Native American Zodiac & Astrology

What is your soul supposed to learn in this trip around the Medicine Wheel? Click on your birth totem (below) to find out! Get information Native American Zodiac & Astrology.

Native American Zodiac & Astrology Overview

The Native American Zodiac & Astrology ‘system’ bears many similarities to other celestial systems of predicting our present and future.

In its simplest form, Astrology looks to the placement of the stars, moon and sun at the time of your birth as a pattern that illustrates your unique, essential being including on a spiritual level. Metaphysical practitioners use the phrase, “as above, so below” to express this principle.

We are tied to the earth and the stars, and all living things in a sacred network. Native American Astrology helps us become more aware of those connections, supports learning to trust our instincts and acts as a system for personal growth.

The ultimate intention in this astrological system is giving people a greater understanding of their overall purpose and contracts that you accepted as a spiritual being in this world.

Birth is a very real type of initiation.

From that day forward knowing what you’re here to learn makes a great difference in decision making.

This original purpose is an archetype written in our DNA and it not only affects us personally but as a collective consciousness. In other words, the Native American Zodiac is a means of claiming your responsibility in this life while preparing for the next turn on the wheel of reincarnation.

That might at first sound a little sullen but its not. Native Americans see life as a never ending wheel that each soul travels to their destiny.

As some might say, when one door closes another opens along with yet more opportunities for self-actualization. In other words folks, it truly is the journey not the destination that matters.

How much influence your Native American Zodiac Sign has in your life and how it manifests depends heavily on the phase of the moon, the new moon bringing inspiration, the waxing moon exposes emotions, the full moon is spiritually energetic and the waning moon is one of release. Each animal totem has a color affinity, an elemental association and ties to the winds!

There are more correspondences that you can explore as you read the personality & characteristics of the 12 signs.

The practice of Native American Astrology is best taken in small bites. There’s a lot to learn and many layers of insight that peel back like an onion when you give it time and attention.

Those wanting a deep understanding of Nature’s rhythms and mysteries would do well to embark on this intricate journey. It will change your relationship with self, others, the Earth and the universe itself.

Hint: consider keeping a journal for those “ah ha” moments in your studies. As you grow and learn, you’ll find the lessons you integrate from the Native American Zodiac become more profound. Trust your Spirit Animal as a cherished friend and guide in the journey.

This astrological system is very detailed. You won’t learn everything overnight – and what I’ve provided here is a rather cursory overview just to give you a sense of the whole construct. So take a deep breath and keep reading!

Native American Zodiac & Astrology vs Western Astrology

Most people are familiar with traditional Western astrology, but Native American astrology is a far cry from what you see in the daily the newspaper.

Where Solar astrology generally focus on the 12 signs of the zodiac, in this system the whole of a person’s chart is considered. Yes, the sun plays a role but so do numerous other pieces of data that provides a 3 dimensional view of our soul’s intention.

Native American systems do not elevate one sign or archetype over another. They are all important to understanding the big picture.

These archetypes of human potential come in all sizes and colors with a full range of possibilities!

Your Native American Zodiac chart is, for all intent, akin to the script of your life. This in no way, however, limits the concept of free will. Don’t worry there is plenty of room for ad-libbing.

Think of your chart like the outlines in a coloring book – you bring the crayons you wish and can even scribble outside the lines!

Native American Zodiac & Astrology origins and history

In ancient times, people depended heavily on signs and omens from the world around them including the stars.

Often it fell to a Medicine Person or Shaman to interpret these signs, as is the role of wise people, healers, magicians and walkers between the worlds (psychics, mediums, clairvoyants, etc).

The ancients paid very close attention to the sky and land, trusting in repeated patterns to tell them when to plant, harvest, travel etc. In many ways this tradition is like a modern road map and Farmer’s Almanac blended together.

The pattern of the stars had significance in Native American myths and fables, which also connected to their culture and beliefs. By extension, the Zodiac also uses those stories to illustrate deeper truths.

22 Responses

  1. Lynne Spencer

    When cloud fomations show soldiers n horses running into battle I really want ta send it to u perhaps the pale horse.ya gotta see this

    • Hi, Lynne!

      Oooo, I would love to see that! Seeing symbols in clouds is such a beautiful (and very underused) form of divination! Please send the pic to Bernadette at

      Thank you so much!

