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Throughout the world various cultures used some type of Astrological correspondences to help them in everyday life. From when to plant and reap to what type of personality you might have as influenced by your birth sign, this precursor to the science of Astronomy proved a valuable tool to the ancients. Among some of the most popular Zodiac configurations we find Animals appearing in the stars. Native American tradition is one that feels each person gets a specific animal upon birth that affects and guides h/her characteristics and skills throughout life. Here is a brief overview of Animal Totems in Native American Zodiac & Astrology.
Native American Zodiac Bear
Northern Hemisphere Birth Dates: August 23- September 22
Southern Hemisphere Birth Dates: February 19 – March 20
Native American Astrology depicts the Bear Totem as having strong masculine traits. This does not mean that a woman can’t have a Bear Totem. It may simply manifest differently in personality traits and aptitudes. In general terms Native Americans portray this sign as warm, thorough, optimistic, tolerant and honest.
Those with Bear Totems have a strong internal drive to understand the mysteries, and more importantly use them wisely. This is a wonderful goal, but one that sometimes gets sidelined by procrastination. Of course, when confronted with this issue Bear will simply say they were being careful and moving at a practical speed.
If this is your Native American Animal Sign, you tend toward being rather quiet. You prefer to experience life through careful observation. You never lose sight of the details, and mentally sort them into tidy mental folders for future integration. The most powerful influence in Bear’s life is the physical nature. You will go to great lengths to make sure mundane needs are adequately met. Thus the Challenge for Bear is getting in touch with the spiritual self, and accept that there is more to the world than what we can experience through our senses.
As with Bears in the wild, Bear people need times of solitude to meditate and recharge. This is especially true after times of change – something that makes Bear feel uncomfortable. By going to a safe place of retreat you can digest those transformations and accept them as a new part of your life. In this quietness you will rediscover your inner voice and higher self, both of which you’ll need to progress along the Path of Beauty.
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Native American Zodiac Beaver
Northern Hemisphere Birth Dates: April 20 – May 20
Southern Hemisphere Birth Dates: October 24 – November 21
The phrase Busy as a Beaver has some solid foundation in Native American characteristics for those with a Beaver Totem. Beaver holds a lot of nervous energy. This manifests as persistence and willfulness. Beaver people take pride in completing a task and making the effort something valued for many years to come.
Those born under the Native American Zodiac sign of the Beaver seek out financial security. They see money as a means of releasing other burdens and obtain freedom. Even with this goal, they roll with life’s punches pretty well because they’re secure in themselves. And, through acts of compassion, Beaver can help others find that same confidence.
Beaver medicine vibrates with energy of hearth and home. Beaver people take great pride in creating a safe haven for his family. That take similar pride in any task given them; do it once and do it right is Beaver’s motto.
If the Beaver is your sign, you may have some deep-seated pains and uncertainties that you’ve pushed away (in part by keeping too busy to recognize them). At some point in life’s journey Beaver will have to resolve these things, in part by letting someone else share your emotional space.
This sign is very industrious, and eventually see beyond work (the dam) into a greater world. Life is so much more than money or possessions. In building your dam, think of how you transform the landscape of your life and the proverbial rivers of your heart. Recognizing this in positive ways provides personal growth and allows Beaver to flourish and continue toward enlightenment.
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Native American Zodiac Deer or Stag
Northern Hemisphere Birth Dates: May 21 – Jun 20
Southern Hemisphere Birth Dates: Nov 22 – Dec 21
Native Americans portray Deer people as good-hearted, humorous and spritely. Among any group of people Deer uses laughter to level the playing ground. Combine that with an amazing oratory ability and you will find it difficult to ever be bored by a conversation with Deer people.
If Deer is your Totem, you enjoy a delightful gathering of people where you can mix and mingle. As you wander and talk, you never lose track of where you are in relationship to others in the space. Really, you are just darn likable, and often take on the task of nurturer in intimate relationships.
The Dear Totem embodies sensitivity but also an inner restlessness. It’s hard to quite your ever-busy mind. Deer loves mental challenges and learning, but may find it hard to turn off the internal chatter at the end of the day.
Most people when they think of Deer medicine they focus on gentility. Nonetheless Deer can be very strong and mindful. These people want to manifest ideas and know it take conscious action to do so. Additionally the Deer Totem has global mindedness that urges them onward toward unifying diverse factions, even those conflicts within her own soul.
If your friend has a Deer Totem, realize you will rarely hear them coming. They are very stealthy and enjoy the element of surprise. Don’t worry, you will find other signals so you’re not always startled upon her arrival.
A common theme among Deer people is the desire for coherency and consistency in a tumultuous world. They have a talent for bringing people together when working for a greater good.
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Native American Zodiac Falcon
Northern Hemisphere Birth Dates: March 21 – April 19
Southern Hemisphere Birth Dates: September 23 – October 22
Those with a Falcon Totem have metered judgement particularly when everything around seems chaotic. They are leaders who act quickly where others delay. Falcon has a strong persistent, resourceful personality that loves a good competition. This is why Falcon people are often drawn to sports professionally or as a pastime. Alternatively they may seek out pioneering projects filled with adventure from which they learn much.
Falcon people are often misunderstood in their self-importance. This is not really ego but a matter of experience. More often than not Falcon is correct in their observations. As a partner and friend Falcon’s Totem energy embraces passion, support and just enough fire to keep things interesting.
If this is your Totem, the Falcon in you is very expressive outwardly. You seem always on the move. The challenge, however, for you is taking serious time to explore your inner self for answers to your life path. Without taking this step Falcon cannot achieve the heights for which they wished. On the other hand, after digging deep, Falcon finds greater wisdom that they use for trail blazing. This is a leap into Falcon’s future in all its wonders.
When soaring on the warm winds, Falcon is beautiful and graceful. From this perspective you can discern so much more. Once something catches your eye, you can now move speedily toward manifestation. Enjoy the moment, and remember to integrate your lesson diligently.
Falcon people have keen eyes. Not much gets by their attention. They have an intense need to live honorably. Additionally when on the ground, Falcon walks carefully understanding the sacredness around.
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Native American Zodiac Otter
Northern Hemisphere Birth Dates: January 20 – February 18
Southern Hemisphere Birth Dates: July 22 – August 22
Those born with an Otter totem are complex individuals. You can never quite get a handle on how they respond or think at any given time. Quirky and a tad eccentric, people in Otter’s circle may not always feel comfortable with the unconventional thought process Otter uses in daily life. Nonetheless Otter medicine has a “go to” spirit that embraces tasks with quick-mindedness and creativity. Beyond that Otter people are very insightful, making them excellent friends and life partners. Otter people love to nurture not just people but situations. No matter the setting these individuals remain honorable, honest, considerate and faithful.
If this is your birth totem you may find yourself incredibly curious about unique philosophies or religions that you can really sink your teeth into. You love to feed your mind and contemplate mysteries, and then put your insights into action. This sometimes results in giving spontaneous lectures (Otter loves the sound of their own voice). Depending on how others receive this information you may need to redirect the Otter so that other opinions come forward.
The spirit of the Otter loves to cavort, sometimes to extremes, and also sometimes where it’s a tad inappropriate. Because of this Otter may become distracted from the matter at hand. In this case Otter usually takes a subtle bit of advice good heartedly.
Generally speaking people born with an Otter Totem remain on the cutting edge of any new flavor of technology, science or even fashion. It’s the idea of taking a subject to new heights using imagination as a guide. As situations require, Otter people will give up a bit of their free-spirit to work for a greater good. The sweet frisky nature of Otter is contagious and endears them to many.
