. @1996-present Sue Ashby                                                                    Updated - 10/11/2009


 

This page will deal with the animal totems attributed to the stones of the medicine wheel,
and the lessons that humans can learn by working with these animals as they
walk on the path. The illustrations were adapted from the Sun Bear book, Dancing With The Wheel.

CREATOR
There is no one animal that always represents the Creator. The Creator dances in all animals. The same holds true for minerals and plants. The Creator is part of everything and everything is part of the Creator.
TORTOISE
The animal totem for this stone is the tortoise. Lessons we can learn from tortoise are ancient wisdom, experience, patience and endurance.
LIZARD
Lizard is the animal totem for this stone. From him, we learn
adaptability, optimism and good cheer.
LOON
Loon is the totem for this stone. We can learn about mystery, transformation, fidelity and maneuverability from Loon.
TURTLE
Stone 5 has the Turtle as its totem. From the turtle, which is one of the four elemental clans (element of Earth), we learn honor, ancient wisdom, stability and protection.
FROG
Frog is the animal totem for this stone, and the second of the four elemental clans (element of Water). From him, we can learn about evolution, mystery, transformation, humor and
communication.
THUNDERBIRD
Thunderbird is the third elemental clan of the inner circle
(element of Fire). From the Thunderbird, humans can learn lessons in goodness, kindness, cleansing, healing, and very important to learn, humility.
BUTTERFLY
The last stone of the inner circle is the Butterfly. She is the fourth elemental clan animal (element of Air). From the beautiful butterfly, humans can learn transformation, growth, evolution, change and how to experience joy. 

THE SPIRIT KEEPER ANIMALS

WABOOSE (NORTH) - WHITE BUFFALO
Spirituality, selflessness, generosity, hope, and ancient wisdom can be learned by working with Waboose.
WABUN (EAST) - EAGLE
From Wabun, humans can learn clarity, vision, and
inspiration. The eagle is a spiritual messenger.
SHAWNODESE (SOUTH) - COYOTE
From Shawnodese, the trickster of the animal kingdom, we can learn about wildness, humor, trickster energy, survival and creativity.
MUDJEKEEWIS (WEST) - GRIZZLY BEAR
From Mudjekeewis, you may learn stability, durability, healing, introspection, maturity and leadership.
THE TOTEM ANIMALS
SNOW GOOSE
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19). This is the Earth Renewal Moon, and Snow
Goose is the animal totem. From him, we learn beauty, tradition, transmitting, receiving, ceremony, and gregariousness.
OTTER
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18). If you are born during this period, you are in the Rest and Cleansing Moon, and Otter is your totem. From Otter, people can learn to be playful, nurturing, prophetic, noble, curious and humanitarian in nature. 
COUGAR
(Feb. 19-Mar. 20). Those born at thsi time are under the Big Winds Moon. From your totem, Cougar, learn the lessons of initiative, speed, grace, territoriality and mystery.
RED HAWK
(Mar. 21-April 19). This is the time of the Budding Trees Moon, and the animal totem is the Red Hawk. From him, people can learn the lessons of awareness, insight, truth,
adaptability, prayer and openness.
BEAVER
(April 20-May 20). This is the season of the Frogs Return Moon, and the totem for this moon is Beaver. From Beaver, we learn security, contentment, industry, balance, affection
and patience.
DEER
(May 21-June 20). The totem for the Cornplanting Moon is Deer. From this beautiful animal, people can learn sensitivity, grace, alertness, creativity and heart and spirit connection.
FLICKER 
(June 21-July 22). If you are born in this time period, you were born in the Strong Sun Moon, and your animal totem is Flicker. He teaches us protection, courage, joy, rhythm,
harmony, loving and nurturing.
STURGEON
(July 23-Aug. 22). This is the time of the Ripe Berries Moon, and the animal totem is Sturgeon. We learn these from Sturgeon: determination, teaching, leadership,
knowledge, depth.
BROWN BEAR 
(Aug. 23-Sept.22). Those born at this time are born under the
Harvest Moon, and the Brown Bear is your animal totem. He teaches us caution, bravery, fairness, organization, curiosity and leadership.
RAVEN 
(Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Raven is the totem for those born under the Ducks Fly Moon. Raven, very wise, teaches people spirituality, intelligence, community, duality and balance.
SNAKE
(Oct. 24-Nov. 21). This is the time of the Freeze Up Moon, and if you were born now, your totem is Snake. Snake teaches the lessons of mystery, adaptability, femininity, transformation and healing.
ELK
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Elk is the animal totem associated with the Long Snows Moon. The regal Elk teaches us to be confident, strong, joyful, agile, wise, and responsible.

THE SPIRIT PATH ANIMALS

THE NORTHERN SPIRIT PATH ANIMALS

RACCOON(Cleansing). Our masked friend, Raccoon, teaches us merriment, openness, cleansing, wiliness, tenacity and humor.
EARTHWORM (Renewal). From the Earthworm, people can learn about regeneration, stamina, self-healing, transformation and earth-healing.
DOLPHIN (Purity). The Dolphin has many lessons for us to learn. They include purity, lightness of being, communication, love, intelligence and spiritual attainments. 

THE EASTERN SPIRIT PATH ANIMALS

HUMMINGBIRD 
(Clarity). The Hummingbird, small and graceful, teaches us
precision, lucidity, energy, vibrancy, grace, clarity and healing.
OWL 
(Wisdom). From the Owl, humans can learn about old wisdom, knowledge, paradox, femininity, mystery and vision.
FIREFLY 
(Illumination). From the tiny firefly, who lights our evenings, we can learn many things. They include illumination, understanding, the life force, continuity, wonder, awe and light
and darkness. 

THE SOUTHERN SPIRIT PATH ANIMALS

RABBIT 
(Growth). Rabbit, who represents growth, has many lessons for us. They include dealing with fear, growth, innocence, creativity, productivity and self-actualization.
SALMON 
(Trust). Salmon is the second position of the southern spirit path. He teaches us trust, strength, determination, willpower, loyalty and tradition.
WOLF 
(Love). From the Wolf, one of our most misunderstood animal brothers, people can learn many lessons about love, healing relationships, fidelity, forgiveness, intimacy, community, generosity and compatibility.

THE WESTERN SPIRIT PATH ANIMALS

WHALE 
(Experience). Working with Whale teaches us about the importance of observing, and about knowledge based on experience. We also can learn much about being in harmony
with the environment. Other lessons are strength, patience, and to realize the magnificance in all things.
MOUSE 
(Introspection). The tiny mouse, a very humble little brother, has many large lessons that we can learn. They include introspection, perception, innocence, trust, resting and
acceptance of others.
ANT 
(Strength). What an amazing animal, the ant. Strength many times his size, he holds many lessons for us. They are strength, endurance, efficiency, persistence, productivity, courage and the importance of community.
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Many times, we look at our animal friends as just providers of entertainment. We keep them for pets,
visit them in parks and zoos, and those who are insects, we sometimes see as nuisances. If we take the
time to really get to know our winged, four-legged, crawling and swimming brothers and sisters; how they
live; how they adapt and survive; we can apply their lessons to our lives. This will be of great benefit to
us as we travel the path of life.

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