ANIMAL TOTEMS AND BIRTH MONTHS
Native American animal symbols can encompass just about all the animals, and their
symbolic representation to the many tribes of the Americas.
To narrow down the focus a
bit, this page is devoted to birth animals or zodiac animals.
Many Native American cultures have the belief that a person is assigned an animal
upon the time of birth.
Below are interpreted Native American symbols of the zodiac and the characteristics for each one.
Another source of Native American animal symbols is the
Animal Totems is a link to a page on
Otter: Jan 20 - Feb 18
A little quirky, and unorthodox, the Otter is a hard one to figure sometimes. Perceived as
unconventional, the Otter methods aren't the first ones chosen to get the job done. This
is a big mistake on the part of others because although unconventional, the Otter's
methods are usually quite effective. Yes, the Otter has unusual way of looking at things,
but he/she is equipped with a brilliant imagination and intelligence, allowing him/her an
edge over every one else. Often very perceptive and intuitive, the Otter makes a very
good friend, and can be very attentive. In a nurturing environment the Otter is sensitive,
sympathetic, courageous, and honest. Left to his/her own devices, the Otter can be
unscrupulous, lewd, rebellious, and isolated. See other water totems here.
Wolf: Feb 19 Mar 20
Deeply emotional, and wholly passionate, the Wolf is the lover of the zodiac in both the
physical and philosophical sense of the word. The Wolf understands that all we need is
love, and is fully capable of providing it. Juxtaposed with his/her fierce independence
this Native American animal symbol is a bit of a contradiction in terms. Needing his/her freedom, yet still being
quite gentle and compassionate we get the picture of the "lone wolf" with this sign. In
a nurturing environment the Wolf is intensely passionate, generous, deeply affectionate,
and gentle. Left to his/her own devices the Wolf can become impractical, recalcitrant,
obsessive, and vindictive. See also this page on
Wolf totem meanings.
Falcon: Mar 21 Apr 19
A natural born leader, the Falcon can always be looked upon for
clear judgment in sticky
situations. Furthermore, the characteristics for this Native American
animal symbol never wastes time, rather he/she strikes while the iron
is hot, and takes action in what must be done. Ever persistent, and
always taking the
initiative, the Falcon is a gem of a personality to have for projects or
team sports. The
Falcon can be a little on the conceited side but he/she is usually
right in his/her opinions
so a little arrogance is understood. In a supportive environmental
the Falcon "soars" in
his/her ability to maintain passion and fire in relationships, and
compassionate. Left to his/her own devices, the Falcon can be vain,
impatient, and over-sensitive. See more information on Falcon meanings here.
Beaver: Apr 20 May 20
Take charge, adapt, overcome this is the Beaver motto. Mostly
business, the Beaver is
gets the job at hand done with maximum efficiency and aplomb.
Strategic, and cunning
the Beaver is a force to be reckoned with in matters of business and
combat. One might
also think twice about engaging the Beaver in a match of wits as
his/her mental acuity
is razor sharp. The Beaver has everything going for him/her however
toward "my way or the highway" get them in trouble. Yes, they are
usually right, but the bearer of this Native American animal symbol may
need to work on tact. In a nurturing environment the Beaver can be
compassionate, generous, helpful, and loyal. Left to his/her own
devices the Beaver can
be nervous, cowardly, possessive, arrogant, and over-demanding. Learn
more about the Beaver totem here.
Deer: May 21 Jun 20
This Native American animal symbol is the muse of the zodiac. The Deer
is inspiring lively and quick-witted. With a tailor-made
humor, the Deer has a tendency to get a laugh out of anyone. Excellent
vocalizing, the Deer is a consummate conversationalist. This combined
natural intelligence make the Deer a must-have guest at dinner parties.
Always aware of
his/her surroundings, and even more aware of his/her appearance, the
Deer can be a bit
self-involved. However, the Deer's narcissism is overlooked because of
congeniality and affability. In a supportive environment the Deer's
natural liveliness and
sparkly personality radiate even more. He/she is an inspiring force in
relationship. Left to his/her own devices the Deer can be selfish,
moody, impatient, lazy,
and two-faced. Read more about Deer totems here.
Woodpecker: Jun 21 Jul 21
Woodpeckers are usually the most nuturing of all the Native American animal symbols. The consummate
listener, totally empathic and understanding, the Woodpecker is the one to have on your
side when you need support. Of course, they make wonderful parents, and equally
wonderful friends and partners. Another proverbial feather in the Woodpeckers cap is the
tendency to be naturally frugal, resourceful, and organized. In a nurturing environment
the Woodpecker is of course caring, devoted, and very romantic. Left to his/her own
devices the Woodpecker can be possessive, angry, jealous, and spiteful. Learn more about Woodpecker meanings.