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Native American Zodiac Owl
Northern Hemisphere Birth Dates: November 22 – December 21
Southern Hemisphere Birth Dates: May 21 – June 20
Owl as a Native American Zodiac sign is a tad elusive. Owl energy is very friendly and vivacious. Unfortunately sometimes Owl people get so zealous as to become careless, resulting in “no happy endings here, folk.” Even with that detriment, people with the Owl Totem are incredibly adaptable. They can adjust to various new faces and careers relatively easily. In the work place and at home Owl listens closely to others and wholeheartedly supports those they respect.
If this is your birth Totem, you tend to be optimistic about life in general. You seek to understand the human experience and how spirituality affects daily life. Perhaps this is why Owl asks the age old question, “who?”. You have a deep abiding desire to find your truest self in answer to that call. Owl traits aren’t always comfortable. You sometimes crave personal status, and because of this you embroider the truth to assuage ego. This is one of those inner conflicts for which Owl people should remain aware.
The Owl Totem is quiet and observant. They can take people by complete surprise. Those people, however do not surprise Owl who has set sight on bearing, verbal hints and gestures for complete disclosure before ever moving into a new person’s space. This is a protective maneuver more so than one of nosiness.
Owl Totem has some beautiful attributes, so celebrate them. You can see the good in people and situations that everyone else has given up on. As the saying goes if you want the change, be the change (that’s probably Owl’s mantra). Additionally Owl is ever on the move gathering up as much knowledge and trivia as possible. This sometimes becomes superficial so if you have this birth sign make sure you dig a little deeper into your acquired data.
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Native American Zodiac Raven
Northern Hemisphere Birth Dates: September 23 – October 22
Southern Hemisphere Birth Dates: March 21 – April 19
Somewhat like our friend the Salmon, a Raven Totem has a lot of energy but it’s focused mainly on one thing: entrepreneurial endeavors. This is an excellent seat for Raven in that they have enough charm to proverbially sell ice to Eskimos. People born with Raven Totem have a solid tripod underneath them composed of brilliance, diplomacy and idealistic outlooks. While that combination makes Raven sound nearly hyper active, this bird has a laid back, dreamy gentleness about them.
Those who enter into relationships with a Raven person receive patience and insightfulness. In an odd dichotomy, sometimes, in the heat of the moment, Raven caws out selfish demands only to realize that their frustration lies elsewhere. Raven will humbly apologize when shown well-founded information (and they will really mean it too).
If this is your birth totem you probably love adventure. You are fast to passion, not wanting to wait. You find yourself constantly on the go, and often don’t set down for a long time. You love the feel and freedom of the wind, but that also distracts you from landing and looking within for knowledge and wisdom that come from past incarnations. Without those insights, you rarely become the leader and trail-blazer for which you hope.
The challenge for those with a Raven Totem is finding a balance between innovation and practicality. Many Ravens don’t achieve this until their 40s or 50s, where they face their life lessons and refuse to repeat mistakes. This is when Raven starts to soar quickly, gracefully and assuredly toward whatever life holds for them in the future.
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Native American Zodiac Salmon
Northern Hemisphere Birth Dates: July 22 – August 22
Southern Hemisphere Birth Dates: January 20 – February 18
WOW! Salmon Totems are incredibly energetic. You swear they never sit still. When you meet a person with a Salmon totem you’ll find their zeal very catching. In a group of people Salmon always comes to the forefront with ideas that everyone oddly agrees with, even if the process seems unlikely. Better still, Salmon people often experience success because of their keen-minds and cool perceptions.
If this is your animal Totem, your life seems focused on personal goals and anything that gives your life purpose. When coupled with other likeminded people, Salmon is charitable, empathic and ever the calm voice in any storm. Life partners find Salmon to be very intense, sensual and passionate.
Salmon Totem’s medicine focuses on finding the deeper meaning to life and leaving behind a lasting memory of how that search impacted others or the Earth. Salmon wants to acknowledge people who are often under the water working, unseen. Too often such people receive few accolades. Salmon fully intends to fix that.
People with Salmon Totem have deeply emotional lives. Sometimes those waters are rough. Even so, Salmon forges toward “home” with resolve, particularly when building a family. Salmon is a poet, a bard, an artist who when they deliver themselves to the water come out with brilliant creations.
Because of Salmon’s natural environment people born under this sign are often drawn toward flowing water to think, meditate and refresh their spirit. This is a very healthy undertaking for Salmon, and one that should not be neglected. Without it, the Salmon’s energy lessens as does their ability to see goals thru to fruition.
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Native American Zodiac Snake
Northern Hemisphere Birth Dates: October 23 – December 21
Southern Hemisphere Birth Dates: May 21 – June 20
Native American stories claim that the vast majority of Shamans bear a Snake Totem. This is because Snake represents the healer and spiritual guide. Snake is a curious Totem in that they enjoy a few secrets. This naturally encourages others to seek whatever it is that Snake has hidden.
It is not surprising to find Snake people working in medicine or spirituality. They can keep cool in tense situations while also being kind and insightful. Beyond this, Snake people are creative, funny, supportive and passionate when they travel the right circles. Snake has definite drives that they express readily. These drives change as the person grows and sheds their skin for a new awakening.
Snake people do not like having their mind stagnant. They know that their focus on change and progression requires on-going input. This sometimes interferes with Snake’s relationships. They’re very physical and zealous. It’s difficult to release to that energy when your inner voice is calculating the next best move in life’s chess board.
Teachers to the Snake are well to remind them to put down the past pains and contentions. These hinder Snake Totem’s growth dramatically. You will never be able to embrace the next great horizon if your hands are full of yesterday’s gunk.
Spiritually speaking, many born under the Snake totem have a higher calling. In this case their passion and aspirations focus on higher realities and the insights they hold. As with Native American Shamans, the Snake may seek a life of service to a belief system and its adherents.
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Native American Zodiac Snow Goose
Northern Hemisphere Birth Dates: December 22 – January 19
Southern Hemisphere Birth Dates: June 21 – July 21
In the Native American Zodiac the sign of the Snow Goose represents action and ambition. These people are go-getters that always have a goal and a plan by which to achieve it. Snow Goose’s drive comes from inner conflict particularly about self-assurance. Every time they begin to feel less than successful, another prospect or competition comes into their lives. They always have higher standards for themselves than anyone else they know.
If you are born with a Snow Goose Totem you have a great sense of humor, express love liberally to others, and engage all five senses when interacting with others and the Earth. You use resources wisely and have a core of determined energies. Even when things seem impossible, Goose keeps purposefully moving forward (albeit at a slower pace than they like).
In terms of hearth and home, Snow Goose dives deeply into the task of nest-building, wanting it to be safe, sound and lovely. The problem becomes that the nest, rather than the people in it, becomes the singular focus. This is a true test for Goose people throughout their lives. They must find ways to connect purposefully with others, and balance that against the latest project. Once achieved, the soul of the Snow Goose blossoms with integrity, sincerity and love.
Stories and lore often depict the “silly Goose”. Truthfully, however, a Goose totem stimulates many positive characteristics. Snow Goose remains faithful when they give their word. When one among the Snow Goose’s circle gets hurt another remains diligently beside them until help arrives. This has a secondary affect other than emotional support. Snow Goose protects one who is wavering, deeply hurt, or spiritually lost wrapping them in downy comfort.
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Native American Zodiac Wolf
Northern Hemisphere Birth Dates: February 19 – March 20
Southern Hemisphere Birth Dates: August 23 – September 22
Wolf people seem to be a bundle of contraries at first impression. They like freedom and alone time, but also enjoy a loving relationship that deeply moves two spirits toward the sacred marriage. Those with the Wolf Totem are giving and tender. When Wolf gets too caught up in generosity, however, it can become obsessive. This is one thing Wolf people can check themselves on from time to time.
Wolves do run in packs, and the human Wolf appreciates a small circle of people that they trust. To this Circle, Wolf offers strength and a keen awareness of survival. Additionally, if this is your birth totem you are smart, loyal and have a flair for words. Trust your instincts, they rarely (if ever) go awry.
