Category: Moons of the Medicine Wheel
Red Hawk - Fire Opal - Dandelion - Yellow
March 21 – April 19
The Budding Trees Moon is the first moon of Wabun, Spirit Keeper of the East and occurs at the time of the spring equinox. The animal associated with this moon is the red-tailed hawk, the plant is the dandelion. The mineral totem is the fire opal and the colour is yellow. This position is directly influenced by the Thunderbird clan.
Animal: Red-tailed Hawk
Because hawks are high fliers who can see the earth clearly from their heights, their feathers were often used ceremonially to carry prayers to the sun and the Creator. Hawk feathers, as well as eagle, were also used in healing ceremonies. Southwestern people used them in ceremonies to pray for rain. To the Ojibwa, the Red-Tailed Hawk clan was one of the leadership clans. Its members have the gift of deliberation and foresight. Working with the red hawk can teach you about adaptability, flying, survival, far-and clear-sightedness, prayer, leadership, deliberation, optimism, intensity and openness.
Mineral: Fire Opal
Fire Opal is the mineral associated with this moon. Opal is a symbol of hope. The stone can connect a person with the powers of the sun, moon and fire. It sparks energy and teaches about harnessing and utilizing the fire of the life force. Opal can be used to elicit intense mental, physical and emotional energy so it is useful for alleviating sensations of lethargy and fatigue. It counteracts stagnation in all levels of life. Opal enhances any existing qualities – positive or negative – within you and aids your ability to visualize or to journey into other realms of existence. Opal can assist you in understanding and healing problems having to do with your sexuality and your power.
The dandelion is an herb with many uses. The root is good as a coffee substitute and herbal remedy as well as a cooking herb. The young dandelion leaves can be used in salads. They are high in vitamins A, B, C and G; calcium, phosphorus, iron, and natural sodium. Dandelion is soothing, relaxing and mildly sedating. It can be used to cleanse all the eliminative organs of the body. Dandelion helps to purify and alkalize the bloodstream. It also helps to balance the blood sugar levels in the body. The dandelion can remind you of the necessity of exploration and experimentation in life. It can also show you the beauty of various stages of growth.
This is the yellow of the spring sun shining from the sky, the color of the dandelion flower in full bloom. This yellow is a cheerful color, one that stimulates good nature and native intelligence. It is a color that reminds you of sunshine, happiness, and energy. Having yellow in your surroundings can help you to have greater intellectual acuity, more receptivity to inspiration, a feeling of overall well-being and happiness with other people.
Lessons of the Budding Trees Moon:
This moon is directly influenced by the Thunderbird Clan. The fire opal can teach the need for water – the emotions – in tempering their fiery energy. The dandelion can show the advantages of taking root as well as flying. The red hawk can demonstrate the joy of freedom and of a long, clear view. This moon will teach you about energy, intensity, catalyzing change, fearlessness, and optimism. This moon will show you your leadership ability, the enormity of your own spirit, and the extent of your clear-sightedness. People experiencing the Budding Trees Moon need to learn to channel their energies, contain their emotions, and be more patient with others.
Written by: Sun Bear, Wabun Wind, and Crysalis Mulligan
The Energy of the Budding Trees MoonKeywords: expectation, process, goals
Those born under the Budding Trees Moon have an incredible potential to excel in their chosen field. Unfortunately, unrealistic expectations leave them feeling never quite good enough. To others, however, they are masters at their fields, full of energy and ambition.
This moon is a reminder to set realistic goals. It is also a time of preparation. Like the squirrel preparing for winter, begin gathering what you need to make your goal a reality. Call upon the drive and ambition of the Budding Trees Moon to assist you. Every great accomplishment is fueled by love and support, so allow others to be a part of your dreams.
Enjoy the whole process of attaining your goal. Too often we focus on the outcome instead of appreciating the actual process.
Prayer:Great Spirit, help me to set realistic expectations for myself by taking the time to honour the process and prepare for my future with confidence.