Animal Spirits: The Wolf

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True Family Values

The wolf is a creature greatly feared. They are depicted in fairy tales, mythologies, stories, and movies as ferocious and murderous. As the Werewolf, they are one of the monsters that go bump in the (full moon) night and haunt dreams. Wolves are hunted world-wide out of humans’ fear of protecting their farm animals and families. However all of these are misconceptions about the wolf.

The wolf is an animal whose life is all about the family, the wolf pack. They only hunt to feed the family, usually in groups. They work together communicating with the group, and with intelligence, stealth, and skill provide for their pack, especially the young. They are social and friendly. Wolves are also very adaptable animals, able to move the pack when necessary (except when the pups are too young) and able to adjust to harsh climates. Overall the wolf represents:

  • Social and family values
  • Skill in protection of self and family
  • Loyalty and steadfastness
  • Compassion and friendliness
  • Instinct linked with intelligence
  • Ability to pass unseen
  • Outwitting enemies
  • Able to take advantage of change
  • Facing death with dignity and courage

Scary wolves abound in myths. Besides the Werewolf, there’s the bad wolf in the story of Little Red Riding Hood and countless other children’s stories, and in Norse mythology there is the monstrous wolf Fenrir, who was fortold to kill the god Odin, and Fenrir’s sons Sköll and Hati. Sköll chases the Sun through the sky trying to eat her (yes, Norse mythology is the only place that I’ve come across where the Sun is feminine and the Moon is masculine), and Hati chases the Moon. But there are also myths and stories that tell of the true nature of these loving and caring animals, such as the mother wolf who adopted the babies Romulus and Remus, who eventually founded the ancient city of Rome and the Roman Empire. The Mongols and Ainu people of Japan consider wolves to be their ancestors, and the Dena’ina people of Alaska treat wolves as brothers believing they were once human.

The intelligence and wisdom of the wolves, however, exists whether the stories about them are bad or good, and this may be why they also symbolize teachings of Spirit and provide guidance during meditations and dreams.

My “ferocious” Wolfie-pups:

 

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About Julianne Victoria

I am a writer, healer, spiritual life coach, astrologer & tarot reader in Santa Barbara, CA. I hope to help heal, teach, and inspire others on their journeys and in this life. © Julianne Victoria and Through the Peacock's Eyes Press under the Common Law Copyright; My main Blog: www.peacockseyes.com
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27 Responses to Animal Spirits: The Wolf

  1. kartikasays says:

    What is happening to wolves in our country is very sad to me. I love that cleared up so many misconceptions about the nature of these beautiful creatures!

  2. ch says:

    i recently shared an article on how animals are far superior to us in many ways,
    you can check it out here http://thatswhathappened.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/i-wish-i-were-an-albatross/
    what you said about wolves over here is very true..
    thanks for sharing.,
    regards,
    Ch

  3. adore them!! and wolves. such compassionate creatures. wish more of us humans possessed their noble qualities 🙂
    hugs,
    o and om

  4. Jerry says:

    Love it Julianne. The wolf is one of the most spiritual animals and beautiful they are.

  5. Thank you for your post about the symbolism of the wolf. I live in the northern sphere of Europe where the wolf is a powerful symbol of intelligence for hundreds of years. On the other hand one can see that there is a deep fear of wolfes we inherited from our ancestors. In dreams and phantasies of children the wolf quite often plays an important part even if they never saw a wolf.
    Greetings from the sunny cost of North Norfolk
    Klausbernd

  6. reikiheidi says:

    Julianne, one of my power Animals is Wolf. She came to me all of a sudden one night, and she has helped to ground me: She (Wolf) is earthy, as opposed to (my) Snake, who is Spiritual. Wolf has taught me about my own courage, the ability to let go and ‘just play/just run’. She is security, self-reliance, and total loyalty.
    Bless Wolf Spirit, & thank you for this wonderful post 🙂
    Light & Blessings x

  7. Amy says:

    How interesting, Julianne! Wonderful post.

  8. I’ve always felt a connection to wolves. Great post!

  9. I love the wolves and their spirit 😉 Loved this!!! The wolf has always guided me. I come from the wolf people 🙂 Thank you so much for this and writing about their misconceptions.

  10. I’ve been watching the BBC/David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet by streaming. Wolves are shown a few times because of their relation to the Arctic and bison. It is powerful. If you have not seen the series, it is majestic, and the wolves captured on film give any viewer the opportuntiy for deep respect.

    Also, did you know that by the Lakota tradition, Wolf were the first people and could understand “the speak” of all other creatures. Their song is the song of the Mother Earth herself. If one is of the Wolf Clan, one is of the North, of impermanence, of Wisdom and the Wisdom Keepers of the Ages, and of the Origins which only Wolf could know and understand.

    Wonderful post, Julianne. I brought out my heritage. Thank you.
    Namaste!

  11. I will leave the wolves and bees with you for now! I received a lovely card yesterday with bunnies on it and a large grayish bird almost flew into my living room today. I am so excited by all the creature visits ( reading the chapter on animals in
    Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want which reinforces my search for power animals.) all life forms are part of the ONE, but I am focusing on what I am drawn to …

    Namaste

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