Power animal Wolf

Krafttier Wolf

"For some time now I have been a shaman animal, the wise men of the earth knew how to use my powers, I tell you that they have surrounded themselves with my power, for they knew where I am - is also the great blessing.The clan is important to me, therefore I stand for the herd spirit. Intuitively I know my territory, nothing happens here, of which I know nothing. Deep knowledge of nature and the connection of forces, flows through my body juices!

Always the advice at the right time - communicate with the spirits, get ready for true fellowship! If the earth were an animal, it would be a wolf, I tell you! I am old as a soul, but I also awaken in you the childlike ways. All in one you get, you connect with my power. Great wisdom rests in you - find the place far away from haste!

He is wild and shy, powerful and mysterious, the wolf. He is the ancestor of all dog breeds and an adaptable predator. Wolves avoid the contact with humans and that, but not only because they were chased away and partly exterminated by them. This mammal can be found in Asia, North America and (Eastern) Europe. Meanwhile, it also settles again in Germany. The Canis lupus (lat.), as it is also called, lives and hunts in the herd with up to 15 animals, whereby a high degree of kinship within the herd is normal. However, sexually mature animals leave the herd and found a herd in a foreign precinct themselves. The herd is led by a Leitwolf and a Leitwölfin, only they mate and the offspring is looked after by the whole herd. Within the herd, a very exact ranking prevails, that is stabilized through ritualized humility and subjugation-behavior. So also the Leitwölfe must defend its position immensely, in particular during the combination-time in the winter. So, wolves claim a big area for itself through its precinct-fights, which they mark through perfume-brands. The sense of smell is understandably the best distinctive sense.

This power animal divides its energy exactly and sometimes starves for days. But they are not choosy when it comes to hunting. They rush wild boars, moose, roe deer, deer and sometimes are satisfied with rabbits, sheep, goats, beavers and sick animals. As a snack berries, carrion and fruits are possible. Basically, they take what they find in their habitat. So that the wolf can hold its body weight at best it needs 10% of its own weight at food. Wolves weigh between 30 and 60 kg with a size of 1 - 1,5 meters. It changes its black, grey, white, yellowish-brown colored fur twice a year. Its jump-height can reach 5 meters and it runs up to 40 km/h fast. In the wild it has a life expectancy of 6 - 13 years. The typical wolf howl by the way, has the purpose to mark the precinct, to hold the herd together and to step with other wolves into contact. A connection between full moon and wolf howl is therefore a myth.

In many cultures the wolf is an important and powerful shaman animal around which many legends circle. The Inuits tell of Amarok. The giant wolf hunts and eats everyone who is so foolish at night to hike or hunt alone. Only he hunts alone and not in the pack like his kind comrades. The Teutons told themselves that Odin and the Valkyries rode on wolves and predicted the victory of a fight with the wolf howling. Odin himself had two wolves, Geri and Freki. When they were dished up, they were fed the meal of the godfather while he fed only on mead. They were always faithful to Odin and stood bravely by his side in battle. In the end they attacked the corpses, not very cuddly. Odin is often depicted with a wolf's head. It is said that he himself raised a wolf who was friends with his son Tyr. But this wolf, so to be read in the Edda, with the name Fenris is said to be responsible for Ragnarök, the end of the world and the downfall of the world of gods.

The Celtic druids worshipped the wolf as a magical, powerful totem animal that leads, protects and preserves the community. The months of January and February were called wolf season. In this time the druids started their journey to the other world to see what is useful for the community. Also with the Indians this time stood in the name of the wolf. So they saw him as teacher and leader especially in hard and cold times.

He was seen as a symbol of light in Greece. The founders of Rome, the twins Romulus and Remus, once abandoned on the Tiber, were found and suckled by a she-wolf. In China he is the palace of heaven guarded by a wolf, in Mongolia he appears as the ancestor of Genghis Kahn. In Hinduism he stands for the night and is seen as a mount by fear bringing goddesses.  The Yukon have a wisdom that says that man should learn his social behaviour from the wolf and his nutritional behaviour from the bear. In a legend of the Shoshone it is told that the wolf and the coyote have a discussion about what to do with the deceased. Ultimately they agree that deceased people will not be brought back to life so that there are not too many people on earth. In Scotland many clans carry the title "Wolfsclan". In the full moon time our shadow side, which is suppressed gladly again to the life to awake is our shadow side. Exactly this is the time when the howling moon song opens the realms of the other world.

This is probably also a reason why the wolf is not seen gladly. Neither in "Little Red Riding Hood and the Evil Wolf" nor in "The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids" does he play a sympathetic role and as a werewolf he doesn't play at all. His amulet stands for protection, sense of community, leadership and invites one to follow the call of the soul.  In the medicine wheel he is to be found in the south. The time of maturing and love.

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