Happy Saturn’s Day
In the fantasy genre of literature, the wolf and werewolf are very symbolic of the wild untamed side of the human experience. There is a sensual and animalistic point to the image of a wolf or a man/woman transforming into a werewolf. In the world of music, there are songs about this animalistic side of humanity and they often use the image of the wolf. It’s not coincidental that this is so the image of wolves and men is an old one and a very powerful one.
This Skald’s Lyre is a little different. It is about a type of song that relates to the human experience coupled with one of my favorite genres of books and film – fantasy. In particular the world of fantasy horror and the wolf and werewolf image. The music attempts to capture this essence in both lyrics and setting the tone with the music. It often does a very good job at both.
Today I am not going to list my personal significance with each song as that is not really the point. For me, there are simply some good songs that call to my animal side or remind me that I have one. For me, the image of the wolf is center to my heart and self-identity so that fits too.
I have had two conversations with women about men that reflect this point along the sexual side of things. Hey, whenever I write about sex it always gets attention.
1) “What the world needs are fewer wolves and more gentlemen.” – my response was pretty simple. “My dear, a gentleman is nothing more than a patient wolf.” Sorry, there is no such thing as a man who has an interest in a woman where raw sexuality isn’t present. You can keep it domesticated on civil but that raw energy is what powers all the other aspects of the relationship. As an author once said – “everything is about sex, except sex which is about something else.” A gentleman is just a really patient strategically-minded wolf looking for a certain type of woman to bed. He is simply a patient hunter.
2) “Men are all dogs.” – I had two responses to this. a) So are women, women are just as horny and sexual as men. They just like men to work at it to get them because they want to feel desired. Nothing wrong with that, but to take the high minded route that women aren’t just as interested as men about getting laid is just hypocritical. b) Men are all canine to be sure, but some of them are more domesticated than others. Some of us seek to be more true to our ancestors and be the wolf. We are just honest about it. If being a wolf means I am a truly masculine male, then that is my desire. As a woman, you are either going to accept that and lose your fear of it or you are going to try to domesticate your man out of fear of his wild side and in my opinion, make him less of a man. You would probably be better off accepting his wild side and work more on embracing your own.
For me, being as wolf-like as possible and staying honest about it is something I strive to both focus and embrace. This isn’t just about being honest about being masculine or sexual but also about the stronger emotions of anger and rage. The desire to fight for what you care about and desire. So on my playlist are a few songs about this wolf side of things – the animal within and that animal for me is the wolf.
Bark at the Moon – Ozzy Osborne:
Wolf and Man – Metallica:
Animal I Have Become – Three Days Grace:
Night of the Werewolves – Powerwolf:
Úlfhéðnar – Dervhengrym:
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.