A black jaguar prowls across the garden in the middle of the night. Something is a bit off about his face: his nose looks almost human…
Suddenly this realization awakens me in my own dream and I become lucid. Recognizing that now is the time when I can do anything within my dream I decide to go on a medicine walk in the dreamtime. Suddenly, a manhole opens up before me. With only a lantern to light the way in the darkness, I descend into the underworld.
Jaguars, which are the same species as Black Panthers, have long been considered to be the rulers of darkness. Mayans believed Jaguar roamed the Earth towards the east in the day, and then followed the sun westward, down below the horizon into the Underworld at night, to hunt Mystery and Inner Wisdom.
Jaguar has long been associated with Dionysus or Bacchus, the Greek and Roman God of wine, revelry and wild-ness. Those seeking freedom from societal restrictions and definitions, who are on the path of discovering their authentic Souls via deep desires and volcanic soul stirrings, often are stalked by Jaguar.
Being the mightiest of cats, she is known for her fierceness and ability to take down prey by a single strike to the head, symbolizing the guide who helps initiates drop from their analytical minds deep into the abyss; into their animal bodies. Jaguar is dangerous, but she is also a healer with foresight and clairvoyance, leading her way in the dark.
Cat’s have binocular vision which allows them to see close up, even when it is pitch black. Only a human with Jaguar as a power animal would be willing to roam the far reaches of these shadow-lands. Jaguar has the fierce compassion to lead where few others are willing to go–into that riparian jungle known as Soul, teeming with exotic creatures, sweltering swamps and secret caves. It is within these caves, these manholes, that the greatest treasures are to be discovered.
Who is willing to join me on this journey of the Jaguar?