Keeper of Stories

tkrosevear

Joined February 2008

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After much work going through 400 photographs, taken last Friday at the NW Trek wildlife park, I was still having difficulty on which animal to begin with…
Deciding on alphabetical, I will begin with this little badger whom was quite the photogenic model, appropriately timed towards feeding.
BADGER is the totem for the ‘medicine’ of bold self-expression and reliance, it’s coloring and markings are symbolic as the keeper of much light and knowledge of other animals and the Earth. It is a very muscular and powerful animal in the weasel family with exceedingly strong jaws and claws for digging into the Earth or “earths”, where they live in complex burrows underground. It is a carnivorous animal that is active both day and night and are very solitary creatures, being very comfortable within themselves and very self-reliant by 4-6 months old. It is also one of the boldest and most ferocious, as it never surrenders when confronted. It’s powerful digging gives understanding of things beneath the surface of the earth and people – this includes the medicines of roots, minerals, plants and herbs and there are many stories that tie these animals to the lore of earth spirits and gnomes, besides healers who are aggressive with their technique but highly effective. Many Native American medicine women were powerful healers invoking the power of Badger for the healing of children. Badger medicine can teach you to fight for your rights and spiritual ideas. When faced with a crisis, don’t panic but act, even get angry, in a creative, productive way.

Cunning badger of the forest,
Guide me to wisdom, truth and light.
All injustices against me,
Wipe clean the slate and set them right. (DJ Conway)

From my favorite animated story “Once upon a Forest”, the Badger’s voice is Michael Crawford singing Please Wake Up

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