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WILD BOAR MEDICINE
From Jamie Sams' & David Carson's
"Medicine Cards" (Revised, Expanded Edition)
Wild Boar. . .teaches us
to confront without fear,
Ripping apart the denials
and lies that appear,
Testing courage, finding truth,
its medicine will remain,
A part of every human path,
marking the victories we attain.
WILD BOAR: CONFRONTATION
Although the warrior was accustomed to the sultry beat of his
bayou homeland, he was shaking
as if from a cold draft. The Council of Elders had caught him
telling a lie. The punishment for
this offense was banishment from the tribe. To restore his honor
among the People, he would
have to face the Wild Boar with a knife as his only weapon.
If he failed, he would die, torn apart
by the ravaging tusks of the fiery-eyed beast. This prospect
filled him with dread.
Then, the spirit of the Wild Boar came to him in a dream; it
was enraged that the young man had
broken his warrior's vows by lying. It told him that he would
first have to face and conquer the
self-important and deceitful beast within himself, if he hoped
to survive their combat. The young
warrior vowed to honor the truth from that moment forward; he
faced the Wild Boar that day and
killed the beast. The warrior kept the tusk of his adversary
as a life-long reminder to always
confront the weaknesses within himself.
There are several varieties of Boar, and this powerful medicine
of the Warrior Clans applies to
all of them. The Maya called Boar, Javelina, and the Choctaws
saw the Razorback as Wild Boar.
Its medicine teaches us to confront human weaknesses and to
change them into strengths. The
human spirit is empowered through Wild Boar's willingness to
confront fears, the challenges at
hand, and uncomfortable circumstances. Courageously standing
tall, without running from the
situations that life presents, is powerful medicine indeed.
If Wild Boar has charged into your cards today, you are being
asked to confront anything or
anybody that you have been avoiding. Pay attention! Embrace
your warrior nature and find the
courage to confront your fears. Or, are you being asked to confront
a personal weakness or a
career challenge? Is it time to finish a project that you abandoned
thinking it might be too
difficult to accomplish? Confront your feelings regarding some
situation that makes you nervous
or causes discomfort and bring yourself the peace of closure.
If you have been procrastinating, Wild Boar is reminding you
to quit avoiding the inevitable. In
all cases, it is insisting that you be fully present and mindful
of what is happening and why. If
you drew this card, you already possess the courage needed to
confront all that life offers; just
remember where you hid that courage. Challenges do not simply
vanish. Unless you actively
embrace your issues, you cannot reclaim your spirit's energy.
Half the battle is won through the
warrior's willingness to acknowledge and to accept the whole
truth at all times.
If Wild Boar has appeared in the contrary position, this could
be a warning: Because you have
been unwilling to confront some challenge, situation or feeling,
it is about to explode in your
face. It could be time to evaluate any avoidance mechanisms.
Denials can vanish when you
confront them with unflinching honesty. If some lie is present,
now is the time to come clean
with yourself or another. Have you dishonored yourself by breaking
a trust? Be strong and make
amends. If you do not believe that you are brave enough to confront
your mistakes or denials,
quit lying to yourself and acknowledge the authentic power of
the honorable self within.
Remember, you can call upon Wild Boar to help cut through feelings
of helplessness or
weakness. Those sharp tusks can cut to the heart of the matter
and reveal the valiant warrior self
that you may have unwittingly abandoned.
The Druid Animal Oracle by Phillip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm
Boar: The Warrior Spirit, Leadership, Direction
Boar can open you to the warrior spirit, helping you to find
your direction in life. A wild and
powerful animal, he calls you into the forest to discover a
secret about yourself and about the
world. The ritual boar-paths that exist in Wales, Cornwall,
Ireland and Scotland exist in the
Inner World took, and if you follow them you will come face
to face with an animal embodying
the wild and untamed power that lives within each one of us.
stare closely at him and you will
discover he is a representative of the Goddess--his skin can
heal you, he can inspire you to write
music and poetry, his primal power can make you leader or chief.
See if you can use your
wildness and your energy for genuine acts of heroism in a world
that longs for insight and
Contrary may mean that you have lost your sense of direction.
There is a close connection in the
tradition between madness and pigs and boars. At a playful level
this "folly" is expressed by the
morris dancer who beats the audience with a pig's bladder--also
used as a football. But at a
more serious level, those who were mad were often made to act
as swineherds. Merlin, in his
period of madness, talks to pigs, and within this image is conveyed
the concept that madness and
insight are closely allied. sometimes we have to go through
a period of "breakdown" so that
something wider and deeper can enter into our lives. The Boar
is the emissary of the Terrible
Mother--who is also the Initiator. Sometimes a period of destruction
must precede a period of
creation, of rebirth.
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