The legend of Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil spins a yarn about groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, as being timid, unsure and afraid of their own shadows. It also places a great deal of responsibility on the shoulders of this large rodent to “predict” how fast winter will wind down in order for spring to begin. In the movie Groundhog Day, we’re shown a fantasy about a man reliving the same day over and over. For an animal that spends most of its time and keeps to themselves underground, there sure is a lot being said about them up above!

Unlike their fanciful stories however, as a Soul Animal, Groundhogs guide us to keep things in perspective and not let flighty ideas get the better of us. They’re truly “grounded” and don’t buy in to drama, crazy ideas or conspiracy theories. If Chicken Little had the option to choose a best friend, he would have best been served by the companionship of a truth-talking Groundhog (there’s no way Groundhog would have let him run around inducing panic on the farm wailing “the sky is falling!”). Hyper-realists, Groundhogs will always keep the conversation rooted in the here-and-now. They’re most comfortable with the workable “present moment” rather than dwelling on the past or the future.

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