Raccoon Spirit Animal
Author: Elena Harris
The raccoon spirit animal is a problem solver. A clever totem, the raccoon offers lessons about the importance of adaptability in any situation and taking the time to look at the entire picture, not just what one wants to see.
Those who have the raccoon as their totem are problem solvers who leave no stone unturned in their quest for truth and solutions. As they remain calm under pressure, these individuals also have an insatiable curiosity about the world around them while possessing the wherewithal to know to look before they leap.
The raccoon power animal is also symbolic of:
- Self defense
The Raccoon’s Mask
The most recognizable, physical trait of the raccoon is its mask. The spirit animal’s classification as a shape shifter originates with this symbol of transformation.
It is important to remember no one is exactly as he or she seems. This power animal’s mask is symbolic of humans’ ability to adapt or shape shift in different situations. Masks have been used for centuries by every society to achieve altered states. The art of mask making has been has existed the world around and has been used for celebration, ceremonies and magic rituals. Once behind a mask, a person can become someone or something else. The mask helps us change who and what we are to who and what we want to be.
Having the raccoon as your totem is a helpful in revealing all the facades of your personality. The raccoon spirit animal’s presence in your life may be helping you to transform into something or someone new.
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The Adventurous Raccoon
Raccoons love to explore. By nature they are extremely curious. This often leads them to get into things they shouldn’t. Their nighttime excursions are mini adventures and raccoons can cover a lot of distance in an evening. They are keen to constantly explore new realms. The raccoon spirit animal may be a sign that it’s time to get curious and start exploring!
The Courageous Raccoon
Raccoons are extremely courageous and can even be quite ferocious for small animals. Despite the raccoon’s cleverness and emphatic nature, it will fight when it feels threatened. Likewise, it teaches you to be aware of when to let things slide and when you should stand up for yourself.
The Raccoon In Traditional Folklore
Many North American Indian tribes have long-viewed the raccoon as a trickster. The mischievous raccoon is most frequently portrayed light-heartedly as a leading character in children’s tales. The spirit animal is also the inspiration for many Native American dances and is recognized, in part, in rituals and ceremonies.
Known for its stealthy ability to scavenge, the raccoon has the uncanny ability to acquire what it needs, namely food, and escape dangerous situations. Its dexterity, such as the ability to open doors, sets it apart from other spirit animals.
Historically, the raccoon has also been a clan symbol for many tribes, including the Chickasaw and Shawnee of Oklahoma and the Chippewa in Minnesota.
Raccoon Is Your Spirit Animal For Life
Like all totems, the raccoon enters your life to teach you specific lessons. Once the raccoon animal totem becomes your power animal, it is by your side for the rest of your life. Developing and understanding this unique relationship takes time and patience.
Dreaming About A Raccoon
To see a raccoon in your dreams is sometimes seen as a red flag. There is treachery and deceitfulness afoot. Whether you are not being forthcoming with yourself or others about situations in your life or someone is deceiving you, you may want to examine your current situation.
The presence of this nocturnal scavenger could also indicate you are keeping a secret or have something to hide. It is time to be honest with yourself and those around you.
On the positive side, dreaming of a raccoon may mean you are feeling like a protector and provider. Maybe you have been providing for others who are less fortunate than you from the behind the scenes while protecting your identity with a mask. This dream symbol may be letting you know that your benevolence will be coming back to you full circle.