I finished my chores then took him or her away for relocation. This was the slowest release ever. All the other relocatees have shot out of the trap like a bolt of lightening. This time I opened the door and he/she literally ambled into the high grasses towards the woods as if on a Sunday stroll . When I returned home, I looked up the spirit message behind opossum using Ted Andrews's, Animal Speak.
I discovered that opossum is the only marsupial on the North American continent--meaning it raises its young in a pouch. The pouch contains thirteen nipples. There can be more than thirteen young born but only thirteen survive. The number turns out to be highly symbolic having nothing to do with bad luck. Thirteen represents the symbol for the one great sun around which the twelve signs of the zodiac revolve. Opossum is the symbol of the sun within. As a spirit animal, it has the unique ability to divert attention by displaying the right appearance. Opossum can teach us how to adjust our behaviors and appearances for the greatest benefit.
Yesterday, July 21, was the solar eclipse which for us in the Midwest happened at night. So wow, with the symbolism of opossum and the timing of the eclipse, I'd say this was a very strong spirit message to me. As I start the new projects I have planned, I'll be ever vigilant of this application. Blessings to all.