A hedgehog sighting
The hedgehog is a creature seemingly shrouded in irony. In reality, however, it’s the perfect balance of friendly and fierce, and it’s important not to assume they’re too much of one or the other. While the hedgehog overcomes adversity and is a champion of survival, he is also playful and curious. Understanding both parts of the hedgehog’s nature is key to figuring out the significance of any hedgehog sighting.
What is a hedgehog?
Hedgehogs are small, spiny mammals. They look cute and cuddly, but perhaps their most obvious feature is their spiky back. Their spines are made of hollow (but sturdy) keratin, which comes in handy when it comes to protecting the hedgehog from predators — especially when they curl up into a ball so their spines are more prominent. Although they can be tough and know how to take care of themselves, hedgehogs also possess strong maternal energy.
Tiny but mighty, hedgehogs have an omnivorous diet. This includes worms, vegetables and fruit – but can also extend to small venomous snakes and carrion. Both in the wild and domestically, hedgehogs are susceptible to many of the same diseases as their human counterparts. Cancer, pneumonia, and fungal infections like ringworm are all common.
Get grounded like a hedgehog
Predominantly nocturnal wild hedgehogs are found throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. They get their name from their tendency to hang out in gardens, plants and hedges. Living so close to the ground, hedgehogs are understandably associated with the earth and therefore hold a special meaning for people born under any of the three earth signs. If you experience a hedgehog sighting, you may feel inspired to explore grounding techniques.
This resonance can also inspire people to embrace the hedgehog’s curiosity and adventurousness in relation to the outside world. Seeing a hedgehog can spark interest in all kinds of outdoor activities, from gardening to hiking to picnics. The hedgehog lures your inner explorer and nature lover out of its enclosure.
The hedgehog in antiquity
The Greeks and Romans revered hedgehogs for their cleverness and resourcefulness. They observed the animals feeding and carried fruit on their spines as if they were toothpicks. There are many fables in which hedgehogs outwit other animals to victoriously collect a bounty. In ancient Egypt and the Middle Ages, hedgehogs were often traded (in the form of flesh, blood, and bristles) for their medicinal and magical value. While they are most commonly tied to the energies of the earth, in some cultures the hedgehog is also revered as a solar symbol, possessing the protective energy of fire.
Dream about a hedgehog
What does it mean to dream of a hedgehog? The dream can be a warning to stay alert and take stock of your surroundings. Maybe you are in a bad situation or relationship and a dream about a hedgehog is the universe telling you that it is time to move on. This could be a sign that you need to find peace and start over. Maybe you need to start exploring a new path.
Don’t look for a fight
When threatened, the hedgehog flees. They protect themselves, not out of cowardice but out of self-preservation. When faced with a threat, take inspiration from the hedgehog and don’t intervene unless you absolutely have to. This type of defense eliminates the hazard without injuring any of the people involved. It also saves energy and prevents you from getting sucked into something you’re better off avoiding.
Hedgehogs can inspire heightened awareness of other people and the environment you are in. They can also serve as a reminder to stay neutral and resist the urge to be combative or reckless. The hedgehog is naturally resistant to snake venom and has a hidden advantage over predators. Hedgehogs may live in heightened caution, but all you need is a healthy dose of diligence. Life isn’t just about fight or flight. A hedgehog sighting can be a source of reassurance, thanks to this animal’s confident and laid-back nature.
The hedgehog as totem and power animal
As a power animal, the hedgehog is a powerful symbol of self-protection. They also mean complicated self-work, like overcoming your challenges and finding your true purpose. Hold the hedgehog as a totem as a reminder that even the smallest creatures need not fear the most dangerous roads. Those born with a hedgehog bond do not seek conflict, but they will not shy away from a challenge either. Above all, the strongest meaning of a hedgehog sighting is safety. The hedgehog reminds you to rely on your instincts and trust your intuition.
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