name raccoon is thought to come from the Algonquin
Indian word “arckunem”, meaning hand-scratcher.
have very dexterous paws and are experts at opening
lids, latches and doorknobs. This gives them the
reputation of thievery, of being able to get into things
they are not supposed to. It wouldn’t be surprising to
find individuals who are thieves have
although they would be using the medicine in a very
are closely related to
bears and anyone with
the raccoon totem should study the bear.
are fascinated by water. They can feel their
food better with wet hands, so they enjoy sloshing their
hands and food in it. Raccoons will eat anything
available, but usually they eat fruits and vegetables.
are curious and love to explore. Their
nocturnal excursions are like mini adventures. They love
to discover new places and realms.
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
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. It helps us to change what we
are to what we want to be, giving us
raccoons and hence
masks, there is ambiguity and
equivocation. We create a doorway in the mind and in the
physical world as a threshold that we can cross to
dimensions and new beingness.
the fascination with the
raccoon. It is an expert at
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 the
relationship with the
raccoon in their own unique way.
Raccoon medicine can teach you how to be
the masks you wear.
Raccoon holds the knowledge of how
to change our faces; whether healing, protection and
holds the Knowledge of transformation through
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
Raccoons do not hibernate, but they do go into a
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 what
raccoon medicine can teach. It
will help you develop dexterity in using masks to
achieve new altered states and dimensions.
are very courageous and they can also be
ferocious. They can be very
surly in their old age. In
are deceptive and agile, experts at
enjoy hollow logs, especially for their dens.
They will have one to two litters per year, usually with
two to seven young. A
can live on its own at
about twenty weeks. They are also very sociable, you
will always find more than one. They also live longer
than most animals in the wild.
raccoon has shown up, you may see its influence for an
extended time. If you are trying to make changes or
endeavouring 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