Long before the first settlers arrived in America, Native Americans were practising their own system of astrology that weaves together the energies of the cosmos and the elements of the natural world. Each Native American sign is represented by an animal. To see what sign you are and what this reveals about you, take a look below.
Otter: Jan 20 – Feb 18
Perceptive, intuitive and always prepared to dance to the beat of their own drum, Otters can baffle some people. That’s actually because they are gifted with an amazing intelligence and imagination that usually means they are seven steps ahead of everyone else. They are honest, brave, great at giving TLC, make good friends and usually lavish the ones they love with loads of attention. Their shadow side is that they can shut other people out, pursue what they want by any means necessary and can be rebels without a cause.
Wolf: Feb 19 – Mar 20
These are the great lovers of the Native American zodiac in every sense of the word. Love is their highest value and greatest cause and they can deliver it in spades. In many ways they represent a mix of what might seem to be opposing qualities of being passionate, affectionate and nurturing and also fiercely independent and freedom loving. Their shadow side is that they can hold on to things for far too long and become obsessed by a need to bite if they feel they have been crossed.
Falcon: Mar 21 – Apr 19
Like the birds that represents their sign, Falcons can soar way above everyday life to a much higher perspective of any situation they are dealing with. When they decide the time is right for action (and they won’t wait around for long) they are in faster than a speeding bullet, they don’t waste energy with what doesn’t need to be done and are perhaps surprisingly a total team player. They might come across as being a bit big-headed sometimes, but actually they are usually right – at least in their world! Their shadow side is that they can tip over into being a bit vain, supersensitive and blunt and don’t suffer what they see as fools gladly.
Beaver: Apr 20 – May 20
If there is a struggle of any kind or work to be done, you want a Beaver on your side and you definitely don’t want one on the opposing team as they are masters of strategy and quick witted to boot. They can be just a bit rigid and insist that everyone goes along with their way of thinking or doing and could possibly work on the charm sometimes for better results. They are loyal, will give away their last penny and do anything for anyone. Their shadow side is that they can become clingy, their strength can turn to stubbornness and arrogance and they can be just a bit needy.
Deer: May 21 – Jun 20
The Deer possesses an elegant blend of being able to entertain and inspire. Watch them at a party or gathering of any kind and they will pretty soon be the centre of attention (their very favourite place), captivating everyone with their brilliant stories and having them in stitches. They are such great company that everyone forgives them for being ever so slightly self involved. They can also inspire other people, especially in close relationships. On their shadow side, Deer can be a bit too self centred, stroppy, want everything now and might even be a little two-faced.
Woodpecker: Jun 21 – Jul 21
These are the arch-nurturers of the Native American zodiac. They will listen to you for hours but actually seem to just get you without you having to say very much at all. As a result, they make fabulous friends, partners and parents. They are brilliantly creative when it comes to making a little go a long way. Their shadow side can see them blowing their tops, being jealous and even hurting others deliberately.
Salmon: Jul 22 – Aug 21
Salmons usually have loads of friends thanks to their confidence and evident passion for everything that touches everyone who is lucky enough to come near them. They can also be totally focused when it matters and inspire everyone around them to be their best or give something just a bit more effort. They love a challenge and will work tirelessly in pursuit of any goals and can rally all the support they need to get anything done. They can also be calm and exhibit a fabulous sensuality. Their shadow side is that they can insist that it’s all about them and have little patience with anyone else and they can also be a bit crude.
Bear: Aug 22 – Sep 21
If you’re ever looking for the power behind the scenes, it’s probably a Bear. Practical, pragmatic, not given to outbursts of emotion and generous to a fault, the big hearted Bear is a brilliant friend and business partner – but they are also hugely modest so don’t be surprised if they blush when you thank them or protest at being dragged out into the limelight. They can wait something out long after most other people would have thrown in the towel and gone home. Their shadow side is that they can be just a bit small minded, take a lot of convincing and spend too much time hiding in their cave.
Raven: Sep 22 – Oct 22
Raven is a total charmer. They are always thinking up brilliant new business ideas and can get most of them off the ground thanks to their natural ability to bring others around to what they think and want. Others see them as brilliant problem solvers and dispensers of spot on advice. They bring their own special brand of intuition to their relationships and seldom need to rush anything. When they are in their shadow, they can keep changing their minds, be demanding and even appear to take delight in rubbing people up the wrong way.
Snake: Oct 23 – Nov 22
This is the sign of the Shaman. Snakes are natural healers and may be drawn towards studying medicine or one of the many healing arts. They also love to immerse themselves in anything esoteric and will go to depths whether others may hold back. Their fascination with other realms of existence coupled with their natural secrecy makes them come across as being mysterious and even a bit dark, but they are also caring and sensitive. Their shadow side is that they can pick fights and might be high as a kite one minute and plunge into the depths of despair the next.
Owl: Nov 23 – Dec 21
One minute they are off to climb mount Kilamanjaro, the next they announce that they are moving to Paris and if you ask them about Kilamanjaro they look at you blankly. Owls change their minds, hearts and direction at the click of a finger and it would be easier to nail jelly to a wall than it would be to pin one of these people down. They adore adventure and love to throw themselves into one reckless scheme after another head first. It doesn’t always work out for them, but it doesn’t seem to dent their optimism and somehow we all love them more for it. They can do anything but make brilliant artists or teachers. Their shadow side is that they can tend towards over-indulgence or can get bitter or even start trying to goad anyone who comes near them.
Goose: Dec 22 – Jan 19
Geese get things done, and if you want to know why, you need to understand the workings of their inner world. For the Goose, it’s all about being in competition with themselves, whether it’s overcoming their own fears or continually surpassing their personal bests. And surpass they must – success really matters to Geese and no other sign one has quite the drive that they have. Little surprise that you’ll find them streaking ahead in business or out on the sports field. They are also great fun to be around and love the company of others. Their shadow sign tempts them to become totally obsessive or even compelled to act out or pursue things that are actually no good for them at all.
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