Birth dates: August 22 – September 22
Birth Totem is: Bear
Clan of: Turtle (Earth Chief)
Wind is: South
Directional Totem is: Coyote
Conscious intent is: Discernment
Motive of Higher Self is: Soul’s Perfection
Discerning. Careful. Practical. Precise. Kind. Critical
Birth Totem Bear is an individual whose outer personality is one of quiet observation.
As Birth Totem Bear moves through his/her daily life, there is a noticeable careful study of all he/she encounters and experiences. It is as though the intention is to sift and sort through all of the stimuli and input that the conscious mind encounters . . . to categorize and label each person, action, and event so that a greater understanding and assimilation can occur.
In the wild, Bear is an omnivore, yet their diet will consist primarily of vegetarian fare and larvae or grubs. To attain the morsels of squirming grub, the Bear must forage around beneath fallen logs and stones, sifting and sorting through the forest debris in order to be rewarded with the treats they so enjoy and that will provide the sustenance that will benefit their physical well-being.
Yet Birth Totem Bear will eventually realize that not everything can be understood with the physical senses alone, and the Individual Soul of another can never be neatly or completely labeled or categorized as it is dynamic and ever changing with that individual’s evolvement. Until Black Bear can come to the awareness that life is ever-changing and that to attempt to understand the process with the physical senses alone will inevitably (and invariably) lead to frustration, he/she will be stunting their own spiritual growth.
Just as Bear must rely upon her/his “higher senses” (intuition) in order to prepare for the lean months of winter and to alert him/her of impending threat, so must Birth Totem Bear learn to rely a little less upon “physical evidence” and more upon his/her inner voice and feelings. In this way, integration of Mind and Physical to that of the Emotions and Soul can take place leading to the Higher Intent of Black Bear’s incarnation . . . the Perfection of the Soul.
Deep in slumber, dreams unending,
Wise old bear, patient, strong,
Send me dreams of transformation.
Grant me intuition along
With introspection of my life,
Inner listening, no more strife.
The power of the Bear totem
is the power of introspection.
The answers to all our questions
lie within us.
Each of us has the capacity to quiet the mind,
enter the silence and know.
Just as the bear hibernates during the winter,
people with a Bear totem will be quieter
during the winter months. But they
must awaken in the spring and seek
whatever opportunities are around them.
When you have a Bear totem,
you are being guided to a leadership role.
You must be fearless in defending your beliefs.
The Bear also encourages you to exercise
your abilities as a natural healer.
Bears are associated with trees which are natural antennas, linking the heavens and the Earth.
Bear also has links to the seven color rays of the Universal Light
as well as Lunar ties, linking the subconscious and the unconscious mind.
It is associated with the Goddess Artemis.
August 23 to September 22
The Harvest Moon is the last moon of Shawnodese, Spirit Keeper of the South. The animal totem is the brown bear, the mineral totem is the amethyst, the plant totem is the violet, and the color associated with this position is purple. The elemental influence comes from the Turtle clan.
The Harvest Moon teaches about discrimination and fair decisions, good sense, perseverance, confidence, and the ability to analyze. The energy of this position is one of balance, rationality, and practicality. This is the place on the wheel that will help you truly understand the concepts of work and duty.
In the brown bear place on the Medicine Wheel, you need to guard against being overly critical of others, or cynical about life.
The brown bear teaches people experiencing this position about their capacity for creative curiosity; the amethyst about good judgment and justice; the Violet about their ability to penetrate to secret regions of the heart and soul.
Brown bear is the animal totem associated with the Harvest Moon. The brown bear is the same species as the black bear. In fact, some females will have one brown and one black cub in the same litter. Brown bears make their dens in holes, in caves, beneath fallen trees, in deserted buildings, or beneath waterfalls. They are generally careful and quiet creatures. Brown bears are omnivorous, eating anything they can get their paws on. Among their favorite foods are honey and berries. Their only enemies are humans and forest fires.
