As my daughter and I were walking home from school one afternoon. We passed through a park and we saw a rat and a squirrel playing with each other as if they were brothers. It was quite a sight to say the least. They were very different from each other and yet they saw nothing wrong with frolicking together. Maybe we humans need to take a tip from these rodents.. Anyhow.. Today’s totem Rat
- Abundant reproduction
- Ability to live unseen
- Symbol of fertility and wealth
And from www.sayahda.com/cyc4.html:
Rats would probably not be so successful if it weren’t for humans. Our living habits have provided them with homes and food and we have eliminated many of their predators. Because of this rats hold important teachings about waste, over consumption and survival for those who have this totem.
Rats can eat a quarter to a third of their body weight a day. They gnaw on things to keep their teeth, which are always growing, short and sharp. Pack Rats are famous for collecting things. They have been known to strip a sealed cabin in the woods of everything that they could carry. One species is called the Trade Rat because it leaves a stone in the place of what it takes.
Black Rats carried the fleas that led to the Black Plague. In Norway some years ago, hungry Rats infested a bird sanctuary and ate, among other things the birds. They even managed to grab seagulls and hold them down while killing them.
Those with this totem are survivors. Their tendency is to hoard what they have because they fear that they don’t have enough. This fear prompts them to acquire large quantities of things and fight aggressively to maintain what they have acquired. Rat medicine people are not selfish but they can appear that way to those who do not know them well. Holding onto everything and being the pack rat is their way of feeling secure in an insecure world.
Fortunately rats adapt well to environmental changes and can survive on just about anything. They hold the teachings of resourcefulness. Their fear of not being provided for can be healed by participating in supportive group activities, meditation and prayer.
The other side of Rat is that it reflects back to us our own human capacity for greed, taking so much that others needs are denied. They will sometimes overeat and throw up rather than let food go by. They will dispossess other small animals of their homes if they can, wanting no competition for food. They truly personify humankind’s imperialistic drives, which are making life on the planet more and more tenuous. If Rat has come to you, look at ways you may be participating in wasteful consumption or fear based emotions and begin to change your habits appropriately.
The rat has been living under a stigma since its connection with the bubonic plague was established. In the fourteenth century, nearly a quarter of Europe’s population was taken by the Black Death, and the rat has been a symbol of Death for at least four centuries.
And then, of course, there’s the old sailor’s adage about rats leaving a sinking ship before disaster strikes, which has made the rat synonymous with a traitor or a deserter. While the rat’s cousin, the mouse, has conquered the world as a symbol of fun, fantasy, and frivolity, there is no Ricky Rat to compete with Mickey Mouse.
Those individuals born in the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac are counted as people who are ambitious, yet honest, who are prone to spend their money too freely.
If you can move beyond the stigma associated with this large rodent, you will gain a totem animal that will aid you in establishing a comfortable and efficient home and help you courageously defend it against all external negativity. There is also a great deal of magical energy vibrating around this spirit helper, and you may be led into a more serious study of the ancient mysteries through its encouragement Rat will also lend you the necessary energy to become a respected worker in the business environment. You will never be tempted to gamble or fritter away your salary, however, Rat will see to it that you make only wise investments that will benefit your home and family.
(From: www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/ecolodge/197/rat.html – mind the pop-ups!)
People with a Rat totem have a pronounced drive for success.
Ask yourself if you are pushing too hard
or to the contrary, if you are not pushing hard enough.
Rat also give their totem people a great ability to adapt to almost any environment.
Rat shows you how to gain foresight in any coming situation to avoid problems.
Rat people are cunning and shrewd,
and can defend themselves aggressively when necessary.
They can also be restless and nervous and need to be careful of these traits.
The Hindu God of Overcoming Obstacles Ganesh
uses a Rat as his steed. For the Hindus, the Rat represents prudence and foresight.
Which is the reason that you see rats leaving a ship before it sinks
or scurrying out of a building before it collapses. They know….
To the ancient Egyptians, Rats symbolized wisdom.
Rat is the first sign of the Chinese Zodiac, symbolizing fertility and wealth.
A white Rat is the companion of the Japanese god of happiness and
a symbol of Daikoku, the god of prosperity.