“In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals, for the Great One above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell man that he showed himself through the beasts, and that from them, and from the stars, and the sun, and the moon, should man learn...All things tell of the Great Spirit.”
- Eagle Chief [Letakots-Lesa](late 19th century) Pawnee
Most people know the sign of the Zodiac that they were born under, which is your Sun sign. Do you know the animal totem or birth totem associated with your birth or your Moon Sign? There are native totem animals for each of the 12 moons of a year and we carry them with us throughout our lives.
A couple of years ago I did a series of birth totem animals more geared toward adults. My new birth totem paintings are created with children in mind – more whimsical and magical. You can see the first two here.
The animals in the child’s birth totem series are white, signifying purity and innocence. “In many prophecies, the birth of rare (white) animals represents a rebirth for humanity, the sacred animals being harbingers of peace, as foretold by the ancients.” The backgrounds in these paintings are usually night scenes, signifying the mystery of life and lending a magical feel, with moon and stars, snow or fireflies.
The gift of a birth totem animal painting is one that can stay with your special child their entire life, and may help them on their path of self-discovery.
If you would like to order a birth totem painting for a special child in your life, please email me with the child’s name and date of birth. Each painting (8x8 up to 9x12 – your choice) is $100 unframed; they can be framed for a small additional cost. Allow 4 weeks for completion.
Birth Totem Animals by birth date:
Falcon/Hawk: 21 March-19 April
Beaver: 20 April-20 May
Deer: 21 May-20 June
Woodpecker/Brown Flicker: 21 June-21 July
Salmon/Sturgeon: 22 July-21 August
Brown Bear: 22 Aug-21 Sept
Crow/Raven: 22 Sept-22 Oct
Snake*: 23 Oct-22 Nov
Owl/Elk: 23 Nov-21 Dec
Goose/Snowgoose: 22 Dec-19 Jan
Otter: 20 Jan-18 Feb
Wolf/Cougar: 19 Feb-20 March
Click here to find out more about the characteristics of each animal.
*Many people, on learning they are a snake, are upset and don't want to be one. However, Snake medicine is very good, and has to do with their ability to shed the old and embrace the new, of re-invention, of being close to Mother Earth, in tune with her rhythms. Yes, Snake can be intense, and can strike if provoked. But normally, they like to go about their own business. My birth totem painting for Snake children celebrates all the positive qualities of this often mis-understood animal.