Weasel has an incredible amount of energy and ingenuity, yet it is a difficult power totem to have. It is not without significance that ermine or weasel pelt is worn by royalty. Weasel ears hear what is really being said. This is a great ability. Weasel eyes see beneath the surface of a situation to know the many ramifications of an event. This too is a rare gift. The chiefs sent Weasel to the enemy camp to smoke them for power. “What are the medicines of the enemy?” the chiefs asked Weasel upon its return.


Weasel never failed to give an accurate account of the enemy’s numbers, strengths, and weaknesses. It was Weasel who tearfully told the Original People of the coming of the white boat people. “These brothers have strange new medicines,” said Weasel. “They will tell us that to live the way we do is wrong. They will confide us with their talking bark. They have stolen thunder from Sky Father and placed it in their weapons. They have no respect for the animal brothers and sisters, and they make their thunder speak to the animals and kill them. They will make the thunder speak to us also. Their numbers are too many to count, and these white brothers will steal everything from us but our spirits. The great dark shadow of the ravenous bird of death has fallen over the People.”


Weasel fur changes color with the season. Silent Weasel has many lessons to teach you. Weasel could confound Great Spirit, pick Great Spirit’s pockets, and then leave Great Spirit contemplating the divine navel. If this is your personal medicine, your powers of observation are keen. You seem to be saying, “Leave me alone and I will do the same for you.” You might even look a bit guilty at times due to what you know from observing life. You may be a loner hiding yourself away from others, or perhaps even a recluse. You are a powerful ally to have in any business organization since you can see what the competition is doing. People may make a great mistake in sizing you up since they do not immediately see your powers. But the first time they try to outsmart you, they will soon learn that your intelligence is greater than their own.


Look to Weasel power to tell you the “hidden reasons” behind anything. Weasel medicines, talent, and abilities put off some people, but there are not bad medicines. We all have power, or we would not be here to heal Mother Earth. Perhaps if you have Weasel power you could use your secret gifts for the good of all. Observe who or what needs attention, or a solution, and offer your assistance in your own quiet or discreet way.


Is contrary Weasel in your cards? If so, look out for intrigue. Someone may be using covert tactics to Weasel into the hen house. Perhaps you should lock your doors and dress your teenager like a nun. Or perhaps you may be lying to yourself about something you know to be true. This can be a lie on any level, for instance, storming the refrigerator at 3:00 A.M., and telling yourself no one will miss the half- eaten portion of the pie. If you scratch someone else’s automobile in a parking lot, leave a note. Don’t slink away because you can. Honesty to self and others is of the utmost importance.


Another message of reversed Weasel is to acknowledge why you have doubted your feelings. Weasel upright observes all actions, feelings, and situations with keen senses. In the contrary, those abilities of observation are dulled until confusion sets in. When you don’t know how you feel or what is occurring around you, doubt becomes the barrier to your progress. Then you may find a bit of paranoia seeping into your life. If you want to right the situation, start by shaking the dullness out of your head and observing the obvious. No one can fool if you watch your step, honor your knowing, seek the “hidden reasons,” and use discretion in the process.


Excerpt from “Medicine Cards” by Jamie Sams & David Carson