This post is mostly about my experience with the wolf as a prominent Spirit Animal. It may or may not be different for other people, but personally I find it beneficial to see how other people receive other spirit animals, particularly the wolf! Below is an excerpt from my Book of Shadows on wolves that I’ve decided to share.
Before I go on, one thing I’ve seen floating around the community is that it’s “stereotypical” for people to have wolves or sometimes ravens as spirit animals. Now, sure, just like with any religion, there will be stereotypes and people who claim certain things just to appear a certain way. But for people who actually have wolves or ravens as spirit animals, this can get frustrating. No one enjoys having their personal or spiritual aspects being discredited because of the stereotype. So for people who have been visited by the wolf or even the raven, respect their decisions to honor the animal!
I have writings on my personal connection with a specific wolf who visits me, but I will not include this here as it is very personal :)
Since birth, the wolf has been my spirit guide, my animal guide, my constant companion. Wolf has taught me to appreciate the value of family and friends and to respect the hierarchy of wise elders and those who treat you accordingly. Wolf continuously inspires and appears in my artwork and always reminds me to thrive in my talents and never squander what I have been given. From Wolf, I have learned to defend those around me and to protect those who are most loyal to me. Wolf teaches me to be the leader who is needed and to remember when to remain silent and learn when the time comes. I have learned to understand the raw beauty of nature through the Wolf and appreciate the moon and sun, stars and the wind in their barest forms, but also in their most beautiful and complex. To the wolf, all of nature is home and so shall it be for me. Wolf has taught me to keep my head held high and to remain strong, especially in the face of hardship and adversity. Wolf has shown me what it means to be elegant, yet fierce and determined, graceful, yet powerful. With the Wolf, I have learned to be myself and invoke that which surrounds me. With the Wolf, I will continue to learn and understand the raw power of nature and to respect that which I can and cannot understand.
In a broader sense, the Wolf has always been my spirit animal, my guide into the depths of nature and my soul. As a child, my immediate and immense fascination came from their unmeasured beauty and powerful stature. They were something everyone feared, yet I loved. I think this is part of the reason the wolf visited me to begin with, as a child. I loved them more than anything and harbored no fear. I was free to be guided by their loving and powerful medicine. I also believe my fascination with them came, in part, from my grandmother and her teachings on wolves, what little she knew of them or was willing to share. She loved to paint the Wolf and so the Wolf was already an intricate and spiritual aspect of our family, especially between me and my grandmother. We invited the wolf into our homes by respecting and honoring it with our artwork. To draw an animal is to honor, respect and invoke its medicine. Drawing the wolf brings about a spiritual “high”, a connection that strengthens the bond between two souls seeking out guidance, knowledge, and friendship. Much was learned and is still being learned from the Wolf through my artwork. Their eyes speak to me, so full of infinite knowledge and understanding of the world and all that occurs around us. They are the guardians of the Earth, the protectors of all who seek them and the spirit of the wild. Their howls are music, grand symphonies of nature which call to my soul. Wolf energy is fused with my own and guides me everyday along the path of my own choices, filled with Wolf medicine and love.
Much love )O(