Your Birth Animal Totem

August 1st, 2019 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Your Birth Zodiac Totem Animal

Do you know the animal totem or Birth Totem associated with your Moon Sign?  According to Native American beliefs, we are given totems by Mother Earth according to which of the Moons we were born under. Totems of distinct animals also include plants, minerals, colors, elements (fire, water, air, earth), and wind directions.  Following are the twelve animal totems and their meanings associated with each Moon:

Your Birth Zodiac Totem Animal

Goose Birth Totem – December 22 to January 19, sets goals for accomplishment, and always obtains them. The Goose is determined to succeed at all costs not for the approval of others. Driven is Goose Totem’s dominating personality trait. This Moon Sign also includes – Moon: Earth Renewal Plant: Birch Tree or Bramble Mineral: Quartz or Peridot Color: White Spirit Keeper: White Buffalo Power Direction: North Element: Earth Elemental Clan: Turtle.

Otter Birth Totem – January 20 to February 18, is a hard one to figure sometimes and not always chosen to get the job done. This is a big mistake.  Otter’s methods are usually quite effective because of their brilliant imagination and intelligence.   This Moon Sign also includes – Moon: Rest/Cleansing Plant: Quaking Aspen or Fern Mineral: Silver or Turquoise Color: Silver Spirit Keeper: White Buffalo Power Direction: North Element: Air Elemental Clan: Butterfly.

Wolf Birth Totem - February 19 to March 20, is the forerunner of new ideas, to teach and share with others what they have learned. Wolves have an enormous sense of family.  Baying at moon is Wolf’s desire to connect with new ideas just below the surface of consciousness, for the moon is a symbol for psychic energy. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Big Winds - Plant: Plantain Mineral: Turquoise or Jade Color: Blue-Green Spirit Keeper: White Buffalo Direction: North Element: Water Elemental Clan: Frog.

Your Birth Zodiac Totem Animal

Falcon Birth Totem - March 21 to April 19, is always looked upon for clear judgment in sticky situations. Falcon never wastes time and take action in what must be done. Falcon is honored and respected for its keen eyesight, speed of flight, and precision of movement. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Budding Trees or Awakening Plant: Dandelion Mineral: Fire Opal Color: Yellow or Yellow-Green Spirit Keeper: Golden Eagle Power Direction: East Element: Fire Elemental Clan: Thunderbird or Hawk.

Beaver Birth TotemApril 20 to May 20, is the builder and in building its home, you will find several entrances and exits.  Beaver’s lesson for us is ‘Not to paint ourselves in a corner’. In addition, Beaver is well equipped to protect its creationThis Moon Sign also includes Moon: Dream Builder,  Plant: Wild Clover Mineral: Jasper – Bloodstone Color: Blue or Yellow Spirit Keeper: Golden Eagle Power Direction: East Element: Earth Elemental Clan: Turtle.

Deer Birth Totem – May 21 to June 20, is lively, quick-witted and always aware of her surroundings. Ever alert for the subtlest of movements and the slightest sounds that warn her of impending danger. Yet, her own flightiness often leads her straight into the sights of the hunter. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Flower Plant: Yarrow Mineral: Moss Agate Color: White and green Spirit Keeper: Golden Eagle Power Direction: North Element: Air Elemental Clan: Butterfly.

Your Birth Zodiac Totem Animal

Woodpecker Birth TotemJune 21 to July 21, is totally empathetic and understanding. The Woodpecker’s drumming symbolizes to us, that we need to gain emotional perspective, to learn detachment, and to use our head instead of recklessly following our heart.   This Moon Sign also includes  Moon: Strong Sun Plant: Wild Rose Mineral: Carnelian Agate Color: pink or rose Spirit Keeper: Coyote Power Direction: South Element: Water Elemental Clan: Frog.

Salmon Birth Totem – July 22 to Aug 21, tells us to trust our gut feelings and inner-knowing. Salmon teaches us to see every bend in the river as a new adventure, with a lesson we need to learn to grow.   Even when the flow of life seems to push us back, we can tap the hidden resources of our human spirit.  This Moon Sign also includes: Moon:  Ripe Berries or Ripening Plant: Raspberry Mineral: Garnet Color: Red Spirit Keeper: Coyote Power Direction: South Element: Fire Elemental Clan: Thunderbird or Hawk.

Brown Bear Birth Totem - August 22 to September 21, teaches us that to accomplish the goals and dreams we carry, we need to honor our silence within. If we choose to believe that there are many questions to life, we must also believe that the answers to these questions resides within us. This Moon Sign also includes Moon:  Harvest Plant: Violets Mineral: Amethyst Color: Purple Spirit Keeper: Coyote Power Direction: South Element: Earth Elemental Clan: Turtle.