Wolf medicine involves pathfinding, in their own lives as well as acting in the capacity as a guide for others. This is where the compassion, mystical insights and gentility of Wolf really shines. Wolf is a seer who is honest to a fault. If you ask Wolf a sensitive question prepare yourself for a candid response.
If this is your birth Totem, you always have one paw in two words, the mundane and the spiritual. You are very attuned to your inner voice and may even communicate with Angels and Devas. You are a gifted teacher particularly in the area of care giving and inspiring everyone to walk their true path. See, Wolf is deeply passionate and a person of faith that translates into how they live, which is very noble indeed.
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Native American Zodiac Woodpecker
Northern Hemisphere Birth Dates: June 21 – July 21
Southern Hemisphere Birth Dates: December 22 – January 19
Of all the Native American zodiac Totems, Woodpecker is the most mothering. People born with this totem practice active listening, using empathy and compassion as helpmates. When you need a supportive person in your life, look to Woodpecker. As you might guess, Woodpeckers make awesome life partners, parents and friends.
In terms of finances, Woodpecker is a frugal bird. They will always plan out their budget using as many money saving resources as possible. This characteristic ties directly to the nurturing nature of Woodpecker. They want to protect those they care about, and this is part of the package. The better they manage their world, the happier Woodpecker people become. Give them the space for accomplishment and watch this bird soar.
As a young adult through to the age of 25 or so, Woodpecker people seek out the perfect partner to whom they can give all their devotion. Woodpecker is willing to give up some energy for self to make their partner happy and secure. The caution to Woodpecker people is remembering that no one person defines your happiness. That must come from within.
If this is your Native American Animal Birth Totem, you have a strong connection with the Earth Mother. One way to support that link is through drumming to the beat of our heart. This is one of the methods Shamans use to go into trance so they can walk between worlds. Such a journey fulfills Woodpecker as it provides soulful substance. These spiritual adventures also often provide Woodpecker with emotional distance to better understand difficult matters of the heart.
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Make sure to read about ALL your Zodiac Signs in our ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ZODIAC SIGNS!
How Your Native American Zodiac Sign Can Help You Understand Yourself Better
Even if you're an avid lover of astrology, you probably haven't heard of birth animals, but if you're someone who doesn't relate to your astrological sign, you might find this more helpful.
Some Native American symbolism uses birth animals instead of the western astrology to encompass character traits and descriptions of the personality. Many different cultures have different versions of astrology, using the yearly calendar to describe human characteristics, from Vedic astrology, to the Chinese zodiac, to Western astrology.
Each of these is different, and can be used to understand yourself on a deeper level.
Read on to find yours:
Otter: Jan 20 – Feb 18
Otters are proud, offbeat and original individuals, who use unconventional methods to get what they want. They might come off as unusual, but their ability to take a different approach makes them excellent problem solvers.
Their sensitivity and attentiveness make them good friends, honest and reliable to those who count on them.
They do require solitude, and when they spend more time alone than with others, an independent streak can make them rebellious, isolated and a little harsh toward others.
Wolf: Feb 19 – March 20
The wolf is a contradictory character. While they are loving and emotional, they need their freedom and do not take well to being told what to do.
They have a deep need to give to others, and because of their generous nature, they desire more than anyone the exchange of giving and receiving love in abundance.
Driven by their emotions and their need for love, they also fiercely guard their independence and don't like to feel too tied down, which can provide some conflict in their personality and in their relationships.
Falcon: March 21 – April 19
This symbol is a born leader, always ready to take the initiative, but they are not compulsive.
Blessed with good natural judgment, the falcon is great to have around in a crisis because they will inevitably get stuff done.
Their natural ability to lead can make them appear arrogant, which is annoying because their opinion is usually correct. They are deeply passionate, supportive and good at maintaining relationships over a long period of time.
Beaver: April 20 – May 20
The beaver has a cunning and sharp mind. They are quick thinkers, good problem solvers with an attitude that favors maximum efficiency.
They're able to adapt and overcome any situation to get the job done and this makes them a powerful force to be reckoned with when it comes to business.
They can be held back at times by their “my way or the highway” attitude, but are blessed with a compassionate, loyal character that balances out any controversies they may create.
Deer: May 21– June 20
The deer is lively and energetic with a sparkling personality and quick wit, making them extremely funny.
They're the kind of people you'd want at a party, as they make any conversation more lively with their entertaining personality. Their intelligence makes them charismatic AF, people are drawn to them for their warmth and their humor.
The can be self-involved because of their need to be the center of attention, although they're usually able to avoid taking responsibility for this because they're so friendly.
The deer can be afraid of conflict, and may run from more serious situations, which makes them appear to be two-faced.
Woodpecker: Jun 21– July 21
The most nurturing of the symbols, the woodpecker is supportive, empathetic and caring, but also can be extremely jealous and possessive.
They are ideal when they can put their nurturing qualities to work, because of their ability to listen and understand without judgment. This makes them reliable partners and friends.
The woodpecker is known to be frugal and thrifty, with a talent for organization and budgetary planning.
Salmon: July 22 – August 21
The salmon is a live-wire with an infectious energy that's hard to ignore.
Much like actual salmon who swims against the current, they are goal-orientated with a need to find and chase their purpose in life. Those who encounter them will struggle to resist being swept up in their enthusiasm for whatever project they have chosen.
They are stable and calming by nature, and with their drive and enthusiasm, they can be sensual and passionate partners.
Bear: August 22 – September 21
The bear is a practical hard-worker with a generous heart and selfless nature.
Exceptional judges of character, with an ability to see the truth behind the lies, they are often good mediators. Their calm and patient temperament can make them fantastic mediators in tense situations.
They're very modest and somewhat shy, preferring to work in the background or in a supportive role. They don't brag or boast about about their attributes or achievements so they're one of the few people you won't have to block on social media.
Raven: September 22 – October 22
The raven is an energetic, natural charmer, attractive and mysterious. They're both idealistic and diplomatic, creating a balanced and refreshing worldview among their friends and coworkers. They could be fantastic politicians.
A raven's easygoing and patient nature makes them natural born romantics, who are patient and intuitive in a relationship. They aren't likely to freak out for no reason, and much prefer to talk things out in a kind and caring manner.
Snake: October 23 – November 22
The snake is believed to be the most spiritual of the birth animals, and those born underneath it are viewed as having a unique link to the spiritual world.
Thanks to this deep connection, they often seem not "of this world," and so can give off an air of mystery and secrecy and at times appear dark and frightening, much like their Scorpio zodiac counterparts.
In actuality, they are sensitive and caring people, passionate lovers and caring in a relationship.
Owl: November 23 – December 21
The owl is wide eyed, eager to try everything, inquisitive and curious.
It's difficult to pin them down as their personality, views and even life goals can change at a moments notice. They love to keep things spontaneous and have a love of adventure that makes them ideal travel companions.
Their easy-going attitude makes them ready to pick up and leave at a moments notice, but they're a friend to everyone (at least on a surface level) as they're able to adapt to most situations.
Goose: December 22 – January 19
The goose will achieve anything it sets its mind to and usually excel at it, as their tenacity and drive carry them through challenges.
They are competitive, but not motivated by approval of others so much as their innate desire to achieve success. They are determined and that can make them a bit obsessive.
Their obsessive and compulsive natures can make them prone to addiction, but they're also passionate, humorous and outgoing by nature.
12 Native American Astrological Signs and Their Meanings
The Native Americans found their inspiration in the midst of nature. They associated literally everything with the traits of other living creatures, including birth symbols. This AstrologyBay article consists of the 12 Native American astrological signs and their meanings. These signs are nothing but animal totems, each identifying with the traits of the people born under them.
