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Raccoon represents creativity,
dexterity, and adaptability; thievery, curiosity, and protection;
shapeshifting and discovering secrets. Raccoon is a problem
solver from way back. He has an
innate curiosity about how things work and will encourage you
to discover new ideas and
methods of achieving your goals. Intelligence is one of his
strong points; combined with
adaptability and a playful nature he becomes quite an interesting
teacher. Raccoon can show you
how to live in the Now to take full advantage of the spirit
worlds. His sense of family and
hunting will serve you well in providing for your own needs.
Raccoon is a healer and uses the
qualities of water to increase sensitivity, cleanse, purify,
This creature-teacher will teach you to find what you are looking
for and take it. his association
to thievery or stealth is quite common because of this. His
digging for food is the same method
you can apply to digging for knowledge. The mask he wears will
teach you by utilizing the
power of masks...of shapeshifting. By shapeshifting and becoming
what you want to know more
about, you can discover the secrets hidden behind others and
their ways. This leads to exciting
adventures and explorations of the dimensional realms and altered
states of consciousness.
Raccoon is a ferocious fighter and highly temperamental. He
leaves little room for those who
would challenge his right to pursue his path. he will teach
you to find your way and stick to it.
Keynote: Dexterity and Disguise
Cycle of Power: spring and Summer--Nocturnal
Raccoons are fascinating animals. They are distantly related
to the bear, and thus it should be
studied as well by anyone with this totem. The raccoon is one
of the most adaptable animals, and
in spite of encroachment on its natural habitat, it is even
able to live within the city.
The name raccoon is believed by some to come from the Algonquin
Indian word "arckunem,"
meaning "hand scratcher." The paws are very dexterous.
Raccoons can be expert at opening lids,
latches, doorknobs, and such. Because of this they often have
the reputation for thievery--of
being able to get into things they are not supposed to. It would
not be surprising to find that
individuals who are thieves and burglars have raccoon medicine,
even though it is not being used positively.
Raccoons are fascinated by water. They like to slosh their hands
and their food in it. This has
given rise to the belief they never eat anything without washing
it first. Actually, water increases
the sensitivity of the raccoon's hands, and they can feel their
The raccoon will eat almost anything available. It will capture
small prey but it usually eats
mostly vegetables and fruit. This is something that those with
this totem should keep in mind.
Raccoons are extremely curious, which is partly why they often
get into things they shouldn't.
They love to explore. Their nocturnal excursions can be likened
to mini-adventures. They can be
very curious about new realms and will examine anything that
One of the most striking features of the raccoon is the mask
that it wears. Although some
associate this with thievery, it actually gives the raccoon
a very powerful mystical symbolism.
The use of masks to achieve altered states and for other healing
and ritual purposes has been a
part of every society. Mask making is an ancient art employed
all over the world for ceremony,
celebration, and in magical practices. Concealed behind a mask,
people could become something
or someone else. We can become whatever we want by wearing masks.
Masks are invested with
mystery. They are tools for transformation. The hidden aspect,
the secrecy, helps promote the
transformation. It helps us to change what we are to what we
want to be, giving us magic.
Just as there is with the raccoon, with masks there is ambiguity
and equivocation. When we wear
a mask we are no longer who we thought. We make ourselves one
with some other force. We
create a doorway in the mind and in the physical world a threshold
that we can cross to new
dimensions and new beingness. This is the magic of raccoon.
it is an expert of disguise and
secrecy. It knows how to wear masks for a variety of purposes.
It can teach you how to mask and
disguise and transform yourself. Each must develop their relationship
with the raccoon in their
own unique way, but raccoon medicine can teach you how to become
dexterous in the masks you
wear. It can show you how to wear a healing mask or show you
the face you shall become. The
raccoon holds the knowledge of how to change our faces.
