What makes the wolf such a unique dream symbol is its close connection to Mother Earth and wild instinctual behavior. The wolf is a very powerful omen that has chosen to come to you during a specific time in your life; a symbol often connected to the unconscious, connecting to the wild masculine side of the dreamer.
Native Americans understood the wolf to represent loyalty, strong family ties, good communication, spirit, and intelligence. Wolf dreams present these traits metaphorically so we are able to inntegrate them with our unconscious minds.
The fact that wolves are not domesticated (like dogs) suggests that the wolf in your dream corresponds to your instincts, behaviors, and urges that need to be controlled. Since humans have an innate instinctual fear of wolfs that has passed down in our DNA from our ancestors we must trust this image when it comes to us.
Wolf Symbolism In Dreams
- Shadow – the unknown side of the dreamer
- Hidden or repressed behaviors (ex. greed, sexual urges)
- Wild unknown side to your personality
- Unconscious masculine traits
- Spiritual energy
- The spirit
Wolf Dreams: Good vs Bad
A wolf in our dreams contains both a positive and negative connotation depending on how you interact with it. According to some Native Americans the wolf has been a symbol of both good and evil.
The wolf reflects leadership, intelligence, deep connection with instincts; and the ability to endure struggle during hard times. Could the wolf in your dream reflect these aspects of yourself at the moment?
Alternatively, a negative interaction with a wolf may represent unconscious traits that poses a threat to you and others – or – a warning a threat is heading your way.
The flip side of the coin might elude to greed and malicious aspects of yourself that are not yet recognized in your waking life. The wolf would sneak up on you as if you were the innocent “little red riding hood.”
Analyzing Wolf Attack Dreams
- Being attacked our ganged up by a pack of people.
- Wolf bite might suggest some type of betrayal. The area where you are bitten is an indication of where to look at. If you are bitten in your hand someone might want to stop your progress.
- If you are running away or facing it. How you position yourself in the dream might suggest how you will tackle this problem. Being afraid of your fears or going towards it.
- Who and what is around you when the wolf appeared? How could that person relate to what is taking place? If you are alone suggest it could be an internal conflict.
- A female wolf suggest the nurturing power of nature, like Romulus and Remus that where both protected by a wolf. The core of the short story of “Little Red Riding Hood” is the wolf portraying the devouring Grandmother as well as the “Great” mother nature that is wild.
- A black wolf could suggest your “shadow” that is now coming to you. The shadow is everything that we hate about ourselves that is not recognized or pushed away since a young child. These repressed emotions, desires and thoughts need your attention no matter how difficult it is to face it or else they will wreak havoc on your life. Once you shine the light on some of the dark corners in your room then the wolf might be your best friend.
- Have you ever heard the term “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” We encounter lots of dangerous people in our lives that have the ability to take advantage of our weakness. Wolves, like people, can be cunning and malicious in nature. People who have high levels of psychopathy act similar to wolfs going after the chicken coop, they will wait to pounce. You might need to integrate aspects of yourself that might be too weak or innocent in order to protect yourself from danger.
- Integrating the wolf within yourself. If you are too naive like poor old little red riding hood you might be next. You need a wolf to catch a wolf. Working on your own darkness is the best way to understand others.
- If you are friendly with a wolf is a very positive symbol that suggest a close bond with your instincts. You might have a deep connection for the wild and your shadow.
White, Grey, & Black Color
More than likely the color of the wolf will stick out in your dream. Does the color really matter? It might just be the color of the wolf, however it might provide you with some clues to help you decode.
Stronger colors like black suggests you might be more inclined your dealing with the shadow. An attack suggests being victim to your own behaviors and urges you have no control over.
A white wolf might point to the spirit or something that is now seen in the darkness. White has always been known as a symbol of purity, though being attacked could be a threat to it. Grey might be a representation of a mood or emotions that are not understood.
Wolves In Fairy Tales
You may remember as a child your parents reading you fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids, or the Russian tale Peter and the Wolf. These animals have appeared as deceitful and cunning like” a wolf in sheep’s clothing”.
These short stories reflect the theme of the ravening wolf and of the creature released unharmed from its belly and has become a generic archetype of a menacing predatory antagonist. These fables date back as far as the 11th century; culturally embedded fear in the minds of children as these blood thirsty animals want our souls.
Carl Jung Wolf Symbolism
Carl Jung once said whenever you dream of a wolf pursuing you in your dreams: it wants to come to you. Even if you would like to ignore it, this is something foreign to you and if is not recognized, then it becomes more dangerous. Jung understood the best stance would be for it to come and devour you. Wanting a wolf to devour you might point to transformation of the self.
The archetypal significance of the wolf denotes evil as well as positive and spiritual aspects. The wolf is usually understood as the reflection of man, with its aggression, impulses and weakness in sexual restraint. Considered a deceitful, viscous predator, the idea of a wolf hidden in the wild (unconscious) that indicates all the wrong impulses that men inherit such as greed, urges and dissatisfaction. This is a prime example of what Carl Jung would call the Shadow archetype.