Groundhog as a totem
by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted
Repeated Groundhog Encounters
I’ve worked with animal teachers for many years now. I have trained myself to pay attention to the creature beings that enter my life. In Native and other spiritual cultures, it is known that nature has a unique and personal wisdom in the animal kingdom and that we can, with intent, learn from the wisdom of four-leggeds and winged ones and creepy-crawlies, just as we would learn from human teachers.
When they appear in my own life a significant way, I strive to pause and ask….”what was I thinking? what was I about to do, say, decide?” The messages have been life-altering at times and, at other times, very confusing.
I am wondering if anyone has information on groundhog as a totem because I’ve been seeing them everywhere. I saw four in one day….three on one side of the road and then a fourth about a mile down the same road. Then, a fifth groundhog just a few days later.
Then, I hit one with my car. Thank God it didn’t kill it but I recognized an acceleration in the animal medicine and wondered … what am I missing about this that it had to come again, and so severely this time?
I read in Animal Speaks that groundhog as a totem can be a foretelling of a period of intense spiritual digging and development that lasts for two years. I confess that is not the message I want. I feel I’ve dug and developed for a gajillion lifetimes already. I’m really, really, really sure that work is over.
Animal Speaks also says that groundhog may appear as a totem or Spirit messenger to assist with lesson on death without dying. That’s another lesson I thought I’d done with. Am I missing something or just thinking I’m through with something and not through? I just wondered if anyone else might have a different message from groundhog as a totem. If so, I’d love to hear your comments.