Earth Astrology

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We have just entered the month of the Snake according to Sun Bear’s Earth Astrology (or the sun sign of Scorpio).  Every month or sun sign has a corresponding Earth Astrology sign.  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. Each of the animal totems below are called birth totem animals and they are a master of the direction they sit in on the wheel.

The Spirit of the Animals is our communicator with our Higher Self.  Getting to know and calling on your animal totem will help you reach for your potential and assist you in actualizing what you have come into this body to accomplish.

Snake: October 24 – November 21 (Scorpio) sits in the West

Elk: November 22 – December 21 (Sagittarius) sits in the Northwest

Snow Goose: December 22 – January 19 (Capricorn) sits in the Northwest

Otter: January 20 – February 18 (Aquarius) sits in the North

Cougar: February 19 – March 20 (Pisces) sits in the Northeast

Red Hawk: March 21 – April 19 (Aries) sits in the Northeast

Beaver: April 20 – May 20 (Taurus) sits in the East

Deer: May 21 – June 20 (Gemini) sits in the Southeast

Flicker: June 21 – July 22 (Cancer) sits in the Southeast

Sturgeon: July 23 – August 22 (Leo) sits in the South

Brown Bear: August 23 – September 22 (Virgo) sits in the Southwest

Raven: September 23 – October 23 (Libra) sits in the Southwest

Within Sun Bear’s system, each birth sitting place also includes a wheel of seven other animal totems that guide and inform each person’s way of being in the world.  We will discuss your wheel of animals, the energy of their sitting place on your wheel and the medicine of the animal itself over the next week or so.  Make sure you don’t miss these upcoming posts!

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Rainbow Bridge Prophecies of Turtle Island

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The Rainbow Bridge Prophecies of Turtle Island (North, South, and Central America) are visions of power first foretold over three thousand years ago.  They reveal the probability of certain events occurring over time.  Most important, they challenge us to wake up, claim the best of ourselves, and carry that excellence as the banner for peace, harmony, and individual, autonomous freedom for all life on this planet.

The prophecies use the metaphor of a Great Horse Race, with eight horses of different colors representing humanity’s different choices at critical turning points in our interaction with one another, with the Earth, and with life in general.  In the original speaking of the prophecies, the metaphorical animals were seen as dogs, for the dog is the keeper of the belief systems of a people.  The Spanish destruction and conquest resulted in the introduction of the horse to the continent, and the Elders saw that the medicine, or alchemy, of the Race would change.  The medicine of the horse is that it is the carrier of the belief systems of a people; thus, the Race became a Race of Horses.

Of the eight horses in the Race, four represent the four directions of the Wheel of Life, and they hold the balance and stability in the Race.  These horses are the Red Horse, White Horse, Dark Horse, and Gold Horse.  More information about each horse will be presented over the next few days.

To learn more about the Rainbow Bridge Prophecies and so much more, check out the Song of the Deer by Thunder Strikes with Jan Orsi.

Animal Medicine Monday – Turtle

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Turtle, the clan animal of the West, is the sigil of Grandmother Earth and teaches the sacredness of the Earth Lodge (including our bodies).  The turtle is the protector of the lodges of women, keeping both our home and womb sacred.  This clan animal is the keeper of the teachings of shields and carrier of teachings of humanity.  The turtle also brings alignment with the mineral world, especially that of the crystals.

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Animal Medicine Monday – Elk

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Elk, the largest and most regal member of the deer family, are the totem animal corresponding to the sun sign of Sagittarius.

Elk are fast, good jumpers, and considerate.  While traveling in gangs, they take turns making trails in the snow.

Elk are master teachers and healers, as well as the awakener of the unconscious. This keeper of thunder and lightning teaches us to “hear the lightning and see the thunder,” which helps bring us from fantasy into the light of knowledge.  Master of rules and laws; Elk teaches us to resolve our karma circles. They are also the guardians of the gateway into the unknown (the nagual or spirit world) and masters of physical sexuality and orgasm.

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Sturgeon Animal Totem: Deep Diving

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Oh ancient, royal fishes … we didn’t forget about you! Happy birthday to the Sturgeon! For those not familiar with SunBear’s Earth Astrology, those born from July 23 to August 22 have the sturgeon as their birth animal totem.

We can learn so much about our Natural Selves from the animal world, including how to be more efficient and balanced with our every day energy.

Did you know? The sturgeon is among the most ancient fish, dating back to dinosaurs roaming the earth; hence, their thorny, prehistoric physical bodies, strength and ability to survive. Although a deep swimmer, the sturgeon will occasionally breach the water, jumping into the air before going back to its low depths.

As such, people born with sturgeon as their sitting place animal totem likewise tend to show an aggressive thorny exterior to hide their true feelings while being easily hurt on the inside from their soft, sensitive hearts. If in balance, they can spin this medicine in the light to easily feel what others are feeling without it affecting themselves. They know how to dance in the memories of water and be in clear, deep emotions.

What do you think? Where can you add a little sturgeon medicine to your life?

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The Dance of the Twenty Count: 11 – 20 As Above Recap

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The Children’s Twenty Count is a way of perceiving the special qualities and “give away” of the sacred powers of the universe and relating them to the numbers 1-20. This provides a valuable mathematical system the describes the interrelationships of the powers to one another and forms the basic framework for all of the Sweet Medicine SunDance teachings.

The Children’s Twenty Count describes our world as we live in it, and the powers that influence us here in our attempt to establish interconnection, interreliability and interdependence with all things.

