BEAVER
Creative, Artistic and Determined
BEAR
Strength, Learned Humility, Motherhood, Teaching
BUMBLEBEE
Honesty, Pure Thinking - Willingness and Drive
COPPER
Wealth and Prestige
DOGFISH
Persistence and Strength - A Born Leader
DOVE
Love, Gentleness and Kindness
DRAGON FLY
Ever-changing Life
EAGLE
Great Strength, Leadership and Prestige
EAGLE FEATHER
Good Luck to Both Giver and Receiver
FROG
Spring & New Life - Communicator, Stability
HALIBUT
Life protector, Strength and Stability
HAWK
Strength Far Sighted
HERON
Patience, Graceful and Easy Going
HUMMINGBIRD
Love, Beauty, Intelligence, Spirit Messenger
KILLER WHALE
Traveler & Guardian - Symbol of Good
KINGFISHER
Luck, Patience, Speed and Agility
LOON
Peace, Tranquility - Generous Giving Nature
MOON
Protector and Guardian of the Earth by Night
OTTER
Trusting, Inquisitive and Bright - Loyal Friendship
OWL
Wisdom
RAVEN
Creation & Knowledge - Bringer of the Light
SALMON
Dependability and Renewal - A Provider
SEAL
Bright, Inquisitive, Organized
SUN
Healing Energy, Guardian of the Earth by Day
THUNDERBIRD
Powerful & Mystical - A Leader
WOLF
Intelligence & Leadership - Strong Sense of Family



Thunderbird: Thunderbird is the most powerful supernatural creature. He lived in the mountains and fed on whales. When he flapped his wings, thunder rolled. Known as a hero in the legends of the Coast Salish Legends.
Killer Whale: The Killer Whale is the manifestation of Wolf; it is held in great awe for its size and power.
Eagle: Is a symbol of both power and prestige as well as peace and friendship. Eagle feathers are still considered sacred and were part of many ceremonies and rituals.
Moon: Is the protector and guardian of earth by night.
Sun: Is the protector and guardian of earth by day.
Wolf: The wolf is a symbol of strength in the family and the kinship associated with it. It is known to have the strength and loyalty in all relationships, and is a great team player with effort on behalf of all in the community.
Salmon: Is known as the provider of life, he is a symbol of abundance of prosperity. Salmon was and still is one of the main sources of diets for many of Salish People.
Beaver: Has a strong sense of family and home with openness to alternatives and the power of working towards goals and attaining a sense of achievement, . The Beaver has a understanding of the power in nature and works in harmony with it.
Loon: Is a symbol of sharing peace and tranquility and having a generous and giving nature.
Owl: The owl is a symbol of wisdom and is known to warn people of danger or death.
Otter: The otter is a symbol of trust and loyalty.
Heron: The heron is a symbol of one who is very patient, graceful and easy going.
Frog: A symbol of a new beginning to all things, tho very small the frog plays a great role in our culture, he lets us know when it is time to put away winter activities and prepare for the new season.
Bear: A bear symbolizes consistency and stability of action, has the ability to discover the inner truth about oneself, and has great self awareness, with a desire to deliberate about choices and actions.
Raven: Raven is known as the Transformer or Trickster, and is a hero. Native Legends credit Raven with bravery and among other things, releasing the Sun and Moon.

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The Use of Color in Native American Totem Poles

By Robert De Groat

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Three crouching human figures with heads, part human, form the principle design of the wolf head totem, left.
The lower one has a broad nose, projecting front teeth, and animal ears.
The principle figure has upon its head one of those cylindrical objects of a blue color which are placed on dance hats, and against this leans the next figure, whose feet cannot be seen. It has a hooked nose turning into the mouth, and the ears of an animal.
The third figure is squatting with its arms and legs in a sitting position, and has a wolf's head.
In all three figures, arms, legs, mouth, face, nostrils, and ear-holes are scarlet. Eyebrows, eyeballs and edges of ears are black.

