What’s the idea of a wolf like, in your mind? Were you more influenced by red riding hood as a kid? Or is it a bloody were-wolf that Hollywood movies imprinted in your brain? Either way, a lot of associations with wolves in today’s ‘mainstream’ culture lean towards the negative.
But as you dig deeper, you’ll see that it has not been always that way. There are good wolves in older traditions.
I particularly like the meaning of the wolf as a totemic animal among native Americans:
Generally perceived to emit intelligence, individualism and leadership they are also seen as pathfinders. Known for their family values, wolves mate for life. Always on top of new ideas, the wolf is also a patient teacher.
The meaning of the Wolf symbol is to symbolize direction and leadership and the wolf symbol also embodied both protection and destruction. The Wolf symbol signified strength, endurance, Instinct linked with intelligence, family values and believed to give guidance in dreams and meditation. […]
I also like the she-wolf in the legend of how the city of Rome was founded, used in today’s picture.
Romulus and Remus were the twin brothers and main characters of Rome’s foundation myth. […] Rhea Silvia conceived the twins by the god Mars. Once the twins were born, Amulius had them abandoned to die in the Tiber river. They were saved by a series of miraculous interventions: the river carried them to safety, a she-wolf found and suckled them, and a woodpecker fed them. A shepherd and his wife found them and fostered them to manhood as simple shepherds. The twins, still ignorant of their true origins, proved to be natural leaders. […]
This is not a bloody carnivore, but a nurturing mother!
There is also a Cherokee Indian legend about two wolves, using them as symbols to illustrate the most important battle of our lives – the one between our good and bad thoughts.
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
The astrological energies of this period are very strong and amplify this theme of duality. As the moon is building up (it will be full on the 19th), Mars (the warrior), Chiron (the wounded child) and the Sun (God, Universal Energy, Fire) are dancing with each other in trines today, and exposing us to the contradictory parts of the human nature: the wounded child and the beast, the victim and the oppressor. Squares between Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mercury are showing us that ‘all hands are on deck’ today: the Gods are watching our quarrels with attention. The stakes in the game are all-times-high.
You might have noticed it already in the news, and in how people react to what they experience: some are angry, judgmental and resentful, some have woken up with the need carry on personal crusades, some are praying, some keep going about their business.
It’s up to you to decide how you react to the circumstances and events that happen in your life or that you hear about. Just remember that the difference is very subtle, because what you see on television and on the internet *is* an experience that you really live and emotionally connect to. Whether you realize it or not.
[…] The television screen is the retina of the mind’s eye. […] Therefore, whatever appears on the television screen emerges as raw experience for those who watch it. Therefore, television is reality, and reality is less than television. […]
– Prof. Brian O’Blivion, from David Cronenberg’s movie ‘Videodrome’
Just remember that, if let your thoughts focus on the negativity you see around you, you are actually feeding that negativity, and making it grow!
There are no ‘good people’ and ‘bad people’: all people out there have both good and bad within them, constantly battling. The battle for the future is not outwards, it’s not about condemning those sick souls who let their bad wolf get out of control; the work to do is to reach inwards, learning to feed the good wolf in us.
Focus on the good, and do good.
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