The other night, I went for a walk to enjoy the last moon of spring, the last moon of Wabun, the Golden Eagle. This be the Corn Planting Moon.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the days right now are long, fourteen hours and thirty-seven minutes long, to be exact. By the end of this moon, on June 20th, the day will be ten minutes longer, the longest days of the year, clocking in at fourteen hours and forty-seven minutes, the summer solstice.
According to the Wheel, people born under these spring moons are full of wonder and curiosity. They are awake. They are spontaneous and creative and, like Wabun himself, they are able to soar high, see clear and see far. Wabun’s children are, by nature, explorers, hunters, scouts, trailblazers, navigators, pilots and cosmonauts.
THE THIRD AND FINAL MOON OF SPRING
The Wheel always moves forward…but to what? Usually, it’s about food. The trees and plants have mostly flowered and budded and leafed and they are now beginning to fruit. This is food, whether it comes in the form of flowers, stems, buds, roots, bark, leaves, fruit or pollen.
The wild dinner bell is ringing.
The new growth of spring rings that bell. On the farm, this is the time when new lambs and piglets wean off the milk and taste, for the first time, green food. In the forests, wild berries are just about to burst, the perfect food for bears. In the woods, the beaver family swims out of the lodge and chomps down the weak new trees to repair the winter damage to their dams. On the plains, the grass is growing high and that provides a cover for the rabbits and mice as they dart across the fields and lawns, looking for food, hiding from hawks and owls. Bats are born in May and June, just in time to catch the bees and insects hunting for pollen in the roses and peonies and sunflowers. Down by the sea, the blue crab molts under the first full moon of May and becomes soft-shelled. The seagulls and pelicans have been waiting.
And for us? This third moon of spring is salad: lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, baby turnips, baby beets, spring onions, green garlic, the radish, the rainbow chard and the spinach.
Eat up…but don’t forget to plant the corn.
This is the Corn Planting Moon.
This moon actually has many different names. It’s sometimes called the Strawberry Moon. If you take a visit to any local farmers’ market, it’s easy to see why.
It’s also called the Rose Moon. I like to do my rose-hunting by night.
But I prefer to call it the Corn Planting Moon. Here on Turtle Island, it’s hard to think of a plant more important than corn, our native grass, the maize, the food of the ancient Wheelmakers themselves.
I’ll wait for summer to talk about the corn. It’s the moon that fascinates me now. This one is for Wabun’s children: the pioneers. These curious pilots? Sometimes, they bring back trees.