Raccoon Symbolism & Meaning
Want people to see who you really are? Feeling blocked creatively? Raccoon as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal teaches can help! Raccoon you how remove the mask to reveal your authentic self all while inspiring you to be all you can be. Delve deeply in Raccoon symbolism and meaning to find out how this animal spirit guide can educate, reveal, and animate you.
Raccoon Table of Contents
- Raccoon Symbolism & Meaning
- Spirit Animal
- Totem Animal
- Power Animal
- Native American Symbolism
- Raccoon & the Bee Tree Symbolism
- Raccoon Dreams
- Far Eastern Symbolism
- Back to all Mammals
- Back to all Spirit Animal Meanings
Raccoon Symbolism & Meaning
“I learned how to change a cloth diaper on a raccoon. I was maybe 8 or 9.”
– Nikki Reed
Raccoon is the Jesse James of the forest. A cunning thief and a consummate mischief maker, Raccoon often gets into situations that they should not. They romp around by night, often covering long distances in their quest for exploration. There is no question that Raccoon symbolizes a curious nature and the soul of a pirate.
Observed in nature, they exhibit all manner of artful, cagey and puckish shenanigans. Better still, our little thief has a black mask that protects his true identity. While certainly no superhero in disguise Racoon offers us the option of remaining anonymous when situations call for it.
People commonly think that Raccoons are dirty animals. That’s a myth. They rarely get into the garbage when desperate for food. Raccoon is very resourceful. We can learn from Racoon how to work effectively behind the scenes and still maintain our lifestyle.
Raccoons have a dense fur that keeps it safe in cold weather. This creature has amazingly dexterous front paws and a ringed tail. Studies tell us they are problem solvers. Raccoons can remember solutions they’re taught to a specific task for up to three years! Meanwhile, we can’t remember where we put the coffee cup 10 minutes ago!
Focusing in on Raccoon paws, we find a thin, flexible layer that’s malleable in water. The Racoon’s brain is dedicated to interpreting touch, more so than any other animal. Their whiskers also help them identify objects before they touch them directly. Anyone working with Raccoon Medicine will be strongly driven by tactile input and may have natural aptitudes with psychometry as a result.
The Raccoons sense of feeling offsets the fact that they are basically color blind. Their eyes work well in twilight conditions, but they really can’t see very far. Their sense of hearing, on the other hand, is attuned enough to hear a worm wiggling underground; this implies that listening (or clairaudience) may also be characteristic of those working with Raccoon Spirit.
For a long time, Zoologists thought Racoons were solitary creatures. Contrary evidence has emerged in recent year. Females of the same family may share a common space. They communicate between each other through glandular secretions that also mark territory. Meanwhile, males gather in groups of four who may or may not be related. In either case, this represents the need for small communities on which we can depend.
The etymology for Raccoon is very telling. In English, we took an ancient Algonquian term which translates as “one who rubs with its hands.” Spanish translations were slightly different, “one who takes everything with its hands.” In German, we have “wash bear” similar to the Chinese “wash bear” and the Japanese “washing bear.”
Some of the keywords and characteristics associated with Raccoon Animal Spirit include disguise, mystery, secrecy, inquisitiveness, stealth, resourcefulness, cleverness, courage, nimbleness, and dexterity.
Historical Aside: terms like “wash bear” for Racoon came about by observation. Raccoons touch their food from stem to stern before they consume it. Very often this happens at river banks or ponds. So, humans thought they were washing their food!
Racoon Superstitions: A lucky charm for humans is pretty unlucky for male Raccoon. The penis bone of a Raccoon is a charm that attracts good fortune, especially for gamblers or lovers wishing to have children.
When you find a Raccoon hanging from the bars of your gate, prepare for company.
Seeing a Raccoon in an unusual place portends travel.
Fat Raccoons predict it will be a long, cold winter.
If you can successfully tree a Raccoon (easier said than done) money will follow.
Raccoon Spirit Animal
Raccoon Spirit Animal is a sly one. You probably won’t see him coming, but upon arrival, everything seems to shift and change in your life. Why? Because Raccoon is ultimately a survivor, who knows that we must adapt to different environments; otherwise we simply won’t succeed or find happiness.