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Meaning of Totem Pole Colors

WHITE: This color is used, along with other light colors, as a background and predominating shade. As a rule it symbolized the skies and spacious heavens. It also stood for purity, peace, and death.
Red: Generally this color stands for blood, war or valor. Sometimes it is used as appears in nature, such as the crest of a red-headed woodpecker, the scarlet tanager or frequently the tongue of an animal.
Blue: This color was most commonly used as the symbol for the rivers, waters, and lakes, also the skies. Certain tribes even used used it for mountains in the distance. It stands for sincerity and happiness. Berries formed a large portion of the natural materials for this color. Western clay and pigments of the canyons also lent varying hues to this effective color.

Yellow: The natural abundant materials made this color a very popular and predominating one. Clays, roots, and tannic barks furnished the natives with dyes. Yellow reflects the symbol of the sun, light and happiness. Yellow dye is readily make from tree moss.
Green: It may easily be realized that this color represents the earth, the hills, the trees, and mountains, so common in all Indian legends.
This color may be obtained by mixing two primary colors, yellow and blue, or it may be made from simple acid action on copper. In certain sections of the west and northwest copper was rather abundant. Other parts of the country used the juice of grasses.
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PURPLE: Huckleberries give a very good substance for dyeing and the Indians used this commonly. Purple is an excellent color for recessed Portions of the carving and for symbols of a reverent nature. It stood for mountains in the distance and general conventionalized signs.
BLACK: Mud from sulfur springs and other earth deposits made this color available to the Indian. As a rule it stood for power.

Painting the Totem

After the pole or object of craftsmanship has been completed and the incised parts carefully cleaned out to give sharp, distinct markings and shadows, preparations for painting should start.
Where knots are conspicuous and when fairly unseasoned wood has been used, it is advisable to give them a coating of shellac to prevent the resin from running out and spoiling the finished effect.
Be sure the object is clean and that all particles of dust and dirt have been removed.
There are two common ways of painting the pole. One is while it is on the horses or on the ground, and the other method is to paint it after it is erected. If the pole is fairly short a better finished job can be accomplished after it has been erected, as nicks and rope rubs will be avoided.
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Some people, however, prefer to paint even large poles after they are erected, contending that one can see the pole as it looks from a distance, and thus make improvements in color effects not realized or visualized in the rough preliminary studies and sketches. You can see in the illustration (Treasure Island Philadelphia Camp) that this Scout preferred to paint the pole after it was up and has used the steeplejack method of slinging a rope around and adjusting it as he painted.

Colors

The Indians originally used pigments made from clay and roots. The colors were very bright and became subdued after the pole had weathered several winters. The symbolism of the colors changed a little in different parts of the United States. Therefore we have attempted to give only a general meaning to the prevalent shades.
There are three primary colors--red, blue, and yellow. From these three colors any other colors may be created by the correct combination and mixing. However, nowadays colors come already mixed in practically any shade you desire, at a price that depends mainly on the quality.

An Explanation of the meaning of animals in Native American Art

Totem animals represents great spirit or that which they need to survive. We all have power animals which can be accessed by meditation. Below are a list of animals and their symbology.
external image paw2.gif Ant: group mind, patience, action
external image paw2.gif Antelope: action, agility and sacrifice
external image paw2.gif Armadillo: safety, boundaries, medicine shield
external image paw2.gif Bat: rebirth, secrets and initiation

external image paw2.gif Bear: power, healing
Bears hibernate in the winter, which may explain their association with "dreaming the Great Spirit" or retrospection. The symbolism of the Bear's cave reflects returning to the womb of Mother Earth. [A Cave is an archetype for the mind - sleep - returning to higher consciousness.] This also suggests a strong feminine aspect, one of nurturing and protection. Bear cubs, born in the early spring, can spend as many as seven years with their mother before reaching maturity. People with Bear Medicine are considered by many as self-sufficient, and would rather stand on their own two feet than rely on others. They are often considered dreamers. Many have developed the skill of visualizing new things, but as a result can get caught up in the dreaming, making little progress in waking reality. Bear's medicine includes introspection, healing, solitude, wisdom, change, communication with Spirit, death and rebirth, transformation, astral travel, creature of dreams, shamans and mystics. Bear Symbology and More [scroll down]

