Spirit of Badger

Crop Badger -Tom Skinner seeing_org

Badger
(Copyright Tom Skinner)

Badger was a bit of a ride. He’s rather obnoxious and completely antisocial, with a surprising aggressive streak that leaves those around him wondering what just happened…

On the other hand, Badger Medicine is possibly that most needed in the world today…

Living underground, badger brings a powerful sense of the need to burrow into the heart of a situation, unearthing truths which had hitherto been covered up, or deliberately buried. Whether at the personal level of the emotional baggage we regularly keep under the surface; or in the day to day world of business, commerce and politics; badger will not stop scratching and gouging until he has thrown everything into the light.

While he is down there, badger has access to, and much knowledge of, healing roots, their purpose and application.Β  For this reason, he is known as “Keeper of Roots”, and is considered, along with bear, a powerful teacher of medicine. (It was during my time with badger that I started the quest to find local plants and herbs which may appropriately be applied in the same manner as the Zuni plants and herbs which I was learning to use; some of these in spiritual ceremonies, others in healing.)

Badger does not suffer fools gladly, and will not readily back down from a fight, standing his ground when others have fled. Once his strong jaws are applied, he simply will not let go; particularly in situations of injustice, diminishing rights of the individual, or willful ignorance of any kind. In any situation where a stand is required on important issues, defending yourself or others, badger is a good ally to have on-side.

Nor will he accept controlling individuals or situations. Badger medicine will not allow you to turn the other cheek, but rather takes the power of his adversaries, turns it against them and tears down any fear or helplessness which may have been harboured in these circumstances. Passivity and victim-hood don’t appear in his vocabulary.

When working with badger energy, it’s best to avoid communicating if you are in a bad mood. His anti-social nature means that, in such circumstances, you will be glad of a grunt – the alternative can be overly aggressive honesty and may leave permanent scarring.

Having said all that, badger is a powerful teller of stories, through which he is more comfortable communicating and relating to others. So much so, that he is (generally) considered “Keeper of Stories”.

A powerful set of medicines indeed! πŸ™‚

About Running Elk

My given native name, Running Elk, was bestowed in 2008 as I took my first steps as a fully fledged Medicine Man of the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer began some four years prior. The detour onto the shamanic way was most unexpected, yet has been one of the most rewarding challenges to date.
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17 Responses to Spirit of Badger

  1. alienorajt says:

    How perfect for our times. A moving, enlightening and powerful piece which I have really enjoyed reading, and which could stand as a symbol for something which is stirring underground at present. Given what you have said about the ways – both physical and medicinal/emotional – of Badger, the recent (and ongoing) wish to cull this creature/energy moves out of the sphere of coincidence and into a dark need to prevent The Keeper of Stories (with all his other attributes) from working for mankind and the land. Ali xxx

    • Running Elk says:

      Was thinking pretty much the same as I was writing him up. An awful lot of people out there could really benefit from having Mr Brock stand by them; ironically, the same ones powerless (sic) to put a stop to the madness of the cull… 😦 xx

      • alienorajt says:

        It is so so sad, isn’t it? This need we have, as a species, to murder and main and cull and get rid of just because we cannot see that the earth weeps too and that creatures are here because it is their home too. Ghastly. It makes me weep sometimes. xxx

  2. Sue Vincent says:

    Badger is very pertinent at present x

  3. I love how badger combines the yin and yang energies of the universe and literally wears their colors in strips across his head. Great post!

    • Running Elk says:

      lol Know exactly what you mean Alethea. I really grew to love his (gentle?) persistent ways during that month, as his “fullness” became clear… πŸ˜€ Still call on him when there is something “big” going down πŸ˜‰ xx

  4. Reblogged this on Not Tomatoes and commented:
    Wonderful study of the power and gifts of badger medicine by Running Elk:

  5. But this is totally fascinating!! I agree about the cull. Like most culls, they are short-sighted and born out of ignorance. Appreciate you sharing your knowledge. xx ellen

    • Running Elk says:

      It always seems a pointless exercise. Nature has a way of finding the right balance – it’s just that her balance doesn’t fit our selfish economic imperatives. This one especially so, as after all the carnage they had to admit that they had not succeeded, at any level really, in meeting their goals for the cull… 😦
      Thanks for your continuing encouragement, Ellen. xx

  6. Neat Badger post! Badgers are awesome! πŸ˜€

    I have a 12 million year old fossil Badger skull. Its braincase seems pretty large for way back then! Maybe i’ll post it sometime.

    They are very clean animals, constantly grooming and keeping their underground dens clean. I once read that they sometimes hunt together with coyotes. What the coyotes can’t catch, because of prey running into burrows… the badgers dig out; what the Badgers can’t catch (due to slowness in burst speed chases) the coyotes catch and share. Nature is amazing!!!!!!!!

    • Running Elk says:

      Wow! That is amazing, Thomas. Never came across that shared hunt information before. Thanks for that.

      Would LOVE a post that included your fossil πŸ˜€ That’s a pretty awesome item to be taking care of πŸ™‚

  7. Pingback: 12 Million Year Old Badger Fossil Skull & : The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship. — R.W.Emerson | Thomas Peace

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