Land Animals

Raccoon

Are you presenting a different face to the people around you? Try being yourself.
-Raccoon

Meaning and Messages

When you encounter Raccoon symbolism, it is a sign that you must let go of a situation, person, belief, or habit. Therefore it would be a good idea to go inward to see what is stopping your progress. Conversely, the Raccoon meaning can also be a signal that you should accept the gifts being offered to you right now by the universe.

In some cases, Raccoon symbolism can also be reminding you to leave no stone unturned in your quest for resolution with the current problem you are facing. In other words, like the Leopard, take the time to look at the whole picture, the seen and the unseen to find a solution. Raccoon meaning dictates that you have the ingenuity to resolve the problem.

Totem, Spirit Animal

People with Raccoon totem tend to be both shy and charismatic at the same time. Once they get to know the people around them, they are amiable people. Folks with this spirit animal have an insatiable curiosity. This nosiness will occasionally blind them to the dangers of what they are exploring. They also thrive on new experiences and new activities. Thus they are excellent problem solvers and have a great deal of ingenuity in solving puzzles and mysteries. Like the Seagull, their genius is always apparent to others, and they help others in problem-solving. People with the Raccoon totems’ energy are calm and serene under pressure. They often calculate in their response to chaos. These folks are very tactile and tend to use touch before all other senses.

A Quick Message from Raccoon along with Wolf and a few other Animals

Dream Interpretation

When you have a Raccoon dream, it can signify deceit and thievery. In other words, you are most likely not being completely honest in a situation that you currently find yourself. The vision could also suggest that you are hiding something. You are keeping a secret.

Alternatively, a Raccoon dream could be a portrayal of an aspect of your personality. A trait that it is responding with unsavory behavior. Thus your self-awareness is letting you know that you are dishonest with yourself. Like the Lion dream, that awareness will also help you overcome that dishonesty.

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  • In the 1950"s my Mother and Father along with me would watch TV in the evening. Coonie would come into the living room and climb
    up the back of the sofa and smack each of us on the head then
    dive over the other side and peek to see if we were watching.

    My Father like to sit in his bare feet, Coonie would not let his toes
    alone. My Father got a blanket, one problem, it had a hole.
    Guess what was next?

    TDM

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  • Subject Coonie, 1953

    In the 50"s on the farm, my
    Mother and Father along with me would watch TV in the evening.
    Coonie would come into the living room, climb up the back of
    the sofa run behind and smack each of us on the head, then
    dive over the side and climb back up to see if we were watching.
    My Father would like to sit in his bare feet. Coonie would not let
    his toes alone. Father got a blanket put it around his feet, one
    problem it had a hole in it and guess what, coonie found it.

    Take me back to those years,

    Ohio Tom

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  • I am 80 yrs old grew up on a farm in northern Ohio. In the spring of
    1953 while stringing a barb wire fence with my father in a wooded area I heard a twitter, it was a mother Racoon with 5 nine week old young.
    I took one to the farm house and over the summer turned it into a
    family member. My pet dog Mike, a springer spaniel would
    tolerate coonie as I called him. Mike would come in from the
    fields with burrs on him and coonie would groom him, putting
    the burrs in a pile in the kitchen. Great time in my life as a farm
    boy in Ohio.
    TDM

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    • Tom, That is a great story! Thanks for sharing!

      Kathy

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    • When I read this story of Tom and his farm in Ohio. I feel a nostalgic feeling and also get this dejavu. Why do I feel like this story is talking about me but I can’t remember.

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    • I agree raccoons ate some of the best family members and they have soooo much love

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    • beautiful tale...

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    • i was blessed to see a mother and her baby raccoon as well the other day....it was the most beautiful sight...they are beautiful creatures full of love and brilliant protective mothers......amaziing

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  • I'm curious. To whomever else here has a spirit animal, I'd love to hear what that animal is and if you have a story that goes along with it. I'll go first. Oddly enough, my one & only has always been a Raccoon. Been that way for 6 years. A couple of years ago, my greatest experience with this animal occurred. At the time I lived in front of a 60 acre wooded area. One night I kept hearing my screen door popping.

