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Urban MoonSong Wolf   19 comments

~Magic of the Moon-Song~Urban Moon Wolf~

 

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~Urban Moon Wolf~The Voice of the Night~

“If you listen close at night you will hear the creatures of the dark, all of them sacred – the owls, the crickets, the frogs, the night birds. And you will hear beautiful songs, songs you have never heard before. Listen with your heart. Never stop listening.”

~ Henry Quick Bear (Lakota)

Glowing, hazy auroras surrounding the black magic star wolf, his intense gaze fixed on the entrance to the Wolf-ways. Solstice solar-flare black-moon wolf fired with lunar ice and alive with skating bursts of solar energy sliding in burning gold bolts across his silken coat, illuminating the heart-power of the solitary intergalactic moon wolf, racing upstate through his sun-fired body with the flames of life and interstellar dreams.

He paused, head thrown high eyes to galactic space, alight with the fire and the power of the celestial wolf, the light of every wolf- way that had ever been, shining in a light brighter than the morning sun. He tossed star-black head, soft velvet fur shining gently in the lunar night. Looking out, alert, across the radar topped office buildings, the cool future-night sky beyond and above them, tiny sleepy clouds trailing wisps amongst the murmuring sighs of the music of the cosmos.

The silence of eternity captured in an interplanetary dream. Pools of black lunar light sinking silently into the mystery of dark moon visions, catching the rippling, silken moon beams in fluid star-black eyes. Dream catcher. He halted in the mists of time, poised on the edge of forever, distant astral gaze seeing into eternity in timeless wonder. Fathomless voids of high-tech future biospheres encompassing tomorrow’s dreams in a future reality far from the timeless zones that stretched ahead of him, reaching out in wisps of interworld light clouds.

Fire moons danced and swayed across the darkened, sultry wolf-fired eyes, drifting and swirling past night shadowed canyons. Troughs and peaks of sharp, jutting alien-rock formations reaching endlessly into smoked-fire skies of a night world of volcanoes – reflected in the all-seeing eyes of the Fire Wolves of Io.

“Those worlds in space are as countless as all the grains of sand on all the beaches of Earth”

“We on Earth have just awakened to the great oceans of space and time from which we emerged. We are the legacy of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution. It is well within our power to destroy our civilisation and perhaps our species as well…But we are also capable of using our compassion and our intelligence, our technology and our wealth to make an abundant and meaningful life for every inhabitant of this planet.”

~ Carl Sagan (Journeys in Time and Space)

©Europa’s Icewolf 2011 (All Rights Reserved)

White Wolf Moon   31 comments

White Wolf Spirit Guides

White Wolf Moon

Against the backdrop of a rising Moon, glinting satellite monitors watching galactic space as intently as a star wolf listens for the call of the moon-song on a cold winter’s night.

A milky Full Moon glow casts a hazy silvered aurora in mystic shadowed magic around the White Moon Star-Wolf. Magic of the Moon-song. White wolf mysteries of the Full Moon Rising over an enchanted nightscape. The song of the Moon wolf echoing eerily into the night sky, casting its sound to the sphere of 1000 stars.

White wolf waits, watching for you from the enchanted forest that is your mindscape, calling to you, unseen, unfelt, but for those for whom wolf is spirit guide, the haunting call of the moon-song will let you know he is there. Bold and space silver. Caller of the star song and the moon dreams, fired by the consuming power of the solar streams and the call of the cosmos.

Magic of the Moonsong

The concept of linking a specific energy or purpose to a particular animal using their colour as a basis is an age-old concept, not the new one that some people perceive it to be.

There are various breeds of wolves within the world’s wolf community, each sharing very similar energies. However individual wolf guides within the pack have their own specific energies which when learned are useful tools when working with “wolf magic”.

  • The White Wolf:

    The white wolf is the phantom, the spiritual wolf, the wolf between worlds, existing simultaneously in both effectively bridging the gap between them. White wolves show us the way, the art needed to build bridges that span the divide between the spiritual and physical worlds that exist in our lives. In doing so the white wolf teaches the art of bringing balance to our lives and helps us to make sense of the meaning and purpose of events and issues that inevitably occur in our daily lives.

  • Brown Wolf:

    Is the medicine wolf, teacher of the ways of health and healing. In order to maintain a healthy balance between the mind/body/spirit we must understand and learn the ways in which we can successfully combine nature’s healing abilities with our existing earthly knowledge of medicine.

  • Grey Wolf:

    Is the hidden one, the shadow hunter, slipping ghostlike through the veiled mists and the swirling fogs, of natural world sight into the mysteries of the spirit realm. The grey wolf is the teacher of spirit connections and communications. How we can balance our path with information from our spiritual teachers and guides.

  • Red Wolf:

    Is the earth-forest wolf, guardian of earth and nature, hunting amongst the Redwood forests, and all lands of our world, at one with the life-force of the Earth They teach us the great art of communicating both with the natural world around us and the very Earth itself that is home to nature. Red wolves teach us also how to communicate in these spheres on both a physical and spiritual level, for example, in our dreams

  • Black Wolf:

    Our guide and teacher in the physical dimension. The black wolf helps us to bring balance to our physical and material natures, our everyday erotic and sensual and sometimes carnal desires! When we need to focus our minds on such matters, questions and concerns as the disputes of our earthly, worldly existence, black wolf is there to help us to do. Spiritual lessons learned along the way are good for helping us to evolve. They allow us to progress onwards and upwards till we reach the next level of our spirit lives.

