Porcupine Meaning and Symbolism
Jul 06
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Porcupine Meaning and Symbolism

Overview of the Porcupine Spirit Animal

REST · PROTECTION · DIET · RESPECT · MAGIC ABILITIES · TRUST · FAITH · HEART ENERGY · PEACE · ANCESTRAL CONNECTION · INNOCENCE · POWER · WARRIOR SPIRIT

Porcupine symbolism is regarded as a fire symbol and is connected with the sun and it’s energies.  A warrior spirit the porcupine operates out of a place of innocence, respect and love. This makes their actions pure and harbors positive heart energy.  The porcupine totem is also known for its ancestral connection. Being able to connect and communicate with it’s ancestors opens up the possibility for an abundance of knowledge.  As well as open doors to magical abilities and power. In the natural world most people recognize the porcupine for it’s cape of quills. This large rodent can be found in forests peacefully eating vegetation including grasses, flowers and an array of flora.  A peaceful creature, porcupines prefer to avoid conflict and would rather make a hasty retreat than fight off a foe. Because of this the porcupine is often a symbol of peace.

Porcupine Meaning

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REST · PROTECTION · DIET · RESPECT · MAGIC ABILITIES · TRUST · FAITH · HEART ENERGY · PEACE · ANCESTRAL CONNECTION · INNOCENCE · POWER · WARRIOR SPIRIT

Encounters with the Porcupine

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

Is your diet unbalanced or lacking?  Do you rely on the ease of processed foods?

Porcupine symbolism will appear to you to urge you to return to a more natural diet.  Make a point to eat more vegetables and especially leafy greens! A porcupine spends it’s time searching for delicious and natural morsels of green food to eat.  Take time to figure out how to best improve your diet, even if it means searching carefully for just the right ingredients.

Are you exhausted from striving and dodging conflict?

In nature there are a few predators that dare to attack a porcupine.  That is because most predators will not even approach this quilled rodent and risk being impaled by thousands of quills.  When you need rest and are tired of dodging conflict call on the porcupine spirit animal to help guide you. It can not only offer defense and protection but it will help you find the rest you need.

Have you become disconnected from the natural world?

In our day and age it is easy to go about your daily life without connecting and spending time in nature.  The porcupine totem will appear to you as a reminder for you to connect with nature and a simpler way of life.  The the porcupine appears to you and you haven’t enjoyed the world around you, plan time away from urban settings and go spend time outdoors!

Do you feel drawn to magical forces?

The porcupine totem will appear to you to help you connect with magical realms.  If you’ve been curious about magic and how it plays a part in our lives don’t be surprised when porcupine symbolism appears in your life!  Embrace it’s arrival as a message that you are headed down the right path and begin exploring new things.

Have you become curious about your ancestry?

In life there are times when we need extra guidance.  When you find yourself curious and searching for your history and ancestry call on the porcupine totem.  It can help you discover your roots and connect with your past family and enrich your future.

Porcupine Symbolism: The Porcupine Spirit

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Could the Porcupine be my spirit animal? What are the traits of the totem? This might be your spirit animal if you are:

Peaceful

A sign that porcupine symbolism is active in your life will be that others will describe you as a peaceful soul.  You make a point to remain positive and seldom let others ruffle your quills. Whether it’s dealing with traffic or unbearable relations you are able to maintain a cool head and would rather ignore a situation than confront it.

Humble

Another sign that your spirit animal is the porcupine is that you will be a very humble person.  In nature a porcupine is a formidable foe that can inflict serious harm upon anyone that gets in it’s way.  However, it doesn’t like to take advantage of this power and prefers to avoid fights. Likewise, you will avoid conflict even when you can easily crush your “competition”.  You only fight when it’s absolutely necessary.

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Innocent

Porcupine symbolism represents a pure and innocent spirit.  It is one that prefers to live a simple life of peace. People with this spirit animal are often mistaken for being naive or ignorant.  When it reality they are just innocent. This is seen in the way they talk and interact with the world. Truly pure spirits they are refreshing to be around.

Private

There’s nothing a porcupine spirit animal person prefers more than their privacy.  They are completely content to go about their daily lives without sharing their experiences on social media or with others.  You typically have to ask very pointed questions to learn about their day or what they’re feeling. This is not because they are shy or that they don’t want to share their lives with you, they’re just private and so don’t think to share information freely.

What are the Traits of the Porcupine Totem?

Lessons from the Porcupine Spirit Animal

Porcupines are:

  • Caring
  • Easy Going
  • Peaceful
  • Pacifist
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Porcupine symbolism teaches us the importance of finding peace with the world around us.  This begins by finding peace within ourselves and being able to find peace in our immediate surroundings.  As we begin to learn how to accept ourselves and the situations surrounding us this gives us to greatest power of all: to love ourselves.  Once you are able to do this you will find it easy to find peace in your life no matter what is going on around you.

