I am celebrating finally completing this large wolf painting. I am have always been fascinated with the spiritual symbolism of animals and pay attention to when they show up in my life to guide me or remind me to pause and take notice. Wolf symbolism is powerful medicine. You can click on the image above to see the full painting.
In a recent blog post on finding my voice I shared this same canvas but it looked quite a bit different, it was a bold and abstract expression of emotion. You can see it here if you are curious. And underneath that layer are a few others, including a large black raven. I love creating layers of images this way until a canvas finds its forever image. I think maybe the wolf is the final image for this canvas, we shall see.
For me this wolf is related to me finding my voice as a woman, artist and warrior and using my voice to speak my truth about what matters to me. While real wolves may not howl at the moon, I can see the appeal in using our voice to gather our tribe, to warn others or to express fierce joy.
The wolf: A power animal symbolic of freedom
According to SpiritAnimal.info, wolf has a range of meanings.
In the spirit animal kingdom, the wolf symbolizes:
- Sharp intelligence, deep connection with instincts
- Appetite for freedom
- Expression of strong instincts
- Feeling threatened, lack of trust in someone or in yourself
This part of the post resonated most with me.
“Wolf power or spirit animals point to an appetite for freedom and living life powerfully, guided by instincts. When a wolf manifests its presence as a guide in your life, it could be a call to live your life more freely, to bring the intensity of passion in your everyday endeavors.”
One of my favorite resources for information on animals and symbolism is WhatisMySpiritAnimal.com. I find their information to be comprehensive. I particularly love this reflection: “Their commitment to and love of family is humbling, their communication skills elegant, and their intelligence awe inspiring.” Who wouldn’t aspire to those qualities?
Do you think about animal symbolism or get curious why particular animals show up in your dreams or appear on your path in other ways?