Deer as Native American Birth Totem

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The Corn Planting Moon comes to us from May 21 to June 20 and  is the third moon of Wabun (Golden Eagle). Wabun is the Spirit Keeper of the East direction on the Medicine Wheel.  The mineral totem for the Corn Planting Moon is moss agate. The plant totem is yarrow, and the animal totem is deer. The colors are green and white. The Corn Planting Moon is under the element of Air and the elemental clan is Butterfly.

The moss agate teaches people to clearly see their link with the mineral and plant kingdoms. The yarrow teaches about both cleansing and strengthening. The deer demonstrates the beauty of grace and quick movement. Corn Planting Moon teaches about beauty in yourself, in others, and in your environment and teaches about your own healing abilities. These birth totems  will point out any cutting edges in your personality, the necessity of balancing time and energy, and your ability to create. People born under  the deer position need to learn to be more consistent, less suspicious, and more willing to show some of their own deep feelings.

Deer teaches you about adaptability, camouflage, grace, beauty, speed, healing, sensitivity, alertness, creativity, your heart energy, and your connection with Spirit.

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Yarrow will help you discover the healing powers that flow through you and your inner strengths.

Moss agate teaches you to find truth and courage within even in the most difficult of circumstances.

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Native American Totem – Beaver

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The Frogs Return Moon falls from April 20 to May 20 and  is the second moon of Wabun (Golden Eagle). Wabun is the Spirit Keeper of the East on the Native American Medicine Wheel. The mineral totem for this  moon is the chrysocolla, the plant totem  is the blue camas, and the animal totem  is the beaver. The color is blue and the element is earth. The elemental clan is that of Turtle.  (Some tribes use the mineral jasper, wild clover as the plant and yellow as the color. You will instinctively know which is right for you.)

The chrysocolla teaches people in this position learn to balance the earth and sky within themselves. The blue camas teaches them to sustain themselves and others.  Beaver teaches people to make all environments as pleasant as possible. People born under the Frogs Return Moon learn about stability, and the value of hard work, luck, and their ability to create and maintain an orderly and beautiful environment. The Frogs Return Moon teaches  about perseverance, patience, stability, and practicality.  People born into this position need to guard against being too stubborn, overindulging, and holding back all their feelings.

Blue Camas is good  for creating movement where there is stagnation, for providing sustenance, and for teaching discrimination an all levels of life.

Chrysocolla is a stone of good medicine that can bring good health and luck to the person wearing it. This mineral helps purify the heart, mind, and your spirit. It helps to balance, ground, and have an overall sense of well being and strength. It is a stone that promotes a feeling of peacefulness and stability giving you a stronger sense of your connection with the earth.

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Native American Totem: Red-tailed Hawk

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The Budding Trees Moon falls between March 21 and April 19.  The first moon of Wabun (Golden Eagle) which is the Spirit Keeper of the East. It occurs at the time of the spring equinox position on the Native American Medicine Wheel. Your mineral totem for the Budding Trees Moon is the fire opal, your plant totem is the dandelion, and your animal totem is the red-tailed hawk. The color is yellow. Your element is fire and you belong to the Thunderbird clan.

The fire opal teaches people about the need for water  (the emotions)  in easing their fiery energy.  The dandelion shows people the advantages of taking root as well as flying.  The red hawk demonstrates the joy of freedom and of a long, clear view.  The Budding Trees Moon teaches about energy, intensity, precipitating change, fearlessness, and optimism. Being born in this position teaches you about  leadership ability, the vastness of your own spirit, and the degree of your clear-sightedness.  People born under  the Budding Trees Moon need to learn to channel their energies, contain their emotions, and be more patient with others. red hawk birth totem

Red hawk teaches  you about adaptability, flying, survival, far-and clear-sightedness, prayer, leadership, deliberation, optimism, intensity, and openness.

Dandelion reminds you of the necessity of exploration and experimentation in life.  It can also show you the beauty of various stages of growth.

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Cougar As Your Birth Totem

The Big Winds Moon falls between February 19 through March 20 and is the last moon of Waboose (White Buffalo), the Spirit Keeper of the North. The mineral totem is Turquoise, the plant totem is plantain, the animal totem is cougar, colors are blue and green, the element is water and the elemental clan is frog.

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Turquoise teaches people about the meaning of value and about protection, the plantain teaches them of their healing abilities, and the cougar teaches them about mystery and the need to establish a safe territory. The Big Winds Moon can help people discover their own natural medicine power and the depth of their psychic abilities. In this position of the Medicine Wheel people learn about their deep sensitivity, their yearning for spirituality, their hesitation to express true feelings and a need for grounding on the earth. People of the Big Winds Moon can have an inclination to moodiness and to melancholy. They need to learn to temper their sensitivity and to have a greater sense of reality.

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Mountain Lion or Cougar
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It should be noted that this moon has a variance with some Native American Tribes. Some use the Wolf as the animal totem instead of the Cougar.

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Otter As Your Birth Totem

When your date of birth falls between January 20 and February 18, you were born under the Rest and Cleansing Moon.  Waboose (White Buffalo) is your Spirit Keeper for the winds of the North.  Your element is Air and you belong to the Clan of the Butterfly.  Your plant is the Quaking Aspen or Fern and your mineral is Silver or Turquoise.  Your color is Silver. Your animal totem is Otter.

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Being of the Butterfly Clan you are active physically, mentally, and emotionally.  You find new and unusual ways of doing things and like Air you are always shifting and moving.  Butterfly people look for ways to serve the people and usually help others in the healing of mind, body, and spirit.


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Otter personifies “woman medicine” or female energy. It can apply to both male and female humans because we all have a male and female side to our souls. Otters will perform all sorts of acrobatic moves to entertain and care for their young. This animal spirit carries both of the elements of Earth and Water since it can live on the land but needs to be near water.

Otter totem medicine is about having a balanced female side to ourselves. We learn to create spaces for others to enter into our lives without any suspicions or preconceived notions. Otter is not jealous nor is she catty with her relationships. Otter expresses joy for others and looks at them as belonging to the Sisterhood of humanity. She celebrates the accomplishments of others.

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