Speaker for the Animals

We live in a rapidly changing landscape where people and urban areas are displacing the places for the wild ones to live. Who speaks for the animals? We will.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Wolf--Teacher of the Path with Heart

Symbol of Guardianship, Ritual, Loyalty, and Spirit

Wolves are the epitome of the wild spirit. Their positive characteristics are so numerous it is no wonder that Native Americans and others practically deified them. Many believe that the true test of American’s sincerity about protecting the environment will revolve around whether or not the wolf remains protected and is allowed to be reintroduced into areas of the country where it has heretofore been eliminated. The wolf is the true spirit of the free and unspoiled wilderness.

Wolf medicine teaches you to know who you are and to develop strength, confidence and surety so that you do not have to demonstrate and prove yourself to others. Wolf empowers our voice and body to be an effective communicator. He teaches us how to be a cooperating member of our packs and how to stand up for ourselves when we disagree with others. And he leads us into true intimacy with others of our kind. Wolf can teach us our alpha male and alpha female sides and put us in touch with our primal, animal natures.

Learning to trust your own insights and to secure your attachments according is part of what wolf medicine teaches. The wolf can help you to hear the inner and guard you from inappropriate actions. It will guard you as it teaches you—sometimes strongly, sometimes gently—but always with love.

Wolf is the Teacher of one’s Path with Heart. Wolf will lead you back to your natural self, out in the wilderness where the pack runs under the full moon, running the deer into deep places within your soul.

When wolf shows up in your life, it is time to breathe new life into your life rituals. Find a new path, take a new journey, take control of your life. You are the governor of your life. You create it and direct it. Do so with harmony and discipline, and then you will know the true spirit of freedom. Where wolf leads one will also be well.

Wolf also shows no mercy and kills his prey quickly and without sentimentality. By reputation, wolf is vicious, mercenary, attacks without provocation, and is at home under Nature’s Law of kill or be killed. Wolf loves the hunt. Here, there is true wildness and wolf will bring us home to our own wildness.

With thanks to Ted Andrews, Animal Speak.


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