Friday, August 6, 2010

What is Your Birth Totem?

Some Native American tribes believed that everyone has a birth totem, sort of like a zodiac sign that tells about you and what your focus for life is going to be.  The more we try to heed these characteristics, the more likely we will find a higher meaning for our lives.  I am simplifying it greatly here and some of you are most certainly have more understanding than I do about it.

Using the chart, I learned that my daughter will have a birth totem of the Salmon.  That's the same as my oldest son.  Too bad.  If she had waited a few more days she would be a Bear, like my youngest son and my wife.  Me?  I'm a Snake.  I don't think I'll tell my wife, she hates snakes with a passion.  Here are the different totems:

Falcon - March 21 - April 19

Beaver - April 20 - May 20

Deer - May 21 - June 20

Woodpecker - June 21 - July 21

Salmon - July 22 - August 21

Bear - August 22 - Sept 21

Crow - September 22 - Oct. 22

Snake - Oct. 23 - Nov. 22

Owl - Nov. 23 - Dec. 21

Goose - Dec. 22 - Jan 19

Otter - Jan. 20 - Feb. 18

Wolf - Feb. 19 - March 20

You can find out more about your individual totem at:

There is a chart that reveals all of the totems and other things at a glance found at:

So what about you?  Do you think you fit your birth totem?


Anj said...

Great info. I did not know totems were based on birthdate. I always learn such interesting things on your blog. (I've been following your RSS feed for months, but this is my first time commenting. Hello.)

I wouldn't necessarily have thought of myself as a bear, but upon reflection, it's not unsuitable.

I will definitely save and share this list.

Mark Alford said...

Thanks for commenting. I love hearing from readers.

The birth totems based on birthdays is something that I found by accident and a few web pages had the same-ish information, so I am assuming it is true. My Native American mythology is a little shaky.

So, what type of novel are you writing?

Anj said...

The current one is mainstream contemporary fiction set in Omaha, Nebraska, but the last one was a fantasy. I drew from several world mythologies for that one. I found your blog when researching one of the monsters from Greek mythology (I forget which one).