My American Indian Ancestors recognized GreatSpirit within ALL. Various tribes looked at the behavior of animals for signs and warnings. When a child comes to GrandMother Earth, several Spirit Guides accompany the child to the womb of the matriarch and one Major guides is an "Animal Spirit" it is said we will experience 9 Guides for each direction. Animal Spirits have various behaviors an personalities traits which are characteristics of the SpiritStrology Circle. After all We are all apart of the "Sacred" Circle of life, the "Sacred Hoop" also called the "Medicine Wheel" Inside the Medicine wheel are the 4 Seasons of ones Life's Path "the Good Red Road", The Spirit Keepers of the 5 Major Directions, 9 total in our personal life, Environmental Seasons, the 4 Major Groups of Humans & of course the whole cosmic 12 Major Animal Spirit Totems of Spirit-Strology. Here is a list of some of their Attributes:
Otter / Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) (AIR) INDEPENDENT, REBEL, EMPATHETIC, UNIQUE, CREATIVE, IMAGINATIVE, ISOLATION, UNPREDICTABLE
* STAR CARD, QUEEN & KING OF SWORDS
Wolf / Pisces (February 19 – March 20) (WATER)
TEACHER, PATHFINDER, COMPASSIONATE,GROUP /PACK ORIENTED, WARRIOR, PERSONALITY, CARING OR OBSESSIVE, IMPRACTICAL
*QUEEN & KING OF CUPS
Falcon/ Hawk / Aries (March 21 – April 19) (FIRE)
GREAT SPIRITS MESSENGER, LEADERSHIP, AMBITIOUS, PERSISTENT, PASSIONATE, HIGHER PERSPECTIVE, ACTION , PASSIONATE OR ARROGANT, RUDE
* QUEEN KING OF WANDS
Beaver / Bull /Taurus (April 20 – May 20) (EARTH)
TRADITIONAL, LOYAL, RELIABLE, STRUCTURED, ADAPTABILITY, MENTALLY FOCUSED, HELPFUL, PATIENT OR STUBBORN, POSSESSIVE
*EMPRESS CARD, KING & QUEEN OF PENTACLES
Deer/ Elk / Gemini (May 21 – June 20) (AIR)
DUALITY, PARTNERSHIPS, SHIVA/SHAKTI ENERGY, BALANCE OF GOOD VS EVIL, INTERNAL WARFARE, CLEVER, COMMUNICATION, INSPIRATION, CAPTIVATING, CONVERSATIONAIST, AWARE, INQUISITIVE
*LOVERS CARD, 2 OF SWORDS, SWORDS SUIT
Woodpecker / Hummingbird / Cancer (June 21 – July 21) (WATER)
NURTURER,TEACHER,LOYALTY, FAMILY ORIENTED, CREATIVITY, SENSUALITY, LOVE, INTUITION, STABILITY, SECURITY, EMPATHETIC, ORGANIZATION, FRUGAL OR MEAN
* QUEEN & KING OF CUPS
Salmon/ Mountain Lion / Leo (July 22 – August 21) (FIRE) DRIVEN, AMBITIOUS, CONFIDENT, PASSION, INTELLIGENT, GENEROUS, LOYAL OR EGOTISTIC, ARROGANT
*QUEEN & KING OF WANDS, THE SUN CARD
Bear / Virgo (August 22 – September 21) (EARTH)
WARRIOR, CREATIVE ENERGY, INTROSPECTION, LOGIC, TEACHER, GIFTED OR CYNICAL
*QUEEN & KING OF PENTACLES
Raven / Crow / Libra (September 22 – October 22) (AIR)
SACRED LAW, BALANCE, GREAT SPIRITS MESSENGER BETWEEN SPIRITUAL & EARTH REALM (WORLDS), SHAPESHIFTER, DIPLOMATIC, GREAT SPIRITS JUDGE, PARTNERSHIPS, ROMANCE, LOYAL, ENIGMA, CHARMER, CREATIVE, PHILOSPHER OR HARSH DEMANDING,
* JUSTICE & JUDGEMENT CARD, EMPRESS CARD, KING AND QUEEN OF SWORDS, VENUS
Snake / Serpent / Scorpio (October 23 – November 22) (WATER)
SACRED KNOWLEDGE, INTUITION,TRANSFORMATION, SPIRITUAL
OR SECRETIVE, VIOLENT, MOODY
* THE MOON CARD, THE DEATH CARD, QUEEN & KING OF CUPS
Owl / Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21) (FIRE)
PHILOSOPHER, WISDOM., UNPREDICTABLE, ADVENTUROUS, TEACHER, CONVERSATIONALIST OR OVERINDULGENT
*QUEEN & KING OF WANDS
Goose / Swan / Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) (EARTH)
SEXUAL ENERGY, MATERIALISTIC, PERSISTENCE, DETERMINATION, COMPETITION, PASSIONATE OR OBSESSIVE DOMINATION
* THE DEVIL CARD, QUEEN & KING OF PENTACLES
Air SiGns (Totems): Raven (Crow): Libra Deer (Elk): Gemini Otter: Aquarius Earth SiGns (Totems)
Goose (Swan): Capricorn
Fire SiGns (Totems)
Falcon (Hawk): Aries
Salmon (Mountain Lion): Leo
Water SiGns (Totems)
Woodpecker (Hummingbird): Cancer
Animal Spirit Totems of POWER are:
**Otter (Jan 20 to Feb 18) Element: Air Western Zodiac: Aquarius Color(s): Silver 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: Water Western Zodiac: Pisces Color(s): Blue-green 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 / Hawk (Mar 21 to Apr 19) Element: Fire Western Zodiac: Aries Color(s): Yellow, Green Stone/Mineral: Opal 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: Earth 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 / Elk (May 21 to Jun 20) Element: Air (&Fire) Western Zodiac: Gemini Color(s): Yellow, Blue Stone/Mineral: Agate 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 / Hummingbird (Jun 21 to Jul 21) Element: Water Western Zodiac: Cancer Color(s): Pink 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 / Mountain Lion (Jul 22 to Aug 21) Element: Fire Western Zodiac: Leo Color(s): Red Stone/Mineral: Carnelian 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: Earth Western Zodiac: Virgo Color(s): Brown, Purple Stone/Mineral: Topaz 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 / Crow (Sept 22 to Oct 22) Element: Air Western Zodiac: Libra Color(s): Brown, Blue Stone/Mineral: Jasper Traits: Peace-loving, Friendly, Diplomatic, Ways Options to Judge Situations Fairly 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 & is regarded as the "Shapeshifter" & "Law Giver & Upholder". 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 ./ Serpent (Oct 23 to Nov 22) Element: Water Western Zodiac: Scorpio Color(s): Violet, Orange Stone/Mineral: Amethyst 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: Fire Western Zodiac: Sagittarius Color(s): Gold, Black Stone/Mineral: Obsidian 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 / Swan (Dec 22 to Jan 19) Element: Earth 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.