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**Lady Stearn Robinson & Tom Gorbett/The Dreamer's Dictionary:
Discord among friends and/or family is the main keynote in most
dreams concerning mice, but
this is altered in some circumstances by the action. If you
scared the mice away in your dream,
the indication is that you will overcome your difficulties and/or
outwit your enemies; if, in your
dream, you felt a mouse in your clothes, it is a warning that
someone you trust is maligning you.
To be frightened by a mouse portends a social embarrassment;
to kill one signifies financial gain;
and to catch one in a trap indicates unwelcome news (or visitors)
from a distance. If your dream
concerned a mouse (or mice) being chased or killed by a cat,
it is a warning not to allow others to
meddle in your affairs; listen to advice but act only according
to your own judgment.
*The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase and Fable:
The soul was often anciently supposed to pass at death through
the mouth of man in some animal
form, sometimes a mouse or rat. A red mouse indicated a pure
soul; a black mouse, a polluted
soul; a pigeon or dove, a saintly soul.
Mouse is also slang for a black eye, and was formerly a common
term of endearment, like bird,
birdie, duckie, and lamb.
"It's a bold mouse that nestles in the cat's ear."
Said of one who is taking an unnecessary risk.
"The Mouse Tower" was a medieval watchtower on the
Rhine, near Bingen, so called from the
tradition that Archbishop Hatto was there devoured by mice.
Actually it was built by Bishop
Siegfried 200 years after Hatto's death, as a toll-house. The
German Maut means "toll" (Mouse is
Maus), and the similarity of these words together with the unpopularity
of the toll on corn gave
rise to the legend.
*D.J. Conway/Animal Magick:
A small rodent belonging to the genus Mus, this creature is
usually a soft brown color. They
have twitching whiskers on each side of a slightly pointed muzzle
and sharp gnawing teeth. They
have keen hearing and eyesight.
Some type of mouse can be found in nearly every area of the
world. The most beguiling is the
American harvest mouse, which is found in fields searching for
seeds and grass. it has a very
long tail, builds its spherical nest in tall grasses, and swings
like an acrobat on the grass.
The common mouse of older European traditions was not always
held in low esteem as it is
today. It was believed to be the form taken by a soul when it
escaped the lips of a dead person.
The white-footed mouse is an appealing creature with a strong
curiosity. It lives in the woods
and eats berries and nuts. it has a very musical voice (totally
unexpected in a mouse) and often chirps.
Ordinarily a very shy rodent, the mouse can move quietly and
inconspicuously through its
surroundings; it can also move extremely fast if necessary.
The ancient Greek cult of Apollo Smitheus evolved from an earlier
cult of the mouse; this
creature is also associated with Zeus/Sabazius. In C.E. 77,
Pliny the Elder wrote that roasted
mice mixed with honey would cure measles, colds, sore throats,
and fever. In Celtic folklore, the
mouse is mentioned several times, as in the tale of Manawydan
and Pryderi where a mouse was
the shape-shifted wife of a magician. Some people have had excellent
results in getting rid of
mice by slipping a note in their hiding places, asking them
to leave. They only ate my note.
Superstitions: Since mice are underground dwellers, they were
thought to be connected with the
Underworld and in touch with the dark powers of the deities
there. However, in some cultures
believed that the should too the form of a mouse at death or
during astral travel.
There are several superstitions pertaining to the origin of
mice. One is that the devil created the
mouse to cause trouble in the Ark. Another says they fell to
Earth from special clouds during a
storm. In Germany, the people said that witches made mice. A
mouse is considered a sign of bad
luck in most places, especially if it eats your clothing. In
the Highlands of Scotland, some people
wear the teeth of mice as good luck charms. They also make charmed
water for cattle diseases by
putting the skin, backbone, or teeth of mouse in it. IN Germany,
a white mouse is thought to be
lucky and to kill one brings misfortune. the liver of mice gets
large at the Full Moon, and smaller
at the New Moon.
Magickal Attributes: Secrets, cunning, shyness; the ability
to remain inconspicuous; invisibility.
Often, its appearance signals the need to watch small details,
the fine print in contracts, or the
double meaning in words. Watching for deception. stealth, initiative,
trust, innocence, change,
discovery, balance, harmony. For guidance before signing any
papers or making any promises.
*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:
Connotes a negative aspect that has infiltrated one's life.
*Denise Linn/The Secret Language of Signs:
Do you feel insignificant or "mousy"? This can be
a sign of timidity and fear. Do you feel the
need for quiet, or a concern about being quiet? Are you being
too quiet in your life? Is it time to
let people know who you are? Mice have been associated with
paying attention to the details in
life. Attend to the small matters in life and the bigger things
will take care of themselves.
*Timothy Roderick/The Once Unknown Familiar:
Key Words: Curious, fidgety
Magical Influences: Finding ways around obstacles, heightening
one's hearing, ability to get
beyond closed doors.
