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The Porcupine Totem
The Porcupine is a good natured animal and are known to have a sweet childlike disposition. They carry their defense around with them in the form of sharp quills that cover their bodies. The quills do not shoot or fly from the Porcupine, but rather they release themselves only when the animal is touched and feels threatened by something or someone. The Porcupine has few natural enemies. This unassuming little creature has much to teach humans about the joyful animal spirit.
The Porcupine is generally a solitary creature, preferring to wander about at night, on its own, foraging for food in the woods. The only time they den with others of their kind is in the cold winter months when it is practical for them to do so. The have very poor vision, but possess excellent hearing and a keen sense of smell. Their quills are actually very sharp, stiff hairs and they cover much of their body, including their tails. A fully mature Porcupine will have in excess of 30,000 quills on their body. They are capable of swinging their tails quickly in a predator’s direction covering it with the sharp, and painful quills. The predator becomes so startled and occupied with the task of removing them that the Porcupine usually slips away unharmed and un-pursued.
Porcupine quills were often used by American Indians for sewing needles and to adorn clothing and cover their chest armor. African tribes have carried the quills with them for centuries as amulets and talisman and they were also used for their ornamental beauty. These tribes also used the hollow, rattle, quills for musical instruments and to frighten off evil spirits. Porcupine quills, as they are hairs, will grow back to replace the ones that are released from their body.
The Porcupine possesses many animal virtues that are powerful and valuable and which any person would be wise to emulate or divine. One who has the power of the Porcupine will see enhanced solidarity, wonder and joy, allowing one the ability to use childlike qualities in their everyday activities.
The trusting Porcupine Totem possesses the following virtues:
Purity, joy, wonder, self-determination, trust, solidarity, nocturnal magic, re-generation, delight in the simple pleasures of the world, independence, virtue, incorruptibility, humility, self reflection, self defense and protection, and the importance of self-empowerment.
Porcupine Animal Pearls are said to impart their particular magical virtues to their owner. Porcupine Pearls are characteristic of its host animal; they possess all the sublime characteristics that may be seen in the Porcupine itself; the joy and innocence of this animal is contained within the pearl waiting for its proper owner to bestow its inner magic to that unique and fortunate individual.
Porcupine pearls are highly sought after by any wishing to absorb Porcupine virtues into their lives and develop stronger mental abilities such as those embodied by this good natured creature. The owner of a Porcupine pearl will see their lives, spiritual energy and mental clarity imbued with all of the virtues attributed to the child of the forests, the Porcupine. The Porcupine animal totem is a wonderful spirit indeed and its magical properties teach the power of simple wonder and the strength of subtle self protection. Trust, innocence, wonder joy, virtue, and so much more can be integrated into the spirit of the possessor of this magical pearl and the Porcupine totem.
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