In Native American traditions, Wolf is said to be "teacher" medicine. Humans have followed Wolf for millennia, studying Wolf's ways of the hunt, learning from their social structure. Wolf is allied with Sirus, the Dog Star, and it is said in many cultures, that our ancestors and teachers came from there. This is agreed upon by Australian Aborigines, and the Dogon tribe of Africa, as well as certain Native American tribes. Wolf has much to teach us, if only we will listen.
Wolf is allied to the moon and lunar energies, teaching us to respect our emotions and unconscious urges. Respect for the wildness of our animal natures, and willingness to face the dark within ourselves is an imperative for Wolf people. Trust in the unspoiled nature of your Child/Wolf self.
Because the Moon rules psychic perception, Wolf people should work on learning to trust their intuition and psychic urges, to listen for the still small voice within.
The communal nature of Wolf's culture and hunting helps us to learn to cooperate to achieve a goal. Wolf people make good "team players" and are fiercely loyal to those they consider part of their pack. They often have strong leadership qualities, however they must often learn to balance their tendency for "social dominancing." As a predator, Wolf culls the sick and weak of the herd. Wolves are often quick to scent when a situation is "sick," and will work to change it. It is important that they learn to lead the situation gently, and without tearing others apart, or the pack may turn on them.
Wolf's capacity for communication suggests that Wolf people should learn to utilize the strength of their voice and to be aware of their body language. When dealing with Wolf people, listening for the nuances of vocal tone and watching their motions will help in gaining an understanding of them. Wolves often make excellent bards and storytellers.
Ritual is very important to Wolf. Both the little rituals of day-to-day conduct, and the bigger rituals of lunar howling. Whatever their spiritual beliefs, Wolf people will feel more in tune when they honor and re-link (the actual meaning of the word "religion") with the life force.
Connecting with Wolf
To bring Wolf energy into your life, try some of these exercises:
Write poetry or draw pictures of wolves
Hang pictures of wolves around your house or work area.
Wear wolf jewelry. See our Wolf Rings
Go for walks in the woods. Lift your head and howl at the Moon. (Note: If you live in a wolf-populated area, howling should be done rarely, as by listening to humans howl, wolves learn to sound like humans, and forget the correct wolf-way to do it.)
Read books about wolves. (See your Bookstore)
Utilize your voice. Work at mellowing your vocal tone, and take note of the way that your tones affect the way people hear you. You may even want to take vocal lessons.
Teach someone something you have learned.
Learn something from someone.
Sniff out a situation you don't like, and DO something about it.
Participate and cooperate with others.
Eat venison, one of Wolf's favorite foods.
Wear moonstone, and other lunar stones. (For more info on Moonstone, see our page on the Magickal Properties of Gemstones).
Let your hair grow.
Make up a simple daily (or nightly) ritual that makes you feel closer to your spiritual self. Use any motions, noises, words and props that you feel comfortable with.
Join in group ritual with others. This can be as simple as a sing-along, or as complex as high church rite or magickal ritual. Go with whatever feels right for you.