Totem Talk

Working With The Animal Totems

23 October – 22 November (N. Hemisphere)
20 April – 20 May (S. Hemisphere)

Birth and Animal Totem: Snake
Elemental Clan: Water Clan- Frog
Personality: Fierce. Spontaneous. Ambitious. Determined. Mysterious.
Positive Traits: Purposeful. Wise. Creative.
Negative Traits: Rancorous. Inflexible. Secretive. Suspicious.
Compatibilities: Woodpeckers and Wolves.

Snakes are mysterious, and secretive, hiding their feelings beneath a cool exterior. Adaptable, determined and imaginative, they are capable of bouncing back from tough situations encountered in life.

About SNAKE Birth Totem:

Most shamans are born under this Native American animal symbol. The Snake is a natural in all matters of spirit. Easily attuned to the ethereal realm the Snake makes an excellent spiritual leader. Also respected for his/her healing capacities, the Snake also excels in medical professions. The Snake's preoccupation with matters intangible often lead others to view them as mysterious, and sometimes frightening. True, the Snake can be secretive, and a bit dark – he/she is also quite sensitive, and caring. In a supportive relationship the cool Snake can be passionate, inspiring, humorous, and helpful. Left to his/her own devices, the Snake can be despondent, violent, and prone to abnormal mood swings.

The Serpent and His or Her Partner

Serpent and Falcon

Serpent is a person with deep and passionate emotions. Inside the Falcon also burns a bright fire with strong emotions and great passion. While this may at first look like a perfect union, there is a fly in the soup. The emotions of Serpent are held deep within the soul, and those of the Falcon are expressed more outwardly and spontaneously. Sparks will fly.

Serpent and Beaver

Serpent and Beaver constitute two opposing poles, which can give both a chance to meet in the middle and forge an enviable unit. But doing so is not all that easy. The opposing tendencies and needs require a high degree of tolerance and acceptance.

Serpent and Deer
The emotional Serpent would love nothing more than to snag the emotional side of Deer and claim him for her own. But Stag will resist any pressure quickly and skillfully. This will leave a drop of bitterness: that of unrequited love. Over the long haul, neither partner will be satisfied.

Serpent and Woodpecker

Since Woodpecker. like Serpent, belongs to the element water, neither will find it difficult to forge an intimate relationship, particularly since theirs rests on a strong emotional foundation. Serpent and Woodpecker, who find in each other everything they have searched for, will never let go.

Serpent and Salmon

Whenever the elements water and fire meet, one must be prepared for a few difficulties and misunderstandings. With the proud and domineering Salmon and the ruthlessly honest Serpent, friction is almost guaranteed. Both tend to be jealous and possessive, so finding a solution to any difficulties is hard for them.

Serpent and Brown Bear

The above scenario does not occur when Serpent meets Brown Bear. The later is accommodating, and able to appreciate the Serpent's sensitivity, steadfastness, and dependability. The fact that Brown Bear carefully holds back many of his deepest feelings could invigorate the relationship, because Serpent thrives on challenges--especially emotional ones.

Serpent and Raven

Corressponding to the element water, Serpents' emotions are as deep as the ocean, and they love to pull their partner down into the very emotional depths they experience. Ravens, however, do not always feel very comfortable in that sphere (they fear drowning) and will, to a great degree, hold back emotionally. It will be difficult, even impossible, to create a fullfilling relationship.

Serpent and Serpent

Two Serpents could fall under each other's spell--physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Their profound connection may well be for life. Their emothions can be so deep that they are sometimes painful. Their intensity and passion are enviable. But such strong passions and the tendency to be jealous can also cause problems.

Serpent and Owl

Serpents and Owls are unlikely to fall immediately into each other's arms, even though Owls are by nature spontaneous and euphoric. But contraditions within such relationships do exist, and in the beginning, these contraditions may stand in the way of happiness. If, however, Serpent is able to be less possessive, and if Owl exercises the tolerance that she is capable of, nothing will stand in the way of forging a constructive and intensive relationship.

Serpent and Goose

Serpent and Goose love to get to know each other because they are both drawn by the element water, though Goose is governed by earth. While both have a tendency to control their deeper feelings, the sensual and passionate flame that burns between them will strengthen and deepen their relationship. A union between Serpent and Goose promises to be very successful--in love and at work.

Serpent and Otter

Serpent is influenced by the element water, and Otter is influenced by the element air. So, the two approach each other with mixed feelings because they live in such different worlds. Great tolerance might be required from both, perhaps more than they are able to give.

Serpent and Wolf

The sensitive and accommodating Wolf might just hit the bull's-eye with Serpent, and visa versa. Both belong to the element water, and both live in such rich emotional worlds that their shared emotional depth guarantees a strong foundation and an indestructible bond. In addition, Wolf will quickly win Serpent's trust.


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