Squirrel away food for the future


oak tree-exI have 17 large trees surrounding my property, from oak and eucalyptus, to pine and peach and avocado, they attract and support many forms of wildlife. My yard is filled with birdsong and the chattering of the extensive squirrel family who live in the oaks. Squirrels are playful, as well as industrious, gathering the acorns from the oaks and divesting the pine trees of pine cones for their seeds.

 

 

Accordinsquirrel-eating-an-acorng to the Animal Medicine cards, Squirrel teaches humans to plan ahead for the winter, to store or “squirrel away” food for the time when food will become scarce. This idea can be expanded to mean one should be prepared for what the future may bring. (1)

 

 

squirrel-familySquirrels prepare for the future by storing acorns and sharing the bounty with the scurry (a group/family of squirrels is called a scurry). The term “dray” is specifically used to refer to a mother squirrel and her young. (2)

So, if squirrel has leapt playfully into your life today, remember to put some of your earnings and other resources aside for a rainy day!

 

medicine-card-bookSources cited:

(1) From the book “Medicine Cards” by Jamie Sams and David Carson-http://jamiesamsbooks.com/medicinecards.cfm

(2) https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/group-squirrels-called-69e09eb7aba12ffc

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Squirrel away food for the future

    1. That’s so true Milady M. That’s one of the reasons I have included the animal card readings as a regular feature of the blog. Have you encountered any animal lately that you would like me to feature for next week?

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  1. Wow !! Seventeen trees in your yard filled with birdsong and chatter of squirrels. Great !!!
    Squirrels are one of my favourites. I would just spend hours watching those cute animals. Yes, squirrels do teach us about saving for the future.
    Sangeetha

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    1. Sangeetha, the trees were one of the first things that attracted me to the property. In the backyard we have: 2 oaks, one enormous eucalyptus, 3 peach (we planted), one orange tree, a Norfolk Pine (that we planted), a Christmas tree pine (we planted), an old avocado, a twisted cypress, pecan, Dawn Redwood, and Coastal Live Oak. In the front we have another Norfolk Pine and Sugar Maple, and in the verge is an enormous old oak!

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