Bears are curious just like their cousin the raccoon. Bears are slow, deliberate, and pleasure oriented. They take the time to watch and learn from the things around them. They hurry in the fall when they must eat enough to sustain them through their long winter sleep. The bear’s hibernation is not a complete one. During the latter time of hibernation females have their cubs, so they have to be awake enough to nurse them.
Bears have a cheerful and good nature and share many abilities with humans. They can stand on two legs and walk for a short distance. They can climb trees; remove honey from bee trees; and spear fish, using their claws as spears.
To Native peoples, the bear was a very special animal. In many legends of the animal world, such as the one telling how the Spirit Keeper animals were designated, the bear is acknowledged as the head of the council of the animals. In that legend, the bear had long been chief of the animal council but his leadership was being challenged by buffalo, eagle, and coyote, all of whom felt they had attributes that would make them good leaders. As the debate between advocates of these different animals threatened the unity of the council of animals, Mudjekeewis, Spirit Keeper of the West, came to the council and told the four debating animals that because of the special qualities each had, each one would serve with one of the Spirit Keepers. In this way, all of their gifts would be utilized, and the animal council would stay united with the bear, who would also serve with Mudjekeewis, as the chief. Bear is Council chief because of his fairness, his strength, and his courage. In most tribes, the Bear clan was the medicine, leadership, or defense clan.
From working with the bear you can learn about deliberation, pleasure, observation, slow and steady movement, fairness, courage, strength, healing, and teaching.
Amethyst is the mineral associated with the Harvest Moon. The amethyst symbolizes good judgment, justice, and courage.
It is a stone that soothes, pacifies, and teaches discrimination. Amethyst is purported to protect against black witchcraft, lightning, hailstorms, and intoxication.
It can help you achieve spiritual attunement as well as a good balance between the energies of the physical and spiritual levels.
Amethyst can help you understand the sources of your anger, and thus begin to release it. It also helps to soothe and clarify the Dream State.
Amethyst is a stone that stimulates nobility and purity within those who carry or wear it.
Violet is the plant associated with the Harvest Moon. Violet symbolizes quiet, warmth, and reserved sentimentality. The violet is also a powerful medicinal plant; both the leaves and the flowers are good as soothing agents, particularly for irritated mucous membranes. It is also high in vitamin C. Medicinally, Violet is good for penetrating the blood and lymphatic fluids, dissolving toxins in those areas. Violet can assist in healing cancer and toxicity in the stomach or bowels. It relieves sore throats, difficulty in breathing, and helps cure tumors of the throat, ear problems, and headaches. Violet is good for relieving toothaches and skin problems. It cools high temperatures. Violet can be used as a thickener in stews and for flavoring in hot dishes, salads, jams, and syrups. Being around violet awakens the heart to the fullness of its feelings and helps you understand the depths of your love.
Purple is the color associated with the Harvest Moon. This is the purple of the shy violet whose flowers can easily be missed growing on the forest floor. It is also the color of deep amethyst crystals. This purple is the color of ceremony, ritual, spiritual insight, idealism and love of humanity. Some gradations of purple indicate someone using spiritual power for personal gain. Purple is the color of wisdom, but it can be used in either positive or negative way. Having purple around you will inspire you, bring you spiritual insights, increase your love of ceremony, and make you examine how you are using your power.
Harvest Moon teaches us the art of preparation through the act of gathering. This moon signals a time of abundance. Your hard work has paid off. The harvest is now full and ready for the gathering. Decide how much to enjoy, share, and store up for your future.
You may need to gather knowledge, courage, or even rest for the road ahead. Then begin preparations so you won’t be caught off-guard by the changes coming your way. It is all part of your personal evolution. Those born under the Harvest Moon are very good at looking after others but tend to deny their own needs. Prepare your own way, for if you use all your energy helping others, you will be facing a dry well. Enjoy the fruits of this bountiful time and gather up what you will need for your future.
Great Spirit, thank you for the gifts I receive in my life. I take this time to gather up what I need to prepare for the changes to come.