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Rest & Cleansing Moon: Jan 20 - Feb 18

Jan 20 - Feb 18
  • Birth Moon: Rest & Cleansing
  • Animal Totem: Otter
  • Mineral Totem: Turquoise
  • Plant Totem: Quaking Aspen
  • Directional Totem: Buffalo
  • Elemental Clan Totem: Butterfly
  • Affinity Color: Turquoise
  • Personality Traits: broad-minded, lively, unconventional, perceptive, inventive, self-assured self-reliant, dynamic, friendly, artistic






Otters are known for their playfulness, and thus, Otter people are friendly, playful, and love to have fun.

Like their totem, Otter people are usually very helpful, considerate, and compassionate towards others and are often involved in charitable activities. They are very giving and throughout their lives they will spend a great deal of their energy working to benefit the Earth and its inhabitants.

Otters have a strong sense of family and are very passionate and devoted to their loved ones, and will mourn the loss of a mate for a long time. They love being parents, and are exceptionally good at it, and are very nurturing towards their cubs. Otter cubs stay with their parents for much longer than those of most other wild animals.

Just like their animal totem, Otter people are also usually very devoted and loving towards their families, and may have difficulty letting go of their children when they decide to move out into the world and be on their own.

Otters are great organizers and keep their living areas very neat and tidy. Otter people are just the same and will often feel ill at ease and uncomfortable if their living and working environments are not clean and orderly. Otters are intelligent, creative, and inventive. As they float in the water on their backs, they place a rock on their tummies to use as a tool to crack open their shellfish dinners. And you can bet that Otter people are just as intelligent, creative, and inventive as their totem animal.


Because of its bright sky-blue color, some Native Americans referred to turquoise as the "sky stone". As a stone of the sky, it was linked to the higher spiritual realms. Otter people are often attracted to mystical things, and turquoise can help them to find a balance between the physical and the spiritual.

Turquoise is a calming, peaceful, and energy balancing stone; therefore it is a good stone for meditation. It is also a good stone for Otter people to keep with them for they are usually quite vulnerable to deceit or trickery, and are susceptible to emotional disturbances.

Turquoise is a very strong protector stone, as well as a great healer, and is said to ward off physical danger and illness by absorbing harmful vibrations. Native Americans often wore turquoise to protect themselves from injury, especially from broken bones. They believed that the turquoise would fracture instead of their bones. They put turquoise on their shields to protect them from weapons, and they also tied turquoise onto their horses to protect them from injury or breaking a limb.

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