Totem Talk

Working With The Animal Totems

20 January – 18 February (N. Hemisphere)
22 July – 21 August (S. Hemisphere)

Birth and Animal Totem: Otter
Elemental Clan: Air Clan- Butterfly
Personality: Friendly. Unique. Autonomous. Dynamic.
Positive Traits: Innovative. Reforming. Perceptive.
Negative Traits: Unpredictable. Defiant. Inconsiderate. Eccentric.
Compatibilities: Crows, Falcon and Deer.

Otters are friendly, lively and perceptive. They feel inhibited by too many rules and regulations, which often make them appear eccentric. They like cleanliness and order and have original minds.

About OTTER Birth Totem

Native American Animal Symbols ~ The OTTER Birth Totem

A little quirky, and unorthodox, the Otter is a hard one to figure sometimes. Perceived as unconventional, the Otter methods aren't the first ones chosen to get the job done. This is a big mistake on the part of others – because although unconventional, the Otter's methods are usually quite effective. Yes, the Otter has unusual way of looking at things, but he/she is equipped with a brilliant imagination and intelligence, allowing him/her an edge over every one else. Often very perceptive and intuitive, the Otter makes a very good friend, and can be very attentive. In a nurturing environment the Otter is sensitive, sympathetic, courageous, and honest. Left to his/her own devices, the Otter can be unscrupulous, lewd, rebellious, and isolated.

The Otter and His or Her Partner

Otter and Falcon

The elements air and fire in this relationship will prove to be stimulating and refreshing. Both will quickly be smitten with each other, and what was just a little flirtation may soon turn into something serious. However it would be prudent for the passionate Falcon to tone down his feelings, saving some of his energy for a more intellectual exchange with Otter.

Otter and Beaver

Otter and Beaver need to take care of a few differences before they can hope to have a satisfying relationship. This is a relationship between an idealist and a materialist. Both positions have their place. But to make this relationship work, they have to compromise. Are the compromises they have to make too numerous?

Otter and Deer

Both Otter and Deer, inflenced by the element air, are restless and chafing at the bit. They could stimulate and positively influence each other. Since both are active and adventurous, they would rather be living with chronic scheduling stress than in a routine everyday existence. The latter will create problems much more quickly. This couple will be constantly on the go.

Otter and Woodpecker

Woodpecker, given her dependency and need for security, will most likely try to interfere with Otter's cherished need for freedom. At worst, this relationship will not survive. Otter, as soon as he senses that his independence is in serious danger, will take off in a hurry, even if this means leaving behind a heartbroken Woodpecker,

Otter and Salmon

Otter and Salmon, what a tension-filled relationship! Although air and fire, usually harmonize, their other characteristics are diametrically opposed. However, this can be stimulating as well as stressful for a partnership. On the positive side, both can learn from and with each other under one condition: that both are willing and gracious enough to make concessions. This, of course, means that both must compromise--Otter, her ideals and Salmon, his ego.

Otter and Brown Bear

Neither will fall down on his or her knees as soon as they meet. Otter influenced by the element air. needs time to get used to earth-bound Brown Bear, particulary when Bear gets petty, persnickety, and a little intolerant. But one thing unites Otter and Brown Bear: in their own way, both are intellectually interesting, nimble, and open-minded.

Otter and Raven

Air influences both signs or partners. This allows Otter and Raven to create and support a harmonious and uncomplicated relationship. While Otter's strong idealistic engagement is not always to Raven's liking, Otter can certainly contribute intellectual stimulation. Moreover, many of their activities will enrich this relationship.

Otter and Serpent

Otter and Serpent will often be on a warpath, and seemingly incompatible differences will make it difficult for this relationship to succeed. Serpent has a tendency to want her partner all to herself. Otter sees red and quickly disappears. If he stays, the relationship will contain never-ending compromises, and that does not bode well for a long-lasting relationship.

Otter and Owl

Otter and Owl are not only connected by the elements air and fire, they also compliment each other in their idealism and desire for truth. These two signs encourage each other. Otter and Owl are mutually stimulating in all areas of life. This relationship deserves the adjective precious.

Otter and Goose

In this relationship the road to happiness is paved with many obstacles, but they can be overcome. However, Goose is very disciplined and she my try to counter Otter's idealism with reason. The result would be a relationship built on compromise and trust.

Otter and Otter

Two Otters can frolic together. They can improve each other and the whole world. They both share the element air, which promotes intellectual energy and openness. This does, however, push emotional issues to second place and encourages a certain amount of superficiality. That, however, is not a problem if both partners are satisfied.

Otter and Wolf

When taking a close look, Otter and Wolf are strangers. Both approach life from different sides. Otter, however, is always open to differing views. Wolf, thanks to his sensitivity, can empathize with others. Both might be able to find common ground. The keys are Otter's broad intuitive sense and Wolf's fine instincts.


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