These nocturnal creatures live in trees or, in many cases, in your roof!  It’s quite exciting to go possum spotting at night with a torch in the bush! Possum’s large eyes have adapted to night vision and being arboreal, most possums use their tails as an extra limb, they are prehensile.  The most common example of a possum with a ‘normal’ tail is the Brush Tail.

Possums have adjusted very well to Western civilisation because they have ‘a stomach for almost anything’.  Cats, who have a stomach for possums, are their main enemy. If you come across some possum fur on the ground, ghastly evidence of a battle between cat and Possum, call upon the energies of vigilance and alertness.

Possum will freeze if startled, and this is where the expression ‘playing possum’ comes from because they look like they are dead.  If you frighten this creature, you may be asked to stop and think before you act.  Like Possum, pause until any perceived risk has gone, if there is one there.  Possum, if really alarmed, growls.  He sounds quite fierce at night!  His signal says “keep away!”  “This is my territory!”

Possum carries his own protection with his alertness, sharp claws and frightening growls; a good omen – unless of course, he empties your garbage or makes too much noise at night!  Disturbances are the issue here with Possum seeking sustenance in your “don’t wants”!

And Possum in your roof? Symbolically, a roof is protection, and can mean a higher perspective as well as reaching a limit.  Possum can refer to new ideas developing which are over the ceiling or threshold of your usual level; or perhaps you are reaching the edges of your personal boundaries and about to experience something new.  If Possum is a nuisance, what attitudes do you have which create irritating circumstances?

There is a Dreaming[1] about a family of moonstruck albino possums who were always seeking a way to reach the moon. They still are to this day, which is why they live in trees and are nocturnal. If you encounter an albino possum, are your dreams out of reach? Take baby steps instead of a stellar leap. Your strong virtue of persistence combined with realistic vision may be more appropriate for your situation.


[1]                  Roberts, D. And A. “Shadows in the Mist.”