New Zodiac Sign No. 6: The Vulture

The sixth Animwaa of the Bear-Yak Zodiac is the Great Vulture, Vija, Social Purifier, and Most Just of the Fierce Friends.

6. The Vulture

Correspondences

Army: The Fierce Friends

Role: Social Purifier

Constellation: V

Enneagram: No. 1, The Perfect Foe

Kalendar: ││┆╎, ││┆┆

Old Zodiac: Aquarius 5° – Aquarius 11°

Dates: Jan. 25 AM – Jan. 31 AM

Complement: Chicken

Description

The Great Vulture is one of the most extraordinary heroes in the story of Kalen’s childhood. Vija, the Great Vulture, found a Vultur Gryphus, a Great Condor of the South, and persuaded him to travel far from his Andean home. Together with the Great Vulture, Almity the Giant Condor crossed thousands of miles and braved many obstacles on route to the Castle of Wands which held Kalen captive, until at last the opportunity came for him to perform a great deed at the boy’s hour of deepest need. The Great Vulture herself watched Almity’s extraordinary rescue unfold from a perch on a tree at the Castle’s base. Vija was prepared to do many things to rescue Kalen, for she had never before been so outraged by injustice than she was upon hearing of the boy’s sad tale from Beionai, the Great Bear.

Kalen taught the Great Vulture many things about the bird’s spiritual significance. Vultures are patient beings who deliberate reflectively. They take time before making decisions and choose paths based on keen insights. Often they see and make use of what others overlook, refuse, or discard. They see many alternative possibilities and use all of their senses in navigating through difficulties. Vultures can be fiercely protective.

vulture1Vija was called the “Social Purifier” because of her ability to address injustice, advocate for the disadvantaged, and cleanse impurities in difficult situations. The Great Vulture not only played a central role in Kalen’s rescue from the Castle of Wands, she also played an enormous role in the overthrow of Aquarius, the Water Bearer (or Water Hoarder, as he came to be called). Aquarius saw himself as being concerned with humanitarianism and creating a more just social order, but Vija uniquely saw how Aquarius fell short. He believed he was doing good deeds, but he was actually merely justifying his own wealth, privilege, and power. Vija saw everything Aquarius abandoned, oppressed, or marginalized. And Vija set in motion the collaborative effort which would undo the Water Hoarder and inaugurate the rise of the New Zodiac.

Linked to the last five degrees of the first decan of Aquarius and the first degree of the second decan, Vija shared two character traits with the Water Hoarder: social conscientiousness and introspection. Intelligent and just, observant and transformational. The Great Vulture was a match, trait for trait, with Aquarius, and she was there when the time came for the Water Hoarder’s fate to be sealed.

New Zodiac Sign No. 5: The Viper

The fifth Animwaa of the Bear-Yak Zodiac is the Great Viper, Eimiqua, Visionary Companion, and Most Dangerous of the Fierce Friends.

5. The Viper

Correspondences

Army: The Fierce Friends

Role: Visionary Companion

Constellation: B

Enneagram: No. 1, The Perfect Foe

Kalendar: ││┆│, ││┆╎

Old Zodiac: Capricorn 28° – Aquarius 4°

Dates: Jan. 18 AM – Jan. 24 PM

Complement: Emu

Description

The Great Viper’s loyalty to the Great Bear’s cause was very much in doubt at the start of the War of the Zodiacs, but in time he proved himself a true member of the Fierce Friends. The power of the Ro was strong among the reptiles, and they divided when the time came to choose between the Second Wave Zodiac and the Third Wave Zodiac. The reptiles, like the rodents and some other animals, were maligned at the start of the War. Their loyalties were divided between the Ro and Bei, and reformation movements spread which not only divided species, but even families. The most wicked and corrupt reptiles affiliated with Aries-Pisces; the Reformed Reptiles, led by the Great Viper, chose the Bear-Yak.

