© Lori Lappin, the Witch of WITCHCRAFTS ARTISAN ALCHEMY®

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Löwenfrau (Lion Woman) of the Hohlenstein-Stadel in Germany

My own ancestral clan totem and shamanic animal spirit guide is the European Cave Lioness (Panthera leo spelaea) of Old Europe. The largest of the wild cats ever known to walk the earth, revered by prehistoric Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal humankinds, images of the great wild huntress adorn the walls of the renowned Chauvet Cave in France. Unique in paleolithic cave art, the panel of the lions depicts a hunt overall, where a pride of 16 of these great felines pursue prey. During the Pleistocene, cave lions were among the most abundant and feared predators of prehistoric Europe.

In alignment with some interpretations of the Mayan Mysteries, the Lion Lady of Old Europe corresponds to the Fifth Wave Creative Day in the breakthrough evolution and downloading of human consciousness, whereby humans first became empowered with self-affirming awareness of soul. In other words, the Old European cave artists discovered a unique and distinctly human soul consciousness within themselves, yet still retained a strong lingering shamanic ability to easily merge with the soul of a totemic power animal (and with all Nature generally).

The Lion Lady of Old Europe is a shamanic therianthrope in a similar manner as is the Great Sphinx of Giza. Both the Lion Lady of Old Europe and the Great Sphinx of Giza are products of the same wave of evolutionary downloading of human soul-mind consciousness, one at the beginning and one at the end of the wave. The Great Sphinx is thought to have been built by ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom during the reign of the Pharaoh Khafra (c. 2558–2532 BC), or around 4500 years ago (or even later, up to 10,000 years ago), marking the late Fifth Wave (pre-Sixth Wave) period where early expressions of the four directions began to emerge from the human mind (as it was becoming more rationally connected to the physical world and the spirit world was becoming more veiled as compared to earlier times). Much more ancient than the Great Sphinx, the Lion Lady of Germany's Hohlenstein Stadel is thought to be at least 40,000 years old (30,000 to 35,000 years older than the Great Sphinx), crafted during the period when human consciousness experienced itself newly soul-self-aware even as it still remained highly immersed in unity with the spirit world.

In terms of "downloading" human consciousness of soul-mind into the human physical body and my own ever-real experiential memory of this wave, my own clan totem, the European cave lioness (the Lion Lady), perfectly fits the metaphysics of my own pre-incarnate experience and also aligns perfectly with the Fifth Wave evolution of human consciousness as recorded by the ancient Maya. My incarnate scientific mind characterizes the Sixth Wave in the evolution of the human mind, yet within me, Fifth Wave awareness is not veiled as it is in most people. The ancient witches of my ancestors have gifted me with consciousness able to "part the veil" between modes of awareness. Blessed be the ancestors!