Our moon names and teachings may seem cute or flippant to some, but each comes with a wealth of knowledge and understanding about the world and how to live in it, Goose Moon is no exception. By mindfully watching and engaging with our relatives, our ascended grandparents were able to gather their teachings over generations, infusing them into names and stories so that they would not be forgotten.
Geese are extremely loyal, they mate for life and are protective of their community members. In community, geese will keep watch so that others can eat and rest, rotating the watch duty to share the work. When they make their long journey, Geese have the ability to fly much longer and farther than others because they fly in formation, which reduces the air resistance for those at the back. Each member takes a turn at the front while those in the back honk their appreciation.
Goose Moon teaches us to honour our strong connection to our community and family. Difficulties and change are natural parts of life and community is the antidote. Much like the goose who falls out of formation when another is sick or wounded, we too must care for others and when change occurs or we feel overwhelmed, we need only reach out for support, and allow others to take care of us.
This is part of a series of mindfulness prompts that are based in Métis teachings. Each weekly post has an image specifically designed to fit the lock-screen on your phone. The idea is that you can make mindfulness easy, effective and beautiful all at the same time. Placing each new image on your lock screen serves to keep it in the front of your mind while the week allows you enough time to lean into the learning.