Spirit Animal Badger
Gifts: Self-expression. Self-reliance. Fearlessness. Relentless pursuit of what you want. Perseverance. Digging deep and uncovering what’s below the surface.
Challenges: Aggression. Lack of empathy. Refusing assistance. Rejecting the authority of others.
When you think of Badger, you probably readily think “fierce” and “fearless.” Physical badgers are known for their aggressiveness, even in fighting off tough predators such as wolves, bears, and packs of dogs. In North America, badgers may be hunted by coyotes, they may hunt coyotes themselves, and they may hunt with coyotes. Badger doesn’t let threats or competition stop it from getting what it wants. The lesson for you is to fight for what you want, defend what’s yours, and join forces with the competition when strategically beneficial. Size matters less than attitude and intention. Badger does not back down. If you really want it, go for it—no matter what.
Physical badgers live in burrows called setts. Setts vary in size from small and simple to large and elaborate, depending on how many badgers inhabit the same sett. If you have Badger as a spiritanimal, the lesson for you is not to literally live underground, but rather to dig deep and uncover what’s below the surface. Do not try to be satisfied with a superficial life. The good stuff is in the dirt—and requires that you dig it up.
With Badger as your spirit animal, you can make yourself at home in the dirt. Metaphorically speaking, you can harness this power to find safety and refuge in the dirt. Most people avoid digging in the dirt—exploring their deeper desires and emotions (think Peter Gabriel’s hit song, “Digging in the Dirt”). It’s dark and scary when you don’t know what you’ll find there, and sometimes even when you do.
Physical badger is nocturnal, offering you the gift of seeing your way through the dirt and the dark. Borrow Badger’s fearlessness when you’re afraid of being buried in emotions, overwhelm, or overwork. Harness Badger’s night vision to help you find your way out of dark times. Remember, Badger is not rushing through the dark into the light. Badger is at home in the dark. Badger comes out at night. The lesson for you is to find your strength in the dark. Life does not have to be all “love and light.” There is great beauty and profundity in the dark.
A challenge of Badger is becoming stubbornly aggressive. When you’re afraid of not getting what you want and make decisions from the perspective of fear, you lose empathy and act from a myopic vision of “success.” True success is not getting what you want at any expense, but getting what you want while benefitting the greater good. Badger can accomplish this only when you hold onto your ability for compassion—compassion for yourself and for other people—which is not necessarily innate to spirit animal Badger.