and the messages they bring you

Wolf

Learn to balance the responsibility of family needs without losing your identity. Use wolf medicine to develop strength and confidence in your decisions.
-Wolf

If Wolf has made his presence known in your life;

Is reminding us that although we see ourselves as civilized creatures – we are still animals with our own wild spirit. He is here to teach us about our inner selves and to discover our own hidden power and stamina. To see a wolf is to see a social and highly organized animal. One that understands the order of things and the balance of harmony and discipline.

When a lone wolf is spotted in the wilderness it embodies freedom. When seen in a pack it embodies a feel of community. If wolf appears to you alone or in a pack it is asking you to do the same within your own life.

A wolfs howl is primal and penetrating. The howl is used to locate clan members or to let wolves from outside of the pack know their territory boundaries. If you hear a wolf howl, this may be telling you to stand your ground and defend your boundaries.

If Wolf is your Animal Totem;

You have the capacity to make quick and firm emotional attachments and you know how to trust your insights about these attachments. You prefer diplomacy and retreat over open hostility or fights. This is not because of cowardice, this is because of a powerful intelligence. Often you maintain a network of loyal friends and family for when the going gets tough.

You are often very competitive and can become upset if the pecking order is disturbed, especially if it happens in your own home.

While seeking information and making an informed decision is a hallmark of this animal totem it is important that you don’t dally overlong in choosing what to do. More often than not, your seeking will lead you to the same conclusion that your animal intuition did in the first place.

If Wolf has come to your Dream;

To see a wolf in your dream symbolizes survival, beauty, solitude, mystery, self-confidence and pride. You are able to keep your composure in a variety of social circumstances and blend into any situation with ease and grace.

To see a white wolf in your dream signifies valor and victory. You have the ability to see the light even in your darkest hours. To see a black wolf in your dream represents your shadow. There are characteristics of the wolf that you are refusing to acknowledge or incorporate into your Self.

To dream that you kill a wolf indicates betrayal. Certain secrets will be revealed to you. If you are being chased by a wolf in your dream, then it implies that you are unwilling to confront a problem that has been negatively impacting your life. Instead you are running away from it.

To hear a wolf howling in your dream represents a cry for help from somebody in your waking life.

Additional Associations for Wolf:

  • Royalty
  • Spirit
  • Strength
  • Friendly
  • Sociable
  • Intelligent
  • Ritualistic in nature (applies to all of life)
  • Balances flexibility to establish harmony and order in life
  • New paths and journeys
  • Freedom to move within the realms of insights and attachments
  • Epitome of the wild spirit

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28 Responses to Wolf

  • I see spirits and demons and until recently never knew of spirit animals too much. Well I have had a very fearful mental impression of a black wolf in my house that is always watching me. Scares the crap out of me. Never SAW him but knew there was a wolf. I had an empath give me a reading a couple months ago and she mentioned the black wolf and it stopped me dead in my tracks. I learned of shadow animals today and wonder of that is what I’ve been sensing? It said shadow animals are there to help but if ignored can become dangerous. .what does that mean? Dangerous how?? I can’t figure out what message or lesson he is trying to convey

    • Hello Tiffany: Your gift of being able to see spirits and demons is a little unsettling to you. The black Wolf is representative of the fears you have about this shadow world. Embrace the Black Wolf as your protector and he will transform those fears through an inner understanding of the machinations of the eternal struggle of darkness and light. The only danger you are in is one of allowing your fears to get the best of you. Embrace it and you will wonder what you were afraid of in the first place.

  • For as long as I can remember the white wolf has been visiting my dreams. She usually makes her presence known in times of great stress. I have never felt fear or uneasy around her. A couple nights ago I dreamt I was going into a motor home with my fiance and wolves were howling back and forth to each other outside. There was no door on the home just a piece of leather. I told my fiance that tonight wasn’t the night to be out. The whole time the howling was making me very uneasy and even scared. This confuses me because I have always embraced the wisdom and courage of the wolf. I know in my waking life I have felt like I had to defend my fiance from my family’s unfounded attacks and deceptiveness.