Salmon: Jul 22 Aug 21
Electric, focused, intuitive, and wholly creative, the Salmon is a real live-wire. His/her
energy is palpable. A natural motivator, the Salmon's confidence and enthusiasm is
easily infectious. Soon, everybody is onboard with the Salmon even if the idea seems
too hair-brained to work. Generous, intelligent, and intuitive, it's no wonder why the
Salmon has no shortage of friends. This Native American animal symbol expresses a need for purpose and goals, and
has no trouble finding volunteers for his/her personal crusades. In a supportive
environment, the Salmon is stable, calm, sensual, and giving. Left to his/her own
devices, those that bear this Native American animal symbol can be egotistical, vulgar, and intolerant of others. See symbolic meaning of fish here.
Bear: Aug 22 Sep 21
Pragmatic, and methodical the Bear is the one to call when a steady hand is needed. The
Bear's practicality and level-headedness makes him/her an excellent business partner.
Usually the voice of reason in most scenarios, the Bear is a good balance for Owls. The
Bear is also gifted with an enormous heart, and a penchant for generosity. However, one
might not know it as the Bear tends to be very modest, and a bit shy. In a loving
environment this Native American animal symbol showers love and generosity in return. Further, the Bear has a
capacity for patience and temperance, which makes him/her excellent teachers and
mentors. Left to his/her own devices the bear can be skeptical, sloth, small-minded and
reclusive. Read more about Native American bear symbolism here.
Raven: Sep 22 Oct 22
Highly enthusiastic, and a natural entrepreneur, the Crow is quite a charmer. But he/she
doesn't have to work at being charming it comes easily. Everyone recognizes the
Crow's easy energy, and everyone turns to the Crow for his/her ideas and opinions. This
is because the Crow is both idealistic and diplomatic and is quite ingenious. In nurturing
environments this Native American animal symbol is easy-going, can be romantic, and soft-spoken. Further, the
crow can be quite patient, and intuitive in relationships. Left to his/her own devices, the
Crow can be demanding, inconsistent, vindictive, and abrasive. Learn more about Raven symboism here.
Snake: Oct 23 Nov 22
Most shamans are born under this Native American animal symbol. The Snake is a natural in all matters of spirit.
Easily attuned to the ethereal realm the Snake makes an excellent spiritual leader. Also
respected for his/her healing capacities, the Snake also excels in medical professions.
The Snake's preoccupation with matters intangible often lead others to view them as
mysterious, and sometimes frightening. True, the Snake can be secretive, and a bit dark
he/she is also quite sensitive, and caring. In a supportive relationship the cool Snake can
be passionate, inspiring, humorous, and helpful. Left to his/her own devices, the Snake
can be despondent, violent, and prone to abnormal mood swings. Learn more about the Snake totem here.
Owl: Nov 23 Dec 21
Changeable and mutable as the wind, the Owl is a tough one to pin down.
natural, with an easy-going nature, the Owl is friend to the world. The
bearer of this Native American animal symbol is notorious
for engaging in life at full speed, and whole-hearted loves adventure.
This can be to
his/her detriment as the Owl can be reckless, careless, and thoughtless.
Owls make great
artists, teachers, and conservationists. However, due to his/her
versatility the Owl would likely excel in any occupation. In a
nurturing environment the Owl is sensitive, enthusiastic, and an
attentive listener. Left to
his/her own devices, the Owl can be excessive, overindulgent, bitter,
and belligerent. Learn more about Owl totem meanings here.
Goose: Dec 22 Jan 19
If you want something done give it to the Goose. Persevering, dogged,
and ambitious to
a fault, the Goose sets goals for accomplishment, and always obtains
them. The goose is
determined to succeed at all cost not for the approval of other but
those with this Native American animal symbol competes with his/her own
internal foe. Driven is the watchword for the Goose's
dominating personality trait which makes them excellent in business
sports. When tempered with supportive, nurturing family and friends,
the Goose excels
in all things he/she attempts. In a loving environment the Goose can be
humorous, gregarious, and even sensual. However, lead to his/her own
Goose may fall into obsessive or addictive behaviors that will
inevitably be his/her
demise. Learn more about Goose symbolism here..
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