illuminations of the personality – just like the moon.

Moreover, if you do not see yourself (your personality) in this Native American moon sign for June, that might not be unusual.  Typically, moon sign personality types can hide within us, and need the light of our attention in order to shine brightly out of our shadows (again, just like the moon needs the light of the sun to be seen).

Your Native American moon sign can be determined according to the month in which you were born.  Each month experiences one full moon (sometimes two).  That full moon within the month you were born expresses certain aspects of your personality.  Read your personality type within the month you were born – it will convey unique illumination about yourself.

June :  Strawberry Moon

bfsfullmoon6234You have so many ideas and dreams you have a hard time keeping track.  Within you there is a wealth of genius pertaining to enterprise.  Within the tribe, people come to you for your insight and advice because they know you are ripe with perspective.  Although, your opinions might not be the most objective.  You know this about yourself however, and have a keen ability to manipulate situations because you can see the inner workings and outer workings of a scenario at the same time.  You love to nurture those around you and are particularly doting to family members – especially your children and/or domestic pets.  Your life lesson is about channeling your vast understandings into a specific direction that serves your community.

Full moon falls on June 23, 2013 at 11:32 UTC (6:32 a.m. CDT in the U.S.).  Thus, for many, the moon appears about as full in the June 22 evening sky as it does on the evening of June 23.  This full moon is not only the closest and largest full moon of the year. It also presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013.  The moon will not be so close again until August, 2014.  In other words, it’s not just a supermoon.  It’s the closest supermoon of 2013.

June 2013 presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth until August 10, 2014, at which time the moon will be a scant 5 kilometers closer to Earth.  The full moon will come even closer to Earth on September 28, 2015 (356,877 kilometers) and closer yet on November 14, 2016 (356,509 kilometers). November 2016 will feature the closest full moon until November 25, 2034!

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Soul Mates ~ When The Love Begins

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A Woman’s Worth. Words of Wisdom From the Elders.

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bfswomanThe Elders say the men should look at women in a sacred way.

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The men should never put women down or shame them in any way. When we have problems, we should seek their counsel. We should share with them openly.

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A woman has intuitive thought. She has access to another system of knowledge that few men develop. She can help us understand. We must treat her in a good way.

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When Great Spirit Calls

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Medicine Bundles

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The sacred medicine bundle is the most holy of holiest among all the Native American First People of the plains and most of the woodland and mountain tribes. Stewardship of these bundles is usually vested in a member of a tribal clan or society, although the power of the bundle is believed to be beneficial to the entire tribe or band. The bundles are opened on specific occasions, and according to precise ritual. Each bundle contains a varied collection of objects and representations of spiritual significance, from animal skins and effigies to ceremonial pipes. Most medicine bundles have been passed down from one keeper to another over such a long span of time that their origins have become shrouded in mystery and myth.

A medicine bundle is a wrapped package used by Native Americans for religious purposes. A package of this type may also be referred to as a medicine bag. Medicine bundles are usually employed as a ritual aid in the observance of their religions. The size of a medicine bundle generally varies from 12 to 14 inches in length, but could be larger.

It is usually a collection of various items that might include seeds, pine cones, grass, animal teeth or claws, horse hair, rocks, crystals, tobacco, beads, arrowheads, bones, or anything else of relatively small size that possesses spiritual value to the bundle’s keeper. A shaman’s bundle generally contains more items than a warrior’s or woman’s bundle, and may include such objects as bone rattles, skins from unborn animals, and the shaman’s hair and nail clippings.

The contents of a medicine bundle are generally considered holy by the tribal community, and are meant to be kept secret by the keeper. The contents of a medicine bundle are not meant to touch the ground. This is why they are to be securely wrapped. Prayers and rituals almost invariably accompany the making and opening of medicine bundles, and women rarely handle them, except in certain matriarchal clans. Of course, women might have their own personal medicine bag. A medicine bundle may be passed down as a generational inheritance.

A medicine bundle is considered a very precious possession which represents a person’s spiritual life, and may possess powers for protection and healing. As the owner grows older, more items may be added to it. Personal medicine bundles are usually buried with the owner, or passed on to a friend upon the owner’s death.