    I walked over to the door and a giant raccoon was placing his claw under the door, trying to pull it open. It had zero fear of me. I would pull the door open slightly & feed it, even let me pet it. This went on for about 2 weeks. Every other night & sometimes 2 or 3 nights in a row. I would sit outside & feed the little guy. Yes I know this contributed to his regular visits, but then one night it showed up with another adult & 2 very small raccoons.

    It took a few minutes for the little ones to get comfortable with me, but they did. Just like every previous night, after around a 10-20 minute visit, it was off to the woods again. That was the very last visit. I never understood why, especially since they all obviously felt safe.

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    • The Raccoon probably brought his or her family to say goodbye. For whatever reason it had to move on. What a nice experience to have.
      I too have had many experiences with them but didn't consider that they might be my spirit animal. I have the crow as a spirit animal, but you can have many.

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    • Yes I was going to water my garden. The other night saw a pregnant cat so i put some scraps of food. A couple of days later thought it was the same cat said mis mis when the raccoon stood up hands open it freckled me out quickly ran inside and it followed. Eyes locked to mine .

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    • The very first week alone in a new house, I had eyes peeking in at me, it was a raccoon, same raccoon has lived here almost eight years, had three babies and stops bye to visit. Great spirit animal. Has brought me so much joy watching, good thing.

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    • That’s awesome Brian! I am still shaken by my similar experience I had last night. I live across from an urban lake and have had other animal experiences mainly with birds and possums but last night I was sitting on my front porch as I always do and I suddenly hear something coming up on my deck to my right. I thought instantly it must be a cat as it was coming too close instead of staying in the large yard in front. To my surprise there was not just one but four raccoons following behind. I didn’t know whether to run or scream but I sat as still as possible and sweetly whispered hello to them. It was like they were holding hands sitting together and staring at me quietly. What felt like a few minutes of that stillness moment with them was only a few seconds but it was the most powerful universe energy connection (can’t even find the words) moment I have ever encountered. That’s what landed me here on this post. After reading this my jaw dropped as it describes me and my present situation perfectly. I didn’t have any food to offer them but I hope they come back. 😍

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    • Thats a lovely experience. They trusted you enough to bring the kids. What a compliment to you!
      My totem animal is the deer. I have had endless encounters with them. About two years ago i was walking in the woods and decided as i often do to go off trail and follow the animal trail. My eyes were on where i was walking and i was going at a slower pace when suddenly i looked up and a family of seven deer where laying there and staring at me. I slowly sat down on a stump and just rested with them for a while. I even sang to them and they never moved. A very special moment.

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  • What's it mean when a raccoon captures the world by climbing a tall building?

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  • Last week began with Samhain night and then it was the Thurs./Friday full moon, so it was an intense 4 nights of ceremony and 5 days of meditation, prayer, yoga & bhajan. That last night, during the lighting of the sage, there were very strange chittering noises coming from the bushes in the backyard... which I realized were raccoons. All around me, they are making a noisy ruckus!
    What followed later was the blowing of all 5 bulbs of a lamp in the livingroom & the lamp next to my bed. The next morning, when I saged the altar, 2 honeybees kept buzzing the altar furiously.

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  • Raccoon, Atí:ron, that great mischief maker and Trickster speaks of resourcefulness and playfulness. Anyone who has ever dealt with Atí:ron, also knows of her determination, a strong message for me right now. Raccoon is playful and loves to knock things off balance to see what she can get away with. She is a notorious thief, much like Crow and Coyote. It is our instinct to protect the things that we think are important from the tricksters and thieves, but it is all too often true that the things that Atí:ron and other thieves take from us turn out to be not nearly as important, certainly not as essential as we think that they are. Sometimes having things taken away from us is a gift. It gives us an opportunity to value those things that we do have. Atí:ron is not the enemy. Atí:ron is a friend. We can choose to fight against the playful thief, such as Raccoon or Time, or we can chose to play along with them. We can choose to give rather than have a thing taken from us. We can choose to let go rather than to cling without purpose or meaning.

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    • Are you a Shaman? I’m searching.
      I love your post.
      Much respect, Sandra 🤗

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    • Really nice description

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  • Raccoon- Atí:ron- Yet another of the great mischief makers. Atí:ron speaks to me of resourcefulness and the seeking of solutions that are not obvious. She also speaks to me of play and of great determination. Play is the way that we learn, and the seeking of the unknown, rather than the known, which we adults lose touch with too easily and for too long. Mischief makers knock things loose and steal things, often things that we have convinced ourselves we need, but do not and things that we place value on for no good reason but the habit of possession and repetition. Raccoon will steal things from you. Raccoon will make mischief. You can allow this to teach you to be more resourceful yourself or you can try to protect those things that you think matter. But do they really matter?

