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    Question Wolf Goddess?

    Does anyone know any goddess who takes the form of a wolf or who favors them?

    Ever since i was a little girl i have had a large silver wolf appear to me in times of need. The first time was when i was two years old and this latest time was when i was about 7 months pregnant.

    In my dream the silver wolf came up, placed her front two paws on my chest and told me that she would be watching over my daughter as she watched over me. Then she got down and walked away and disappeared.

    the day before i had the dream i had just decided to name my daughter after the goddess Diana and since Diana is sometimes depicted with a pack of wolves i thought it might be her but im not sure.

    i had also considered that it might be Hekate since she is my patron goddess but she isnt often associated with wolves so i wasn't sure about that either

    Does anyone have any thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesyka_Silverwolf View Post
    Does anyone know any goddess who takes the form of a wolf or who favors them?

    Ever since i was a little girl i have had a large silver wolf appear to me in times of need. The first time was when i was two years old and this latest time was when i was about 7 months pregnant.

    In my dream the silver wolf came up, placed her front two paws on my chest and told me that she would be watching over my daughter as she watched over me. Then she got down and walked away and disappeared.

    the day before i had the dream i had just decided to name my daughter after the goddess Diana and since Diana is sometimes depicted with a pack of wolves i thought it might be her but im not sure.

    i had also considered that it might be Hekate since she is my patron goddess but she isnt often associated with wolves so i wasn't sure about that either

    Does anyone have any thoughts?

    Can't really tell you who it is for sure, but Leto, the mother of Artemis and Apollo is associated with wolves- in some versions of the story of her wandering, she traveled in wolf form

    http://www.theoi.com/Titan/TitanisLeto.html
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    I have seen numerous depictions of Hekate at the crossroads with a large canine by her side. In some of these the canine looks like a short haired dog..in others the canine is decidedly wolfish in look.

    Also, the Romans "adopted" Hekate and she ultimately became an aspect of the Moon Goddess Diana. In Italy Hekate was/is included within the triplicity of Prosperina/Diana/Hekate.

    You might also wish to consider that the wolf may be a guide, guardian, totem rather than an aspect of a Goddess.
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    Lupa/Luperca The Great Wolf Bitch. Sacred Roman She Wolf... that's the only one I can think of right now.

    I know that Skadi has been painted with a Wolf companion in many paintings and in amateur stories, however I can't remember whether she actually had one right now. I'll look it up when I'm more awake.
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    I'm not sure what your religion is, but I'd have to err on the side that it is Diana. Diana is a protectress of women, children, and women in childbirth. I'm currently reading an excellent book called Roman Religion and the Cult of Diana at Aricia by CMC Green, somewhere in the first few chapters the author recounts a type of initiation rite performed for adolescents where the individuals would embody the wolf, crawling on all fours, growling and so on.

    Also Roman writers used the Greek name of Hecate to describe the darker form of Diana at Aricia. They used the name Hecate because it was familiar from Greek mythology to describe the type of character that this "darker" Diana was, and also that this aspect of Diana probably held a sacred name and thus couldn't be spoken/written about. They weren't necessarily saying that Diana WAS Hecate, but rather that this aspect of Diana was LIKE Greek Hekate.

    ETA: I was going to say it may have been the She-Wolf who suckled Romulus and Remus, but everything else in your situation pointed to Diana.

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    The Morrigan next came in the form of a rough, grey-red bitch-wolf [and she bit Cuchulain in the arm and drove the cattle against him westwards, and Cuchulain made a cast of his little javelin at her, strongly, vehemently, so that it shattered one eye in her head.] During this space of time, whether long or short, while Cuchulain was engaged in freeing himself, Loch wounded him through the loins. Thereupon Cuchulain's anger arose within him and he wounded Loch with the Gae Bulga ('the Barbed-spear'), so that it passed through his heart in his breast. http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/cool/cool15.htm

    Although the Morrigan is often though of as having a conection with ravens most commonly in this case she takes the form of a wolf. In other places in the Táin Bó Cúailnge she takes the form of other animals as well. But in this passage at least she is a wolf.
    As I was walking all alane, I heard twa corbies making a mane, the tane unto the nither did day, What sall we gang and dine the day?

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    Just to mix things up a bit, have you considered that this wolf is your power/totem animal, instead of a Deity? Just an idea.

    - http://www.animaltotem.com/wolf.html
    - http://www.serioussilver.com/totemenergy/wolf.html
    - http://www.birdclan.org/wolf.html



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    This also has some interesting information as well... such as the wolf's place in Mongolian and japanese mythology

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolves_..._and_mythology


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    from your description I too see the silver wolf as your guardian spirit...
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    Amongst those who work with the Jotuns in the Norse Mythology Angrboda is a shapeshifter who often takes the form of a wolf, she is of the wolf tribe in the Iron wood, and gave birth to the great wolf Fenris.

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