Elk People

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Happy birthday to those of you who were born under the Earth Astrology sign of Elk (Sagittarius sun sign).  Within Sun Bear’s Earth Astrology, each of us are born with a birth sitting place animal totem.  This is just one animal from a wheel of eight animal totems that guide and teach us throughout our lives.

The birth sitting place animal totem sits in the south of this wheel and teaches us how to be in balance and write a life story of power.  Each of the twelve totem animals do this differently.  Elk are guardians of the gateways into the unknown (the nagual or spirit world), and as such, their ‘medicine’ awakens the unconscious and helps to bring us from fantasy into the light of knowledge.  Elk teach us to hear the lightning and see the thunder.  Also known as a master of rules and laws, Elk guide us to resolve our karma circles.

The compliment totem animal of the Elk is the Deer, who sits in the North of the wheel.  All compliment totem animals provide an opposite reflection and helps you coordinate how to actualize your intent.  The Deer, who is the compliment of Elk, does this by teaching us magick, magickal law and alchemy.  Deer also teach natural law and the power of swiftness.  The more we are aligned with nature , the worlds, the elements, and powers, the easier it is for us to accomplish magick in our lives and become awake as we walk towards enlightenment.

The Clan animal 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 and sits in the West of your wheel.  For the Elk, their Clan animal is the Thunderbird, who is the bringer of thunder, lightning and rain, the awakener of the voice of our Hokkshideh (higher self), and 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 astrology signs that have Thunderbird as their Clan Animal are Elk (Sagittarius), Red Hawk (Aries), and Sturgeon (Leo).

And in the east sits the Spirit Guide who guides your spiritual self-growth and development. The Grizzly Bear guides this development for the Elk through its ability to teach 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, how to protect our home, loved ones and possessions. S/he 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).

These four animal totems, sitting in the cardinal direction of this wheel, stabilize the energy.  The next four totem animals, who sit in the non-cardinal directions, move the energy.

The Southeast animal provides insight into your self-concepts and how you see the world while reflecting a proper attitude and approach to life.  Within the Elk’s wheel, it is the Raven who provides this through their knowledge of Sacred, Magickal, and Natural Law.  Ravens are incredibly clever, work through problems to find solution, and are always on the lookout for the shiny bits.  They also have the ability to eat many things that other animals would not go near and transform it into nutrients.

If you are looking for guidance about the symbols within your dream, look to the animal who sits in the Southwest of your wheel.  In the case of the Elk, Red Hawk does this brilliantly.  Red Hawk is the communicator and interpreter of language that helps us to hear the inner dialogue between our higher and lower selves.  Red Hawk also teaches us to see our own circle (that is, our patterns) both from nearby and far away, giving us a different perspective on what is reality.

The Northwest totem animal helps us know Sacred Law and our own Sacred Image (our true nature or authentic self).  This animal helps us to discern the patterns that are working and are good to keep and the timing to change the patterns that no longer work.  The Sturgeon, the oldest of all living clean water fish, known as the Keeper of Old Age, guides us to cleanse the depths of our emotional waters.  It is only through being able to see the patterns through clear, clean waters that we can acknowledge what patterns are working and what patterns need to die.

And, the final totem animal, sitting in the Northeast, teaches you how to relax and focus while assisting you to design and choreograph your life.  The wonderfully playful otter accomplishes this by teaching us how to play in our child shield and give with our heart.  The Otter also cleanses and purifies the sacred waters, that is, all emotional states of humans.

If you are born under the sign of the Elk or know an Elk or two, take a moment and add your knowledge of how each of these animals guide you or the one you know.

For your listening pleasure, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSpGd9p17n0

 

 

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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.

 

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Earth Astrology: Clan Animals

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The West animal on your Sitting Place Wheel of Allies is called your CLAN ANIMAL, according to SunBear’s Earth Astrology. 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.

Earth Astrology: Wheel of Animals

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Each Sitting Place has a wheel of eight animal allies (see previous page). In each direction is seated a Sweet Medicine totem guide who is a master of that particular energy for you. This ally or spirit guide is “on call” for you, ready to assist you in gaining mastery and balance.

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

The North animal on your Sitting Place Wheel of Allies is the COMPLEMENT TO YOUR BIRTH TOTEM.

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

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.

The allies seated in the non-cardinals 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.

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

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 – Thunderbird

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The bringer of thunder, lightning and rain; awakener of the voice of our Hokkshideh (our Higher Self); 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.

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