The Otter is considered the most playful member of the animal kingdom, and indeed, their medicine is that of balanced femininity. They are one of my favorite totems. Their “time” according to Sun Bear is January 20th to Feb. 18th. (Yeah, you might know, Aquarius, which is my North Node.)
They are carnivores with a diet of primarily fish, and are part of the weasel family, being mustelidae. It is their playfulness that most people remember once you have been around them. A friend of mine who grew up on a farm in Indiana remembers River Otters that made their home on the shore of a creek that ran through their property. She chuckles every time she speaks of them, remembering them playing in the creek and sliding down the muddy banks.
In North America, the most common Otter is the River Otter, Lontra Canadensis. Their fur is sleek and they can weigh from 10 to 30 lbs. It is their curiosity and intelligence, being one of the relatively few animals to use tools, that makes their “medicine” so strong. Their fur was once used frequently by the Holy men and women of the Native American tribes as “medicine bags”.