The Ancestral Wolf Guardian & Power Spirit

Updated on April 17, 2016

“The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity too great for the eye of man.”

William Blake

There can be few animals that evoke such intense emotions as that of the wolf. Much of the hate and fear comes from not only a misunderstanding of this beautiful, intelligent and shy animal, but a continuing belief in scare mongering stories. Such though was the belief in these wolf 'fairytales' that the animal - even into present times - is still feared. In the UK the wolf, along with other animals such as the bear, was hunted to extinction. Today the wolf is slowly being re-introduced into the UK through the use of wild life sanctuaries.

In a few belief systems and mythologies the wolf was seen as an omen of destruction, war and death and so was feared and perceived as evil. However, there were many other cultures such as the Celts, who, although retaining the associations of war, destruction and death, did not view these as evil forces. In particular, death was viewed as positive and necessary for change and rebirth to take place. In addition the wolf was also revered as a companion to the gods and goddesses.

The wolf also has other functions. Both in the shamanistic traditions and other pagan belief systems. The wolf is viewed as a powerful guide and teacher.


Celtic Mythology & Lore

"The gaze of the wolf reaches into our soul." - Barry Lopez

Within Celtic Mythology the wolf was revered as the companion of Cerridwen, godddess of the Moon and fertility. The wolf was also one of the four sacred animals of the goddess Brighid. Further to this, the wolf has the status of being one of the totem guardians of Britain.

Within Celtic belief the wolf ruled over the winter quarter of the year. From Samhain (Halloween) to Imbolc, festival of the Goddess, Brighid. This festival takes place in Februrary - this month was known to the Celts as Faoilleach, month of the wolf. This time of year was equated with death and purification. Death had to occur in order that life could not only continue, but be re-born. Therefore, death did not have the gloomy and hopeless associations that it has for many of us today. People did grieve when they lost a loved one, but there was also joy and celebration that their spirit was free and living a better life.

But the wolf was not only the companion of goddesses. The Celtic gods as well had the wolf as their symbol. In particular the Celtic horned god, Cernunnos, Lord of the Animals. In many Celtic works of art, including the Gundestrup Cauldron, Cernunnos can be seen with one or more wolf companions.

The Arthurian figure Merlin was also associated with wolves. In the period of his life when he was living as a hermit, he took with him as a companion, an old grey wolf. I mention Merlin here due to an interesting association. That Merlin, along with the wolf is, viewed as one of the ancestral guardians of Britain. Not only that, but as with the horned god Cernunnos, Merlin was also called, Lord of the Animals and Lord of the Earth.

Celtic god Cernunnos - Lord of the Animals
Celtic god Cernunnos - Lord of the Animals | Source
The Morrigan who often took the form of a wolf, crow, eel and cow.
The Morrigan who often took the form of a wolf, crow, eel and cow. | Source
Stone engraving of Cernunnos, Lord of the Animals. The wolf was sacred to the Celtic peoples.
Stone engraving of Cernunnos, Lord of the Animals. The wolf was sacred to the Celtic peoples. | Source

