This little collection of squirrel stories was inspired by the competition announced by the Archdruid, on his blog entry for 14th Jan. 2015 http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/march-of-squirrels.html although it may have developed further than was anticipated. I hope that this tally of tales gives you as much amusement to read as it gave me to write.
Relax. Breathe deeply and slowly. Think happy thoughts. The incantations have finished. The potions are working. Now we commence our journey into a corner of the Late American Psyche. A corner filled with amazing powers and ideas, inhabited by wonderful symbolic creatures. Creatures of great power in the minds of late Americans. Here you can interact with the repressed creative energies of that culture, expressing through the symbolic forms of squirrels. Anything that could harm you is safely caged. You are safe and relaxed, ready for your shamanic-druidic pathworking.
Here we enter the magical realm through the special gate which you see in front of you. It is a gate of dreams, a gate of remembrance. Is it a gate of horn or a gate of ivory? When you enter you remember and recognize the place. ‘Through the unknown, remembered gate’. Is it in Little Gidding? No, that’s not in the Late American Psyche.
The Squirrel House
There you are. See the gigantic image of Uncle Sam at the entrance, wearing his usual blue coat, striped trousers and tall hat. He’s smiling and waving you in. Now he’s changed into a giant squirrel! Cross his palm with a silver dollar and in you go.
See the huge cage full of squirrels. It’s light and airy, well appointed with everything which a squirrel could desire. Is it just a fancy, or is the cage shaped like the United States of America? Notice the squirrels. See how large and well fed they are, how busily they run and scamper, how eagerly they climb up and down the bars and over each other, how nimbly they chase one another, how loudly and angrily they chatter, how aggressive, how active agile and ingenious ... how, dare we say it – American, they seem.
Now we shall walk around the cage, paying close attention to the demonstrations of ingenuity or ingenuousness given by the squirrels and to the notices helpfully fixed beside the cage to explain what we are seeing.