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This is the second of three moons of spring. Life bursts into fields with a bed of sprouting grass. Even while our dreams and intentions are slow to surface — still exploring the form they wish to take — Grandmother Earth welcomes them. Spring rains arrive, plants awaken. In the great circle of life, this is the movement that leads to birth. Just as our animal guides find nourishment now in the grasses, seeds, and flowers, we too must venture out and stalk the energy we need to grow and thrive. Look at your life. Notice how the resources you need to support your Sacred Dream are already here. Grandmother Earth will support your highest manifestation held in alignment with Sacred Law. Place the seeds of your new vision in fertile soil where they can sprout and grow. Reflection / prayer for the month: My creative spirit yearns to begin life again with a new vision, my sacred dream for the year ahead. I listen to my heart for that new song to sing, and I stalk out what is needed to feed this vision. I express gratitude to Kichi Manidoo for the song it has placed in my heart. Help me find the right soil to seed it in, with good sunlight and gentle rain to nurture its growth. Drumming is included. Bring your own hand drum (North American indigenous style, not African/djembi). If you don't have one, there will be a few rattles and one or two extra hand drums available, and you can always join in the songs without a drum. No experience necessary. There is no fee. Tobacco (loose) is a traditional medicine used to exchange gratitude and is welcome. We also welcome voluntary donations that will be divided between LAMP Community Services that offers programs and services to meet the health needs of the community, and Women's Habitat, which supports women and their children in their right to live free from violence and abuse. Note: there is some confusion about the moons, including many websites that assign a moon to each calendar month. Algonquin tribes did not use a western (Gregorian) 12-month calendar. Rather, their moons were aligned to the seasons. The waxing and ebbing of the full moon highlighted activities the tribe needed to attend to as a community. There are three moons for each season: The first full moon following the spring equinox is the worm (or sap) moon, followed by the sprouting grass and new flower (or corn planting) moons. The first full moon following the summer solstice is the strawberry moon, followed by the buck and sturgeon moons. The first full moon following the autumn equinox is the harvest moon, followed by the hunter's moon and the beaver moon. The first full moon following the winter solstice is the cold moon, followed by the wolf moon and the snow moon. When a fourth full moon appears in a season, it is referred to as a blue moon. In our men's gathering, we are meeting on the new moon. It is a time to seed what is needed in the moon ahead.