Raccoon Meaning and Symbolism
Mar 16
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Raccoon Meaning and Symbolism

Overview of the Raccoon Spirit Animal


Raccoon symbolism is a bearer of playful and curious spirit.  It is because of this natural curiosity that the raccoon is always learning, problem solving and expanding it’s intelligence.  In the wild they are known for their cunning, clever and mischievous antics. Likewise, as a spirit animal they will bring out your curious side and guide you to situations that require you to learn something new.  While this gray and black masked creatures have a reputation for being filthy and consuming garbage this is not true. In fact, they are actually very clean creatures. And they only eat things we would deem as “dirty” like garbage or roadkill when they are very desperate or starving.  Raccoon totem people are very resourceful and knowledgeable however, they prefer to stay out of the spotlight. This isn’t because they are shy or scared, they just feel more comfortable working behind the scenes.

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Encounters with the Raccoon

What is the meaning of raccoon symbolism? Find out what symbol the raccoon spirit animal is trying to teach you, and gain some insight into your life.

Are you struggling to fill a role in your life?

As our world shifts and changes so do our places and roles in our world.  Do you feel out of place or like you can’t fit into a new role? Raccoon symbolism has appeared to you to offer its identity medicine.  Because of its dark mask this creature can help you put on new masks required of the roles you must play. It can also help you remove false masks you have put on to appease others.

Have you encountered a difficult problem?

Life is full of complex situations and problems.  The raccoon totem will appear to you in order to help you decipher your problem.  Thanks to the dexterity of their five fingered paws raccoons are able to work through problems too difficult for other animals.  Call on the raccoon spirit animal and it will help you work through the problem at hand. Don’t expect it to be easy, however, it will take time and careful consideration!

Are you in a position where you need to increase your learning ability?

Whether you’ve started a new job, continuing your education, or have had a major life change.  There can be many reasons for needing to increase your learning ability. You can call on raccoon symbolism to help guide you through new information.  Be patient with yourself and find a system that best helps you retain new information. The raccoon spirit animal is the perfect guide for learning new things!

Do you have doubts about who you are?

Raccoon symbolism will appear to you as a guide to help you discover your true identity.  This spirit animal will help you sort between what is true and false about your character.  And will help you discover who you truly are on the inside. Spend time in meditation and out in nature to get in touch with your hidden nature.  Over time your true identity will begin to emerge and shine through.

Have you come to a place in life where things are boring and stale?

The raccoon spirit animal is calling to you to explore your world! Make time to explore your world whether it’s where you live or somewhere new.  You must also allow yourself time to be curious and explore new things like hobbies and passions. Don’t be afraid of failure but allow yourself the freedom to express yourself playfully!

Raccoon Symbolism: The Raccoon Spirit

Could the Raccoon be my spirit animal? What are the traits of the totem? This might be your spirit animal if you are:


Raccoon totem people are known for being exceptionally clever.  They can get out of a pinch in no time at all. And can easily come up with clever workarounds to difficult situations.  Their friends often wonder at them and ask, “How did you come up with that?” They don’t tend to be stuck on one problem for very long and can quickly process information.  Which helps them troubleshoot everywhere they go, because of this they are great employees and co-workers.


By nature raccoons are not monogamous and do not pair for life.  In fact, after mating the male is completely removed from the picture and takes no part in raising the kits.  Because of this the female raccoon is completely devoted to her young. She will protect and nurture them until they are independent.  Until then she will fiercely protect them no matter what it might cost. Likewise, raccoon totem people are fiercely devoted to two or three people in their life.  While they may have many friends only a select few get to see their devotion.

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The negative image associated with raccoon symbolism that they are filthy creatures couldn’t be further from the truth.  When in proper health and habitat they are very clean and neat creatures. As omnivores they eat a wide variety of things from berries, roots, fish and crabs.  After eating they can be seen carefully washing their paws. Likewise, raccoon totem are known for being very particular. They like their appearance, food, and life to be “just so” and they don’t enjoy messy or sticky situations.


In the wild raccoons prefer to live a quiet reserved life away from hustle and bustle.  They are not very social but will sometimes come together in small groups. Raccoon totem people tend to avoid the spotlight and work behind the scenes.  They don’t like to make a big deal of their accomplishments and hate it when people draw attention to them.

What are the Traits of the Raccoon Totem?

Lessons from the Raccoon Spirit Animal

Raccoons are:

  • Cunning
  • Quick
  • Smart
  • Inventive
  • Playful
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Raccoon symbolism teaches us the importance of identity.  Both discovering our true identity and embracing our true nature.  We learn that through knowledge and discovery we can begin the road to self acceptance.  This is important because when we truly know who we are we are able to reach our full potential.  And serve others and the community better.

