Wheel of Animal Allies

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Each Earth Astrology sign has its own wheel of seven other animal guides that make up their Wheel of Allies.  So far, we have met four of them.  Your birth totem animal sits in the south of the wheel and teaches us how to be in balance and write a life story of power.  In the north sits the compliment to your birth totem, which provides an opposite reflection and helps you coordinate how to actualize your intent.  Your Clan Animal sits in the west and tells you which element you most easily relate to and have responsibility for.  It also guides you to see your weaknesses as strengths.  In the east lives your Spirit Keeper, the animal who are the guardians of your spirit and guide your self-growth and development.  These four animal totems in the cardinal directions of your wheel hold or stabilize the energy.

The remaining four animals sit in the non-cardinal directions and deal specifically with the way you run your patterns on the Wheel of Life.  Since the non-cardinals of any wheel keep energy moving, these allies carry the medicine in those directions that will keep you out of pattern, out of the dark side favored by the “one who will not see”, your Shideh.

The animal who sits in the Southeast provides insight into your self-concepts and how you see the world while reflecting a proper attitude and approach to life.  The Southwest animal guides the symbols within your dream, both sleeping and waking.  This animal also teaches you about space and distance, when to approach, when to retract.  The Northwest animal helps you to know Sacred Law and your Sacred Image.  It helps you to discern the patterns that are working and are good to keep and the timing to change the patterns that no longer work.  And the animal ally in the Northeast assists in how you design and choreograph your life, teaching you how to relax and focus.

Over the next twelve days, we will explore the Wheel of Animal Allies of each Earth Astrology sign.

 

If you would like to learn more about Earth Astrology, visit the DTMMS bookstore or the Sweet Medicine Shoppe

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Compliment to Your Birth Totem Animal

As we build the Sitting Place Wheel of Allies of each earth astrology sign, we now know that your birth totem animal sits in the south of your wheel, your clan animal sits in the west, and your spirit keeper totem sits in the east.  The North animal on your wheel is the COMPLEMENT TO YOUR BIRTH animal.  As you look across the wheel of birth totem animals, you receive an opposite reflection of who you were born to be.  This opens us up to multiple viewing points and assists us in evolving.

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If you are a Snake (Scorpio), your Opposite Reflection Totem Animal is the Beaver, and vice versa.

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Elk – Deer

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Snow Goose – Flicker

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Otter – Sturgeon

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Cougar – Brown Bear

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Red Hawk – Raven

If you would like to learn more about Earth Astrology, visit the DTMMS bookstore or the Sweet Medicine Shoppe.

Birth Sitting Place Totem Animals

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According to the teachings in the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, each of the animal totems have their own give-away, particular gift or teaching, which is called its medicine. The following brief descriptions will assist you as you learn to establish your own relationship with your animal totems.

Your BIRTH TOTEM sits in the South of your Wheel of Allies.

Snake – West Totem
The Snake, especially the rattlesnake, is the teacher of the nagual enemies of fear and death, the snake holds the secrets of spiritual sexuality, of Quodoushka. Protector of all the teacher plants and the healing herbs. Teacher of the Twenty Count (along with the raven and crow) in that the sigils of the Twenty Count and the four Worlds are carried on its back. Communicates telepathically with other animals. Protector of women’s lodges. Warns when you are out of alignment with the plant and mineral world. Keeper of alignment with Grandfather Sun as it sheds its skin yearly.

Elk – West-Northwest Totem
Master teacher and healer, the Elk is also the awakener of the unconscious. This keeper of thunder and lightning teaches us to “hear the lightning and see the thunder”. Helps bring us from fantasy into the light of knowledge. Master of rules and laws; teaches us to resolve our karma circles. Guardian of the gateway into the unknown (the nagual or spirit world). Master of physical sexuality and orgasm.

Snow Goose – North-Northwest Totem
Snow Goose is the bringer and keeper of the earthly, personal and tonal dream. Keeper of mirrors and the masks of self, our Book of Life. Translates the screenplay as we wrote it in our Book. Brings clarity to our awake dreaming.

Otter – North Totem
The Otter carries the ability to cleanse and purify the sacred waters, that is, all emotional states, blood, and lymphatic systems of humans. Teaches us how to play in our child shield and give with our heart; protects men as they learn to deal with the energy of women’s moon cycles.

Cougar – North-Northeast Totem
The Cougar, which includes all big cats like the puma, panther, mountain lion, is the keeper of balance and harmony on one’s Path with Heart. Teaches how to have balance in movement and change; how to awaken the aura, increase orende and make death an ally. Helps to design and bring in what’s needed for our Path with Heart. Balancer and healer of muscles, bones, joints. A supreme survivalist, it teaches us to stabilize and learn how to do any physical act without injury. Keeper of choreography.

