The following is the introduction to an online reading I had done. I know nothing more about Mr. Roffe than what is here. I do know that the Tsulawi are
Cherokee (East Texas), but know little else besides some history I found about them. I thought it might be interesting to see how it differs and what the
similarities are from what Cinn has posted in the Library. (I hope that's okay, Cinn?)
Kvniakati Tsulawi Medicine Wheel
A traditional Native American astrology program by Randall Cole Roffe, for natal charts; based on the Kvniakati Tsulawi Medicine Wheel tradition of the Southern Shawnee and Cherokee, with some references to the traditions of other North American tribes.
Dr. Roffe is a direct descendant of the Chickamaugan Tsulawi Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Southern Shawnee Kvniakati practitioners. He is not a member of any currently Federally recognized tribal entity.
MEDICINE WHEEL ANIMALS:
1. Red Hawk (Aries)
2. Beaver (Taurus)
3. Songbirds (Gemini)
4. Rabbit (Cancer) (Coyote - other tribes)
5. Alligator (Leo)
6. Mouse (Virgo)
7. Bear (Libra)
8. Snake (Scorpio)
9. Elk (Sagittarius)
10. Deer (Capricorn) (Buffalo - other tribes)
11. Otter (Aquarius)
12. Panther (Pisces)
THE THREE REALMS AND THE ELEMENTS OF THE MEDICINE WHEEL
Every animal power represents several of the Star Clans; that is why all over the world there are different symbolic images of the subdivisions of the seasonal circle of the sky. This seasonal circle, and all that it contains, is known as the Medicine Wheel by many Native Americans.
The circle of our more immediate experience, extending to the horizons of the Four Directions, is also known as the Medicine Wheel, nesting within larger and larger wheels.
Every Medicine Animal has power in one or more of the Three Realms of Above, Middle and Below; and with one or more of the Elements. The Medicine Powers of the Three Realms or Worlds, like that of the Four Directions, is a very ancient tradition of pretty much all the Native American people. The Medicine Powers of the Twelve Directions and the Seven Heavens and their Lights are in most ways special to the Kvniakati,Tsulawi and other Cherokee and Shawnee traditions, though others may know these things in a parallel manner. The Medicine Powers of the Elements are partially Kvniakati traditions but have certainly been influenced by early interactions of Cherokee/ Shawnee, Scottish and Chinese astrological and medical systems.
It is good to have a balance of powers in the Realms and the Elements.
THE ABOVE REALM
The Above Realm is the world of the sky, the mind, fire and air. Red Hawk and Songbirds have power in this higher realm of cause and effect in the abstract and subtle sense. Bear has power here when she can stand up; her ally is the Crow who has power in the Above. Snake has some power here through his ally the Owl who has power in the Above Realm at night.
It is good to have something going on with one of these Medicine Animals or have them high in one of the Heavens if one wishes to exert subtle cause and effect, or in any way take a truly higher view of things.
Red Hawk and her Eagle relatives have the greatest power in the Above Realm and are the guardians of the East, the primary direction.
THE MIDDLE REALM
Beaver, Rabbit, Mouse, Bear, Elk, Deer, Otter, and Panther all have varying degrees of power in the familiar Middle Realm where humans also have power. Red Hawk and Songbirds can come into the Middle Realm but have little strength here. Snake and Alligator can come into the Middle Realm also but lack strength here as well.
On the face of it, Bear has the greatest power in the Middle Realm; she guards the Gate of the West into the Below Realm. Rabbit also has great power, more than is apparent, as he guards the Gate of the South; and the Deer guards the powerful Gate of the North.
These are the guardians of the Four Directions which are the axes of the powerful momenta of the Earth and the heavenly bodies - Red Hawk in the East, Black Bear in the West, Tiny White Deer in the North, and Great White Rabbit in the South.
It is good to have something going on with one of these Medicine Animals or have them high in one of the Heavens if one wishes to exert practical effects in the real world, or in any way make real changes in the daily life.
