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Black Panther Totem

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Of all the panthers, the black panther has the greatest mysticism associated with it. It is a symbol of the mother, the dark moon and the power of the night. The black panther encourages all to understand the shadow powers available to everyone, to acknowledge these powers and to eliminate your fears of the darkness.

 

The Black Panther is a very powerful and ancient totem. It is generally associated with a particular species of leopard or jaguar although the cougar is also referred to as panther. As with most of the large cats, the panther is a symbol of ferocity and valour. It embodies aggressiveness and power, though without the solar significance. In the case of the Black Panther, there is definitely a lunar significance. The panther has over 500 voluntary muscles that they are capable of using at will. This reflects a great deal about an individual who has such animals as a totem. 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.

 

Panther is secretive, silent, and graceful in there every move. They are solitary by choice, they will tell little though listens much. They are careful not to share too much information, only enough to ease curious minds.

 

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 you to understand the dark and death and the inherent powers of them; and thus by acknowledging them, eliminate your 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 its 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, seers, and the old wise woman.

 

The Black 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. Also, the Black Panther is very mystical, she finds the most power in darkness. Black Panther understands death and teaches humans not to fear it, for out of death comes rebirth.

 

The Black Panther animal totem asks you these questions:

What is your Shadow Self attempting to tell you?

Are your passions assisting or hindering you at this time?

Are you still on the accurate spiritual path for yourself?

Are you choosing to suppress latent desires?

Are you choosing to put others requirements before your own to the point of self-disregard?

Are you choosing to be mindful of your movements, both physical and sensational?

Are you choosing to be defensive? Who or what are you protecting and why?

 

To the Native peoples of North and South America, the jaguar especially in the form of the Black Panther, was endowed with great magic and power. The jaguar panther climbs, runs, and swims, even superiour to that of the tiger. For the reason that it is capable of functioning so well in so many areas, it became the symbol of mastery over all dimensions. To the Tucano Indians of the Amazon, the roar of the jaguar was the roar of thunder. Thus the Black Panther was the god of darkness and was capable of causing eclipses by swallowing the sun. This reflects the tremendous power inherent within the feminine forces. To those with the panther as a totem, this power will increasingly be experienced.

 

The Black 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. It gives an ability to go beyond what has been imagined, with opportunity to do so with discipline and control. It is the spirit of imminent rebirth.

 

Panther people have a broader vision. Panther medicine gives them a deeper insight, both spiritually and psychically. Their enhanced perspective lets them see things in close detail or from a distance. Panthers enter the world enlightened whereas others have to work to achieve that.

 

The ancient Egyptians used the Black Panther tail worn around the neck to strengthen or protect the individual. It was also called the “thousand eyed Argos” that protected Zeus’s animals. This totem brings guardian energy and a new awakening.

 

Native peoples of North and South America have a myth, which most of the totems are taken from, Black Panther is feared and respected, and in some is regarded as the Protector of the universe. The Zuni believed that the ancient ones wanted the world to be guarded by those keen of sight and scent. The puma (the greatest of them) was the sentinel of the north (the most important position). The Miwoks believed him to be the ideal hunter, while the Apaches and Hualapais thought her wailing was the omen of death. In Navajo myth a hero was wounded by witch objects shot into his body. Puma extracts them and save his life. They also thought that the Puma benefited them by leaving the superiour part of the portion of its kill for the people to eat. Conversely the Papago and the later white settlers considered the cougar a flesh eating beast. The Inca hunted many animals in great round-ups where they would hunt the hunter. They found it much easier to catch bear and deer in the rounds-ups then panthers. To many Native people it was both a Totem and a source of help for hunting and warfare. In fact the Hopi and Zuni took carved mountain lions when hunting deer in hopes that they would be as good at it as the mountain lion was. In many cultures the puma was often deified for its ability to hunt.

 

The Black Panther is found across Africa, Asia, and the Amur region of Russia. Jaguars are found in all of south and Central America, and in recent years, north to the United States border with Mexico in Texas, as well. The jaguar has a shorter, stockier build than the leopard. Also, the jaguar tends to have larger rosettes with spots in the middle; the leopard has plain rosettes with no central spot in the middle. In addition, jaguars have a much broader forehead and wider jaw for the reason that they kill their prey differently than leopards. Unlike other big cats, jaguars kill prey by crushing the spinal column and are required to have a much stronger bite in order to do so. This means that the shape of their skull is unique among the cat species. As a result, they have the strongest bite-force of any member of the cat family--even stronger than lions and tigers.



Physical Appearance:
Black Jaguar
– is the third largest of the four big cats. It has a sturdy build and usually weights between 125 and 200 pounds. It is capable of reaching up to six feet long and stand at about 2 and half feet at the shoulder. Its coat has a tawny brown base and is covered with black rosette spots.

Black Leopard – is the smallest of the four big cats. It is stocky and has short legs. The largest of the leopards can reach up to 200 pounds, however a weight of 150 pounds for males is much more common. Leopards are about five feet long and stand just over two feet high. Black Leopards are also distinguished by their rosette covered coat however their rosettes are smaller and more tightly spaced.

Physical Appearance:
Black Jaguar – is the third largest of the four big cats. It has a sturdy build and usually weights between 125 and 200 pounds. It is capable of reaching up to six feet long and stand at about 2 and half feet at the shoulder. Its coat has a tawny brown base and is covered with black rosette spots.

Black Leopard – is the smallest of the four big cats. It is stocky and has short legs. The largest of the leopards can reach up to 200 pounds, however a weight of 150 pounds for males is much more common. Leopards are about five feet long and stand just over two feet high. Black Leopards are also distinguished by their rosette covered coat however their rosettes are smaller and more tightly spaced.

Hunting and Feeding Behaviours:
Black Jaguar – will either crush and suffocate and victim or bite straight through his skull. It prefers to stalk and eventually ambush its prey rather than chase it. Then it pounces from a prey’s blind spot. After the kill, jaguars prefer to drag their meal to a secluded spot to eat. They are carnivores however will eat almost any kind of meat.

Black Leopard – kill their prey by a suffocating bite. They also would rather stalk than chase their prey. Black Leopards will often drag their meal up a tree to eat in seclusion. They will eat anything from beetles to antelope, depending on their habitat.

  • Leopards and jaguars are both big cats that are similar in appearance.
  • Leopards live in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East while jaguars live in South and Central America.
  • Jaguars are larger and stockier than leopards.
  • Jaguars are capable of killing their prey by cracking their skulls while leopards kill with a suffocating bite.

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