Raccoon holds the knowledge of transformation through masks
and disguise. This knowledge
can be applied to religious and ritual practices or within normal
everyday life. Do you need to
present a different face to people for greater success? Are
you hiding your true self? Are others
hiding their true self? Raccoon can help you find the answers.
Raccoons do not hibernate, but they do go into a heavy sleep
during the winter, living off their
body fat. This has connections to learning to use masks to put
to sleep one aspect of yourself so
that another can be awakened. This is also part of raccoon medicine
can teach. It will help you
develop dexterity in using masks to achieve new altered states
Raccoons are very courageous and they can be quite ferocious.
Litters of raccoons are brought
into Bunker Nature Center every spring and early summer. Working
and handling them has
taught me a great respect for their ferocity--even when young.
When they get older, they can
become very surly. In the wild, raccoons are deceptive and agile.
They are experts at selfdefense.
Raccoons enjoy hollow logs, especially
for their dens. They will have one to two litters per year,
usually with 2-7 young. At about 20 weeks a raccoon can live
on its own, but they are very
sociable, and where you find one raccoon, you will usually find
another. They also live longer
than most animals in the wild--around 10 years.
If a raccoon has shown up, you may see its influence for an
extended time. If you are trying to
make changes or endeavoring to hide changes you are making from
others until you are in a
better position, plan on using about a 20-week cycle. You will
find it more effective. For longer
and greater life transformations and such, when raccoon shows
up you may want to make longer plans.
*Bobby Lake-Thom/Spirits of Earth:
Raccoon is a good sign. He is a good protector. He is intelligent,
cunning, clean, and very
helpful. If you don't know how to do something, then make prayers
and a wish to the Raccoon,
leave him some food, and he will show you how to resolve your
problem. The Raccoon can also
be used as a doctor power, hunting power, and protection power.
If you ever get lost in the
woods or out in Nature, just ask the Raccoon to help. He likes
*Patricia Telesco/The Language of Dreams:
Getting into things that you're not supposed to. Raccoons are
notorious and rather adept thieves.
A curious demeanor, eager for exploration. These are common
traits of the raccoon. The
raccoon's mask represents privacy, ambiguity, or secrecy of
some type. What's being hidden and
*D.J. Conway/Animal Magick:
This creature is strictly North American, ranging from the southern
border of Canada all the way
down to Florida. The raccoon has a black facial mask running
across its eyes, a bushy ringed tail,
and dense grayish fur. Large adult males can weigh up to 20#
or more. The raccoon is a very
curious animal and an adept climber, making its home in hollow
Native Americans called the raccoon the "black-masked little
bear." It is ingenious, curious, and
playful. It's home is usually around water courses, lakes, and
marshes where it hunts at night. It
likes to dip its food in water before eating it. It's long,
extremely sensitive fingers make it
possible for the raccoon to work simple catches on doors or
take lids off cans of food.
The Ainu of Japan have a story that says the raccoon was created
as a servant to the bear. They
also have a raccoon deity called the Cook of the God of the
Mountain. Raccoons adapt quite well
to city areas if they have a wooded place to which they can
Magickal Attributes: Creativeness when faced with new problems.
Be curious about the world
around you. Seeking guidance and confidence for a new job or
schooling. To be presented with
*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:
Raccoon illustrates an industrious personality.
*Timothy Roderick/The Once Unknown Familiar:
Key Words: Adaptable, sly, dexterous
Magical Influences: Physical or mental dexterity, skill with
hands, makes one fastidious
Personality: Raccoons hate secrets; they want to know how and
why everything works. They are
friendly people who have no fears about approaching strangers
for conversation. They often live
for the moment and find time each day to celebrate life in their
own way. Raccoons are tidy and
modest but can also become overly fastidious. They can be fussy
about the food they eat.
*Lady Stearn Robinson & Tom Gorbett/The Dreamer's Dictionary:
Raccoon fur or articles made from it predict that you will find
a new talent or hobby which will
prove profitable as well as enjoyable.
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