Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Moons and Totems 5

Everybody knows their western astrological profile and most people also know their eastern, or Chinese, astrological sign as well, but few know their moon profile from the Native American culture and the totems for each moon. As with the two more mainstream belief systems, the moon totem profiles are not only a very accurate read of an individual's personality, but they also add a rich dimension to who we are and where our weaknesses and powers come from.

Strong Winds Moon
February 11-March 10

This is the time of winter when the winds blow at their hardest and their coldest, thus the name given to this moon, and the night skies are at their most vivid. People born under this moon are very bright and intelligent, with unique minds and a quick wit. Often these people are light years ahead of everyone else, thus giving them the label of "odd" or "quirky." Strong Winds folks tend to be easily distracted from their tasks and need to learn to be more consistent and steadfast rather than jump rapidly from one thing to another. Being on such a vastly different wavelength from others often leads them to feel lonely and isolated, something finding a kindred spirit or two can easily solve. This sense of loneliness frequently comes across as an intense neediness, something Strong Winds people need to acknowledge and address.

The element for this moon is air and the animal totem is the goose, a bird who returns to the north at this time of year, thus heralding the return of spring and the earth's new birth. The Strong Winds Moon's plant totem is the willow, a tree whose bark is at its most vivid color this time of year; a tree that is easily bent this way and that way. The willow is a medicinal, healing plant (aspirin originates from its bark). This moon's mineral totem is moonstone which is symbolic of the great mother goddess. Moonstone balances the emotions, brings clarity to one's thinking and is very potent when working with the moon. The color for the Strong Winds Moon is dove gray, the color of dawn and of purity. This is a soft color and is symbolic of the awakening of spirit.

Everyone is most compatible with those people born under the moon opposite to their own and the opposite moon of the Strong Winds Moon is the Hunters Moon (August 11-September 10).

Photo courtesy of ER Post on flickr.

6 comments:

Kim said...

Victoria this is so interesting. I didn't know there was such a thing. Can you recommend a source where I can look up my moon and totem?

Dark Mother said...

Me too! I'd love to know mine as well!

Victoria said...

I use a book called Earth Signs written by Grey Wolf of the Lakota Nation. I've had it for about 15 years or so and I still love it as much as I did when I first bought it.

Kim said...

Thank you! I'm going to check Amazon for the book. They are great for finding older books and even ones that are out of print.

Aine O'Brien said...

wow, this is quite interesting and quite accurate. Thank you for the book information. It was wonderful to hear of my tree being the willow, as I just received a willow wand as a valentine's day gift!

Kim said...

Well, I bought the book for .62 cents on Amazon! I'm looking forward to reading it...