Kalen met Eimiqua, the Great Viper, at a perilous time in his adolescence. The creature curled on his spine and spoke to him of a desire to know his own place in the Kosmos. He bit Kalen who began to hallucinate. He envisioned the Viper as the shape of Kosmos itself, a magnificent Spiral shown with nine glowing orbs. Eimiqua knew only of seven, and he bade Kalen to describe all nine of the orbs. Kalen described only seven orbs, but gave clues regarding the other two orbs. The Hanimwaa stated that if the Great Viper led the reptiles in the War of the Zodiacs, he would see the other two orbs as well and his knowledge of them would be unsurpassed among the creatures of night vision. Eimiqua shed his skin and joined the Fierce Friends.

Viper was called “Visionary Companion” because of his ability to offer candid advice about future events which was highly accurate, strategic, and unsettling. He also roused primal instincts of aliveness and sensuality in those whom he influenced. His mere presence could call attention to levels of raw energy that were otherwise unnoticed. As the War of the Zodiacs emerged, Eimiqua traveled in the world of reptiles gaining support for a new alliance, and he was instrumental in bringing Gecko and Frog to the battle. His ability to shed skin often accompanied his own changes or heart or mind.

The Great Viper was the only Animwaa tasked by the Great Bear to work to defeat both Capricorn and Aquarius. Although Viper was not present at the Battle of Red Cliffs, he once encountered and fought the Sea-Goat in a manner which gave Kalen valuable information. Later his battle with Aquarius, with other reptiles at his side, gave fire to the Third Wave’s cause.

Linked to the last few degrees of the third decan of Capricorn, Eimiqua shared two character traits with the Sea-Goat Monster: restlessness and practicality. A greater influence is the first four degrees of the first decan of Aquarius, which bring about the traits of individuality and complexity. These traits are reflected in the choices made by Viper in his notable forays with the old Zodiac.

New Zodiac Sign No. 4: The Platypus

The fourth Animwaa of the Bear-Yak Zodiac is the Great Platypus, Zhoona, All-Embracing Perfectionist, and Most Extraordinary of the Fierce Friends.

4. The Platypus

Correspondences

Army: The Fierce Friends

Role: All-Embracing Perfectionist

Constellation: B

Enneagram: No. 1, The Perfect Foe

Kalendar: ││╎╎, ││╎┆

Old Zodiac: Capricorn 21° – Capricorn 27°

Dates: Jan. 11 PM – Jan. 17 PM

Complement: Opossum

Description

The Platypus traveled far from her home in Eastern Australia to join the First Army, carried by her magical instincts and surviving in a delicate balance of life. Zhoona was part of the First Army’s original meeting at the start of the Red Jewel, and subsequently she delivered the battle cry and call for emancipation far and wide. She was a favorite among the “First Friends”, befriending everyone and earning praise for her tolerant and loving nature.

Kalen taught her that the Platypus is a one-of-a-kind creature, set apart from other species, and must follow its own way in life. Because of its similarities to other animal groups, it is friendly with land animals, water animals and birds, but it does not run exclusively with any of them. Its unique nature is a function of its inner drive for completeness and desire to embrace diversity. At the same time, it is not a pushover. Possessed of venemous spurs, it will attack anyone foolish enough to take advantage. Like Bear and Bat, Platypus is a largely nocturnal animal. Nevertheless Platypus also enjoys daytime activities, especially on cloudy days.

Platypus was called “All-Embracing Perfectionist” because of her desire to please everyone and make friends wherever she went while remaining her own special self. Unlike shape-shifting or color-changing animals, Zhoona did not need to change who she was to fit in. She was often the subject of admiration and envy for wide-ranging abilities. In the early years of the War of the Zodiacs, Zhoona worked to forge alliances between animals who usually would not work together for common ends, especially between aquatic and subterranean species. Her perfectionistic streak shone in her refusal to take no for an answer.

