Black Jaguar Medicine: What is My Spirit Animal?
The first time I ever meditated, I met my spirit animal guide. He appeared to me as a black jaguar. My entire life, I’ve always had a thing for black cats. When I was younger, I even considered getting a tattoo of a black panther and a moon before I knew what a spirit animal was. There wasn’t really a logical reason for it, it was just something I felt drawn to.
(Fun fact: black jaguars, black leopards, black cougars and black mountain lions are all “panthers.” It was once believed that they were a separate species and thus dubbed Panther, but later discovered that they were actually different species that came in black color).
Later, as I delved more into the symbolism of Tarot, I discovered that the moon is actually a very appropriate symbol to go with the black jaguar spirit animal, because in Mayan mythology, the black jaguar was seen as the ruler of the Underworld, and as such, a symbol of the night sun, lunar energy, and darkness. In Olmec tradition, the black jaguar was seen as a protector of the shaman in the spirit realm as he went to battle with dark forces.
Black Jaguar Spirit Animal Guide Symbolism
If we are to look at this symbolically, the black jaguar spirit animal represents the ability to embrace darkness, navigate it, and conquer your fears – of the dark, of death, of the unseen and unknown. Many people say that the black jaguar spirit animal represents the reclamation of power, and that makes sense, because living in fear of the shadows is giving your power away.
In order to conquer fear, you have to be willing to take a good, hard look at the darkness within you. What are your greatest fears about yourself? Dive into them, understand them, and release them. When you do that, you take your power back.
In this way, it’s about rebirth. You conquer the fears by going into them, traveling through the “underworld” and coming out on the other side (Black Jaguar spirit animal is also considered the lord of the underworld, similar to Hades). This is a symbolism that you will find in many mythologies, religious and occult teachings from around the world and throughout time. The Tarot equivalent of this energy would be the Death card. In goddess form, it is the dark feminine such as Kali, or Lilith. In astrological archetypes, it would be Pluto and Scorpio energy in its masculine embodiment, or black moon Lilith in its feminine embodiment.
Black jaguar animal spirit guide calls you to begin your shadow work by exploring the darkness within you and confronting the forces within. It guides you and protects you throughout this process.
Another thing you might say that the black jaguar spirit animal is representative of is conscious creation and manifestation. It’s overcoming the fears of failure or of being judged and taking action to actively do and create the things that you want in life, without worry about what will happen.
If you find yourself drawn to a particular animal, that most likely has some significance for you. What’s your experience is animal spirit guides? Comment and tell me about it!
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