Wolf Knowledge & Lore

  • The Benign and helpful Werewolf - the Wulver is traditionally associated with Shetland off the North Coast of Scotland. This creature has the body of a man and the head of a wolf. He would most often be seen sitting at the edge of a loch or river catching fish. Later the fish would be left as a gift for the local people.
  • Gaelic - the wolf has many names within both Irish and Scottish Gaelic. Some of the most common are - Mac Tire - this means 'son of the earth' or 'son of the countryside'. Madadh Alluidh - means 'wild dog'. It is believed that the Celts may have bred wolves with their own hunting dogs in order to breed a super hound that could be used in battle. The name Conor is anglicised from the name Conchobhar - this means both wolf lover and dog lover and was the name taken by many Kings of Ulster.
  • The Talking Wolf - in 1182 a priest was on the road in Ireland, travelling from Ulster to Meath. He suddenly met a wolf and was astonished when it began to speak. The wolf's human ancestors had been cursed and every seven years they were doomed to turn into werewolves. The wolf went onto explain that his wife was now dying and pleaded with the priest to intervene on her behalf. This priest did so and was able to lift the curse. The grateful wolf accompanied the priest and ensured he reached the city of Meath in safety.
  • Celtic Hero Cormac mac Airt - this hero of Celtic mythology was raised by wolves and so was able to communicate with them in their language. For the rest of his life, Cormac was always seen accompanied by at least four wolf companions. Whether in battle or at rest, the wolves were never far from his side.
  • The Morrigan or Morrigan. This is one of the tripartite goddesses of war, death and destruction. She has three distinct aspects and personalities. She is sometimes known collectively as The Morrigan. Alternatively she has three separate names - Morrigan, Macha and Badb. One of the goddesses companion animals was the wolf. In battle she was often seen as a hooded crow or in wolf form. She would frequently take the form of a red-furred wolf when testing and chasing the Celtic hero Cu-Chulainn.
  • Tuatha de Danan - (the approximate pronounciation sounds like - Too ha day dah-nan ). The translation basically means 'people of the goddess Danu. But other translations describe them more as a tribe or clan. They were regarded as a clan of deities and super heroes. Dagda being one of the best known. They were skilled in the arts, science, poetry as well as magical and mystical knowledge. After being eventually defeated, the Dananns retreated into the Underworld and the magical 'land of youth' - Tir na n-Og. Through magic, this secret world was kept hidden from the eyes of mortals. The Tuatha de Danan are shape shifters, able to move between a human like appearance and a wolf.


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The wolf is a powerful and supportive spirit guide.
The wolf is a powerful and supportive spirit guide. | Source

Shamanistic Tradition

"Wolf is the Grand Teacher. Wolf is the sage, who after many winters upon the sacred path and seeking the ways of wisdom, returns to share new knowledge with the tribe. Wolf is both the radical and the traditional in the same breath. When the Wolf walks by you - you will remember." - Robert Ghost Wolf

The wolf mysteries throughout Europe are very old. Their central theme would revolve around the symbolic death of the initiate and a subsequent rebirth. This re-birth took place after a shamanic journey to the Underworld to commune with its Master and Mistress.

The shamanic journey or 'wolf trance' involved moulding and releasing the shaman's energy field or hamingia . This would allow for the etheric shield to form into a wolf. This would then carry the shaman's consciousness to the Underworld. In the Underworld a shaman would commune with the animal soul that lies hidden, deep within the levels of the subconcious.

Here again we have the association of wolf with death. But this is once more symbolic of a cleansing and transition in order to undergo a spiritual re-birth. Through this transformation knowledge and understanding comes.

At the heart of Celtic Shamanism, the main goal was to take on the shape of a particular animal in order to gain knowledge or instructions for a particular need, such as healing. Many animals were invoked and among them was of course the wolf. The wolf would often be called upon for guidance in another plain and also for protection as well as knowledge.

The wolf is a sacred totem for many cultures around the world.
The wolf is a sacred totem for many cultures around the world. | Source

Call Of The Wild - Wolf As A Power Animal

"We have doomed the Wolf not for what it is, but for what we have deliberately and mistakenly perceived it to be.. the mythologized epitome of a savage, ruthless killer.. which is, in reality no more than a reflexed image of yourself." Farely Mowat

The wolf is regarded as one of the Celtic animal allies. Which basically means it is one of the common spirit guides. The wolf was regarded as cunning, intelligent and with the power to out-wit hunters. As such it can teach us how to avoid dangers that would harm us. The wolf is a great teacher and guide and shows us the mysteries of nature as well as the mystery of death and re-birth.

Within Pagan traditions and beliefs the wolf is a common power animal or guide. The colours black, white and red, associated with wolves, connect them to the Moon Goddess whose colours these are.

As a power animal the wolf teaches:

  • To learn from your own inner self.
  • How to develop your intuition, instincts and psychic abilities.
  • With proper development of the above, the wolf will guide you to - knowledge and understanding.