    • Hello Donna: Your feeling of being unsettled and uneasy is symbolic of your inner wisdom knowing that the one you are trying to help at this time should really be allowed to help themselves instead. The wolves are letting you know that allowing other to fend for themselves is key to their personal growth. There are no lessons for them if we filter their experiences.

  • Hi, I was told that my spirit animal is a wolf (I think grey). I sometimes get the feeling that the wolf is rubbing his fur on my face. I had a dream about a wolf walking slowly up a flat rock. When he reached the top, he looked up to the moon and started to howl. This dream was a one dimensional and the wolf was black and there was no sound so I didn’t actually hear him howl at the moon. Can you tell me if this means anything?
    Thanks

    Remo

    • Hello Remo: I believe this dream is letting you know that you are ignoring the needs of the most important person in your life. You are not listening to yourself and addressing your own needs. Listen to your heart and body and give love, compassion and understanding to yourself.

  • Hi, would you happen to know what it means that I dreamt of a black sort of panther that looked kind of vicious. He was walking inside a cage, steel structure with glass that reached all the way to the ceiling, so the cage was closed from the front. He came in from the back side. I was standing as a viewer on the side of the glass. Suddenly there was a young grey wolf in the middle of the cage, not a puppy but like 6 months to a year old I would say. The black creature went for his head and punctured it with his sharp hook teeth and looked at me while he killed the wolf. I felt horrible when I woke up!
    Then 2 days later I dreamt of walking in nature, somewhere with green hills and trees, by moonlight. Suddenly there is a small tennis court-cage, the door of it was slightly opened and inside there was a labrador dog standing. (Can’t remember if he was barking.) He was standing still and looking at me. I remembered I feared him, the way you fear a predator. But soon after he ran outside of the tennis cage in this happy way that dogs run and led me to an open area surrounded by trees. There was light coming from the sky and I saw an entity, with a female face. She made me feel (she didn’t speak) inside my mind that her name is “Aleda”. After researching I found it to mean “the small winged one”. My friend told me she is my spirit guide.
    All of this happened within 3 weeks of starting to talk and pray to my spirit guides for the first time.
    But what do the panther, wolf and labrador mean?
    I really hope you can help me. Thank you for taking the time.

    Love,

    Elisaar

    • Hello Elisar: The first part of your dream is about lurking danger and enemies wishing to do you harm. The Black panther is usually a symbol of power grace, and strength. In this case the wolf is killed for you by the black panther which is an indication that somehow you are being held back and that secrets are being kept from you.
      The Labrador Retriever in your later dream signifies that you have made the right choice for yourself recently. Labrador Retriever

  • Can’t really find much about the black wolf. I know the black wolf is my animal spirit. Can someone please tell me more about the black wolf animal spirit. Also can Someone tell me about the white wolf spirit. Can’t really find any information about those two spirits. What does it mean when your animal spirit is the black wolf and your spirit guide is the white wolf?

    • Hello Standing Wolf:
      Like the classic ying and yang symbol these two spirits represent the opposites of each other. Having both energies in your life represents the balance of these opposing energies.

      Understanding the Wolf as a totem is important and you must embrace the shadow aspects as well as the aspects we perceive as “good”. Know that we are all the sum total of “good and evil” and that through our own integrity of spirit provide to others exactly what is needed in the moment. We are not here to judge – but to walk our own path in unconditional love and acceptance.

  • Hi again, I have a few other questions about a few other dreams I had, but they don’t involve a wolf. They do involve other spirit animals though. May I ask them?

    • Hi Katerina: Please post any questions you have about any animal totem on that particular animals page. Keep in mind that each page also has the quotation box at the top with at least five different messages for you. Generally an appropriate message will come up in the box for you. If the animal is not listed in our Site Map then please contact us by email with a request for an Animal Post on our Contact and Comments page.

  • Hi, I had a white wolf in my dream. It was chasing me and my crush. It started to attack my crush and my crush told me to run, but I didn’t. I stayed and a strip of my hair turned white, and I confronted the wolf. P.s. my crush’s spirit animal is the wolf and he’s in this group where he sticks up for people who are being bullied. My crush is also one of my best friends. Could you tell me what this could possibly mean?

