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November 17, 2005

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Gemma Grace

Funny ~ I know an opossum who I think lives in a hole under our fence. She (I like to think of her as a she for 'she' is very pretty, very dainty and very courageous) sometimes sniffs along our sliding glass door. One dark night, I mistakenly went to call her in thinking it was my cat. I was so surprised and yet she didn't seem the least bit bothered :)

Here's a thought to play with... I looked up opossum in Ted Andrews' "Animal Speak: The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small". Animal Speak is a dictionary of animal totems and symbols. Here is a excerpt from page 291: "Opossum teaches us how to use appearances. Sometimes it is necessary to 'play dead'. Sometimes it is necessary to put up a particular front to succeed most easily and effectively. This is what the medicine of opossum can teach. It also can show you when others are putting up false fronts and deceptions. Opossum has an archetypal energy that helps us to use appearances to our greatest benefit and that helps us to recognize when others are creating false impressions. Opossum can help us learn to divert attention or get attention any way we need. Sometimes it is necessary to behave or act in a strategic manner." Hmmm... I must ponder this myself :)

Jean

oh wow. How sweet. How (to me) exotic. What a lovely image of the three of you standing in the rain watching delightedly! And I particularly liked the last paragraph in Wikipedia about the expansion of the opossum population in the US! And what a pleasure it is to come back here after several days away. You seem to have captured so many aspects of mental, emotional, physical day-to-day experience in the last few days.

Tamar

How funny, Gemma I also thought of the opossum as a "she!" I wonder ... but of course there must be "he's" too! I love what the opossum teaches us. How interesting is that!

Hello there Jean. Yes, I also thought the opossum was kind of "exotic." Am looking for "her" constantly now!

Natalie

Thanks for linking and posting my "drowning" image Tamarika. And I like the company of the possum.

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