In order to gain this knowledge and understanding we have to journey to our own personal underworld. Here we learn our weaknesses and our inner darkness. From then we journey with our wolf as guide, guardian and companion into the light of knowledge and understanding. With this comes the development of our spirit.

In these days of great change, it seems very appropriate that a power animal such as the wolf should be the inner plane guide for many who seek a deeper meaning from life and who search for greater understanding. The wolf is after all:

  • The teacher,
  • The guide for life and spirit journeys
  • The transformer
  • The opener of the ways.

This beautiful animal has a vital position on both the physical and spiritual planes. As they are the guides and caretakers of our spirit on the astral planes, then it is our duty to care for them on the physical plane. Many people are now moving towards a much better understanding of this extraordinary animal and the more we learn the more we appreciate its abilities.

The wolf stimulates all levels of consciousness. Stirs our spirit to begin the quest and awakens within us the call of the unknown - the call of the wild.

Questions & Answers

    © 2012 Helen Murphy Howell


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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi WiccanSage, many thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      Such a great, informative hub. Excellent work.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Kahsmir56 - always a pleasure to hear from you and glad that you enjoyed the hub! I agree they are awesome animals and very smart indeed!! Thank you so much for the lovely comment, the vote and the share - greatly appreciated as always!!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend such an interesting and awesome hub about wolves, they are very beautiful and majestic animals and very smart has well. Love all the very beautiful photos you have used in the well written hub. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Amethystraven, lovely to hear from you - and apologies for taking so long to respond. I've just got a new puppy, 8 weeks old and I've been a bit hectic the last couple of days!!

      That is really interesting about your work at the Wolf Mountain Sanctuary in California - and what a beautiful part of the world you are in! Wolves are absolutely awesome animals!! I really wish Britain still had these animals as part of our wildlife. But they are being re-introduced into wildlife parks and you do get a lump in your throat to see them back and roaming the land that was once theirs. That is a very beautiful relationship you had with the wolf that helped you after your Father's passing - their instincts, perception, gentleness and intelligence are a wonder of the natural world!

      Thank you as well for such an interesting and beautiful comment!

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      Amethystraven 6 years ago from California

      I enjoyed this hub very much. I volunteer at Wolf Mountain Sanctuary where I live in California. The wolves there have taught me a lot and I am still learning. One wolf has helped me heal myself regarding my fathers passing. He would come up and rub himself on me and afterwards all I could do was bawl my eyes out. Since then, he will come to me, but not rub on me as much anymore. I love their majestic presence on this planet and I hope they grow to be in the millions again around the world. Thank you :-)

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Flickr, many thanks for stopping by and glad that you enjoyed the hub! I agree about wolves often getting made out to be the 'bad guy' it brasses me off at times! I haven't heard of Farely Mowat's book, but I will definitely look it up - thanks for letting me know about that.

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      Flickr 6 years ago

      Very nice. Wolves are a rare beauty. They are often in our folklore as the "bad guy". Farley Mowat's never cry wolf is a wonderful book I recommend to all readers.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi CM - always lovely to hear from you and I always enjoy your input. I think to hear the stories of the last wolves is so sad. But with tv/documentaries along with conservation groups the wolf is beginning to have a substantial fan club world wide - not surprising when people learn to know this beautiful and intelligent animal. But we are still far away from the wolf being able to run free as they once did. I think the huge and beautiful national parks are, for the present at least, the best option for the wolf in Britain and there does not seem to be any anti-feeling about them being in parks. It's not the same as being free but it's a step in the righ direction and looking at the wolves they seem to be quite content.

      Great to hear from you and glad that you enjoyed the hub!

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi Seeker7, what a fantastic hub on wolves. It seems that the wolf is sunk very deep into the psyche of Europeans, even though they have been extinct in this country since the 16th century. I always remember my father telling me about the last wolf in England being killed on Humphrey Head in Cumbria as we went past on the train when I was a child. It would be great if they could be successfully reintroduced here, but a lot of people are irrationally fearful of large apex predators

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hey Wes - you're right it is a great idea for a hub and no offense taken at all - much obliged. If it hadn't been for your information and input the subject wouldn't have come up! Many thanks and as always, great to hear from you!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Seeker7, now you're teaching me something again! I've never known of such, and what a fabulous idea for a hub (not that I'd suggest something for you to write about!!!! LOL!)

