Animal Symbolism—Squirrel

Animal Symbolism—Squirrel

I like to feed the squirrels that live by my home, and there is one in particular that comes to my office window looking for peanuts (I named him Rufus). If I forget to leave some peanuts on the windowsill he will wait for me by the front door. With the temperatures dipping into the single digits this winter, I give him his favorite snacks almost daily. But come Spring I will have to stop the peanut factory extravaganza because he likes to climb the windows and chew holes in my window screens, looking for more peanuts. Bad squirrel!

Squirrel is a symbol for preparing and gathering things for future use, especially practical things, like food, money, candles and medicines. There have been shortages of everything the past 12-18 months due mostly to the supply chain being disrupted, and other things happening all over the planet. Astrologically, we are in a time of  transformation.

Last year, I had several dreams in which Squirrel made an appearance. In the first dream I was food shopping and found the store overcrowded and then I couldn’t find what I wanted. Driving home, a squirrel ran across the road and I just missed hitting him. The second dream was a quick snippet: the squirrel slammed into my windshield as I was driving. Both times I was in my car. The car represents your power and ability to make progress, as well as change, motion and your direction in life. In my busy life of pursing my goals, I believe Squirrel was telling me to pay attention to the changes happening in the world around me and not to turn a blind eye to it, because it could affect my progress in life—stop long enough to prepare.

When an animal shows up in my dreams I always pay attention. In hindsight, I can see this was an advance notice to start gathering things in preparation for the coming changes. How these changes will happen is anyone’s guess because this time on earth is unprecedented—we’ve never experienced energies like this before in our collective history. Also, humanity is awakening (not ‘woke’), becoming conscious, and we are finding our God Powers—via our will, imagination and the spoken word—and taking action to manifest our chosen reality not some negative reality being foisted onto us. That said, it’s getting more difficult to predict future events with any certainty, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing either! Since we are the Creators of our reality anything is possible, so why not create a positive future? That’s what I’m doing.

The past few years have really hammered this home to me. After COVID first hit and we had to stay-in-place, along with shortages of toilet paper and baker’s yeast (yes, that was a bare shelf item too), I discovered that my internal joy was ripped away due to all the collective fear, including my own. After a few months of this, the warrior inside of me rose up and declared that she would not allow anything to take away the joy that is humanity’s birthright and my own, so I put ‘Fear’ on a leash.

Other messages of Squirrel can be a reminder to lighten your load and to get rid of things. Perhaps you’ve been hoarding too much out of fear. Are you burdened with too many worries, doubts and concerns? These negative thoughts do not serve you and it’s time to let them go! Are your thoughts scattered? Then it’s time to focus your energies. Squirrel is also a social animal, so it may be time to find others of like mind and gather together.

The final message of Squirrel is to be assertive in pursing your goals and get those peanuts!



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Shelley Shayner

Also known as the Artistic Mystic, Shelley is a published author, an award-winning artist, and an intuitive. She has written and illustrated children’s books, adult non-fiction books, and journals. She has a B.A. in Illustration and there is always a painting in progress on her easel; her favorite subject matter is animals, nature, or some kind of fantasy. Shelley is also a spiritual advisor, a Reiki master, and a dream expert. She teaches workshops on Spirit Animals, Dreams, and Art.

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