The Symbolism of the Wolf As a Spirit Animal

The wolf is the symbol of the power of nature (similar to the image of the lion in Africa), which both protects and destroys.  In the Greco-Roman tradition, the Wolf is one of the forms of Zeus, Lykaios to whom sacrifices were made, to put an end to the droughts and natural plagues of any species.

The wolf was also the emblem of the solar god Apollo for his vigilance. In the original Greek, the two terms used for light and the wolf were so close that sometimes they ended up being confused. It has often been said that the wolf is an animal that tends to form packs. Recent investigations carried out in the North American discredit this affirmation. Currently, it is believed that the stories of wolves hunting in packs do not correspond to reality. Apparently, the truth is that wolves generally form groups that are not superior in number to that corresponding to a family.

The Wolf was and remains the symbol of Rome, the symbol of fertility and protection. In Rome, the door of the house of newlyweds is still rubbed with wolf grease to bring happiness.

The eyes are the windows to the soul, and it is through these powerful organs that we perceive the world that surrounds us, obtain the understanding of how they work around us and externalize our deepest emotions and feelings.

The wolf is an animal known to be expressive and communicative. He uses all his sense organs to interact with the world that surrounds it. In nature, the wolf keeps his gaze fixed on his goal.

The Wolf as a Master Guide:

The notion of the wolf as an enraged warrior, relentless and cunning leader, can be said to be associated with the god named Mars. Among the Nordics, there is the history of demigods, men descended from Tyr, who ruled the world as mythical kings, and were considered almost semi divine. These gods were capable of bending the beasts using bare hands, and they were all left-handed ( Tyr was maimed so he could only use his left hand) and dogs and beasts lay submissive at his feet.

One aspect of the proximity between the Indo-European people compared to the Native North Americans is that the wolf symbolizes both protection and destruction. It occupies a place in all the religions of Europe even in the monotheistic, it is respected, revered and feared

Wolves and the Celtic tradition

The Volcae were a confederation of Celtic tribes established in Gaul and along the Danube. Volcae could mean”wolves”. In the Breton Celtic tradition, Bleiz is one of the last druids, who lived like a hermit in the forest with the animals he cared for and surrounded by wolves. The wolf was an animal attribute of God Belen its protector. Bleiz was therefore nicknamed as “the werewolf”.

As a Celtic symbol, the Wolf was considered a source of lunar energy. The fact that the wolves howl to the moon, has given life to stories of werewolves, stories where a man transforms into a wolf during full moon. Actually, the wolves do not howl at the moon, they have to place their heads like that in order to howl. The moon and the wolf are also signs of communication and power.

An alpha wolf is usually the only one that howls to summon its pack for a meeting or to mark its territory. The image of the wild wolf howling at the moon is a powerful symbol especially for those whose animal spirit is a wolf. This image is a reminder of the importance of their personal freedom.

The Wolf as a Spirit Animal:

Even if the wolf is not your spirit animal, you can access its energy through visualization and meditation. The energy of the wolf usually improves family relationships, social gatherings and friendships. As your spirit animal, it helps you to understand difficult times and assists you in overcoming your problems.

If a white wolf appears in meditation, it usually offers protection and help. A black wolf invites you to explore the mysteries, while asking you to remain silent; a brown one reminds you of your duty of protection, both towards others and towards yourself, and advises you to defend your land either literally or metaphorically.

The gray wolf is a warrior. Your message may be that it is time to fight or a warning to leave aggression behind. People who meditate with wolves often develop the ability to notice changes in the environment or energy, be it a positive or a negative change. They trust their intuition, and can perceive deception by listening carefully.  If they do not like what they see, they are more than willing to defend their territory.


The Wolf’s Moon is the Full Moon of January and owes its name to the disturbing howls of these animals during the cold winter nights, which is due to their inability to find food.

It is a special Full Moon that transmits the energy and personality characteristics of the wolf.

The Wolf As a Spirit Animal provides the solution to difficult problems and ensures the stability of the family. He teaches us to take care of each other in order to survive.

The wolf as a spirit animal can also;

Promote courage, dignity and intelligence, Facilitate communication, generosity and loyalty with friends and Foster the ability to resist adversity.

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