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The Adventurous Spirit of the Rascally Raccoon


The elusive raccoon symbolizes dexterity and disguise, and is one of the most adaptable animals on the earth, even able to live and thrive in cities. The raccoon’s cycle of power is Spring and Summer, and it is a nocturnal creature.

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The name raccoon is thought to come from the Algonquin Indian word “arckunem”, meaning hand-scratcher. Raccoons 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 raccoon medicine, although they would be using the medicine in a very negative way.

Raccoons are closely related to bears and anyone with the raccoon totem should study the bear.

Raccoons 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.

Raccoons are curious and love to explore. Their nocturnal excursions are like mini adventures. They love to discover new places and realms.



One of 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 altered 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 magic.


With 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 new dimensions and new beingness.

This is the fascination with the raccoon. It is an expert at disguise and 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 dexterous in the masks you wear. Raccoon holds the knowledge of how to change our faces; whether healing, protection and secrecy.

Raccoon holds the Knowledge of transformation through masks and 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 find the answers.



Raccoons do not hibernate, but they do go into a heavy 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.

Raccoons are very courageous and they can also be ferocious. They can be very surly in their old age. In the wild, raccoons are deceptive and agile, experts at self-defence.



Raccoons enjoy hollow logs, especially for their dens. They will have one to two litters per year, usually with two to seven young. A raccoon 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.

If 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 longer plans.

From Animal Speak by Ted Andrews.