Last week I mentioned Raccoons as a totem animal in February Full Moon. People don’t usually think of Raccoons as totem animals since we see them in modern society and garbage scavengers. This animals is full of mystery since it usually only comes out at night.
When I was a child our neighbors had saved a litter of baby Raccoons that had just become motherless. They raised the ‘coons and became the talk of the town. I don’t know what happened to them but I remember the first day I saw them, I was entranced by their little furry faces.
Shortly after meeting my partner, I found out that he loves Raccoons and had a stuffed animal that he snuggled every night for years as a child. The Raccoon is an animal of dexterity and disguise. This animal is a powerful tool of transformation that helps us change into who we want and need to be. The Raccoon mask is a positive symbol that reminds us that we have the ability to transform ourselves.
Raccoons also teach us to leave behind the things that weight us down and gather the things that awaken our true selves. The Raccoon is an animal totem that will stay with you for a life time compared to other animal totems that are only with you for a short time.
Get to know your animal brothers and sisters. If you have a raccoon scavenging around your house, he’s obviously hungry. Don’t sick the dogs on him or shoot at him. Wait until he has gone, or if you can’t wait, make noise so the animal will leave. Check your trash cans and make sure that they are secure. Instead of leaving trash cans out at night put them in a garage or shed with doors.
If the raccoon is still foraging around your home take some scraps and place them a safe distance away from your home in the open for the animal to eat. Don’t do this unless you have a raccoon problem. And make sure not to do this on a regular basis or you will be inviting them to bother you accidentally.