Earth Medicine, Equinox, Lunar Cycles

Spring Equinox and the Budding Tree Moon

Across our world there are many ways of creating relationship with Mama Earth and Father Sky, aligning with their energies and connecting with their rhythms.

For instance, one way to connect is through the naming the Full Moon or the Lunar Months. Typically these describe the qualities or activities happening at that time each year, such as the various names for the March Full Moon — Full Worm Moon, Full Crow Moon, Full Sap Moon, etc.

These names come to us primarily from the First Nations of North America. And you likely already know that I like to name my own Full Moons, to strengthen my connection with Mama Earth… and it’s always interesting to look into the history of where we live, the ancestors who lived there and how they named their moons.

And the naming of the moons can be part of larger systems, such as astrology or zodiacs, where there are even more correspondences such as animal allies, elements, directions, etc.In the Earth Astrology system as described by Sun Bear and Wabun Wind, this month is “Budding Trees Moon”, the first of the Spring Moons.

With the Spring equinox, we move into The East and the first of three Spring moons of Wabun (The Spirit Keeper of the East): Budding Trees Moon month. Its animal ally (some call it a totem) is Redtail Hawk.

The Redtail Hawk is a raptor, and birds are strongly associated with The East, with the Air element. The Eagle is the totem for all of Wabun (Spring, East). Perhaps there are no Redtail Hawks in your locale or bioregion. . . but there are raptors across the world. Take some time to look into the raptors found in your part of the world. Perhaps you already have a connection with them.

What is a raptor?
You may know them as the birds of prey, birds with strong taloned feet and powerful beaks that survive by eating other animals. Species include hawks, kites, harriers, vultures, eagles and owls.The following is an extract from “The Medicine Wheel Earth Astrology” on the correspondences for the month and season:

💨 Wabun, Spirit Keeper of the East 💨
Direction: EastSeason: Spring
Animal: Eagle
Power: Illumination & Wisdom
Time of Day: Morning

🦅 Budding Trees Moon, 21-MARCH to 19-APRIL 🦅
Animal: Red Hawk / Redtail Hawk
Plant: dandelion
Mineral: fire opal
Colour: yellow
Element: fire
Clan: Thunderbird
Qualities: innovative, energetic, optimistic, clear-sighted, feisty, adventurous

To learn more about this First Nations’ system of Earth Astrology, read the classic book by Sun Bear and Wabun, The Medicine Wheel Earth Astrology, available online or through your favourite local bookshop


2 thoughts on “Spring Equinox and the Budding Tree Moon”

  1. I discovered the Medicine Wheel earth Astrology about 30 years ago I guess. It continues to be meaningful to me and is the basis for many of my rituals for the season changes. We have a medicine wheel outlined in native rocks in our back yard. It is really fun to read your blog and I love love love how you bring together information from so many sources. I am enjoying the Grandmother Moon course also. It is so enriching.
    Gail Stratton

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