I have loved animals as far back as I can remember. I played with my "imaginary" animal friend as a child, not knowing at the time what a power animal was. I had vivid dreams and visions throughout my life. I also felt drawn to different animals at different times in my life and when I found out about power or spirit animals, I finally understood why. Reading up on those animals and then going on shamanic journeys and meditations afforded me the entry point into the world of animals on a spiritual level. The reason I prefer the term power animal to spirit animal is simply because it feels more grounded and manifested to me. You are, of course, welcome to use whatever term you like; power animal, spirit animal, animal guide...You choose. The important thing is to have a strong, loving connection and to trust and ask your animal to teach you and share its wisdom with you.
Moles are cute little mammals who have adapted well to their subterranean lifestyle with a cylindrical body and long claws with which they are perfectly equipped to dig beneath the earth. As there is no light down below, the mole’s eyes are almost blind. Despite their small size and cute looks, moles are extraordinary creatures and highly specialised and skilled hunters of earthworms and other small invertebrates found in the soil. The tunnels or runs they dig are actually worm traps.
Moles can feel worms who are falling into the tunnels and run quickly to eat them. Their saliva has a poison that paralyses worms and thus, they can store their prey for future consumption. Moles also like nuts. They are solitary creatures and only meet for mating, yet otherwise avoid each other. When two males meet, there can be fierce fights. Moles also have an extra thumb, large front legs and smaller hind legs, ears and eyes, making them a perfect fit for life beneath the earth.
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Moles are comfortable beneath the earth and due to its long nose, are very good at sensing things. In his book, Les Animaux Totems, Blue Eagle says:
“I remember Sun Bear telling me that when he was young, he would practice ‘feeling’ with his brother, as a very precise method of perception. They would take turns holding up a log, with one hand above the head, while the other one would shoot the log with a twenty-two rifle, blind-folded, just by feeling where the log was. Since the brother was beneath that and was holding the log it had to be precise.”
Please, don’t try this at home, though. However, this shows how much you can connect to the spirit energies of an animal to draw on its powers and skills within you. Feeling is a sense that is not used to its full potential by most people because they rely too much on sight and also hearing, and the trend is going ever more towards those senses in modern society.
In my romance novel Kisses in Darkness, the female MC Ashani visits a restaurant run by blind people. It is pitch dark, so the visitors can experience the world blind people live in. When she is seated at the same table as a strange man who calls himself Amun, which, incidentally, means The Hidden, she finds herself in a different world, playing with her senses. She does things she ordinarily would never think of doing and she learns a lot about herself in the process.
In our oftentimes hectic daily life that floods us with information, attention span has dwindled and short video clips get the most clicks. However, if you take the time to connect with the earth, close your eyes and feel, you’ll be amazed at what you are able to sense. The mole is nearly completely blind, yet finds its way around easily and quickly in the earth.
Working with Mole energies is an inner journey that takes you deep into your own psyche and your connection with Mother Earth. It is related to death and disease as much as healing. Listen within and follow your intuition, your inner guidance. It helps you to develop and enhance your psychic abilities through touch, both physically and psychically, not only with your hands. When you instinctively know where someone or something is or where you need to go, that a person is sick or what would be best for his or her healing, that is your innate power connected to Mole energy.