Your Native American Horoscope

Your Native American Horoscope

  • posted by Annie B. Bond

Adapted from Shamanic Spirit, by Kenneth Meadows (Inner Traditions, 2004).

Many Native American traditions teach that there are twelve Earth Personalities that make up the Earth Medicine Wheel. These form an earth-centered horoscope that gives us valuable information about our totem animal, our personality, and our spirit-task in life. Find out which Earth Personality you are, as well as your totem animal and your principle life-lesson:

March 21 – April 19: The Awakening Time. Falcon.
Your principle lessons: Discovering that happiness comes through sharing, and that individuality need not be selfish but van be expressed more fully when it is in harmony with others.

April 20 – May 20: The Growing Time. Beaver.
Your principle lessons: Your worst emotional traumas are likely to be in those areas of your life in which the tendency to form attachments extends into close personal relationships and becomes possessive. Through the grist of experience you are cultivating flexibility, adaptability, and compassion. You need to give others the “space” to be themselves, just as you demand the space to be “you.”

May 21 – June 20: The Flowering Time. Deer.
Your principle lessons: The rifts you have with others indicate divisions within yourself. You are learning how to co-ordinate that which appears to be contrary but which truly is complementary.

June 21 – July 21: The Long Days Time. Woodpecker.
Your principle lessons: To learn to treasure the moment. Not to dwell on regrets of the past or on expectations of what may be in the future, but to recognize that the power to make changes ins always in the Now! The challenges you face on your Earth “Walk” are to enable you to mature through the experience of closeness. Much stress and anxiety may be caused through tenaciously holding on to what has served its purpose, and through mistaking attachment for love. The ability to let go is often a test of true love.

July 22 – August 21: The Ripening Time. Salmon.
Your principle lessons: You are frequently faced with situations which challenge your stubborn resistance to change, and with the need to become more flexible and adaptable through developing a regard for the emotional needs of others. You are learning to recognized that fulfillment comes not so much through the forcefulness of making things happen, but through allowing things to be.

August 22 – September 21: The Harvesting Time. Brown Bear.
Your principle lessons: Whatever you are searching for is to be found where you are. You are learning to know when to exert energy to effect a change, and when to accept circumstances that cannot be changed.

September 22 – October 22: The Falling Leaves Time. Crow.
Your principle lessons: To gain the inner strength that comes from acting firmly on your convictions, and acquiring the wisdom that results from making sound judgments.

October 23 – November 22: The Frost Time. Snake.
Your principle lessons: Your impatience causes you pain and discomfort, but such traumas are teaching you the need for proper timing. Being confronted with seemingly formidable tasks and difficult tests is part of the regenerative process inherent in your nature, which can enable you to transform what was into that which may now be. Such challenges push you beyond your own self-limitations.

November 23 – December 21: The Long Nights Time. Owl.
Your principle lessons: Learning to manage your potentials by not dissipating your energies in too many directions at once. Attainment of inner sight so you can perceive beyond the obvious, and a warm heart so you can be compassionate towards those who stumble around in the dark.

December 22 – January 19: The Renewal Time. Goose.
Your principle lessons: These are derived from your efforts to arrange and conserve, for their purpose is to teach you self-reliance and self-sufficiency in order to establish your own identity.

January 20 – February 18: The Cleansing Time. Otter.
Your principle lessons: To help you to find the courage to act more on an inner “knowing” than on other peoples expectancies. You are learning to turn visions into practical realities through struggle and even adversity.

February 19 – March 20: The Blustery Winds Time. Wolf.
Your principle lessons: To learn to become more discriminating in facing the demands that are constantly made upon you. The challenges of your life are for the purpose of enabling you to break free from entanglements that are limiting and restrictive, so your horizons can be extended.

 

Your Horoscope Spirit Profile

Your Horoscope Spirit Profile

  • posted by Annie B. Bond

Adapted from Earth Magic, by Claire Nahmad (Inner Traditions, 1994).

Most of us have read the personality descriptions on the online horoscope sites, or in the newspaper. But here is a somewhat deeper look at your Sun Sign’s primary qualities, seen from the perspective of the spirit.

Find out more about your deeper nature, right here:

Aries, March 21-April 19: Forceful, self-willed, enthusiastic, exaggerative, passionate, extrovert, pioneer, courageous, self-sufficient, idealistic.

Taurus, April 20-May 21: Strong-willed, toiling, practical, sensuous, musical, literary, artistic, temperate, moist, fruitful, magnetic, beneficent, intractable.

Gemini, May 22-June 20: Communicative, inventive, alert, inquisitive, swift, sharp, versatile, dry, mental, ardent, youthful, mobile, idealistic.

Cancer, June 21-July 22: Reflection, sensitivity, memory, receptiveness, fluctuation, responsiveness, sympathy, magnetism.

Leo, July 23- Aug 22: Initiation, power, glory, vigor, ardor, beneficence, creative force, self-expression, full of ideas, talent.

Virgo, Aug 23-Sept 22: Practicality, discernment, intelligence, healing (health, hygiene, diet), duty, fundamentals, craftsmanship, purity.

