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Thursday, June 5, 2014

ANIMAL TOTEMS and Their Symbolism

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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 this website.
Otter Native American Animal Symbol 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 Native American Animal Symbol 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 Native American Animal Symbol 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 always remaining compassionate. Left to his/her own devices, the Falcon can be vain, rude, intolerant, impatient, and over-sensitive. See more information on Falcon meanings here.


Beaver Native American Animal Symbol 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 tendencies 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 Native American Animal Symbol 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 ability for vocalizing, the Deer is a consummate conversationalist. This combined with his/her 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 his/her 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 any nurturing 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 Native American Animal Symbol 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 Native American Animal Symbol 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 Native American Animal Symbol 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.


Crow Native American Animal Symbol 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 Native American Animal Symbol 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 Native American Animal Symbol Owl: Nov 23 Dec 21
Changeable and mutable as the wind, the Owl is a tough one to pin down. Warm, 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 adaptability and versatility the Owl would likely excel in any occupation. In a supportive, 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 Native American Animal Symbol 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 and competitive 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 very passionate, humorous, gregarious, and even sensual. However, lead to his/her own devises, the Goose may fall into obsessive or addictive behaviors that will inevitably be his/her demise. Learn more about Goose symbolism here..
I hope you have enjoyed these Native American animal symbols. 
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

JUNE - CORN PLANTING MOON MAY 21 - JUNE 20



CORN PLANTING MOON  May 21 to June 20th
This is the last moon of the East Gate Direction on the Medicine Wheel.  People born under the  Planting Moon have Moss Agate as their Mineral Totem, Yarrow is their Plant totem and Deer is their animal totem.   Their colors are White and Green.  They are of the Butterfly Clan who elemental power is AIR.
 The Clan Mother of this Moon is Listening Woman; Mother of the Stillness and inner knowing.  The keeper of  discernment and introspection.  The interpreter of Messages from the spirit world.  The counselor and advisor.   She teaches us now to enter the Stillness and hear our heart’s still small voice.
She teaches how to listen to the inner knowing we carry in our spiritual essences.  And how to understand body language and unspoken thoughts.   How to listen to the voices and opinions of others and the voice of the Ancestors.  
When  you experience this Moon Cycle of Truth, you will learn abilities to be more sensitive, fast moving and appreciate the beauty found in all life forms.  You will learn an expanded world view; embracing with respect all life and all perspectives.  Deer people have such high energy that it can raise the energy of people around them; they make good friends and will encourage you and help you through any life difficulties by opening up to them and to life.  Deer people genuinely like people and will try to make their friends feel better. Like their stone the Moss Agate and their Plant, Yarrow, they are healers and have a gift of helping people see everything more clearly.
Being of the Butterfly clan,  Deer People tend to flit from one thing to another, yet because  they are born during the season of planting, ideas are grounded.
on are clever, resourceful and creative. They are most compatible with Raven and Otter people of their Clan and  with Red Hawk and Sturgeon of the Thunderbird Clan. Their complement is Elk people.