When a wolf meets another wolf, they know it. Sometimes you'll meet someone who wants to be a wolf, but isn't---and that's known, too. Sometimes you meet someone who is living as a wolf for a season, sort of traversing the landscape of wolf culture and mentality, for the purpose of learning lessons, achieving a goal or self growth. Sometimes, an individual will run with a pack---yet never be taken into it. However, when a person of the wolf, meets another true person of the wolf, they know it.
Wolf energy is unique and unmistakeable; it is, in my humble (yet educated) opinion, in a class of its' own. People of the wolf are strong, yet humble. They are loving, yet steely when required. They are playful, yet serious and stern. Wolf people are loyal and devoted; passionate sometimes to the point of melancholy. Peaceful by default, yet terrifyingly fierce when need be.
While these traits really are across the board among wolf people, it's important to remember that they manifest in individuals in varying degrees. It's important, too, to note that in wolf culture, there are various roles individual wolves take on. Not every wolf is the leader; not every wolf is the babysitter; not every wolf is the look-out or guardian. And yes, those are real duties performed by appointed wolves, in wolf packs.
Speaking of packs, they're incredibly close knit. Once in the pack, always in the pack---unless you earn yourself an escort to the door, or encounter death. (And both exits are equally final.) Sometimes wanna-be or would-be wolves will gather around a pack; sometimes one is even born *into* a pack. But if a place isn't made, earned or claimed, that wolf often becomes lone or rogue---and this is, in my opinion, exactly as it should be.
These are my thoughts today, as I watch the snow fall and continue to write the (fucking riveting, motherfucking INTENSE) sequel to my first wolf moon novel, Strange Love. The new book is called Strange Days. I am so taking this book to the next level. I am so very deliberately and utterly shamelessly building this story in such a way as to floor and spellbind the reader---at once.
Actual wolf culture, the traits of wolf people, and what happens to all of us and one special clan of folks, on the annual wolf moon of January, take center stage in both novels. I'm also reminded of the fact that the hero in my second novel, Phoenix Rising, was a wolf biologist.
Guess you could say I've had quite a lifetime fascination with wolves. Well, why shouldn't I...? I am, after all, one of the Wolf People. ✧✧
xo ~JoLynne ♥ #ParaGoddess
p.s. - This was posted *unedited*---my apologies for any errors. I've no time to read and edit... I'm on the road today, soon to leave the condo for my beloved lakehouse. ✧✧
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