external image paw2.gif Bearpaw: power and direction
external image paw2.gif Beaver: builder, protector
external image paw2.gif Boar: is one of the most important totem animals of the Gaelic Celts: the South and the element of Fire: The life giving power of the sun
external image paw2.gif Buffalo: sacredness, life, abundance
Buffalo is considered by many tribes as a symbol of abundance: its meat fed the people, skins were used for clothing and covering, bones and sinew were crafted as survival tools, hooves were converted into glue. According to Lakota tradition, White Buffalo Calf Woman gave them the Sacred Pipe, promising abundance as long as they prayed to the Great Spirit and honored All Their Relations, that is, all other creations of nature. Buffalo's Medicine symbolizes an honor, reverence or special love for all the things that Mother Earth offers her children. It is also knowing that abundance is present when all relations are honored as sacred, and when gratitude is expressed to every living part of Creation. Buffalo signals a moment to reconnect with the meaning of life and the value of peace, to praise the gifts you already have, and to recognize and honor the sacredness in all paths, though they may be different than yours.
White Buffalo and Prophecy
external image paw2.gif Butterfly: metamorphosis and transformation
Scientific research has shown that the butterfly is the only living being capable of changing entirely its genetic structure during the process of transformation: the caterpillar's DNA is totally different from the butterfly's. Thus, it is the symbol of total transformation. Butterfly represents a need for change and greater freedom, and at the same time it represents courage: one requires courage to carry out the changes necessary in the process of growth. Its Medicine is related to the air and the mental powers. It teaches us to find clarity in the mental processes, to organize projects or to figure out the next step in our internal growth. If Butterfly is your Power Animal or if you feel in any way attracted to it, this means you are ready to undergo some kind of transformation. Examine which stage calls your attention the most: the egg is the beginning, the birth of some project or idea. The larva is de decision to manifest something in the physical world. The cocoon has to do with "going inside", either through insight or the development of the project or idea. The breaking of the cocoon deals with sharing the splendor of your creation with the whole world. Once you understand the stage you are on, you can discover which is the next step.
external image paw2.gif Cat: Independence
In Egypt cats were always given special privileges and were treated like royalty. In Scandinavia the cat stood for fertility, and in India it is a symbol of childbirth. In ancient times it was believed that witches took the form of their cats at night. Cats are fiercely independent. You can never own one: it allows you to take care of it and love it, but only on its terms. They come and go as they please, when they please. Cat's medicine is independence, curiosity, many lives, cleverness, unpredictability, healing, the ability to fight when cornered, seeing the unseen, and protection. He also represents love and can assist us in meditation. If Cat is your Power Animal, then you have magic and mystery in your life. You are independent and a free thinker. You probably feel energized at night. You will stay with a person or situation until it bores you, and then you're gone. You have a great talent for organizing things.
external image paw2.gif Coyote: the trickster, devilment
external image paw2.gif Crane: solitude and independence
external image paw2.gif Crow: law, shape shifting, change
external image paw2.gif Deer: gentleness, caring and kindness
