Native American Totem At Birth – Snake

The animal totem Snake belongs to the Freeze Up Moon.  It is the moon that glides across Father Sky between October 24 and November 21.  It is the middle moon of Mudjekeewis (Grizzly Bear) the Spirit Keeper of the West.  The mineral totems are copper and malachite for the Freeze Up Moon.  The plant totem is the thistle. The color totem is orange.  The element is Water which give the Frog clan the influence over this moon.

Copper as a totem teaches people about how to focus their energies and malachite as a totem teaches people to be more sensitive to all the energies.  Copper nourishes strength, power, balance, and the ability to understand one’s energy and it discourages weakness.  Malachite has spiritual powers and raises a person’s sensitivity to the voice of spirit.  It increases receptivity to all forms of subtle energy and helps to cultivate one’s psychic powers.

Thistle as a totem determines healing abilities and versatility.  Thistle can aid people in understanding and working with the many different levels of reality.

The snake totem teaches adaptability and the capacity to silently travel to places others might fear to go.  Snake teaches people about the extent of their own energy along with their  keen sight.  Snake,  as one’s birth totem,  will teach people about mystery, the realms of creation, deep transformation, the balance of nature, adaptability, sensitivity, communication, sexuality, regeneration, patience, self-defense, justice, healing, the feminine within themselves, and their own life force.

The Freeze Up Moon is a time to learn how to travel between the different realms of creation and how to become a messenger for the spiritual aspects of life.   People born under this moon should  be careful to keep themselves  grounded and not to become too suspicious of people.

~Mitakuye Oyasin! We are all related.

Raven As Your Native American Birth Totem

The Ducks Fly Moon crosses Father Sky during September 23 to October 23 of any given year.  It  is the first moon of Mudjekeewis (Grizzly Bear) who is  the Spirit Keeper of the West.   The mineral totem for this moon is jasper, most particularly the bloodstone japser.  The plant totem  is mullein.  The animal totem is the raven.  The color totem is brown. The element is air with the Butterfly clan being the elemental influence.

Jasper teaches how to draw both the earth and sun energy into your being and how to understand the messages of the heart. Bloodstone jasper can bring many blessings and helps you to harmonize with the earth’s energy.

Mullein, the plant totem teaches people to explore the smooth and healing parts of their nature.

Raven, the animal totem, will teach and give understanding to the relationship of groups. It is important that people with the Raven as a totem guard against being too indecisive.  Ravens are group oriented birds and it is believed that they have tribal councils.  To Native American people the raven is considered a bird of balance between man and nature.  Almost every tribe has a legend about Raven and why he is black.  Usually the bird began as a white bird but turned black either as a punishment for a wrongdoing or due to a danger it faced trying to help man.  Some believe the Raven to be an omen of bad luck while others believe it to be a good omen.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

Brown Bear Native American Birth Totem

The Harvest Moon crosses the skies from August 23 to September 22.  It  is the last moon of Shawnodese (Coyote) the Spirit Keeper of the South.  The mineral totem for this position is amethyst, the plant totem is the violet, and the animal totem is the brown bear. Purple is the color totem.  Brown Bear people belong to the elemental clan of Turtle as the element is Earth.

Amethyst teaches people about good judgment and justice.  The violet,  plant totem, teaches about the ability to penetrate to secret regions of the heart and soul.  Animal totem, brown bear, teaches the  capacity for creative curiosity.  The Harvest Moon totems teach about discrimination, fair decisions, good sense, perseverance, confidence, and the ability to analyze.  The energy from the Harvest Moon totems  is one of balance, rationality, and practicality.  Brown bear people need to guard against being overly critical of others and cynical about life.

Bear will teach you lessons and give you good medicine when it comes to deliberation,  pleasure,  fairness,  courage, strength, healing and teaching.  The Brown Bear totem of birth should not be confused with Mudjekeewis (Grizzly Bear) who is the Spirit Keeper of the West Direction on the Medicine Wheel.  Brown Bear totem is directed by the South Direction and Coyote (Shawnodese).

Plant totem Violet symbolizes reserved sentimentality, warmth, and quiet.  Violet awakens your heart to the fullness of feelings and teaches you the depths of love.

Amethyst as your totem  will help you understand your anger and it’s source allowing you to begin to release it. This mineral totem will help clarify the Dream State.  Amethyst is a stone that stimulates nobility and purity within those who carry or wear it.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

Native American Birth Totem Sturgeon

The Ripe Berries Moon fills Father Sky from July 23 to August 22.  It is the second moon of Shawnodese (Coyote) who is the Spirit Keeper of the South Direction. Iron and garnet are the mineral totems for this moon.  Raspberry is the plant totem.  The sturgeon is the animal totem.  The color is red.  Fire is the element and the elemental clan is Thunderbird.

Iron teaches people about their strength and garnet shows them their heart is the source of that strength.  From the raspberry people  learn about their sweetness and the thorns they project to protect this part of themselves from other people.  The sturgeon shows people their depth and their need to teach.  The Ripe Berries Moon teaches people how to work from the heart center,  how to demonstrate affection,  how to face fears, and how to develop leadership abilities. Ripe Berries Moon helps develop courage and power.  People born with the Sturgeon totem need to guard against impulsiveness, arrogance, and a tendency to dominate any scenario.

The medicine of sturgeon will teach you about your determination, perseverance, depth, knowledge, generosity, strength, and sexuality.

Garnet and iron are the mineral totems  of  the Ripe Berries Moon. Garnet helps to balance your sexual energies.  Associated with the heart and blood, Garnet can stimulate the free flow of emotion for the person wearing it.

Garnet helps to strengthen those who carry it, it can warn of danger, and  helps you to lead a good and honorable life. Garnet can help you to penetrate the heart of any matter.

Iron is good for the blood and heart.  It reminds you of the necessity of being tempered by life’s experiences.  It encourages you to have a discriminating hardness that will allow you to know when no is the answer that will promote the highest good for all that are involved.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

Flicker or Woodpecker Native American Totem

The Strong Sun Moon arrives between June 21 and July 22. It is the first moon of Shawnodese (Coyote),  Spirit Keeper of the South position on the Native American Medicine Wheel  This moon occurs at the time of the summer solstice.  The mineral totem for the Strong Sun Moon is carnelian agate,  the plant is the wild rose, and the animal is the flicker or woodpecker.  The color is pink. The element is water  and you belong to the Frog clan.

The carnelian agate teaches people  about their strong heart connection.  The rose teaches people  about their ability both to heal and to inspire.  The flicker or woodpecker teaches people about their desire for self-expression. The Strong Sun Moon teaches about the importance of the emotions and the need for a strong home base.  People born under the Strong Sun Moon are intuitive and wild in some aspects of being, and yet  conservative and home loving in others.  The Strong Sun Moon teaches  about the law of relationship and about family, mothering, and nurturing. While working with the flicker people must guard against wallowing in their own emotions and about fearing to take a stand.

Flicker or woodpecker can teach you about communicating, music, joy, nurturing, courage, protection, tenacity, and your connection with the universal.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related