The Black Panther is not a separate species
of big cat, it is rather a distinctive variation in coat coloring amongst Leopard, Jaguar and Puma (or Cougar/Florida Panther/Mountain
Lion). Therefore, there are several commonalties amongst all Black Panthers, and these will be delineated in keywords
below, though it is also important to keep in mind that each of these species will also have characteristics separate and
unique to them. We will begin with the commonalties, and in weeks to come, delve into the differences between the three
separate Black Panther types.
Mysticism surrounds the Black Panther, and for centuries
two-leggeds have observed these graceful predators as they prowl the jungles of their domain and slip, black as midnight vapor,
between tree limbs and vines. Black Panther, with his penetrating yellow-green gaze, evokes the sense that he is capable
of looking into the ~future; ~ hence this beautiful cat is closely linked to Seers and Prophets.
two-legged who journeys beside Black Panther, this may either take the form of one who can literally see into the ~future,~
or this gift of insight is manifested as a keen insight into the reasoning, action and motive of Others.
these souls possess the gift to see to the motives of another, the "future" consequences of that individual`s motives and
actions are clearly visible to the Panther individual, and they can appear almost prophetic when warning another of the ramifications
that may befall should their current motives remain ulterior, selfish or evasive.
For those Black Panther souls who literally do "see
the future," this can be quite a challenging aspect of their Earthwalk, for with this special ~gift~ also comes the responsibility
of discerning when and how much of this knowledge is meant to be shared. Equally, as the ~future~ is continuously being
shaped by our present thoughts, decisions, and actions, the future is ever-changing and hence, any future seen or perceived
is only one of many alternate ~future realities.~ Yet more often than not, the visions of the future received are meant
purely as guide posts and/or warnings, hence it is still down to the individual to create his/her own future.***
One look at
the Black Panther and it is obvious that these Big Cats are a study in controlled strength and will.
With thickly corded muscles, long, sharp teeth and
claws capable of shredding and ripping prey that may weigh up to 1200 pounds, these magnificent creatures embody the essence
of Power. All of this is contained within a frame that averages 7 to 8 feet in length (from tip of nose to tip of tail),
and weighs in anywhere between 75 and 160 pounds (depending upon the species of Black Panther and whether it is male or female).
***As Black Panther often pads beside one with great
inner strength, there is often evidence of personal Power within the human counterpart. The interesting thing with this
particular keyword, and how it manifests for the two-legged who is blessed with this Totem, is in watching the unfolding of
that Power, for it is a characteristic that is developed over many years. This is partially attributed to the fact that
such inherent personal power possesses equal potential for either great good, or great destruction.
In those who walk with Black Panther, personal charisma
will be quite high and there will be the ability to influence the thoughts and actions of ~Others.~ For this reason,
this Totem carries a heavy responsibility, and may take several lifetimes to perfect. Many dictators throughout history
have had Black Panther as one of their Personal Totems, and misused the tremendous potential of these Spirit Animals.
Equally, many reformationists have also had this Totem walking beside them and reclaimed the True Power of Black Panther (Mahatma
Ghandi is one such example).
This is not to suggest that these individuals should
be meek and mild (for they have been gifted this great power and strength for a reason), yet it can be channeled and directed
in such a manner to bring honesty and insight to others. Yet if you do not wish to know the ~truth~ of what a Black
Panther soul feels or believes, do not ask, for they will always "tell it like it is."
When the higher vibration of this personal magnetism has been attained and expressed through
diligence, conscious decision not to misuse its brilliant gift and shared to benefit Others, then the Black Panther Soul truly
shines as he/she inherits and reclaims their Power.***
Everything about Black Panther has been
geared toward a heightened awareness of his/her surroundings, and Nature has equipped this big cat well in the art and skill
With ears capable of capturing the smallest
of movement, eyes that can penetrate through the dark blanket of night, and a powerful sense of smell, Black Panther is able
to locate and track prey with a skill matched by few predators in the wild.
Yet there also seems to be an intuitive
understanding of when the best time is to strike, as often these beautiful creatures will await just the perfect moment and
seize the opportunity with a lethal pounce.
The two-legged with Black Panther as a companion spirit will have a heightened sense of awareness. Sometimes
this will manifest purely as a physical acuity and these individuals may possess an extraordinary sense of hearing, sight
or smell. If one of these senses are damaged, then another physical sense will compensate, and thus for one who may
have sustained a hearing loss, their eyesight or sense of smell rapidly acclimates and counterbalances for just such a sensory
Yet this heightened awareness may also
manifest in the form of sensitivity to non-physical stimuli, or pure energy.
