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Cherokee Astrology: Animal Medicine in the Stars [Kindle Edition]

Raven Hail

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Book Description

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 799 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company; 2 edition (19 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X6WMRQ
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A view to the Cherokee 30 May 2009
By Neko-san - Published on
I wasn't looking for an astrology book when I picked up this book. But after a quick peek, I thought the material was interesting enough for me to take home. This book provided me with a brief but valuable glance into the Cherokee's religion, and encouraged me to learn more of this fascinating culture.

The Cherokee Astrology book is divided into the following five sections:

The Cherokee Sacred Calendar
Finding Your Own Natal Day
The Twenty Day Signs
- Turtle
- Whirlwind
- Hearth
- Dragon
- Serpent
- Twins
- Deer
- Rabbit
- The River
- Wolf
- Raccoon
- Rattlesnake Tooth
- Reed
- Panther
- Eagle
- Owl
- Heron
- Flint
- Redbird
- Flower
The Thirteen Numbers

The first section glances over the Cherokee view of the stars. Finding Your Own Natal Day section briefly explains how to determine your sign using the last section of this book Ephemeris, which is a 40+ pages long table of dates and corresponding signs. The Twenty Day Signs section describes each sign, spending five pages for each one. Here you get information about each Animal Sign such as associations (direction, symbol, color, stone, element, flower, and herb) and a discussion of the sign astrological and mythological significance for the Cherokee. Another interesting section is The Thirteen Numbers. When I read this section, I couldn't help to note how similar was the Cherokee numeral system to the Maya.

I would recommend this book for a quick and interesting read about the Cherokee.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Warning-Two titles SAME BOOK 1 July 2009
By IsaBear - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Warning, this book is the exact same as The Cherokee Sacred Calendar: A Handbook of the Ancient Native American Tradition, by Raven Hail. There are two different publishers, but same exact content inside the book.

Other than that, I question the validity of this work. Yes, there are some things that are Cherokee-words, a few pieces of stories (not much detail) but I really have to question, especially since she doesn't give any background, whether this is simply Cherokee stories pasted over the Mayan calendar. Information on Ms. Hail and her background, studies, etc. is scarce.
This comes off as untrue, a bit new agey, and really does not do the preservation of Cherokee ways any justice. In my opinion, misinformation is worse than no information. Don't write something and say it's Cherokee when it's not. That is an insult to my ancestors.
She could have at least sited her teachers or some lineage of teachings.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed in this book 26 Jan. 2015
By moonbeamz - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was disappointed in this book, as I felt that it simply relayed known information about astrology, and transposed a Native American meaning on top of it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit & Miss 19 Feb. 2014
By d3stRuctiv3 - Published on
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I am rarely let down by an astrology book and I hunted and looked forward to reading this one for months. I simply did not resonate with the material. I can appreciate the way it is put together though. My Cherokee ancestry does not resonate with me if this is the information. I will do further research independently about the subject of "Cherokee Astrology".
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun & Understandable 28 May 2013
By Chupitit - Published on
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I ran into this book while at a monthly brunch myself and a few friends have. For fun we looked up the Cherokee astrology sign for me and my son. My son and I are Skidi-Pawnee but there are some cultural similarities and we thought, "why not." We both found that it was pretty damn accurate. Plus, what can I say--it, the astrology seemed to fit my understanding of myself and my world better than others...
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