Gifts: Being true to your wild essence. Intuition. Harmony between pack and self. Howling/singing/voice. Freedom. Exploration and teaching. Fidelity. Balance between instinct and thinking.
Challenges: Losing harmony between pack and self. Losing harmony between instinct and thinking.
What better symbol than Wolf is there for the wild? Did you feel the same pull as Buck in Jack London’s Call of the Wild? Were you scared for the Ingalls family while reading Little House on the Prairie? Did you root for man or beast when Liam Neeson struggles to survive in “The Grey”?
Wolf is master of being true to your wild essence. Wolf’s howl is literally the call to the wild. To me, the howling of wolves is a song of longing that stirs my very soul. I feel their howls move up my spine and burrow deep into my chest. The howl reminds you to listen to your own wildness, your own inner wisdom, your own personal truth. Wolf teaches you that the call is within you. You don’t need to seek the wild outside of you. You need to un-tame it and let it emerge from you. Wolf is a powerful teacher for duality and integration. Depending on your perspective, you may consider Wolf to be either a pack wolf or a lone wolf. In truth, Wolf is both. Wolf teaches that true harmony comes from alternating between being a pack wolf and being a lone wolf. You can be one with the pack and still not lose your Self, your unique identity. You can be a lone wolf and still long for the company of others. As a lone wolf, you seek freedom and exploration. As a pack wolf, you return to commitment, sharing, and teaching.
Sometimes you don’t return; you move on. There may be times when you need a new pack. Set out on your own as a lone wolf while you search for a new pack to join. If you can’t find the right pack, start a new one. If this sounds crazy, like something a physical wolf wouldn’t do, then watch National Geographic’s documentary called “She Wolf.” If you’re in the wrong pack, you have no excuse not to find or create a new one.
Wolf has highly attuned instincts but knows that the best decisions are made from the integration of both instinct and thinking. Wolf is a strategic thinker and acts on instinct through well-crafted strategy. For you this means listening to your gut, using your imagination, and taking action based on careful planning.
Wolves are irrationally hunted down for being “killing machines.” Oh, the irony, since there is nothing machine-like about the wildness of Wolf. A challenge for you radiating Wolf energy is that you likely intimidate or scare people. People might not approach you easily, unless they have equally “intimidating” spirit animals. You may be tempted to tame your inner wolf to make yourself more accessible. But Wolf reminds you that taming it is taming yourself. It’s hiding your essence, squashing your gifts, and burying your soul. Wolf’s howl calling you back to your Self is rising from within you. Are you listening?