Deer blend very well with their environment but are very sensitive to every sound or movement. Often twins, even triplets, are born in the spring. Does and bucks live in separate groups until the mating season. The white-tailed deer are moderately gregarious, and family members forage food together along with other family groups, giving the appearance of a large herd. People with Deer Medicine are often described as being swift and alert. They are intuitive, often appearing to have well developed, even extrasensory perceptions. Sometimes their thoughts seem to race ahead, and they appear not to be listening. Deer's medicine includes gentleness in word, thought and touch, ability to listen, grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance, understanding of what's necessary for survival, power of gratitude and giving, ability to sacrifice for the higher good, connection to the woodland spirits, alternative paths to a goal. The gentleness of Deer is the heart-space of the Great Spirit which embodies His love for us all. Deer teaches us to find the gentleness of spirit that heals all wounds, to stop pushing to get others to change and to love and accept them as they are. The only true balance to power is love and compassion.
external image paw2.gif Dog: noble, loyal, teaching
Dog was the servant/soldier that guarded the tribe's dwellings and protected them from surprise attacks. Dog helped during the huntingÕs and provided warmth in winter. It is a symbol of loyalty, unconditional love, protection and service. Its Medicine incorporates the loving kindness of the best friend and the protective energy of the guardian. If your Power Animal is Dog, your devotion towards your family and friends is infinite. You get great satisfaction from rendering service to others, offering your hand to a friend in need. A kind word, a caress, an act of kindness mean much more to you than material things. However, there is a risk of coming too close to the other side: allowing people to take advantage of you because of your gentle nature. Dog reminds you that your loyalty should always be to yourself, to your own truth. He reminds you that by respecting and valuing yourself you can truly render a service to those who honor what you can give them.
external image paw2.gif Dolphin: kindness and play energy
The beautiful, graceful, sleek dolphin carries many messages for the two-legged. Even though it is a mammal, its home is the sea and has mastered the art of breath control. Since water is the symbol of all life - of creation, passion and even sexuality - dolphin brings us teachings from the waters of life. Playful creatures, dolphins have long entertained man with their joyful antics. Studying dolphin communication has proved to be an awesome task for man. As in all animals, dolphins have developed sophisticated auditory signals that warn others of impending danger. Some believe that these animals are now warning man of impending danger as he ignores the balance of the natural world. Swimming with the dolphins has become a powerful experience for many people, and as they interact with these playful creatures, they cannot help but feel their communication.
Dolphin reminds us that time to play is a crucial element to walk in balance. It moves through the water quickly and with great grace. Dolphin tells us to move with the ebb and flow of life, and not to search for brick walls to smash into, for to spend our energy fighting the current gets us nowhere. Dolphin medicine includes change, wisdom, balance, harmony, communication skills, freedom, trust, understanding the power of rhythm in your life, use of breath to release intense emotions, water power.
external image paw2.gif Dragon: longevity, infinity, wisdom, movement through space
external image paw2.gif Dragonfly: Illusion - Transcendence
external image paw2.gif Eagle: divine Spirit and connection to creator
Eagle feathers are used all over the world as ceremonial instruments and are considered to be the most sacred healing tools. They are a symbol of power, healing and wisdom. Eagle represents a state of grace that is reached through inner work, understanding and passing the initiation tests that result from reclaiming our personal power. Eagle Medicine is the Power of the Great Spirit. It is the spirit of tenacity. It is the gift of clear vision with which one can truly see the things one sees. It is the patience to wait for the appropriate moment. It is to live in balance with heaven and Earth. Eagle reminds you of your connection with the Great Spirit. It tells you that the universe is giving you the opportunity to fly above your life's worldly levels, or above the shadow of past realities. Eagle teaches you to look above in order to touch Grandfather Sun with your heart, to love the Shadow as much as the Light. Eagle asks you to grant yourself permission to be free in order to reach the joy that your heart desires.
external image paw2.gif Elk: strength and agility
external image paw2.gif Fox: cunning, agility, quick-witted
