Mole Zuni Fetish Meaning
What is the Mole Zuni Fetish Meaning? The Mole is the guardian and master of the lower regions because he burrows through the earth without tiring. He is the younger brother of the Eagle. He protects crops from disease and pests that threaten the harvest. The Mole fetish represents awareness, grounding and introspection. It is included in both the healing and hunting directional fetish sets, and usually carved in black to represent the color of its coat and the color of the holes and caves of the earth. Artists sometimes inlay these fetishes with eyes, but often they are left without eyes. In Zuni culture a fetish represents the animal spirit thought to reside in the stone. Moles remind us that even subtle change is still change.
There are six sacred directions, each guarded by a prey god (North - Mountain Lion; West - Bear; South - Badger; East - Wolf; Above - Eagle; Below - Mole). It is believed that the hearts of the great animals of prey are infused with a spirit of magic over the hearts of the animals they prey upon. The prey gods are given high rank among the gods. Because of this, their fetishes are greatly esteemed as mediators between people and the animals they represent.