Squirrel Power Animal Symbol Of Gathering Playfulness

By Ina Woolcott

Squirrel’s Gifts Include ability to solve puzzles, resourcefulness, quick change of direction, storing for the future/planning ahead, balance in giving and receiving, power of rest during times of non-movement, warning, discovery, change avoiding danger by climbing to a higher place, action.

The idea that there are obstacles which cant be overcome is not part of Squirrel’s outlook on life, nor is giving up. Squirrel is an almighty power animal to have any time when you feel you have reached a dead end in your life, or in a situation and ready to give up. We are shown that perseverance and the readiness to try different methods are the keys to success.

This animal also shows us how important it is to be prepared. Few, if any, animals are busier than a squirrel during the autumn. They gather enough nuts and seeds to get through the winter and buries them. For us this is not only important on the physical level – it can also mean being as flexible as Squirrel when it comes to allowing and starting change.

When squirrels prepare for the winter, they gather only what they require. This teaches us the importance of letting go/getting rid of unnecessary physical objects, and also negative beliefs, emotions and memories which limit our faith in love and abundance. We need to lighten our load, physically, mentally and emotionally.

As busy as these animals are, they always have time to play. Often in between gathering, they start to leap at each other and roll about in the leaves. They also seem to enjoy simply resting on a tree branch, enjoying the peace and quiet. This teaches us that there IS time for everything in life, that the balance between work, play, rest and contemplation is essential to our overall feeling of well being and harmony. We are also taught the balance within the circle of gathering and giving out. Our energy must not be wasted, but conserved for times of need. We are reminded that on our journeys to fulfil our goals, it is vital to make time for play and socialising.

Ask yourself are you too active, not active enough, too afraid, or hung up on accumulating and collecting. Squirrel people can sometimes be a little erratic, trying to do many things at once. Take the time to stop, listen and to heed your inner self.

It is probably not by chance (but a synchronicity) that squirrels are found wherever humans live. Perhaps they are here to herald a message for us all, not to give up, not to get stressed and as mentioned before there IS time for everything in life. Don’t forget to play, no matter what age you are!

Although squirrels are always prepared for what may come they have a tendency to forget where they store things. This forgetfulness is a reminder to those with this power animal to slow down, pay attention and to stop running several ways at once. I.e. don’t have too much on your plate at any one time.

Squirrels are sociable and communicative and can be pretty vocal in both work and play. Their non-stop chitter-chatter can disturb the silence, creating a sense of distraction and chaos. If the continual chatter of the squirrel disturbs you, this is telling you to speak clearly and effectively or to go within and be still, depending on the circumstances surrounding your situation.

Squirrels are very trusting and are one of the few (wild) animals that will eat out of a person’s hand. This symbolises a need to let down your defences, and to learn to trust more. Trust issues can be present in all aspects of a person’s life from personal intimacy to trusting the universe. Because the squirrel is always prepared, if this is your power animal you must realise and remember that you will be taken care of. Building a strong sense of trust where it is missing would compliment the power of this medicine.

3 thoughts on “Squirrel Power Animal Symbol Of Gathering Playfulness”

  1. i was saying to a friend yesterday how frustrated i am, deeply saddened actually, by recent events in my circle of people and also in the wider circle of humanity. earthquakes in nepal, riots in baltimore, people cheating, lying and bullying others…its made me feel like i just don’t want to participate in being human.

    and then as i was coming from a particularly “craptacular day” – a bright gold almost pure white squirrel ran near my path. i have never seen such color on a squirrel before.

    last night before i went to bed i wrote “i need to pray for peace” in my journal. this morning i wrote again – not pray like a “jesus mary and joseph” but really contemplate how to bring peace to myself and others. I can be so reactive when i feel pushed. its a challenge not to be doom and gloomy, or glib, or any of those things.

    I was joking really when I wrote that I needed the spirit power of the albino squirrel (whom I have now named Edward) . I googled squirrel symbolism and this article appeared. How lovely. How magical. :-) Thank you for this!!!

  2. Sir,
    This information is very useful to me. Recently one of the squirrel has started residing in our house. I found that it is not troublesome animal and I wanted to know more about it. Your post was a good help to me.
    I do not know how to take care of squirrel and how clean it is. I have not seen the exact location in my house but she is in one of the top cupboards. I always feel that I may disturb her.
    Your inputs will be appreciated.
    Thanks and best regards,
    Vilas

  3. Just had a squirrel trying to get into my conservatory – and yes I’ve been feeling defeated snd at a dead end – of course there is a way forward !

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