Cherokee Rattlesnake Prophecy

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The Cherokee Rattlesnake Prophecy, also called the Chickamaugan Prophecy, is part of the Cherokee prophesies of 1811 made by “Charlie” and two women of the Cherokee tribe. They had visions in early February of 1811 near Rocky Mountain in Georgia. These prophesies are all over the internet, and from what I can gather, they were originally documented by missionaries and then finally published in 1993 in the American Indian Quarterly [1].

The Rattlesnake Prophecy contains reference to planets and stars, and shows similarities to Mayan astronomy, with emphasis on Venus and Jupiter, Orion and the Pleiades. Their calenders were similar, both apparently marking 2012 as a major cross over point. I will go through some of the detail and see how it relates to modern astronomy and astrology. You can see the entire Cherokee Prophesies at Crystalinks [2].

The Pleiades

The “Rattlesnake” seems to be one of the 13 major constellations in Cherokee astronomy, and at the tip of it’s tail are the Pleiades. The Pleiades is a cluster of seven stars in constellation Taurus. The brightest of them being Alcyone at 0 degrees Gemini. The Pleiades have been important to all cultures around the world, and first documented in China in  2357 BC [3] , and even getting a mention in the Old Testament of The Bible, “Canst thou bind the sweet influence of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?” [4]. Robson says that “sweet” must be a mistranslation, because the astrological influence of the Pleiades is “distinctly evil” [5], and this is the consensus of all astrological writings on the Pleiades. They give tragedies and sorrow, and their association with the tears of the weeping sisters links them to the “traditions of the Flood found among so many and widely separated nations, and especially in the Deluge-myth of Chaldea” [3].


Rattlesnake Prophecy:When the Earth sees the fingers of Spearfinger strike Jupiter, when the ages of the Rings and wheels tell it is the ending of the ages of cycles of 5, this will be the sign for the whole earth, for all the earth will see this thing, to wake up from sleep.”

In July 1994, Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 struck Jupiter “with dramatic effect” in the first direct observation of an extraterrestrial collision of solar system objects [6]. Almost exactly 15 years after the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact, Jupiter took another massive hit in July 2009, leaving a crater the size of Earth.

On 9 May 2010 amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley took a picture of Jupiter and was astonished to discover one of the giant cloud bands had totally disappeared. This happened since June 2009, so it is a fair assumption that one or both of the comet strikes are responsible. The picture above is from The Planetary Society [7].

Transit of Venus

Rattlesnake Prophecy: “In the year 2004 and 2012 an alignment will take place both on the Cherokee Calendar and in the heavens of the Rattlesnake Constellation both. It is the time of the doublehead serpent stick. It is the time of the Red of Orion and Jupiter against White Blue of Pleiades and Venus.”

On 8 June 2004 there was a transit of Venus, when Venus can be seen as a black dot moving across the face of the Sun. This was the first transit of Venus in over 120 years, and was conjunct the Rigel, a bluish white star in constellation Orion.

The next transit of Venus will be on 6 June 2012, and following that not for over another 100 years. The 2012 transit of Venus comes two weeks after a solar eclipse in the Pleiades. The day of the transit of Venus, Jupiter is in the Pleiades. Venus and the Sun are again on Rigel, and Mercury is also in Orion. For both the 2004 and 2012 transits, Venus is retrograde.


I believe there is solid astronomy behind this prophesy, the predicted comet strikes on Jupiter certainly came true with dramatic effect, and the prophesy was published a year before the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact. The prediction of the only two transits of Venus over a 220 year period is testament to the astronomical skills of the the early Americans. Though perhaps something was jumbled in the translation, because the prophesy states “the Red of Orion and Jupiter against White Blue of Pleiades and Venus.” The 2012 transit of Venus has Jupiter in the Pleiades against Venus in Orion.

Venus and Jupiter face off again on December 21 2012 as part of a Yod aspect pattern, apparently the same day as the 5,125 year cycle in the Mayan Long Count calendar comes to an end.

Jamie, 26 August 2009, updated 3 October 2010.

1. When the Earth Shakes: the Cherokee Prophecies of 1811-12, Michelene E. Pesanmbbee, American Indian Quarterly, volume 17, issue 3, 1993, p.301.
2. Cherokee Star Constellation – Prophecy of the Rattlesnake, Crystalinks.
3. Star Names, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889, p.392, 398.
4. Book of Job, xxxviii, 31, Holy Bible, King James Version.
5. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.182.
6. Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Collision with Jupiter, NASA, 04 February 2005.
7. Jupiter has lost a belt!, The Planetary Society Blog, 10 May 2010.

62 thoughts on “Cherokee Rattlesnake Prophecy

  1. Hmm. Meant to say – aquarius moon that day was opposite my natal uranus/leo- not my uranus return. I’m hearing that Rigel conjunct one’s sun, moon, MC or ascendant is positive – “quick rise in life is promised on account of a strong, inherent will power, love of action, and a lucky hand in enterprise. A continuous battle to retain an acquired position has to be waged. This fight at the same time stimulates an increase in vigor. Even in spite of unhelpful aspects, success and reaching the set aim can be successful by this powerful concentration. If however the native is not cautious or has an attack of weakness, failure and disappointments, a fall from success will follow”. This fits to a T…..with the exception of the quick rise in life. I haven’t seen this yet, so I’m curious if the continuous battle I’ve waged with my business enterprise -these recent years- will result in a “quick rise” for me. Bring on the ascension!

