Our third animal rune spirit pin of the WytchWood Fylgja Collection concentrates on the Wolf. Not many animals on Earth evoke such strong emotions as the Wolf. Wolves are shrouded in misty fear, often admired, or they invoke awe and loathing. In the times of the hunter-gatherers, wolves were often afforded respect for their incredible senses and hunting prowess; especially how it hunted in groups. However, when mankind settled into agrarian and pastoral societies, the threat to livestock that wolves often presented, conflicted with human interests.
For the Vikings, the wolf represented an intelligent competitor in the hunt for food, and the Norse knew to fear them. That translated into Norse culture very well. With the wolves Skoll and Hati chasing the Sun (Sol) and the Moon (Mani) across the sky every day. The Wolf Fenrir, son of Loki would bring about Ragnorok, the end of the world and the end of the Gods. Odin had two Wolf companions, Geri & Freki.
This brings us to the Wolf Fylgja, those who carry the wolf spirit alongside them. Warriors who went into wild trances during battle, wearing wolf skins and being the fiercest of warriors were know as the Ulfhednar. They shape shifted into their Wolf Fylgja similarly to their Berserker counterparts and fought with ferocity to bring down their prey/enemies. They were the Lupine where the Berserker was the Ursine. The word Ulfhedinn (Ulfhednarr plural) was almost lost to history, but the word Werewolf we all know very well, and now you know where the myth developed from.
If a Wolf Fylgja has appeared to you in a dream or waking trance then you are that in character and it can never change. This doesn't mean that you are savage but you have the capacity to be when focused on goals. You prefer a close company of friends, your pack, and you have a keen and potentially dangerous intellect. This should not make you out to be evil, but someone to be feared if crossed, for you will not be cornered nor hold back on the hunt.
Invoke your Wolf Fylgja!
Each animal in this series will feature a unique bind rune drawn by our co-owner Ben, that harnesses the key characteristics of the animal’s energy. A bind rune is a combination runes that are placed together to increase magickal powers to obtain a wished effect.