I have written about the Mouse Totem before, but I thought I would revisit the meaning of the mouse totem again today after a discussion I had with a friend of mine last week.
The main lesson that we get from the animal spirit of Mouse is scrutiny. The Ancestors taught that if it weren’t for little brother Mouse we would have no knowledge system in place to know what came before us. From the very beginning our little mouse friend knew that there is always something new to learn in our lives and there are so many methods to use to go deeper into a subject. If we listen close enough we might hear our Mouse totem say, “I will touch everything with my whiskers so that I might know about each thing.”
If we think about the medicine of mouse we can see that there can be great power in it but also if we are not careful it can become a weakness. Used properly we can get good medicine by an ability to closely look at things and pay attention to the details. However, if we begin to chew up every little thing we can create some bad medicine.
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Little brother and sister mouse have a very intuitive sense of danger within them. They have to or them just might become the dinner of a predator like a bird, snake, or cat! If we think about this we can draw some correlation into the the world that we two-legged humans live in today. In our world we are called upon to use our organizational skills each day and we should always scrutinize the details as we go along. The totem of mouse helps us to see the importance of events around us that others might deem insignificant and not worth checking out.
People who do not share mouse medicine might look at those who do as nit-pickers. That isn’t exactly fair but mouse people do take some of the simplest of tasks and sort, categorize, and file away until they need it later. It isn’t being nit-picky, they just know the information and details just might come in handy some day in the future. People who are being guided with a Mouse totem are often mistaken as hoarders. They really are not, they just know instinctively that with things tucked away they can come back later to investigate later when they have more time.
If you were drawn to this post today, the universe is probably suggesting that it is time to take a look at yourself or others in your life. Scrutiny is being called into play about something. It might be time to examine closer the “hunk of cheese” you are tempted by…careful it might be a deadly trap! Show some caution as you start to go round that corner…cat may be waiting to pounce! Is there someone in your life that you have trusted to watch something for you? They might not be doing the task as faithfully as you had hoped. The mouse totem is telling you, “Look at what is right in front of you. Is there action that needs to happen?”
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Looking at the difference between what Mouse seems to be telling us we are doing right and what we may consider doing differently, I am thinking that the mice who were appearing in my garden by my lounge window 10 days ago, were telling me that the detail with which I am managing a part of my life is actually spot on.
This attention to detail seems to have helped me avert a potentially damaging argument between close members of my family. I am also using this ability to closely examine what I have learned and how I need to apply it to my work.
I have to admit when I see these cute little creatures (they are Wood MIce) busy collecting the grain we put out for the birds, I feel priviledged and blessed to be able to watch them closeup.
I find that very often when reading about animal medicine, the reader is often cautioned about possible lessons and blind spots but I personally feel that when animal medicine show up in my life, they are generally cheerful and appear to be re-affirming that yes, they are with me. They often guide me to articles describing their medicine but I often see people write about how I am not seeing a lesson when animal guides show up. I find that quite discouraging and even a little negative. How come hardly any one writes about totems showing up because you are pleasing them so much?
Hi Portia and welcome!
I think I can answer your question. Yes, we should look at the time that an animal totem, such as mouse or any animal spirit that has come to guide us as a blessing. It is very much so. I always feel that when an animal spirit comes to me that it is because it has found me to be worthy of the medicine it wants to give me. I also feel that every lesson is to help us become something positive or to enhance the positive that already resides within us. It is never really a negative but only perhaps calling attention to something negative that we can fix into a positive. The difference might be looked at this way. When an animal spirit is “working” with us they just keep coming to the forefront of our attention because there is a lesson it feels we need to learn. If it comes to us just as a blessing we might just see a mouse and feel blessed by seeing it and that is it. When it keeps coming back to us, in my humble opinion, it is like a tap on the shoulder saying, “I have something to help you, please pay attention.” Kind of the difference between…I saw a mouse how cute and why do I keep seeing this mouse either physically or in images or in my dreams. One blessed us with its siting and the other is calling to us. Does that make sense?