Your Birth Zodiac Totem Animal

Raven Birth Totem – September 22 to October 22, knows the Unknowable Mysteries of Creation and is Keeper of All Sacred Law. Raven sees the physical and spiritual world and merges the light and darkness, seeing both inner and outer reality. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Ducks Fly or Falling Leaves Plant: Mullein Mineral: Jasper Color: Brown or Blue Spirit Keeper: Grizzly Bear Power Direction: West  Element: Air Elemental Clan: Butterfly.

Snake Birth Totem – October 23 to November 22, is compelled toward evolution and transformation, driven to discard the past and emerge with new ‘flesh’. It is the energy of wholeness, cosmic consciousness and the ability to experience anything willingly and without resistance. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Freeze Up or Frost Plant: Thistle Mineral: Copper Color: Orange or Violet Spirit Keeper: Grizzly Bear Power Direction: West Element: Water Elemental Clan: Frog.

Owl Birth Totem – November 23 to December 21, can see in the dark.  It can also accurately locate and recognize any sound.  Owl is a symbol for wisdom, because Owl can see what others cannot. No one can deceive the Owl about what they are doing, no matter how hard they try to disguise or hide it from the Owl. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Long Snows  Plant: Black Spruce Mineral: Obsidian Color: Black or Gold Spirit Keeper: Grizzly Bear Power Direction: West Element: Fire.

Your Birt Animal Totem

Found Feathers' Symbolic Messages

I believe my local crows continually leave feathers for me to find on my walks that represent messages I need at the time.  Sometimes it takes a while for me to determine what their symbolic message might be.  Crow feathers can mean something to do with balance, magic, ancient wisdom, cunning & skill, boldness, and release from past beliefs.  Finding feathers are one of nature’s precious gifts that bring me great joy.

Found Feathers' Symbolic Messages

Most of us have heard of the saying:  “Feathers appear when Angels are near.”  Coming across a feather in your path, or finding a feather in an unexpected place is thought to be a message from your Angels and Guides.   Your Angels will use feathers of all different shapes and colors to offer you comfort or validation when you need it most. Feathers could also be a clue to an answer you have been looking for, or even a message to tell you you’re on the correct path.  Next time you find a feather, pay attention!    Take a look below to find out what it could mean:

Found Feathers' Symbolic Messages

During the month of July hopefully you will be spending more time in nature.  That means you will find feathers.  Please take a moment to consider what each found feather’s message might be. If you our fortunate to find a color not represented above, almost every color of natural feathers have an Angel or symbolic message, which can be researched easily.  THIS IS A WARNING, COLLECTING FEATHERS IS HABIT FORMING!!!

Treasure Hunting Wishing Rocks

I absolutely love hunting for rocks when spending time either near a river, stream, ocean, or on the desert.  However, I only became aware of the legend or lore of ‘wishing rocks’ recently and am excited to suggest that treasure hunting for wishing rocks is very therapeutic.  Several photos shown below are personal wishing stones of friends, which will be identified.  I am honored that they allowed me to include their treasures.

Treaure Hunting Wishing Rocks

 A ‘wishing stone’ is thought to be a magical stone or pebble that is found often on the seashore and has a white quartz ring on it somewhere. The ring must be complete with no breaks or pauses in the circle it forms. The ring can be crossed by other rings, but must have no beginning and no end in order for the magic to work.

Treasure Hunting Wishing Rocks

Popular lore holds that if you keep a ‘wishing rock’ in your pocket (or nearby) and make wishes on it, it will help your wishes come true.  Aside from the “single line” requirement, wishing rocks have no “rules” associated with them. They can be little or large, any color, any shape.  Like heart stones, wishing rocks also make a lovely gift.Treasure Hunting Wishing Rocks

Another legend declares that if you find a rock with a white line running around it, it is a ‘ wishing rock’. If you make a wish for yourself, it will come true, but if you make a wish for someone else, ALL of your wishes will come true!

Treasure Hunting Wishing Rocks

Mindfulness at Work - HAND ON HEART

There is a magazine called Mindful,  with a special edition called Your Guide To Difficult Emotions.  There are suggestions on how to navigate anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, shame, and build resilience in this unique issue.   It will be on display until July 8, 2019.  If you are interested, I recommend picking up this magazine.

The following HAND ON HEART exercise is featured in the Resilience Chapter:

Mindfulness at Work -HAND ON HEART

This practice can help you respond skillfully to distressing events.  You will be able to do it quickly, many times a day if need be, to bring a calming awareness to your experiences.   This is a simple practice to teach a child.