These are top level colour categories from which the whole variety of shades in the wolf kingdom flow. These create sub-categories, eg wolves of lighter colouring, would fall into the White Wolf category etc.

Depending on your life circumstances, one particular animal may stand out as the most prominent at any one time. This is because when working on a certain area of your life that animal’s specific energy is the energy you need to help you progress and move forward.

If you marry, your dominant animal also gains a mate. In fact it is likely that your dominant animal will be the first of the two of you to find a mate, and their romantic energy will in turn impact on your energy leading to you attracting a mate of your own.

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Mystical and Fabled Unicorns   20 comments

 

Unicorns ~ The Creature that came from Nowhere!

The Unicorn (Briabhall) along with the dragon is probably one of Europe’s best known mythical creatures. With the sleek head and body of a white horse, the strong legs of a buck antelope, a lion’s tail, and a single sharp horn on its head it stands as a beautiful, graceful attractive beast, giving it high profile in human imagination.

It is an emblem of purity, pure white in colour, strong, fierce and wild in temperament, untameable by nature. And yet also it is meek and gentle towards both its young and with human virgins.

It is the symbol of supreme magical power. It teaches that every action is creation, so make every day count. It also helps us to understand the relationship between physical and spiritual realities.

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Inhabiting the forests and light woodland of Eurasia particularly India, and with a lifespan aprox 40-60 years Unicorns mate once, for life. They are noted for their tender behaviour to each other and especially for being gentle with their young. But they are solitary by nature only coming together during the spring breeding season.

Their horns are straight with a spiral groove projecting from the middle of their foreheads. Usually bout 18”/45cm long and variegated, white at the base, black in the middle with a crimson tip.Also seen in all black or light brown.

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  • Observed in the 5th century by Greek historian Ctesias was said to have a purple head and dark blue eyes.
  • A splendid black horn almost 3 ft/1m long was observed by early Greek Ambassador to India – Megasthenes.

Horns as Antidotes

A unicorn’s horn is stronger than any other organic substance known it is a remarkable material not yet fully understood.

  • Potent anti-toxin
  • Medieval time said dipping it in water purified whole lakes and rivers (exaggerated!)
  • Invaluable as an antidote to toxins right up to 18th century.
  • True Unicorn horn would stop silk wrapped around it being burned by hot coals

NB The Tower of London Treasury 1641 Inventory valued unicorn in the Royal Treasury at £40,000 (equal to £1 million today)

Unicorns and Lions

Unicorns evolved from stumpy horses of Pliocene era (2 million years ago) developing into the majestic thoroughbreds of today but with greater speed, strength, intelligence and a fearsome brow weapon. If left alone they are a peaceable creature, but in battle they are strong and ferocious – a necessary trait as they were natural prey for large predators like lions and tigers.

The age old conflict between unicorn and lion is a feature of the British Royal Family’s Coat of Arms (shield supplied by the English Lion and the Scottish Unicorn) Also in well known nursery rhyme. The Lion’s victory is a metaphor for the Lion’s evolutionary triumph.

“The Lion and the Unicorn

Were fighting for the crown

The Lion beat the Unicorn

All around the town.”

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The Unicorn’s exceptional speed and strength made it impossible to hunt in the normal way. Unicorns are prone to charging horn first at all adversaries and piercing all armour. Consequently the hunters would stand in front of a tree, stepping aside at the last minute and the clip_image002unicorn horn would spear the tree leaving it open to attack.

Devotion to their young means if threatened they can be forced to stand and fight

  • They’re easily mesmerised by their own reflection eg in a virgin’s mirror!

Hunters can catch the unicorn only by placing a young virgin in his haunts. No sooner does he see the damsel, than he runs towards her and lies down at her feet and so suffers himself to be captured.

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The hunter would then kill the unicorn or chop off its horn leavinclip_image004g the unicorn vulnerable to all kinds of predators. Virgins were largely responsible for the destruction of the European Unicorn population. The practice was ended in 17th century when virgins suddenly became extremely rare!

Post Renaissance Horn Trade

Hunting pretty much ceased in the absence of horn demand, which initially dropped off between 1563 and 1638 when it was banned in churches and hailed valueless by those who claimed, they were instead “Narwhal” tusks. But Unicorns had already been hunted close to extinction for the horns that made them unique. In Europe populations WERE extinct. The few remainder continued to live a lonely life in North India, Central Asia and the Caucasu, untamed and unbowed. Legend says they disappeared when Noah forgot to take any on board the arc. However there is evidence enough of their survival into the modern age before they became extinct.

clip_image005Unicorns are unique because they are not in mythology. There are no mythical tales about Unicorns unlike Pegasus – the winged horse. For a creature that came from nowhere, never really existed and has no real origins the Unicorn stayed alive in the imagination of the human race foclip_image006r a remarkable length of time. No other creature paralleled it apart, possibly from the Griffon, and that not to the same degree.