“You make your way through life in-step with your animal counterpart. The two of you dance a pattern that weaves your life experience. And although you will have more than just one animal alliance, these birth animals are always available to share wisdom and help you with your evolutional growth in this lifetime. ”
― Avia Venefica
The Native American tribes share a spiritual connection with nature, in the sense that nature plays a crucial role in deciphering the cosmos that consists of highly enigmatic elements in it. The Algonquin stance, “your birth date is the first drum beat of a fantastic ceremonial dance of life“, just shows how the Native Americans associate life with a celebration, they celebrate and honor everything that breathes, be it human or animal. They observed the flora and the fauna, their strengths, their weaknesses, and sought powers from them to perform difficult tasks. For example, because a bat has the ability to see clearly in the dark, they (Native Americans) invoked its spirit to gain the power to see their prey clearly during a hunt in the night.
When it comes to astrology, an animal totem was assigned to those born within a given time period. It is believed that these people share the traits of the animal symbol they are born under. The following section explains these zodiac animals, along with their western interpretation and meaning. Find out which is your birth animal!
An Overview on the Different Native American Zodiac Animal Symbols
Like Western astrology, the Native American astrology also has 12 animal totems. In their astrological chart, one year is divided into four important sections (or clans)―North Wind (Winter), East Wind (Spring), South Wind (Summer), and West Wind (Fall). Each clan consists of three zodiac animals. The following chart will give you a quick view at the months and dates that divide these signs, and also tell you of your animal totem according to your birth date.
Otter (Jan 20 to Feb 18)
Western Zodiac: Aquarius ♒
Stone/Mineral: Silver or Turquoise
Traits: Unconventional, Independent, Friendly
Compatible With: Deer, Raven, Falcon
The otter is an unconventional creature which behaves differently than its closest kin, the weasel. The traits of those born under this symbol are quite similar to this totem. They are highly creative, friendly, independent, and tend to view life in a way that is seldom understood by others. They are intuitive beings and tend to look beyond what may meet the eye. They are not afraid to experiment and are highly witty by nature. Because of this, many people may take them to be stupid or foolish, only to realize that their eccentricity got them to the right path.
Otters can be great friends and companions, and they will always pay heed to their friends’ needs with sensitivity and undivided attention. However, on the flip side, they can become somewhat rebellious, unscrupulous, and detached from society, especially if their out-of-the box perception fails to be compatible with others. The detachment gives them a sort of freedom that they crave for when it comes to living life on their own terms.
Wolf (Feb 19 to Mar 20)
Element: Air and Water
Western Zodiac: Pisces ♓
Stone/Mineral: Turquoise or Jade
Traits: Sensitive, Intuitive, Generous
Compatible With: Bear, Woodpecker, Snake
Though we all tend to see the wolf as this lone, dangerous, and deadly creature, the Native Americans see it as a generous and caring creature. Those belonging to this clan are highly sensitive to their surrounding environment, like the wolf. Every positive or negative energy will affect them, which is why they are likely to lose themselves in the joy or troubles of others. A wolf is also a hunter who is strongly attached to its pack. Similarly, the bearers of this animal totem tend to hunt for spiritual fulfillment and the meaning of life. They belong to their pack, and a loss of any of its member, or their permanent lover, can prove to be devastating for them.
Wolves will sacrifice themselves to fulfill your needs. Their gentleness and generosity will make life seem to be a lovable journey indeed! However, if they suffer from an emotional blow, which they often do, these people can become extremely revengeful, resistant to change or authority, and impractical. They need someone to keep their head straight and their demeanor composed during turbulent times, else they can become highly vicious and wild.
Falcon (Mar 21 to Apr 19)
Western Zodiac: Aries ♈
Color(s): Yellow, Green
Traits: Powerful, Spontaneous, Sapient
Compatible With: Salmon, Owl
A falcon is viewed as the fearless leader in Native American astrology. This creature is powerful, clear-eyed, and is not afraid of the turbulent winds of life. What makes the members of this clan born leaders is their ability to clearly look through the fogginess of a situation. They can weigh the pros and cons of any undertaking and are highly efficacious when it comes to getting a clear shot at their aim. They are persistent, stubborn, and confident. They will not hesitate to initiate anything that seems right to them. They are the perfect role models for other signs that are hesitant and have doubts about their judgment. They are also the ones who instill passion and fire in the environment.
On the negative side, falcons tend to be quite self-opinionated at times, and who could blame them, for they are gifted in this area. Also, if they fail to find a positive environment where their actions are appreciated, these people tend to become highly impatient, rude, adamant, and over-sensitive, which may not prove to be fruitful in the long run, especially when it comes to their personal relationships.
Beaver (Apr 20 to May 20)
Element: Fire and Air
Western Zodiac: Taurus ♉
Color(s): Yellow, Blue
Stone/Mineral: Jasper, Hematite
Traits: Practical, Hardworking, Reliable
Compatible With: Goose, Woodpecker, Bear
It is remarkable how the beaver is highly strategic when it comes to digging underground tunnels and structures to create a safer haven for itself, free from the hardships and troubles of the outside world. Those belonging to this sign also believe in acquiring material possessions to live a comfortable life, free from misery and limitations. Which is why, they tend to use their heads while making decisions. They tend to go with the already established norms, and are not quite the risk takers. They are great providers, ensuring that their loved ones have all their materialistic and emotional needs fulfilled. They are also very helpful and loyal to the ones they love.
On the other hand, beavers do have a cunning side to them. While soaring high in their ambition, they can become quite authoritative, for which they do get into trouble at times. Also, they tend to become excessively cowardly, nervous, and desperate if they tend to control a given situation. It is also not easy for them to let go, for which they can be quite resentful and scheming.
Deer (May 21 to Jun 20)
Element: Fire and Earth
Western Zodiac: Gemini ♊
Color(s): Yellow, Blue
Traits: Moody, Intelligent, Conversationalist
Compatible With: Raven, Otter
The deer is an enchanter that grabs everyone’s attention. It is admirable for its looks, sharp senses, and swiftness. You will hardly find this creature steady at one place as it is always on the move, just as the member of this clan. Those born under this symbol are highly inquisitive in nature, which compels them to constantly move from one place to the other. They are also very particular about their appearance and tend to be well-groomed. Being quite sharp and intelligent, they can engage practically anybody in a great conversation, which makes them great hosts. They are constantly looking for stimulation and excitement in life, which makes them highly moody and fickle-minded.
Although they are amazing friends, imparting their humor and liveliness to the lives of others, on the downside, they can become quite lazy, selfish, impatient, demanding, and undependable. Being an equivalent to the western zodiac symbol, Gemini, these people can show their two-faced personality quite often due to their constant mood swings.
Woodpecker (Jun 21 to Jul 21)
Western Zodiac: Cancer ♋
Stone/Mineral: Carnelian, Rose Quartz
Traits: Protective, Sensitive, Supportive
Compatible With: Snake, Wolf, Beaver
Woodpeckers are known to provide the perfect nest for their offspring that consists of anything and everything that they need to thrive. So are the members of this clan. They are highly protective and supporting, playing the part of the much-needed listeners who empathizes and understands with love and patience. They are totally devoted to their loved ones and will shower all their love and care to them without fail. However, they can be overtly protective and jealous at times.
Yes, although woodpeckers are the most supportive and romantic of all other zodiacs, their highly sensitive nature can also make a thriving environment quite smothering. They are best to be with when their situation is well secure. A defeated or unsuccessful woodpecker is likely to peck into your life without realizing its limits. The negative traits that may show in these times include possessiveness, anger, resentment, and jealously.
Salmon (Jul 22 to Aug 21)
Element: Fire and Water
Western Zodiac: Leo ♌
Traits: Proud, Energetic, Confident
Compatible With: Owl, Falcon
The Native Americans take inspiration from the salmon in many ways, one of them being the difficult journey it takes in its lifetime to find the perfect spot for reproduction. Those who bear this totem are known to have a salmon’s traits of being highly determined, focused, and enthusiastic about their goals and ambitions. Their willpower is unvanquishable, and so is their power to influence others. These clan members will easily spark the spirit of others and make them a part of their quests in life. They are also very creative and friendly in nature, and always find the kind of moral backup that they need in their lives. In a good environment, they can be quite generous, helpful, and loving.