For some, the Raccoon Guide comes teaching about masks, both yours and others. Behind a mask, we can become anything we wish; this is why masks are so popular in the theater, magic rituals, parades and other ceremonies around the world. Those looking at the mask believe it for a time. With this in mind, Raccoon asks: What masks do you wear and why? Are they healthy for you? Also take a look around and consider if someone is putting on an energetic disguise. Is it a positive or negative charade?
No one is exactly what they seem to be at first glance. There’s a lot more to a person than a face and stance. Within the realm of intimate relationships, those masks need to come off, so you can share in truth. Raccoon understands that you have a lot of facets – some are wonderful, some not so much so. How can you transform those weaknesses into strengths?
A frequent message from the Raccoon Spirit Animal has to do with those things to which we cling. Be it a thoughtform, habit, creed or situation; a time has come from letting go. Something is halting your progress, and you are spinning your wheels. This news is not all bad, however. Once you embrace change, blessings follow. Let Raccoon’s courage support you.
Finally, Raccoon Spirit Animal is filled with curiosity. If you have a problem or a mystery, Raccoon has come to help you peek in every possible place until you find the whole picture. Raccoon is clever in this, don’t be afraid to get creative in finding a solution.
Raccoon Totem Animal
Those born with a Raccoon Totem Animal are very charismatic without really knowing it. At first, they come across shy. Once they know people better a more social person emerges. Not in big groups, however. A quiet table for four appeals far more than a stadium game. They don’t want excessive attention for anything, even personal accomplishments about which everyone else dances in the street.
If this is your birth totem, you have an unquenchable curiosity. Once you figure out an answer, you move on to the next mystery. On the one hand, this makes you a great problem solver. Alternatively, it may land you in trouble. Slow down just a bit. You have a bit of genius in you, so use it wisely.
Clever ideas are also in your wheelhouse. An unexpected issue arises? No problem. You pull a plan out of your back pocket with the adeptness of a stage magician. People around you marvel at this talent. For you, this is just a natural propensity for processing a matter quickly. You know that adaptation is often the key to unlocking many problems. You find adjustments easy, but when explaining them to others – go slow.
The Raccoon Totem has a very discerning eye. Be it clothing, plating of a meal or home decorations they have a plan. Don’t move things! That “just so” mindset is very strong. Messiness and dirtiness are two words left out of Raccoon’s dictionary.
Walking with Raccoon makes you a creature of the night. While some revel in the sun, you sit under the moon and stars. Always keep a notebook with you. The dark brings out your creativity. Write those ideas down; this honors your keen, complex mind.
Raccoon Power Animal
Entreat Raccoon Power Animal when:
You feel out of place and can’t quite get a handle on your role at home, work or in a group setting. Identity Medicine is part of Raccoon’s greatest aptitudes.
Complex, frustrating problems arise. Raccoon makes quite the adept private eye. With that energy, you can work through this successfully.
Artistic blocks arise. Feel like your brain is mush? That’s definitely something Raccoon Spirit can help with. His is a keen mind that opens the way for fresh ideas and inspiration.
Boredom or indifference have settled in, complete with slippers. Raccoon is anything but dull. Time to get up and get out. Try something new that you’ve been toying with for a while. You don’t have to worry about being the next proverbial Rembrandt. Just have fun.
Native American Raccoon Symbolic Meanings
North American Tribes depict Raccoon as a Trickster filled with light-hearted mischief. Raccoon appears in some Native dances (Lenape and Iroquois) and rituals that tell a story. Raccoon also symbolizes dexterity and survival because of its scavenging aptitude.
The mischievous Raccoon is most frequently portrayed light-heartedly as a leading character in children’s tales. The spirit animal is also the inspiration for many Native American dances and is recognized, in part, in rituals and ceremonies. Raccoon appears as a clan symbol among the Chippewa, Chickasaw, and Shawnee tribes.
