Snow Goose – Native American Birth Totem

If you were born between December 22 and January 19,  you were born under the Earth Renewal Moon.  It is the first moon of the year on the Native American Medicine Wheel.   This moon belongs to Waboose (White Buffalo) who is the Spirit Keeper of the North Wind.  Your mineral is Quartz Crystal and your plant is the Birch Tree.  Your color is white.  Your element is Earth and you belong the the elemental clan of Turtle.  Your animal totem is the Snow Goose.

Being born under this moon teaches you to be a clear receiver and transmitter of universal energy as the crystal,  a communicator of the ancient knowledge like the birch tree,  and respectful of tradition and ritual like the snow goose.  You have the potential for great power.  The Earth Renewal Moon teaches you to be fluid,  yet proper in conduct as well as clear,  adaptable,  prudent, and wise. People in this position have keen vision,  are good ceremonialists, and can take large steps in their personal evolution.  Snow Goose people need to guard against becoming blocked, against using their enormous power incorrectly,  and against being such perfectionists.  Snow Goose people need to remember how to have fun.

Snow Goose (Chen Caerulescens) Swimming on a Pond, Victoria, BC, Canada

Snow Goose
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If you are a Snow Goose person you are known for your perseverance and determination.  You are known to succeed at all costs but not for the approval of others, yet for the approval of yourself.

Learn from Snow Goose about tradition,  stability, community,  and vision.  Birch can be healing and help you open up the powers of the universe.  Quartz crystals can help balance your chakras and bring clarity and renewal to you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  Your power direction or wind is North with Waboose (White Buffalo) showing you clarity and purification of your mental being.

~Mitakuye-Oyasin~ We are all related

Totems Given At Our Birth

At the time of our birth we are born under a specific moon cycle and there are specific totems that are given to us that will stay with us our entire lives.  We receive the medicine of these totems and whether you realize it or not your personality is defined by these totems.  The characteristics of the animal, both natural and symbolic, describe the being that we are just  as people see themselves in their Sun Sign or Zodiac Sign.  To understand ourselves better we should study both signs to see the balance of our nature.

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At the time of our birth, depending on which moon we are born under, we are given the medicine of 1 animal.  We also have a specific Spirit Keeper that is associated with one of the Four Directions of life.  A specific plant, mineral, color, and element are also meaningful to our journey.  Your element also has a specific clan that it is associated with. All of these together or singularly can be invoked, celebrated, and worked with throughout our life to create a harmony and balance within our souls.

I’ll give an example from my birth totems for a little clarity.  I was born under the Frogs Growing Moon and my totem is Beaver.  My Spirit Keeper is Wabun (Eagle) who symbolizes the East Wind or Direction.  My element is Earth and I belong to the Turtle Clan.  My plant can be wild clover or blue camas and my mineral is Jasper or chrysocolla.  My color is blue.  I can learn from any one of these totems or from all of them to understand my inner self.

We can gain knowledge from any of the animals, stones, trees, and directions of the wind during our lifetime.  The gifts we are given at birth are always there for us to call upon for guidance, enlightenment, and encouragement.

With my next post, I will begin to tell you about each Birth Totem given to the specific moons of the year so stay tuned….

Spiritual Intent

Hello and welcome to my blog about Native American Totems.  As the days and weeks flow by I plan to teach you about the totems that play an important role in the spirituality and beliefs of the Native Americans who are also sometimes called the First People.  We will discover the medicine and lessons to be learned by the animal spirits along with the Tall People (trees) and Stone People (rocks).

You will discover the directions in the Medicine Wheel and what lessons these winds give us as we travel on our journey through this lifetime.  There is much to be learned from the Medicine wheel and the seasons of each life cycle.

We will talk about different moons of our birth and the animals associated with this form of calendar.  According to which moon you were born under you have a special connection with an animal. It is your birth totem and stays with you your entire lifetime.

All people have special temporary totems that come to us for short or long periods of time to give us special direction or medicine to use for specific times.

We will also learn about Grandmother Moon, Grandfather Sky, Father Sun and Mother Earth.  These are all spirits that have special meaning to Native Americans and the people who embrace their beliefs.

I would like to point out that I am not a Shaman or Medicine Woman.  I am rather a student of the spirituality of the First Peoples and will share with you as I learn.  I’ll share my heritage with you in a future post.  I hope you will find my blog about Native American Totems enlightening, thought provoking, and most of all fun.

~Migwetch~ Ojibway for Thank you.