external image paw2.gif Frog: water energy
external image paw2.gif Hawk: messenger, intuition, discernment
external image paw2.gif Horse: stamina, mobility
The horse shows up in almost every mythological writing, folklore, and reality. There is the mighty winged Pegasus, the eight-legged horse of the Norse god Odin, the stallions of the Hindu sun god, the stallions of Apollo, and so on. Many legends speak of the horse as being clairvoyant and able to perceive humans with magical powers. No single animal has given man the physical freedom of movement as the horse. If you are drawn to Horse, you feel a power in your spirit that is sometimes difficult to control. Horse is a symbol of loyalty and devotion, of unquestioning love and faith in his master. He says that you love to travel, and have more than a touch of gypsy in your soul. Horse is also your warrior spirit - the brave fighter who brings you safety in your journeys, both physical and metaphysical. Horse's medicine includes power, stamina, endurance, faithfulness, freedom to run free, control of the environment, awareness of power achieved with true cooperation, interspecies communication, expanding one's own potential abilities, friendship and cooperation, travel, astral travel, guardian of travelers, warns of possible danger, guide to overcoming obstacles.
external image paw2.gif Hummingbird: messenger, timelessness
Hummingbird - the tiniest of all birds - brings special messages for us. It is the only creature that can stop dead while traveling at full speed. It can hover, or can go forward, backward, up or down. It lives on nectar and searches for the sweetness of life. Its long tongue lets it bypass the often tough and bitter outer layer to find the hidden treasures underneath. Hummingbird is loved by the flowers and plants, for as it sucks the nectar from the flower, the plant reproduces and more of its kind are created. In many traditions, Hummingbird feathers have been prized for their almost magical qualities. It is said that Hummingbird brings love as no other medicine can, and its presence brings joy to the observer.
If you have Hummingbird medicine, you adapt easily to whatever situation you may find yourself in, and make the most of your new circumstances. You don't waste time looking back and wishing for "what was" for you are concerned with making the most of "what is". Also, you could never become addicted to any artificial stimulants, for you find joy in your own heart. You take great pleasure in spreading joy and love and beauty to all around you, and have the gift of taking that inner joy into new and different surroundings. You have a talent for finding the good in people, and are not put off by a gruff or abrupt exterior, for you know that, if you can only get beyond that tough outside layer, you'll find goodness and beauty inside. You may have a gift for working with flowers, maybe growing them to share with others, or using flower essences for healing. Aroma therapy may be your calling. You have high energy and a spirit that must be free. To restrict that wonderful, free, loving energy is to suffer great depressions and feelings of uselessness. Hummingbird must fly free in search of beauty, spreading joy and love to all it touches.
external image paw2.gif Kokopelli: fertility, music and joy
external image paw2.gif Lion: Power of feminine energy
The female hunts and kills prey, feeds the group and takes care of the young. She is the nurturing force in all senses. The male roars to frighten prey and force them toward the lioness, who waits patiently for the right moment to attack. Although the male is the group's protector, he doesn't look for confrontation nor attacks needlessly. He only acts when challenged and will fight to death in order to protect, but in reality he prefers the easy, peaceful life. Lion's Medicine teaches us the magic of group interaction, of group energy. It also teaches us the secrets of silence and patience. Patience is to pay attention to detail. Lion suggests that we examine ourselves closely in order to understand our strengths and weaknesses, and to wait for the proper moment to act and take full advantage of a given situation. Learn from Lion the proper way to use power and strength. Stay calm and still, sure of your power. But if necessary, don't hesitate to fight for the things you are interested in.
external image paw2.gif Lizard: conservation
