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Native American Astrology

Updated on July 21, 2012

Native American Spirituality

You might have more brothers and sisters than you think!

"We need to find and self-activate universal wisdom, by remembering and acknowledging that we are magical and universal human beings."-Samantha Britt Williams

This lens will help to introduce you to the way Native Americans interact spiritually with the earth, and with all the living things that live on earth. They honor the connection between us all whether we walk on two legs or four and offer ways to connect more deeply to the world around you in both an energetic and a spiritual sense.

The Concept of Animal Medicine

This spiritual approach of finding power animals and spirit animals and animal allies all begins with the belief that they are our relatives, our "relations" and that they have "medicine" to share with us. But this medicine is not the traditional kind that most of us think of when we hear the word.

For Native Americans, "medicine" is anything that connects us more deeply to the divine (or "Great Mystery") and to life, in general. Healing of our bodymind and our spirit is part of that and so is personal power.

"This medicine is also anything that brings personal power, strength, and understanding. It is the constant living of life in a way that brings healing to the Earth Mother and to all of our associates, family, friends and fellow creatures. Native American medicine is an all-encompassing 'way of life,' for it involves walking on the Earth Mother in perfect harmony with the Universe."-Jamie Sams and David Carson, Medicine Cards

Animal medicine suggests that we have access to this empowerment all the time because of our connection to certain animals that have come to be with us for a lifetime. But it also encourages us to ask for what we need if we do not have it. To borrow from the traits of animals who have what we need.

"When you call upon the power of an animal, you are asking to be drawn into complete harmony with the strength of that creature's essence. Gaining understanding from these brothers and sisters of the animal kingdom is a healing process, and must be approached with humility and intuitiveness." --Jamie Sams and David Carson, Medicine Cards


Native American Astrology

Also called Medicine Wheel Astrology

Medicine Wheel Astrology

“Every culture on earth has a link to the invention of some form of astrology and various forms of calendar. … Native Americans have always been people of the land rather than city dwellers, so it is not surprising that the animals related to the seasons and areas in which they lived have become part of their astrology.”—Deborah Durbin, Simply Native American Astrology


“Native American astrology uses the images of creatures to depict the seasons. These creatures exist in addition to the twelve ‘zodiac’ signs of the medicine wheel. They mark the turning point of each season and also the turning points during each day (dawn, noon, dusk, mid-night). The four ‘seasonal’ creatures are the white buffalo, the golden eagle, the coyote, and the grizzly bear.” -- Deborah Durbin, Simply Native American Astrology

They also connect different animals, seasons and elements to the four directions on the medicine wheel: North, South, East and West. Using medicine wheel astrology, you can discover your major power animal and your minor ones.

Twelve-Month Calendar

Though there are some Native Americans still using the Aztec agricultural calendar, most now use a 12-month lunar calendar and have aligned it and the medicine wheel with dates used in Western astrology.

“The twelve Moons [they use] correspond to the weather or activities that one would expect to occur during each season. Each astrological sign also corresponds to a tree, a stone and a color.”-- Deborah Durbin, Simply Native American Astrology

Samantha's medicine wheel
Samantha's medicine wheel

Make Your Own Medicine Wheel

“To make and activate a simple Medicine Wheel all you have to do is place five rocks, crystals or anything you wish to use from nature in a circle while calling in each of the Spirit Keeper Power Animals. Start in the East, place a stone and visualise Golden Eagle, in the South is Coyote and the West is for Grizzly Bear. The North is for White Buffalo and then place the last stone in the Centre to represent Creator - this can be any animal you wish. That really is all there is to it, anyone can build and use a simple Medicine Wheel!”—Samantha Britt Williams

How to Use a Medicine Wheel

Using a Medicine Wheel

Note: the picture is Samantha's medicine wheel and can be found, along with lots of other beautiful pictures, on her website.

Native American Astrology Chart

When were you born?

Date/ Sign (Animal)/ Clan (Animal)

December 22-January 19 Snow Goose/ Turtle

January 20-February 18 Otter/ Butterfly

February 19-March 20 Cougar/ Frog

March 21-April 19 Red Hawk/ Thunderbird

April 20-May 20 Beaver/ Turtle

May 21-June 20 Deer/ Butterfly

June 21-July 22 Flicker/ Frog

July 23-August 22 Sturgeon/ Thunderbird

August 23-September 22 Grizzly Bear/ Turtle

September 23-October 23 Raven/ Butterfly

October 24-November 21 Snake/ Frog

November 22-December 21 Elk/ Thunderbird

This chart comes from the book, Simply Native American Astrology by Deborah Durbin. It also offers the names of the moons, plants, stones and colors that corresponds to each month.

Grab the book (click on pic) for the rest of your astrological profile.

"How you feel about yourself and your past (what you carry 'within') deeply affects your outer world (what you experience and create in your life). To create a life worth living we must be free of childhood and adulthood pain so your future is directed and created with a clear emotional body feeling positive about the future."- Samantha Britt Williams

Creating a Medicine Wheel is one way to take a proactive role in your own healing.

Power Animals

“A Power Animal is a protector, similar to a spirit guide, that represents an aspect of your soul.”—Samantha Britt Williams

Permanent Guides: the Totem Animals

“The animals are spirit teachers that dwell in our unconscious mind, waiting for us to discover them.”-- Stefanie Iris Weiss, Spirit Animals: Unlocking the Secrets of Our Animal Companions

Totem animals are the animal spirits that stay with you forever. They are like guardian angels who are ever-present in the background of your life, but who are available for closer relationship if you choose to connect in a deeper way.

Some people think of angels as companions who hover close to us, available in an instant if we need them. Totem animals are always there, too, but, along with spirit animals, can help you grow and develop spiritually.