Libra, Sept 23-Oct 22: Harmony, gentleness, stability, discrimination, beauty, affection, partnership, marriage, social awareness, justice.

Scorpio, Oct 23-Nov 21: Power, energy, intensity, will, magnetism, subtlety, resurrection, elimination, renewal, resolution.

Sagittarius, Nov 22-Dec 21: Honesty, clarity, dignity, benevolence, magnanimity, jollity, encompassing quality, optimism, loyalty, independence, generosity, love of education, literature, justice.

Capricorn, Dec 22-Jan 19: Responsibility, duty, toil, enquiry, restraint, secrecy, discipline, patience, persistence, doggedness, indefatigable aspiration, limitation, taciturnity, practicality, idealism.

Aquarius, Jan 20-Feb 18: Independence, turbulence, fellowship, friendship, relationship, originality, genius, brotherhood, abstraction, optimism, intellect, remoteness, literature, science, inventiveness, peace, artistry, inspiration, perversity, tenacity, intuition.

Pisces, Feb 19-March 20: Intuitive, impressionable, fanciful, naïve, free spirit, unworldly, creative, imaginative, clairvoyant, retiring, vulnerable, studious, romantic, emotional, trusting, vacillating, melancholy, indecisive, insecure, artistic.

 

Zodiac Guidance: Your Horoscope Prayer

Zodiac Guidance: Your Horoscope Prayer

  • posted by Annie B. Bond

Inspired by Earth Magic, by Claire Nahmad (Inner Traditions, 1994).

These short and simple prayers are based on your sun sign. They can help you to feel more balanced and grounded in your true self, bringing out what is best and deepest in you, helping you to function better in your life and your world.

Read the short prayer for your horoscope sign here.

Aries, March 21-April 19: May my courage help me to blaze new trails in my life.

Taurus, April 20-May 21: Today, may I focus on my inner garden, growing what I truly need.

Gemini, May 22-June 20: May I share my ideas with ease, finding playmates of the spirit with every word I speak.

Cancer, June 21-July 22: May my sensitive heart be nourished today by pleasant memories and creativity.

Leo, July 23- Aug. 22: May my vital imagination be the fiery force that can change my life for the better.

Virgo, Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Today, may I give thought to the messages of healing my body is sending me, and the ways I can give my body what it needs.

Libra, Sept. 23-Oct. 22: May I create something beautiful today out of my deep love for Beauty.

Scorpio, Oct. 23-Nov. 21: May I rise up again and again, filled with the power of renewal.

Sagittarius, Nov. 22-Dec. 21: May I speak the ideals of my heart clearly and with compassion for my self and others.

Capricorn, Dec. 22-Jan. 19: May I remember that my most important responsibility is to express my true nature.

Aquarius, Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Today, may I be open to fresh new ideas that help me strengthen the bonds of community.

Pisces, Feb. 19-March 20: May my deep intuition be a benefit to all my relations.

 

Your Horoscope Bird of Power

Your Horoscope Bird of Power

  • posted by Annie B. Bond

Inspired by Earth Magic, by Claire Nahmad (Inner Traditions, 1994).

Ever wish you could fly? Your sun sign is traditionally associated with different birds that can carry messages to the Great Spirit for you, offer spirit-support and healing, or sing a song for your soul.

Find out which birds are your horoscope birds of power here.

Aries, March 21-April 19: Vulture, magpie, robin.

Taurus, April 20-May 21: Dove, sparrow, swan.

Gemini, May 22-June 20: Parrot, linnet, eagle, finch.

Cancer, June 21-July 22: Seagull, owl, white peacock.

Leo, July 23- Aug. 22: Peacock, rooster, eagle.

Virgo, Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Rooster, magpie, parrot.

Libra, Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Dove, swan, sparrow.

Scorpio, Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Eagle, vulture.

Sagittarius, Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Eagle, peacock, bird of paradise.

Capricorn, Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Owl, falcon.

Aquarius, Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Cuckoo, albatross.

Pisces, Feb. 19-March 20: Swan, stork, sandpiper.

Your Horoscope Holiday Heads-Up

Your Horoscope Holiday Heads-Up

  • posted by Cait Johnson

By Cait Johnson, co-author of Celebrating the Great Mother (Inner Traditions, 1995).

Each sign of the zodiac embodies certain challenges and qualities. When we know what these are, our horoscope sun sign can give us such a useful heads-up on some things to watch out for in this sometimes-stressful holiday season! For instance, is your sign prone to over-socializing? You may want to rethink going to that thirteenth party. Does your sign need to run the show? You might delegate some of the responsibility before you burn right out.

Find out what your horoscope can tell you about the best way to have truly happy holidays. We even include a helpful holiday affirmation for each sun sign, right here:

Aries, March 21-April 19: Watch out for your tendency to think that only you can do everything: avoid holiday burn-out by delegating responsibilities whenever you can. And be sure to get plenty of outdoor exercise to help keep your fiery nature on an even keel: you don’t want an angry remark of yours to cause any rifts this holiday season. The holidays will still be beautiful even if everything doesn’t get done.

