Yin Yang and Wolf Meaning
Have you ever seen the Yin Yang symbol associated with the wolf ?
You may be wondering what is the meaning and relationship between these two symbols ? 🤔
You've come to the right place because in the following article, I will reveal everything you need to know about Yin Yang and wolf...
1) The Story of the Two Wolves
🇺🇸 Let's start with a Native American parable.
An old Cherokee teaches life to his grandson:
- "There's a fight inside me," he tells the boy.
- "It's a terrible fight and it's between two wolves. One is bad - it's envy, anger, sadness, regret, arrogance, greed, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, ego and superiority ".
- "The other wolf is good - it is peace, joy, love, goodness, kindness, serenity, benevolence, hope, humility, compassion, empathy, generosity, truth and faith."
- "The same struggle is taking place in you and in each of you."
The grandson thinking for a minute asked his grandfather:
- "Which wolf is going to win ?"
The old Cherokee just said, "The one you're feeding."
Whether or not this is the first time you hear this story, it reminds you of the power we have over our experiences and emotions.
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By exercising your freedom of choice, you can decide which wolf you want to feed on, which will change your life. Do you feed the wolf that thirsts for anger, envy, grief, regret, greed, arrogance and ego ?
😈 This evil wolf is also your inner critic. The one who tells you that you are a failure, the one who tells you that no one will love you or understand you for what you are.
This wolf is a representation of your depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. Do you want to feed this wolf ? Are you already feeding it ?
By cutting off its food, you will make the choice to use your energy and resources on thoughts, feelings and emotions that will serve you well. If you can recognize the negative emotions within you, you don't need to become attached to them or continue to pay attention to them.
The fact that you are focusing on something else is a sign to that wolf that you are not interested in feeding it.
And even if it takes a while for it to lose its strength and power, it will eventually surrender, as will your useless thoughts and emotions. Once you stop focusing on them, they will eventually go away.
What about the other wolf ? Well, he's certainly not going to feed himself.
Just as you would with the bad wolf, it is imperative that you exercise your freedom of choice and decide to feed the good wolf 👍🏻.
We often turn to external objects for our fulfillment and happiness. We develop the hope that these objects (a new job, a relationship, a lavish vacation, a brand new pair of shoes, a glass of wine, etc.) will bring us happiness will finally allow us to feel the way we want to feel.
And while this may bring momentary satisfaction, it is not realistic to maintain this in the long term.
🧐 But what does this have to do with Yin Yang ? Let's first discover what this symbol means...
2) What Does Yin Yang Mean?
🇨🇳 In Chinese philosophy and religion there are two fundamental principles:
One negative, dark and feminine, called Yin, and the other positive, bright and masculine, called Yang.
Their interaction influences the fate of creatures and things.
Yin and Yang can be seen as complementary (rather than opposing) forces that interact to form a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the parts that are assembled.
☯ The Yin Yang (also called the symbol of taijitu) shows a balance between two opposites with a part of the opposite element in each section.
The white part (Yang) contains a black dot (Yin) and the black part (Yin) also contains a dot, white (Yang).
One cannot exist without the other and they are complementary and form a balanced whole.
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3) Meaning of the Yin Yang Symbol and the Wolf
☯ 🐺 The Yin Yang is associated with the image of the wolf in the Native American parable because the two have opposing forces but can link together to form balance.
It also reminds us that we all have a "dark" and a "light" side and that in each of its parts there are qualities to develop in order to become a being in harmony.
4) Other Symbolism of the Wolf
🐺 The wolf offers some of the most striking animal meanings in the realm of spiritual animals.
The power of the wolf gives birth to instinct, an appetite for freedom, intelligence, and an awareness of the strength of social links.
The wolf can also symbolize the fear of being threatened and lack of trust. When the wolf appears in your life, pay attention to what your intuition tells you.
A. Wolf in Celtic culture
Celtic mythology links the wolf to the moon. According to the legend, the wolf would hunt the sun every day, catch it and devour it at dusk. Thus, he allowed the moon to rise at night 🌕.
The wolf ruled over the winter from Halloween to February (in the Celtic tradition).
Many Irish myths mention that wolves have the ability to take the form of other animals, including the human form (werewolves).
The wolf was the companion of the Celtic goddess Cerridwen (goddess of the moon and fertility) and the god Cernunnos (horned god of fertility, life, animals, wealth and the underworld).
B. Wolf instincts
Positive meanings underline a deep connection with your intuition and instincts. On the negative side, the wolf may represent a perceived threat or lack of trust in someone or in your own feelings or actions. This animal-mind also reflects intelligence sharpened to deal with important issues.
5) Yin Yang and Wolf Tattoos
The symbolism of the wolf itself often expresses feelings of loyalty, spirit, guardianship and ritual.
By associating the wolf with the symbol of Yin Yang, the tattoo can be viewed as a reference to the Native American parable of the "two wolves within" or to the belief that each of us has a "dark" and a "light" side.
The tale warns us that whatever side we feed on, it will grow within us, making the Yin Yang wolf tattoo a possible reminder to nourish the qualities we wish to bring out in ourselves.
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