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.