    • That is amazing Stephanie. I love seeing patterns like this through astrology. Bring it on indeed!

  2. I’m confused to why it mentions that there is a general consensus that astrological writings point to the thought that astrological influences of Pleiades is evil.

    Book recommendation: Phoenix Rising by Mary Summer Rain. : )

  3. May this transit bring harmony, peace, and unconditional love that lasts between the brothers of Aries and Scorpio. To anyone I have wronged, under appreciated I am sooo sorry, my heart is heavy of it. May clarity and foresight of mind allow me the vision to right where I have wronged and to do no further harm, but to bring the aspects of healing, forgiveness, and unconditional love to us all. Brother across the country, I miss you! Namaste, Pheonix

  4. hey … interesting read indeed … I have a question … this year my 33rd birthday falls on the day of the total solar eclipse, I was born 14th November 1979 and am a 33/6 … so my 33rd birthday would be powerful on its own, am curious as to what the eclipse could signify for me.

    • You’re in a three year, Numerology-wise. Overall, how has it been? Emotionally fulfilling? It’s about your natal chart progressions more than transits, which are less powerful, or anything else. Stars are farther away than planets. There’s also the universal law of attraction to keep in mind. If the sum total of your thoughts on any given day, week, or month, at the end of the day, are positive, you are in good shape for whatever comes your way. As far as the Mayan Calender goes, there was a cave uncovered with writings on the wall, I guess, or tablets, that overall, debunk the Dec. 21st, 2012 as being the end of the calender. They found out it isn’t. This info was reported on the news 2-4 months ago. I’m surprised no one has mentioned it. Edgar Cayce also predicted the end of the world at the end of 1999 UNLESS humanity changes its ways. The bornagainers think Jesus is returning in the time of the Baby Boomer generation, EVEN Jesus warned the people that ONLY THE FATHER KNOWS, NOT JESUS, WHEN HE WILL RETURN (“the second coming of Christ”.

      • hmm … to be honest my life has been filled to the brim with hardships and this is the first time in my life that I seem to be accepting things as they are and finding love within for myself … I’ve learnt the power of gratitude and forgiveness too … I’m not what you could consider normal though … life in society is extremely difficult for me … well i say difficult … i mean next to impossible … i have a series of emotional disorders and I’m aspergers as well … so at the moment I’m in this space of trying to find my own path, since the well worn paths people usually follow in life are seemingly off-limits for me … I find interacting with people overwhelming because I’m an empath … whether its to do with the aspergers or not I dunno … but I’m not able to shield myself like other energy workers I know … so out in public I’m bombarded by this constant flow of emotions from everyone I pass … it’s exhausting lol … I started doing reiki over a year ago so it’s led me to understand my gifts alot more … it’s led me to the realization that I’m not just a crazy person lol … apart from that then I’d have to say there doesn’t really seem to be too much difference in my emotional life … apart from the fact that I’ve stopped forcing myself to try to be something I’ll never be and as a result I’m less stressed and anxious …

        I do have a recurring dream though … I see earth and it’s like it has a shadow earth … like a reflection in a dark mirror … they meet but not in a catastrophic world ending thing … it’s like they merge and become one … no idea the significance of that but it’s almost every night now.

        thanx for your response 🙂

  5. Can anyone shed some light on how the pahana prophesies fits into the end of the cycle. I don’t quite understand multi choice prophesy and the Hopi relate this particular event with the life of a lost white brother or perhaps a group of white people. He/they are given a choice. Then life goes on one way or ends another. I was supposed to have a meeting with with Martin Gashwesayoma but in the end he fell ill. I have great trepidation and unrest in my soul about this time. I have had recurring dreams for the last 38 years. Two very different ways. One a world devoid of life, the other one devoid of mans influence but with mankind living in harmony. It seems I still need quidance and input on this matter as it has never left me.

  6. I did find a stack of stone tablets as a child. However they were not the missing corner of the tablet in Hopi prophesy. They, from what I can remember, were more informational, I recall: a bow, a snake, two horn katchina, and three hills the one in the center with a cave. Other than that my mind is foggy and slow.

  7. “the Red of Orion and Jupiter against White Blue of Pleiades and Venus.” <==Maybe the colors had to do with elements instead of locations of stars? Red being "fire" and "love" from Venus (passion) with the white blue being the enlightened version of tamed "emotion" in "water" from Jupiter? This is just a hunch I research behind it. I have both Jupiter in 29 degree Taurus 11th house and Sirius Alpha Canis Major at 13 degree on my Ascendant in Cancer. I am, in fact, homosexual.

    • Oops, my bad. The other way around: male fire from Jupiter against the cool waters of female Venus. I’m guessing it’s the balancing of these two energies that’s at play…hence the homosexual thing 🙂

    • The colours of stars and celestial objects actually show the state of their electromagnetic fields and gamma output. if you read some of the ancient accounts, you find the have changed colours over time and modern astronomy has witnessed some stars drmarically changing magnitude in a few hours. Astronomer Donald Scott is the voice on this.

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