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Otter Totem

In the Native American Zodiac, Otter represents the inner child in all of us. This animal birth totem celebrates personal freedom, embraces life with passion and often becomes the instrument of change at work or in other people’s lives.

Otter Birth Totem Overview

The medicine wheel of time edges forward to January 20-February 19th in the Northern Hemisphere and July 22 – August 22 in the Southern Hemisphere.

This is the month of purification and the Native American zodiac sign of the sweet, fun-loving Otter!

In Western Astrology this correlates to the sensitive Aquarius and majestic Leo, accordingly. Jump on in – the water’s fine!

There is absolutely nothing conventional about Otter – not the way they talk, nor the way they love!

Otter people are often raptly attracted to unique spiritual paths and philosophies that give them good food for thought. Otter doesn’t simply think these “thinks” but also tries to bring a soulful wisdom to everyday things.

If you have a friend or family member that is Otter, you’ve probably noticed their aptitude for chatter.

Sometimes you have to remind them to let you get a word in edge wise.

With infamous curiosity Otter people will nose into all manner of situations with tickling whiskers. It is OK to tell Otter when they becomes too inquisitive, rebellious or loud because most often these frolicking, rollicking spirits simply don’t realize it.

Otter is not only curious but also immensely intelligent.

If you’re looking for obscure trivia – ask an Otter.

Also consider that Otter is a creature of the sea. They dive deeply for oysters then float lazily while eating. Symbolically this speaks of moving into the depth of self to dig out nuggets that fill Otter’s very being.

A challenge for Otter, however, is avoiding distractions from the next bigger, better or shinier proverbial Oyster. Internalize first things first, then move on to new wisdom and understanding.

In the Native American Zodiac Otter is among the oddest of critters.

They definitely have their own inner rhythm that guides, which also means Otter can be woefully misunderstood.

These are creative trend setters with soaring imaginations.

You will never see Otter constrained by trite boxes. Don’t mistake this atypical thinking as Otter people having their head in the clouds; rather they carve out the future with ingenuity.

Otter Traits, Personality and Characteristics

Native American tradition tells us that Otter is a healer (perhaps laughter is the best medicine after all!).

Another way that Otter heals is by their willingness to work for the good of all, even if it means giving up a little independence.

The social, playful and inventive nature of Otter is contagious. It is a blessing when Otter teaches others how to celebrate life’s little moments that one-by-one make burdens so much lighter.

Otter’s inquiring mind sometimes leads them to taking on too many projects.

While they can multi-task it’s important for Otter to pair back a bit and really pay attention to what’s right in front of them.

They crave independence and don’t handle being tied down gracefully. In an odd dichotomy, however, Otter is orderly and clean. They like a tidy space in which the “rules” are the ones they set or change at any given moment.

If Otter is around, anticipate good fortune and improved finances.

Otter joins Raven and Deer as part of the Butterfly Clan known for their flexibility and friendliness.

Otter’s stone is the protective Turquoise often used as a health amulet. It is also a magical crystal that inspires the pure joy of Otter in your heart and soul.

Otter’s plant is the Fern which safeguards the bearer from malicious energies, bears the energy of alchemical transformation and renews the spirit.

Otter Totem Love Compatibility

Love is elusive for those born under the Native American sign of Otter.

If they are to couple, the best potential mates are Falcon, Salmon, Owl, Raven and Deer.

The key problem in relationships is Otter’s fierce independent streak. They often swim away from an ideal situation and find themselves with no one to romance.

Thankfully, once Otter does find a good union they have the sensitivity to be truly sensuous lovers.

One just has to be patient with Otter because they sometimes have trouble baring their emotional soul.

Otters fare well with highly intelligent partners who also share Her charitable spirit.

Otter Totem Animal Career Path

Otter has a keen mind.

When given the opportunity to work in a liberating environment where they can explore ideas, success knows no bounds!

Any creative career suits Otter, but they should avoid overly loud or busy environments – this detracts from the creative process.

When Otter receives control over their projects that’s where they really shines.

Other people’s strictures make Otter uncomfortable.

One potential direction for Otter is humanitarian causes where their kind heart and upbeat attitude benefits everyone.

Otter Birth Totem Metaphysical Correspondences

  • Birth dates, Northern Hemisphere:
    Jan 20 – Feb 18
  • Birth date, Southern Hemisphere:
    Jul 22 – Aug 22
  • Corresponding Zodiac Signs:
    Aquarius (North), Leo (South)
  • Birth Moon: Rest and Cleansing Moon
  • Season: Month of Purification
  • Stone/Mineral: Turquoise
  • Plant: Fern
  • Wind: North
  • Direction: North – Northeast
  • Element: Air
  • Clan: Butterfly
  • Color: Silver
  • Complimentary Spirit Animal: Salmon
  • Compatible Spirit Animals: Deer, Falcon, Owl, Raven, Salmon

30 thoughts on “Otter Totem

  1. Kendall Brewer says:

    It is so amazing how this described me to the exact point! And my bf if guess what an owl!!! my mom is a salmon and my dad is a raven and my little brother is a hawk this is so amazing!

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hi, Kendall;

      So happy you found us here at and that you enjoyed reading about your family’s Native American Zodiac Signs!

