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Ferret Medicine
*Lady Stearn Robinson & Tom Gorbett/The Dreamer's Dictionary:
A dream featuring this shrewd little animal is a warning not to repeat gossip, even to your
immediate family.

*D.J. Conway/Animal Magick:
This animal is a member of the weasel family, Mustelidae, and has been domesticated for many
centuries. The ferret goes through a white and brown phase as the seasons change. The common
ferret is known as the European polecat in some countries. It is well known in Europe, and for
several centuries in the past was used in hunting. It was also common among the Romans and
others who kept it to kill rats and mice. The ferret has a long slender body and very keen desire
to kill. Several years ago, the keeping of ferrets as pets was quite popular. People either didn't
know, or didn't care, that these animals were related to weasels. After being bitten several times,
or the other household pets being attacked, the ferret was either destroyed or let loose, which
presented another problem for the whole neighborhood.

Magickal attributes: Ferreting out information as to the motives of others, especially when you
suspect they might be harmful to you in some way. Gaining hidden information to benefit and/or
protect yourself. Learning the real intent of others with whom you must interact. Seeing truth
behind the facade.

*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:
Ferret typifies attitudes or responses tempered with a sense of humor.
*Timothy Roderick/The Once Unknown Familiar:
Key Words: fun-loving, playful, optimistic, curious
Magical influences: True happiness, joy, lightens up heavy moods.
Personality: Those who identify with the ferret are sure to be outgoing individuals. They are
generally happy-go-lucky, spontaneous, and inventive. Ferrets are playful creatures, but like to
stir things up--much to the distress of others. They can be practical jokers. Ferrets are good at
finding things out and investigating areas of interest. Because of their usually pleasant
disposition, they are popular and can assume leadership positions.

*Ted Andrews/Animal-Wise:
Keynote: stealth and agility in healing and protection. Uncovering the hidden.
Ferrets, graceful and solitary animals, are some of the smallest members of the weasel family,
which includes weasels, martins, skunks, badgers, and wolverines. The ferret is a great hunter
with a slim, agile body enabling it to follow prey into openings that other animals could not do. It
has a highly developed sense of smell and can teach us to trust our senses, even if it means going alone.

Ferrets were once believed to be a cure for the whooping cough. Milk was poured into a saucer
and a ferret was allowed to drink part. The rest was given to the patient. One reason this was
believed to work was because ferrets and weasels are quiet hunters. Thus many people believed
that ferrets couldn't cough so this must be a cure for coughing.

Ferrets sometimes teach us how to squeeze through tight fixes that we couldn't otherwise
manage. They can also show us how through silent observation we can uncover what is secret or
hidden around us without anyone else finding out. Ferrets as messengers and totems often reflect
hidden things about to be revealed if we are silent and observing.

Ferrets, as with all members of the weasel family, can be ferocious if threatened or frightened.
They show us how to be aggressive if we need be, but they show us also how to be playful as
well. Finding the balance between playfulness and ferocity is part of what the ferret teaches.
Do you need to develop your observational skills? Are you being too open about your activities?
Are you trying to squeeze into things that you shouldn't? Are you or others keeping secrets (and
being as secretive as we believe)? Are we balancing play and serious work? Do we need to
become a little more ferocious in activities and endeavors? Are we expressing too much ferocity
in our activities and endeavors?


The Ferret is a member of the weasel family. They are happy playful animals with the curiosity
of the raccoon and the gentleness of a kitten. Archaeological and historical sources suggest that
ferrets have been domesticated for at least 2,500 years. Historical documents from Greece
mention the ferret about 450 BC, and Roman documents mention the use of ferrets to hunt
rabbits at about the time of Christ. Adept at tunnel hunting it is believed that the ferret was used
by the Egyptians as well as farmers and mariners to control rodent populations in barns and on
ships. However, the history of the ferrets domestication is speculative without actual proof giving
this little animal an elusive quality.

Ferrets are opportunists They will steal anything they can drag away hiding it in a safe place to
be used at a later date. Intelligent and crafty this little animal teaches us how to use our
ingenuity to create a safe haven for ourselves. They remind us to stock up on necessary
provisions that might be needed. Always well prepared for any situation that might appear the
ferret is a helpful ally in times of hardship.

The ferrets eyes point forward straight down their nose. Extremely focused on what is in front of
them they remind us to stay centered on our goals to reach a desired outcome. Ferrets hold the
power of observation. Their keen sense of smell coupled with their ability to see clearly in the
darkness links them to the underworld where the secrets of creation are stored. Its intuition is
sharp and its sensitivity acute. Ferret has the ability to see and know the hidden meaning behind
all things and can assist those with this medicine in understanding themselves, their lives and the
experiences they have more clearly.

Those with this totem need to remember to use all of their senses equally. If this medicine is
underdeveloped the tendency towards tunnel vision is common. Rigid consciousness creates
unnecessary worry and anxiety so caution is advised. Playful activities and a lighthearted
attitude is helpful.

When frightened or excited the ferrets tail bushes up and a musty scent is excreted. Although this
scent does repel some predators the ferret does not feel completely safe until it has burrowed
deep inside its tunnel. In man this symbolizes the need of a secure home life. A place for
reflection and nourishment is mandatory for those with this totem.

Ferrets are incredibly fast and agile and show us how to move with lightning speed to avoid
danger. Do you need to move more quickly in some aspect of your life? Are you stuck in rigid
thought patterns that limit your view of the bigger picture? Have you created a safe haven for
yourself? Is your power of observation a hindrance or a help?

Always remember that the ferret is a powerful ally and can help you discover a hidden part of
yourself. Buried deep beneath the surface are the answers to life's mysteries. If you are having
trouble understanding some part of your life invite the ferret into your meditation, listen to what
it has to tell you and then act accordingly.

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