The raccoon spirit also teaches us this unique lesson about our ego.  The message is to examine our ego and nurture until we reach a healthy place.  You see, an ego isn’t a negative thing, in fact having a healthy ego is very beneficial.  Take time to explore your spirit and allow the raccoon totem to guide you through your journey.

What does the raccoon spirit mean? Identity medicine and intelligence! Raccoon totem people must discover their true identity and purpose. Fortunately, they have their intelligence to help guide them through this process.

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Raccoon

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Night Energy

It is a well known fact that raccoons are nocturnal creatures.  They prefer to be active and move around under the light of the stars versus daylight.  Because of this raccoon totem people will have enhanced night energy. They will feel connected with the night and the night sky.  And they will have their most focus and balance during the night. This is a strength because it is a very creative time. Night will bring with it answers to questions that you have and you will find revelation.


Raccoons are not just clever or smart by accident.  These creatures have highly evolved intelligence that is relative to that of monkeys.  As a raccoon spirit animal person you will have access to the gift of intelligence. You will be able to understand complexities.  And work out solutions to long standing problems.

Cleansing Energy

Because of their natural tendencies to be neat and clean the raccoon totem shares this strength.  And that is cleansing energy. When there is negativity in your life you can call on the raccoon totem to help cleanse yourself of it.  By removing negative energy from your life you will be able to reach new heights and achieve spiritual wholeness. Spend time in meditation to practice removing negative energy from your aura.


By nature raccoons are incredibly resourceful and adaptive.  While their natural habitat is forests and woodland by water that has changed over time.  Now raccoons can not only be found in forested areas but in neighborhoods and cities as well.  As a raccoon totem person you will find that it is in your nature to be adaptive. It will be easy for you to adjust to changes and new situations.


Trouble Maker

One weakness of the raccoon totem is that it is prone to get itself into trouble.  This is due to its natural curiosity and ability to fit almost anywhere. Likewise, when raccoon totem people are not careful or aware of where they are they can get into trouble.  Whether innocently or on purpose it’s important for raccoon totem people to be aware of where they belong. And to stay out of things that they are not welcome into! Just like raccoons in the wild, ending up somewhere they don’t belong can have dangerous repercussions.


In the wild raccoons don’t hibernate.  However, they do eat excessively and store up fat so that they can sleep of extended periods of time.  As a raccoon spirit animal person you will be tempted to be lazy from time to time. While short stints of laziness are okay its important that it doesn’t become a regular habit.  Take steps to make sure that you stay in good health. And don’t let your spells of laziness carrying on for too long.


Despite their cleanliness and grooming rituals raccoons face a microscopic enemy.  In the form of disease, bacteria and parasites it is nearly impossible for them to escape these pests in the wild.  As a raccoon spirit animal person you must be careful not to allow negative energy to cling to you. Just like a sickness it will slowly destroy your health and well being.  You must take extra care to remove negative energy from your life. Regularly perform acts that cleanse your energy of negativity.

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The Raccoon in Dreams: What it Means

When raccoon symbolism appears in your dreams it can have different meanings.  When a raccoon looks intently into your eyes it is “looking past your mask”. And is appearing to you to offer it’s identity medicine.  It’s important for you to look within and discover if you’ve been hiding your true self or wearing a mask.

When a raccoon appears aggressive in your dreams it is a sign that you have allowed negative energy into your life.  You need to take serious steps to remove negative energy from your life. And for you to surround yourself with positivity and balance.

A raccoon can also be a messenger that you need to be on the lookout for signs and omens.  Take extra care to be sure that you are aware of your surroundings. And be sure that you are open to the ways the universe is trying to speak to you.

A raccoon is a sign of curiosity and playfulness. It’s important to consider this when interpreting dreams.
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Cultural and Spiritual Symbolism of the Raccoon

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In some Native American tribes the raccoon is known as a trickster.  And is often characterized as a maker of mischief, cleverness and an eager hunter for food.  Each tribe has its own tales of the raccoon and its adventures. Commonly, the raccoon appears in light hearted stories meant for children.

Around the world the raccoon is revered as a trickster and a masked bandit.

Historical Facts

Did you know that there has been a war raging on between humans and raccoons in Toronto?  Check out the timeline, details, defenses and current status here.

Animal Quotes

My potential is more than can be expressed within the bounds of my race or ethnic identity.
Arthur Ashe
Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.
William Arthur Ward

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