Age is a funny thing. We tend to assume it’s the same for everyone, but what’s truly incredible is when you take a moment to understand how age is, in fact, completely different on all who wear it. For some it brings wisdom, others bitterness or loneliness, and for the luckiest of us all; complete gratitude for all we have seen, experienced and enjoyed.

I love so many well aged individuals that I’ve met on travels all around the world, and at home. Some of the most beautiful women I know have been divorced (once or more), married again, widowed, lost children, endured war and depressions, and still live lives filled with a brilliant style of joy.

My grandmother in particular, at 91 never stops trotting around with a humungous, never ending, grin on her gorgeous wrinkly face. Her eyes sparkle, despite the hardships she’s seen, every story is told with a chest bubbling giggle, and she never forgets that laughter at herself is the most important kind. Grandma is the oldest 21 year old girl I’ve ever been privileged enough to experience, and she is appreciated by all she encounters. To describe her as a wine that’s improved with age doesn’t show her justice. She’s more an ever fresh lemonade that you just never tire of, or a delightful Grandma trifle made with love.

There’s lessons to learn a plenty from the aged. The most important, I feel, is that right now, no matter where you are, you are ‘choosing’ how you age. Your current mindset and outlook, are creating your own unique style of wrinkles and saggy bits. Really think about it, and begin designing something stunningly wrinkly. 


Have you ever sat down and watched adorable movies like ‘Brother Bear’, and wondered, “What’s my spirit animal?”

Haha. Okay, well maybe its only me that does this but its certainly a pretty awesome notion! The American-Indians really had some awe inspiring and pretty frickin’ awesome traditions! (amongst some terrifying ones)

I sat on the airplane once, flying from DC to NYC, beside a lovely young Native American lady. She was proud of her heritage and so willing to share her customs with a foreign stranger, who clearly had no clue about her history. She spoke of traditions and ceremonies that are still followed, ones that have past and her personal stories of growing up in a ‘tribe’ culture.

For me it was unbelievable, I was astounded that at 12 years old, her brothers were sent to live in the woods alone for a week to become a man. In Australia I can imagine it, but America has bears, large cats, snow….! But also incredibly envious for the traditions they keep and the knowledge they pass down through the generations.

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I feel we’ve lost a lot of that, our connection to mother earth, in westernised culture.

So in a brief bid to reconnect with nature I invite you to discover your spirit guide! 😉 I’m told you can do this through meditation and visualisation, connecting with an animal that ‘appears’ to you, or if nothing does, simply by birth month (southern/northern hemisphere dependant).

I started with the first strategy and concluded my spirit totem may be an Owl although my bath months signified a Raven. Oh the confusion now!

Discover your own below 🌿

Otter Totem

Northern Hemisphere: January 20 – February 18
Southern Hemisphere: July 22 – August 22

Otter lives outside the box, having defined quirks and a sense of play that’s rare. There is nothing conventional about Otter’s approaches but people born under this sign really get the job done thanks to amazing creativity. Otters are good friends, wonderful parents and superbly thoughtful heads of a household.

Read all about the Native American Zodiac Sign of Otter.

Wolf Totem

Northern Hemisphere: February 19 – March 20
Southern Hemisphere: August 23 September 22

Wolf feels things very deeply. This is an unparalleled lover with a talent for passion. What’s hard is that Wolf is also independent – they need time away to themselves. If Wolf finds a mate that understands that need, this person provides gentility and compassion for a lifetime.

Read all about the Native American Zodiac Sign of Wolf.

Falcon Totem

Northern Hemisphere: March 21 – April 19
Southern Hemisphere: September 23 – October 22

You are the “eyes in the sky” person of Native American Astrology. You can be trusted for your judgement, swift action and persistence. Initiative is your middle name. Falcon works well in team-oriented environments where his or her opinions are respected. When you want a life-long fiery lover – Falcon is your go-to person.

Read all about the Native American Zodiac Sign of Falcon.

Beaver Totem

Northern Hemisphere: April 20 – May 20
Southern Hemisphere: October 24 – November 21

Beavers are the people in life who say, “let’s do it!”. Beaver has a natural talent for business, doing things with remarkable efficiency. They have impressive mental acuity but can be pushy about the way things get built. Within their own space Beaver is loyal, kind, giving and supportive.

Read all about the Native American Zodiac Sign of Beaver.