Medicine bundles may also be maintained for an entire tribe. A tribal medicine bundle is usually much larger and contains special objects which may only be handled by certain tribe members. It is only opened on special occasions.

As something that holds supernatural items, the medicine bag must also have some power of its own. Medicine items attributed with various supernatural abilities for the bag would often be procured in a tribal custom known as a vision quest. This ceremony includes personal sacrifice: fasting and prayer over several days in a location isolated from the rest of the community. The purpose is to make contact with natural spiritual forces that help or guide people to reach their potential. The spirits, or totems, help the individual to gather these medicine items, increase knowledge and aid personal spiritual growth.

Typical powers ascribed to medicine bags and their items include increasing hunting abilities, aiding one’s life coping skills, healing allies, hindering enemies and altering the weather.

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Now Our Minds Are One.

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GREETINGS TO THE NATURAL WORLD!

The People

Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as People.

Now our minds are one.

The Earth Mother

We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our Mother, we send greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Waters

We give thanks to all the Waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know its power in many forms – waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of water.

Now our minds are one.

The Fish

We turn our minds to all the Fish life in the water. They were instructed to cleanse and purify the water. They also give themselves to us as food. We are grateful that we can still find pure water. So, we turn now to the Fish and send our greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Plants

Now we turn toward the vast fields of Plant life. As far as the eye can see, the Plants grow, working many wonders. They sustain many life forms. With our minds gathered together, we give thanks and look forward to seeing Plant life for many generations to come.

Now our minds are one.

The Food Plants

With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans and berries have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them too. We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and send them a greeting and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Medicine Herbs

Now we turn to all the Medicine herbs of the world. From the beginning, they were instructed to take away sickness. They are always waiting and ready to heal us. We are happy there are still among us those special few who remember how to use these plants for healing. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the Medicines and to the keepers of the Medicines.

Now our minds are one.

The Animals

We gather our minds together to send greetings and thanks to all the Animal life in the world. They have many things to teach us as people. We see them near our homes and in the deep forests. We are glad they are still here and we hope that it will always be so.

Now our minds are one.

The Trees

We now turn our thoughts to the Trees. The Earth has many families of Trees who have their own instructions and uses. Some provide us with shelter and shade, others with fruit, beauty and other useful things. Many peoples of the world use a Tree as a symbol of peace and strength. With one mind, we greet and thank the Tree life.

Now our minds are one.

The Birds

We put our minds together as one and thank all the Birds who move and fly about over our heads. The Creator gave them beautiful songs. Each day they remind us to enjoy and appreciate life. The Eagle was chosen to be their leader. To all the Birds – from the smallest to the largest – we send our joyful greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Four Winds

We are all thankful to the powers we know as the Four Winds. We hear their voices in the moving air as they refresh us and purify the air we breathe. They help to bring the change of seasons. From the four directions they come, bringing us messages and giving us strength. With one mind, we send our greetings and thanks to the Four Winds.

Now our minds are one.

The Thunderers

Now we turn to the west where our Grandfathers, the Thunder Beings, live. With lightning and thundering voices, they bring with them the water that renews life. We bring our minds together as one to send greetings and thanks to our Grandfathers, the Thunderers.

Now our minds are one.

The Sun

We now send greetings and thanks to our eldest Brother, the Sun. Each day without fail he travels the sky from east to west, bringing the light of a new day. He is the source of all the fires of life. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Brother, the Sun.

Now our minds are one.

Grandmother Moon

We put our minds together and give thanks to our oldest grandmother, the Moon, who lights the night-time sky. She is the leader of women all over the world, and she governs the movement of the ocean tides. By her changing face we measure time, and it is the Moon who watches over the arrival of children here on Earth. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Grandmother, the Moon.

Now our minds are one.

The Stars

We give thanks to the Stars who are spread across the sky like jewelry. We see them in the night, helping the Moon to light the darkness and bringing dew to the gardens and growing things. When we travel at night, they guide us home. With our minds gathered together as one, we send greetings and thanks to all the Stars.

