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Opossum Animal Medicine: Diversion

Opossum’s greatest form of protection is to play dead. In doing this, Opossum confuses many a predator into believing that the game is over. Oftentimes the confused rival walks away or looks the other direction for a moment, and Opossum runs to safety. Opossum medicine uses a great deal a strategy.

Opossum’s greatest form of protection is to play dead. In doing this, Opossum confuses many a predator into believing that the game is over. Oftentimes the confused rival walks away or looks the other direction for a moment, and Opossum runs to safety. Opossum medicine uses a great deal a strategy.   If all else fails, Opossum plays dead. (Disciplines) It has the ability to fight with its claws and teeth, but it rarely uses this form of protection. Instead, the supreme strategy of diversion is constantly employed when things get a little too hard to handle. Opossum has developed an act that would receive an Academy Award in the animal kingdom. The must of the death scent is excreted at will, adding to the master play that sends enemies on many trail of confusion.

If Opossum has turned up in your life, you are being asked to use strategy in some present situation. Rely upon your instincts for the best way out of a tight corner. If you have to pretend to be apathetic or unafraid, do it. Oftentimes if you refuse to struggle or show that hurtful words bother you, your taunter will see no further fun in the game. warriors have used Opossum medicine for centuries, playing dead when the enemy nears and outnumbers them. Then, in a flash, when the enemy is least expecting it, the war cry is heard. The fright of this serves to further confuse the unsuspecting opposition. Victory is sweet when the strategy is one of mental as well as physical prowess.

Opossum may be relaying to you that you are to expect the unexpected and be clever in achieving your victory. This could be a victory over a bothersome salesman, a nosy neighbor, or a persistent ego. In essence, Opossum is beckoning you to use your brain (I add: as a tool for your heart. For the brain activity by itself will stimulate the ego. The strategy is to get the ego thinking that it is to be the center of attention, and then simply let the heart take over. Use your sense of drama and surprise to leap over some barrier in your progress.

Have a plan. Use common sense. Honor the strategy that works best for you.

Source: Sams, Jamie and Carson, David. Medicine Cards (Santa Fe: Bear and Company, 1988).

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