external image paw2.gif Lynx: keeper of secrets, guardian and guide
external image paw2.gif Moose: headstrong, longevity, steadfastness
external image paw2.gif Mountain lion: courage, leadership and foresight
external image paw2.gif Mouse: scrutiny, order, organizer
external image paw2.gif Opossum: diversion, strategist, deceiver
external image paw2.gif Otter: playful, prognostication, woman medicine
external image paw2.gif Owl: deception, clairvoyance, insight (the night eagle)
Owls come in all sizes, from a tiny miniature that actually lives inside the cactus in the desert, to the great horned owl, which is the only bird that can out fly the golden eagle. A fully grown great horned is an awe inspiring creature. Its talons are furry, and closely resemble the paws of a baby mountain lion with claws extended. It is a meat eater, which means it can be a fierce warrior if challenged, or if something dear to it is threatened. It is often referred to as Night Eagle. Owl is at home in the night. It has great awareness of all that is around it at all times. It has predator vision, which means it sees clearly what it looks at. It has great intuition: it is the totem of psychics and clairvoyants. It has the courage to follow its instincts. Owl's medicine includes seeing behind masks, silent and swift movement, keen sight, messenger of secrets and omens, shape-shifting, link between the dark, unseen world and the world of light, comfort with shadow self, moon power, freedom.
external image paw2.gif Porcupine: innocence, companionship, trust
external image paw2.gif Rabbit: fear, timidity, nervousness, humility
Rabbit's medicine includes moving through fear, living by one's own wits, receiving hidden teachings and intuitive messages, quick thinking, strengthening intuition, and paradox. Rabbit also represents humility, because he is quiet and soft and not self-asserting. Rabbit reminds us not to be afraid. Fearful thoughts reproduce (like rabbits) and bring the very thing we fear. Rabbit people are so afraid of tragedy, illness, and disaster, that they call those very fears to them to teach them lessons. If you see Rabbit or in any way feel attracted to him, it may be telling you to wait for the forces of the universe to start moving again, to stop worrying and to get rid of your fears. It always indicates a need to re-evaluate the process you are undergoing, to rid yourself of any negative feelings or barriers, and to be more humble.
external image paw2.gif Raven: introspection, courage, self-knowledge
external image paw2.gif Seahorse: confidence and grace
external image paw2.gif Shark: hunter, survival, adaptability
external image paw2.gif Skunk: reputation, presence, strength
external image paw2.gif Snake: shrewdness, rebirth
external image paw2.gif Spider: Creatrix, web spinner
external image paw2.gif Squirrel: planner, gatherer
external image paw2.gif Swan: grace, balance and innocence
external image paw2.gif Turkey: generosity, life-giver, sharer
external image paw2.gif Turtle: nurturer, protector, mother energy
Many Natives refer to North America as Turtle Island, because their legends say that when the earth was covered with water, Turtle dove to the bottom of the oceans bringing up earth on its back so that the people could have a safe and dry home. Turtle is at home anywhere because it carries its home on its back. It does not become attached to places, for it is free to search for new opportunities wherever they may be found. When they sense danger, or are in uncomfortable and insecure settings, they withdraw into their shell, and are protected. If you have Turtle medicine, you value both the power of the earth, the waters of the earth, and the magic of the heavens, for Turtle symbolizes both the grounding quality of earth energy, and the magic of the mystical. Using Turtle energy can help you achieve real balance in your life and your spirit so that you don't get "stuck in the mud". Turtle's medicine includes a connection with the center, navigation skills, patience, self-boundaries, associated with the feminine, power to heal female diseases, respecting the boundaries of others, developing new ideas, psychically protecting oneself, self-reliance, tenacity, non-violent defense.
external image paw2.gif Whale: wisdom, provider
external image paw2.gif Weasel: (ferret) strength, energy, ingenuity and stealth
external image paw2.gif Wolf: loyalty, perseverance, success