Greek scholars believed it to be real and to have come from India. At that time little was known of India either, so both seemed magical and mythical, and the mystical, mysterious Unicorn was a creature who commanded great respect and power.

This was perhaps also because the Unicorn is the only mythical creature not based on human fears. They were not monsters, but were revered and respected. They were strong, solitary creatures who sought to do good for all, and never posed a threat to humans or any other creature that did not first seek to harm them.

Raven’s Mystical Magic   28 comments

 

Magic of the Dark Raven

Swift, swift, you dragons of the night, that dawning 

May bear the raven’s eye ~ Cymberline, by William Shakespeare

 

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They slept until the black raven, the blithe hearted

proclaimed the joy of heaven – Beowulf

Raven is the Great Mystery of the Void both the symbol of the sun and the symbol of a moonless night. It is the light thimageat is the giver of life at the centre of our galaxy, and the black hole in the centre of the universe, to where all energy is drawn to before it’s release as new creations.

 

Ravens’ glimmering black feathers shimmering in blues and greens represent night especially the dark New Moon when her deep magic is very powerful. In China the three-legged Raven lives in the sun, representing the sun’s three phases. In Greece Raven is the messenger of the Sun gods, both Helios and Apollo.

In Native American cultures black is a colour of magical power. Raven is the guardian of both ceremonial magic and healing circles, and is deemed one of the oldest and wisest of animals, intelligent and adaptable. Her element is air, and she is a messenger spirit. Whilst Raven is said to represent the irreverent, the devil, evil spirits, the trickster and thief, war and destruction, death and disaster, the void, none-the-less in many societies such as Native Americans and Norse Shamanism Tradition Raven also represents profound magic, the mystery of the unknown, death and transformation, creation, healing, knowledge, protection, and foresight.

 


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Ravens are carrion eaters; and they have a symbiotic relationship with oldest enemy of man, the wolf…

“craving for carrion, the dark raven shall have its say, and tell the eagle how it fared at the feast, when, competing with the wolf, it laid bare the bones of corpses.”~ Beowulf Anglo Saxon poem

Raven represents winter, because of their ability to endure the cold. Likewise wolves also thrive during this time, being equally well equipped for the brutal conditions.image

 

   

Raven was connected with the Celts Triple Goddess, Morrigan, Chooser of the Slain and Protector of Warriors flying over the battlefields in the shape of the Raven.  

When the Welsh God, Bran the Blessed Protector of Britain was decapitated, during battle with Ireland, he asked to have his head buried in the what is now known as  “Tower Hill” in London. His Ravens are kept there even today, as protection against invasion. During World War II, Tower Hill was bombed, and the ravens vanished. Mindful of the ancient legends Winston Churchill, immediately arranged for replacement ravens to be brought in, which they were from the Celtic lands to London’s Tower Hill .

Trees in Mythology and Symbolism   24 comments

  

Trees in Mythology

Probably the most profound way in which trees are regarded is by their association with mythology. Trees bewitch us and offer a sense of mystery. In mythology, trees take on magical powers and become the centre of our fascination. In this context trees give us a sense of the unknown. To actually see and touch such trees is a powerful and profound experience, despite our inability to physically draw on that power. We are unable to grasp the complexity of these feelings, and for this reason we bow to the superiority of the tree over us.

World Tree/Cosmic Tree/Tree of Life

Many mythologies around the world have the concept of the World Tree, a magnificent tree growing at the centre of the universe providing a link between the cosmos, earth and the underworld: its stem pierces through the world of human affairs, its branches reach high up into the sky, supporting the cosmos, with its stars and planets, while its roots stretch deep into the darkness of the Underworld, forming a gateway to the realm of the dead. In European mythology the best known example is the tree Yggdrasil from Norse mythology

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Trees in Symbolism

Trees are the gladiator’s of Nature, fighting to keep a foothold in the most extreme conditions. This characteristic of strength is symbolised in three parts of the tree – roots, trunk and branches. Its roots lie deep in the ground drawing up nutrients and providing a solid base which symbolises the concept of ‘roots’ and our striving for a sense of belonging in a community daily interaction with our environment. The canopy contains the leaves that draw energy from their surroundings, symbolising our consuming desire to know our cultural heritage. The drive to find an historic link with our present lives is almost instinctive driving us to search for status and a reason for being. The trunk stands above ground providing material strength for the whole tree which could be considered symbolic of our need for inner strength.

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It is believed groups such as Pagans, worshipped the actual trees, and that they still hold valid today some of the values associated with them. Trees are linked with longevity and fertility which may be a contributing factor to the sacred position some trees still hold.

The feeling of awe and wonder felt by the early pagans is echoed by John Evelyn, in his book ‘Sylva — A Discourse of Forest Trees’ in 1664;

“He that in Winter should behold some of our highest hills in Surrey clad in whole woods of these last two trees (Yew and Box), for divers miles in circuit, might without the least violence to his imagination easily fancy himself transported into some new or enchanted country.”

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