I have had a lot of run-ins with Raccoons this year. And for once I am researching what that may mean. I will post what the inter webs and Ina Woolcott have to say at the end of this, but first…
I was shaken to the bone by witnessing a teenage raccoon being run over by a cream colored SUV. I was in my car across the street on a particularly dark and gloomy morning, when I saw the teen jump off the curb and try to cross the road. The killing car did not see him and it’s back tire ran over his head. I was across the street in an impossible situation where I was trapped, unable to help him without endangering my own life. There was a large truck pulling into the driveway at the same time and he saw the event as well. He pulled his truck to a safe place and helped the poor raccoon who was spasming in death throws. It was a gruesome, terrifying scene that I will never forget. When I got to my destination I was in hysterics. Even though this was months ago I am still in tears about it. Partly because it was a horrible way to die, and partly because I chose not to help him in any way.
I have meditated on this event. I have prayed for him and hoped that it was just his body twitching and that we was long gone and felt no pain. I know the universe is random, that accidents happen, and what you do when they happen is what makes you the person you are.
I have not felt proud about this moment.
However, there are moments when we make choices and they suck, and there are moments where we can be strong. Each is valuable, and each is relevant.
Below is what Ina Woolcott has to say about Raccoon energy. And I think that maybe it is my teaching for 2015.
To all the raccoons who gave their lives so that we as humans can learn and grow and become better at being on this earth.
By Ina Woolcott
Raccoon’s Wisdom Includes understanding the nature of masks, disguise, dexterity, seeking guidance and confidence, questioning without fear, balancing curiosity, shape shifting, secrecy.
In some ways, the raccoon is a clever scavenger. Their magic is their mask, though often the raccoon’s mask is linked with its “banditry” they have been known to open peoples house doors and bin lids to take food-the mask has a far deeper meaning. No one, including you and I, are ever quite what we may seem even to ourselves, for in our lives we can experience the freedom of many identities. Be it with friends, partners, children, parents, work colleagues, strangers etc. This medicine helps us to take on and let go of the many roles we fill. Having various identities isn’t negative, for we can learn to become adept at changing identities when appropriate. Over time this becomes as easy as selecting and changing ones clothes. Your many faces are about to be revealed to you. The raccoon will assist you how to mask, disguise and transform yourself. Masks are a powerful tool; through the use of masks, altered states can be reached. Raccoon people generally do well in professions to do with theatre.
Raccoons seem indifferent when caught “stealing”, although if provoked they can become ferocious. They are strong and muscular and can hold their own in nearly all situations, teaching us to do the same.
If Raccoon is your power animal, eating mainly fruit and vegetables will be beneficial to your health. Raccoon will have a long influence on your life, staying with you for a long time.
Raccoons are for the main nocturnal animals, travelling in small groups of 1 or 2 families searching for fruits, vegetables, and small animals. Often they can be seen sloshing their hands and food in water before eating. The symbol of hands represent holding, receiving or giving. If raccoon comes to you may be being asked to let go of a situation, person, belief or habit. Reversely, the message may be for you to receive the gifts being offered to you by the Universe.
They are excellent swimmers, though they prefer being up a tree – which is where they are often found. Up here they are aware of everything around them and see danger a long way off. Raccoons are highly curious leaving no stone unturned. This has its up and down sides. Following ones curiosity can pave the way for new and exciting things. However curiosity without caution can pave the way to trouble.
Jazz hands for everyone in 2016.