Wolf's medicine includes facing the end of one's cycle with dignity and courage, death and rebirth, Spirit teaching, guidance in dreams and meditations, instinct linked with intelligence, social and family values, outwitting enemies, ability to pass unseen, steadfastness, skill in protection of self and family, taking advantage of change.

Another List of Animal Symbols in Aboriginal Art

  • Giraffe Communication, intuition, attaining the unreachable, seeing the future
  • Goat Sure-footed-ness, stubbornness, independence, diligence, lack of foresight.
  • Goose Self-demanding, reliable, prudent, rigid, vigilance, parenthood, and productive.
  • Gorilla Family-oriented, intelligence, strength, environmental protector, keeps peace through aggression.
  • Grasshopper Good luck, abundance, forward, progressive.
  • Grouse Personal power, enlightenment.
  • Hawk Messenger, intuition, victory, healing, nobility, recollection, cleansing, visionary power, and guardianship.
  • Heron/Egret Aggressive, self-determined, self-reliant, multi-tasking, balanced.
  • Hippopotamus Power, creation, imagination, healing.
  • Horse Freedom, stamina, mobility, the land, travel, power, and freedom.
  • Hummingbird Messenger, timelessness, healing, and warrior.
  • Jaguar Chaos, shape-shifter, aggressiveness, power.
  • Kangaroo Forward, balance, creative, stamina.
  • Lion Family, strength, energy, courage, guardian and protector.
  • Lizard Conservation, vision, self-protection, hidden defenses.
  • Llama Comforting to others, secure.
  • Lynx Keeper of secrets, guardian, listener, and guide.
  • Mole Sensitivity, guidance, searching.
  • Monkey Ability to change the environment, health, success.
  • Moose Headstrong, longevity, steadfastness, and wisdom.
  • Mouse Scrutiny, order, organizer, and an eye for details.
  • Octopus Intelligence, camouflage, nocturnal.
  • Opossum Diversion, strategist, and deceiver.
  • Ostrich Grounded, practical.
  • Otter Playful, friendly, dynamic, joy, helpfulness, and sharing
  • Owl Deception, clairvoyance, insight, messenger.
  • Ox Sacrifice, chastity and self-denial
  • Panther Protection, hidden emotions, introspection, caution, careful decisions
  • Parrot Communication, beauty, guide for wisdom, mockery, thinking before speaking
  • Peacock Immortality, dignity, and self-confidence
  • Pelican Resilient, unselfish, rising above.
  • Penguin Self-discipline, grace, self-confidence, spiritual
  • Porcupine Innocence, companionship, and trust
  • Prairie Dog Swiftness, industrious, constructive, preparedness
  • Puma Companion on journeys to other worlds, grace, silent power
  • Quail Group-work, team play, creator of harmony and group tolerance, protectiveness (especially toward children)
  • Rabbit Fear, timidity, nervousness, humility, rebirth,
  • Raccoon Curiosity and cleanliness
  • Ram Stoic, sensitive, persevering, curious, imaginative.
  • Rat Fertility, stealth, scavenging, intelligence, enjoys luxury
  • Raven Introspection, courage, self-knowledge, magic
  • Rhinoceros Wisdom, solitary, insightful, solid.
  • Roadrunner Mental agility, speed, opportunistic.
  • Rooster Vanity, likes to be showered with gifts and attention, early riser, settling for nothing less than the best
  • Salmon Proud, intense, confident, wisdom, inspiration
  • Scorpion Transforming, strong, inspiring, chaotic, passionate
  • Seagull Versatility, loud, easy-going nature, creativity, laziness
  • Seahorse Confidence and grace
  • Seal Love, longing, dilemma, active imagination, creativity
  • Shark Hunter, survival, and adaptability
  • Skunk Reputation, presence, and strength
  • Snail Protective, aware, solitary.
  • Snake Impulsive, shrewdness, rebirth, transformation, initiation, and wisdom
  • Spider Balance, wisdom, creativity, communication
  • Squirrel Planner and gatherer
  • Stag Lord of the forest, masculine power of regeneration, signs.
  • Swan Grace, balance and innocence, soul, love, beauty, of the self
  • Tiger Strength, valor, power, and energy
  • Toad inner strength, luck, self-examination
  • Turkey Generosity, life-giver, and sharer
  • Turtle Nurturer, shy, and protecting
  • Unicorn Purity, innocence, dreamer, personal power, gentle
  • Weasel Strength, energy, ingenuity and stealth
  • Whale Wisdom, provider, intelligence, and kindness.
  • Wolf Loyalty, perseverance, success, intuition, and spirit
  • Woodpecker Sensitive, protective, and devotion
  • Zebra Agility and individuality