The mournful cries rise in the
night, We are seeking...
Wolves song greets the Moon so bright, We are brave and wise....
Sleek, muscled bodies beneath the Moon, We help turn the wheel of death and rebirth...
By our Magick we send a boon, Of true dreaming...
(from "Animal Magick" by DJ Conway)
♦ In Britain it was believed that if a wolf
saw a man before he saw the wolf, the man would be struck dumb
and could not cry out for help. If the man sees the wolf first,
the wolf loses his ferocity and can't run away.
♦ In many parts of Europe they believe that if you say the word "Wolf" in December you will be attacked by one.
♦ The French, at one time, hung a wolf's tooth around a child's neck to protect it from evil spirits.
♦ Wolves give birth only in May and during thunderstorms.
♦ Hair taken from a specific area on the rump of a live wolf is an aphrodisiac.
♦ The eyes of a wolf will glow in the darkness.
History of the Wolf
♦ The Egyptian God Wepwawet was either
pictured as a wolf or with a wolf head. A banner bearing his
image was carried before the Pharoah in victory processions.
However, both the Hindus and followers of the Zoroaster
considered the wolf to be evil and a symbol of evil in human
♦ Plato and Pausanias both wrote about the wolf cult in Arcadia, the initiates of the cult worshipped Zeus Lycaeus, called themselves Lukoi, and sacrificed and ate wolves. The wolf was also associated with Apollo, (who had a bronze wolf image at Delphi)
♦ Among the Celts, wolves were considered to be powerful, but helpful animals. Legend says that Cormac, King of Ireland, was always accompanied by them. The God Cernunnos was pictured with a wolf.
♦ Odhinn had two wolves as constant companions in Valhalla. When there was an eclipse it was said that the wolves temporarily swallowed the globe.
♦ The Valkyries were sometimes shown riding wolves, in their aspect of soul-collectors. This idea may have survived in the belief during the middle ages that witches in the form of werewolves rode wolves through the night.
♦ In pre-Christian Europe the wolf was a popular clan totem. Many clans were accused of turning themselves into wolves at certain times of the year. The reality behind this is that these clans dressed in wolf skins and masks for certain religious rites.
♦ Native Americans said that when the wolf howled, he created wind. If he continued to howl, fog came. They considered the Moon it's power ally.
♦ The Magickal attributes of the Wolf: Cunning, escaping hunters, ability to pass by dangers invisibly, outwitting those who wish you harm, fighting when necessary. Sometimes an Astral wolf will lead you to a Spiritual Teacher. Wisdom, hunting and seeking, magick, dreams, intuition, listening, death and rebirth, transformation. Strong protection. Spiritual guidance in dreams and meditation.
Save the Wolf
♦ Wolves have long been mis-understood...at
one time wolves were so common and dangerous in Britain that the
month of January was set aside for hunting them. January was
called Wolfmonat, or Wolf Month. Although wolves were
exterminated in England in 1509, they could be found in the
mountains of Scotland and Ireland until the beginning of the 18th
♦ The gray wolf once ranged over the entire western hemisphere, from Central Mexico to the Arctic regions (except in dry desert areas). In Asia it prowled as far south as parts of India. It disappeared from Britain and most of Europe hundreds of years ago.
♦ Fortunately today, there are several groups in the US that are devoted to raising and studying wolves with a goal to stop their extinction. There is a large wolf preserve in Washington State that offers guided tours and if you arrange to go there near the Full Moon and just at dusk, you will be treated to a symphony of wolf calls by the entire population. Although, this is something that would be much better and more natural, heard in the wild.
♦ Below are a few Wolf Friendly sites which are aiming to help save the Wolf. Please visit them and sign their petitions. Use your Free Speech to speak out about the hunting of wolves. Remember that a wolf is a beautiful, spiritual animal. Not a target for testosterone overloaded men with big guns. And please do what you can to help save the wolf.......
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