    • Hi Katerina: “To see a white wolf in your dream signifies valor and victory. You have the ability to see the light even in your darkest hours.” It means that you need to stop running away from something in your waking life and simply deal with it.

  • I was just told I have a wolf totem I was talking to them for some reason I told them all about my liking wolves from early childhood, I use to play with the native Americans when I was a child then last night I heard a pack of coyotes seemed like in my back yard. I do live in the country , I heard them howl then what seemed like a little fight then it just stopped and was silent she said it has something to do with the trouble I am having with my family in ny so I bought a book and I am starting to read on I any insight I would appreciate. Thank you

    • Wolves and Coyotes – although related to bring very different messages. For further insight – go to our page and pay close attention to the message in the quotation box. at the top of the page. There are at least five different messages that can appear here from Moth. The message that comes up for you in particular will send you in the right direction.

  • What does it mean when you are riding on the back of a running wolf ? :?:

    • A new path with your life is now open to you. The Wolf is letting you know that he will be there to carry you through it. Enjoy the journey and embrace the new world that is about to open up to you.

      best,
      Silken Raven

  • I had a wolf dream last night. It started with a King and Queen who stayed in their castle and only focused on the present, but in a way that kept them stuck. They had long ago made some sort of pact not to talk about the past or think about the future. I was in the room with them but also felt like I was the Queen as well. There was some discussion about three blankets. One was the King’s and one was the Queen’s but they had been stitched together a long time ago (I think at the time the decision was made to only be in the present.) The blankets were very beautiful and colorful quilts and I was gently pulling them apart. At the same time I started to hear the Queen talk about her childhood being raised by wolves. I was shocked that she was remembering her past-in a good way. I placed each blanket over her shoulders and was about to reach for the third, a wolf skin/fur blanket, when I saw in my mind’s eye a pack of wolves running towards the castle. It was like the Queen’s memory had called or invited them. I have some thoughts about it but thought I’d see if anyone else has insights on this?

    • I am thinking that the theme of past present and future is very strong in this dream so we should combine that with the wolves in it’s significance. The Wolf spirit is an incredible teacher and I believe that the dream is reminding you that you are in the past, present and the future all at the same time. Remaining in the present is a goal for many of us but we should also be aware that the present contains our past as well as our future. We are the sum of everything.
      best,
      Silken Raven

      • Thank you, I was thinking along those lines as far as remembering and using the past. Then I thought of remembering who I really am and the word “birthright” flashed through my mind. The part about wolf energy that speaks to my the most is FREEDOM and it’s been what I’ve been craving. To do my own thing, walk my own path, etc. I am getting the sense that once I remember who I am (even me as a child,) I’ll start to see more movement…

  • That’s interesting. I will think about this. I’ve been wondering a lot about it lately. I don’t think of wolves in nature as acting the way these people have. It’s like they alway chose the monster form of the wolf, almost distorted wolves, distorting it in ways I’ve never seen before. I did learn a lot… Actually, i grew a lot. I had a dream, the last dream i had about wolves ever, before i knew about spirit animals, in which i was a tiger and i was chasing these wolves away from me. It was the best and at that time most ridiculous dream i ever had because tigers terrified me at the time and so it was ridiculoys because i could never imagine being something as powerful as a tiger. I started learning all about them. I learned so much about their medicine, too. Tiger makes it’s own space, it’s own world, and I learned so much from this. I think tigers scared me because they are all about confidence and independence, and I’ve slowly been growing into that role as i recover from wolves and i start making art again and truly enjoying alone time. Perhaps wolf was just trying to warn me that there are people who will act like predators and I need to get away, or maybe trying to warn me that some people turn the wolf into a monster, or distort it because they don’t understand it. Maybe. Like, wolves hunt for food, these people were distorting it by hunting for… their egos? Not really sure why they were doing this. Anyway, thank you, I’m much more seeing and understanding the wolf now. And in life, I’m much farther from being “hunted.” I definitely want to learn all i can about this one spirit and about all animals, they have been so profound.

