What Animal Totem Influences Us Now?
What messages or predictions will come up from busy Squirrel, this period's animal spirit guide? (Drawn from our Medicine Cards.) Drop me a note and let me know how these weekly insights work for you.
SQUIRREL – Activity, Preparedness, Gathering, Foresight, Inner Fire, Shaman
The squirrel medicine is about preparing for change. When you observe the squirrel in nature they are always busy. They seem to have an endless supply of energy. Focused on the task at hand, agile and quick, they are constantly preparing for the future by gathering nuts and seeds for later use. Although they are always prepared for what may come, they have a tendency to forget where they store things. The forgetfulness of squirrel serves as a reminder to those with this medicine to slow down, pay attention and to stop running frantically in several directions at once.
Squirrel makes a good spirit guide for the month of November – he's very busy gathering, preparing for winter and settling the family into a safe nest at this time of year! Good advice for all of us!
Squirrel embodies the quality of trust and is one of the few animals that will eat out of a person's hand. This symbolizes a need to let down your defenses and learn to trust more. The issue of trust can play out in all areas of a person's life from personal intimacy to trusting Great Spirit. Because the squirrel is always prepared, those with this medicine must remember that they will be taken care of. Establishing trust where it is presently absent would complement the power of this medicine.
Squirrel represents balance within the circle of gathering and giving out. If squirrel has scampered into your life pay attention to the wisdom it has to offer you. Preparedness and survival skills can be learned from this powerful totem.
Squirrel stores for the future because it knows what is coming…She understands the cycles of the year – great medicine for humans. Squirrel is like a coiled spring, full of latent acrobatic energy. Surefooted, she leaps from tree to tree – even sitting still, the swishing of her tail reveals her inner fire. Squirrel runs up and down the tree trunk, an important part of its medicine… the tree represents the Tree of Life… its roots are the lower world, the realm of spirit animals and strong healing earth energies. Its trunk is the middle world, inhabited by humans and its crown is the realm of gods and spirit teachers. Squirrel, in its travels between spirit and human realms, represents the shaman… the purpose of this vertical journey is to bring messages and power from the realms of spirit so that we can learn to live in harmony and balance.
Squirrel tells us a little of what we might expect this period:
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