A Guide to the Meaning of the Celtic Wolf in Astrology, Mythology & Tattoos
Celtic Wolf Meaning Overview
Many Celtic tribes claimed to be descended from wolves. Even the Celtic hero Cormac mac Airt stated he was suckled by wolves, much like the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus.
The wolf was a sacred animal to the ancients Celts. They were not seen as threatening hunters, but rather as powerful helpers and guides. Wolves were positive symbols of transformation.
Despite how sacred the wolf was to the Celts, wolves no longer exist in Ireland. During the Middle Ages, the Irish government promoted their extermination by offering large sums of money for any wolves killed. By the 1700's, wolves were extinct in Ireland.
The Wolf as a Celtic Animal Zodiac Sign
In Celtic Astrology, the Wolf (Hound) is the Celtic Animal Sign for people born October 28 – November 4.
If the Wolf is your Celtic Animal Zodiac Sign, you are a natural teacher and guide. You are fiercely loyal your friends and family. You're likely to experience change and rebirth during your life. Even though these can be trying times, you realize that they are necessary and powerful transformations that guide you further along your path in life, shaping you into the person you are today.
Celtic Wolf Mythology
Celtic mythology connects the wolf with the moon. Legend has it that the wolf would chase the sun down each day, catching and devouring it at dusk. Thus, allowing the moon to rise at night.
The wolf ruled over winter, from Halloween to February (in Celtic tradition).
Many Irish myths mention wolves having the ability to shift into the forms of other animals, including human-form (werewolves).
A wolf was the companion of the Celtic goddess Cerridwen (goddess of the Moon and fertility) and of the god, Cernunnos (horned god of fertility, life, animals, wealth, and the underworld). On the Gundestrup Cauldron, you can see Cernunnos surrounded by wolf companions.
About Celtic Wolf Tattoos
Traditionally, Celtic wolf tattoos would have been blue, as the dye used for tattooing came from the Woad plant (which produces a blue dye).
Celtic wolf tattoos can be both masculine and feminine. It's quite common for men and women to wear the same tattoo.
Wolf tattoos contain a wide variety of meanings based on ancient Celtic beliefs and mythology, including:
- Loyalty and Trust
- Help and Guidance
- Hunter and Warrior
- Transformation, Death and Rebirth
- Cunning and Intelligent
- Understanding One's Strengths and Weaknesses
- Knowledge of One's Inner Darkness
- Being Aware and Self-Aware
Most people connect with the darker, tougher aspects of the Celtic wolf meaning. They place their wolf tattoos over large muscle groups to give the tattoo a more menacing appearance.
What does the Celtic wolf mean to you?