Gifts: Scrutiny. Quiet exploration. Seeing details. Creating order and organization.
Challenges: Nit-picking. Indecisive. No action. Can’t see the forest for the trees.
Power from a mouse? Yes! Oh, what power and magic come from unassuming Mouse. Mickey Mouse is the spirit animal/mascot for Disney’s Magical Kingdom. A fable mouse used his dexterity to remove the thorn from the lion’s paw. Twice it was a mouse that saved the rat colony in the book The Secret of N.I.M.H.
The word mouse comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “thief.” We humans view mice as disease-carrying vermin that must be killed. Think about it: Mouse would not be so feared if it did not possess great power.
Mouse scrutinizes details and creates order. What’s paradoxical about these gifts is that physical mouse’s eyesight is actually fairly weak. Mouse sees best in dim light and uses its other senses to “see.” When you see a mouse in your house, it’s most likely right up against the wall. If it’s in the middle of the kitchen, then it’s usually scampering quickly to the other side. This is because Mouse sees as much with its whiskers as it does with its eyes. Against a wall, Mouse can feel the details and find its way. In the middle of the kitchen, it feels blind.
The phrase “quiet as a mouse” comes from Mouse’s gift of quiet exploration. Mouse is not afraid to venture out and explore, detecting texture, temperature, and movement with its whiskers. Mouse just does so quietly. Being difficult to detect gives Mouse the power to investigate thoroughly and gather information without superfluous input from others.
A challenge working with Mouse is that it’s easy to slip into invisibility. With Mouse as your spirit animal, you may naturally be quiet and prefer working behind the scenes rather than take a visible role out front. There is nothing wrong with that. But if you have another spirit animal with gifts of presence and attracting attention, Mouse will make it difficult for you to own and use those gifts. Don’t sacrifice one set of gifts for another. You can find a way to use both sets, even when they do create conflict within you.
A shadow side of Mouse is being nit-picky and not seeing the forest for the trees. Mouse’s focus on the details and creating order naturally means you’re seeing things up close. It’s not easy for Mouse to take a step—or ten—back to see the big picture. In fact, it can scare Mouse to take a higher view of the situation. Just like Hawk needs to come in for a landing occasionally, even if it’s uncomfortable, Mouse needs to step back once in a while.
Do not mistake Mouse’s order for fear-based order, such as an inflexible routine, perfectionism, or clinging to the status quo. Mouse teaches paying attention to details, examining what’s in front of you, and establishing order so that you can release your fear, not as tools to reinforce your fear.