What Your Native American Zodiac Symbols Really Means

Animals are an important part of Native American culture and there are representations of just about every animal imaginable in the symbolism of Native American horoscopes. We’ll focus primarily, in this article, on the animals most closely associated with birth months, in other words, the zodiac of Native American tribes. Similar to the Greek horoscopes that we use today, Native American tribes held the belief that the time of year a person is born into will directly affect a person’s personal characteristics. Similar to the animal symbols of the modern horoscope, the Native one is also represented by animals. Here is a list, by month, of the animals and their traits.

January 20th through February 18th - The Otter Different thinking and independent, for most people, the Otter is seldom easy to understand. The Otter does things in an unconventional way. As a result of this, the way the Otter does things is not typically the first selected method. This is unfortunate as the Otter’s unconventional methods can oftentimes be exceptionally adequate. While unusual in its viewpoint, the Otter is typically gifted with a unique way of seeing things that are imaginative and intelligent. As a result, the Otter often sees solutions that no one else sees thanks to his/her intuitive and perceptive imagination. If you are looking for a friend, look no further than someone born under the sign of the Otter. Otters pay great attention, are very supportive, understanding, brave, and truthful. The Otter, under some circumstances, can also be lewd, a real rebel, a loner, and unscrupulous. February 19th through March 20th – The Wolf Passion and emotion are the hallmarks of the Wolf. The Native American sign that is most attuned to the heart and philosophy, the Wolf understands the emotional needs of everyone around him/her and is perfectly willing to provide love. Conversely, the Wolf is the most independent of the Native American signs, which contrasts with his/her ability to love. Seeking true independence, yet being able to provide love and gentle acceptance, this sign exudes a sensation of “The Lone Wolf”. When it comes to nurture, the Wolf is full of passion, willing to give, deeply loving, and most of all gentle. The Wolf, under some circumstances, can be adamant, obsessive, have a ruthless streak, and somewhat impractical. March 21st through April 19th - The Falcon Naturally inclined to leadership, the Falcon always has a sharp mind when it comes to making decisions in tense situations. Always pragmatic, this member of the Native American zodiac isn’t inclined to wasting time and always stays on target. Keeping on task is the hallmark of the Falcon. Keenly suited for team sports, the Falcon always tends to seize on any opportunity. The Falcon also always tends to voice their opinions stridently, and as a result, can come off as a bit of a braggart – although the Falcon quite often right in. No sign in the Native American cycle is as fiery as the Falcon. Under certain circumstances Falcons lack patience, can be rude and come across as being vain and touchy. April 20th through May 20th – The Beaver The beaver loves being in charge but is also flexible and can adapt to any situation easily. Ever businesslike, the way of the Beaver is efficiency tempered with an almost nonchalant air. Using these traits, the job typically gets done. If you are born under this sign, you are a cunning individual who should never be underestimated. As a Beaver, you’re sharp thinking and bright. If you are born under this sign, you’ve got it going for you. Unfortunately, a Beaver is also inclined to stubbornness when it comes to what they view as the proper procedure. Though typically right in these circumstances, a beaver could benefit with a little more tact. Under the right circumstances, Beavers can be loyal, compassionate, helpful and generous. Adversely, Beavers can also be cowardly, nervous, stubborn, and a tad possessive. May 21st through June 20th – The Deer The deer in Native American mythology represents the creative influence. Witty and inspiring, the Deer also has a great sense of humor and can make almost anyone laugh. Always willing to converse, if you fall under the sign of the Deer then you are a great talker. As a Deer, you are amazingly affable and oftentimes the life of the party. Environmental awareness is also a key trait of a Deer, and typically those born under this sign are very fastidious when it comes to personal appearance. Somewhat conceited, the Deer can be a bit self-absorbed. This is usually forgiven because he/she is typically so easy to get along with. Thanks to the inclination to be lively, the Deer can be a great inspiring member in any relationship, and tends to lean towards a nurturing personality. The Deer, under certain circumstances, can be a bit moody, lazy, or even seem to have double standards.

