Those with Woodpecker as a Birth Totem are deeply devoted, sensitive individuals who see nurturing as a necessity to the happiness of self and others.
Woodpecker Birth Totem Overview
Some Native American, Shamanic, & Medicine Wheel Astrologers Flicker for this totem.
If you were born between June 21 – July 21 in the Northern Hemisphere or December 22- January 19 in the Southern Hemisphere you bear the Native American Zodiac sign of the Woodpecker.
Western Astrology uses the sign of Cancer for the North and Capricorn for the South. Capricorn has a testy tongue and stubborn nature, while Cancer can talk anyone into a corner using humor as a tool.
So what about our perky Woodpecker?
Well, because Woodpecker people are, also, so sensitive, this totem can a bit on the emotional side – which sometimes leads to personal pity parties when they can’t quite get the desired results.
Thankfully Woodpecker knows the art of forgiveness, including their own mistakes. In other words – Woodpeckers put on their big boy or girl pants and get over ‘it’; quickly moving to the next project.
Family is everything to Woodpecker, and that includes family of their own choosing.
Lightworkers say that Woodpecker is the heart of a home, devoting themselves wholly to the happiness of that Clan. This means Woodpecker sometimes puts their own needs last and may suffer from burn out if people take advantage of their kindness.
If your partner is a Woodpecker it’s very important that they know you appreciate efforts. This brings tremendous joy and support the Woodpecker’s on-going quest for maintaining happiness without external incentives.
Native American tradition likens the knock-knock-knock of the Woodpecker as the core rhythm of the Earth.
Shamans recreate these sounds when they wish to walk between the worlds.
When Woodpecker sounds, it’s important to listen to its medicine.
In particular the Native American Zodiac cautions Woodpeckers to carefully balance their thoughts with emotions. You have a tendency to roll with intense emotion, pounding into that tree with intensity rather than thinking it through.
Your efforts in life deserve an equal return of energy, so listen carefully to what your Guides tell you when your feelings threaten to overwhelm.
Woodpecker Traits, Personality and Characteristics
Those born under Woodpecker are ruled by the Southern wind, the Cardinal direction of the South and the Element of water. Both the Southern wind and direction of South bring tremendous warmth to their being, thus “logic” is not Woodpecker’s favorite word.
This birth totem would rather feel their way through situations instead of making a structured manual. The benefit of these influences is that those Woodpecker chooses for their Circle will always know how much they are loved.
Just like a Woodpecker in nature, this Native American Zodiac sign uses its sharp claws to hang on to people or situations, even those that may not be good for them.
Mind you, Woodpecker also holds tightly to their beliefs and honor with surety, part of which includes being very giving and benevolent.
Like any other zodiac sign there are potential challenges with Woodpecker.
Woodpeckers can find themselves accepting others’ burdens before they even realize it. This can make Woodpecker very moody or depressed. Remember Woodpecker is an empath, so it can be helpful take time daily to clear negativity out of their aura.
If you are around Woodpecker people regularly, please use gentle words to avoid painful outcomes.
The Woodpecker does not always hear what you MEAN and may take a very normal phrase as the beginning of something terrible. That vulnerability is Woodpecker’s greatest challenge. This is no surprise when you consider Woodpecker is ruled by the Water Element, which is all about emotional tides.
Woodpecker is part of the Frog Clan along with Snake and Wolf. Here we see yet more water.
For an air creature, Woodpecker swims pretty heavy seas. This water saturates their soul, bringing forward creativity and compassion.
The Native American Zodiac aligns Woodpecker with rose quartz and wild rose, two items magically connected to the Heart Chakra and loving emotions (Come on Woodpecker remember to love yourself too! Use rose quartz energy for positivity).
The Rose in this sign represents an odd dichotomy between thorniness that can be off-putting but also protects Woodpecker from falling too fast and too hard into relationships.
Woodpecker Totem Love Compatibility
The lyrics “all you need is love” may have well been written by or for Woodpecker.
This partner has radar and responds with attentiveness.
Ever the romantic, Woodpecker showers their devotion with poetry, gifts and little thoughtful surprises.
In the bedroom they are highly sensual lovers.
The caution in partnering with a Woodpecker is that they are wholly monogamous. If you date the Woodpecker they do not share PERIOD. Cheating causes Woodpecker to fly the coup.
The best relationships for Woodpecker in the Native American Zodiac are Baver, Bear, Goose, Wolf and Snake.
Woodpecker Totem Animal Career Path
Woodpecker really enjoys a family run operation, or one that minimally has a family-like atmosphere for a home-away-from-home ambiance.
They make excellent, aware teachers, caregivers, and cooks whose stove is truly a celebratory altar.
Overall Woodpecker is good at business and can set up their own shop successfully – perhaps an in-home business for the home body!
Woodpecker Totem Metaphysical Correspondences
- Birth dates, Northern Hemisphere: Jun 21 – Jul 21
- Birth date, Southern Hemisphere: Dec 22 – Jan 19
- Corresponding Zodiac Signs:
Cancer (North), Capricorn(South)
- Birth Moon: Strong Sun Moon
- Season: Month of Long Hot Days
- Stone/Mineral: Rose Quartz
- Plant: Wild Rose
- Wind: South
- Direction: South
- Element: Water
- Clan: Frog
- Color: Fuschia Pink
- Complimentary Spirit Animal: Snow Goose
- Compatible Spirit Animals: Brown Bear, Beaver, Snow Goose, Snake, Wolf
24 thoughts on “Woodpecker Totem”
I’ve never looked up my Native American Totem before, which surprises me because I am part Native American and love exploring traditions, lore, etc. For my birthday I got myself a tattoo of a rose. A very non-traditional, abstract, wild looking rose. I’ve always been extremely fond of roses, and I never understood why. Reading this, it hit me like a train on a track. I literally got my rose the way I did to remind myself that I am unique and beautiful and to love myself. It was inner me being placed on my body. This was very powerful. Thank you!
