Ill Omen?

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.



3 thoughts on “Ill Omen?

  1. You know, I sway more towards your line of thinking (logical) rather than thinking that the gods have nothing better to do than create a path just for me. Often times, what seems "coincidence" is not so much coincidence but rather your subconscious mind at work, piecing things together while you focus on other things … much how I view intuition. Not so much divine intervention but the amazing gifts that we are given at birth, hidden in the depths of our own minds.I wish you the best of luck in your family issues and your search for wisdom, Sue. Animal totems? Not really my cup of tea but if I were to align myself with an animal … it would probably be a Giraffe (I know silly, but I'm strangely fond of them). Oh … animal story time! So, a friend of mine killed herself not too long ago. Long story. Anyhow, it was soon after I learned of her passing that I was walking from my car to the entry way of where I worked at the time when a crow landed on the building. I know the whole "messenger of death" thing but never put much credence in it. I stood there, truly amazed by this awesome bird, and I swear it just perched there. So, just for fun I tipped my head towards it and said a short farewell to my friend. The bird squawked at me and flew off. Probably just coincidence … but still a little creepy LOL.

  2. I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I don't think that's a creepy story at all. If you think of the crow as the messenger of the dead, instead of death, it could have been sent as a farewell from your friend.I love that you think your spirit animal would be a giraffe! They are cool, aren't they? So many people say theirs is some kind of badass predator – wolf, leopard, hawk.. Maybe these animals do connect more with mankind, since we're the most predatory species out there, but it makes me think of all those people who were Cleopatra in a past life. (I think I'll go around claiming to be Marc Antony. He suits me better.)

  3. There is just something about a Giraffe that I adore. I really can't explain it … we just "connect" LOL. Every time we go to the zoo, I just HAVE to see the giraffes (and feed them if possible). Some interesting facts about a giraffe:1. Their heart weighs about 24 lbs2. The tallest mammal in the world is the giraffe.3. They can go longer without water than a camel4. An adult giraffe's kick is so powerful that it can decapitate a lion.5. Adult male giraffes bang their long necks together in a form of ritual fighting, during which no harm is done to either giraffe.6. A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue! (eww LOL)

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