The Twelve Birth Totems
The twelve birth times are represented by totems, each one
an animal that best expresses the qualities inherent at that birth time.
Earth medicine associates an animal totem to each birth
time (the two sets of dates below the animal reflect the difference in season
between the northern and southern hemispheres). These animals help to
connect you to the powers and abilities that they represent.
21 March- 19 April (N. Hemisphere)
22 Sept- 22 Oct (S. Hemisphere)
Falcons are full of initiative, but often rush in to make
they may later regret. Lively and extroverted, they have
enthusiasm for new experiences but can sometimes lack persistence.
20 April- 20 May
23 Oct- 22 Nov (S. Hem)
Practical and steady, Beavers have a capacity for
perseverance. Good homemakers, they are warm and affectionate, but need
harmony and peace to avoid becoming irritable. They have a keen aesthetic sense.
21 May- 20 June (N. Hem)
23 Nov- 21 Dec (S. Hem)
Deer are willing to sacrifice the old for the new. They
loathe routine, thriving on variety and challenges. They have a wild side,
often leaping from one situation or relationship into another without
21 June- 21 July (N. Hem)
22 Dec- 19 Jan (S. Hem)
Emotional and sensitive, Woodpeckers are warm to those
closest to them, and willing to sacrifice their needs for those of their loved
ones. They have lively imaginations but can be worriers.
22 July- 21 August (N. Hem)
20 Jan- 18 Feb (S. Hem)
Enthusiastic and self-confident, Salmon people enjoy
running things. They are uncompromising and forceful, and can occasionally seem
a little arrogant or self-important. They are easily hurt by
22 Aug- 21 Sept (N.
19 Feb- 20 March (S. Hem)
Brown Bears are hardworking, practical, and self-reliant.
They do not like change, preferring to stick to what is familiar. They have
a flair for fixing things, are good natured, and make good friends.
22 Sept- 22 Oct (N. Hem)
21 March- 19 Apr (S. Hem)
Crows dislike solitude and feel most comfortable in
company. Although usually good-natured and pleasant, they can be strongly
influenced by negative atmospheres, becoming gloomy and prickly.
23 Oct- 22 Nov (N. Hem)
20 Apr- 20 May (S. Hem)
Snakes are mysterious, and secretive, hiding their feelings
beneath a cool exterior. Adaptable, determined and imaginative, they are
capable of bouncing back from tough situations encountered in life.
23 Nov- 21 Dec (N. Hem)
21 May- 20 June (S. Hem)
Owls need freedom of expression. They are lively,
self-reliant, and have an eye for detail. Inquisitive and adaptable, they have a
tendency to overextend themselves. Owls are often physically
22 Dec- 19 Jan (N. Hem)
21 June- 21 July (S. Hem)
Goose people are far-sighted idealists who are willing to
explore the unknown. They approach life with enthusiasm, determined to
fulfill their dreams. They are perfectionists, and can appear unduly
20 Jan- 18 Feb (N. Hem)
22 July- 21 Aug (S. Hem)
Otters are friendly, lively and perceptive. They feel
inhibited by too many rules and regulations, which often make them appear
eccentric. They like cleanliness and order and have original minds.
19 Feb- 20 March (N. Hem)
22 Aug - 21 Sept (S. Hem)
Wolves are sensitive, artistic and intuitive--people to
whom others turn to for help. They value freedom and their own space, and are
easily affected by others. They are philosophical, trusting and genuine.