Panther

Panther, as Tiger or Lion, symbolizes ferocity, power and valor.  It is related to the dark Moon because of the blackness of it’s pelt.

In Ancient myths Panther is pictured as a big cat with a multicolored fur. In Greek mythology Panther (or leopard) was a totemic symbol of Dionysus. His priests wore panther-skins. In Greek language the word “panther” is interpreted as “all the beasts”. Continue reading Panther

Hydra

Hydra is a simple fresh-water animal which  lives in the swamps and has a significant regenerative ability. Those characteristics were the subject of creation of different myths and it’s transformation  into the monster.

In mythology and symbolism Hydra is presented as a monstrous serpent, chthonic water beast with seven or nine heads which outgrow if they are cut down. They are often compared with the deltas of rivers because of their multiple arms. Hydra figures multiple vices. It’s heads are the symbol of vices which reappear after being destroyed. The blood of hydra is poisonous: Heracles dips his arrows in it. In case you mix it with waters of rivers, all fishes become inappropriate to eat. Continue reading Hydra

Bear

The main characteristics of the bear are their large body, power and solitary way of life. Most of them are omnivorous, so, besides the image of the bear eating honey, there is another image of a cruel killer and carnivore.

In Europe the bear is a lunar symbol, related to obscurity and shadows. In Alchemy it represents the blackness of the primal matter. In Greek mythology the bear accompanies Artemis, lunar divinity of cruel rituals. As a lunar symbol, it has the relation to the instinct. Jung proposes the bear as the symbol dangerous aspect of unconsciousness.  It’s a primal force which is powerful, violent and brutal. In different traditions, during the bear hunting, women have to follow a number of prohibitions. That serves as a protective magic because women can easily be assailed by the spirit of the beast.  Continue reading Bear