  • Hello Brenda: All things happen for a reason, and it usually has to do with growth, spiritual connections and life path. You have had some difficult experiences with the wolf medicine – however if you look at the positive aspects of what wolf has repeatedly tried to teach you and learn from it you will be able to move forward with your life in leaps and bounds.

    I would suggest that you are seeing the wolf in one of his most magnificent forms “the Teacher”. It seems like each of your “lessons” have become progressively more harsh and they will continue to do so until you “get it”. This is perhaps because each time you have been confronted with a similar situation you have responded in a similar way. Take the time to think things through and find a way to respond differently. You will get these lessons until you have gained a good self understanding of how to respond from a loving and non judgmental state of being.

    Embrace the wolf next time, set your boundaries in a loving and forgiving manner and move on.

    best,
    Silken Raven

    • Also it wasn’t that i wasn’t loving or forgiving, everyone usually associated me with doves (but i never felt that was right), i think i was too tolerant of people treating me horribly. People saw it as dove-ishness or love and peace, but it was really just fear, on my part. I learned that definitely and I defunitely have a strong base of empathy and ego suspension, patience and working things out when major problens arise in a relationship, but I’ve also learned that there are people who will want to take advantage of you and just won’t stop, no matter who understanding you are. These people i don’t let “feed” off of me anymore. I forgive them and I leave, even if it’s really painful to at first. And always my life moves forward and i progress a lot when i do. I forgive them, but i also protect myself from them, and I’m very shocked and pleased with myself for being strong enough to do this.

  • I’d like to add that all of these seeming conincidences between the presence of wolves and very destructive people in my life is what turned me onto animal spirits and make me believe in all animal totems in the first place. Because the connection between the wolf and these people was always so consistent, they all had the same traits. I don’t really understand this but I do believe in it because I have seen it over and over again.

  • I’ve known a lot of people who weren’t wolves but who followed after the wolf. I have never seen anything positive longterm from this spirit. My exboyfriend was a wolf fan, he turned out to be a violent liar and gave me ptsd. He was a self-admitted control freak, he enjoyed manipulating everyone, all his kindness was insincere, he was really disturbed. My ex best friend kept a picture of two wolves devouring a carcass on her wall, she stopped having anything to do with me when she was done using me (she was technically a shark, tho; my exboyfriend was a fox). Our mutual friend was really into werewolves and she lied and gossiped about everyone and was really discouraging to everyone, and also stayed in abusive relationship because she thought she coyld manipulate her husband for things and not have to work ever (which she did). My best friend from childhood was way into werewolves as well, far more than the previously mentuoned woman. She was sadistic, close minded and tore me down so much that I stopped being creative for years. She had very negative spiritual presence and was also very controlling, in a very sick way, and she lied so much she seemed delusional. Very arrogant, all of these people. If i had to pick wolf traits i would say, arrogant, controlling, feeling entitled and being deceptive. A man at my mother’s workplace had the last name villalobos, wolf house, and when his wife had to be checked into an insane asylum, probably because of how he treated her, he had her deported because he wouldn’t be bothered with her. He was fired from work for lying about the work he did, misconduct, and looking at porn at work. I used to have nightmares as a child about wolves, before i knew any of these people (except my childhood friend) about these terrifying monsterish wolves that could move faster than any fleah and blood wolf could. I avoid the wolf spirit and those who tag along with it because this spirit and its followers have ruined my life so many times. I would ve interested in seeing these good traits in wolf people but i never have, and i take the presence of the wolf as a warning to leave: a warning that i have never regretted heeding.

    • Hi Brenda you are talking to someone who has the wolf spirit. You have seen bad stuff but if you let your wolf teach you to that all that bad stuff can becaume good you will turn out like me i am like an wolf but human as well and its not that bad to be a wolf it has its bad times but at the end it will turn in to something good like you are fast and strong like one or you get a mate that you love so much like that guy you said you have known for a long time if you accept you wolf inside you you will be the one you are meant to be. have a nice day. From your Wolf friend Semi.

    • Hi I know how you feel I have a friend who has taken the wolf spirit animal. I have an owl but I’m taking on the wolf spirit but the good one well I think I am but anyway I know exactly how you feel Brenda

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