In our past posts, we’ve taken you through each of the powers to introduce you to qualities, vibrations, and give aways of the numbers 1- 10, representing the powers that are the “so below“…the numbers that are related to this 3rd dimensional reality and “all that is green“…

Then, we took you through the upper numbers (11-20), presenting the powers that are the “as above“…the numbers that are related to beyondthis 3rd dimensional reality and “all that is blue“…

For a recap of numbers 11 – 20, click on the links below.

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The Dance of the Twenty Count: 20 The Great Spirit

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 19 Universal Teachers

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 18 Karma Masters

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 17 Dream Teachers

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 16 Enlightened Masters

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 15 Souls of All Humans

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 14 Coatl

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 13 Quetzal

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 12 Grandmother Planets

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 11 Grandfather Stars & Sister Moons

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 1- 10 So Below Recap

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 14 Coatl

The Children’s Twenty Count describes our world as we live in it, and the powers that influence us here in our attempt to establish interconnection, interreliability and interdependence with all things.

Thus far we have presented in each blog post, the numbers 1- 10, representing the powers that are the “so below“…the numbers that are related to this 3rd dimensional reality and “all that is green“…

As we discuss the upper numbers (11-20), we begin with the powers that are the “as above“…the numbers that are related to beyond this 3rd dimensional reality and “all that is blue“…

14 = Coatl (The Spirit of All Animals)

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Coatl as 14 is the spiritual energy of all the animals and is also known as Earth Father. In the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, 14 is called Sweet Medicine (another name for animals) and Seven Arrows. 14 is also known as the Son of the Perfect Dream. To the Christians, Coatl is known as the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit. Remember, it was a dove that came into the crown chakra of Jesus after He was baptized.

Without exception, each of the major religious traditions around the world used their animal totem (the image and symbol of an animal) to denote this presence of the passing of knowledge: the Dove for Jesus, the Eagle for the Native Americans, the Tiger for Buddha, the Crane for Lao Tzu. In our own Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, we take our name from all Sweet Medicine animals. Shamans use Coatl in their shamanic journeys to bring about healing, using the spirit of the animal to heal the spirit of the human.

14 is also our intellectual instincts and our feelings. Most importantly, 14 is the key to being human. It is the teacher of what we call the 5 huaquas of being human: health, hope happiness, harmony and humor and our ability to be here now. 

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 13 Quetzal

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 12 Grandmother Planets

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 11 Grandfather Stars & Sister Moons

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 1- 10 So Below Recap

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 4 Sacred Animals

The Children’s Twenty Count describes our world as we live in it, and the powers that influence us here in our attempt to establish interconnection, interreliability and interdependence with all things.

As we begin to discuss the lower numbers, we begin with the powers that are the “so below“…the numbers that are related to this 3rd dimensional reality and “all that is green“…

4 = Sacred Animals

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Sacred Animals refer to the actual physical animals on the planet. They include the swimmers in the waters, the creeper crawlies (those that crawl with their bellies) upon Grandmother Earth, the four leggeds, and the winged ones (those who fly).

The animals are the receivers, the implosive second born children of Grandmother Earth. The interesting thing about animals is that they never need to go to therapy to figure out who they are. You don’t see cats trying to be elephants.

They, therefore, walk like a cat, act like a cat, and meow like a cat. This is one of the animals’ greatest teachings for us humans, be who we are! The animals walk in balance and teach us how to find balance and harmony within ourselves and align with all things with an open heart.

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 3 Sacred Plants

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 2 Grandmother Earth

The Dance of the Twenty Count: 1 Grandfather Sun

The Dance of the Twenty Count: An Intro

Elk Animal Totem: Awakener of the Unconscious

Happy birthday to the Elk! For those not familiar with SunBear’s Earth Astrology, those born from November 22 to December 21 have the elk as their birth animal totem. The elk is the largest and considered the most regal of the deer family.

We can learn so much about our natural selves from the animal world, including how to be more efficient and balanced with our every day energy.
 
Did you know? The antlers of an elk resemble a tree and are shed annually. During mating season, male bulls charge each other until one succeeds in knocking the other from his feet and gores him.

The winner emerges with the female while the other male limps away. Calves are kept hidden for the first six months of their life to ensure their safety while mom goes out foraging for food.

Spiritually, they are considered the keepers of thunder and lightning, and as such, help awaken our unconscious.

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Elk totem people are highly aware of justice and injustice and can be very both impatient and vocal about perceived transgressions in the hope to correct the behavior and/or situation.

If the Elk calling out is out of balance or lacking maturity, his/her behavior can create unnecessary problems. However, an Elk person in balance can bring clarity and insights to benefit all.
  
What do you think? Where can you add a little elk medicine to your life?

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Snake Animal Totem: Mysterious, Adaptable and Transformative

Happy birthday to the Snake! For those not familiar with SunBear’s Earth Astrology, those born from October 24 to November 21 have the snake as their birth animal totem. Throughout the world, there are approximately 2500 species of snake!

We can learn so much about our natural selves from the animal world, including how to be more efficient and balanced with our every day energy.

Did you know? Snakes are very adaptable to their environment, sometimes changing their color to blend more closely with landscape. They are highly sensitive to touch and vibrations. Snake totem people, contrary to a snake’s cold blood, can be highly sexual beings. Spiritually, snakes hold the secrets of spiritual sexuality.

Change may not come easily to a snake person, but when it does, it’s usually a permanent one.

Snake totem people are highly adaptable and able to shed their old skin of thoughts, perceptions and philosophies when it’s time to transform into a new phase of life. They are teachers of fear and the many deaths that occur in life as a part of change and transformation.

What do you think? Where can you add a little snake medicine to your life?

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