Badger Meaning and Symbolism
Oct 02
Learn About: Badger Symbolism

Badger Meaning and Symbolism

Overview of the Badger Spirit Animal


These are ways you’d describe someone whose totem is a badger.  Badger symbolism is powerful and often misunderstood.  Just like the people whose spirit animal is a badger they can easily be misunderstood.  Badgers are fierce and will aggressively protect their territory or loved ones.  However, they do have a peaceful side.  They are hard workers that prefer being outdoors and close to the earth.  The badger is also a symbol of a healer with extensive knowledge of earthen cures and remedies.


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Encounters with the Badger

What is the meaning of badger symbolism? Find out what symbol the badger spirit animal is trying to teach you, and gain some insight into your life.

Have you been wounded spiritually, physically or emotionally?

This creature is a sign to retreat to safe surroundings and tend to your wounds.  The badger spirit is calling you to begin the healing process.  It’s important to take the time for yourself and begin healing old or new wounds.  Because badger symbolism is connected to earthen healing it will help guide you.

Do you feel lonely?

The badger spirit calls you to return to the burrow.  Badgers live in neat burrows underground with close family members.  These family members provide protection and security.  If you’re feeling alone try to connect with people you can trust and rebuild old bridges.

Have you been bullied?

When you find yourself in a place where you’re being stepped on or pushed around badger symbolism is speaking to you.  Badgers are fierce creatures.  The badger spirit will present itself to you to say that you need to stand up for yourself and fight for what you believe in.  Stop letting others push you around and take advantage of you.

Do you feel like you’ve lost yourself?  Do you feel like you’re drifting with no purpose?

Badger symbolism is a grounding totem.  This spirit animal calls you to return to the earth – spend time in nature and close to the ground to restore balance and purpose to your spirit.

Do you feel like you’ve lost your voice?  Or are unable to get passed an obstacle?

Badgers are known to lock their jaws when battling a foe.  When you feel like you’ve lost your voice or that you’re unable to get passed something your totem is telling you to let go.  Unlock your jaw a release whatever is holding you back.

The Badger Spirit

Could the Badger be my spirit animal? What are the traits of the totem? The badger might be your spirit animal if you are:


Badgers are known for being strong, sturdy but most of all their perseverance.  Badgers do not hibernate and so they must prepare themselves to endure cold and harsh winters.  If the badger is your spirit animal you probably find yourself enduring hardships and coming out stronger on the other side.


Being the fierce and territorial warriors they are badgers are decisive creatures. If the badger has presented itself to you it may be encouraging you to enter into a season of being decisive. Do you have a hard decision to make? The power of badger symbolism can help you navigate your choices.

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These creatures live in close knit family groups called clans. Their clans provide safety, security as well as community. Are you the type of person that likes to keep your friends and loved ones close? When the badger is your totem animal you will do anything to assure your family and loved ones are taken care of and safe.


One clear characteristic of a badger animal spirit is their protective nature. If the badger is your spirit animal it will be obvious in the way you jump to protect your friends and loved ones. It’s easy for you to put others safety and well-being ahead of yours. People know this and will respect you for it.


People with a badger spirit animal very grounded. They hold true to their values and beliefs and will not shy around from opposition. Badger symbolism represents a connection to the earth and is often described as unshakable. People who are experiencing hardships and uncertain circumstances will be drawn to your grounded presence.

What are the Traits of the Badger Totem?

Lessons from the Badger Spirit Animal

Badgers are:

  • Strong
  • Hard Working
  • Healers
  • Protective
  • Decisive
  • Grounded

When the badger is your totem, you will need to learn to be grounded. The earthbound balance of badger symbolism is to seek the earth and find grounding.  Through grounding you will also find healing, for yourself and for others.  The badger spirit animal can also be full of aggression.  You need to seek grounding and healing in order to keep yourself balanced and far from the aggressive warrior the badger has been known to become.

What is the true badger meaning? Grounding and Healing. Badger totem people are natural healers with grounded dispositions.