Please accept my apology. I normally respond much faster. I was on a mini vacation and, then, Hurricane Matthew decided to visit me in Florida. 😉
Your message of self-love is an inspiration for us all! Thank you so very much for sharing your story!
On my sister-site, BuildingBeautifulSouls.com, you can read more about Rose Symbolism & Meaning.
Makes sense, since I love birds. Was a little disappointed it wasn’t Owl… because I have that on my keychain.. guess I will need to change this. The rest was spot on in relation to Cancer.. but in all honesty I stopped reading horoscopes in newspapers, etc. after 9/11.
Please don’t be disappointed! Owl can easily be your Spirit Animal while Woodpecker is your totem. So, you are lucky! You can have both wonderful energies in your life!
As for 911, it makes sense why a sweet, sensitive Cancer would crawl back in his shell because of that horrific event. If it helps, all spiritual people have a crisis of faith at least once in their life. If there’s anything I can do to help you in this regard, please let me know.
AYO what 911 gotta do with anything??
Thank you, I found myself in your description. I need to go get some rose quarts!
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I know a lot about zodiac from various cultures but for whatever reason I had not know this. I am amazed at how accurate this is compared to the combinations I have in other signs (ex: Gemini/Cancer June 23 etc). The totem knew though and I have done things for all my days that I could not tell you why such as knock thrice on wood. Plus I have a disdain for frogs which makes the clan interesting and now I want to know why lol. I have a past life that I always thought accounted for it but now I question that and will dig further 🙂 But…..I do have a question for you if you would be so kind……Can your spirit animal be a mythical creature? Because I am pretty certain, mine is a dragon lol Thank you, in advance, for your reply.
Apologies for delay in response – was on vaca!
One’s Spirit Animal can definitely be a mythical creature! Why? Because all mythical creatures have a foundation in ‘real’ animals. Take for instance your Dragon. Have you ever seen a Flying Lizard?
Unicorns and Pegasus are other examples – both are based on Horses.
If Dragon energy is speaking to you, accept and trust its teachings. There’s a reason Dragon is calling to your Spirit!
Hope that helps.
Owl has always been my spirit animal. My grandfather told me that I was woodpecker–but told me that it was because I hit my head a lot-lol. This is me totally–spot on
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This was a really beautiful message. Everything stuck out to me, and some of these words hit me hard. As a Cancer / Woodpecker we do have emotional boundaries that we try to conceal only because we don’t want to share our burden. And we do change like the currents of the water. Everything that was put in this message was absolutely correct and by that THANK YOU because this helped me convince myself that this is what I go through as a person.
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First off thank you for the understanding of my totem, reading it was like looking into my sole. I’ve always had a huge connection to the wolf, I am always surrounded by their statues and pictures. I was most interested in when it stated about being empathic. I don’t know if it ties in or not but I have a great amount of daezavue. Excuse the spelling. And I tend to “travel” as some have told me . I can go on drives or long walks and many many times not remember any part of it other than the start and the finish. I’m still trying to research more so I can better understand this.
Any feedback you might have would be great
It’s weird, I’m actually a deer, whose descriptions are way off and don’t sound like me at all, but the woodpecker (which I would’ve been were I born three days later) describes me perfectly. Hm, it even got my tiny pet peeves, traits, and surprisingly things like my element and favorite color on point. I wonder why that is.
Spot on oganalli! My love for my family both blood and chosen knows no bounds. I come from a snow goose and a raven. The strange thing is my husband is snow goose and I had no idea until I looked him up and found we are compatible signs. Strange how life works. Stiyu oganalli.
Thank you for the info. It is spot on. So much better than the so called traditional zodiac. For your reader attracted to dragons I suggest to look up the Chinese zodiac. I suspect they are dragon within that. I know I am. Stiyu oganalli.
you the best
keep this going ok
Hello, i had commented on the hawk page and was told it can be a link to your guide, I am very very sure i have been led to the woodpecker, the signs showing up are far more than mere coincidence, I had been meditating deeply and asking for more clues if my guide would be willing, after finding multiple woodpecker feathers day after day, and woodpeckers themselves landing near me and staring at me completely unafraid, it felt like they were looking right in my soul, I was swept with an overwhelming emotion of joy. I wanted to thank this website and its author as this REALLY helped me for the start of this journey. I do have one question though, when I see “complimentary” and “compatible” spirit animals, what exactly do these terms mean? Thank you for your time if anyone could answer me. 🙂
How would I know if I was born in the northern or southern hemisphere?
If you were born above the equator line then you are a northern born, and to the south of the equator, then you are on the Southern Hemisphere.
If this sign corresponds with cancers ♋️ Wouldn’t the dates be June 21-July 22?
Mine doesn’t make any sense how could my spirit animal be a woodpecker if I keep seeing signs of black birds? On my way to school my senior year I found a big black feather right in front of my feet. I hear them sometimes I even see them. That also goes the same with wolves. I love wolves don’t get me wrong put I never really payed any attention to my surroundings till now. I remember petting a gray wolf and animal zoo rescue he growled at me. My mom said he was just trying to talk to me. (The wolf) idk if the wolves are just coincidences but I know for a fact that that my spirit animal is a crow or a raven because I can hear them and they are always there.
Thank you very much! You truly understan the totems! Everthing was exactly right!