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Re: Power Animals

Posted: 03 Aug 2011, 14:25
by dvawlqos
I have a question -- I tend to see two wolves when meditating on the otherworld (as well as a guy in a wolf fur cowl who calls himself Vlady). I don't really understand why I see two wolves rather than one or whether these are teachers or whatnot. I asked them, and they said something about seeing both sides -- doesn't quite make sense yet. Any ideas?

Re: Power Animals

Posted: 05 Aug 2011, 12:36
by DaRC
Hmm the only two wolves within mythology that I know of are the companions of Odin - Geri & Freki who Odin gives his food to.
Geri & Freki can be translated as the same name, Ravenous One, or as greedy and greedier.

Does Vlady in the wolf coat have both eyes?

Re: Power Animals

Posted: 06 Aug 2011, 10:49
by Lorraine S.
dvawlqos wrote:I have a question -- I tend to see two wolves when meditating on the otherworld (as well as a guy in a wolf fur cowl who calls himself Vlady). I don't really understand why I see two wolves rather than one or whether these are teachers or whatnot. I asked them, and they said something about seeing both sides -- doesn't quite make sense yet. Any ideas?
Actually, it makes a lot of sense to me. Wolves mate for life so chances are that you have a mated pair showing you the male/female aspect of life. Plus since they are walkers-between-the-worlds, there may be lessons learned in balancing your physical and spiritual work.

I have found that often when working with power animals/guides, the answer to the question "Why?" is often "Why not?" :grin:

Re: Power Animals

Posted: 13 Aug 2011, 05:25
by dvawlqos
DaRC wrote:Hmm the only two wolves within mythology that I know of are the companions of Odin - Geri & Freki who Odin gives his food to.
Geri & Freki can be translated as the same name, Ravenous One, or as greedy and greedier.

Does Vlady in the wolf coat have both eyes?
honestly, I've never seen his face he has a wolfskin over his head and I mostly seem to see him side on. Not much help there I suppose.

Re: Power Animals

Posted: 24 Aug 2011, 20:18
by Cynon
For several years now my animal guide has been a crow. Today, however, while journeying, I was introduced to a new animal, a large pig. He was happy and friendly and we spent a long time dancing together. and I immediately felt a very strong rapport with him. He tells me his name is Carth, which is Welsh for oakum (I looked it up in an internet dictionary when I returned). Oakum is a fibre that's used for caulking to make wooden boats watertight. Interesting considering I've recently been told to make a sacrifice to the Lady of the Lake and now I've met a pig that's interested in boats!

Re: Power Animals

Posted: 25 Aug 2011, 16:48
by Donata
Their answer makes sense to me. Think about what seeing both sides of a situation, opinion, etc. may mean - balance, a more open mind, lack of pre-judging, seeing the other point of view - and as said above, a balancing of male/female within, or a balancing of the right, more intuitive side of the brain, and the left, more analytical side of the brain.

Why not meditate on the answer?

Good luck!
Donata

Re: Power Animals

Posted: 03 Oct 2011, 17:45
by Hairy Woman
Hi, I can't access the article, but thought I'd share my experiences with finding my Totem/animal guide, in the hopes that it's relevant.

I tried to do visualisations before, and I'm quite sure in the past I forced myself to see what I wanted to see, or had been influenced through reading the outcomes in 'how to' guides. For example, I read a guide in which the outcome was a deer, and so I saw a deer waiting for me. Other times I'd see a lizard because I liked them and that was what I was hoping I'd get.

Now, I am useless at meditation, and it didn't help that I did this at bed time, tired and lying flat on the bed instead of sitting upright (on the other hand, I got the best night's sleep I've had in months, so perhaps I should try more journeying around bedtime in the future!). I visualised going down into the World Tree/Shaman's Tree (see also: 'To find your power animal'. Thank you, Donata, for that thread!) and going down, I just kept going and going and going... my mind wandered, and I don't know what happened next. Eventually, I fell asleep. From what I remember, I didn't see my power animal, but when I woke up the first word in my head was 'Squirrel', and it made so much sense. I am in no way disappointed in this Totem - that it isn't big or majestic - because it feels so right.

Re: Power Animals (crow)

Posted: 20 May 2014, 12:19
by druidinthemist
my spirit guide is the crow. it has made appearances in my liifel when i most needed it. it is cunning and its mind has helped me through a labyrinth of dangerous lands. without a spirit animal i couldn't have survived. lessons learned will stay with me forever.

Re: Power Animals

Posted: 26 May 2014, 19:51
by druidinthemist
crow: i first saw the crow at my grandmothers. she shapeshifted in front of me. then i became the crow in my teenage years. i did not intend to and it frightened some of my friends. then two workers from our local crisis chapter came over after i had somewhat accidentally swallowed a bottle of tyloenol 3's. before they arrived i became violently ill. when they showed up i was fine. we talked for a while and the one lady who was sitting on the floor in front of me said lets see whose in there with you. i presented the crow which startled them. when they found i would be fine they rushed out to make notes before they forgot what they saw. druidinthemist

Re: Power Animals

Posted: 13 Jun 2014, 01:40
by Mannan
The wolf or dog was an ancient European motif for the otherworld spirits who follow us and wish us to come to their realm. I believe the Atlantic Europeans of the Iron Age believed that souls of the unfulfilled dead remained in this world in the form of wolves, birds, deer etc and served the living in order to pass on. Carrion animals would consume the flesh of the fallen and increase their souls' worthiness. This is imagery you can see on the Gundestrup Cauldron...

Re: Power Animals

Posted: 13 Jun 2014, 09:18
by xidia
Well, that's interesting. Meeting my wolf guide - who I've had all my life, but just didn't know - very much coincided with my beginning in energy and spirit work. A few years later, I've met a raven guide as well. One of the common themes of teaching is I'm not spending enough time in Otherworldly practice, so the European history of these two makes complete sense to me.