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The mole is a small burrowing rodent, an industrious and persistent tunneler that is sensitive to light, sound, and vibration.

Among the pueblo cultures of the American Southwest, moles are considered an important medicine animal, representing the downward direction, the color black, earth and agriculture, and also sickness and health. The Zuni carve stone mole fetishes for protection, ascribing to them both healing and hunting powers. The mole also symbolizes an awareness of externalities as well as an awareness of self derived from deep introspection. In the mole, these various perceptions come together to form a being who is sensitive, grounded, and inquisitive. The mole also symbolizes intuitiveness, as his hyperawareness and ability to think deeply unite to help him see beyond the obvious. In this sense, the mole is also always searching, exploring beneath the surface.

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"Mole, June 14, 2011" by Mick Talbot is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA.