Wabun * EAST
The element associated with Wabun, the Spirit Keeper of the East position on the Native American Medicine Wheel, is air. The mineral associated with Wabun is catlinite, or pipestone. The plant of Wabun is tobacco, the animal is the golden eagle, the colors are gold and red, the season is the spring, the time of day is dawn, and the time of human life is that of infancy and early childhood. Wabun directly influences all the moons in the eastern quadrant; the Budding Trees Moon (March 21 to April 19; Red Tailed Hawk), the Frogs Return Moon (April 20 to May 20; Beaver), and the Corn Planting Moon (May 21 to June 20; Deer).
The power of Wabun is a very straightforward power: It is that of new beginnings. Wabun brings the time of new growth to all of earth’s children. The time of Wabun is the time of freshness, newness, enthusiasm, and creativity. It is the time of bursting through, of the light that comes after each darkness, of the brightness that you see after you have come out of the void. The East is truly a time of rebirth, a time when all things are possible. It is a time of innocence and a time of awakening.
Wabun brings the eternal promise of spring, the eternal promise of dawn. Wabun helps us to know that each moment can be a new beginning. The gifts of Wabun are the gifts of spontaneity, playfulness, wonder, inquisitiveness, and truth saying. Wabun brings the abilities to explore, to feel high energy, to be full of curiosity, to question everything, and to have the determination to see what is around the corner.
People under the influence of Wabun feel that they are the messengers of truth and, in reality, they do have the ability to see farther and more clearly than people who are under the influence of other Spirit Keepers. In part, this comes about because of their connection with the golden eagle, the animal associated with Wabun. Like all eagles, the golden eagle has the ability to fly high, to soar to the Creator. From this height, the eagle can see what is happening on earth. Like the eagle, people who are experiencing Wabun also have this ability to soar and to see from a broad perspective.