Taurus, April 20-May 21: Be aware that you can get just a little set in your ways around seasonal traditions. This year, try something new! Even if it only involves buying a tree you can plant after the holidays rather than a cut tree, or using your grandmother’s tablecloth on the festive table rather than the one you’ve used for years, remember: Change is good: embrace it.

Gemini, May 22-June 20: Be sure to take time as often as possible to ground and center yourself so that you can be deeply present in the moment rather than flitting from thing to thing. The deepest and most meaningful experiences are often found in stillness.

Cancer, June 21-July 22: This year, do what you can to accept and love your sensitive self as fully as possible; cultivate a positive relationship with the image in your mirror no matter how many cups of eggnog or slices of mince pie you consume. Remember, the body is the home and sanctuary of the soul. And there‘s no place like home.

Leo, July 23- Aug 22: This year, you may want to try creating opportunities for others to shine as brightly as you do: try coaching a children’s choir, or getting a group together to put on a benefit performance for a worthy cause. When we encourage others to glow, the whole world grows a little brighter.

Virgo, Aug 23-Sept 22: Your attention to detail could get compulsive unless you take some time to deeply enjoy the pleasures of the season. You might want to read up on essential oils or herbs that are seasonal allies. The earth and all her gifts are sacred and give me comfort.

Libra, Sept 23-Oct 22: Wanting to be all things to all people could lead you into an exhausting round of social obligations unless you set time aside for your own peace of mind. Maintaining a personal sense of balance is my most important task. It is not my sole responsibility to create harmony in every social situation.

Scorpio, Oct 23-Nov 21: Your easily-offended nature will have many opportunities to take umbrage unless you detach and try not to take things so personally during the festive season. Find heart’s ease in the deeper spiritual meaning of the holidays.

Sagittarius, Nov 22-Dec 21: Be wary of spreading yourself so thin and being the sparkling light in so many people’s lives that you neglect your own fire. Rekindle your spirit’s flame in the soothing dark and silence.

Capricorn, Dec 22-Jan 19: If you feel you must work hard and harder during the holidays, please do yourself and your loved ones a favor and take a break. Simply being, not producing or doing, is my first priority.

Aquarius, Jan 20-Feb 18: Be sure to set aside enough quiet time with your nearest and dearest; use your imagination to invent meaningful activities to share with those you love. I can use my creativity in the service of deeper connection with my loved ones.

Pisces, Feb 19-March 20: Your empathy with the sufferings of others will simply bring everyone around you down unless you find ways to channel it helpfully. Find something you can do on a local level to reach out and be of service. I can share in human joys as well as human suffering.

Your Horoscope Animal Allies

Your Horoscope Animal Allies

  • posted by Annie B. Bond

Adapted from Earth Magic, by Claire Nahmad (Inner Traditions, 1994).

Most of us know our birthstone (although I have never liked mine, preferring the one for January, go figure), but how many of us know the animals that are traditionally associated with our astrological sun sign?

Your horoscope’s power animals may surprise you! Find out what they are, right here:

You may want to honor your sun sign’s animals by bringing small pictures or figurines of them into your life, and thinking about their qualities.

Aries, March 21-April 19: Ram, tiger, leopard, stallion, vulture, magpie, robin.

Taurus, April 20-May 21: Bull, cow, dove, sparrow, swan.

Gemini, May 22-June 20: Dog, squirrel, serpent, parrot, linnet, eagle, finch.

Cancer, June 21-July 22: Crab, otter, seal, stag, heifer, unicorn, seagull, owl, white peacock.

Leo, July 23- Aug 22: Lion, wolf, griffin, peacock, rooster, eagle.

Virgo, Aug 23-Sept 22: Rooster, squirrel, magpie, parrot.

Libra, Sept 23-Oct 22: Hart, hare, dove, swan, sparrow.

Scorpio, Oct 23-Nov 21: Scorpion, wolf, panther, dog, wild boar, eagle, vulture, dragon, griffin, phoenix.

Sagittarius, Nov 22-Dec 21: Mare, lion, unicorn, eagle, peacock, bird of paradise.

Capricorn, Dec 22-Jan 19: Dog, elephant, goat, bear, owl, falcon.

Aquarius, Jan 20-Feb 18: Dog, otter, cuckoo, albatross, phoenix.

Pisces, Feb 19-March 20: Sheep, ox, seal, swan, stork, sandpiper.

 

 

Natural Baby Ritual

Preparations begin before the birth of the child:

  1. The expectant couple obtains some special wood and burns it down to ash. Traditionally, the desired wood leaves white ash, because it will make the rest of the spell easier, however this may be adapted to suit specific desires. Any traditional magick wood, such as birch, ceiba, hazel or rowan would be appropriate, too.

  2. These ashes are reserved until the birth.

  3. After  birth, the placenta is carried to a strategic area, traditionally a mountain crossroads, and placed on the ground.

  4. The ashes are sprinkled onto the placenta.

  5. The first animal to leave prints either in or with the ash is the child’s protector or represents the species.

Of course, this spell obviously derives from a rural area, with little traffic but a lot of wildlife. Adapt to your needs.