Raccoon Wisdom


I love learning about animals and what they can teach us on a spiritual level. I think that they hold a whole lot of wisdom in the way that they behave and act in nature as well as how they’re portrayed in myths and stories.

Today we’re looking at Raccoon Wisdom.

Since seeing Disney’s Pocahontas I have been fascinated by them. I love their curiosity and the black masks over their eyes. They are really interesting animals. They embody the traits of dexterity, disguise, and curiosity. One of the really cool things about the raccoon is their ability to use their hands. They have very agile paws and can open a variety of things, which gives them the reputation of being little thieves, and they can be, because they take things that they find fascinating.

Raccoons are very curious and are always getting into things that they shouldn’t. They love to explore and get into things. 

Raccoon reminds us to indulge in the ideas that we find curious or interesting.

Pick them up (metaphorically of course), feel them out, and see if it’s something that you want to play with.

Raccoons have a black mask over their eyes and this allows us to look into the use of masks and disguises. We all have daily masks that we wear, ways that we act that are not being true to how we’re feeling. You’ve heard the term, put on a happy face. Sometimes we have to do this. Raccoon helps us to acknowledge why we wear the masks that we do. How they protect us from the world and the use that they have in our lives.

This may also be the time to start wearing actual masks. It can be very liberating to hide your identity behind a mask, allow yourself to transform into something different than you are. Try wearing a mask while you dance, let your body become something else. 

Maybe hiding behind the mask you will no longer be afraid to be exactly who you are.

What masks do you wear? Do they help you or hinder you?

  • Eve

    Great post! I love the bit about indulging our curiosities; that is a very important reminder (especially as I start a new year of college today).

    Hmm, the bit about the masks. While I think there are times that putting on a mask is unavoidable, I think it's more important to wear our authentic, raw faces, even when they're portraying something the world finds uncomfortable. We're taught too much to fake it until we make it, and while that is helpful to an extent, we usually take it too far. I'm not great at being authentic all the time, but it's something I work on, especially when I'm speaking.

    Then again, when one is in class, it's good to put on a mask of "attention" even when you're bored out of your mind, Haha. 🙂

  • Dominee

    You make a really good point about authenticity!
    There's an Oracle Card in Brain Froud's the Faery's Oracle which comes to mind. It's called the Mask of Truth and is about how the masks that we wear can be tools to allow ourselves to look inward and see what is really inside of us. It is a transparent mask that allows us not to hide, but to show our true selves. I love that card!

    But you're right, sometime we have to put on masks, like 'attention', I use that one occasionally, hehe.