Red Hawk – East-Northeast Totem
The keeper of relaxation and focus is the Red Hawk. Messenger of the tonal world and its organization as exemplified by how it builds its nest. Teaches flexibility within structure and form and is called the Architect of Spirit. Communicator and interpreter of language, it helps us to hear the inner dialogue between our higher and lower selves. Sees its own circle (that is, its pattern) both from nearby and far away.

Beaver – East Totem
The Beaver is the keeper of the sweat lodge; protector and teacher of all watches or circles; carrier of the rainbow and our concepts of self and life; teacher of the medicine of women. The beaver awakens in some women the power of their spiritual sexuality (their Quodoushka potential); healer of all physical health problems in women.

Deer – East-Southeast Totem
Keeper of magick, magickal law and alchemy., the Deer is the teacher of natural law and of swiftness. The mule deer is the image maze dancer as it knows how to enter our maze, where we are wandering around lost in our patterns; knows the earth and can identify danger as far ahead of time as twenty-four hours. The white-tail deer is the keeper of softness and the teacher of beauty, soft power and respect for feminine power (gentleness = strength).

Flicker – South-Southeast Totem
Similar to the woodpecker, the Flicker is the little awakener of unconscious knowledge, the creator of beauty, and the Little Artisan. This teacher of self-concepts knows healing medicine of all bundles, connections to the world of ancestors and the little people and alignment with ecological balance (especially via the insects).

Sturgeon – South Totem
The Sturgeon is the oldest of all living clean water fish and is thus known as the Keeper of Old Age. Teacher of longevity who dances with memories of the Water.  Cleans the depths of emotions.

Brown Bear – South-Southwest Totem
Because the Brown Bear usually has its tonal world in balance, it is the keeper and teacher of the everyday, tonal or personal dream.  Like the grizzly, it can help with introspection and teach you to step into the silence of your inner stillness.

Raven – West-Southwest Totem
The Raven is the keeper of magickal law and teacher of natural law. It dances with civil and social law in such a way as to teach us to see its foolishness. The raven cannot be deceived by religious law. The raven and crow both know the secrets of the Twenty Count, the power of light and our communication with nature. They are the messengers for sorcerers and shamans. They know Sacred Law.

If you would like to learn more about Earth Astrology, visit the DTMMS bookstore or the Sweet Medicine Shoppe.

Earth Astrology: Spirit Keepers

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The East animal on your Sitting Place Wheel of Allies is called your SPIRIT KEEPER. It guides your spiritual self-growth and development.

Coyote – South Spirit Keeper
A gentle trickster who teaches you about illusion and tricks people into the light by showing them their dark side with humor. Teacher of trust, innocence, humor and love. Teacher and protector of children. Master of disguise, camouflage and imagination. When you put on a coyote robe you can “see the world with a different eye”.
The astrology signs that have Coyote as a Spirit Keeper are Flicker (Cancer), Sturgeon (Leo), and Brown Bear (Virgo).

Grizzly Bear – West Spirit Keeper
The Keeper and Teacher of the Sacred Dream, called the “sleeper-dreamer”, teaches us to know ourselves through introspection of the dream and teaches us to sleep dream and actualize our reality. A great dream interpreter, the grizzly bear teaches us how to survive turmoil and trauma. Teaches protection of home, loved ones and possessions. Teaches us to stand and walk tall: how not to give power away to tyrants and how to pace our physical body.
The astrology signs that have Grizzly Bear as a Spirit Keeper are Raven (Libra), Snake (Scorpio), and Elk, (Sagittarius).

Buffalo – North Spirit Keeper
The Keeper of wisdom and logic teaches pure science and natural law. It is the great provider, the give-away to the people. Teaches survival, alignment, harmonic resonance, wisdom, balance. Protector of Earth Mother, the spiritual energy of the plant world (i.e. water, earth and plants). Carrier of the sacred Medicine Pipe.
The astrology signs that have Buffalo as a Spirit Keeper are Snow Goose (Capricorn), Otter (Aquarius), and Cougar (Pisces).

Eagle – East Spirit Keeper
The teacher of individual autonomy, free will and freedom. Carries the messages of the heart of the Medicine Pipe. Carrier of enlightenment, motivation and illumination. The highest flyer, it sees farthest of all winged ones. Communicator of the Great Spirit to us and is called the Holy Ghost by Christians. (The condor is called the peace eagle; wild turkeys are called ground eagles).
The astrology signs that have Eagle as a Spirit Keeper are Red Hawk (Aries), Beaver (Taurus), and Deer (Gemini).

If you would like to learn more about Earth Astrology, visit the DTMMS bookstore or the Sweet Medicine Shoppe.

Earth Astrology: Clan Animals

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The West animal on your Sitting Place Wheel of Allies is called your CLAN ANIMAL. It identifies which animal clan you belong to and guides you to see your greatest weakness as a strength and your greatest strength as a weakness. Its focus is your physical mastery.