Mice are not really all that extroverted. They detest surprises
and shocks of any kind and prefer
the comfort of routine. They are able to find ways of getting
what they want, but they are silent
and swift movers on the job. Once they find a living space they
like, they can settle in for the rest
of their lives. Mouse personalities communicate telepathically
with other people, and with
animals as well.
*Patricia Telesco/The Language of Dreams:
Frugality and resourcefulness. Saving and recycling even minute
things effectively. Someone
overly soft in voice or who lacks backbone (e.g., being "mousy").
The size of this creature may
reflect an underdeveloped sense of self-worth. Aesop's Fables
portray the mouse as an emblem
that makes weaknesses into strengths. A secret, well-hidden
adversary of whom you should
become aware. Not too that this enemy may be within. Mousetraps
have become an emblem of
ingenuity and tackling a difficult problem with creative insight
(e.g., "building a better
mousetrap"). They may also be regarded as an alternative
cage emblem, where you get caught
by, or caught up in, technology.
Among the Rio Grande villages in the Southwest, the Pueblo fear
that one of the meanest tricks
of witches is to cause a mouse to grow inside someone's stomach.
In old German folklore, it was
belief that witches created mice out of scraps of cloth.
In the Christian tradition, St. Gertrude must have exorcised
her mouse, for an old Christian
folktale claimed that Satan invented the tiny four-legged to
torment the other animals aboard
Noah's ark. Another legend went that story one better by claiming
Satan himself became a mouse
and tried to gnaw through the ark and sink it.
Among many things that a mouse totem animal can bring to you
is an appreciation of the
importance of the smallest details. This spirit helper will
alert you to the need for introspection
and a careful self-examination of your strongest and weakest
If you have chosen the mouse as your totem animal, you have
probably already learned to
conduct your life in an attitude of trust in the Great Mystery.
Although you may at first have
considered the doorway to other dimensions to be too formidable
to allow your passage, Mouse
no doubt taught you that persistence and devotion will permit
you to squeeze through the
smallest access to awareness.
Keynote: Attention to detail
Cycle of Power: Five to Six Week Cycles
There are many kinds of mice. Most have certain qualities in
common. These will be examined
in this section, along with a specific look at the common deer
mouse (also called the wood
mouse or white-footed mouse).
The deer mouse has big eyes and ears, and has white gloves on
its feet. Most mice are nocturnal,
but this is especially true of the deer mouse. It sees well
in darkness, but in sunlight it will act
somewhat blind. This is not true of other mice. The deer mouse
will nest in abandoned squirrel
and bird nests, hollow logs, cracks and crevices. Its nest will
often be glove shaped, and the
entrance will have a plug or door which can be closed for warmth.
The male and female work
together to remodel the nest. Most mice change their nests often.
The deer mouse is fastidious about keeping its fur cleaned and
groomed. This is not so with the
more drab house mouse. The deer mouse is good about its appearance,
but it is a sloppy
housekeeper. This reflects that, for those with a mouse totem,
there will be areas in which
fastidiousness and attention to detail is highly concentrated,
while in other areas there may be
neglect. This paradox is often a source of confusion and sometimes
irritation to those who live
and work with mouse people.
Most mice store food, as well as search out food all year round.
The deer mouse eats seeds,
berries, and bark and is less destructive than the meadow mouse
in regard to farmers crops and grains.
All predators feed on mice. to compensate for this, mice will
have three or four litters a year.
They survive because of their numbers. the deer mouse mother,
as with most mice, will care for
the young about five weeks. Then the young are on their own.
Because of this, if a mouse has
come into your life, its energies will be most strongly felt
for about five to six weeks.
When mouse shows up as a totem, it is either time to pay attention
to details, or an indication that
you cannot see the forest for the trees. You may be getting
so locked into details that you forget
the big picture.
Ask yourself some important questions. Are you taking care of
the trivial but necessary things in
life? Are you getting so lost in the big dreams that you are
neglecting other aspects of your life?
Are you becoming so focused on one or two activities that you
are neglecting to see the
opportunities? Are you missing what is right in front of you?
Is there something obvious that you
are missing or need to focus on? Are you trying to do too many
things at once and thereby
scattering your energies?
Mouse medicine can show you how to focus and pay attention to
detail. It can show you how to
attain the big things by working on the little things. Whenever
mouse shows up there are lessons
associated with attention.
Mouse is the Spirit Keeper of the South and Fire. It teaches
us about the burning sensation of
passion in life, to explore and confront our realities with
our ideals. It teaches us to overcome
fear and push past it so that we can grow. Mouse Medicine teachs
the skills of examination, trust,
innocence, and faith through trials-by-fire, through experience,
through exploration and firsthand
Mouse represents details, scrutiny, introspection, and penetration;
telepathy, persistence, and
trust; faith, vulnerability, and harmony.