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    • Thank you - this speaks to me.

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  • 3 Raccoons scared the heck out of me arriving on porch yesterday and all peering in at me through my slider door acting like they wanted to come in. I tried to scare them off, but they kept coming back towards me, seemed like young ones maybe separated from their mother? Or maybe it was a mother and her 2 kids as one was more confident than the others. I took pictures of them and even talked to them a little bit. I have heard they can be rabid too and that it unusual for them to be out at 11:45am. I thought it best to really scare them off and did so with some loud banging. I feel bad though as those eyes looked like they wanted my help/food and the look of those eyes still haunt me this next morning. I know they have messages for me so I have been reading the different animal totem pages. I live out on Plum Island on the basin in Newbury, MA, have never seen them out here before. Grateful for the surprise gift.

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  • Raccoon, Atí:ron, is resourceful, clever and playful. She speaks to me of adaptation and determination. Atí:ron is also closely related to Bear, Okwari, which for me seems to be carrying a message from my past.

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  • I just saw two racoons having sex, out in the open in the middle of the day... Thought that was wierd because normally the come out at night and try to hide.

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    • Where did that happen at? I just saw too raccoons, but too hey were not doing that

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  • I have been worried about my sister but have also been drawing boundaries to protect myself from her instability and dishonesty. In the first half of my dream I enter an upstairs room and there are stuffed animals, rabbits, laying on the bed, one of which exhales smoke. I enter the room and wait. My sister emerges from a yellow blanket on the floor between the bed and desk. I ask her why she was hiding and accuse her of lying, I start yelling at her to be honest. She denies it all and disappears. In the second half of my dream a raccoon has entered the house, I am scared that it will hurt someone but I want to show the raccoon kindness. We are standing in a ground level room with one wall covered in windows overlooking a forest, I give the raccoon cereal and tell it about winter sledding, adventures we could enjoy together. The raccoon can understand me and I can understand him, however there are other people in the house and I am still worried for their safety. I find a staff that has become waterlogged and it falls apart in my hands. The raccoon has bitten a child and I have to tell him to leave.

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  • I'm going through a period in my life in which I am working extremely hard on myself;. I'm working very hard to change so many thing about myself to become a stronger, confident and more independent person both mentally and physically. I can sense I'm closer to achieving that goal than ever before. However, sometimes I catch myself looking and prioritizing at the things I want for the now/short term (such as seeking a relationship with someone that may impede on long term goals and may not even be possible to have a relationship with this person, but I find myself desiring it so much), vs the goals I want for the future/long term. (My long term goals will put me in a much better state of being than what I'm in now, which is why it's so important for me to accomplish them.)

    With that said, I live in Florida, Raccoons are pretty common creatures. However, I haven't seen one in years. Today, I wake up very early as usual for my morning run, and spot a raccoon on my driveway, with some food in his mouth. He doesn't notice me right away and is just kind of hanging out. He spots me, we make eye contact. I think he could sense I felt hostile towards him (I have a small dog, and am I always worried that a raccoon or other rabid animal may get to her, so my first instinct was to make the raccoon go away) and with that he was startled ran away very fast in the other direction.

    Throughout the day, for some reason, the encounter had been on my mind all day. Later this afternoon, I'm at the parking lot (that faces a small canal) of my job (30 miles north) on a phone call. I hear some rustling in the bushes, and low and behold, a raccoon appears. We may eye contact. He seemed gentle, almost as if he was lost and was vulnerable. After 15 seconds of eye contact, he goes back into the bushes and hangs out on the canal bank.

    I have no idea what tjis means, and has been on my mind all day. I haven't seen a raccoon in years, and I see 2 in the same day. The universe is definitely
    trying to tell me something, but I don't know what. Any one care to help?

