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Clan of the Direwolf

© Lori Lappin, the Witch of WITCHCRAFTS ARTISAN ALCHEMY®

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A daughter of the Clan of the Direwolf, this old world prehistoric wolf species was especially found around the Circum-Arctic areas of Northern Scandinavia (where a large concentration of my indigenous maternal U5b1b1 genetic motherline still exists today). Direwolf (Canis dirus) is a Clan Totem Spirit of my Neanderthal and Old World European Pleistocene early Cro-Magnon Arctic Scandinavian maternal line genetic ancestors. Thus, Direwolf is one of the most important clan totems and shamanic spirit guides of my ancestral genetic mothers, myself and my descendants.

Direwolf was the largest species of Canis known to have ever existed and is one of the most famous prehistoric carnivores of North America. Canis dirus lived from the late Pliocene through the Pleistocene, possibly became extinct about 10,000 years ago, and may have lived as recently as 9,440 years ago, according to dated remains.

In honor of the Direwolf clan totem shamanic spirit guide of my ancestral genetic motherline from Circum-Artic Scandinavia, I honor FENRIR.

FENRIR is the scary rebel who rises up from among the many to become leader of the pack. Nurtured and empowered by Mother Nature in the heart of the forested wetland to which he was exiled by the waning power structure, FENRIR represents the abilities to remove the ties that bind you from achieving your fullest potential, to overcome even the harshest of obstacles, to rise above every challenge and to become all you can be!

The seemingly polar opposite of Baldur (the brightest of the bright), Fenrir (the darkest of the dark) embodies deep sacred truth, uncompromising power, wild untamed nature, terrifying magnificence and predatory ferocity. Interestingly, science informs us that Dark Energy is actually massive light (that is, photons of light even more massive than the brightest of the 'bright' photons).

In Norse mythology, Fenrir (Old Norse: "fen-dweller"), Fenrisúlfr (Old Norse: "Fenris wolf"), Hróðvitnir (Old Norse: "fame-wolf"),or Vánagandr (Old Norse: "the monster of the river Ván") is a monstrous wolf embodying untamed feral hungers, appetites and urges. Fenrir is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and the Prose Edda and Heimskringla, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson. In both the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, Fenrir is the father of the wolves Sköll and Hati Hróðvitnisson, is a son of Loki, and is foretold to kill the god Odin during the events of Ragnarök, but will in turn be killed by Odin's son Víðarr. Fenrir (the power to become) becomes (Víðarr).

In the Prose Edda, additional information is given about Fenrir (symbolizing unfettered harsh judgement in this particular mythic story), including that, due to the gods' knowledge of prophecies foretelling great trouble from Fenrir and his rapid growth, Týr bound him (embraced his own inner Direwolf), and as a result Fenrir bit off the right hand (symbolizing unfettered unrestrained pathological mercy) of the god Týr. In other words, Týr sacrificed his own pathology of unfettered unrestrained mercy to Fenrir, thus Fenrir enabled, empowered and made Týr the god of Justice, a being capable of FITTINGLY dispensing both judgement and mercy to uphold the wellbeing of the clan.