|A Healthy Woman is Much Like a Wolf
We are both social creatures, longing for pack mates, intelligent, communicative, wild, gentle, playful, capable of great strength, fiercely loyal, dedicated, territorial and beautiful.
|I have Wolf medicine as my totem, along with the Condor. The great Wolf has taught me many great lessons on my path to health. He has taught me to seek shelter when the storm comes, to seek assistance from the pack for food and survival. Wolf has taught me to live with the amazing ability to reap the rewards of my own independence every day. I have always felt wolves around me, they come to me in my dreams, and I have seen them in the wild and heard their howls. I will always crave to hear their howling echo through the misty moon drenched trees of the wilderness.|
|In the Native American way, the word medicine means anything that brings us closer to nature. I often refer to it as "the spirit that moves through all things." This could mean the healing of a body, the mind, and spirit as observed through the lessons and living patterns of the animal kingdom. Of course, this requires clear awareness by the seeker and the desire to be in harmony with the strength and wisdom of that creature's essence. Native American Medicine is "a way of life." I have used it as my core, my foundation, and realizing that my disease (Lyme disease) came from being out in nature. My path to healing also lies out in nature. Somewhere there is a root, a plant, a flower that contains medicine in it the world needs to treat this disease. I strive to protect the wilderness so that research can prevail and we can live in harmony, and stop pretending that technology will "save us."
Why the wolf?
Animals are powerful teachers that frequently appear in our dreams and our daily activities, providing us with insight, companionship and subtle messages. Understanding these signals necessitates humility and the ability to be in touch with your inner self. The wolf is a dynamic animal in the great kingdom of creatures. The wolf is a leader, as the teacher and pathfinder of new ideas; the wolf has an enormous sense of family, as well as a strong individual drive. These traits would seem to make the wolf quite similar to the human race. Wolf medicine has the spirit of empowering the teacher within us all to come forth and aid the children of Earth in the Great Mystery in life. As you feel wolf coming alive within you, you may wish to share your knowledge and insight by writing or lecturing on information that will help others better understand their uniqueness, or "path of life."
|The Wolf Spirit|
|More about Wolves....
Wolves are related to dogs. Their scientific classification is Canis Lupus. They are similar in many ways to dogs, except that in most cases, they are larger. Wolves generally have longer legs than dogs. Dogs are in fact related to wolves. It is estimated that wolves were first domesticated about 12,000 years ago. A lot of time has taken place since, allowing plenty of variation. It is difficult to imagine, but everything from a Pug, to a Pit bull, to a Chihuahua came from the wolf.
Wolves are wild animals. They survive by hunting and consuming large hoofed animals. Currently, they are found in Canada in the greatest numbers, and also occur in much smaller numbers in Russia, Northern Europe, and some isolated regions in the United States. Most wolves in the United States are in Alaska and extreme northern Minnesota. Some wolves are also in the northern Rocky Mountains. I have heard the wolf call in Canada, and Alaska.
The most unique trait of wolves is their intelligence and social behavior. Wolves are highly social animals, living in family groups called packs. These packs are tightly knit social groups, with a ranking structure in place, most generally believed for keeping the pack organized for purposes of the hunt and care of the pack. Wolf packs typically consist of an Alpha pair, the only pair that mates, a Beta, or supporter, subordinates, or other members of the pack, and the Omega, typically a female, who bears the brunt of the pack's stress. Each wolf in the pack plays a vital role. According to general knowledge about wolves, the male and female wolves dictate and control the hierarchy of their own, that is, the males maintains a separate pack order from the females, though all will enforce the position of the Omega.The Alpha wolves are not always the strongest. It is thought by many that the Alpha pair is a leadership role, one that is characterized by organization and rallying, rather than forceful domination and strength. This is due to the very nature of the pack. It is not vital that the pack be as strong as can be, but as organized as possible, so that the hunt can be as successful as possible, putting food in the stomach of all members. The Beta wolf usually does the 'enforcing' of the pack structure, showing support for the Alpha, and 'reminding' the other members of who is in charge. Typically, the Alpha will be first to eat, and given 'the best cut', but not always; pack dynamics are not fully understood. The Omega wolf plays a vital role. It bears the stress of the pack, kind of a scapegoat. Though it does take the abuse of the pack, it is an essential role, as the pack must find a way to relieve stress if the hunt is not successful, or if a pack member is angered or stressed for any other reason. As unbelievable as it sounds, the Omega finds comfort in it's position. The Omega is not always the weakest member of the pack. It is not unheard of for the Omega to rise to Alpha, even without stepping up through the pack!
Wolves are very family oriented. In fact, in most cases, wolf packs are families. Typically, a pair will meet, breed, and form a pack. Some members of the pack, when old enough, usually around 22 months or so, the age of sexual maturity, will disperse, or leave the pack in search of a new pack, or a mate. It is these dispersers, when joining, that will form new packs. A wolf pack can be most accurately described as a family. This structure is best suited to the needs of the wolf. They have survived that way for many thousands of years. Though not typical, incest can and does occur in wolves. Wolves, unlike most species, are very immune to the effects of inbreeding. One striking example of this is the Isle Royale pack. These wolves came to an island on an ice bridge. The wolves were isolated, and therefore could only survive by continued inbreeding. It has been more than 25 years, and these wolves still survive, and in fact, are stronger than ever. This kind of immunity to inbreeding was though impossible, and in fact, during a particularly harsh winter on the island, was thought to be the blame for the sharp decrease in the number of wolves there. The wolves quickly recovered, and are still on the island today, where they offer a unique opportunity for researchers.
Wolves communicate in many ways. Primary communication seems to be body language, gesture, and expression. Wolves do vocalize in the form of howling and other minor ways such as whines, whimpers, yips and sometimes even barks. Within the pack, especially when they are together in close proximity, most communication is non-vocal. Wolf packs are very close nit, and contact with each other is an important part of the pack structure. 'Mob greetings', wherein a large number, if not all, of the pack gather and lick and/or sniff each other, are commonplace. Howling does occur within the pack, for various reasons including rallying for a hunt, mourning, communication with other packs or distant pack members, and other still-unknown reasons. Territory is enforced using howls. Communication can also be accomplished through scenting, scent marking, or scat. Wolves do of course scent mark their territory. They have also been known to leave scat as some apparent form of warning or indicator to other packs. This makes wolves easy to track, as this is usually done on common paths or trails used by wolves and other animals.
Wolves' survival is dependent upon their hunting. Wolves in North America primarily hunt elk. They also hunt deer, moose, bison, mountain goats, antelope and boar. It is documented in many places that wolves tend NOT to hunt livestock, seeming to prefer their usual wild prey. However, taking of livestock by wolves does occur. We should all do everything we can to help protect wolves and preserve the vast wilderness areas they need to survive. The message to us as the highest member of the food chain, is this...WALK IN BALANCE.
|Within every woman there is a wild, natural creature, a powerful force,
filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing.
Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species.
Wildlife and Wild Woman are endangered species. Without Wild Woman, we become overdomesticated, fearful, uncreative and trapped.
She is strong. She is fearless. She knows how powerful she is, and is gentle in her use of it. She honors the land and her own heart. She is Mother, she is Teacher, and she is Medicine Woman. She is fiercely protective of her pack, yet honors each one's individuality.
She sees the world as beautiful and unique. Her eyes glow with endless curiosity for growth and new beginnings. The air shimmers around her as she participates fully in the dance of life.
She intuitively knows what needs to be done and does it. Her simple freedom and ease in life inspire others. By example, she teaches the wonder of Being in the moment.
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