Hedgehog Haven: Wisdom and Spirit of the Hedgehog

Most people know that I have a long and close relationship with owls and more recently with foxes. But not everyone knows about my deep love of hedgehogs. I think they’re adorable, and all through gifts, they’re slowly gaining a foothold in Dra’Faven. I took a photo of the Fox Faery doll Tania gave me for Christmas, showing how without prior planning, she fit in perfectly with the animals and crystals. I mentioned the orgone ferret curled up alongside her, as well as the amethysts.

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Tania said, “…All so magickal. And that hedgehog is also cute.” That prompted me to take pictures of the other resident hedgehogs. I didn’t realize we had so many until I snapped the photos! These ones said they’re OK making a blog appearance. The two characters below arrived for Christmas/Solstice from our friends Tracy and Chip. They’re sitting alongside a magick rock painted by Tania back when David and I still lived in Goshen:

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My mom got me this next one when we visited the Frederick Meijer Sculpture Gardens with her last December:

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David brought this little reader home for me earlier this year:

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I can’t remember who gave me this first one. It’s been so long now — early Goshen years — but this stuffed hedgehog can roll himself up in a ball just like the real ones:

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Lastly, David and I share joint custody of this little crystal hedgehog that Tania gave us last year. Right now, David’s got custody, and CHH (Crystal Hedgehog)’s hanging out in “The Imaginarium,” aka David’s office:

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With all these hedgehogs around, I decided to look up hedgehog wisdom, which I’ve done before, too. The messages seem even more appropriate now, so I thought I’d share. According to animalspirits.com, Hedgehog Wisdom includes:

  • Wisdom of the female elders
  • Fertility
  • Defense against negativity
  • Enjoyment of life
  • Understanding weather patterns

Other websites echo the call to enjoy life, but also to share your gifts. Don’t curl up and hide; spread those gifts in a bigger way. This goes right along with my post about integrating my Capricorn North Node with my Plutonian need for privacy. Hedgehogs also remind us to have strong boundaries and energetic protection, but to remain curious about life. Mostly, I just think they’re cute. They melt my heart a little every time I see them, so having hedgehogs around keeps the person David calls “The Biggest Faery” a very merry Faery, indeed!

I’m curious if you have an animal totem or favorite animals? If so, how do they show up in your life?

 

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  2. Posted by Linette on December 27, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    All those are absolutely adorable! I had no idea you were so fond of hedgehogs. I’m glad to have that insight πŸ™‚
    There are a couple of animals who show up regularly in my life: Owls for me, as well – they became even bigger in my life after a deathbed conversation with my mom, who said, “watch for me; I will come back to see you. Maybe I’ll be an owl…” I’ve collected them since 2011, but I have never seen one in real life outside of a zoo (seeing them there is just heartbreaking). Ravens and crows have figured largely for the last two years. I began working with the Morrigan, and I’ve seen them around regularly ever since. There are several that live near where I work who make periodic appearances. Lastly, there is a fat, beautiful black squirrel who loves my yard. I see him busily running around almost every day. If he spots me, he will stop dead in his tracks and stare, sometimes with the entire head of a sunflower hanging out of his mouth! I’ve seen him so often, I’ve begun to speak to him in my head, and I long to pet his silky-looking fur. I feel I connect with most furred or feathered beings, but those are the ones that pop up over and over. ❀

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  3. Cute is good. Cute is very positive and not tarnished by cultural notions of beautiful.

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  4. Posted by Susan on December 27, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    I adore your hedgehog collection and the wisdom from these magnificent creatures. Wishes for a blessed 2019!! I’m not sure if Tania mentioned, but I left (finally) LA & am now in Tahoe. Am so happy! Winter blessings Laura.

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  5. Oh, that’s wonderful, Linette! Quite the cast of characters. I have seen some of those black squirrels of Goshen up here in Kalamazoo, but not on our side of town at all. We only have the red ones here. Enjoy your silky-soft little rascal. ❀❀❀

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  6. I agree, Bo! Cute has a light, fun, youthful feel to it. πŸ™‚

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  7. Thank you, Susan! Yes, Tania told me. That’s so wonderful!!!!! Congratulations on finally doing it! I’m thrilled for you … and Tania. I’m sure she’ll love having you close by. Huge blessings to you in your new home and that winter wonderland. πŸ™‚

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  8. Posted by Tracy Kruse on December 28, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Animal spirits abound where we are, but the most amazing is a female cardinal who will fly down and sit on my head! A big surprise last summer was the arrival of a turtle who comes over to eat the wild strawberries. I found these amazing trails through the grass…and there he was, all shades of green with orange highlights, munching away. Of course, I planted more! Wishing you both a Happy New Year too!

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  9. Oh, how lovely, Tracy! Especially the turtle — most people don’t see those every day. πŸ™‚ When I lived in Evanston, IL, a red wing blackbird landed on my head and sat there even as I walked. It was quite the attention getter. Happy New Year to you two and your menagerie, as well!

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  10. cuties all around including the biggest faery! they all make me happy to look at….and for me of course it is rabbits foremost, hawks, barn owls, tortoises, butterflies, dragons, horses, whales/orcas, unicorns….hehe! but so many creatures truly.

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  11. Thank you, T! Yes, so many creatures to love. β€οΈπŸ’•πŸ‡

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  12. Posted by Kieron on December 29, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Is that a thumb piano or kalimba I spy in the last photo? πŸ™‚

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  13. I can not tell you how happy I am to see you also LOVE these adorable little creatures.. And we happen to be so lucky to have one hibernating in our garden for REAL.. and if you have not seen a post in the Summertime where I put up a few photos taken by our Night auto webcam, I remember you saying how you loved hedgehogs πŸ™‚ .
    Just love all of your hedgehog gifts, they look right at home..
    Wishing you both a WONDERFUL Happy New Earth Year Laura.. Enjoy my friend.. ❀ πŸ¦”πŸ¦”πŸ¦”πŸ¦”πŸ₯‚πŸ’–

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  14. Yes, Kieron, it’s a thumb piano! David has all sorts of interesting musical instruments. πŸ™‚ Good eye!

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  15. I do, Sue, and how sweet you found hedgehog emoji’s! You’re so lucky to have a hedgehog in your garden. I would much rather have a hedgehog than a groundhog. Oh, my goodness … I wish! Much Love and Happy New Year to you! πŸ’–

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  16. Yes, now I am very thankful for the hedgehog not being a ground hog… πŸ™‚ And I am hoping we soon have a family of hedgehogs, fingers crossed.. πŸ™‚ Love and Blessings for the New Year.. ❀ ENJOY

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