Cherokee Astrology: Animal Medicine in the Stars

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By Raven Hail

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Raven Hail

Raven Hail
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, The Pleiades Stones, and Cherokee Astrology.



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 mountains--all 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.
“Raven Hail has captured the essence of ancient Cherokee teachings related to the ‘sacred calendar’ and the teachings of astrology and has preserved ancient Cherokee stories as a way to interpret this calendar.”
J. T. Garrett, coauthor of Medicine of the Cherokee and The Cherokee Full Circle

"Even though you may not be a Cherokee, this is a fascinating and fun book. Grab a copy and find out a little more about yourself!"
Animal Radio

"There's far more mystery in this Native American culture than meets the eye."
Chris Lorenz, Dell Horoscope

"The author, Raven Hail, is an elder of the Cherokee nation and provides not only an explanation of the system, but also how it can determine a significance that is larger than life and is a strong basis for understanding the Cherokee system as well as how to apply it in your daily life."
Sonia von Matt Stoddard, Awareness Magazine, Vol. 15, No. 4, Jul/Aug 2008