As a kid, on the farm, I had many occasions to spy the handiwork of a weasel, long gone. They are stealthy creatures. We had a rather large chicken coop, which, unfortunately, was not all that rodent proof. One of the ways I knew a weasel had been in the coop, was by the mounds, yes I said mounds, of chicken bodies piled up. Chickens, as a measure of self-protection, climb upon each other to stay safe… the bottom chickens usually died of suffocation, not a weasel. But, for all of its hard work terrifying the chickens, it would take two or three at one time, unless there was a pair, then we would lose a couple more, but generally, they are solitary creatures. Another weasel, somehow, got caught in the outdoor pump, for our old well. Never did fix that old well, a real shame, it was the best freshwater I have tasted in my life.
Weasels belong to the family called Mustelidae, it is large and diverse including my trusty no fuss no muss Badger; Marten; Mink; Fisher; Northern River Otter; Ermine; and my fuzzy pal the Wolverine.
I have rarely encountered one in the Spirit World but when I do I know I have an excellent tracker and fierce and courageous protector with me. They are silent and extremely observant. In journeys, they have guided me through some of the deepest caves and underworld places. I would not say they are a power animal Spirit Kin of mine, but they are certainly a good ally to have with me – usually.
They teach me agility. They have long bodies with very flexible spines. They can criss-cross the path of almost any other small mammal or rodent.
One of my journeys, I was seeking fertility for someone, which happened to be disguised as a Rabbit. A very tricky, very quick, very sarcastic rabbit. I could not catch it, not even with sweet carrots. Along came Weasel, ready and willing to help with my task. Weasels are sly, conniving, sneaky and highly adaptable… with shaky morals I might add!! He chased the Rabbit down the hole, where I could not follow, but just before disappearing popped it’s head back up “Don’t Move”, with a squint of its dark eyes. I did not move, I needed the Rabbit. The first creature to emerge from the hole was the Rabbit. I have never seen a depressed defeated rabbit before. It looked positively forlorn. When the Weasel emerged it held a pouch for me which contained, it said, the magic of fertility.
I was initially quite elated by the ease with which this journey had gone. I looked in the bag, it was empty. Where was weasel?? In the long grass laughing it up with Rabbit. Sly and tricky – did I mention that yet? I came back empty handed.
I could not be outdone by a weasel. Nope, I could not. I went back a second time, this time I was going to be smarter. But, honestly, that was not really a high hurdle J. Rabbit ran from me, a different weasel came. Sly move weasel, sly move. But this time I brought weasels big cousin, Badger. No one messes with Badger, not even Bear. It was not long before rabbit and weasel ended up down the hole, only this time badger met them there. Rabbit appeared frist to exit the hole, even sadder this time. Weasel was next, it appeared with smoke emanating from its little ears, sprang over to me, and with no ceremony, plopped the pouch of fertility at my feet. I thanked weasel, to which it replied “you are not welcome’. Badger appeared after weasel and rabbit left. I asked what happened, Badger only pawed at the earth and said, “what you don’t know, you don’t need to know”. I was smart enough to ask no further questions.
Fertility was delivered. Instructions on how to use it were included. The end result was not a human baby, but the seed for a most creative housing project which has since opened its doors to some of our most vulnerable senior citizens.
Moral of the Journey – Never think you know it all. Don’t always trust your “spirits”. And like any good fox will tell you, there is ALWAYS more than one way into the hen house.
Stoats (short-tailed weasel) vs. Rabbits
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