The beaver is a hard-working little creature, constantly busying itself gathering all of the materials it needs to construct the rather impressive “lodge” it makes for itself, and its much-treasured furry family.
The beaver has fantastic engineering skills and is able to build dams across rivers and lakes to create the perfect, semi-aquatic safe environment for the whole family.
What does the Beaver spirit animal represent? The beaver spirit animal represents hard-graft, diligence, creativity, perseverance, and industriousness. He can also show us how to follow our dreams and achieve a good balance between work and play, being very much a family guy himself.
What Is The Spiritual Meaning Of The Beaver?
With a reputation for always beavering away, this hard-working, busy beaver spirit animal can help show us all we need to get the job done, in an upbeat way without letting us give up halfway through.
Due to its fantastic dam-building skills, which are constructed to change the course of rivers and streams, the beaver can show us how to alter our course in life when we may have gone slightly off track.
This will help us to achieve what we really want and need in life with regard to improving family and work situations.
What Does The Beaver Symbolize?
The beaver spirit animal symbolizes clarity on a subconscious level, giving us the ability to believe in and follow our dreams.
Also creativity as well as the determination and diligence to see things through – something many of us could do within both our work and personal lives.
Beaver Spirit Animal Traits And Characteristics (Positive & Negative)
The traits of the beaver spirit animal are mostly positive and admirable, being the well-balanced little guy that he is.
But as with all of us humans, there are always some negative aspects too:
The beaver spirit animal will guide you through tasks that need completing, no matter how mundane or difficult they seem.
He knows that the key is to keep the end goal firmly in sight.
The beaver will help you to keep pushing forward, no matter what, to get the job done so you can feel that great sense of achievement. This is something we all need to feel once we have completed an arduous task.
This is a key trait of the beaver spirit animal.
Similar to its diligence, the beaver’s perseverance means that even if you don’t succeed the first time around, he will show you how to dust yourself down and start again.
Always reminding us that nothing good comes easy, the beaver spirit animal will encourage you to keep on trying, no matter how hard the job.
The industrious beaver spirit animal has a natural ability to adapt and come up with some really ingenious, inventive ways of achieving its goals.
Taking time to observe its surroundings and make use of all the tools available to him, not least his amazing teeth, this creative spirit animal can help open your eyes to new ways of doing things.
Even though the beaver is a very hard worker, he still makes the time to construct dreams as well as homes.
The beaver spirit animal can help you to dream big, create a very clear vision in your mind, and work toward it, never losing sight along the way.
The beaver can show us that it is totally healthy to have dreams as these are what help us to achieve great things.
Work / Life Balance
Another very important trait of the beaver spirit animal is its ability to balance family life with work.
Although it is very important for the beaver to get the family home finished, it knows when to down tools and snuggle up with its furry family.
This is why the beaver spirit animal is a great totem to have when work may be taking over your life too much. It is also really useful when you feel a bit lazy and need that kick up the butt!
The beaver spirit animal can show you how to balance it all with ease and do a great job in the process.
If you are more of an independent, autonomous worker, the beaver spirit animal can help show you how to work as part of a team.
Understanding that some jobs require extra pairs of paws and teeth to get the work done more efficiently, the beaver can show you not only how to achieve this, but how to really enjoy working as part of a like-minded team.
The beaver spirit animal can sometimes be a bad loser.
If you have the beaver spirit animal in your life, you may sometimes find that when things go wrong with any project or idea, that you shut yourself away and sulk for a while, not allowing anyone access to your thoughts.
But in true beaver style, you soon get over it and learn to dust yourself off and spring back into action with renewed vigor and determination.
Getting back to work as soon as possible and getting the job done is what is important to you being the diligent creature that you are!
Although the beaver spirit animal loves his family and indeed family time, even he can sometimes find himself being a bit of a workaholic.
But he is also very quick to realize when this happens and makes the required changes to address this very temporary lack of balance.
So, if you have a workaholic nature, try bringing the beaver spirit animal into your life because he totally understands this dilemma and can guide you to find a better balance between work and family / social life.