Another lesson we learn from the porcupine totem is to stand up for ourselves.  Peace is important and will help us shape our world. However, there are times when conflict is necessary.  When the time is right don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself or others. Raise your quills and let your adversary know you mean business!

What does the porcupine spirit mean? Protection and heart energy! People with the porcupine as their spirit animal will experience energy fields of protection and heart healing and energy.

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Porcupine

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Strengths


Faith

A strength of the porcupine totem is it’s unending faith.  This is faith in others and faith in yourself. By believing in this positive energy you will find that this is where your strength comes from.  Your faith will keep you grounding and help you find hope for the future. Hold onto your faith and it will begin to strengthen you! *faith in others and yourself – this is when you’re the strongest

Quills

One strength that you will find as a porcupine spirit animal person is the respect that others have for you.  This comes from your quills! In the wild most predators will avoid getting in a shuffle with a porcupine because of its numerous and intimidating quills.  This passive form of defense causes others to respect you. Likewise, you will find that in work and even in relationships you won’t have to make a big fuss – people will respect you and your insight.

Patience

In the rodent world the porcupine has one of the longest gestation periods.  This teaches us about your journey as a porcupine spirit animal person. When you conceive an idea or begin something new be patient.  It will take time for it to mature before it finally comes to fruition. As a porcupine totem person you will learn the importance and art of waiting and being patient.

Ancestral Connection

There is an abundance of wisdom and knowledge carried by our ancestors.  The porcupine totem helps you tap into that pool of wisdom and knowledge.  This is done through a simple ancestral connection. Time spent in focused mediation along with guidance from the porcupine totem can help you connect to your ancestors.  This connection will be a strength and will help guide you through your journey of life.

Weaknesses:


Soft Side

In the wild porcupines are capped with countless quills.  However, their bellies are usually soft and vulnerable. Likewise, when porcupine symbolism is present in your life you will be the type of person that everyone knows has a soft side.  This can lead to others attempting to manipulate you and take advantage of your soft side. Be aware of your weaknesses and careful of the people you allow close to you.

Reckless

Previously, people believed that a porcupine’s quills were poisonous.  This is untrue and in fact a porcupine’s quills are actually covered in a salve like substance that prevents infection.  This is a marvel and an important one because it’s not uncommon for porcupines to accidentally prick themselves! When it comes to wielding their quills they can be quite reckless.  As a porcupine spirit animal person it’s important for you to take care and not let your actions become reckless!

Clumsy

It’s a well known fact that porcupines are not graceful and elegant creatures.  In fact, they are known for being quiet clumsy! And are known for falling out of trees!  As a porcupine totem person don’t be hard on yourself when you lack coordination or grace.  It is just a part of your nature. You must be patient with yourself and offer yourself grace when you make mistakes or cause clumsy accidents!

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The Porcupine in Dreams: What it Means

When porcupine symbolism appears in your dreams the stance of the porcupine is very important.  As it will help determine the porcupines meaning. For example,

When a porcupine is defensive and brandishing it’s quills it means this, you must stand up for yourself.  You are either in danger or have been oppressed for too long. Don’t be afraid of your power and stand up for yourself.  Set boundaries and remove yourself from harmful relationships or positions.

If you see a porcupine peaceful either foraging or simply meandering around this is what it means.  Connect with nature or look for ways to find peace in your surroundings. Take time to connect with your spirit animal and it will provide you with the guidance that you need.

A porcupine is a sign of ancestral connection and faith. It’s important to consider this when interpreting dreams.
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Cultural and Spiritual Symbolism of the Porcupine

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A native american stories explains how the porcupine got his quills.  While escaping from a bear he used thorny Hawthorn branches from a tree.  Iktomi witnessed this and fashioned the porcupines quills from the thorny branches and attached them to the porcupine’s back.

Around the world the Porcupine is a symbol of magic abilities. This spirit animal harbors a connection to ancestral power and heart energy.

Historical Facts

Teddy Bear the Porcupine has taken the world by storm.  Learn more about this special porcupine and his rise to fame with over 23 viral videos, 35 million youtube subscribers and 57 million facebook fans!

Animal Quotes

A princess once carefully kissed a porcupine to be kind, upon which he began to think himself a prince. He then dressed like a prince, behaved like a prince, and announced himself to be a prince. The world, therefore, saw him as such, and so a porcupine prince he was. (Of course, most were reluctant to argue with him otherwise.)
Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes
Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
Ronald Reagan

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