However, these people also possess the negative traits of being egocentric, obnoxious, and intolerant towards the need of others. In such situations, it is natural for others to lose their faith in those belonging to this sign, which in turn ends up hurting the salmon’s ego furthermore.
Brown Bear (Aug 22 to Sept 21)
Element: Water and Earth
Western Zodiac: Virgo ♍
Color(s): Brown, Purple
Traits: Practical, Modest, Dutiful
Compatible With: Goose, Beaver
The bear is looked upon by the Native tribes as a creature who is methodical, intuitive, and levelheaded. This ability of the bear makes its clan members great mentors, especially when it comes to making others listen to the voice of reason. The practical and modest demeanor of these people makes them great confidants as they are always able to understand and decipher the important details of a coiled up situation. They are also very generous and giving to those they love and care for. They have a big-heart, patient attitude, and an intellectual and inquisitive mind. They have great analytical abilities which makes them great advisers.
On the other hand, bears do tend to be lazy at times. They can also be quite a bit of introverts and skeptical, which may prevent from exploring their inquisitiveness towards their surroundings. A negative experience in life may force them to stay aloof from mainstream society, where they live secluded in bitterness.
Raven (Sept 22 to Oct 22)
Element: Earth and Air
Western Zodiac: Libra ♎
Color(s): Brown, Blue
Traits: Peace-loving, Friendly, Diplomatic
Compatible With: Otter, Deer
Ravens are known to balance the extremities of two sides. The Native Americans believed this bird began its life as a white bird. However, as it grew, some wrong actions and sacrifices changed its color from white to black. Hence, this totem is also symbolic of our outer as well as inner self. Those born under this clan are peace-loving creatures who strive for harmony and unity in the environment. They often act as the wise old men of the group, whom others look up to for opinions and advice. They are good at avoiding and resolving conflicts, which is why, they share good terms with almost everybody.
On the downside of their personality, their diplomacy may seem unappealing to many. Also, the otherwise easygoing and charming raven may, under difficult situations, become quite spiteful, harsh, demanding, and inconsistent in nature.
Snake (Oct 23 to Nov 22)
Element: Water and Earth
Western Zodiac: Scorpio ♏
Color(s): Violet, Orange
Traits: Impulsive, Secretive, Spiritual
Compatible With: Woodpecker, Wolf
Snakes are perhaps one of the most feared-yet-mysterious animals among all, and the same mystery is observed in those born under this clan. If you carefully observe the snake, its ability to be present around us without any evident sign, shows the secretive nature of this reptile. Also, its ability to rejuvenate itself at regular intervals is what makes its clan members excellent healers, be it at a physical, spiritual, or emotional level. These people may be quite a challenge to understand, which is why, they may always be doubted for their actual intentions.
They are spiritual beings, meaning, they always find themselves connected to the ethereal elements of this world. If they have a positive outlook towards others, these individuals can be extremely loving, caring, and supportive to the needs of others. Mess with them, and you will get their powerful and deadly strikes, because they can be highly revengeful, violent, and emotionally unstable in their actions.
Owl (Nov 23 to Dec 21)
Element: Earth and Fire
Western Zodiac: Sagittarius ♐
Color(s): Gold, Black
Traits: Adventurous, Broadminded, Independent
Compatible With: Falcon, Salmon
An owl is admired for many of its unique qualities, including its natural ability to look clearly in the dark. This is the reason why individuals belonging to this clan have the potential to gain immense wisdom and philosophical enlightenment in life. They are great listeners and are very good at imparting advice when it comes to life and its meaning. It is interesting to note that the members of this clan are quite like and unlike their animal totem. This is because they are party animals, highly social and outgoing in nature, especially when it comes to going out at night.
On the other extreme, these individuals can become absolutely overindulgent, shrewd, and diabolical, if influenced by negativity. They can become extremely selfish and will not pay heed to anything related to morals or ethics when it comes to fulfilling their shallow and self-centered goals.
Goose (Dec 22 to Jan 19)
Element: Earth and Air
Western Zodiac: Capricorn ♑
Color(s): White, Silver
Stone/Mineral: Quartz, Peridot
Traits: Dependable, Ambitious, Methodical
Compatible With: Beaver, Bear, Raven
The goose is admired for its ambitiousness and reliability. These birds are also very methodical in their way of living. Have you ever noticed how they travel in a group? They fly in a V-shaped formation, where the strongest female among the lot is the leader, followed by the second-strongest, third-strongest, and the like. This strategy is favorable when it comes to breaking the wind and paving way for the others behind. The V-shaped formation also helps the geese flying behind to view their path clearly. Which is why, the bearer of this totem are totally driven towards achieving their goals and invariably succeed at any cost, due to the strategic and methodical approach in life. It is said, that if you need something to be done, the goose will do it for sure. These people make great business leaders and are known for their practicality and seriousness, especially when it comes to work. Towards their family and loved ones, they can be highly generous and kind, ensuring that they provide their dear ones with all the resources, be it tangible or intangible.
Although they are perfect in every way, the flip side of their character is that in an unfruitful environment, these people may live in the darkness of their inner self. Also, because these people are highly ambitious, it is likely that when in a rut, they may lose their emotional side and lead a very practical and mechanical life.
The Native Americans adored animals. They believed that animals were messengers of the superior power that governs the world, and it was by observing and communicating with them that one could evolve and unlock the mysteries of the world. We don’t really know why only these 12 animals were chosen as the astrological symbols of birth, what we know for sure is that, they did an impeccable job at coming down to these animals among the many, and associating human demeanor with their traits. If you carefully sum it all up, the traits of us humans and animals are not so different after all!
What Your Native American Zodiac Symbols Really Means
Aug 14, 2017 by apost team
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Animals are an important part of Native American culture and there are representations of just about every animal imaginable in the symbolism of Native American horoscopes. We’ll focus primarily, in this article, on the animals most closely associated with birth months, in other words, the zodiac of Native American tribes. Similar to the Greek horoscopes that we use today, Native American tribes held the belief that the time of year a person is born into will directly affect a person’s personal characteristics. Similar to the animal symbols of the modern horoscope, the Native one is also represented by animals. Here is a list, by month, of the animals and their traits.
