Today my post is dedicated to the wolf. It is my totem animal, this discovered on a trip to a shaman several years ago. In fact the shaman informed me at the time that I was a lone wolf. The shaman suggested I study the wolf, and go to places where wolves live. Well I did. I read about wolves, both fictional and non fiction. I explored wolf habitats, always on the lookout, sensing their presence but never actually encountering one. In my lifetime I have seen Golden eagles, buffalo/bison, and yes I have even had an extreme close encounter with a Grizzly bear. The only animal on the medicine wheel I have not seen with my own eyes is the wolf, until today. I went for a walk this afternoon, I was on the lookout for a bald eagle. In fact I went to a spot where they hangout and of course I didn’t see one. So I walked home, happy nevertheless, and wouldn’t you know it I see a wolf walking directly towards me down a road that runs through the small town where my parents live. To be honest I didn’t believe what I was seeing. I have been to some remote areas where there are wolves, but the only signs of wolves were prints left in the mud along a riverbank. As he moved towards me I froze in disbelief. Just as fast as I saw him a truck came around a corner which caused me to take my eyes off the wolf, and as soon as I turned around the wolf was gone. It is strange that in a human settlement, in broad daylight, that I would encounter my first wolf. It was as if I was walking towards a spirit, my animal spirit. Perhaps it was meant to happen this way. It makes me think that the harder I search for something, the less likelihood I will see what it is I am looking for. The universe is neither a friend nor a foe, it is a mystery revealing clues that are ultimately left for you and I to discern.
Fotomahaloness -the medicine wheel fedora I painted; the wolf and the buffalo positions are reversed, the client wanted it that way, just in case you are an expert in medicine wheels. Also a drawing I made of a wolf accompanied with images of wolf prints, the scenes of the today and the road where I met my totem companion.