Simply stop, pause, and …

Mindfulness at Work - HAND ON HEART

1.  Place your hand over your heart so that you feel the warm touch of your hand on your chest.

2.  Begin to breathe more slowly, more gently, more deeply, into your heart center.

3.  Recall a moment, just one moment, when you felt safe, loved, and cherished by another human being. Just remember one moment not the entire relationship.   (With practice, evoking this memory can happen instantly.)  This could be a moment with a spouse, a parent, a child.  It could be a moment with a friend, a therapist, a teacher, or even a beloved pet.

4.  As you remember, let its warmth wash through your body; savor this feeling for 30 seconds.

5.  When you are ready, reflect on any shift you felt in your body from this practice. A shift happens when we intentionally choose to focus our awareness on the experience of compassion, gratitude, warmth, and other feelings that put us in touch with our natural resilience.

Join me in making May HANDS ON HEART Month!

Mindfulness at Work - HAND ON HEART 

Practice 'Centering' in Nature

I picked up a new book recently that will be shared often because it covers the importance of mantras, meditation and the powerful healing of stones.  The book is Remedies for Mind, Heart and Soul - Crystals for Healing, by Karen Frazier.  Her chapter four includes 192 Crystal Remedies for Mind, Heart, & Soul.  Hopefully after reading this practice, you will treat yourself to many April walks in nature and find a serene spot for Centering.  The author writes “Centering is the process of calming your mind, body, and spirit and moving into your peaceful center.  When you are centered,  you are in a calm and relaxed state, but you are also alert.   From this state, it is easier to understand the flow of energy and information around you, and it is easier to tune in to your creativity, feelings, and intuition.”

Below are listed the author’s Remedy Steps for Centering.  I believe this can be repeated often, especially while spending serene time in nature as part of an ongoing healing process.

Practice 'Centering' in Nature


Sit comfortably with your eyes closed.  Notice your breathing.  As you begin to relax, repeat the mantra above several times until you feel relaxed, maintaining focus on your center, the area between your solar plexus and sacral chakras (Naval).  Also at the same time connect to the earth.  Visualize yourself sending roots from your core and extending into the Earth, wrapping these roots around the Earth’s core.  Continue this meditation for at least 10 minutes.

Practice 'Centering' in Nature

Blue Lace Agate is a calming stone that can also help you center yourself.  Hold the stone in one hand and, with your eyes closed, breathe deeply, allowing calm to wash over you.  You can remain in any position, even standing, to center yourself this way.  If you tend to be off center a lot, it may be helpful to carry a piece of Blue Lace with you to hold whenever you need to find your center.

Practice 'Centering' in Nature

Center yourself at the start of the day with a brief Clear Quartz meditation.  Sit comfortable, holding a piece of Clear Quartz in your receiving  (non-dominant) hand.  Close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths, focusing your attention on your core and feeling the energy from the clear quartz flowing toward your center.

Practice 'Centering' in Nature

Finding Your Inner Goddess

March 1st, 2019 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Finding Your Inner Goddess

How many of us even think about having an Inner Goddess?   Well every one does!   What I am sharing with you this month is a condensed version on How to Find Your Inner Goddess (wikiHow).  March is the month to honor your sacred feminine. The following Method 1 & Method 2 listed below can guide your way to beauty, happiness and naturally letting yourself glow not only on the outside, but also from within.

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Finding Your Inner Goddess
1.   Draw people’s attention to your best features.  This confidence is the first step to revealing your Inner Goddess.
2.  Smile often. Everybody loves a beautiful smile.  Smiling gives you an aura of grace and happiness, which can inspire others. By the time you can feel this aura, you have successfully revealed your Inner Goddess.
3.  Keep your life balanced. A stressed woman is like the opposite of a graceful goddess.  Give yourself little breaks and keep it organized so that you don’t have to do everything last minute.  Balancing your life can really bring out your Inner Goddess and keep you healthy and glowing.
4.  Be happy. There is no way you can even feel a glimpse of your Inner Goddess if you don’t find out what makes you happy. Keeping your spirits up and feeling some sort of happiness on a daily basis is crucial,  if you live in a busy place, have a crazy schedule or are loaded up with work and/or studies.

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Finding Your Inner Goddess
1.  Try the Wu-Wei approach to locating your Inner Goddess. The expression ‘Wu-Wei’ comes from the Taoist beliefs and means “doing by non-doing”.  The most important mistake you can make is to look for your goddess in the eyes of other people. It is not important that other people see you as a goddess, what counts is that you feel your own divine quality.
2.  Stop looking outside. Cease to define yourself through the eyes of others. Look into yourself. Get to know every detail of your body not by looking into the mirror, but by feeling it from the inside.