The Great Bear gave the Great Platypus two key roles in defeating Capricorn: First, as one of the only two aquatic creatures in the First Army, she would need to turn the river-dwelling creatures against the Sea-Beast. Working in collusion especially with Fish and Beaver (an ally of the First Army), she would need to educate the river creatures and encourage them to rise up against their wicked overlords in the Old Zodiac. Second, as the only subterranean creature of the First Army, she would need to bring news of the War to all the animals living underground which she could find.

Linked to the third decan of Capricorn, Zhoona shared two character traits with the Sea-Goat Monster: a strong desire for functionality and efficacious activity married with keen organizational skills. Her practical side allowed her to prioritize her actions to make sure she was acting in the best interest of the New Zodiac (and if she strayed, Bat was never far behind to reprimand). At the same time, she did not set about her task single-handedly. She forged teams and alliances devoted to the common purpose, and sent them out to fulfill their duties. At times, Platypus was tempted to treating her friends as cogs in a machine, but she never took it so far as Capricorn did routinely. She kept herself squarely focused on overcoming the oppressive regime of the Old Zodiac.

New Zodiac Sign No. 2: The Bat

The second Animwaa of the Bear-Yak Zodiac is the Great Bat, Ayvi, Truest Friend of Beionai the Great Bear, and Most Loyal of the Fierce Friends.

2. The Bat

Correspondences

Army: The Fierce Friends

Role: Self-Sufficient Friend

Constellation: B

Enneagram: No. 1, The Perfect Foe

Kalendar: │││╎, │││┆

Old Zodiac: Capricorn 8° – Capricorn 14°

Dates: Dec. 29 AM – Jan. 4 AM

Complement: Quail

Description

The Bat answered the call of her best friend, the Bear, and joined the First Army of the New Zodiac. She originated the name “Fierce Friends” for the group — which included also the Bear, Pig, Platypus, Viper, Vulture, Fish, Fox, and Panther — and took it upon herself to enforce loyalty in the group. She insisted on obedience to the Bear’s demands and careful attention to his wisdom in order to ensure the survival of the entire New Zodiac. She was encouraged in her role by Kalen, who asked her to do everything she could to help the Bear succeed as the Detail-Conscious Leader of all the Six Armies.

Kalen taught Bat much about her spiritual importance. The Bat’s spirit teaches us to dwell in darkness — fears, uncertainty, death — to become resilient and let go of the ego and shadows we are clinging to that need to be shed. Bat symbolizes renewal and inner work, much as the Bear’s hibernation represents an inward path of rest and recuperation. The spirit of the Bat is one committed to growth and perseverance, sometimes with the aid of shamanic healers or initiated teachers. A bringer of wisdom, Bat guides us in facing our fears.

The Bat earned the nickname “Self-Sufficient Friend” among the Fierce Friends because of her strong, independent streak. She never asked Bear or any other member of the gang for anything for herself, only insisting that everyone put the needs of the whole ahead of their own individual needs. Because of her devotion to the Great Bear, she did not have the desire to mate with another Bat. Although she was childless she nevertheless inspired many. To this day, among the descendants of other Animwaa in the order Chiroptera, Ayvi remains a popular name for girls and boys and yunes who are devoted, altruistic, and fiercely loyal companions.

When Kalen and Beionai explained Ayvi’s role to her, at first she assumed that she must be associated with Enneagram point No. 2, the Helper. But no, in fact, her place was at the Bear’s side, a Perfectionist among the Fierce Friends, insisting on devotion to the Bear’s wise leadership and their common purpose. The strategy she was given was that of the Perfect Foe. Her secret counsel, known to few, was to gather companions who would help her to penetrate Capricorn’s inner circle and learn of his darkest fears. Her penetration into his domain must be complete; her secrecy total. It was said that Capricorn knew the day and time and place of his death, and he guarded the secret well. Ayvi’s espionage mission would take her into the darkest domain of the Sea-Goat in a vital quest to learn how he could be defeated.

