(The Witches Familiar)
Totem Spirit & Medicine
Patricia J. Martin
Ah, Lammas! The earliest of the 3 Harvest Festivals,
when the first of our plantings have ripened and we are ready to begin reaping
what we have sown. Harvesting comes in all shapes and sizes, from physical plant
harvesting to harvesting ideas of the mind, and there is no one better than
Squirrel to show us the ins and outs of this worthwhile feat. Of gathering
and harvesting, and more, they are the masters.
There are several types of squirrels, the most common being
the gray, red, black and flying squirrel. Each have their own special qualities
that make them unique, but all share the following spirit and totem medicine.
Squirrels are members of the rodent family, and can often be viewed scurrying about with a nervous energy that makes us take note of their excellent skills of agility, dexterity and reflex. Bounding quickly but cautiously from tree to tree, or running precariously but adeptly over fence tops and telephone wires, squirrels are the acrobats of the animal kingdom. Learning how to maneuver risky situations without toppling is part of Squirrel medicine. Always having a goal in sight is another aspect of these furry creatures. Squirrels waste no energy, and thus find themselves full of it. But even with all the excess energy, they can suddenly be as still as a statue at a moment's notice. Knowing when to stop and listen, and knowing when to move along, is one of Squirrel's best teachings. Another is to remain curious, but cautious. Squirrel is always up for a challenge, and especially when they feel they will gain something through their efforts. But even with their adroitness and quick reflexes, a squirrel's curiosity and challenging personality can still get them in trouble. At times they fall prey mainly to hawks and owls. For those with Squirrel Totem, it is recommended they also read and study these two animals.
Squirrels are talkative and you'll find them frequently
chattering, but use of their body and bushy tails are other ways in
which they communicate. Those with Squirrel medicine will find their
own instincts and perception will increase, and would do well to pay close
attention to another's body language in order to read between the lines and gain
insight. Also, under the influence of Squirrel, you will learn that
you may need to quiet your own inherent chattering so that you can stop and
listen to what's truly being said. But chattering does have its place,
as squirrels also use it to send alerts to not only their brethren but to
all animals throughout their immediate vicinity. This shows Squirrel's strong
protective trait, and the person who finds Squirrel as their totem
will often emulate this same quality. When a squirrel hangs from the bark of a
tree by using their sharp back claws, they are not only more invisible
to predators but can be ever watchful. At other times, they will cling to the
tree and make a loud squealing noise while whipping their tails
around. These, too, are done to warn others of potential danger. The
flicking of a squirrel's tail is how they express emotion.
The most notable trait of the squirrel is his excellence at
preparing for the future. At this time of year and for a few months to follow,
squirrels busy themselves scrounging and foraging for nuts, grains, seeds
and fruit, and will proceed to store much of it away by burying it where they
can dig it up later when needed. Meeting the future with readiness will be
much easier if you follow the way of the Squirrel. If you are a procrastinator
and leave things undone, Squirrel will help you to dissolve this trait.
Although not enjoying strangers in their midst,
squirrels are nonetheless social and enjoy hours of carefree time wrestling
each other or even simply a dangling leafy branch. Here Squirrel teaches the
importance of balancing work and play, and will also help you
bring out your own playful side. They show the necessity of striving for a
balance between work and play in order to keep healthy in mind, body and spirit.
In conclusion, work hard to prepare for the future, and play equally as hard when enjoying the fruits of your labors. And Summer is an optimal time for both work and play! So enjoy the warmth. Enjoy the fruits. Enjoy your life!
Animal-Speak by Ted Andrews
© Patricia J. Martin, July 10, 2008
Pari lives on the East Coast, USA and is a Shamanic Witch.