      Stay wild,

  2. What is meant by a complimentary spirit animal? After reading my Totem animal characteristics(Bear), this was listed before compatible. I had followed this site prior and took quiz on what is my spirit animal and was given wolf and butterfly. However I wasn’t sure if after reading my Totem that the wolf was representative of my that or was a complimentary spirit animal a person to which I’d have a connection.

    • Hi, Andy!

      The Bear totem you’re speaking of is your Native American Zodiac sign. In all Zodiac Sign systems, there are “complimentary” signs. Your complimentary sign is the same as a compatibility sign – the other Zodiac Sign(s) that are “best” for you to have relationships with (romantic or platonic). So, your Native American Zodiac sign is your totem animal by birthday. You will always have Bear traits because this is the sign you are born under.

      The Spirit Animal Quiz helps us know what animal spirit guide is present in our life “now”. For instance, maybe someone spent years as a teacher but no longer wants to teach. While they were a teacher, their Spirit Animal Guide might have been a Monkey (they are great teachers!). But, when they quit teaching maybe they decided to do charity work and now their Spirit Animal Guide is a Dove (Doves symbolize divine love and peace).

      Sure hope this helps!

      Stay wild,

  3. Travis j.v.a. Davis

    How do I find mine,I’m extemly curios

    • Hi, Travis;

      Apologies for the delayed reply. Will you kindly let me know what you’re trying to find? Example: Spirit, Totem, or Power Animal, Native American Zodiac Sign, etc.

      Stay wild,

  4. Aleana

    Hi I really want to find my spirit animal but I dont know where to start or how to find mine…

  5. Debby Timm

    Both my Spirit Animal and my Native American Zodiac sign are the Owl. What is the significance of that I wonder?

    Also I wonder if there is any significance in a past occurrence in my life. My ex-husband was abusive to me in all forms (physically, mentally and emotionally). One night while walking to my work to come and fetch my car, he was violently attacked by an owl – his face and arms were shredded. He was no-where near the owls nest, which was in the unused bell tower of a nearby church. Two weeks later (after he tried to kill me) we parted ways and I have never looked back.

    As for MBTI, I am an INFJ – so together with my totem sign, it all makes perfect sense. People know me for my honesty, I say things as they are – and yes I have over the years been learning to be slightly more tactful, but in saying that, I do believe people should rather be hurt with the truth than deceived with lies.

  6. Diana

    Thank you for insight! First time I have been to this website. Seeking to know more how to find my totems (4 animals, 2 minerals and 2 plants).


  7. Tina

    I’m so confused by this. My whole life I was told my Totem was the Bear. Even after my **journey**
    But according to this, I’m not.
    Help me understand please. Thnx

    • Hello, Tina;

      Though we can find our Totem Animal through astrology/zodiac signs, we can definitely have other Animal Totems as well! Know your zodiac sign is only 1 identifier. Your soul knows who you really are, who your authentic self is so always go with your instincts.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  8. Robin

    Most will not understand if you do not possess the gift. I had snake for birthday sign … so to speak. Animal totem is hawk for the day. It changes weekly for me. Last week was blue heroin. Squirrel week before. You see be on the lookout for it. You have to want to journey for your experiences. Invest yourself. My spirit animal,…….You never disclose. …

  9. Ang

    I’m born 16th February in the southern hemisphere, can’t find it here. Closest is the Bear.

  10. Alex

    I’m a red tailed falcon

    • Bernadette King

      Hi, Alex;

      Awesome! Here’s to you soaring in the clouds! Thank you for visiting and commenting on!

      Stay wild,

  11. Molly Long

    My birthday Is not here. My birthday is January 3rd

    • Bernadette King

      Hi, Molly;

      Depending on which hemisphere you were born in you are either the Snow Goose or the Woodpecker. The dates on the cards are shown as a range – not the specific date.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  12. Ray

    What is the source of this information ? What tribe is it related to ? Thank you .

    • Bernadette King

      Hello, Ray;

      This set of Native American Zodiac articles is not related to any particular tribe. My resource materials are as follows:

      • Lucy Harmer – “Shamanic Astrology”
      • Winfried Noe – “Native American Astrology: The Wisdom of the Four Winds”
      • Sun Bear and Wabun – “Medicine Wheel Earth Astrology”

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

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