Mice and rats are prolific creatures, who reproduce abundantly and thrive abundantly all over the world. They are intelligent, resourceful, and stealth, all of which has enabled them to thrive, sometimes unfortunately as an invasive species. Whether you see them or not, there are likely to be some somewhere nearby wherever you go.
In the past few months I’ve had several encounters with rats and mice. One afternoon this summer while walking my pups, I saw one lying next to a house. She was alive, but I knew she was resting there to die. The next morning I saw that she had passed. Around that same time, one of my cats, Apollo, had brought me a dead mouse or small rat at four in the morning. A second one that must have been injured had crawled into the heating vents and died. Again about a week ago, Apollo brought me another one early in the morning. (Though I appreciate his loyalty to me, I’ve asked him to please not bring them from the garden to the bedroom any more!)
At this point I had not yet decided to write about the mouse and rat, but then I read that one of the sacred creatures of the Ancient Greek god Apollo was the mouse, symbolizing his omnipresent abundance (the Sun). The mice were also the food for the snakes that belonged to the Pythia, the oracular priestess at Apollo’s temple at Delphi. I was also reminded that Ganesha, the Hindu god of removing obstacles and of abundance and intelligence, rides a mouse or rat. The mouse and rat also represent desire, greed, and always craving new tastes/things to eat and new experiences. With the rat as his vehicle, or vahana, Ganesha is seen as having the wisdom to ride his senses and having control over his desires and cravings.
And then just last night I dreamt about rats: In the dream I went into a (unknown) bathroom to take a shower. I turned on the water and only then noticed a dead rat over the drain. Then another one ran out from behind the tub and hid under a cabinet. I saw a plastic bag I could use to remove the one in the tub, but did not know how to remove or catch the other one.
Most of my mouse and rat encounters in the conscious realm and in the dream world have involved death. I do not have any sense of “doom and gloom” from these experiences, nor do I feel that they are portending a death or ending in this instance. Death is a transition, and it signifies a time of a new cycle, new beginnings, and evolution. This is a time of transition into greater expansion, growth, and abundance.
In summary the Mouse and Rat symbolize: