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