Prairie Dog As Native American Totem

When Prairie Dog comes to us as a Native American totem we learn the main medicine of “Retreat”. This rest message may be telling us that our body is running low on fuel and it is time to stop and fill our energy tank back up. When we get so busy that we put our basic needs at the bottom of our list of things to do or even worse we don’t have it on the list at all, Prairie Dog may come as the messenger telling us that we are near exhaustion and can not possibly tackle any tasks without stopping for a much deserved retreat.

When our messenger totem comes in the form of Prairie Dog we learn that taking time to quiet our mind gives us strength and inspiration to replenish our life force or energy. Most times that is best done in silence and inactivity. We can then access dreams or visions because we are not bothered by the chaos of the world and the noise that surrounds it. Once we have taken our retreat we can enter back into our activities with a calmness that allows progress.

Just as the Prairie Dog will run to a tunnel when they sense a predator around, we must sometimes run to our tunnel of quiet to regain our energy and our potential. A Prairie Dog hibernates in winter to conserve energy and we must take a hibernating day from time to time, also.

We will find that having our own peace and a rested outlook will allow us to recognize blessings that are being offered. Without this rested calmness, we can actually create a resistance that will not allow us to move forward. We have to learn from Prairie Dog to stop pushing ourselves too hard, to retreat to our tunnel once in a while for much needed rejuvenation.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

Weasel: Native American Animal Totem


The medicine that comes from the Native American animal totem of weasel is that of stealth.  It has an incredible amount of energy and ingenuity. Some who have this totem find it a difficult totem to have.

There is some significance that ermine or weasel is a pelt that is worn by royalty. The gifts of weasel are the ears that hear what is really being said and the eyes that see beneath the surface of a situation to know the many ramifications of any event.

It is said that the chiefs would send Weasel to the enemy camp to find out what their powers were. “Tell us, Weasel; what are the medicines of our enemy?” the chiefs would ask upon his return.

Dear little weasel never failed to give an accurate account of the enemy’s numbers, strengths, and weaknesses. It was weasel who tearfully reported to the First People of the coming of the white boat people:

“These brothers have strange new medicines. They will tell us that to live the way we do is wrong. They will confuse us with their talking bark. They have stolen thunder from Sky Father and placed it in their weapons. They have no respect for the animal brothers and sisters, and they make their thunder speak to the animals and kill them. They will make the thunder speak to us also. Their numbers are too many to count and these white brothers will steal everything from us but our spirits. The great dark shadow of the ravenous bird of death has fallen over the People”.

Can you imagine how hard that was to share for weasel? If you have the medicine of weasel your powers of observation are quite keen. People find you as a powerful ally in business since you can see what the competition is doing. Sometimes people make a big mistake when sizing you up because they don’t always see your great powers.

Weasel asks you to observe who or what needs attention, or a solution and then to offer your assistance in your own quiet and discreet way.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

The Ant Totem Teaches Patience


The tiny little Ant has some interesting lessons as a Native American Totem.  Last month I talked about the Four Directions spread that I did for myself. Ant is the animal totem that is working with me to learn the lesson of the South Direction. If you recall that was the “Taking of the Shawl” card, the message was to return home. Brother Ant is telling me to have patience in my South Direction.

In the animal kingdom ant has the characteristics of other creatures. It is a builder like Beaver, aggressive like Badger, has the stamina of Elk, the scrutiny of Mouse and the give-away traits of Turkey.  Ant always has a group mindset since all ants work for the Queen and the hive. Ant medicine has a message of self-sacrifice but most importantly it has the medicine of patience.

People with Ant medicine are planners and are satisfied with the knowledge that their dreams are being built a little at a time.  They know that what is theirs will come to them, they just have to have the patience for it to come.  It is about trusting in the Universe to provide.

When I saw that Ant was the totem that would help me to Take On The Shawl, it made so much sense.  In order for me to “return home” to that person who embraces inner joy, I need the patience of Ant and the knowing that it will come. I can get caught up in all of the distractions around me that I sometimes lose patience and want things to happen quicker than they are supposed to in my journey. In doing so, I lose that inner peace and simple happiness.  Little ant with its strategy of building and planning reminds me to just be patient. There is a joy in patience! Ant also reminds me that if I look to spread joy to the whole then the whole will return that joy to me.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related