Among the Sioux, Raccoon is an emblem of powers from the spirit world. Raccoon masks are sometimes part of rituals for connecting to Entities in other realms. Aztecs likewise felt Racoon was a magical creature who was also a symbol for the tribe’s Wise Women. It’s worth noting that while the Raccoon mask speaks of disguise, it can also represent shape-shifting, a powerful Shamanic ability.
The Abenaki and Penobscot have a Raccoon God named Azeban. Stories about him are typically funny and filled with frolic. Azeban is sometimes foolish in his hunts for food and creates trouble, but it is never meant for harm.
The Raccoon and the Bee Tree
(or Why Raccoon Washes his Hands)
After a lovely nap, Raccoon jumped down from his hollow, setting off to look for supper. As Raccoon moved through the woods, various creatures called out in warning. The lake Swan Loon and Crane cried out. Rather than fuss over birds that he had no way of gathering he took a few mussels from the beach and walked along happily.
The Raccoon sped merrily on and finding no unwary bird that he could seize he picked up a few mussel-shells from the beach, cracked them neatly and ate the sweet meat.
Next, he stumbled into a family of Skunks. Father Skunk confronted Raccoon who immediately apologized. Skunk admonished him to watch where he walks next time. Raccoon swiftly moved away.
Raccoon tried tempting some Squirrels to come down from their nest to no avail. Finally, he found a tree that had an amazing aroma. It smelled sweet. He smelled and smelled until he found a trickle coming down a crevice. It was YUMMY. So, he ran up and down the tree eating every last bit of honey with delicious pleasure. The last bit coming from an opening where he could actually scoop it out. Mind you, by now he was totally covered and sticky.
Then something odd happened. His ear hurt, then his nose. He rubbed his face, only to find the stings coming from everywhere very quickly. He tried so hard to bat at the air that he fell from the tree with a resounding “oomph.”
The ground beneath the tree was covered with leaves, so he rolled all around in them. The leaves stuck to his fur all over. After that, it was time to go running for aid. Sadly, both another Raccoon heard him but were frightened by his visage. Even brother Bear was quite wary.
When his tizzy settled down, Raccoon realized the answer was right in front of him. He went into the lake and washed off as many leaves as he could. He then returned home and licked himself totally clean. To this day you can find Raccoon in his hollow cleaning his food.
A Raccoon in your dream is a warning. Someone is deceiving you or giving you half-truths. Examine your current circumstances for any red flags. You are living denial, or someone is deceiving you. As such, may want to examine your current situation.
If Raccoon appears to be sneaking around in your dream, it means you are hiding something, and it isn’t really helping. Let the truth be known. Bear in mind sometimes you are hiding the truth from yourself too.
Seeing a Raccoon with young represents the role of provider and protector in your life. Take care of those who cannot help themselves.
An aggressive Raccoon symbolizes negativity that’s seeped into your life.
A playful Racoon represents your inner child and need for being a little less “stiff” in your daily life.
Learn more about Raccoon Spirit by reading What Raccoon Means in Dreams on WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!
Far Eastern Raccoon Symbolic Meanings
In Japan, there is a species of Raccoon called the Raccoon dog (tanuki). This particular creature appears over and over again in native folklore. As you would expect, Tanuki is clever, whimsical, impish and a shapeshifter. It should be noted that the Tanuki is a real animal still living in Japan. Nonetheless, all the stories of him have a supernatural bend. For example, one story tells us that the Tanuki becomes human in spring to sing songs. Another recalls a monk with a teapot that was home to a Tanuki, and it never ran out no matter how much one drank. Here are a few more:
The Tanuki who walks with an umbrella on a rainy night and anyone who joins him is swept away to another realm.
A Tanuki who lives on a bridge shaving the heads of people who cross it.
The Tanuki disguised as a wine bottle that keeps rolling around, so people cannot pick it up.
A Tanuki who becomes a rabbit and makes hunters run around a hill several times trying to catch him to no avail. And finally, the Tanuki who becomes a piece of cotton near the road. If you try to pick it up, it moves into the sky.
As you see the Raccoon Dog is very playful and creative. But for the most part, his actions are not harmful.
Raccoon Symbolic Meanings Key