      Stay wild,

  2. Scott says:

    All I can say is WOW! If this isn’t describing me I really don’t know what does.Thank you for all of this!

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hi, Scott;

      You are most welcome! Thank you for visiting and commenting on!

      Stay wild,

      • Lola says:

        This is so true about me being a bear can’t believe how true this is

  3. Aleata says:

    This is amazing! Yesterday I had a vision of an otter’s body with the head of a red panda. I was lead here. What I read just now about the otter spirit is so on point! Wow.

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Aleata;

      Thank you for visiting and commenting on!

      Stay wild,

  4. Toni says:

    Love your site! How do I find out what my spirit animal is?
    Thank you!

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Toni;

      Apology for delayed reply. I’m finding that having two hands is not enough and I’m looking into getting surgery to become an Octopus. 😉

      So happy you’re enjoying! One way you can find your Spirit Animal is to read “How To Find Your Spirit Animal – The Complete Guide”. Another way is to look up the animal that’s attached to your Zodiac Sign – which you did for the Native American Zodiac but you’ll want to look it up in the Western and Chinese Zodiac Systems as well. You can find this information on my sister- site – – Zodiac Signs.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  5. Teresa Williams says:

    Wow this is amazing! I’ve always struggled with theses kinds of things because I never met anyone else with these “bad” habits as my friends say! It also makes a lot of sense, my mother has a native american friend who told us that we will be connected to our spirit animal somehow and every time I would go to the zoo the otters always seemed to swim over to me and want to play. This opens up my mind a lot, thank you!

    • spiritanimals says:

      Hello, Teresa;

      My humble apology for the delayed reply. I’m working hard to personally reply to all comments on both my sites – and Right now I only have 2 hands but I am working on getting surgery to become an Octopus – then I’ll have eight! 😉

      You are most welcome! And, thank you for visiting! Otters are so adorable! In my next life I think I want to be one!

      Stay wild,

    • FLEA says:

      Oddly enough I be thee otter a
      Strange creature but I except it they are like me in ways many things are real

  6. Epifanio says:

    God that’s so me.

  7. Ryan says:

    This is a great website where there is a lot of information on otters! Thank you for everything that I have just read!!

  8. Akiria says:

    Amazing ! Me and my boyfriend are otters ! We have hard times but funny how it last a night and it’s ok again ! We love each other and it’s crazy all of this is on point !

  9. ashley Ingram says:

    This is wonderful!!!!me to the T!!!!

  10. Keri says:

    Hi Bernadette, thank you for this site, it is really helpful. I was wondering if you could help me – I was born in the southern hemisphere and later moved to the northern hemisphere (my ‘home country’) and later migrated back to the southern hemisphere. .. Which totem should I use, the otter or the salmon?

    Thank you

  11. Victoria Griffin says:

    WOW…wow I am floored at how exact the otter birth totem is. I am each and every one of the otters traits, personality and characteristics to the “T” as well as my son. My birthday is July 25 1969 his is February 14 2001. Reading this has even helped me understand myself a lot better. I thank you for this greatly.
    Thank you
    Victoria Griffin
    Of Phoenix, Arizona

  12. Ted says:

    haha so true! it´s interesting because the girls i have seem to meet are aquarius(otter) and i am a leo(otter). Thats a interesting correlation, i knew something was up 😉 Bigtime similarities, i really recognized myself lol. Thank you for the great article Bernadette, Blessings and love!

  13. Jessi Barron says:

    Hello. My name is Jessi I’m having problems connecting/finding my spirit animal. My family is from both long lines of Indian/Cajun/Aztec I seem to be the wierd one…. I do everything opposite from what I am supposed to do…. No luck on love and very independent. Can you help me?

  14. Mathias Gammelby says:

    I have to let you know that the reading of my NAZS brought tears of joys and laughter from my soul out in me. I was taken back by the resemblance all the way through. Thank you so much for the insight and experience. It is amazing how the zodiacs hit home. Go the Aquarius Otter Rabbit! <3 <3 <3

  15. Bri says:

    This describes me so perfectly!

  16. Nikki G Roberts says:

    Me & my youngest daughter are both otters, hers is northern & mine is southern

  17. Livy says:

    So if your were born on March 1st, you are born in the otter totem? Just asking for a confirmation from another viewpoint. XD

  18. Linda Quinn says:

    My birth date and hemisphere is that of the otter; however, the character traits of the otter don’t seem to match me at all, unfortunately.

  19. AW says:

    Wow… this is surprisingly on point!

  20. Jamey Goff says:

    Wow… this matches me perfectly. Now i have a better understanding of why I am the way I am, moods, etc. Thank you! P.S. Can you help me find a site where I can learn how to speak Cree my native tongue?

  21. Mary Jane Rhinebold says:

    I guess I have truly found someone who was able to describe me to a “T”! I have always loved animals and Otters, Ravens and Deer. Thanks to you for all the great information. I have a cousin who is also an Aquarian and my mother was, my daughter is Leo and my mother’s mother was a Leo. Blessed Be with you! Happy Yule!

  22. Daniel Jodzio says:

    This is awesome! Thank you for making this available and so accurate!

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