Friendship- Pisces, Otters & Kelp

Pisces- February 19- March 20
Animal- Otters
Plant- Kelp
Planets- Jupiter & Neptune
Element- Water
Number- 12

Astrology & Geometry: Pisces are said to be compassionate, kind, charitable, and sensitive. Pisces is the twelfth house of the zodiac, the house of the subconscious, secrets, and self-renewal. The number twelve is represented by the two hexagons in the center.

In Celtic tree astrology, the Otter is associated with the Oak sign for those born June 10- July 7.

Zoology: Most species of otter are very socially focused, living in groups known as “lodges” and engaging in group activities. Otters will sleep holding hands, play and hunt as a collective. While they look cute and harmless, a lodge of otters can attack and kill much larger aquatic predators like the cayman and crocodile.

Ecology: Otters are considered a “keystone species” that is critical to the survival of their ecosystem. Coastline areas with otter populations have a much higher amount of kelp forests, which provide food and shelter for many other species and decrease the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. The kelp is also beneficial to the otter, and many sea otters will wrap themselves in kelp so they don’t drift away while sleeping. Kelp is also considered a “super food” for humans due to its high content of vitamins and anti-oxidants.*

Folklore: In both Norse and Japanese mythology, otters are able to shape-shift in to human form.

*Herbalism information disclaimer- Never take medical advice from a painting.

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