Ayvi’s twin resources for completing her mission: her pillar of strength against all hardship and her hardworking nature. She is linked to the last two degrees of the first and the first four degrees of the second decans of Capricorn, and so she shares several personality traits with the Sea-Goat. In her resolve to help Kalen and the Bear to defeat him, she must match his own nature, but without his dictatorial and rigid tendencies or his melancholy and pessimism. Fortunately she can tap the warm feelings she gets from her many companions in the New Zodiac who have taught her how to take herself less seriously.

 

New Zodiac Sign No. 1: The Bear

The first Animwaa of the Bear-Yak Zodiac is the Great Bear, Beionai, Savior of Young Kalen the Hanimwaa, and Leader of the Fierce Friends.

1. The Bear

Correspondences

Army: The Fierce Friends

Role: Detail-conscious Leader

Constellation: B

Enneagram: No. 1, The Perfect Foe

Kalendar: ││││, │││╎

Old Zodiac: Capricorn 1° – Capricorn 7°

Dates: Dec. 22 AM – Dec. 28 PM

Complement: Eagle

Description

When the Bear heard Kalen’s call, he assembled the First Army of the New Zodiac, a group which called themselves the Fierce Friends. They were Bear, Bat, Pig, Platypus, Viper, Vulture, Fish, Fox, and Panther. They met at the start of the Month of the Red Jewel for the purpose of plotting the War of the Zodiacs and mounting a challenge to the dominion of their Aries-Pisces foes. The Premiere among the Friends, Bear led the group by assigning each Animwaa specific tasks and challenges to overcome.

Kalen helped the Bear to understand his spiritual purpose and meaning. Bear is a spirit fraught with seeming contradiction: at once tranquil and amicable, and yet powerful and courageous, the bear must be approached cautiously until his intentions are known. Known by some as “King of the Forest”, he is revered for his ability to support physical healing and rejuvenation and resurrection. The Bear is a master of the cycles of nature and carries within himself the Secret of Life, the ancient Star-Map which alone has the power to align the Earth with the Kosmos.

Gathering the nine Animwaa of the Fierce Friends, Bear drew an Enneagram on the ground and pointed first to the No. 1 point and then to the No. 2 point. He said, “This first point has been known as the Perfectionist, and the second as the Helper. They give us the strategy for overcoming the old Zodiac, and with Kalen’s aid I have formulated two secret plans which we will call the Perfect Foe and the Follower’s Assistance. Through these methodologies, you will find yourself at the right place and time to do what needs to be done to destroy Capricorn and force Aquarius into submission. We will divide in two groups, six of us following the Foe’s path and three giving the Assist.”

Fish spoke: “Bear, how can I help you?”

Bear: “You will provide assistance to Bat and me, Fox will aid Pig and Platypus, and Panther will aid Viper and Vulture. This is the way that we must align ourselves.”

Fish and Bat spoke in unison: “How can we help you? What is your role?”

Bear: “You may speak of me as the ‘Detail-conscious Leader’. It is my role to be the Perfect Foe and Penultimate Foil for the old Zodiac. Everything they do, we must do better. As Capricorn’s first seven degrees require an overarching purpose or crusade, I must provide the Reason for Our Existence through my leadership. When Kalen slays Capricorn, I must fill the power vacuum and assume leadership of both the old and new Zodiac and bring the War of the Zodiacs to its conclusion. That is my ultimate destiny, and I cannot do it without the Bat and the Fish. Together we will unite Earth, Air, and Water. You will learn more about your role in good time.”

Beionai’s prime resources for challenging his rival: his patience and determination. Aligned as he is with the first seven degrees of Capricorn’s first decan, he shares these traits with the Sea-Goat, sometimes even expressing the Beast’s dictatorial and stubborn nature. Fortunately with the help of his friends he is able to steer around his tyrannical tendencies and focus his energy on assisting Kalen and the other Zodiac Animwaa in their battle against the forces of evil.