Best wishes and Blessed Be
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Nider’s Formicarius /
Heinrich Kramer /
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Sabbats and Rituals:
Sabbats in History and Mythology / Samhain (October 31st) / Yule (December 21st) / Imbolc (February 2nd) / Ostara (March 21st) / Beltane (April 30th) / Litha (June 21st) / Lughnasadh (August 1st) / Mabon (September 21st)
Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar) / Antelope / Bats / Crow / Fox / Frog and Toads / Goat / Honeybee / Kangaroo / Lion / Owl / Phoenix / Rabbits and Hares / Raven / Robin Redbreast / Sheep / Spider / Squirrel / Swans / Wild Boar / Wolf / Serpent / Pig / Stag / Horse / Mouse / Cat
In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar. For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following: Birch / Rowan / Ash / Alder / Willow / Hawthorn / Oak / Holly / Hazel / Vine / Ivy / Reed / Elder. Also see: The Willow Tree (Folk Music)
Rocks and Stones:
Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin: / Apophyllite / Amber / Amethyst / Aquamarine / Aragonite / Aventurine / Black Tourmaline / Bloodstone / Calcite / Carnelian / Celestite / Citrine / Chrysanthemum Stone / Diamond / Emerald / Fluorite / Garnet / Hematite / Herkimer Diamond / Labradorite / Lapis Lazuli / Malachite / Moonstone / Obsidian / Opal / Pyrite / Quartz (Rock Crystal) / Rose Quartz / Ruby / Selenite / Seraphinite / Silver and Gold / Smoky Quartz / Sodalite / Sunstone / Thunderegg / Tree Agate / Zebra Marble
Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:
Murder by Witchcraft / The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / A Battleship, U-boat, and a Witch / The Troll-Tear (A story for Children) / Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife / The Story of Jack-O-Lantern / The Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost / Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) / The Two Brothers - Light and Dark
Old Masters of Academia:
(Ancient, Past and Present)
(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders and Elders)
Abramelin the Mage / Agrippa / Aidan A. Kelly / Albertus Magnus “Albert the Great” / Aleister Crowley “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders "the King of the Witches” / Alison Harlow / Amber K / Anna Franklin / Anodea Judith / Anton Szandor LaVey / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Biddy Early / Bridget Cleary / Carl Llewellyn Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Christina Oakley Harrington / Damh the Bard (Dave Smith) / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Dorothy Morrison / Doreen Valiente / Edward Fitch / Eleanor Ray Bone “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” / Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Eliphas Levi / Ernest Thompson Seton / Ernest Westlake and the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry / Fiona Horne / Friedrich von Spee / Francis Barrett / Gerald B. Gardner / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Gwydion Pendderwen / Hans Holzer / Helen Duncan / Herman Slater "Horrible Herman" / Israel Regardie / James "Cunning" Murrell / Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone / Jessie Wicker Bell “Lady Sheba” / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave (the White Fox) / John Michael Greer / John Score / Johannes Junius the Burgomaster of Bamberg / Karl von Eckartshausen / Laurie Cabot "the Official Witch of Salem" / Lewis Spence / Margaret Alice Murray / Margot Adler / Marie Laveau the " Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" / Marion Weinstein / Matthew Hopkins “The Witch-Finder General” / Max Ehrmann and the Desiderata / Monique Wilson the “Queen of the Witches” / Montague Summers / Nicholas Culpeper / Nicholas Remy / M. R. Sellers / Mrs. Grieve "A Modern Herbal" / Oberon and Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Paddy Slade / Pamela Colman-Smith / Paracelsus / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Philip Emmons Isaac Bonewits / Philip Heselton / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and "The White Goddess" /Rudolf Steiner / Rosaleen Norton “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Ross Nichols and The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids / Sabrina - The Ink Witch / Scott Cunningham / Selena Fox / Silver Ravenwolf / Sir Francis Dashwood / Sir James George Frazer / S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” / Starhawk / Stewart Farrar / Sybil Leek / Ted Andrews / The Mather Family - includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather, Cotton Mather / Thomas Ady / Vera Chapman / Victor Henry Anderson / Vivianne Crowley / Walter Brown Gibson / William Butler Yeats / Zsuzsanna Budapest
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