|coward, it is actually an excellent strategy and used to its full extent and
potential. Opossum has even physically evolved a scent gland that exudes the
musky scent of death as it plays dead, lying still and unmoving. With this
strategy Opossum is able to fool many of those who would prey upon her by
acting dead and using the strategy of no-action rather than action.
Opossum energy is aligned with the feminine and receptive energies. Mainly a
nocturnal animal the Opossum is directly aligned with the Moon. With Opossum
Energy around all may not be at it seems. Those with Opossum Energy are
good at watching and waiting until the coast is clear.
An example of Opossum energy is to just allow a situation to run its course and
essentially solve itself. Part of Opossum’s message is that sometimes the best
action is actually to take no action at all. Those who carry Opossum’s Totem
are aligned with wisdom. It is the wisdom of the warrior.
Any military person who has waited in an ambush or set up and trained for an
ambush has used Opossum energy. A fighting strategy learned from Opossum
was when a warrior band was highly outnumbered they would “play Opossum”
and lay as if dead while their enemies came closer and closer. It takes great
strength of will and courage to lay quiet and silent and allow your enemy to walk
within feet or inches of you while you lay unmoving as if dead. Then when the
enemy had moved in amidst those using Opossum energy to lay in wait, the
signal is given and the warrior band spring into action against their unsettled
enemies. The wisdom of choosing your ground and waiting to see what happens
is the wisdom that Opossum brings.
Opossum also carries the message of uniqueness. Of all the animals on the
North American Continent the Opossum is the only marsupial. In the same
process as the more recognized Kangaroo of Australia, the Opossum gives
birth to tiny young who climb across her fur to latch onto the nipples within the
pouch. Many a concerned motorists have rescued the kits of a mother opossum
who was dead on the side of the road. The young can live for several hours
after the death of the mother. Their time in the nice warm pouch is about a
The pouch of the Opossum is another symbol that should not be overlooked.
The symbology of the pouch is that it a receptacle for that which is needed.
Rounds of leather tied with string, fancy beaded and embroidered purses, the
pouch of the Opossum relates to all of these. The nipples, located in the pouch
are representative of the primal essence of life and goodness constantly
flowing. Those with Opossum totem should remember that Opossum’s pouch is
always full of the milk of “kindness.”
The challenge that Opossum places before those granted her Totem is to have
the discernment to know when it is time to use Opossum Energy. Remember,
Opossum Energy is the energy of thought, strategy and preparation. With
proper use of Opossum Energy you can confuse those of a predatory nature.
By playing Opossum you can allow the predators to show themselves, and by
laying still allow them to walk past.
Opossum is not frightened light Rabbit. Opossum knows that its internal armor
of scent gland and uncanny acting skills will save it far more frequently than
either trying to outrun a predator. Instead Opossum uses its ability to play
dead and be passive. Don’t misjudge Opossum. Sharp claws and teeth are
available to Opossum to use if needed. What Opossum teaches is the
discernment between when to lay passive, letting the storm blow over and when
it is time to use claws and teeth. Opossum’s receptive energy teaches patience
and the wisdom that the mind is the mightiest weapon in the warrior’s arsenal.
|The Left side is the receptive, or female, energy
Totem. This animal will protect your feminine side
(whether you are a man or a woman you have a
feminine side). Feminine energy is receptive,
nurturing energy. When wanting to understand
yourself and how you act in the emotional realm,
|especially in the area of relationships, look to this Totem
for guidance. This totem also shows you the abundance
provided and that all you need do is learn to accept and
receive the abundance at hand. When you feel bereft
and low, look to this Totem to show you the blessings
and bounty you are missing. By doing so you honor
yourself; passing on this energy by nurturing others as
indicated by your Totem contributes to the
interconnected forces that intertwine us all.
The Opossum may seem a rather unusual animal to
carry a totem. With so many larger, stronger, faster
and more interesting it is of worthy note that the
Opossum is a Totem of great power.
Opossum calls to those she has given her Totem to use
their mind as well as their body to the best advantage.
Although the Victorian and Modern mind-set see the
"play dead" strategy of the Oppossum as the ruse of a