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The Earth Renewal Moon

December 22 - January 19

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The Earth Renewal Moon is the first moon of Waboose, The Spirit Keeper of the North. This moon begins at the time of the winter solstice when father Sun starts his return from his journey South and begins to bring the warmth that quickens growth in the Earth Mother and all her children. The stone representing this moon is placed one-quarter of the way to the East in the northern quadrant, moving clockwise. 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 clan.
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.

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


O, Snowgoose

O, Snowgoose,
What did you find behind the North Wind?
Far traveler, where did your journey go?
With your pure energy, winging across my heart,
Set me free. Let my mind travel with you.
O, Snowgoose,
Help me to bend my wings in the right paths,
Let me find your beauty in daily service.
Ease the wind for me in my flight thru life.
Teach me to ease the wind for others, too.
O, Snowgoose.

© July 1994 by Faye Clark Haynes - Rainbow in the West


Birch, Betula spp.
 Biology 130 Plant ID,
Birch Tree leaves
Birch, Betula spp.
 Biology 130 Plant ID,
Birch, Betula spp.
Birch, Betula spp. - Biology 130 Plant ID, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Birch are "deciduous trees or shrubs of the genus Betula, native to the Northern Hemisphere and having unisexual flowers in catkins, alternate, simple, toothed leaves, and bark that often peels in thin papery layers." The American Heritage® Dictionary
Native Americans used the bark of paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) to make baskets, storage containers, mats, baby carriers, moose and bird calls, torches, household utensils, and, of course, canoes. The strong and flexible wood was made into spears, bows, arrows, snowshoes, sleds, and other items
There is extensive information about the Paper Birch in "Flora, fauna, earth, and sky... The natural history of the northwoods"; also on Minnesota Power Electric's Paper Birch page, which is in their Environment section. Both of these sites also have excellent photos of this tree.


Quartz photo from

For more information, see The Mineral Quartz at, or the Quartz Page at Both these sites have many images of various kinds of Quartz as well as information on characteristics, types, sources, etc.

"Quartz is an amplifier, transmitter, and receiver of Universal Energy." It fortifies psychic and prophetic talents. Quartz also reminds you not to be too rigid in your philosophies. Crystals bring clarity and renewal to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual parts of your being; they balance and energize the chakras. The best effects come from Clear Quartz Crystals.


The Color of Snow
New and Sparkling

White is the presence of all colors. Many consider it to be the color of perfection and enlightenment. Using White in your surroundings will help you develop feelings of peace, balance, serenity, compassion, purity, altruism, and protection.


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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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