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.