Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - March 30, 2005)
Mitakuye Oyasin we are all related
We are space travelers upon the spaceship, Planet
Earth, third planet from our solar systems sun at a distance of 149,597,870
million kilometers (92,958,350 million miles) referred to by astronomers as one
|Photo by Rick Tremmel
|A monarch caterpillar holds
much promise perched upon the milkweed plant.
Studded with craters and strewn with rocks and dust, a cold, dry orb travels with
our spaceship at a distance of 238,900 miles (384,000 km), on average, around our
sun. This orb is Earths one natural satellite, the moon. The same side of the
moon always faces the Earth; it is in a synchronous rotation with the Earth. What
we see of the moon is the suns illumination upon the moons surface. The
moon revolves around the sun in concert with the earth each month or 27 days eight
hours rotating on its own axis in about the same amount of time, therefore some
scientists consider the moon and the earth to be a double planet system (rather
than a planet/moon system).
While traveling through our solar system we can expect to see this satellite each
night. We can expect to be bathed in moonlight. Every morning we expect the sun
will illuminate our day. These are predictable occurrences. So far we can count on
these natural occurrences but technology is advancing faster than our ethics and
natural markers to guide our civilization.
Native American Indians of Eastern North America kept track of the seasons by
giving distinctive names to each of the predictable, recurring full moons. These
names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.
JANUARY: Cold Moon Unolvtani or the Full Wolf Moon
FEBRUARY: Bony Moon Kagali or Full Snow Moon
MARCH: Windy Moon Anuyi or the Full Crow Moon Full Worm Moon
APRIL: Flower Moon Kawoni, the Full Pink Moon, the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the
MAY: Planting Moon Anisguti or the Full Strawberry Moon
JUNE: Green Corn Moon Tihaluhiyi or the Full Strawberry Moon
JULY: Ripe Corn Moon Guyegwoni or The Full Buck Moon
AUGUST: Fruit Moon Galoni or Full Sturgeon Moon; Full Fruit or Barley Moon
SEPTEMBER: Nut Moon Duliidsdi or Full Harvest Moon
OCTOBER: Harvest Moon Duninudi or Full Hunters Moon
NOVEMBER: Trading Moon Nudadaequa or Full Beaver Moon
DECEMBER: Snow Moon Usgiyi or The Full Cold Moon or the Full Long Nights Moon.
Its now the time of the last Full Moon of winter, the Anuyi the Windy
Moon, the Full Crow Moon or Full Worm Moon. The names of the moons were so named
honoring and representing the peoples connection with the earth. As
temperatures begin to warm and the northern ground began to thaw, earthworm casts
appeared, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes also knew
this moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of
winter or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing
by day and freezing at night and the Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping
The rhododendrons are in full bloom, pinks and fuchsia. The live oaks are leafed
out in bright, shimmering yellow-greens, as robins search for food among the blades
of newly sprouted grass. The scarecrow is dressed in the garden and the night is
heavily scented with the perfume of a thousand orange tree blossoms.
Its these predictable occurrences that lead us to believe that since we are
rooted to this planet, that life on this planet is also predictable. Its only
natural that earth dominates our perception and perspective of our universe. This
is how we base our concepts of time.
In reality to look at time another way: all change and movement; each and every
idea, thought, event, and interval; all matter, energy, and space occurring in the
universe are part of, and connected in, the sequential process of existence.
The butterfly expects that her egg will birth into a caterpillar. The caterpillar
is a promise of a butterfly, but what actually happens depends upon sequential
Space traveler: Nurture your kinship back to nature, third planet from the
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