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Loved, warmed, and made fertile by Father Sun, our Beautiful Mother Earth gives birth to, nurtures, and sustains us all:: Green Growing People, Standing People (Trees), Water Dwellers, Winged Ones, Creepy Crawlies, Four-leggeds and Two-leggeds. Materials for our homes, clothes, and tools of all kinds, as well as the food we eat -- all are provided by our Mother, the Earth. In this era we two-leggeds have not properly appreciated this, nor taken care of her. We need to start doing so NOW, or she may not be able to continue to give so generously and abundantly.
The Center Circle Stone representing Mother Earth is placed next to the Stone for Father Sun, just to the East of due south, as shown in the Sun Bear Medicine Wheel Diagram. There is a link back to this diagram farther down this page.
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.
The animal totem for Mother Earth is the tortoise. Not many giant Tortoises are left. They have become an endangered species. They are a long-lived Earth being, living to be 100 to 150 years old. Most of those alive today live in the Galapagos Islands.
The ancient Native legends credit a Very Giant Tortoise with providing a place for humans to live after the Great Flood. This legend is told in similar forms by different Native American groups. You can read this story in many books, including Dancing With The Wheel by Sun Bear and Wabun Wind
"This large reptile (the Giant Tortoise) has the lumbering grace, the patience, the experience, and the endurance of the Earth herself." Quoted from "Dancing With The Wheel", page 174.
Galapagos Giant Tortoises
Corn, Beans & Squash from US Government site
The plant totems for Mother Earth are the Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, and Squash. When grown together these help each other. Plant some of each in the same "hill". Corn grows tall, reaching for the Sun. Beans twine around and up the cornstalk, each supports the other. The beautiful large leaves of Squash shade the ground and keep in moisture for all three. Each extracts different elements from the soil. After harvest, turn the remains of these plants back into the Earth. Each replaces different elements, so the soil does not become depleted of necessary nutrients. When eaten together the Three Sisters provide a completely balanced meal.
Meditating on the lesson of the Three Sisters teaches us to live in Harmony with each other, and to return something to the Earth Mother for what we have taken from her.
The Three Sisters are also used ceremonially, both as offerings and in Medicine bags. Corn, especially, is a common traditional offering. You can use either cornmeal or whole kernels.
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'Native Tradition' Clay Bowl Click on either of the Clay pieces above for beautiful work by John Kostura.
Clay is the "mineral" totem for Mother Earth. Clay is mainly aluminum silicate, a fine- grained and malleable earth. Native peoples who work with clay, making pottery, fetishes, and other items, understand the connection between their medium and Earth. Their work is done with prayer and ceremony, Working with Clay to create bowls or other items is a wonderful way to learn patience. Some Clays have healing powers. Working with Clay, either literally, or by holding, feeling and "connecting" with it, can help you learn about healing, malleability; help give you strength , and teach you about your connection to Mother Earth.
The color for the Stone honoring Mother Earth is Forest Green. This is the color of all Green Growing People, when they are full of life, energy and water. Sometimes lighter, sometimes darker, but with little yellow or brown mixed in. This color brings warmth and growth stimulated by our Mother, the Earth, promoting deep healing, nurturing. It also helps us with an abundant harvest, just as Mother Earth produces so abundantly for All her childeren.
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