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Wes, I think you've made a good point here. I'm not a great fan of the Romans, but one thing I do admire them for is there love and appreciation of dogs. Maybe they didn't find much that wasn't, in their eyes, barbaric about the Brits, but they did greatly admire their dogs. Once the Romans settled, it wasn't long before they had aquired these dogs from some of the Celtic tribes. What I find really interesting though, is that most of the quotes about admiration for dogs does seem to be in relation to Britain, so it would be interesting to find out what the actual look and traits were of these Celtic British dogs.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Seeker7, so far as I know Julius Caesar's Gaul Legions were the first Romans to go to the British Isles in order to expand Rome, and the first time that Caesar's Legions tried to invade....they were not prepared for the Britons who fought not just with bows, spears, and swords...but with their dogs!

      I just thought that might be a source for that :-/

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Wes, that's really interesting about the bears and their diet and of course makes perfect sense. And yes I think the grey wolf is probably the same or as you say with slight genetic variations. To date, there is definitely no evidence that Britain had any giant wolves or bears and it would seem that it was Roman propaganda or free licence maybe just to make their book/manuscript more interesting. Many thanks for the information, this was really interesting!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I can tell you for a fact that bears grow much larger when they have a high protein diet available to them. Of course bears eat more than meat...but the ones that live in places to where they can eat lots of salmon, etc - grow much larger than do the bears that live in places such as Yellowstone National Park...where there is mostly just plant matter and small mammals available to them.

      I think wolves are nearly always within a certain size range regardless.

      I think that France was where there used to be a really large wolf population...but wolves of middle age France really did get into the habit of killing/eating humans - and so they were basically whipped out.

      US/Canadian Grey Wolves would be very similar to the wolves of the British Islands (the extinct ones) - but probably there were some very slight genetic differences in the original U.K. wolves that would have qualified them for a distinct sub species.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Wes - as always it's great to hear from you and glad that you enjoyed the hub.

      Yes they are being introduced into parks. Alastar (Alastar Pickard) had actually asked me what type of wolf, I had thought Timber, but at least in Scotland it's actually the Grey Wolf. I think the Grey Wolf was the nearest to the species that was wiped out, and they seem to be doing very well here. I think most of the wolves actually came from parks in your own country and Canada - thankfully your country does still have this beautiful animal! I don't know if it's just Roman scare mongering or good story telling, but this Roman guy was writing about the Celts and the wildlife in Britain - before the animals were all slaughtered in later centuries for fun/sport - and he said that the wolves and bears were 4 or 5 times larger than anywhere else??? Whether that is true remains to be seen, but I don't think there have been any huge bones found as yet! For me I'm just happy to see any species of wolf back here in the UK and this time I think they will be much better cared for - and loved - than in previous times!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Well you know I love anything about wolves!!! Super beautiful collection of photos here too!

      I've read that wolves are being somewhat restored in the U.K...but of course the ones that had been there originally, as a species...are no more.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Kitty, as usual always lovely to hear form you and glad that you enjoyed the hub!

      Well - that is one awesome experience! I don't say 'dream' because this event went way beyond the dream state. You obviously have a very powerful and protective guardian spirit who can or chooses to take the form of the wolf. My interepretation is that it was not only protecting you but was taking your spirit to a place of greater safety. In addition - with of course the wolf being the teacher and opener of the ways - probably took you on a longer journey. This might be in you sub-conscious working away gradually with you or it is latent until a later time! It was obviously more of a shamansitic experience where there is always symbolic death and re-birth. The re-birth was being reborn not only within the spirit of wolf but a joining with your guardian spirit or power animal. This is one experience to treasure and the importance and significance will only grow greater as time passes. A very beautiful experience to have and thank you so much for sharing this. It was fascinating!

