Animals are an important part of Native American culture and there are representations of just about every animal imaginable in the symbolism of Native American horoscopes. We’ll focus primarily, in this article, on the animals most closely associated with birth months, in other words, the zodiac of Native American tribes. Similar to the Greek horoscopes that we use today, Native American tribes held the belief that the time of year a person is born into will directly affect a person’s personal characteristics. Similar to the animal symbols of the modern horoscope, the Native one is also represented by animals.
Here is a list, by month, of the animals and their traits.
1. The Otter
Different thinking and independent, for most people, the Otter is seldom easy to understand. The Otter does things in an unconventional way. As a result of this, the way the Otter does things is not typically the first selected method. This is unfortunate as the Otter’s unconventional methods can oftentimes be exceptionally adequate. While unusual in its viewpoint, the Otter is typically gifted with a unique way of seeing things that are imaginative and intelligent. As a result, the Otter often sees solutions that no one else sees thanks to his/her intuitive and perceptive imagination. If you are looking for a friend, look no further than someone born under the sign of the Otter. Otters pay great attention, are very supportive, understanding, brave, and truthful. The Otter, under some circumstances, can also be lewd, a real rebel, a loner, and unscrupulous.
2. The Wolf
– Colors – Blue-green
– Personality traits – Gentle and generous
– Compatible with – Woodpecker, brown bear, and snake
– Best day: Thursday
– Best time of the day: between 1 and 3 pm
Passion and emotion are the hallmarks of the Wolf.
Deeply emotional, and wholly passionate, the Wolf is the lover of the zodiac in both the physical and philosophical sense of the word.
The Native American sign that is most attuned to the heart and philosophy, the Wolf understands the emotional needs of everyone around him/her and is perfectly willing to provide love.
The Wolf understands that all we need is love, and is fully capable of providing it.
When it comes to nurturing, the Wolf is full of passion, willing to give, deeply loving, and most of all gentle.
A natural born leader, the Falcon can always be looked upon for clear judgment in sticky situations. Furthermore, the characteristics for this Native American animal symbol never wastes time, rather he/she strikes while the iron is hot, and takes action in what must be done. Ever persistent, and always taking the initiative, the Falcon is a gem of a personality to have for projects or team sports. The Falcon can be a little on the conceited side – but he/she is usually right in his/her opinions – so a little arrogance is understood. In a supportive environmental the Falcon “soars” in his/her ability to maintain passion and fire in relationships, and always remaining compassionate. Left to his/her own devices, the Falcon can be vain, rude, intolerant, impatient, and over-sensitive. See more information on Falcon meanings here. You might also want to read my page on Symbolic Falcon Meanings here.
Take charge, adapt, overcome – this is the Beaver motto. Mostly business, the Beaver is gets the job at hand done with maximum efficiency and aplomb. Strategic, and cunning the Beaver is a force to be reckoned with in matters of business and combat. One might also think twice about engaging the Beaver in a match of wits – as his/her mental acuity is razor sharp. The Beaver has everything going for him/her – however tendencies toward “my way or the highway” get them in trouble. Yes, they are usually right, but the bearer of this Native American animal symbol may need to work on tact. In a nurturing environment the Beaver can be compassionate, generous, helpful, and loyal. Left to his/her own devices the Beaver can be nervous, cowardly, possessive, arrogant, and over-demanding. Learn more about the Beaver totem here. You might also want to read my page on Symbolic Beaver Meanings here.
This Native American animal symbol is the muse of the zodiac. The Deer is inspiring lively and quick-witted. With a tailor-made humor, the Deer has a tendency to get a laugh out of anyone. Excellent ability for vocalizing, the Deer is a consummate conversationalist. This combined with his/her natural intelligence make the Deer a must-have guest at dinner parties. Always aware of his/her surroundings, and even more aware of his/her appearance, the Deer can be a bit self-involved. However, the Deer’s narcissism is overlooked because of his/her congeniality and affability. In a supportive environment the Deer’s natural liveliness and sparkly personality radiate even more. He/she is an inspiring force in any nurturing relationship. Left to his/her own devices the Deer can be selfish, moody, impatient, lazy, and two-faced. You might also want to read my page on Symbolic Stag and Deer Meanings here.
Woodpeckers are the most nurturing of the Native American zodiacs. They are empathic listeners and often go out of their way to make the world a better place.
They make wonderful parents and partners and tend to be resourceful. The woodpecker is hard headed though, making them susceptible to anger, jealousy, and possessive behavior.
The salmon is smart, creative, and an electric personality. They’re naturally enthusiastic and their love of life is infectious. They need great goals and purpose, otherwise they may find themselves mired in egotistical or depressed behaviors.
The bear is quiet and pragmatic, but when prodded, is a force to be reckoned with. They make excellent business partners and tend to be the voice of reason in a group of family or friends. The bear is patient and tolerant, but only up to a point.
The raven is a natural charmer and businessperson. They’re incredibly sharp and know how to get what they need. They’re very social, not often appearing too far away from a city or a larger town. They’re adaptive, often imitating activities they see as smart.
They make excellent doctors and healers and thanks to their innate ties to the spiritual realms, they make excellent spiritual guides as well.
They can be secretive and dark on one hand and on the other they can be sensitive and caring. The Snake can also be helpful, inspiring, and humorous.
– Personality Traits – Impulsive and Ambitious
– Compatible with – Wolf and Woodpecker
– Colours – Orange or Violet
– Best time – 5 am – 7 am, 5 pm – 7 pm
– Best day – Tuesday
11. The Owl
The Native American horoscope has no other sign as mutable as the Owl. As a rule, this sign is one of the most adaptive. Easy going, natural, and warm, the Owl is friendly to all. If you fall under this sign, you grab life by the horns and have a love for exploring and adventure. This can naturally be dangerous as the Owl can also be careless, prone to recklessness, and inconsiderate. Those born under this sign do great in the fields of teaching, art, and conservation, and due to his/her mutability, almost any other vocation. In positive relationships, an Owl has a zealous personality but also tends to be sensitive and is a great listener. In difficult situations, the Owl tends to come across as aggressive, somewhat bitter, and almost invariably overindulgent.
Perseverance and doggedness are the hallmarks of this sign. If you are born under this Native American animal symbol, friends know to reach out to you when something needs to be done. For a Goose, ambition is also one of their key defining characteristics and the Goose typically achieves his/her ambitions succinctly. This drive to succeed comes from the spirit; no external force pushes the Goose to achieve. Drive and perseverance are what keeps the Goose moving. As a Goose, you excel in professional and physical pursuits. There is no stopping you especially when you know that your family and friends have your back. When in a positive relationship, the Goose can be affable, passionate, and sensual. In adverse situations, a Goose can easily succumb to addiction or be obsessive, which is typically the downfall of those who fall under this sign.