Now our minds are one.

The Enlightened Teachers

We gather our minds to greet and thank the enlightened Teachers who have come to help throughout the ages. When we forget how to live in harmony, they remind us of the way we were instructed to live as people. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to these caring Teachers.

Now our minds are one.

The Creator

Now we turn our thoughts to the Creator, or Great Spirit, and send greetings and thanks for the gifts of Creation. Everything we need to live a good life is here on this Mother Earth. For all the love that is still around us, we gather our minds together as one and send our choicest words of greetings and thanks to the Creator.

Now our minds are one.

Closing Words

We have now arrived at the place where we end our words. Of all the things we have named, it was not our intention to leave anything out. If something was forgotten, we leave it to each individual to send such greetings and thanks in their own way.

Now our minds are one.

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Native Blood

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Somewhere a Good Man Must Rise from the Young Ones Among Us

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“Native Blood”, the latest video from San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal legends TESTAMENT, was honored in the “Best Music Video” category at Native American Film Institute’s 37th annual American Indian Film Festival, which was held Friday, November 9, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California.

The American Indian Film Festival recognizes outstanding Indian cinematic accomplishments, and will recognize Native media makers and talent via its American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show. The festival also provides an opportunity for filmmakers, tribes, media and public audiences to come together and share in the creative experience and celebrate cinematic accomplishment.

For more information, visit American Indian Film Institute

TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy collaborated with seasoned director, Mike Sloat to put together a clip that is universal in message while bringing the spotlight to Billy‘s Native American heritage — The Pomo Indians.

The performance portion of the clip was shot on the Billy Ranch in Hopland, California, where the flames were huge and the temperatures were high.

The “Native Blood” video is about the growth of  a Native American youth throughout the years. When faced with hatred, racism, bullying, and harassment, he uses nature’s sanctuary to recharge and meditate on the lessons he learned from his grandfather to handle these very tough situations in a way to honor and dignify himself and his people.

Billy previously stated about “Native Blood”, “It’s almost like a protest song, that the Native Americans have a voice that needs to be heard — that’s the chorus of the song.”

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Connecting With Spiritual Energy

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Our reality is determined by our actions, will, thoughts, sensations, views – etc.  However, for no apparent reason we feel better in certain moments of a day compared to other moments.  We feel good walking in a forest or a park;  sitting in the sun on a beach; we feel good in the presence of a certain person, animal, plant  or object.

Are these situations correlated? Is there a secret logic of these feelings?  Is there an invisible spiritual energy that generates these feelings?

Many scientists have struggled to find the answers to these questions.  But the answers lie not only in science; they are also found  in the ancient wisdom lost for many people.  We all know the answers,  but we have to remember them.

Each moment is unique –  a perfect quantum sensation, an immense burst of energy.  It  is like  a rainbow reflected into a soap bubble on  a sunny day.  Our Universe was created in a moment of energy smaller than an atom.

This Energy that we, as people,  can feel and harvest through our own energy channels –  consciously and unconsciously, is what is  giving us the evolution, good feelings, joy, happiness and fufilment.

CLICK  {HEREto read more about Harvesting Spiritual Energy.

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Full Moon ~ May 5, 2012

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FROM | L.A. TIMES

Saturday night’s full moon will loom especially large, thanks to a phenomenon that happens about once a year.

Known technically as a perigee moon, the “super moon” will appear about 14% larger and 30% brighter than the other full moons of 2012.

Because the moon follows an elliptical orbit around the Earth, its distance from Earth varies. Full moons that occur when the moon is the closest, on the perigee side of its orbit, are particularly big and bright.

NASA scientists say the moon will reach that point at 8:34 p.m. PDT. In a case of near-perfect timing, one minute later the moon will line up with the Earth and sun, making for a brilliant display.

Since low-hanging moons look particularly large (for reasons scientists can’t really explain), the super moon will be at its most impressive as it rises. For more on the super moon, including an explanatory video, go to NASA’s science news site.

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