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

      Seeker - So happy you wrote about the wolf as a power animal. Also, I wanted to thank you for that nice compliment you left me on my hub...very sweet indeed. That being said, I'd like to tell you about a dream that I had about the wolf that I think you'll find intriguing and related directly to this hub.

      About seven years ago, I was very into shamanism and my spirituality and focused mainly on my spirituality above everything else (which isn't always good as one must be balanced in life); however, I had a dream that I was in a log cabin, high up in the mountains in a place covered with snow. I was laying in the hallway of this cabin...dying. A white wolf came down the hallway towards me and laid down next to spirit left my body and melded with the white wolf...I became the white wolf...if you can picture that. In becoming the white wolf, I had extraordinary powers and was even able to leap through walls of the cabin. After that, I don't remember anything of the dream, but I remember waking up and thinking that this dream was something special...that it was a sign of my spiritual re-awakening, if you will. Thanks for letting me share and thank you for a most wonderful hub on the wolf. Voted up, interesting, awesome, and beautiful!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Rosemay, as always it's lovely to hear from you.

      I do agree about the movies - and many silly books as well. The image they give of the wolf is biased and unfair. They are very beautiful and as you say intelligent animals.

      Glad that you enjoyed the hub and many thanks for the vote up!

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      What a wonderful interesting hub. Wolves are very intelligent and very family orientated.

      I enjoyed reading about the Celtic mythology, I found that extremely interesting.

      I think a lot of movies do the wolf an injustice; they portray them as vicious animals. They are only dangerous when they are starving and looking for a meal.

      You have done a great job here showing us the real wolf and the legends around them

      Voting up

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Lizzy, and many thanks for letting me know about the poem. I would love to read it!

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Hello again. I was going to tell you about my short poem, "Wolfen Song," that captures part of this feeling I have for these beauties, but I had lost it. It is now back again, but it's pretty far down the list.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi MM, lovely to hear from you and glad that you enjoyed the article.

      I adore wolves! Not only for their beauty, but when I watch and read about them, its fascinating how, like dogs, they have their own unique personalities! I was saying to George, that yes I would love to have a wolf, but since I haven't a clue how to take care of it and it would be cruel keeping one as a pet, I'll just have to be content watching them on Telly or at the wildlife park! LOL!

      Many thanks again for your visit and the vote up - greatly appreciated.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Alastar,

      I'm sure as far as Wolf Watch UK goes the Timber Wolf is the most common. A wolf that I adopted (an adoption scheme that you give money to), called 'Bubbles' as a Timber Wolf. Feelings are that the species from Britain was probably more close to the Timber than any other. However, there are some who feel that the European Wolf - a bit smaller I think than the timber - is also a good candidate. I'm sure there is also a couple of the wildlife parks that have one or two Arctic wolves and they also seem to be doing very well. But on the whole there tends to be a mixture, largely because many of the wolves are rescued animals. It is interesting that according to some of the Roman historians who came to Britain, they claimed that the island had huge wolves and enormous bears! Now whether that is just there imagination or what, I don't think anyone knows for sure - also I don't think any remains of huge bears or wolves have been found, but I could be wrong.

      That's interesting about the wolf being viewed more of a 'trickster' with Native American Shamanism. In quite a few mythological/occult sources a 'trickster' tends to be sent as a test for the participant. It's not bad or evil, but basically it's to see if your up to making the next level.

      That's really interesting about the Djin? I hadn't thought of that, but now that you mention it, it does make a lot of sense.

      And no, it's defiantely no surprise that the Celts and the Amerindians continue to show how close they were on outlook and beliefs.

      Many thanks again for your visit Alastar - as usual it's a great pleasure!

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      The wolf is one of my favourite animals, it's such an intelligent and handsome animal, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the lore and mysteries surrounding this incredible animal, thank you for sharing and voted up.