Deer Totem

Northern Hemisphere: May 21 – June 20
Southern Hemisphere: November 22 – December 21

Deer have gentle, humorous qualities that bring everyone into sync. When no one knows what to say, Deer does. In fact, people often invite Deer to parties just for good conversation. They have a joix de vivre that’s contagious even when they seem to primp and preen.

Read all about the Native American Zodiac Sign of Deer.

Woodpecker Totem

Northern Hemisphere: June 21 – July 21
Southern Hemisphere: December 22 – January 19

Who is that tap, tap, tapping on my door? If it’s Woodpecker let them in! Wood peckers represent all that’s nurturing in Native American Symbolism. You could not ask for better partners and friends. Devotion and romance brightens their feathers, and they also know how to keep to a budget!

Read all about the Native American Zodiac Sign of Woodpecker.

Salmon Totem

Northern Hemisphere: July 22 – August 21
Southern Hemisphere: January 20 – February 18

WOW! Salmon is energy plus! This person literally eats and breaths enthusiasm for everything! If Salmon has an idea, nearly everyone wants to be part of it because their intuitiveness gives them an edge in success. Native Americans see Salmon as a goal-oriented creature who with the right person provides stability and sensuality willingly.

Read all about the Native American Zodiac Sign of Salmon.

Bear Totem

Northern Hemisphere: August 22 – Sept 21
Southern Hemisphere: February 19 – March 20

Bear is the most level-headed Animal always offering sound reasoning that takes into consideration various opinions. Despite how they seem in nature, Native Americans consider them shy creatures who love very deeply. They are patient and generous, which makes for good parenting (just don’t mess with Bear’s family).

Read all about the Native American Zodiac Sign of Bear.

Raven Totem

Northern Hemisphere: September 22 – October 22
Southern Hemisphere: March 21 – April 19

Raven’s love of pretty shiny things comes in handy in the business world. Thanks to unbridled charm they are quite the tycoon and capitalist. This isn’t sneaky, however. Raven responds to those that likewise give and care. In relationships, our Raven shows romance and insight.

Read all about the Native American Zodiac Sign of Raven.

Snake Totem

Northern Hemisphere: October 23 – November 22
Southern Hemisphere: April 20 – May 20

Shamanic practitioners tell us the Snake is a symbol of their sacred calling. Snake sheds it’s skin to grow. Native Americans respect this spirit as a teacher, sensitive and healer. With friends and family they illustrate humor and creative motivation, but when it comes to their soul’s contract, they take it very seriously.

Read all about the Native American Zodiac Sign of Snake.

Owl Totem

Northern Hemisphere: November 23 – December 21
Southern Hemisphere: May 21 – June 20

Owl flies silently with the wind, creating for a very mysterious character. These people adore adventure but often at high risks. They will protect nature meticulously and often illustrate a love of arts and education. In a relationship Owl is a good listener but needs a partner that can wing away periodically and just soar together.

Read all about the Native American Zodiac Sign of Owl.

Snow Goose Totem

Northern Hemisphere: December 22 – January 19
Southern Hemisphere: June 21 – July 21

Unlike the expression, there is nothing “silly” about Goose. People born under the Snow Goose sign are goal-oriented and determined. They take pride in their work, always looking for a successful outcome. When Goose finds the right mate, the union can become very sensual, playful and expressive. Without that Goose becomes gloomy and obsessed.

Read all about the Native American Zodiac Sign of Goose

 


Okay guys, so here’s our blog! And I’m saying ‘OUR’ in the loosest sense of the word. The chances of Brendon getting into blogging on here regularly are pretty minimal. He may from time to time stumble on some inspiration or feel the need to share his wisdom, but otherwise you’re stuck with me, Sherryn, telling our stories for the both of us 🙂

Oh Brendon, by the way is the love of my life, my partner in crime and someone pretty damn awesome to come home to. He’s also a genius at investing, which helps severely in real estate, and is super supportive. And I am a Marketing Manager for a Chinese company, I was a photographer (sold my studio and business a few years back), are a graphic designer also and I make wedding cakes etc from time to time. Basically I extend myself across every creative profession I can when I get slightly bored of the last one. Oh I also own businesses so one may call me a ‘creative entrepreneur.’

Anyway, on this blog you’re going to find a stack of helpful info if you’re in business or want to be, are creatively inclined, are interested in house investments, wish to read about life, style and relationships, plan on improving who you are or would like to suss out some great places to visit around the world (yeah we travel).

Enjoy! We love your company already 🙂

Bear & Beast

 

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