What does the Wolf teach us about forgiveness and responsibility?
So this is Week 2 of the 7 weeks of Imbolc – the Celtic fire festival sacred to the Goddess Brighid, Brigit, Bride.
Today is the feast day of St Austrebertha (630-704) who embodied the free, wild child of Imbolc, beholden to no-one but herself, by refusing to be part of an arranged marriage.
Instead, she chose to be a nun and later became an abbess, helping to reform the convent at Pavilly.
The ancient myth of St Austrebertha describes how she met a wolf whilst out looking for the donkey who usually carried the monks’ washing to the convent.
The wolf admitted that he had killed the donkey and pleaded for her forgiveness, which she gave on the condition that he carried the washing from that day forth.
The Wolf is the totem animal of Imbolc, as I explained in my blog ‘The Meaning of February’ last week, accompanying both the Roman and Celtic goddesses of February.
In this story, Wolf symbolises the importance of recognising when we have made a mistake, apologising and asking for forgiveness, and taking responsibility for our actions and the consequences, instead of hiding in the role of the Victim.
This is an important lesson for the Child of Imbolc to learn as they grow into the Young Adult of the Spring Equinox on my Philosophia Wheel.
Sometimes, we can feel frightened and ashamed about making a mistake, which leads us to hide away from ourselves and others. When that happens, we need to reassure our Inner Child that it’s OK to make the wrong choice, to forgive ourselves and ask the forgiveness of others, to learn from our mistakes without beating ourselves up for making them.
We are human after all – Children of the Light – perfect in all our imperfections. There are no mistakes. Just lessons on our Soul’s ever-evolving path to Wisdom.
May Wolf walk with you and guide you always