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Superstitions and Legends Regarding Wolves

Cindy is an author and paranormal enthusiast who has published numerous books and articles on the subject of true unexplained phenomena.

The color of a wolf's coat is said to determine its intent.

The color of a wolf's coat is said to determine its intent.

Encountering a Wolf is an Omen of Things to Come

Wolves, the shadows of the forest, hold a special place in tales of lore. These highly intelligent, enigmatic creatures inspire both awe and fear in all whom they encounter.

These forefathers of domestic canines are judged for a variety of reasons, one of them being the color of their fur. The white wolf, for example, is considered an agent of light that has been sent from the heavens to tend the sheep below that, metaphorically speaking, are humankind.

Black wolves are the antithesis of their pale brethren. These purveyors of evil are fabled to be the devil's eyes on earth. As they observe us from afar, so too does the atrocity that orchestrates their every move.

To see black and white wolves congregated in one place suggests that both sides have their sights set on you. Such a scene is thought to be a warning that the path you are currently on will ultimately lead to your spiritual downfall. The presence of these opposing symbols is intended to put you on the straight and narrow before it's too late.

If you choose to turn your life around for the better, the white wolf has prevailed. If, however, you ignore the omen and continue on undeterred, the formidable black wolf has won and will come to collect you at a later date. When your time on earth is through, this harbinger of doom will return to escort you to the gates of hell where an eternity of torment awaits.

Coming face-to-face with wolves is seldom a good thing for anyone involved.

Coming face-to-face with wolves is seldom a good thing for anyone involved.

The Hidden Meanings Behind the Ways of the Wolf

It's no secret that humans are an enemy of the wolf. Given this indisputable fact, if one of these shy creatures shows no fear in the presence of this obvious threat, it is taken as a sign that the animal is actually a spirit in disguise. Neither good nor evil, these grey ghosts are merely lost souls returned to this realm to spend time among the living while keeping their true identities hidden.

Witnessing three wolves gathered together may not be as fortuitous as it seems. Happening upon such a scene, unlikely though it may be, is fate's way of telling you that a life of solitude lies ahead. Rather than sharing your life with another, you will live out your days unattached, much like the tagalong third wolf.

While wolves will normally go out of their way to avoid contact with humans, they have the ability to glimpse into our souls, if only from a distance. Consequently, if you hear one of these magnificent creatures howling on your birthday, they're letting you know that you should make the most of the occasion.

Unfortunately for the honoree, this display takes place not out of respect, but out of pity. Having insight into the world that lies beyond our own, they know something you don't, namely, that this birthday will be your last.

It is well-known that wolves are loners that stay out of sight as much as possible, especially when humans are around. So obsessive is their need to fly under the radar that they supposedly have the mystical ability to erase the memories of those who come upon them by accident or design.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, men would occasionally go missing during hunting expeditions only to turn up days, or even weeks later claiming that they had no recollection of the events leading up to their return to society.

With no feasible explanations at hand, it was speculated that they had encountered wolves that had stripped them of their memories in an attempt to protect the pack. In extreme cases, it was believed that wolves would drive the interlopers mad in order to ensure that their whereabouts remained hidden.

In the olden days, disguising newborns as wolves was a tactic used to protect them from evildoers.

In the olden days, disguising newborns as wolves was a tactic used to protect them from evildoers.

Witches Have a Natural Fear of Wolves

Wolves were once reputed to be enemies of witches, and other practitioners of the dark arts. According to Serbian legend, in days of yore, overprotective parents would often name their children Vuk, or wolf, to fool the nefarious entities they believed preyed upon the souls of the innocent.

As an added precaution, the more superstitious among them would swaddle their infants in the fur of a wolf to complete the ruse. To their way of thinking, even the most brazen embodiment of evil would avoid a dwelling that was known to be inhabited by a Vuk.

It was once believed that the bite of a wolf could turn a human into a werewolf.

It was once believed that the bite of a wolf could turn a human into a werewolf.

Wolves Can Turn Humans Into Beasts

For centuries, it was believed that wolves were actually the devil's minions in disguise. Created not by a holy power, but by the overseer of fallen angels, their bite was said to carry the curse of lycanthropy.

While many scoffed at the notion, others took it seriously, especially when unknown predators began terrorizing the villages of Europe in the 15th century. Since the lives of wolves were shrouded in mystery, it was only natural that these enigmas took the blame for much of the carnage.

During that time, it was held that to consume the flesh of a wolf was to risk being transformed into a werewolf, or strangely enough, a vampire. It was also purported that a bite or scratch from such a creature, providing that blood was drawn, would result in the same.

These absurd notions led to the slaughter of countless wolves whose only crime was their reclusive nature. Three hundred years would pass before the persecution finally ended, leaving the wolf in relative peace.

Still, the legend of the werewolf lived on, though wolves were no longer considered to be the source of the affliction. Instead, it was thought that the lupine infection could only be spread through the bloodline, as the result of a curse, the bite of a werewolf, or by drinking water that had been contaminated by a fully-turned lycanthrope.

These assumptions still hold true today, that is, for those who believe that nothing is out of the realm of possibility.

It has been said that an animal that survives a wolf attack is never the same.

It has been said that an animal that survives a wolf attack is never the same.

The Indelible Mark of the Wolf

Wolves are apex predators that instill dread in their prospective prey. The stench of fear on livestock that have survived a wolf attack is said to be so pervasive that they are often ostracized by others of their kind.

Although they may have temporarily outsmarted death, the scent of the wolf that clings to the ill-fated survivor acts as a constant reminder that something malevolent lurks nearby.

Conversely, in parts of Asia, wolves are viewed as protectors of both man and beast. Considered by many to be good luck charms, they are a welcome presence on farms that depend on the land to survive.

Though predators themselves, wolves that shelter near a working property are often given free rein in exchange for keeping nuisance animals away from crops and livestock.

Besides being experts at culling the fox, deer, and hare populations, wolves are also thought to ward off evil spirits that attempt to enter through portals undetectable to humans, but all-too-obvious to wildlife. Rumored to be proficient in the art of shapeshifting, they are—and have always been—masters at playing both sides of the eternal fence.



This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Cindy Parmiter (author) from United States on August 03, 2021:

Thank you so much. Have a joyous day.

Okeke Chiamaka from Nigeria on August 03, 2021:

Well written article.

You dissected the mystery behind the lore of wolves with such authoritative precision.