Some people tend to see messages all over the place.
That’s not me. I’m not the sort of person who thinks the gods are constantly talking to her. I’ve always been far more likely to attribute something to coincidence than omen. That doesn’t mean that I can’t find meaning in a given coincidence, just that I like to keep things in perspective. Just after my first contact Dionysos, I began noticing grape vines and fig trees everywhere. While I knew that the plants had been there all along and my noticing them at that time was because I had Dionysos on my mind, it still felt as though he was assuring me “Yep, you’re not delusional. I’m really here.” I was able to take comfort it that, despite the objections of the logical part of my mind.
Last weekend, I was feeling particularly frightened and agitated (due to some mundane stressors I won’t go into here.) I decided to go for a walk to help me calm down. As I was passing the small redwood grove down the street from my house, I came across three dead raccoons by the side of the road.
As you can imagine – this did not help with my anxiety. I am ridiculously fond of raccoons. I’ve never done any work with animal spirits or explored the idea of totem animals, but if I had a spirit animal I would not be surprised if it was a raccoon.
Now here’s the thing: raccoons are very common where I live. Especially in forested areas, like the one I was walking past. They are scavengers and will often come into human areas to see what our garbage cans have to offer them. (I’ve had to clean up after them more than once, and it is irritating.) Because of this, some people consider them vermin, and will do all manner of nasty things to get rid of them. These animals did not appear to have been injured. My best guess is that someone poisoned them and then dumped them by the roadside.
So, totally a coincidence.
But, though I grew up in this area and have seen many raccoons, I’ve never seen more than one at a time. (Its not that they’re solitary animals, its just that my own experience has been with isolated individuals.) If I’d come across one dead raccoon, I would have been saddened but thought little more of it. But the fact that there were three has been nagging at me.
The stressors I mentioned earlier have to do with my family. There are three family members, including myself, that are threatened by this problem. And there were three raccoons.
Yes, its a coincidence. But I think maybe I should still do some research into animal symbolism just in case it was also a warning.