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The Rest and Cleansing Moon

January 20 - February 18

The Humanitarian
Rest and Cleansing Moon Images

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Bear Tribe Medicine Society
PMB 223
3750-A Airport Blvd.
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Copyright Art by Gwun George Havens, Copyright 1996 Amber Lotus
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The Rest and Cleansing Moon is the second Moon of Waboose. The stone for this Moon is placed midway between the Northern and Eastern stones. Silver is the mineral totem for the Rest and Cleansing Moon, the Quaking Aspen is the plant totem, the Otter is the animal totem, and silver is the color. This position is influenced by the Butterfly Clan.
People experiencing this Moon are considered as valuable as Silver, as lighthearted as the music of Aspen leaves, and as playful as the Otter. The Otter position can help you truly to like people, yourself included, and to be more humanitarian in your views. This is a time when you can excel in communication, in developing your intellect, and in romance. The Rest and Cleansing Moon can help you both to develop your psychic abilities and to uncover the clever, bold, humanitarian, and gentle aspects of your own being. Although Otter people have the potential to be noble and loving, they need to guard against dreaming so much that none of their noble ideas ever become reality.

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



I see you now,
I see you Otter.
I see you Circle
In Spirit Water.
Bubbles of joy
Your soul sets free.
Teach your lesson
Of spirit to me.
Swimming in Spirit;
Peaceful your soul,
At one with all,
Complete and whole.

July 1994 by Faye Clark Haynes - Rainbow in the West


Aspen, Populus tremuloides or grandidentata
Aspen, Populus tremuloides 
or grandidentata from 
Biology 130 Plant ID,
Aspen Tree leaves
Aspen, Populus tremuloides 
or grandidentata  
Biology 130 Plant ID,
Quaking Aspen
Aspen photos from - Biology 130 Plant ID - University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Aspen are related trees, especially the type called Quaking Aspens. Several species of Aspen have leaves attached by flattened leafstalks so that they flutter readily in the wind. A breeze sets all leaves of one of these trees into motion. The most familiar species are the American Aspen, found in North America and the large-toothed aspen, found in eastern Canada and the United States.
See Aspen in "Flora, fauna, earth, and sky... The natural history of the northwoods" for another photo, plus information. For another good description of Edible Uses, Medicinal Uses (including uses by North American Indian nations), propagation and cultivation details, see Populus tremuloides , which is the official name for American Aspen or Quaking Aspen. Scroll down past the tables for edible, medicinal, etc., information. This page is in Plants For A Future Database.


Slab of rock 
containing Silver vein 
Slab of rock containing Silver. Note the Silver vein at the left.
Copyright Hershel Friedman of

For more information about the element Silver please visit Native Silver at as well as The mineral silver at

Silver has been shaped into many art forms by Peoples all around the Earth Mother since time immemorial. It helps proper emotional energy to flow, and enhances intuitive, telepathic, and visionary talents. Silver can awaken you to your own highest nature, and heal your highest self.


The Color Silver

The color Silver encourages psychic abilities, improved perception, intuition, and properly flowing emotions. It also increases your connection to Grandmother Moon, as it is a color close to her.


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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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