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. 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! 🙂