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Badger



Will Power

Badgers are strong creatures that use their claws to dig impressive tunnels underground. Just as a badger uses their tools to move mountains you will find you have the willpower and the tools to move obstacles. People with a badger as their spirit animal when confronted with a challenge have no trouble mustering the willpower to overcome it!


At heart of badger symbolism is a peaceful spirit that won’t seek out conflict. When the badger spirit is at harmony with its surroundings it loves to live peacefully and will go about it’s days happily. As foragers and scavengers badgers don’t need violence to survive which means they can exist completely in peace.


In the wild female badgers are known for a remarkable feat called as “delayed implantation”. No matter when the female badger mates she is able to put her pregnancy on hold until the right time of year (typically the end of December) to be born in the spring. This gives the cubs their best chance at life. This is true for ideas, changes and new growth in our lives. Don’t be discouraged if something seems to be taking a long time to come about.  When the time is right everything will fall into place.


Aggressive and Belligerent

A badger spirit person may struggle with their aggression – lashing out at others and tearing them apart! If you can’t control your aggressive side it’s a sign you need to retreat to the earth and spend sometime grounding. It’s important to recognize when your aggression is justified or if it needs to be checked. Be careful not to harm innocent ones around you! Another weakness the badger totem can bring is belligerence. This is a warlike attitude that can consume every piece of your life. Which can cause you to act hostile and aggressive. If this is the case you need to balance yourself and find spiritual peace through earthen healing.

Bitter and Solitary

Badgers are solitary by nature which can cause them to live lonely lives. This translates to someone who works, plays and lives life with very few if any friends. If unchecked this can lead to depression or bitterness. As a badger spirit person it’s important to surround yourself with others you can trust to avoid bitterness and loneliness.


A weakness of badger symbolism is gluttony.  In the wild they can consume large amounts of food in one night (they typically eat over 200 earthworms as well as berries, fruit, fungi, etc).  Because they do not hibernate they will continue eating and fattening themselves up. Now the problem with gluttony is that we can be gluttonous with more than food.  Time, pleasures like sleeping or recreational activities, or even time spent with loved ones can become gluttonous.  The badger totem may be telling you to take a step back from your gluttonous ways.  Try focusing on others for a time and give your family extra care and attention.

The Badger in Dreams: What it Means

When a badger appears to you in your dreams it can mean many things.  If the badger is aggressive toward another animal or person in your dream it symbolizes someone who intends to harm you.  You need to evaluate others intentions toward you and distance yourself from someone who may have ill intentions toward you.

If the badger is protecting you from someone or another animal it is a sign that you need to stand up for yourself.  You need to draw energy from the badger totem for the strength to confront the person or situation.

If the badger is aggressive toward you it means there is a wound either from the past or present that you need to address.  The badger totem is telling you to take steps toward healing.  When a badger is hurt it will retreat to its burrow, where it is surrounded by its family.  It doesn’t matter if it’s an old or new wound it’s important to invite one or two trusted friends in to help you heal.

If the badger is peaceful it is welcoming you to experience a season of grounding and peace.  Take time for yourself and enjoy the world around you!

The badger is a symbol for grounding and healing, so think about what implications the answers to these questions suggest, and how they might make sense in your life.
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Cultural and Spiritual Badger Symbolism

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In Japanese culture the Badger is believed to be a shapeshifting trickster and a rogue.  Who plays pranks on unsuspecting travelers.  It is also said that the badger uses his belly as a drum to accompany his eerie songs.

The Celtic culture the Badger is revered as a warrior spirit.  And known for their strength and hardiness.  Warriors would wear leather pouches made of badger hide (called a sporran) on their kilts.  And they believed that wearing a badger tooth around your neck will bring you good luck – especially when gambling.

Native American culture it is said that the Badger is an ancient spirit.  The badger is the center of many stories and lore.  In these stories he is a great hunter that carries darkness on his back.

Historical Facts

In 1992 the Protection of Badgers act made it illegal to hunt, bait or poach badgers.

Animal Quotes

“It is better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war.”
Chinese Proverb
Defend the weak, protect both young and old, never desert your friends. Give justice to all, be fearless in battle and always ready to defend the right.
The law of Badger Lords - Brian Jacques

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