Monday, June 26, 2006

Medicine Monday: Raccoon

Keyword: Generous Protector
Protector and Provider, the Robin Hood of the Animal Kingdom.

Raccoon often turns up in my cards when there is an opportunity for me to reach out and provide/protect, to share, for those in need. To assist without enabling (to give without allowing people to become dependant or victims). It’s like the old adage: You give someone food, they have a meal, you teach someone to fish, and they have food for a lifetime. That's the kind of support I seek to embrace.

Raccoon is keeper of what goes around comes around. What you give out is what you receive. You give back to the source of your strength. When I draw this card, I simply take stock of my life, and think about anyone in my life who might need my support, words of encouragement or energy.

Raccoon is the medicine of speaking up in defense when others are silent. But to be clear, Raccoon states that you have to honor your own needs and the needs of others equally. The older adage, “It’s better to give than to receive” is not necessarily Raccoon medicine. That’s religious dogma set up to support the church. You must be your own generous protector and provider before you can be any good to anyone else.

If the card is drawn reversed, another side of Raccoon medicine is revealed. Sometimes we rob ourselves of our strength by our attitude, by self-pity, by apathy, or by over-extending ourselves out of “duty.” If you’ve been giving too much of your time and energy, it may be time to receive. You have to be generous with yourself as well. You can’t receive the help and support of the world you’re part of if your hands are closed in a fist.

Raccoon also says to keep an eye out for “energy vampires.” People who take and rarely give back. People who are constantly needy. Your generosity is wasted on those who refuse to help themselves/practice self-reliance.

Other wisdom Raccoon shares.... Raccoons are omnivorous… they eat almost anything they can get their nimble little fingers on. This kind of resourcefulness and “not putting all one’s eggs in one basket” is good medicine to use. Variety is not only the spice of life, it’s the resourcefulness of life. Whatever it is that raccoon needs, he is going to try to get it in a variety of ways, instead of insisting it come from one direction in exactly a certain way. When you practice flexibility and resourcefulness, there are less limitations in life.

(all the animals in the medicine cards are linked in my sidebar for easy reference)

~Shephard :)

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The Medicine Cards are used for introspection, not fortune-telling. Card and Concept copyrights belong to the authors, Jamie Sams & David Carson, and the artist, Angela Werneke. I share this as a unique resource for reflection.


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