“Wolf is the pathfinder, the forerunner of new ideas who returns to the clan to teach and share medicine. Wolf takes one mate for life and is loyal like a Dog. If you were to keep company with Wolves, you would find an enormous sense of family within the pack, as well as a strong individualistic urge.”—Medicine Cards, Jamie Sams & David Carson
January 20th is the full moon that is known as the Wolf Moon. It’s one of my favorites. Using the information from the Native American Medicine Cards as our guide, there are several questions we can meditate on during this full moon:
At the beginning of this new year, what is the undiscovered territory we are exploring? What boundaries are we crossing? What new knowledge are we assimilating?
If we feel more like a gerbil on a wheel instead of a path-finding wolf, what can we do to push us out of our comfort zones? How do we awaken the Wolf Spirit that lies within?
How well are we balancing the needs of family and friends vs. our own individual needs? Do we need to strengthen our ties with those we love or do we need to learn a little self-care?
A simple ritual for this night would be to light a white candle and place a picture or statue of a wolf in front of it. Use this as a meditative image as we reflect on one of the questions I asked above.
This full moon is also a lunar eclipse which will be visible in North America beginning around 10:30pm EST. If you’re fortunate enough to have a clear sky (sorry for those facing the winter snowstorm) you should definitely go outside and enjoy the view. As the earth casts its magical shadow over the moon, reflect on the things that are both hidden and revealed in your life. Are you paying attention to both? What’s in plain sight that you need to pay attention to this coming lunar cycle? What have you been ignoring, postponing or isn’t on your radar that should be? Listen in silence and wait for the Divine to whisper her secrets to you.
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