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When Were You Born? Medicine Wheel - South

By   |   Submitted On June 01, 2010

Were you born between June 21st and September 22nd? If you were, then you were born into the southern quadrant of the Native American medicine wheel.

Native American Astrology

Native American astrology connects power animals, seasons and elements to the four directions on the medicine wheel. This article, part of a series on Native American astrology, is focused on the southern quadrant of the medicine wheel.

Medicine Wheel: South


Native Americans often refer to the coyote as the trickster, the joker. If coyote is your power animal, it will teach you to laugh at life and at yourself. The energy of this animal is play ful and fun, and it helps us learn not to take life too seriously.

When can coyote help?

(1) When you are confused by a dream, and need help figuring out the deeper meaning of it.

(2) When stress has made you lose your sense of humor.

(3) When you have a difficult choice to make and you can't tell whether the one you're considering will help or hurt the situation.

(4) When a work project or group you're involved with needs to cooperate better.

(5) When you have a problem you have no idea how to solve and would like to be inspired by creative solutions.


"Listen closely to your heart. It sings of your purpose, even though your purpose may shift with time and age. That's where you'll find the courage to be who you are. Not in your mind, not in the world around you, but in the center of your body and being."~~Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D., Power Animals: How to Connect with Your Animal Spirit Guide

This is lion's message for you. Lion encourages you to honor the message of your heart. And to know that you're safe in trusting it and acting on it. Let others have their say but then go to your quiet sanctuary, be still and listen for what you should do.

(1) Lion can give you the confidence you need when you feel discouraged or find it hard to trust yourself. Or when you have a task that seems beyond your capabilities.

(2) Lion's quiet dignity and self-assurance can help when you have been placed in a position of leadership and need to strengthen your faith in yourself.


Wolves are wild spirits, but are also friendly and social. They live by their own set of rules, which are carefully defined, and are quite ritualistic.

Like lions, wolves only fight when they have to and can lend you strength when there is a battle you know you have to fight. But they also teach you to know yourself, know your own strength, and stand in that knowledge rather than trying to prove yourself unnecessarily.

(1) Wolf can teach the discipline of a well-ordered life, the rituals that keep things in order.

(2) Wolf also teaches you to trust and honor the voice within and to step forward onto your new path when the time is right.

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Jeanine Byers Hoag is a certified holistic healing practitioner, hand analyst and certified spiritual story midwife and is the author of The Life That's Waiting for You: Four Simple Steps for Identifying and Living Your Life Purpose.

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