Frog – Water Clan
A cross-cultural symbol as a totem for the shaman, this “shield-jumper” helps us to integrate all the teachings of the different powers into our own system of knowledge. (A shield is a body of knowledge.) The frog is the keeper of the great memory clans, secret societies and magickal lodges.
The astrology signs that have Frog as their Clan Animal are Snake (Scorpio), Cougar (Pisces), and Flicker (Cancer).

Turtle – Earth Clan
Sigil of Grandmother Earth, the turtle is the keeper of the teachings of shields and carrier of teachings of humanity.  The turtle teaches the sacredness of the Earth Lodge (including our bodies) and is the protector of the lodges of women, keeping both our home and womb sacred. The turtle also brings alignment with the mineral world, especially that of the crystals.
The astrology signs that have Turtle as their Clan Animal are Brown Bear (Virgo), Snow Goose (Sagittarius), and Beaver (Taurus).

Butterfly – Wind Clan
The keeper and protector or beautifier of all power spots, the butterfly holds the secret to metamorphosis, shapeshifting and all change. The butterfly does not come near negative energy and, in this way, reveals evil.  It teaches us how to live life with intensity. Keeper of the dream of Beauty, it teaches the secrets of woman’s beauty and mystery.
The astrology signs that have Butterfly as their Clan Animal are Raven (Libra), Otter, (Aquarius), and Deer (Gemini).

Thunderbird – Fire Clan
The bringer of thunder, lightning and rain; awakener of the voice of our Hokkshideh; keeper of memory. The thunderbird is the over-soul of all winged ones and thus is able to communicate with all the winged ones. It teaches mastery of elemental alchemy. The thunderbird is the mythological equivalent to the phoenix, the dragon, the peyote waterbird and is a cousin to the roadrunner.
The astrology signs that have Thunderbird as their Clan Animal are Sturgeon (Leo), Elk, (Capricorn), and Red Hawk (Aries).

If you would like to learn more about Earth Astrology, visit the DTMMS bookstore or the Sweet Medicine Shoppe.

Animal World

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Animals, the third world of Grandmother Earth, are the receivers of energy.  Their gift is teaching us how to receive. Knowing how animals are receivers is probably most easily understood by those of you who have pets. You will recall the times when you were sick or just “blue” and your pet came to curl up beside you and “made you feel better.”  Animals will take on the energy of their human companion. Often people say the pet looks like or acts like their caretaker.

In our tradition, animals are known as “Sweet Medicine.” Each animal through its habits and ways carries within its being-ness a “medicine.” It is a gift of healing they bring to us if we align with them. Mostly they teach us to be who we are. You don’t see a dog wanting to act like a frog. It is content in its dog-ness. These animals are great teachers and allies.

Check out the Song of the Deer by Thunder Strikes with Jan Orsi if you would like to learn more.

Animal Medicine Monday – Coyote

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The South Spirit Keeper, who guides your spiritual self-growth and development, in the Wheel of Allies is the Coyote. This gentle trickster teaches you about illusion and tricks you into the light by showing you your dark side with humor. As the south Spirit Keeper, Coyote is a teacher of trust, innocence, humor and love. S/he is also a teacher and protector of children and a master of disguise, camouflage and imagination. When you put on a coyote robe you can “see the world with a different eye”.

Children of Grandmother Earth, The Animal World

Each of the worlds have a wheel of their own.  Each of the directions dance with the Animal World in different ways.

In our tradition, animals are known as “Sweet Medicine.” Each animal through its habits and ways carries within its being-ness a “medicine.” It is a gift of healing they bring to us if we align with them. Mostly they teach us to be who we are. You don’t see a dog wanting to act like a frog. It is content in its dog-ness. These animals are great teachers and allies.

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In the South are the swimmers of all sizes and shapes.  They are receiver-givers. The fluidity of water has to do with our emotions. Look at the dolphin: it is a receiver by nature, but if a human is in trouble, it will give help to the human.

lizard_1280In the West are the crawlers, those who creep with their belly on the earth. The earthworms, lizards, and snakes are receiver-holders. They know the earth intimately, so from them we can learn how to be in a more harmonious relationship with her. The earth worm eats compost and changes it into soil, therefore helping the soil to hold its integrity.

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In the North are the four-leggeds, the receiver-receivers, those who run with the wind and teach us balance. Some of these animals have been willing to “receive” humans onto their backs and make our transportation easier.

 

 

 

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In the East are the winged ones, the receiver-determiners. These beings relate to our spirit (fire). The eagle is known as the “Messenger of the Great Spirit,” carrying our prayers to spirit and bringing messages back to us.

 

In the Center are the mythical animals, the receiver-transformers and catalyzers. Mythical animals have a way of stretching our imagination and teaching us in the dreamtime.  They carry truth through the myth and legends of all cultures. Also here are the two-leggeds who are not yet sacred humans. The Sweet Medicine SunDance Way speaks of unbalanced humans as “two leggeds.” They are human in form but lack the consciousness and right behaviors of what it is to be truly human. When humans become balanced, they move to their own place on the Human Wheel.

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