In Earth Medicine, we recognize that
there is a Universal energy that flows through all things that dwell above, upon or within the Earth, a powerful Medicine
that is the basic building block of all life, hence the term Earth Medicine. Yet this energy source, though it flows
through physical life, is spiritual energy and emits a powerful vibration that is felt keenly by some, including a large portion
of Black Panther souls.
Again, this is an ability that, although
present at the moment of entry onto the physical plane, takes years for the individual to nurture, hone and perfect.
Yet as the ability to tune into energy develops, the two-legged who has Black Panther as their companion spirit, will be able
to sense the feelings, energies and intent of other individuals. This heightened awareness is not only limited to those
persons whom the Black Panther soul is in immediate physical proximity, they are also excellent at long distance energy sensing
and can immediately "tune in" on the condition of one with whom they are communicating, regardless of any physical distance.
Because of this ability to read another`s ~energy~ so precisely, it is imperative that the
soul beside whom Black Panther walks, governs this ability closely. When operating from Personality Center, this ability
can be used toward selfish ends or as a means of intimidating Others. Yet it is when the Black Panther soul utilizes
the ability to tune into and send energy from the center of Compassion and assistance to his/her fellow human, that this ability
unfolds as it was intended, as gifted by the Divine.***
There are some animals/birds/insects
& finned ones that possess the Medicine of ~Shapeshifting,~ that is to say they have been granted the ability to shift
their physical form from their original form, to that of a two-legged, to another creature and then back to their original
form again. These creature beings are granted this inheritance from the Great Mystery from actions performed back
when all tribes were ONE (tribes here meaning different species, e.g. humans, snakes, wolves, etc.), and is a Gift that must
be given due respect and adherence else this Medicine will be taken from that creature being. Hence all shapeshifters
have a great responsibility attached to this particular Medicine.
The Black Panther is one such Shapeshifter,
and the responsibility unique to these animal spirits, is that of piercing the veil of darkness that dwells in the heart and
mind of an unintegrated Soul. These creatures teach us that there is nothing in that darkness to be feared, for the
Light of acknowledgment will disperse the blackness and illuminate the Way through the jungle of unresolved issues, pain and
***The early life experiences of one
with whom Black Panther walks will never be "easy," as these souls will seem to attract and/or elicit strong reactions both
within themselves and from "Others." Early on this may tend to give the Panther soul a sense of isolation from their
fellow two-leggeds as they struggle to find their own identity, for the way in which they view and approach life often attracts
attention and leaves them feeling as a stranger in a strange land.
There is no doubt that these individuals
will tend to engender either
deep loyalties and great affection from those who know them, or there will be an equally strong aversion from Others
that may result in verbal and/or physical attacks against the Black Panther Soul. Perhaps part of the reason behind
such ardent and dichotomous reactions, lies within the inherent Power and Awareness of these individuals.
As long as the one beside whom Black
Panther journeys, operates from integration and Higher Intent, and the individuals with whom Panther interacts are also functioning
from self-acknowledgment and conscious awareness, Black Panther’s penetrating gaze and direct approach will not be felt
as a threat or seen as intimidation. Yet for one who is operating from selfishness, evasion or deceit, the force of Panther
soul`s insight may be seen as a direct threat and, if motivated thus by fear of what Black Panther soul has borne ~witness~
to, those individuals will often either completely disappear from sight, or they will attempt an all-out attack on the Panther
Yet the reverse may also be true, and
it may be the Black Panther soul that is abusing his/her Power and Awareness to manipulate, control or intimidate Others.
When this is the case (such as it often is when the Soul who has Black Panther for his/her Power Totem is still in the ~infant~
or ~young soul~ stage and has not had many journeys yet around the Sacred Hoop), these individuals can be very power motivated
and may consciously use their tremendous insight to manipulate or intimidate Others. Of course the karmic retribution
for such actions is quite high, and thus this is a tendency that is eventually outgrown with subsequent reincarnations and
journeys along the Red Road of Physical Life.
At some stage, it is imperative that
Black Panther individual acknowledge their own Power (part of the process of reclaiming this gift), learn to discern when
they may be tempted to "misuse" it for selfish or harmful ends, and conquer such baser tendencies that the full beauty of
their gifts may be expressed. This is
the highest expression of Transformation, for as Black Panther soul fully embraces his/her lineage of Power, Awareness and Prophecy
and utilizes these Divine inheritances for the ~Good of All,~ he/she shapeshifts into the culmination of all that the ~Great Mystery~ had intended
for that special, individual and Eternal Spark.***