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.

  snake-totem  beaver

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

elk-bull  deer-1323002_1280

Elk – Deer

snow-goose  flicker-totem

Snow Goose – Flicker

otter-totem 2  sturgeon-totem

Otter – Sturgeon

cougar-totem  brown bear-totem

Cougar – Brown Bear

red-hawk-totem  raven-totem

Red Hawk – Raven

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

Happy Birthday Snake People!


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, which corresponds to the sun sign of Scorpio.

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

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 is also the keeper of alignment with Grandfather Sun as it sheds its skin yearly.  Snake totem people are also 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. Change may not come easily to a snake person, but when it does, it’s usually a permanent one.

Snake, especially the rattlesnake, is the teacher of the nagual (spiritual) enemies of fear and death.  Calling on the medicine of the Snake can assist the movement through fear and the many deaths that occur in life as a part of change and transformation.

Snake is also the protector of all the teacher plants and the healing herbs, and holds the secrets of spiritual sexuality, of Quodoushka. Snake totem people, contrary to a snake’s cold blood, can be highly sexual beings. Snake, along with the raven and crow, is a teacher of the Twenty Count, in that the sigils of the Twenty Count and the four Worlds are carried on its back. Along with communicating telepathically with other animals, snake is the protector of women’s lodges, and warns when you are out of alignment with the plant and mineral world.

Did you know that, throughout the world, there are approximately 2500 species of snake!  Living snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica, and on most smaller land masses; exceptions include some large islands, such as Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, the Hawaiian archipelago, and the islands of New Zealand.  Most species are nonvenomous and those that have venom use it primarily to kill and subdue prey rather than for self-defense.

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

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Archaeology of the Self

Easter Island

When we first begin to do conscious work on ourselves, we are self-centered.  There is so much to dig and explore.  Each succeeding layer reveals an earlier civilization, a different aspect of self, until the archaeologist self comes to the evidences of the original inhabitant of the site.  There we find our true natures, our authentic, natural selves.  There we find the light within the shadow, our shining and magnificence!

To learn more, check out the Song of the Deer by Thunder Strikes with Jan Orsi.

(Recently, archaeologists found that the statues of Easter Island, carved by the Rapa Nui people, are not just heads, but include full bodies as well.  To see the uncovered bodies of these magnificent statues, visit

Great Work of the Soul


“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.”

~ Plato ~

This is the great work of the soul.

Identifying patterns that no longer work is the first step.  Having the courage to change, to step into the unknown, to battle the inner pretense and pretender voices is the act of a Warrior!  Embracing change as a way of being is walking with Benevolent death, the little death that helps us to change, transform, and birth ourselves anew.  Embodying changes the soul is calling us to make moves us to be our Natural Self.

Everything changes except the fact that everything changes.  What are you going to do today, thus moment, to become more of who you truly are?