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Birthday Totem for Apr20 -May20 (Beaver)

topic posted Tue, April 27, 2010 - 7:44 AM by  Phoenix
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The Frogs Return Moon (April 20 to May 20) is the second moon of Wabun of the East. The mineral totem for the moon is the chrysocolla, the plant is the blue camas, and the animal is the beaver. The color is blue and the elemental clan influence is the Turtle clan.

From the chrysocolla, people in this position learn to balance the earth and sky within themselves; from the blue camas, to sustain themselves and others; from the beaver, to make all environments as pleasant as possible. This is the position to explore when you wish to learn about stability, and the value of hard work, luck, and your ability to create and maintain an orderly and beautiful environment. The frogs return Moon will teach you about perseverance, patience, stability, and practicality. People in this position need to guard against being too stubborn, overindulging, and holding back all their feelings.

ANIMAL:

Beaver is the animal totem associated with the Frogs Return Moon. The beaver is, apart from man, the only animal capable of changing its environment drastically to provide for its own peace, security, and contentment. The beaver is the largest rodent in the United States. Adult beavers weigh between thirty and seventy pounds. Beavers never stop growing, and can grow to three to four feet in length.

Beavers do not make many sounds. Occasionally they bark, hiss, or squeal, but usually they only make a soft mew in the privacy of their lodge. They slap the water with their tails to warn of danger. Beavers mate for life. They are affectionate parents who keep their children around for two years, or until the next litter comes. Old males who lose their mates sometimes become surly.

The beaver is a land mammal that spends a lot of time in the water. Its body is amazingly engineered to suit its habits and habitat. Beavers' adaptable bodies could have made them the dominant animal on earth except that beavers have two things that men desired: beaver fur (long used for making gentlemen's hats) and a gland that secretes castoreum. Castoreum was regarded as a cure-all from the time of the early Greeks until the eighteenth century. Beavers were in such demand that the search for them probably did as much to motivate European exploration of the Americas as anything else. Because humans wanted their parts, beavers were almost driven to extinction by the 1800s. Finally humans discovered that beavers helped maintain the water table and were of great value to fishing, wildlife, vegetation, and aesthetics, so they let the species live.

Native people had also valued the beaver fur and meat and had used the castoreum to effect healing, but they had hunted beaver with moderation and respect. When the Europeans came they encouraged the Natives to hunt more beavers and offered the most prized trade goods in exchange for beaver fur. These practices helped to erode the traditional Native culture in some areas.

Working with the beaver can teach you about stability, balance, tradition, true value, adaptability with the environment, healing, affection, tenacity, hard work, and self-reliance.

PLANT:



Blue camas is the plant associated with the Frogs Return Moon. Blue camas was an important food for many Native people. It is essential to use only camas with blue-colored flowers. Any with yellow or greenish white flowers are deadly poisonous. Blue camas is a good food staple, and can be used to make pancakes, molasses, and a sugar substitute. It is a food that has sustained people for thousands of years. Blue camas is purported to be good for balancing blood sugar levels and as a purgative and emetic. This plant is excellent for creating movement where there is stagnation, for providing sustenance, and for teaching discrimination an all levels of life.





MINERAL:

Chrysocolla is the mineral associated with the Frogs Return Moon. Chrysocolla helps to balance the elements of earth and sky within you. It assists you in reaching the highest realms of consciousness while keeping a firm foundation on the earth.

Chrysocolla is a stone of good medicine that can bring luck and health to the wearer. Chrysocolla helps purify the heart, mind, and spirit. It helps to balance, ground, and have an overall sense of well being and strength. It is a stone that promotes a feeling of peacefulness and stability, thus giving you a stronger sense of connection with the earth.

☆Love & Light★
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Phoenix
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  • Re: Birthday Totem for Apr20 -May20 (Beaver)

    Thu, April 29, 2010 - 6:40 AM
    Several years ago, I got a puppet of a Beaver. Kids love it! I use it to talk with them, to get them to open up. We call him "The Beav," like the character in that old TV show "Leave it to Beaver."

    Beavers are an interesting mixture of cute and strong....they have those strong front teeth for gnawing and that hard tail for slapping. They are strong family animals and are also associated with both trees and water.

    Beaver's Wisdom Includes:

    --Maintaining the ability to be productive in all ways by not limiting your options

    --Being persistent

    --Using available resources

    --Using alternate ways of doing tasks

    --Master builder of all things

    --Not damming the flow of experiences in life

    --Achievement through completion of tasks

    --Understanding dynamics of group work

    www.animalspirits.com/index13.html

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