The main lesson or medicine of Opossum is diversion. Let’s learn together what this Native American totem teaches us.
The greatest form of protection that Opossum has is to play dead. It confuses many of his predators into believing that the game has ended. It is not uncommon for the rival to walk away and then cunning little Opossum runs for safety.
There is a great deal of strategy involved with this medicine. If all else fails…play dead! This funny little creature has the ability to use its claws and teeth in a fight but rarely does so. Opossum uses the supreme strategy of diversion when things get too difficult to handle. Our funny little brother would receive an Oscar in the animal world if that were possible. It confuses it’s enemies by actually excreting a musk scent of death to create the diversion.
When Opossum comes to us as a teacher it is telling us that strategy is required in a present situation. We should rely on our instincts for the best way to get out of a tight corner. If it takes pretending to be apathetic or unafraid, then do it. Many times in life if we refuse to struggle or show that hurtful words effect us, our taunters will leave us alone because the game isn’t fun any longer.
Native American Warriors have used Opossum medicine for centuries. They played dead when the enemy drew near or outnumbered them. When the enemy least expected it the Warriors would leap up and the war cry was heard creating further confusion. These First People knew that victory was so much sweeter when won with mental strategy along with physical prowess.
The message from Opossum may be telling you to be clever in achieving your victory and to expect the unexpected. The victory could be something as simple as a nosey neighbor or a bothersome co-worker. Pretty much this little creature is telling you to use your brain, element of surprise, and some drama to reach the progress you desire.
~ Mitakuye Oyasin ~ We are all related
For the past four nights while smoking on my back porch, four different animals came across me and stopped, looked me dead in my eyes for longer than normal. First night was a white rabbit, second night a raven, third night a black cat, and the fourth night, of all creatures, the opussum. That fourth night I felt like I was about to get raped. I can’t even imagine what message could possibly trying to find it’s way to me.
I love your post about “possum” as animals have shown up as spirit guides in the past years of my life and I have been noticing and paying attention to them for almost ten years now. I had one possum at my house helping to eat the cat food and now two so I must really need a lesson LOL! Thank you and keep up the great work. Vicki
Think about something that you need some strategy with and apply it. Then again, you might be like us where we swear there is a sign somewhere that says these are nice folks, they feed us hungry critters. We have a possum who visits us nightly, too.
Oh Joan that is a great idea! That could be a future post…once I’ve covered all of the animals to create a chart with a short blurb of their meaning.
Oh thank you, Michey! We can learn much from our Ancestors and their survival skills. It always amazes me that people looked at the Indigenous People as primitive but they were so very knowledgeable and have given us so much to learn from.
Oh yes! I think we have all played possum from time to time. This was a fun post to create because I knew so many would be able to relate to it.
🙂 I think I played possum more when I was a kid — especially at dishwashing time! I keep thinking it would be good to know all of these animals and their totem and then have a chart. Is there such a thing? Such important lessons, I want to be sure I learn them all!
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Bev, I think we have a lot to learn from native Americans. They had to survive, and they were masters on doing it.
This is a good lesson from them.
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I admit it… I have “played possum” when it was beneficial many times!
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