Ferret Medicine

Cinnamon Moon 1
Spirit Keeper
Joined: 16 Oct 2003, 23:40

15 May 2004, 05:36 #1

Ferret Medicine

*Lady Stearn Robinson & Tom Gorbett/The Dreamer's Dictionary:

A dream featuring this shrewd little animal is a warning not to repeat gossip, even to your immediate family.

*D.J. Conway/Animal Magick:

This animal is a member of the weasel family, Mustelidae, and has been domesticated for many centuries. The ferret goes through a white and brown phase as the
seasons change.

The common ferret is known as the European polecat in some countries. It is well known in Europe, and for several centuries in the past was used in hunting. It
was also common among the Romans and others who kept it to kill rats and mice. The ferret has a long slender body and very keen desire to kill.

Several years ago, the keeping of ferrets as pets was quite popular. People either didn't know, or didn't care, that these animals were related to
weasels. After being bitten several times, or the other household pets being attacked, the ferret was either destroyed or let loose, which presented another
problem for the whole neighborhood.

Magickal attributes: Ferreting out information as to the motives of others, especially when you suspect they might be harmful to you in some way. Gaining
hidden information to benefit and/or protect yourself. Learning the real intent of others with whom you must interact. Seeing truth behind the facade.

*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:

Ferret typifies attitudes or responses tempered with a sense of humor.

*Timothy Roderick/The Once Unknown Familiar:

Key Words: fun-loving, playful, optimistic, curious

Magical influences: True happiness, joy, lightens up heavy moods.

Personality: Those who identify with the ferret are sure to be outgoing individuals. They are generally happy-go-lucky, spontaneous, and inventive. Ferrets are
playful creatures, but like to stir things up--much to the distress of others. They can be practical jokers. Ferrets are good at finding things out and
investigating areas of interest. Because of their usually pleasant disposition, they are popular and can assume leadership positions.

*Ted Andrews/Animal-Wise:

Keynote: stealth and agility in healing and protection. Uncovering the hidden.

Ferrets, graceful and solitary animals, are some of the smallest members of the weasel family, which includes weasels, martins, skunks, badgers, and
wolverines. The ferret is a great hunter with a slim, agile body enabling it to follow prey into openings that other animals could not do. It has a highly
developed sense of smell and can teach us to trust our senses, even if it means going alone.

Ferrets were wonce believed to be a cure for the whooping cough. Milk was poured into a saucer and a ferret was allowed to drink part. The rest was given to
the patient. One reason this was believed to work was because ferrets and weasels are quiet hunters. Thus many people believed that ferrets couldn't cough
so this must be a cure for coughing.

Ferrets sometimes teach us how to squeeze through tight fixes that we couldn't otherwise manage. They can also show us how through silent observation we
can uncover what is secret or hidden around us without anyone else finding out. Ferrets as messengers and totems often reflect hidden things about to be
revealed if we are silent and observing.

Ferrets, as with all members of the weasel family, can be ferocious if threatened or frightened. They show us how to be aggressive if we need be, but they show
us also how to be playful as well. Finding the balance between playfulness and ferocity is part of what the ferret teaches.

do you need to develop your observational skills? Are you being too open about your activities? Are you trying to squeeze into things that you shouldn't?
Are you or others keeping secrets (and being as secretive as we believe)? Are we balancing play and serious work? Do we need to become a little more ferocious
in activites and endeavours? Are we expressing too much ferocity in our activities and endeavours?

*Open for discussion.
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autumn mouse
Honored Member
Joined: 21 Dec 2003, 14:26

12 Oct 2004, 23:14 #2

The Ferret
The ferret is a
member of the weasel family. They are happy playful
animals with the curiosity of the raccoon and the
gentleness of a kitten. Archaeological and historical
sources suggest that ferrets have been domesticated for
at least 2,500 years. Historical documents from Greece
mention the ferret about 450 BC, and Roman documents
mention the use of ferrets to hunt rabbits at about the
time of Christ. Adept at tunnel hunting it is believed
that the ferret was used by the Egyptians as well as
farmers and mariners to control rodent populations in
barns and on ships. However, the history of the ferrets
domestication is speculative without actual proof giving
this little animal an illusive quality.
Ferrets are opportunists They will steal
anything they can drag away hiding it in a safe place to
be used at a later date. Intelligent and crafty this
little animal teaches us how to use our ingenuity to
create a safe haven for ourselves. They remind us to
stock up on necessary provisions that might be needed.
Always well prepared for any situation that might appear
the ferret is a helpful ally in times of hardship.

The ferrets eyes point forward
straight down their nose. Extremely focused on what is in
front of them they remind us to stay centered on our
goals to reach a desired outcome. Ferrets hold the power
of observation. Their keen sense of smell coupled with
their ability to see clearly in the darkness links them
to the underworld where the secrets of creation are
stored. Its intuition is sharp and its sensitivity acute.
Ferret has the ability to see and know the hidden meaning
behind all things and can assist those with this medicine
in understanding themselves, their lives and the
experiences they have more clearly.

Those with this totem need to remember to use all of
their senses equally. If this medicine is underdeveloped
the tendency towards tunnel vision is common. Rigid
consciousness creates unnecessary worry and anxiety so
caution is advised. Playful activities and a lighthearted
attitude is helpful.
frightened or excited the ferrets tail bushes up and a
musty scent is excreted. Although this scent does repel
some predators the ferret does not feel completely safe
until it has burrowed deep inside its tunnel. In man this
symbolizes the need of a secure home life. A place for
reflection and nourishment is mandatory for those with
this totem.
Ferrets are incredibly
fast and agile and show us how to move with lightning
speed to avoid danger. Do you need to move more quickly
in some aspect of your life? Are you stuck in rigid
thought patterns that limit your view of the bigger
picture? Have you created a safe haven for yourself? Is
your power of observation a hindrance or a help?

Always remember that the ferret is
a powerful ally and can help you discover a hidden part
of yourself. Buried deep beneath the surface are the
answers to life's mysteries. If you are having trouble
understanding some part of your life invite the ferret
into your meditation, listen to what it has to tell you
and then act accordingly.