January 20th through February 18th - The Otter Different thinking and independent, for most people, the Otter is seldom easy to understand. The Otter does things in an unconventional way. As a result of this, the way the Otter does things is not typically the first selected method. This is unfortunate as the Otter’s unconventional methods can oftentimes be exceptionally adequate. While unusual in its viewpoint, the Otter is typically gifted with a unique way of seeing things that are imaginative and intelligent. As a result, the Otter often sees solutions that no one else sees thanks to his/her intuitive and perceptive imagination. If you are looking for a friend, look no further than someone born under the sign of the Otter. Otters pay great attention, are very supportive, understanding, brave, and truthful. The Otter, under some circumstances, can also be lewd, a real rebel, a loner, and unscrupulous. February 19th through March 20th – The Wolf Passion and emotion are the hallmarks of the Wolf. The Native American sign that is most attuned to the heart and philosophy, the Wolf understands the emotional needs of everyone around him/her and is perfectly willing to provide love. Conversely, the Wolf is the most independent of the Native American signs, which contrasts with his/her ability to love. Seeking true independence, yet being able to provide love and gentle acceptance, this sign exudes a sensation of “The Lone Wolf”. When it comes to nurture, the Wolf is full of passion, willing to give, deeply loving, and most of all gentle. The Wolf, under some circumstances, can be adamant, obsessive, have a ruthless streak, and somewhat impractical. March 21st through April 19th - The Falcon Naturally inclined to leadership, the Falcon always has a sharp mind when it comes to making decisions in tense situations. Always pragmatic, this member of the Native American zodiac isn’t inclined to wasting time and always stays on target. Keeping on task is the hallmark of the Falcon. Keenly suited for team sports, the Falcon always tends to seize on any opportunity. The Falcon also always tends to voice their opinions stridently, and as a result, can come off as a bit of a braggart – although the Falcon quite often right in. No sign in the Native American cycle is as fiery as the Falcon. Under certain circumstances Falcons lack patience, can be rude and come across as being vain and touchy. April 20th through May 20th – The Beaver The beaver loves being in charge but is also flexible and can adapt to any situation easily. Ever businesslike, the way of the Beaver is efficiency tempered with an almost nonchalant air. Using these traits, the job typically gets done. If you are born under this sign, you are a cunning individual who should never be underestimated. As a Beaver, you’re sharp thinking and bright. If you are born under this sign, you’ve got it going for you. Unfortunately, a Beaver is also inclined to stubbornness when it comes to what they view as the proper procedure. Though typically right in these circumstances, a beaver could benefit with a little more tact. Under the right circumstances, Beavers can be loyal, compassionate, helpful and generous. Adversely, Beavers can also be cowardly, nervous, stubborn, and a tad possessive. May 21st through June 20th – The Deer The deer in Native American mythology represents the creative influence. Witty and inspiring, the Deer also has a great sense of humor and can make almost anyone laugh. Always willing to converse, if you fall under the sign of the Deer then you are a great talker. As a Deer, you are amazingly affable and oftentimes the life of the party. Environmental awareness is also a key trait of a Deer, and typically those born under this sign are very fastidious when it comes to personal appearance. Somewhat conceited, the Deer can be a bit self-absorbed. This is usually forgiven because he/she is typically so easy to get along with. Thanks to the inclination to be lively, the Deer can be a great inspiring member in any relationship, and tends to lean towards a nurturing personality. The Deer, under certain circumstances, can be a bit moody, lazy, or even seem to have double standards.
June 21st through July 21st – The Woodpecker The Woodpecker is the nurterer and always having an open ear. People born under this sign are very empathetic and understanding. No other sign is as supportive. Woodpeckers are amazing parents and also make for great friends and business partners. Woodpeckers can sometimes be a little frugal but you can rely on them blindly because they tend to be very organized. As the most nurturing on this list, you can expect Woodpeckers to be deeply dedicated, caring, and inclined to romance. Beware, though: As Woodpeckers can also be jealous, prone to anger, and very possessive. July 22nd through August 21st – The Salmon Creativity is your calling card if you are born under the sign of the salmon. Salmons are also expressly focused, prone to intuitiveness, and amazingly energetic. As a Salmon, you are very confident and love to motivate. Your enthusiasm is also almost entirely un-curbable, and it’s also very infectious. People tend to go along with the Salmon very easily, even when the scheme seems doomed to fail. As a Salmon, you have many friends thanks to your intelligent, intuitive, and generous nature. Driven by a need for purpose and goal achievement, you’ll have no problems finding compatriots for the quests you undertake. In relationships, Salmon are giving, calm, stable, and sensual. Under certain circumstances, however, the Salmon can also be vulgar, egocentric, and biased. August 22nd through September 21st – The Bear Pragmatism is the calling card of the stoic Bear. Friends know to call on you when a level head and a steady arm are needed for almost anything. Practicality is another trait of those who are born under this sign, and thus, Bears, who also can be generous and giving, tend to pair well with those born under the sign of the Owl. Humility also tends to be the style of the Bear, and sometimes those born under this sign can tend to be very shy. In most situations, Bears tend to provide nearly unconditional love and generosity to those around them, all while maintaining patience and temperance. Bears are great in an educational setting, as their patience transfers well to those they are teaching. Under some circumstances, Bears can also be skeptics, lazy, and reserved. September 22nd through October 22nd – The Raven Another enthusiastic sign, the Raven tends towards a natural proclivity towards entrepreneurship and charm. As a Raven, you possess a type of easy energy that everyone relies on when it comes to your ideas. As a Raven’s you are quite the idealist but also calculating at the same time. Under positive circumstances, the Raven is very easy going, romantic, and almost invariably soft-spoken. In relationships, the Raven is intuitive and patient. In some circumstances, the Raven can also come across as selfish, vindictive, inconsistent, and can rub people the wrong way. October 23rd through November 22nd – The Snake Closely tied to the world of the spirit, the Snake is the traditional sign of the shaman. Its link to the spiritual world is why those born under this sign are so easily attuned to the ethereal. Healing comes very naturally for the Snake, so if you are born under this Native American sign you can expect to excel in the medical field. As a result of your natural spiritual link, people might find that you have a sometimes mysterious or even frightening bearing. There is a bit of an inclination to secrecy and darkness in the Snake, but those born under this sign can also be very caring and sensitive. In positive situations, the Snake can be humorous, helpful and inspiring. In adverse situations, you can expect despondency, volatility, or even violence. November 23rd through December 21st – The Owl The Native American horoscope has no other sign as mutable as the Owl. As a rule, this sign is one of the most adaptive. Easy going, natural, and warm, the Owl is friendly to all. If you fall under this sign, you grab life by the horns and have a love for exploring and adventure. This can naturally be dangerous as the Owl can also be careless, prone to recklessness, and inconsiderate. Those born under this sign do great in the fields of teaching, art, and conservation, and due to his/her mutability, almost any other vocation. In positive relationships, an Owl has a zealous personality but also tends to be sensitive and is a great listener. In difficult situations, the Owl tends to come across as aggressive, somewhat bitter, and almost invariably overindulgent. December 22nd through January 19th – The Goose Perseverance and doggedness are the hallmarks of this sign. If you are born under this Native American animal symbol, friends know to reach out to you when something needs to be done. For a Goose, ambition is also one of their key defining characteristics and the Goose typically achieves his/her ambitions succinctly. This drive to succeed comes from the spirit; no external force pushes the Goose to achieve. Drive and perseverance are what keeps the Goose moving. As a Goose, you excel in professional and physical pursuits. There is no stopping you especially when you know that your family and friends have your back. When in a positive relationship, the Goose can be affable, passionate, and sensual. In adverse situations, a Goose can easily succumb to addiction or be obsessive, which is typically the downfall of those who fall under this sign.
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Native American Zodiac & Astrology
What is your soul supposed to learn in this trip around the Medicine Wheel? What contributions does your spirit want to make to Mother Earth and all her children? Click on your birth totem (below) to find out! Also, scroll down or click to learn more Native American Zodiac & Astrology.
The Bear birth totem is tied to the element of Earth and the cardinal direction of West. People born with this totem have manly characteristics, even among women. This provides bear with an inner strength that’s balanced with truthfulness, acceptance and sincerity.
If the Bear is your Native American birth totem, you are naturally curious. The more difficult the puzzle, the more it intrigues you. Once a mystery unravels your next action is sharing that information, but such a gift should be balanced with caution. You don’t want to spoil a surprise or an epiphany for someone else.
Bear people are practical and discrete. You like sitting back and gathering information for future use. Bear is also a very physical person who responds to sensual input strongly. One of the challenges for the Bear totem is understanding that there is more to this world than just what we encounter on the corporal level. Your spiritual self isn’t easily categorized in the tidy filing cabinet of your mind.
If the Bear is you, your personal space is very important to you. That cave is secure and welcoming. It is a place where you can safely explore all aspects of your inner world. You go to that sacred place for quiet revitalization.
Bear is not a creature of change. What others call same-old, same-old you find comfortable and assuring. Nonetheless Bear must learn how to handle transformations otherwise he will never truly grow into fullness.
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The Beaver birth totem is tied to the element of Earth and the cardinal direction of East. People with the Beaver totem often seem anxious. Sitting still for long periods of time is enough to drive Beaver to distraction.
