How do I trust my instincts and intuition? How can I honor my individual spirit and be part of my family or community?
From the wolf as the misunderstood character in fairy tales to the tale of La Loba who sings the bones of wolves back to life (as retold by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes in Women Who Run with the Wolves), the wolf is a dynamic archetype.
There is a Cherokee story about the two wolves of the self, the inner battle of the choice between good and evil. In the end, the one who wins is the one you feed.
There is the wolf pack, a symbol of community. There is the social hierarchy of the pack. The lone wolf: isolated, alienated, solitary.
For my Wolves card, I chose to focus on wolves as a symbol of community and in maintaining the self in the midst of community. I also looked at wolves as a reminder to trust instincts and intuition.
When you are in a group of people, I encourage you to notice: Do you feel part of it? Do you strive to blend or fit in? Do you lead, follow, or a combination? No matter what role you play, are you being true to yourself while doing so? If not, how can you honor yourself more? Are you happy with the role you are playing in the group? Is there another role you would like to play?
The Wolves card reminds us that we can be part of something larger while still being true to ourselves.