Explains the ancient astrological system sacred to the Cherokee and how to use it in the modern world
• Provides easy-to-use format for determining what signs and numbers rule the day of your birth and what influence they have on your destiny
• Includes a traditional Cherokee ephemeris through 2015
An essential aspect of Cherokee religion is the belief that everything on Earth is the reflection of a star. This includes not only people and animals but also trees, rivers, stones, and mountainsall sentient beings to the Cherokee. Astrology has always played a strong role in the Cherokee tradition because of this belief, but unlike our Western system of astrology, Cherokee astrology is based on a 260-day Venus calendar, which includes 20 individual day signs and 13 numbers. It was the task of the Cherokee daykeeper to coordinate this calendar with those of the Sun and the Moon to determine the most auspicious times for ceremonies as well as to understand the star wisdom carried back to Earth by each newborn child. The day sign of a child explains his or her strengths and weaknesses; the number explains the individual’s role in the great cosmic scheme.
Raven Hail, an elder of the Cherokee nation, provides insightful descriptions for each of the twenty signs that identify characteristics of those born under a particular day sign and gives the meanings of the thirteen numbers that determine the significance of that sign in the larger scheme of life. The author has translated the traditional Cherokee ephemeris into an easy-to-use format that allows readers to quickly determine which sign rules the day of their birth and which number has influence over it.
|Publisher:||Inner Traditions/Bear & Company|
|Edition description:||2nd Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Raven Hail (1921-2005) was a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She was the editor of The Raven Speaks, a monthly journal of Cherokee culture, and also wrote The Raven’s Tales, Windsong, and The Pleiades Stones.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cherokee Astrology: Animal Medicine in the Stars by Raven Hail is the newest version of her book: The Cherokee Sacred Calendar: A Handbook of the Ancient Native American Tradition. This book teaches us a little about the Cherokee Sacred Calendar and shows us how to find our day sign and those of the ones we love according to the Tsalagi (Cherokee) calendar. This book also includes and Ephemeris that goes from 1900 to 2015 to better help us find our day sign. Once we find our day sign we can then go to that specific chapter and learn about the qualities of our specific sign. We are also given the name of the sign in Cherokee, as well as transliterated into English. We are shown the qualities of our day sign along with the direction, flower, color, stone, element, and herb attached to the sign. With the direction it also shows the qualities such as, mine, being redbird, it says, “Direction: West-Dreamtime underneath the tree; portal to the Otherworld; honeycomb of peace and love and life eternal.’ We are also shown the specific challenges facing each sign. I really enjoyed this book and it was actually recommended to me by a friend after I had gotten it. I would suggest this book for anyone wishing to learn about the Cherokee and also those interested in a different type of astrology. I acknowledge that I received this book from Bear and Company Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of the book.