3.  Trust your impulse. Learn the difference between an impulse that comes from your divinity and a movement that comes from a desire to be a “good girl” or to get some gratification.

4.  Stop doing. Relax, trust, let go, and melt into every moment. Become more and more aware of the divinity around you.   Look for Deity Connections.   Get to know about the many forms of the Mother-Goddess. For example: Gaiya, Kybele, Kali, Lakshmi etc. Sing their songs, dance their dances, chant their mantras, and always look within. You will realize that you have been a GODDESS  all along.
Finding Your Inner Goddess

Aura Rainbow Ritual

February 1st, 2019 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Aura Rainbow Ritual

Cassandra Eason explains variety of techniques for sensing, seeing, and learning about the colored energy fields that surround people, animals, plants, crystals, and even places in her book, A Little Bit of AURAS We all have an aura, a rainbow-colored energy field, usually invisible to the physical eye.  Our aura surrounds the entire body in a three-dimensional ellipse, made up of seven different-colored bands.   This aura reveals our mood, our personality, and the status of our health.

Included in the author’s very informative book is the following Aura Rainbow Ritual to synthesize all your aura energies and fill your aura with color and light.  To Begin this exercise take seven small candles—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet—and place them in a circle in that order.

Aura Rainbow Ritual

Next sit facing the candles.

Aura Rainbow RitualLight the red candle, saying,  “Red for strength and courage and so my aura is filled with joy and harmony.”

Light the orange candle, saying, “Orange for confidence and so my aura is filled with joy and harmony.”

Light the yellow candle, saying, “Yellow for power and so my aura is filled with joy and harmony.”

Light the green candle, saying, “Green for love and so my aura is filled with joy and harmony.”

Light the blue candle, saying, “Blue for abundance and so my aura is filled with joy and harmony.”

Light the indigo candle, saying, “Indigo for wisdom and so my aura is filled with joy and harmony.”

Light the violet candle, saying, “Violet brings synthesis and so my aura is filled with joy and harmony.”

When ready, blow out candles in reverse order of lighting, saying for each, “My aura is filled with rainbow joy.”

Aura Rainbow Ritual


New Year’s Healing Poem for Peace and Wellness

New Year's Healing Poem

The greatest achievement is selflessness. 
The greatest worth is self-mastery. 
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others. 
The greatest precept is continual awareness. 
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything. 
The greatest action is not conforming with the world’s ways. 
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions. 
The greatest generosity is non-attachment. 
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind. 
The greatest patience is humility. 
The greatest effort is not concerned with results. 
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go. 
The greatest wisdom is seeing beyond appearances.
(Translated from the Ancient Indian Buddhist leader Atisa,
from the 11th century AD) 

Wishing Everyone Health, Peace and Love

New Year's Healing Poem


The Guest House by Rumi

Rumi (13th century Sufi mystic), uses the metaphor of a guest house to describe life’s journey.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

The Guest House by Rumi

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The Guest House by Rumi

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

The Guest House by Rumi


One Voice Matters

I am dedicating this October Feature Post to the women throughout history that used their voices and actions for our rights.  The Suffrage Movement fought for women’s right to vote.  Rosa Parks is known as “the First Lady of Civil Rights”, and “Mother of the Freedom Movement”.   Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward under oath to share her teenage sexual assault.  She is to be honored along with all the women that have shared or will be sharing their #MeToo testaments.   Below are quotes from survivors of sexual abuse.   There was healing for these individuals in speaking their truth and hopefully these heartfelt quotes might reach out and help others to seek help and speak their truths.

One Voice Matters

“You can recognize survivors of abuse by their courage.  While silence is so very inviting, they step forward and share their truth so others know they aren’t alone.”   ~ Jeanne McElvaney, Healing Insights: Effects of Abuse for Adults Abused as Children.

“Survivors of abuse show us the strength of their personal spirit every time they smile.”   ~ Jeanne McElvaney,  Healing Insights: Effects of Abuse for Adults Abused as Children.

“SPEAK TO THE CHILD WITHIN YOU: Tell the child within you, the one that has remained buried that the “adult” in you is positively safe and sound. Start treating the damaged “you” just the way you would have wished to be handled when you were a child.”   ~ Patricia Dsouza,  When Roses are Crushed.

“My story can unchain someone else’s prison.”  ~ Patricia Dsouza,  When Roses are Crushed.

“You’ve already done the hardest part; you survived the trauma. You are much stronger than you think you are.”  ~ Sarah  Newman MA, PsychCentral®

One Voice Matters