THE BELOW REALM
The Below Realm is the world of water, emotions and the tides. The Below is where subconscious and sometimes malevolent powers can reside. Snake and Alligator have great power in the Below Realm, and Panther also has a special power here by night. Otter, Beaver and Mouse have varying temporary powers in this Realm. Rabbit can hide very securely in this Realm and has a special power that is not active or obvious.
It is good to have something going on with one of these Medicine Animals or have them high in one of the Heavens if one wishes to exert subconscious effects in the motivational world, or in any way have an effect on the motivations of life and of others.
Red Hawk has the power of Fire Above - pure intention, will and concentration.
Alligator has the power of Fire Below - the ability to connect the primal charismatic mind with drives and emotions in the subconscious (also sometimes called "drama").
Elk has the power of Fire in the Middle, or Fire in Wood - the interactive and enterprising social mind.
Snake has a power of Fire in Water - again a reptile to represent primal subconscious drives and emotions.
Mouse has a power of Fire in Earth - to store and categorize the various results of mental precipitations.
Panther has the power of Water Below - the depths of the subconscious and the predawn dreamstate.
Rabbit has the power of Water in the Middle, in Earth -the immediate emotions and practical nurturance.
Snake has the power of Fire in Water in the Below Realm, and can extend into the Middle Realm and the Above Realm by night through his ally the Owl - primal survival drives and emotions.
Bear has power in the Middle Realm of Air in Water - the Gate of Looks Within, gate of entry to the afterlife.
Beaver has the power of Earth in Wood - industrious and relentlessly constructive.
Rabbit has the power of Water in Earth - where emotions and the practical world interface.
Mouse has the power of Fire in Earth - where the mind and the practical world interface.
Deer has the power of Earth in Crystal - where the powers of the practical world are most crystallized.
Otter has the power of Air in Earth - where the powers of the practical world are most transcended in the relative mind.
Songbirds have the power of Air in Crystal - where the relational mind is most crystallized and unintentional.
Bear has the power of Air in Water - where the relational mind guards the Gate of Looks Within.
Otter has the power of Air in Earth - where the relational mind transcends the limitations of the practical world.
Beaver has the power of Earth in Wood - a power to constructively transform the practical world.
Elk has the power of Fire in Wood - a power to transform the interactive and enterprising social mind.
Songbirds have the power of Air in Crystal - a power to focus and crystallize the relational mind by perspective.
Deer has the power of Earth in Crystal - a power to focus and crystallize the practical world by meeting ordeals.
Now below is a portion of the reading. I really didn't find much of the rest of the reading helpful, but this portion which deals with White Deer which is my Sun Totem. I found the interrelationships of the totems very enlightening. I hadn't really thought much beyond predator/prey relationships of my totems. This broadens the perspective and I can see how they can not only help with individual development, but also tribal, family, group relationships.
The Deer is the partner Guardian of the Songbirds, and the two animals are often associated in nature. Some Songbirds eat the insect pests that bother the Deer, and warn the Deer of danger. The Deer likewise offer some protection to the Songbirds, and when the Deer eat barks and roots they expose insects that the Songbirds eat.
Panther's relationship with Deer is an intimate predator-prey. Deer fears Panther but succumbs to his hypnotic gaze, and Panther respects Deer who is also strong and a good fighter.
Deer knows that only a small number of Snakes are really dangerous. Snake often gets along well with Deer, at least some kinds of Snakes do. Snake and Deer have a special relationship and they guard the Ginseng plants together.
Elk and Deer are natural competitors for food but mostly avoid each other. Deer likewise are neutral toward the Otter and the Alligator whom they seldom encounter, although accidents between Deer and Alligator do occur.
Mouse and Beaver get along very well and peacefully with Deer as they all go about their business and warn one another of danger. Sometimes they share food with each other.
Bear and Red Hawk are fearsome to Deer because they are known to eat young fawns. Deer stands his ground against them with great determination. They are not as stealthy as Panther so Deer is able to fight them or flee more effectively.
Rabbit is very spooky to Deer, being unpredictable and able to cause Deer to lose sure footing. Rabbit finds Deer inconsiderate.
I just thought I would post this for further info, if anyone's interested.