Playing Possum

For the last two months we’ve had a possum visiting us in the evenings. I had left a pizza box outside on our freezer – it was just too icy and cold to go to the trash cans and I planned to do so in the morning—and there was a bit of pizza left. I opened the door later that night to check the temperature and saw a possum noshing on the remains of the meat-lovers special. Lol. It took me a minute for my brain to process. My first thought was “how did piety possum get on the freezer,” since it looked exactly like a stuffed toy possum that we displayed at the PLC conference years ago, mostly to mock those who mock piety. Then, I realized it was a real-life possum! I gave it some cat food and have been doing this nightly, though the last few days it hasn’t been around. 

Possums are awesome creatures. They eat ticks, thousands of ticks per year and this is important where I live, since the Hudson Valley is practically ground zero for Lyme disease. They’re not really very aggressive (though I wouldn’t just go petting any random possum). They’ll play possum and emit a really gross smell to ward off predators and they don’t get rabies. They are good for your garden and will eat bugs and such that damage your plants. They also are immune to most snake bites. Also, the little guys are seriously smart. 

On a spirit work level, the power of the possum is that of transmuting poison, pollution, and contamination. This is no small gift and I am grateful for the presence of Possum right now in our lives. 


About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at

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  1. One of the Oaxacan mushroom doctors I studied about would sing a song referring to herself as an Opossum woman.

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  2. Hail to the Opossum totem and to the Holy Powers of the Opossum!

    And now for the Possum Shanty!


  3. I love opossums! Opossum is my Spirit Animal and I am eternally grateful to Grandmother Opossum for what She has taught me over the years.


  4. I remember Piety Possum!
    We have a few here on Moonshadow although I rarely see them. Just love them.


  5. We have an atomic opossum that haunts our community dumpster. You put your garbage in at night at your own risk.


  6. I was actually feeling pretty bummed out having just driven past a roadkill possum on my way to work. I am glad someone else appreciates possums as much as I do.


  7. Now if I could just get enough chicory to grow to share…the local possoms seem to love them when they are flowering and will gnosh the whole stalk to the ground.

    I find it amusing that they make such a racket in the woods…they sound like tiny boot wearing folk tromping through the undergrowth.


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