The wolf in human cultures 2 is the continuation of the article “The wolf in human cultures”.
Spiritual guide of the American tribes
The American Indians have always considered wolves as teachers, road markers or spiritual guides. Wolves are fiercely loyal to their partners and have a strong sense of family while maintaining their individuality. In the stars, the Wolf is represented by the Dog, and many aboriginal tribes consider it the home of the Ancients.
The Cherokee legend tells that inside each person there are two wolves fighting for power: one is kindness, love, and truth, and the other is anger, envy, and lies. You must not feed only one. Since it is not a struggle of forces but of balance. Both must win.
The wolves and the Celtic tradition.
The wolf was a symbol for the Celts. Lug, the supreme god of Celtic mythology, is represented by two wolves.
The volcas were a confederation of Celtic tribes established in Gaul and along the Danube. In the Breton Celtic tradition Bleiz (“wolf” in modern Breton, Bleid in the old Breton) is one of the last druids, is the instructor of Merlin future spiritual leader of King Arthur. He lived like a hermit in the forest with the animals he cared for and surrounded by wolves. The wolf was an animal attribute of God Belen its protector. Bleiz was therefore considered and nicknamed as “the werewolf”.
Wolves: Guardians and protectors
Tattoos and talismans Celtic wolves represent not only a link with the ancient ways of these noble people and their culture, but it is also a great way to recognize the Wolf in his role as guide and protector. These designs also evoke power and strength.
The wolves were guardians and protectors of the spirits of the forest and they made sure that the kingdom of the elfos stayed safe from the external influences. These majestic animals were seen as symbols of the moon, therefore and by extension, they were related to Femininity. Scottish legends speak of the Green Wolf who often provides food for the fairies by asking lactating mothers to provide milk for them.
Whenever you want to work and invoke the strength of intelligence, cunning and the ability to solve a problem, summon the wolf. When you see a wolf when you have synchronicities or “signals” with wolves when you feel the need to invoke them, watch out because nothing ever obeys chance.
CELTIC CODE OF THE WOLF
Protect your family
Honor your elders.
Teach young people
Be loyal to friends.
Express your opinion.
Defend your position.
Carry the weight when others show their weakness.
Play when you can do it.
Work when you have to.
Always leave your mark.
The Dark Age of the Wolf: The Middle Ages
Since the beginning of time, the wolf has been found in stories that link them with evil. It is said that they are the dogs of hell.
The evil aspect of the wolf myth associates it with darkness, hell, sin, deceit, violence; to voracity (wolf) and concupiscence (she-wolf). This was the meaning promulgated by Christians, who associate it with the devil, and the cult of it in medieval Europe.
At the beginning of the Middle Ages, between the Celts and Germans, the warrior envied the wolves their power and daring. Some Gallic soldiers even covered his helmet with a wolf’s head after eating his heart. But the wolf is also an intelligent and patient animal, capable of waiting for hours before attacking its prey. The inattentive shepherd is robbed of his sheep, the farmer his birds. Soon dark legends are told in the closed night. The wolf is now blamed for the disappearances, now for the aggression.
The wolf in the imagery
The wolf, in the European imagery of the Middle Ages, is also the form most frequently used by sorcerers to present themselves to the Sabbat. In the Romanesque imagery, the wolf was an initiatory creature, for the brotherhoods of builders. In alchemy the wolf was a symbol of antimony and therefore of Saturn; due to its properties of fixity and solidity, it was opposed to mercury, volatile.
From the High Middle Ages, Charlemagne (in 813), regulated the hunting of the wolf. In the first place, it gave rise to the firemen in charge of making the wolves disappear by any means. The great misfortunes of the Middle Ages forced the wolf to approach the corrals of the human and to become accustomed to domestic prey.
For rural residents in a Europe in full demographic expansion and in a phase of massive deforestation the wolf is considered an envoy of the devil and as he was one of the symbols of paganism, the religious authorities of the time, therefore, began to demonize the wolf and to advocate its extermination. However, it is represented tamed by the words of Saint Francis of Assisi, protector of the Animals who considered Brother Wolf as a fellow.
Meaning of the wolf and the moon
THE WOLF IS THE LORD OF THE howl
The fact that the wolves howl to the moon, has given life to stories of werewolves, stories where a man transforms into a wolf when there is a full moon. Actually, the wolves do not howl at the moon, they have to place their heads like that in order to howl. The moon and the wolf are also signs of communication and power, an alpha wolf is usually the only one that howls at the moon and does so to summon her herd for a meeting or to mark her territory.
In many European and Native American traditions, wolves are creatures of the moon which explains why werewolves are transformed only during full moon nights.
The image of the wild wolf howling at the moon is a powerful symbol that affects everyone; it is already an archetype of our collective unconscious.
The Wolf Totem
The totem wolf is a spiritual master of the first order, and when it appears it is because we need a guide in our lives. Those who have a wolf totem are often people with spiritual concerns, including teachers who teach others about the sacred. it is said of the wolf that it is a sign that “serves those who serve”, that is, people who dedicate themselves to teaching something to others.
The wolf can also teach how to balance responsibility for the needs of the family and not lose their own personal identity.
Undeniable is the profound impact that, unwittingly, the wolf has had on the man from a social and cultural point of view. Being granted many good, bad and intermediate nuances. Always depending on which eyes (soul and heart) you see. But always worthy of admiration and respect as a rival, warrior, and guide for all of us. Never stop teaching us, master of nature.
*santuariodelalba.wordpress.com: Los celtas y el lobo
*vidadelosnativosamericanos-dakota1.blogspot.com: Animales de poder
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