If you were born with the Beaver you have natural tenacity. There is very little that can keep you from finalizing any project. Better still, Beaver has pretty amazing talents. These people can create great beauty and strong foundations.
In the mundane world, Beaver people often worry over finances. As a result they work very hard creating security for themselves and those they love. Any excess from these efforts often go into charitable acts that make Beaver smile within.
A Beaver totem gives you the underlying sense of self-assurance. You are regarded as a home body who loves to entertain. In this setting you can show off the ambiance you carefully created within. “Hostess with the mostess” truly applies to Beaver.
While Beaver seems calm and collected on the surface, realize this person still has some pretty harsh uncertainties that eventually surface. You cannot run from these things. They are your lessons to resolve. Additionally, Beaver needs to take care not to become too focused on work, missing so much of life in the process. Bring play and relaxation into your dam for balance and joy.
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The Deer totem’s element is Earth and the cardinal direction is East. Those born with this totem are coy and whimsical, which endears them to many. There truly isn’t a mean bone in Deer’s body and they delight in socializing with others of a like mind.
If you are the Deer you have quite the gift of gab. Your smart mind and keen wit keeps conversations energetic and engaging. You have no problem with public speaking and would do well to find work where you can use this talent regularly.
In relationships Deer people are compassionate and nurturing. Nonetheless, some disquiet lies in your soul. The best way to deter that voice is finding a focused challenge. Just know that “turning on” that focus is easier than turning it off.
Deer is a peace maker. You do not like conflict, but will participate in it when you feel you have something good to offer toward a resolution. Bringing together dissimilar people positively makes Deer very happy. Deer also does not enjoy a sense of instability and will do everything possible to restore order.
By the way, if you were born under the sign of the Deer you can sneak with the best of them. Winning hide and seek is a breeze. Be aware, however, that you can scare the heck out of people if they don’t see you outright. Save that aptitude for Halloween!
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The Falcon totem’s element is fire and the cardinal direction is East. Those born under the sign of the Falcon keep their cool even in the midst of a whirlwind. Despite being a bird, Falcon is well grounded and has sound decision making skills. This is why Falcon often finds themselves in a leadership position, even unwittingly.
Falcon is not afraid of a challenge with a little good-natured rivalry. Falcon wants to make the next great discovery, win a world record in running and even perhaps go into space. Falcon is inspired by a desire for adventure that is not easily quenched.
If this is your totem, you have keen eyes and senses. If you convey an observation, it’s nearly often correct down to minute details. This creates a strong sense of self-confidence that some people interpret as being egotistical. Nothing could be further from the truth. You simply have a firm core of personal truth that rarely wobbles.
In relationships Falcon is a passionate partner. He or she will express their love and sensuality in very creative ways. You need a partner who likes to fly high, exploring where the winds take you. From this perspective you can see very clearly the Path you should take for fulfillment. Walk in prayerfulness.
One of the challenges for Falcon is getting in touch with your inner world. You tend to ignore it, preferring less complicated topics where you can easily see the fruit of your efforts. Alas, Falcon needs that deeper connection in order to discover their Medicine in all its glory.
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The Otter totem aligns with the element of Air and the cardinal direction of North-Northeast. People born under the sign of the Otter confuse the heck out of the rest of the Native American Zodiac. There is nothing predictable about Otter, nor does he feel the need to do things in a conventional manner. Even though people may not understand Otter’s approach, this sign if often quite adept at finishing tasks with great skill.
If this is your sign, you were born with creativity surging through your veins. You’re smart, intuitive and nurturing. Better still, honesty is Otter’s whole policy. You could not ask for a more tried and true friend than Otter.
The mind of the Otter is insatiably curious, particularly when it comes to people’s deep-seated beliefs and viewpoints. Exploring these concepts acts as brain food. You retain all that you learn in tidy mental files and look for any good excuse to share that data. In so doing Otter sometimes takes over conversations without realizing it. His enthusiasm literally sweeps him away.
The Otter birth totem is very playful and sometimes a little sly. These people enjoy frolicking and dancing under the moon, away from the daunting eyes of daily life. The challenge here is getting Otter to come back down to earth and re-focus. Overall Otter is very appealing and agreeable, making them a friend to many.
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Owl totem is governed by the element of Fire and the cardinal direction of Northwest. Those with this birth sign are somewhat enegmatic. On one hand they have energy plus coupled with a very outgoing nature. On the other hand they often leap before looking and end up in a proverbial stew. The good outcome from this is that Owl learns to flex instead of break.
People in the Owls life appreciate her listening skills. Owl won’t interrupt, and processes everything they hear carefully. If asked for an opinion, it will be wholly honest (all be it sometimes without any cushioning).
If this is your birth totem you greet life with hope and optimism. You honor your spiritual nature and endeavor to integrate that into day-to-day experiences. Owl must stay true to their soul’s purpose, which can be a struggle in a chaotic society.
Owl people see things very clearly and prefer to observe before interacting. That way your eyes are open before going into a situation. Your upbeat attitude discovers beauty in the smallest of things. You are a seeker of knOWLedge that never ceases enjoying discovery.
The challenge for Owl is staying a restless soul. There is so much to do and see in life that they try to squeeze in 100 experiences rather than having one that’s truly transformational. This is the person speed-reading the book of life and missing the deeper message that could fulfill those inner desires.
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The Raven totem is governed by the element of Air and the cardinal direction of West. Those born with a Raven totem have business as a middle name. They love to grow projects and companies, securing themselves financially in the process.
Raven is intensely charismatic, bright as the sun and highly principled. If you need someone to represent you in a sales deal, ask a Raven. They’ll get more than you asked for.
Despite Raven’s energetic commercial undertakings this bird is really easy going. The remain serene even in difficult dealings and have keen perceptiveness. Raven can be radically passionate about an idea or project, becoming demanding in the process. Once this faux paux comes to his attention, Raven calms down and asks for forgiveness in a wholly contrite manner.
If you are flying with the Raven totem you are likely constantly on the move toward a new exploit. Ravens don’t put down deep roots, preferring to follow the wind where it takes them. This can leave Raven feeling that they are on the outside of life, looking in until they’re ready to land and stay put for a while.
Ravens love pretty shiny things. They want to be surrounded by beauty. This propensity isn’t always practical, but it is very satisfying. Shiny things can also apply to a new project or idea. While it may seem very exciting, implementing it doesn’t always turn out to be easy.
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The Salmon totem comes under the governance of the Fire element and the cardinal direction of South-Southwest. If you thought Beaver was a bundle of energy wait till you meet a Salmon person. They are so fast that Salmon seems to disappear in a moment’s notice. Driven by enthusiasm and passion, people are attracted to Salmon and often jump in the stream with him. The experience is wholly encompassing, filled with rapids of fun and usually ending as a success.
Those born under the sign of the Salmon must have meaningful objectives. Nothing is done without thought as to how to make it helpful, compassionate and responsive to a viable need. Greed has no place in Salmon’s world.
With partners, Salmon shows great zeal and creativity. Within the circle of that relationship deep understanding builds. Both Salmon and their partner are forever changed for the better for this experience.
If you are a Salmon you root for the little guy, sometimes to a fault because you feel things so deeply. You see those who serve, often without getting any real recognition. Salmon is ready and willing to provide just that with a refined stage manner.
Salmon’s connecton with water plays a role in this Totem’s characteristics. You are creative, artistic and refreshing. You are attracted to places with living water from which your mind and spirit can drink fully.
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Snake totem is associated with the element of Water and the cardinal direction of Northwest. In Native American traditions say that Snake is the most common totem among Shamans because they are the tribes’ healer and spiritual guide. Like the Snake, the Shaman remains unruffled by a little drama. They slide along cooly, and handle matters with a level head.
