The Alchemist

The Alchemist  18"x24"  Oil on canvas

The Alchemist  18"x24"  Oil on canvas

No, I don't think of these guys as "trash pandas." (Although I did once have a tug-of-war with a raccoon on a beach in Costa Rica who was trying to steal my lunch. We both kind of freaked out and let go at the same time, so it was a tie). Raccoons get a bad rep for what amounts to being incredibly smart and adaptable to a changing habitat—one that replaces their once abundant fields and forests with shopping malls and sub-divisions.  

If you feel connected to raccoon or have an unusual close encounter, spirit may be sending you a particular message. You may need to use the resources you have available to you in a new or creative way in order to get through a challenge you may be facing. Raccoon is extremely curious and will always use his skills of dexterity to find new ways to face his challenges.  

With animal spirit guides, there are always two sides to the coin—a physical trait metaphor, and a spiritual metaphor. The spiritual piece of magic that raccoon embodies is his disguise. This can be applied in a positive or negative way. You may be hiding your true self from your co-workers, loved ones... maybe even from yourself. Alternatively, you may need to put a mask on in order to transform into a new version of yourself that you're not quite ready to share with the world. Maybe the most powerful use of raccoon medicine, then, is to use your powers of adaptability, curiosity and resourcefulness to bring about the transformation you most wish for in your life.