By Tiger Feather, 2011-04-03
The panther is a symbol of courage, valor and power. The panther has also sometimes been associated with the sun, andsolar vibrancyin some cultures (South American, & Central American).
Individuals with panther totems are usually people who come into this world with a spiritual knowing - a deeper understanding of spiritual things. These people often are veryintuitive, psychic, and many are artistically inclined.
Of all the panthers, the black panther has the greatestmysticismassociated with it. It is a symbol of the Mother, the moon and the power of the night. The black panther encourages us to understand the shadow powers available to us all, to acknowledge these powers and toeliminate our fearsof the darkness.
When the black panther totem appears in your life, it is also a symbol of releasing yourpassions, and starting a new phase of your life. A phase in which you are discovering your desires, and living your dreams."
"The black panther is a very powerful and ancient totem. As with most of the large cats, the panther is a symbol of ferocity and valor. It embodies aggressiveness and power, but without the solar significance. In the case of the Black Panther, there is definitely a lunar significance. The panther has over 400-500 voluntary muscles that they can use at will. This reflects a lot about an individual who has such animals as totems. It reflects an ability to do a variety of tasks as he or she wills. It is simply a matter of deciding and putting to use those particular "muscles" - be they physical, mental, psychic, or spiritual. As a whole panthers are loners (solitary) although they do associate with others, they are most comfortable by themselves or within their own marked territory. They are drawn to those individuals who are likewise often solitary.
Of all the panthers, probably the Black Panther has the greatest mysticism associated with it. It is the symbol of the feminine, the dark mother, the dark of the moon. It is the symbol for the life and power of the night. It is a symbol of the feminine energies manifest upon the earth. It is often a symbol of darkness, death, and rebirth from out of it. There still exists in humanity a primitive fear of the dark and of death. The Black Panther helps us to understand the dark and death and the inherent powers of them; and thus by acknowledging them, eliminate our fears and learn to use the powers.
In China there were five mythic cats, sometimes painted like tigers or leopards. The black reigns in the north with winter as its season of power, and water it's most effective element. This is the element of the feminine. This is the totem of greater assertion of feminine in all her aspects: child, virgin, seductress, mother, warrioress, seeress, old wise woman.
When the Black Panther enters your life as a totem, it awakens the inner passions. This can manifest in unbridled expressions of baser powers and instincts. It can also reflect an awakening of the kundalini, signaling a time of not just coming into one's own power. More so, the keynote of the Black Panther is Reclaiming One's True Power. In mythology and scripture, the panther has been a symbol of the "Argos of a Thousand Eyes," who guarded the heifer IO who was loved by Zeus. After his death, the eyes were transferred to the feathers of the peacock. The panther always brings a guardian energy to those to whom it comes."
The power of Black Panther lies in his ability to walk with total strength of character and a courageous heart into the unknown, fully embracing the mystery of life and completely enabled to wend his way to his place of True Power with grace and confidence. His black coat is the perfect foil when working under cover of the night and he has full ability to defend himself, if need be. And it is in fact this ability to walk fearlessly into our own shadow with Black Panther, that allows us to turn our gifts fully into the light.
Those with Black Panther medicine are powerful seers, prophets, healers and agents of change, whose gifts most likely have been developing over the course of many lifetimes and through the school of hard knocks in their youth and young adulthood. It is usually in the middle years that the Black Panther really comes into her stride, unafraid of her own self, both shadow and light aspects and therefore never underestimating, nor overestimating anyone or any situation.
This powerful prophet sees people and situations with startling clarity. This can make others uncomfortable if they are not walking with integrity or if they are living in denial. For those who are not afraid of walking in truth, Black Panther people are a breath of fresh air, especially when they have tempered their insightful gifts with tact and compassion for the plight of others and for themselves.
Black Panther knows that darkness is a place to heal, to uncover the truth, to seek and find answers. Through dreams, the Black Panther teaches us to look inside of ourselves into those places that need healing, to embrace uncomfortable territory through self-discovery and courageously face what we may find!
The panther often signals a time of rebirth after a period of suffering and death on some level. This implies that an old issue may finally begin to be resolved, or even that old longstanding wounds will finally begin to heal, and with the healing will come a reclaiming of power that was lost at the time of wounding. Black Panther understands death and teaches people not to fear it, for out of death comes rebirth.
It is said, "that which does not kill us makes us stronger." It is this same idea that is awakened in the lives of those who open to the power of the panther totem. The panther marks a new turn in the heroic path of those to whom it comes. It truly reflects more than just coming into one's own power. Rather it reflects a reclaiming of that which was lost and an intimate connection with the great archetypal force behind it. In many cases, panther energy accompanies the activist and the advocate.
Panther is a powerful guide to have, always bringing a guardian energy to those to whom it comes."