Ogokiinooniiwen (Thirteen Moons) – Full Moon Ceremonies at the Turtle Lodge
Invitation from the Turtle Lodge
Since the Spring of 2014, the Turtle Lodge has been conducting Full Moon ceremonies each Full Moon of the year, to acknowledge and honour Nookomis (Grandmother Moon), to share Women’s teachings and teachings of the current Moon, and to share in a Potluck Feast. For thousands of years, Anishinabe peoples have followed the 13 Moons and lived a balanced life aligned with nature, adhering to our spiritual and natural laws, and following natural time, reflected in a lunar cycle.
Life on Earth is connected to Nookomis (Grandmother Moon), who regulates the tides and waters, stabilizes our Earth’s position, and determines the cycle of women and birth of new life. Nookomis helps us with healing, and is strongly connected to human life, especially the women. Every phase of Nookomis has significance to our lives as human beings in various stages of our life cycles and within the seasons of the year. Nookomis’ 13 Moons and phases have long guided the Anishinabe in planting, harvesting, hunting, gathering, and ceremony.
For each and every Full Moon, the Women lead and conduct a Full Moon ceremony. For this particular ceremony, women on their moon time are welcome and encouraged to attend. Men are also welcome to attend, for their support as firekeepers and protectors of the People. Food and cloth offerings are made to the Sacred Fire, and water is lifted. When blessing for the water is requested by a woman, water becomes sacred and healing water. Anyone healing or dealing with addictions can overcome their addiction by working with the 13 Moons. If you attend all 13 Full moon ceremonies in a cycle you will receive a great blessing.
The Full Moon ceremony will begin at dusk on each of the Full Moons of the year. Everyone is welcome to attend and support this ceremony at the Turtle Lodge. We ask that you come for 6 pm, bring a dish to share for a Potluck Feast, yellow cloth and a tobacco offering for the ceremony.
Ogokiinooniiwen – Thirteen Moons
The following are the dates of the Full Moon Ceremonies for the remainder of 2017 and 2018 at Turtle Lodge:
1. November 4, 2017
2. December 3, 2017
3. January 1, 2018
4. January 31, 2018
5. March 1, 2018
6. March 31, 2018
7. April 29, 2018
8. May 29, 2018
9. June 28, 2018
10. July 27, 2018
11. August 26, 2018
12. September 24, 2018
13. October 24, 2018
14. November 23, 2018
15. December 22, 2018
At the Turtle Lodge in the Sagkeeng First Nation in southeastern Manitoba: a place built from a vision, with volunteer assistance and which is completely independent from outside organizations, associations and funding. Camping is available on site and hotels are available nearby. http://www.turtlelodge.org/about/
Please bring a dish to share at the Potluck Feast, yellow cloth, tobacco and a donation of your choice to contribute to the ceremony. The Turtle Lodge appreciates any and all small donations to help offset some of our expenses.
Potluck Feast at 6 pm
Please bring a prepared dish to share!
For more information and ceremony protocols, please click here. Please note that Women on their moon time are welcome to attend this ceremony.