Today I’m going to talk about the wolf and the wolf mandala. I will try to bring the most relevant and interesting aspects, so as to offer you an interesting reading.
Even if it was often associated with danger and destruction, the wolf has a lot of qualities that we can take as an example. Let’s get into the story.
Cultural Characteristics Of Wolves
In popular culture, wolves are often associated with evil, more exactly they are said to be the Hounds of Hell, so they are not friends of people.
If we go back into history, we find out humans considered wolves a very dangerous enemy, even if the wolves attack only when they feel in danger or when they are hungry.
We all know that the lack of food and many other imbalances occur in nature most often due to man. Animals will never attack humans with no reason.
However, some civilizations considered the wolf their ally. The Native Americans considered the wolf a spiritual guardian for animals and humans.
Before battle, the White Mountain Apache warriors would sing and pray for the strength, endurance and teamwork of wolves.
When the Europeans arrived in America, they considered the land and the animals only an economic resource for human use. And seen that the wolves represented more than anything a danger for humans, the latter did not hesitate to destroy the environment of wolves.
Fortunately for the wolves, we began to accept wolves in respect for the native peoples who lived in peace and harmony with these wonderful animals for centuries, before the Europeans arrived.
The Ancient Greeks associated the wolf with the sun god, Apollo and in Roman mythology, the wolves are mainly associated to Mars, god of war and agriculture.
Therefore, some ancient civilizations believed the wolf was a dark spirit who brings death and disasters, based on lots of legends and stories, while other ancient civilizations considered the wolf a creature who brings strength, rich harvest, fertility, protection and teaches courage, independence and adventure spirit.
Today wolves are protected. This includes the obligation to maintain and restore ecosystems that include wolves for future generations, a moral responsibility that recognizes the wolf’s right to exist and an aesthetic standard that values the wolf as a symbol of wilderness.
While in some villages the anti-wolf sentiment persist, the majority of people let them to leave in peace and harmony, so they can follow the natural course of life.
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The Wolf And The Wolf Pack
I guess we all know that not only the man is capable of living in a perfect social structure.
One of the best examples, in this case, is the wolf pack. So what is the purpose of the wolf pack and how does it work?
The wolf pack is a multitude that unites to protect each member. Each wolf accepts its unique position in the pack, just like a family member does.
According to almonature.com the structure and the leadership of the pack consists in:
- an alpha pair (couple) or an alpha individual – the dominant, it commands the whole group
- a beta couple or a beta individual – directs the mid-level wolves, most likely to replace the alpha pair
- the adults – take charge of the remaining pack members in the middle and lower ranks
- individuals in the middle ranks
- individuals in the lowest rank (omega)
- the wolf pups – remain outside this complex ranking system until the age of sexual maturity
- females – always play second fiddle to males of equal rank
While the two extremes of the pack hierarchy tend not to vary, except in cases of injury or death, the average rank is more socially dynamic.
The leader, the dominant wolf (alpha) exhibits an attitude and stance to match his status by standing tall, with head and tail held high and ears erect. It also demands important privileges such as the right to feast on prey ahead of other members of the pack.
Less dominant wolves will act submissively towards the alpha; licking their leader’s muzzle, often lowering their bodies and positioning their heads, tails and ears lower the higher-ranking pack member.
Far more challenging however is life of the omega wolf. Their role is to act as the ‘social glue’, providing light relief within the volatile pack by promoting periods of play and calming the others in times of conflict.
The omega often plays the role of the scapegoat, regularly tolerating a lack of consideration from the rest of the pack. They are also usually the last to be allowed to feed.
Due to conflicts, sometimes happens that a member is excluded from the pack or leaves alone. However, the pack is essential for the wolves existence and they are much more successful when hunting together as a team, so the life of the lone wolf becomes difficult and a constant fight for survival.
Sometimes the lone wolf will find a new pack or it can create its own pack, which is extremely rare. The pack is the foundation of life for wolves. They can’t live without it or at least it wouldn’t be easy. They will have to deal with fear and anxiety.
As you can see, the wolves are very strong, well-organized, intelligent and emotionally intense. Isn’t this unique and beautiful?
The Wolf As A Spiritual Animal
As a spiritual animal, the power of the wolf brings forth instinct, intelligence, appetite for freedom and awareness of the importance of social connections. Sometimes this animal can also represent fear or lack of trust.
The wolf symbolizes:
- deep connection with instincts
- sharp intelligence
- expression of strong instincts
- feeling threatened
- lack of trust in someone or in your own self
I think we have a lot to learn from this animal and we should focus on the positive aspects, but always remember that we could never appreciate the good if we didn’t know the bad.
Also, there is no such thing as a good existence or a bad existence. There are good and bad moments which together create a balanced existence.
Wolf Mandala Designs
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The Wolf Mandala Meaning
The wolf mandala can represent a freedom recall, the need to socialize, widening horizons and the need to learn or study, the need to develop your intelligence, the trust in your own instincts and in your inner self or a self-discovery.
On the other side it can represent a moment or a period of your life when you feel threatened, alone and you can’t find the courage to trust yourself and the others. Stay positive, moments come and go, what you learn remains and makes you grow wiser, stronger and real!
Beautiful Wolf And Wolf Mandala Items That I Recommend
1. Wolf Blanket
2. Wolf Mandala Bedding
3. Sterling Silver Wolf Necklace
4. Wolf Mandala Coloring Pages
5. Wolf Canvas Art
I hope you enjoyed my post and if you have anything to add or ask about wolves and wolf mandala, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to make discussions with you! Blessings!