Have you ever seen a wolf walking towards you in your dreams or howling up at the sky. Maybe you see the image of wolf in your life from time to time, on clothing, on jewelry. But when it enters your mind unconsciously, do you wonder what exactly the symbolic meaning of wolf is. Today we will come to explore the meaning of wolf jewelry.
Some people have stereotypes about wolves, thinking that they are fierce and extremely wild. In fact, as a kind of spiritual animal, wolves have some good qualities that are overlooked.
Myths About Wolf
The history of wolf can be traced back to tens of millions of years ago. Western wolf culture has a long history, and wolves already appeared in ancient Roman mythology.
In the 7th and 8th centuries BC, the Roman king Numitorae was usurped and expelled by his brother Amlio, whose son was killed and his daughter Silvia was united with Mars, the god of war, and gave birth to twin brothers Romulus and Remus. Amlio threw the two twin babies into the Tiber River. When their lives were in danger, they were saved by a she-wolf, who nursed the two babies to life with her milk, and were later raised by a hunter. Later, the two brothers grew up and killed Amlio, and welcomed back their grandfather Numitore to regain the throne. They built the city of Rome where the mother wolf used to feed them, and the wolf became the emblem of the city.
The Symbolism of Wolf Jewelry
If you know anything about the wolf, you should know that it is calm and collected, sticks to its goals when it has them, and is wise enough to work as a team to achieve them. The wolf's contemplative nature and connection to nature, the wilderness and the phases of the moon are inextricably linked to a reputation for wisdom and sacred knowledge. Wolves that have withstood the test of time are somewhat mysterious.
Although wolves are wild, they are faithful pack animals, usually seven wolves in a pack, and they usually choose the most capable one to be their leader. At the same time, each wolf has to bear a responsibility for the prosperity and development of the pack. The loyalty and tacit cooperation among wolves becomes a decisive factor for wolves' success. No matter what they do, they can always rely on the strength of the group to accomplish it. Besides the team, they are also very loyal to their mates. A wolf will only have one partner. Therefore, in order to show their loyalty to love, people are happy to wear rings with wolf elements on their hands.
As wolves are pack animals, the collective mentality allows them to lead a collaborative and cooperative life. Raising and feeding their pups, hunting and defending their territory is a collective effort. Many companies promote "wolf culture", and one of the reasons is that they want to have good collaboration among departments.
Wolf Jewelry in Different Cultures
Although the images and meanings of wolves in different countries and cultures have similarities, they also have differences.
Wolf Rings in Viking Culture
Speaking of wolves in Viking culture, they have a close relationship with Odin in Norse mythology, which is why they have an important place in many stories. The Fenrir of Norse mythology is one of the most fearsome creatures, a giant wolf of terror that devours Odin "after the twilight of the gods". In Viking culture, wolf symbolism can be seen as a destructive force of time and nature, sometimes surpassing even the gods in power and ferocity. But they can also represent bravery, teamwork and spirituality.
Wolf Rings in Eastern Culture
The wolf in Chinese literature is mostly a symbol of fierceness, brutality, greed and other evils, but among some minority nomadic peoples in ancient China, the wolf represents bravery, collaboration and spirituality, and is even the totem of a certain nation. Some people also believe that the wolf is the ancestor of Genghis Khan and the ancient Mongols are all descendants of wolves.
In Japanese mythology, the wolf, also known as a god, is given various symbolic meanings and has become a good luck charm to guard the Japanese people. Farmers used to leave offerings near wolf dens asking them to protect their crops from scavengers and wild animals. Amulets and talismans featuring wolves were believed to protect against disease, fire and other threats.
It is because the wolf has such appealing symbolism that its image continues to be used and loved in clothing and jewelry. When you wear a piece of jewelry inspired by the wolf, you can give it your own meaning and let it guide you to your higher self.