The time of Wabun begins with the Spring equinox, the beginning of our solar
year. The "times" of Wabun are the times of new beginnings: the time of Dawn,
Spring, of early Childhood, of Birth, the bursting forth of all new things with
The first three Moons are under the direct influence of the
East. If your Moon is Budding Trees, Frogs Return, or Cornplanting Moon, then
special Spirit Keeper is Wabun. But you also need to realize that all
Keepers are there for you, each with their special gifts and lessons,
their own time, in a day, in a year, in our lives.
The Stone for Wabun is placed in the Outer Circle marked out for the Medicine
Wheel -- exactly in the cardinal direction East; or as near as you can reckon it. On
March 21st of each year Father Sun is directly East. This is the date of the Spring
Equinox, meaning that Father Sun is halfway between his southernmost point of
(apparent) travel and his northernmost point: an equal distance between the
two points. This is also when Father Sun is exactly (as much as anything is :o) in
The beautiful, majestic (and endangered) Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is
animal Totem for Wabun. Eagle soars high, higher than any other physical
And yet from this lofty height He can see the mouse far below. At the same
sees the whole picture. The first gift of Wabun which Golden Eagle can
realize is Clarity. Ask Wabun to help you soar high, close to Creator,
Wisdom. Higher yet, till you gain the Light of Illumination.
The plant Totem for East is Tobacco, considered to be one of the most sacred by Native
Americans. Tobacco is one of the main plants used in ceremony. The chosen task
of Tobacco is to carry communications to Creator. Working with Spirit of Tobacco
brings clarity and transforms negativity. It is also good used as an offering in
return for gifts from the Earth Mother, like sources of food, shelter materials, or a
Stone or a Feather or other item that is gifted you. Tobacco is usually the Gift given
to a Spiritual Leader or Healer when asking for prayers, a healing, teaching, or
counseling. It is also used in smudge mixtures, to honor Spirit Keeper of the East, to transform
negativity, and to carry prayers to the Spirit world. When not used in a sacred
manner Tobacco is a poison, as most of us know.
Please click on the Tobacco Twist Photo above or the Sacred Pipe Photo below
and visit the Pipestone Museum
Online Gift Shop. This Museum is located in Pipestone, MN, where Catlinite is
quarried. All of their inventory is obtained from American Indian craftspeople, and
has been gathered, prepared, and/or crafted in a sacred manner.
The mineral for the East is Catlinite (Red Pipestone), a companion to Tobacco.
True Catlinite is smooth to touch and carves easily, "even with a regular pen-knife".
This Catlinite has been quarried at the Sacred Quarries in Pipestone, MN, by the
original Peoples of Turtle Island and their descendants for many thousands of years.
It was and is taken carefully and prayerfully from Mother Earth. The art-craft of
quarrying this Sacred Pipestone was almost lost during the past many years of
cultual suppression. But a few families continued to pass down the knowledge and
some descendants are still working the Sacred Quarries today. The Sacred Quarries
are also open to ALL Native American People. To read and understand more about
this Sacred Stone, the Quarries it comes from and Pipes, please see Catlinite on the Little Feather
Center Website. The links to Quarry and Pipe information, and other
interesting information, are on the right hand menu.
As stated in Dancing With The Wheel, Pipestone is for peace, beginnings,
wisdom, truth, and harmony. Carry Pipestone, sit in meditation with it, or even put a
piece under your pillow, to help you with communication with Spirit.
Note: Both Ceremonial and personal pipes
are also carved from Serpentine, Soapstone (often the darker varieties) and Alabaster.
The Colors for the East are usually Red, Gold, or Yellow, depending on the tradition
you learned. I have noticed that Red is common in the West, and Yellow or Gold are
more common in the East part of the country. Sun Bear uses Red and Gold for the
East direction. Yellow, the Color that I use, is used by most groups in my area.
This beautiful Golden Eagle for Wabun is "A close view of a golden eagle, Aquila
chrysaetas, in late afternoon sunlight, USA October 1993", original photo by W.
Perry Conway. I purchased a 318X480 pixel size from www.corbis.com for only $3.00 USD, and
enlarged it to 800 pixels width and proportional height.
Golden Eagle Preparing to Land, Boulder, Colorado, USA, ca. 1996. Tom
Brakefield, Image ID: BF001045
This last link connects to Corbis search. Enter "golden+eagles" for many