In the mundane world Mouse is excellent Medicine for those who
deal with details or contractual
matters. The importance of legal loopholes will be emphasized
and little to nothing will be
overlooked. This will reveal itself in a routine manner of investigations
and those who work in
the legal or political positions will find it a most appropriate
totem. Mouse will teach you
methods of getting the information or details you want quickly
and eagerly for it has high energy
as well as a curious mind. It will point out your own strengths
and weaknesses so that you are
aware of them and can make the best of any given situation.
Mouse teaches trust in Spirit and knowing that if you are persistent
in your efforts life will
reward you. Awareness of your vulnerabilities is a necessity.
To know who your enemies are and
where they dwell will keep you from harms way. It teaches
that little by little you work your
way to a goal. Sometimes you can run while at others you must
wait until the path is once more
safe to move forward and the danger is gone. He will teach you
to jump high and see the big
picture now and then, but always, always to get refocused on
the details that will complete it.
Our sweet Cedar Rose (Mouse) is one of the finest examples of
Mouse Medicine I've ever met.
She is meticulous in all that she does, observant beyond measure,
nothing much gets past her I
can tell you! LOL And she's so sweet. If this new attorney walks
with Mouse (and that seems to
be the indication here), you couldn't be in better hands for
finding the answers. Cedar Rose is a
good example of one who does labor with love of the process
itself, and I saw this connection
when I read your post just now, Sweetie. I'm so happy for you!
I'd say Spirit just put you in very
From Jamie Sams' & David Carson's "Medicine Cards"
(Revised, Expanded Edition)
If I could see the world,
Through your tiny eyes,
Maybe then I would know,
How to scrutinize.
Every detail carries weight,
And true to its purpose,
Has its perfect puzzle place,
To stop the "three-ring circus!"
Mouse says, "I will touch everything with my whiskers in
order to know it." Paradoxically, this is
both a great power and a great weakness. It is good medicine
to see up close. It is good medicine
to pay attention to detail, but it is bad medicine to chew every
little thing to pieces.
Mouse has many predatory enemies, including birds, snakes, and
cats. Since Mouse is food for
many, it has a highly developed sense of danger at every turn.
So-called civilization is a highly
complex set of components which calls for more and more organizational
skills and scrutiny to
detail every year. Mouse is a powerful medicine to have in these
modern times. Things that might
appear insignificant to others take on enormous importance to
Mouse people anger many other medicine types because they appear
to be nitpickers. Mouse
people will spot the lint on your coat, even if it matches in
color. They will try to convince you
that the simplest task is fraught with difficulty. They are
fixated on methodology. They sort and
categorize and file away for later use. They may seem like they
are hoarding, but this is the
farthest thing from Mouse's mind. They are merely putting everything
in order so that they will
be able to explore it more carefully at a later date.
The chiefs tell us that without Mouse there would be no systemization
of knowledge. Mouse
ended Renaissance man and harkened the age of specialization.
Mouse knew from the very
beginning that "there is always more to learn." One
can always delve deeper and deeper and deeper.
If your personal medicine is Mouse, you may be fearful of life
but very well organized, with a
compartment for everything. You should try to see a larger picture
than the one staring you in
the face. Develop largesse of spirit. Try to become aware of
the Great Dance of Life. Realize that
even though you may be sitting in Los Angeles, there is also
a New York, a Moon, a solar system,
a galaxy, and an infinite universe. Jump high, little friend.
You will glimpse the Sacred Mountain.
If mouse is in your card-spread, its medicine is telling you
to scrutinize. Look at yourself and
others carefully. Maybe that big hunk of cheese is sitting on
a trigger that will spring a deadly
trap. Maybe the cat is in the pantry waiting for you. Maybe
someone to whom you have
delegated authority, such as a doctor, a lawyer, or even a plumber,
is not doing the job faithfully.
The message is to see what is right before your eyes and to
take action accordingly.
Mouse in the contrary position may be telling you that you are
spending too much time with
maters of great consequence when you should be paying a traffic
ticket or sweeping the hogan.
You may have let yourself become slovenly. You may have developed
a disdain for authority and
order. You may be procrastinating about something that needs
immediate attention. Bring Mouse
medicine to your life's chaos and you will soon have everything
tidy and shipshape.
Another message of Mouse reversed may be that you are "pipe
dreaming" about your own
importance in life. Are you wondering why you have not been
nominated for an Academy
Award? You can't be recognized if you are not taking care of
life's details and walking in
humility. Remember that all good things come to those willing
to work toward wholeness. Little
Mouse needs to see the big picture, but only assimilate the
information the picture gives a little
at a time. Expansiveness can be overwhelming if you forget to
take it step by step. Confusion is a
product of "too much, too soon." Little mouse can
conquer any task by using its scrutiny. Slow
down and right the contrary medicine. Stop chasing your tail
or being confused by the maze and
start observing the details of your present pathway.
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