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    • This was posted so long ago... I’m not sure if You’ll ever read this but ... I’m in the same boat in my life right now. Trying to better myself ... emotionally mainly. I have been trying for a long time it feels .. to get back to “ me “ and I know l I’m making progress but my current relationship is pulling me down. Tonight I broke up with the man I’ve been with the past year . It has been a rough night but , all this time I’ve felt in my gut that we weren’t right for each other . He is too angry of a person , always making me feel bad ( trying to make me feel bad for all the things about myself that I’m currently working to change ) even the things that i love about myself , he hates .

      So the reason I found this page was because about 20 minutes ago I went outside and laid down in the middle of my driveway to look at the stars. I have been feeling a little hopeless all night , since I broke things off with my boyfriend . And not even a minute after laying down I see the garage light of the house across the street light up ( it’s almost 1 am here right now ) ... and when I sat up to Look and see what had signaled it to turn on... I saw a female deer just standing there . Right in the grass beside the driveway . And she was loooking right at me. And she never moved , just stood there watching me watch her. After about 5 minutes she turned and left ,and as I’m watching her leave .. out of the corner of my eye I see a raccoon making his way across the street towards the direction she went .

      And I instantly felt like it meant something , so I googled it . I googled what it meant to see a deer and a raccoon while going through an emotional moment . And the first thing I read was about the deer .. and that there is symbolism in it . I read that seeing a female deer resembled feminine energy , and is a reminder that “ just because you’re a gentle creature , it doesn’t mean that you have to rely on others “

      After reading that .. I bawled . I cried so hard .. that hit me ..

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  • I had a dream of a woman giving birth to raccoons. It was a movie type setting. But I am pregnant and the woman did resemble me. Any idea of what that means ?

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    • I dreamed my child was born a purple rose and no one thought it was weird in the dream, so no

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  • What happens if i beat up and choked the raccoon what does that mean?

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  • Woke up to chatter which sounded sort of like an alien sound you would see on TV or in a movie. I looked out my bedroom window and saw 4 raccoons right in front of me..there eyes looking at me unafraid. They stayed still and continued chattering to each other as if they where in a deep conversation...slowly they climbed away after about 10 minutes of me looking at them not more then 15 to 20 feet away. Very beautiful...wish I knew what they were saying to me...

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  • Had a dream 2 nights in a row. With a raccoon on my bed. 😔 Can't remember much details about the first dream. But the second dream I was laying on my bed with some friends and out of nowhere I see a raccoon face and I jump up. Then my friend jumped up. The raccoon then jumps off the bed and runs out my bedroom door. Which I can know what this dream means.

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    • Basically had the same dream couple of hours ago there was two beds and water leak he came through the water leak and crawled under a crack on the bottom of the bed to hide and I tried catching it but it was so gross..

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  • I just locked eyes with a beautiful raccoon as i was taking out my trash. I feel it had to mean something?

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  • I came across a young raccoon just moments ago shortly after letting my dogs out to go pee. It was very strange considering that it was inside my complex's parking structure, and it's rare (at least for me) to see raccoons where I live (this was the first time I've seen a raccoon in person). It was "chirping" as it was walking down the hall on the 1st floor. I heard it before I saw it, and thought, despite never hearing one "chirp" before, "That's a raccoon," and looked down and saw that it was a raccoon. I was awe struck.

    I immediately thought it was a sign from the Universe as I've been coping with a recent breakup with the man that I thought I would spend the rest of my life with. I had felt lost in the days following the breakup. I was extremely sad, remorseful, angry, etc. before I started down the path of enlightenment. It's still a long journey until I reach nirvana, but it will be a journey that I will honor and cherish.

    I've been working on self-improvement and seeking guidance from various sources about finding my higher power, inner peace, emotional mastery, self-improvement, and overall, happiness with being unattached (single but NOT alone)... and I am highly inquisitive by nature, which have lead me on some adventures as well as trouble. However, I am also resourceful, esp. in times of dire straits. Overall, I thank the Universe as now I realize that the raccoon is my true spirit animal. I always had an affinity towards them, despite their reputation to be mean, nasty, and rabies infested.

    Sorry for the lack of coherence... I'm just still in awe that I came across one physically during this tough time. It truly is a reminder that I am NOT alone, and that I should accept that things happen for a reason, and I should trust that the Universe has good intentions for me.

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  • I found chopped off raccoon feet on my roof what does that mean and why would one do that

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    • Small game hunters sometimes remove the feet for trophies. They probably decided not to keep them and tossed them up there!!!

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