The Wolf As A Spiritual Guide
Animal Spirit Guides
In many spiritual and cultural traditions, animals play an intrigal part in our lives. Each animal provides it's own set of characteristics and gifts to us as a guide. Some spiritual beliefs carry this idea one step farther and define the purpose or meaning of the animal based on it's color as well. These spiritual guides help to show us the way along our own path through life. Teaching us a little about ourselves and who we are.
In many native American traditions, the wolf is considered to be the highest spiritual teacher in the kingdom, even above the hawk and eagle. Each color of the wolf brings a different lesson or knowledge. You can read about these meanings in the Spiritual Classifications of the wolf.
A female wolf is a creature of community. She's rarely alone. She shares responsibilities of family with her pack. She is loyal to a fault, some she-wolves have died trying to save one of their own pack members from danger when she could have run away and saved herself. So being loyal to a fault isn't necessarily good, but it ain't that bad either.
A wolf is territorial and not afraid of fighting for her home or pack. Like many dogs she is a little jealous of those she doesn't know or trust and will often try to put herself between her home/family and others. It's an act of protection, not possession. And in typical wolf fashion, she is also on guard to sense the slightest changes in energy for good or bad.
When not threatened and when treated with respect, a wolf will allow others to get close to her and to her pack. But when approached with deceit, or hidden agendas, she will often pick up on that scent and be wary of the contact. Often this "feeling" will appear much earlier than others. She has good ears for listening to the most intricate details, up close and far off. So that early warning system kicks in, even when the energy is at a far distance and has not yet arrived. So when you cross the path of a wolf, they often know you've been coming for a while.
So how does this "nature" of the wolf help you when a wolf is your spiritual guide? Well, it tells you a lot about yourself and how you deal with issues in your daily life. Those of us with a Wolf guide are often around others who are like minded. That doesn't mean we only associate with others who believe in magik or practice yoga, but rather with others who are equally spiritual or just as active. But we often back or protect our family and friends to the point of getting ourselves into a fight.
In the work place and relationships our territorial nature comes out. We work on a project and after a significant amount of effort, we can get upset when someone crosses a line and tries to take it from us or infringes on our part of the pond. When this trait comes out in a relationship, it's often mis-interpreted as possessiveness. When actuality it's more often a sense of danger or foreboding. We want to protect our mate and family.
Now take these same conceptual examples and apply it to your spiritual pursuit. The events on your daily path. How often do these traits expose themselves, through good or bad results?
The wolf walks beside us to remind us of the lessons we're here to learn. Over protection can mean one needs to learn how to trust others. Territorial issues are lessons of letting go. But the positives are there too. The wolf tries to show us our innate ability to "sense" to "see" spiritual undercurrents and lessons. To understand that we're not all alone and we have many "family" members to rely on.
So when your in a state of distress, call upon your animal guide for assistance. As the Wolf for strength and courage. Ask that your Spiritual Wolf help you to see the nature of an issue from spirit so that you can learn why it's occurring and how to proceed.