Gifts: Stealth. Observation. Ferocity. Camouflage. Uncovering hidden Truths.
Challenges: Scheming. Inflated ego. Using secrets for unfair advantage.
Weasel (including Ermine, Mink, and Ferret) offers the gifts of stealth, observation, and uncovering hidden truths. Unfortunately, many cultures have deemed the sighting of a weasel as a bad omen. In spirit animal world, Weasel is a challenging teacher offering lessons that are both transformative and potentially difficult to work with. Weasel chooses to work with people who have the potential to accept and to harness the power of its gifts. As such, Weasel does not choose many people with whom to work.
Weasel’s gift of stealth combined with the gift of observation offers you the power of being the proverbial “fly on the wall.” Weasel can sneak into situations unobserved then uncover the truth of the situation that remains hidden or ignored by everyone else.
Weasel offers you the power of quietly uncovering hidden truth. Like Cassandra of Greek mythology, whose accurate predictionsof the future were not believed, you may not convince everyone of the truth you uncover. This can be difficult to deal with—as a human. For Weasel, it’s just the way things are.
Your Weasel gifts may be judged as sneaky, impolite, or uncaring. But Weasel is none of these things. All right, yes, Weasel is sneaky. But there is nothing inherently negative about being sneaky, especially when this gift can lead to so much good. Weasel’s sneakiness is a strategy to uncover the truth because people are so afraid of the truth coming out. They put up defenses and create illusions to keep the truth hidden away. If the truth weren’t so hidden, Weasel wouldn’t have to sneak in to find it.
Weasel uncovers the Truth not in order to be right or even to be known as the revealer of truth. Weasel is not teaching you to reveal secrets that aren’t yours to share. Rather, Weasel uncovers truth in order to facilitate healing and transformation. Illusion blocks healing and prevents transformation.
Weasel may be quiet, but it is fierce. It does not go gently into the night to ferret out the truth. It pursues the truth almost viciously. This is both a gift and a challenge for you. The gift is that you can be dogged in seeking the truth. What a wonderful attribute to have if you are a journalist, a researcher, a therapist, an artist.
The challenge lies in the question posed by Nietzsche: What is the value of truth?
To what end are you uncovering the truth? Is it worth what you may find—and who may be hurt?
Weasel very well may paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson and answer, “Truth is its own excuse for being.” It is up to you to answer for yourself.