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Seeker. What kind of wolf is being reintroduced there? The smaller Red Wolf was successfully reintroduced here in N.C. but the larger Grays not so successfully. The Celts and Amerindians were alike in their attitudes towards them, no surprise there if you know what i mean. Its awesome to find out more about how they were looked upon in Celtic mythology. The Gundestrup Cauldron sure was a fascinating find. The Talking Wolf makes me wonder if it wasn't a Djin shape-shifter like the Tuatha might have been- if the story really happened of course. As far as wolves being power guides I consider that a possibility with the one I saw ar Boone's Cave but at this point am leaning more towards what is known in Native American shamans as a trickster spirit, or shape-shifter. Excellent article Seeker, some new stuff here written in you're always inimitable style.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi George, lovely to hear from you and many thanks for stopping by! Glad that you enjoyed the hub and yes this wonderful animal does have a lot more to it than we realise. I would love to have a wolf pet but guess I'll just have to settle for watching them in the wild-life park!

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      georgethegent 6 years ago from Hillswick, Shetland, UK

      That was very interesting Seeker. The wolf has more to it than is generally known - not only that, I want one. Voted up!!!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Rachel - many thanks for stopping by - always lovely to hear from you!

      When the wolf wants to get in contact it does in the most remarkable of ways - I like the idea of a touch lamp with wolf prints, sounds really cool!

      Really glad that you enjoyed the hub and many thanks again for your visit - greatly appreciated!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi msviolets - many thanks for the visit and glad that you enjoyed the hub!

      I think that your wonderful Mum and me would get on really well!LOL! Many thanks again for taking the time to visit - greatly appreciated.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi CC! Lovely to hear from you and glad that you enjoyed the hub!

      I wrote this hub for two main reasons. Firstly my love of wolves. Secondly I was sick and tired of reading so much scare mongering crap about these beautiful animals. When I researched what the experts said about wolves, it was clear that this animal was neither vicious or a random slaughterer. And for certain, it was certainly not evil - that's only a trait that humans have, animals are not capable of being evil.

      "Mission Wolf" sounds absolutely wonderful!! What a great experience that must have been for you - and a godsend for these beautiful animals. No! I didn't know that when a wolf licks your hand that it will remember! They are remarkable and the more we learn, the more this animal continues to impress more and more! Thank you so much for sharing this information - this has intrigued me and really made my day!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Lizzy - lovely to hear from you and many thanks for taking the time to write such a lovely comment.

      I to have a strong affinity for the wolf - they are wonderful animals and definitely have all the attributes you describe. It's interesting that so many people who have a love of wolves, tend to be animal lovers in general and many are also pet owners.

      Many thanks Lizzy for the vote up - its greatly appreciated!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Eddy - always a pleasure to hear from you! I'm like you anything to do with nature is a hit with me - it's a subject I never get bored with.

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment and the vote up - it really does mean a lot!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hello msviolets - lovely to hear from you and glad that you enjoyed the hub! I think your lovely Mum and me would get on very well! LOL! Wolves and my dogs of course, are my favourite animals!

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      Rachel Richmond 6 years ago from California

      And we just purchased a touch-lamp that has two wolf prints on it. What a lovely confirmation from this power animal. Well written and in depth.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 6 years ago from Western NC

      This is a beautifully written hub! I love how you call attention to such a misunderstood animal and how we all can give it a degree of reverence. I had an opportunity to stay at a place called "Mission Wolf" whose owners had many wolves they had saved. I learned so much about them and never feared them (if I ever really did) again. They are remarkable. Did you know that if you meet a wolf and it licks your hand, it will never, ever forget you as long as it lives? They have an incredible memory!

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Absolutely beautiful. I have always had an affinity for wolves. They are gorgeous, majestic creatures with a keen intelligence.

      (Of course, I love all animals, but in particular, cats, wolves and horses.)

      I loved your detailed background information on the old world beliefs with the pagans--another interest of mine.

      Voted up across the board and shared!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Wow I am the first to comment;great!!

      I really enjoyed and learned so much from this one.

      Anything on nature;animals;wildlife is brilliant and this one was indeed a rare treat.

      It has to be awarded that up up and away.


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      msviolets 6 years ago

      Another delightful read! The wolf is my mom's favorite animal; and I really enjoyed reading the various roles it plays in folklores. Thank you!


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