Wolves in general over time have been given a rather bad name and many fear them, simply because they do not understand them and I doubt our perception of them in stories like Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs etc. did much to endear them to us as children.
Highly intelligent creatures and for me extremely beautiful animals they exist within a pack that has a very definite hierarchy. Each Wolf knowing its place within that system. Whilst this system exists there is also a certain amount of democracy to the way they function. Just depends on the circumstances of the moment as to whether the rules are followed or freedom of choice is allowed and all know what is and isn’t appropriate behaviour and the consequences should they choose to break the rules.
They are very strong animals, extremely protective of their young, they work together – bringing in a strong sense of community. They travel great distances in order to catch prey gorging themselves fully and wasting nothing of that prey once they catch it. They are also very loyal to their own kind taking one partner only for life and having a very strong sense of family about them. Yet there is also a strong individualistic urge within each.
Whilst they are assertive, they do not fight for the sake of fighting, or attack unless threatened, they are very territorial but often just a look or a growl is enough to be a deterrent to anything threatening them or annoying them. (Just ask my daughter and those who know me well and they will tell you how true this is.)
I recently experienced the last group sleep over for my son’s birthday, requesting that the 5 boys entrusted in my care please not wake me when I went to bed. Around 2am I was woken by their loud chatterings and yelled out asking them to please keep it down. They agreed but about 10 – 15 minutes later I was again woken, this time more fully and as I walked through the lounge area in the Bat Cave towards the kitchen I just looked at them all and totally unplanned and unconsciously let out a rather loud Wolfy growl. I’ve honestly never seen 5 boys move so quickly in my life into their respective sleeping spots for the night and I never heard another peep out of any of them. I was later told my Wolfy growl scared the crap out of them. Who knew a growl could be so effective and so, being part Wolf does indeed have many advantages.
Their main prey is Deer and they only take on that which they know they can handle. Generally speaking they only kill that which is already sick or weak. Their senses are also very keen – particularly their sense of smell and hearing. Having Wolf as one of my main totems I also find Wolves to be rather fearless, curious creatures and extremely loving and compassionate, yet firm and decisive. There are a few stories throughout the ages that come to mind about how human children have been adopted by Wolves – The Jungle Book for one.
Wolf is associated with the Moon – which in some cultures is the energy of the feminine, psychic energy and the subconscious. I personally see Wolf as being a symbol of the Wild Feminine Spirit within each of us here on Earth due to its nature and strong connection to the Moon.
Native Americans refer to the Stars as “The Great Star Nation” – within The Great Star Nation exists the Dog Star – Sirius – which represents Wolf. In Egyptian times Sirius was known as the home of the Gods and during my research on Wolf I read that a tribe in Africa still believe this to be so.
For Native Americans their legends also speak of Sirius being the original home of their teachers in ancient times and therefore Wolf people form part of the Clan of Teachers. Wolf being the tribe’s greatest teacher as those with Wolf Medicine often carve new paths for the betterment of humanity and are known as Path Finders.
Wolf’s Medicine brings us all the attributes of Wolf and one of the main tasks I have found with Wolf as my power ally/totem during many life times is to share my knowledge by way of writing and giving talks in such a way that it helps others to understand themselves more fully – their own unique beauty, individuality or path in life and their connection to all that exists.
Wolf Medicine is also about making and taking time to be alone – seeking out lonely places in nature – in order to become more aware of the teacher within, becoming more aware of our intuition, our wild feminine spirit and listening to it, as well as contributing to the betterment of humanity and finding balance between the two.
Whenever Wolf appears to you in any form a good question to ask yourself is “What are you teaching me about myself?”
© C. O’Connor 2014
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