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The badger is known for its strength, perseverance, and ferocity. A burrowing animal with large claws for digging and the ability to navigate underground, the badger is often associated with profound knowledge, insight, and the wisdom that emerges from deep introspection. It is also affiliated with the cardinal direction south. Because of its association with strength and mystical insight, for a human to be affiliated with the badger is a sign of prestige, power, and protection.

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"A badger at the Desert Museum in Carlsbad, NM," photograph by Eduardo Fuss, Eduardo Fuss Collection (2011-001-B3-F11-0002), Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico. All Rights Reserved. Use with permission only.