June 21st through July 21st – The Woodpecker The Woodpecker is the nurterer and always having an open ear. People born under this sign are very empathetic and understanding. No other sign is as supportive. Woodpeckers are amazing parents and also make for great friends and business partners. Woodpeckers can sometimes be a little frugal but you can rely on them blindly because they tend to be very organized. As the most nurturing on this list, you can expect Woodpeckers to be deeply dedicated, caring, and inclined to romance. Beware, though: As Woodpeckers can also be jealous, prone to anger, and very possessive. July 22nd through August 21st – The Salmon Creativity is your calling card if you are born under the sign of the salmon. Salmons are also expressly focused, prone to intuitiveness, and amazingly energetic. As a Salmon, you are very confident and love to motivate. Your enthusiasm is also almost entirely un-curbable, and it’s also very infectious. People tend to go along with the Salmon very easily, even when the scheme seems doomed to fail. As a Salmon, you have many friends thanks to your intelligent, intuitive, and generous nature. Driven by a need for purpose and goal achievement, you’ll have no problems finding compatriots for the quests you undertake. In relationships, Salmon are giving, calm, stable, and sensual. Under certain circumstances, however, the Salmon can also be vulgar, egocentric, and biased. August 22nd through September 21st – The Bear Pragmatism is the calling card of the stoic Bear. Friends know to call on you when a level head and a steady arm are needed for almost anything. Practicality is another trait of those who are born under this sign, and thus, Bears, who also can be generous and giving, tend to pair well with those born under the sign of the Owl. Humility also tends to be the style of the Bear, and sometimes those born under this sign can tend to be very shy. In most situations, Bears tend to provide nearly unconditional love and generosity to those around them, all while maintaining patience and temperance. Bears are great in an educational setting, as their patience transfers well to those they are teaching. Under some circumstances, Bears can also be skeptics, lazy, and reserved. September 22nd through October 22nd – The Raven Another enthusiastic sign, the Raven tends towards a natural proclivity towards entrepreneurship and charm. As a Raven, you possess a type of easy energy that everyone relies on when it comes to your ideas. As a Raven’s you are quite the idealist but also calculating at the same time. Under positive circumstances, the Raven is very easy going, romantic, and almost invariably soft-spoken. In relationships, the Raven is intuitive and patient. In some circumstances, the Raven can also come across as selfish, vindictive, inconsistent, and can rub people the wrong way. October 23rd through November 22nd – The Snake Closely tied to the world of the spirit, the Snake is the traditional sign of the shaman. Its link to the spiritual world is why those born under this sign are so easily attuned to the ethereal. Healing comes very naturally for the Snake, so if you are born under this Native American sign you can expect to excel in the medical field. As a result of your natural spiritual link, people might find that you have a sometimes mysterious or even frightening bearing. There is a bit of an inclination to secrecy and darkness in the Snake, but those born under this sign can also be very caring and sensitive. In positive situations, the Snake can be humorous, helpful and inspiring. In adverse situations, you can expect despondency, volatility, or even violence. November 23rd through December 21st – The Owl The Native American horoscope has no other sign as mutable as the Owl. As a rule, this sign is one of the most adaptive. Easy going, natural, and warm, the Owl is friendly to all. If you fall under this sign, you grab life by the horns and have a love for exploring and adventure. This can naturally be dangerous as the Owl can also be careless, prone to recklessness, and inconsiderate. Those born under this sign do great in the fields of teaching, art, and conservation, and due to his/her mutability, almost any other vocation. In positive relationships, an Owl has a zealous personality but also tends to be sensitive and is a great listener. In difficult situations, the Owl tends to come across as aggressive, somewhat bitter, and almost invariably overindulgent. December 22nd through January 19th – The Goose Perseverance and doggedness are the hallmarks of this sign. If you are born under this Native American animal symbol, friends know to reach out to you when something needs to be done. For a Goose, ambition is also one of their key defining characteristics and the Goose typically achieves his/her ambitions succinctly. This drive to succeed comes from the spirit; no external force pushes the Goose to achieve. Drive and perseverance are what keeps the Goose moving. As a Goose, you excel in professional and physical pursuits. There is no stopping you especially when you know that your family and friends have your back. When in a positive relationship, the Goose can be affable, passionate, and sensual. In adverse situations, a Goose can easily succumb to addiction or be obsessive, which is typically the downfall of those who fall under this sign.