If Snake is your totem, you probably enjoy unraveling enigmas and secrets. You also honor secrets with due dilligence. People can trust you as a confidential listener.
In social settings Snake shows great humor, inventiveness and adaptability. Snake people can proverbially shed their skins not only for growth but also flexibility with their surroundings. Snake also enjoys supporting other people with deeply personal goals.
People with a Snake totem have busy minds. They think about 10 things at once, and make impressive multi-taskers. Ever outgoing and cunning, Snake takes life head-on. The challenge for Snake, however, is that releasing the past proves difficult. There are always the “what if” questions that create anxiety.
When you walk with Snake you have a natural affinity for mystical and spiritual matters. You may even decide to walk the Path of the Adept in order to serve a higher calling. Snake is well suited to this task, having strong focus and sensitivities without needing accolades.
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SNOW GOOSE TOTEM
Snow Goose comes under the realm of the Earth Element and the cardinal direction of North. When you are looking for someone with motivation and drive seek out a person with a Snow Goose totem. These unique birds have a play-by-play strategy for nearly every moment of any given day. This approach to life gives Snow Goose a greater sense of comfort and builds the confidence they sometimes lack.
If this is your Native American totem, you set the bar very high for yourself. This is part of Snow Goose’s challenge. Keep things realistic or you will fall short and disappoint yourself. The good news here is that you take even nasty setbacks with good-natured humor. You have learned the lesson of how to laugh at yourself, which is very healing.
Snow Goose people are lovers not fighters. You would rather give your energy to positive efforts for the greater good. This totem animal illustrates the meaning behind the phrase, “slow and steady wins the race”. Snow Goose always has an eye on the prize but also knows that sometimes the greatest successes cannot be rushed.
Inside their circle, Snow Goose people love creating a welcoming haven. Beauty shines in every part of the home. This radiance reflects the true soul of Snow Good that’s very genuine and faithful, particularly with close family members. When someone in that group hurts, Snow Goose contentiously observes progress and offers support.
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In the Native American Zodiac, Wolf totem comes under the governance of the element of water and the cardinal direction of Northeast. The idea of a lone Wolf holds true to this animal zodiac sign in that Wolf people need solitude regularly. Balancing that they enjoy a very intimate relationship where their partner understands this propensity and gives space when necessary.
The heart of a Wolf is very generous. There seems to be no limit to what they are willing to give to those in need. Sadly some people take advantage of Wolf’s nature. In this Wolf must remain guarded and sniff out true intentions.
When among a group of trusted people, Wolf acts as a protector and guardian. People who have this totem have keen minds and loyal hearts. The Wolf totem runs by gut instinct, which is typically spot-on.
If the Wolf is your birth totem you are a natural seeker. As such others may follow you out of trust simply because you seem to know where you are going (and more importantly why). This trait shines particularly brightly when it comes to philosophy or spirituality. Wolf knows how to walk between worlds and balance them both in their daily life. Wolf teaches effortlessly, often not realizing that their “walk” speaks volumes.
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The musical Woodpecker pounds out her beat for the Element of Water and the cardinal direction of the South. In the realm of the Native American Animal Zodiac, Woodpecker is the nurturing force of the Sacred Mother. Woodpecker people know instinctively when to offer aid and what kind. They effectively “kiss boo boos and make them better”.
In relationships, Woodpecker shows great devotion. She takes her time finding just the right partner. Once committed, Woodpecker gives all her attention and energy toward making that person happy. The caution for Woodpecker is not collapsing yourself completely into your partner where your uniqueness gets lost.
If this is your birth totem, you have a way with money. You know your way around a check book and banking nearly as well as an accountant. There is a very valid reason for focusing your attention to budgeting – it provides security for your loved ones, which brings joy to your spirit.
Another characteristic of those born with a Woodpecker totem is a passion for nature. Many find themselves joyfully drawn to working in ecology or other environmental sciences. Staying connected to terra firma feeds the soul of Woodpecker with warm, welcome vibrations.
The biggest challenge for Woodpecker is balancing mind and heart. She is sensitive and easily overwhelmed by emotion. In this, Woodpecker must meter the love they give and make sure relationships stay balanced. Woodpecker also needs self love for fulfillment.
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Native American Zodiac & Astrology Overview
The Native American Zodiac & Astrology ‘system’ bears many similarities to other celestial systems of predicting our present and future.
In its simplest form, Astrology looks to the placement of the stars, moon and sun at the time of your birth as a pattern that illustrates your unique, essential being including on a spiritual level. Metaphysical practitioners use the phrase, “as above, so below” to express this principle.
We are tied to the earth and the stars, and all living things in a sacred network. Native American Astrology helps us become more aware of those connections, supports learning to trust our instincts and acts as a system for personal growth.
The ultimate intention in this astrological system is giving people a greater understanding of their overall purpose and contracts that you accepted as a spiritual being in this world.
Birth is a very real type of initiation.
From that day forward knowing what you’re here to learn makes a great difference in decision making.
This original purpose is an archetype written in our DNA and it not only affects us personally but as a collective consciousness. In other words, the Native American Zodiac is a means of claiming your responsibility in this life while preparing for the next turn on the wheel of reincarnation.
That might at first sound a little sullen but its not. Native Americans see life as a never ending wheel that each soul travels to their destiny.
As some might say, when one door closes another opens along with yet more opportunities for self-actualization. In other words folks, it truly is the journey not the destination that matters.
How much influence your Native American Zodiac Sign has in your life and how it manifests depends heavily on the phase of the moon, the new moon bringing inspiration, the waxing moon exposes emotions, the full moon is spiritually energetic and the waning moon is one of release. Each animal totem has a color affinity, an elemental association and ties to the winds!
There are more correspondences that you can explore as you read the personality & characteristics of the 12 signs.
The practice of Native American Astrology is best taken in small bites. There’s a lot to learn and many layers of insight that peel back like an onion when you give it time and attention.
Those wanting a deep understanding of Nature’s rhythms and mysteries would do well to embark on this intricate journey. It will change your relationship with self, others, the Earth and the universe itself.
Hint: consider keeping a journal for those “ah ha” moments in your studies. As you grow and learn, you’ll find the lessons you integrate from the Native American Zodiac become more profound. Trust your Spirit Animal as a cherished friend and guide in the journey.
This astrological system is very detailed. You won’t learn everything overnight – and what I’ve provided here is a rather cursory overview just to give you a sense of the whole construct. So take a deep breath and keep reading!
Native American Zodiac & Astrology vs Western Astrology
Most people are familiar with traditional Western astrology, but Native American astrology is a far cry from what you see in the daily the newspaper.
Where Solar astrology generally focus on the 12 signs of the zodiac, in this system the whole of a person’s chart is considered. Yes, the sun plays a role but so do numerous other pieces of data that provides a 3 dimensional view of our soul’s intention.
Native American systems do not elevate one sign or archetype over another. They are all important to understanding the big picture.
These archetypes of human potential come in all sizes and colors with a full range of possibilities!
Your Native American Zodiac chart is, for all intent, akin to the script of your life. This in no way, however, limits the concept of free will. Don’t worry there is plenty of room for ad-libbing.
Think of your chart like the outlines in a coloring book – you bring the crayons you wish and can even scribble outside the lines!
Native American Zodiac & Astrology origins and history
In ancient times, people depended heavily on signs and omens from the world around them including the stars.
Often it fell to a Medicine Person or Shaman to interpret these signs, as is the role of wise people, healers, magicians and walkers between the worlds (psychics, mediums, clairvoyants, etc).
The ancients paid very close attention to the sky and land, trusting in repeated patterns to tell them when to plant, harvest, travel etc. In many ways this tradition is like a modern road map and Farmer’s Almanac blended together.
The pattern of the stars had significance in Native American myths and fables, which also connected to their culture and beliefs. By extension, the Zodiac also uses those stories to illustrate deeper truths.
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