The Meaning Of The Beaver In Mythology, Folklore, And Native Cultures
In ancient Zoroastrian belief, the beaver was thought to be extremely lucky, bringing plentiful harvests and food to all. It was believed that if a beaver was killed then it would make the rivers dry up and cause terrible drought.
Also, in Aesop’s Fables, there was a story of a hunter and a beaver.
The hunter was tracking the beaver and trying to kill him for his testicles, which were believed to contain castoreum (see below).
The beaver, realizing how close the hunter was and knowing what he was being hunted for, decided to chew off his testicles to give the hunter what he wanted and to save his own life in the process.
The moral of the story being that sometimes one has to make painful sacrifices in life to survive.
But I wouldn’t recommend chewing off your testicles, especially as in the case of the poor beaver, as the castoreum doesn’t actually come from the testes anyway!
It actually comes from the anal glands -doh!
The beaver produces an oily substance called “castoreum” that it excretes from anal scent glands by its tail.
It uses this to mark its territory and to attract potential mates. Interestingly, both male and female beavers have these glands. It was believed that this substance contained magical healing powers and was much sought after and often used as a tincture or ointment.
Even more fascinating is that this substance is still used today in certain famous-brand perfumes and gives a “leathery” note to scents.
Hmmmm, not sure Eau de Beaver’s Bum does it for me!
In a native tribe from British Columbia, it is believed that the beaver came into existence from a lonely human wife!
Apparently, her husband would often leave her alone for long periods of time when he went off hunting. She decided to build herself a little swimming pool by building a dam on a lake and spent every day in it.
Her husband was a very bad-tempered man and she found herself spending most of the day and night in the pool just to get away from him, never wanting to get out.
She eventually started to grow a tail and sprouted hair over her entire body and turned into a beaver.
Oh, and if you’re wondering how did the male beaver come about, well, she was already pregnant and so her children were born as beavers!
Beaver Meaning For Love And Romance
The beaver spirit animal is a sign that you need to put a bit more effort into either finding your love or making sure you keep your current love.
If love is what you seek, the beaver will help you realize that, again like most good things, this requires a considerable amount of work.
So don’t just sit around waiting for love to come your way, put the extra effort in to pursue, please and demonstrate how true your feelings are.
This effort will most certainly bring true love knocking at your door.
Does The Beaver Symbolize Good Luck?
Beavers are believed to bring good luck.
They are seen as a symbol of a prosperous life and bring much luck with them.
They have also been used as a lucky charm for general hunting success.
The Meaning Of The Beaver In Dreams
Dreaming about beavers can have different meanings.
Mostly it interprets as giving you a great sense of achievement in your work. Beaver dreams mean you will be satisfied and happy, working away to make your life, as well as your loved ones’ lives, even better than they are right now.
If you dream of killing a beaver, I hate to say this but it can represent very bad luck and often be a sign of fraud in your circle.
If this dream becomes recurring, you need to take a very good look at the people close to you.
A dream of a beaver splashing in the water having fun can be a sign that you need to stop working quite so hard and enjoy time out with your family, or even just with yourself or your friends.
Just make sure to do the things that make you happy.
Other Potential Hidden Messages Associated With The Beaver
The beaver spirit animal can show you how to dive into things, and get good results.
Through hard work and self-belief, you can achieve whatever your heart yearns for.
The beaver spirit animal can also show you how to make changes in your life for the better, resulting in happiness all around – not just for yourself, but also for those close to you.
The beaver can teach you how to feel and show gratitude for what you have been able to achieve, and those with the beaver spirit animal guiding them, always achieve great things.
But it is important to take stock and be grateful that you were able to get the job done – and what a great job you did!
If you are struggling in your family life, or with your living conditions, the beaver spirit animal can help you improve the foundations of these two things, bringing fulfillment and happiness.
The beaver can demonstrate to you how harmonious life can be when everyone is working towards a common goal.
With all involved pulling their weight and working as part of a happy and busy team, the job will be completed with all the diligence, efficiency, and perseverance of the beaver.
So all in all the beaver spirit animal really is a great guy to help you get the job done whilst maintaining that crucial work/life balance.
We all forever seem to be trying to find that harmony in our lives so maybe we should look to the beaver spirit animal to show us the way.
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