Some Native Americans believe that you have one power or totem animal and many other spirit animals that come and go in your life as teachers. Others believe that you have more.

In their book, Medicine Cards, Jamie Sams and David Carson indicate that we each have nine totem animals, seven of which correspond to direction or location: East, West, North, South, Above, Below, and Within.

“The other two animals which make up your nine totems are the ones that are walking at each side of you at all times and that may have been coming to you for years in dreams,” the authors say. They go on to explain that you also may have encountered these animals in other ways and may have felt drawn to them for a reason unknown to you at the time.

Temporary Companions: Spirit Animals

“Finding your spirit animal is a way to take a moment to breathe, reconnect, and remember what it means to be a human, not a robot. Your spirit animal can help reveal what your purpose is. If you’re in need of guidance, healing, or protection, you just might find it with one of the animals illustrated in this book.”—Stefanie Iris Weiss, Spirit Animals: Unlocking the Secrets of Our Animal Companions

How to Identify Your Power Animal


You can place a pen and a journal by your bed each night and just before you go to sleep, ask to dream about any animals that are with you in spirit. Tell yourself that you will remember any dream that is important, and after a few nights, you are likely to find yourself dreaming the answers.


If you decide to try meditating to know more about your power animals, here is a statement you could make as you begin...

"Right here, right now, I am reaching out for what I need. I may not know exactly what it is yet, but you do. Whatever shape you take, I open my mind and body to your spiritual wisdom. I want to see you, feel you, smell you, and understand you. I want to explore your habitat so you can fill my world with the healing and pure power that you possess. You are the next step on my path."--Stefanie Iris Weiss, Spirit Animals: Unlocking the Secrets of Our Animal Companions

If you would like to try the free recorded meditation that I have created to identify your power animal, go to To Heal and Grow and complete the form at the bottom of the page.

Intuitive Readings

Animal medicine cards can be used in several ways, but we will identify two here.

(1) You can draw cards specifically to find your permanent companions, your power animals, and use that guidance to learn about the character traits, strength and wisdom that is always available to you and that you can grow into even more.

(2) But you can also use them to discover which spirit animals have something to say to you in the moment. Guidance that is important for that day, or for a time, but not necessarily forever.

Discover Your Power Animal - Great Books from Amazon

These are animal medicine books I have read and used and I return to them again and again!


Your Intuitive Reading Toolkit - Oracle Card Decks from Amazon

These are all cards and books I use again and again and I highly recommend them!


Thanks for dropping by for a visit!


Which one is your power animal? - I'd love to hear from you!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I love this lens so much - it is not just about Native American astrology but about Native American spirituality. Well done.

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      IntuitiveHealer 6 years ago

      @victoriuh: Oh that's so neat, that you made it part of your wedding!!

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      IntuitiveHealer 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hitesh, I'm just seeing this! Thanks so much for your kind words.

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      IntuitiveHealer 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh my gosh, that is so cool, how they found you and were hanging around until you knew what they meant. I love it when things like that happen!!

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      IntuitiveHealer 6 years ago

      @Amy Fricano: Thanks, WindyGig!!

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      victoriuh 6 years ago

      Very interesting! I was watching TV a few months ago. There was documentary on Kamchatka brown bears that made me sit up straight and say, "That is my son!". It was such a strong and strange feeling. As for me, no idea. My husband and I have the same clan animal, the frog. I chose a bride and groom frog for our wedding cake years ago. Kinda funny!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for this! I haven't been this moved by a blog for a long time! You've got it, whatever that means in blogging. Anyway, You are definitely someone that has something to say that people need to hear. Keep up the good work. Keep on inspiring the people!


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi Jeanine,

      I am part native american indian and part welsh. I did not know about the native part of my heritage until adulthood. As a child, teen and young adult, I had a special feeling to Great Horned Owls. I would see them at night, when working on a ranch in the Alberta foothills, one seemed to be always watching me - even others noticed. On a family reunion to England, I found that our family had an affinity to owls going back generations.

      Then (inexplicably) frogs began to appear. I saw them around me in the forest, I moved to the west coast and they began to take up residence in our yard, they began to appear in my artwork. I was talking to my grandfather about it and was told about our native heritage and that my great grandfather was a member of the Tlingit Raven/Frog clan. I feel proud to have these protectors. Both have taken residence in our yard (along with Crows!)

      Thanks for your words!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      I guess it says I am redhawk.. Right now I am drawn to giraffes and I also love zebra stuff.

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      Amy Fricano 7 years ago from WNY


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      IntuitiveHealer 7 years ago

      @SandyMertens: Hi, Sandy! Thanks!! I enjoyed putting it together. ~~Jeanine

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      IntuitiveHealer 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi, Susie! Thanks so much for the rating and kind words. Though I love my connection to Native American spiritual stuff, it has surprised me to feel such joy in writing about it. Just wish I had more time! ~~Jeanine

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      IntuitiveHealer 7 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Thanks, Ladymermaid! I am having such a blast writing about Native American spirituality. I'm glad to know that others are enjoying it, too! ~~Jeanine

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      IntuitiveHealer 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi, Felicity! (((Hugs))) right back at you. That's wonderful that your son is so closely tied to the Crow Nation. I am not sure which tribe my great-greats were a part of and I think there might have been two. Someone guessed from the look of my family that we might be Cherokee, but I'm not sure. Thanks so much for your comment and for favoriting me! ~~Jeanine

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The Red Hawk has always been symbolic in my life. This is a wonderful lens! My son is part Native American (Crow Nation) so I love learning more about Native American Spirituality. 5* added to favorites and sending you a great big ((HUG))

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      When I saw the title of this article under my furry friends, I just had to peek in, and I am so glad that I did. What a wonderful article.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very interesting information. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!!! 5 Stars


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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice work.