Year of The Black Panther (Medicine Cards)

If you haven’t heard of the medicine cards, I highly suggest looking into them. They are excellent for doing personal readings for yourself. As a matter of fact they work better than anything else for that, the tarot can be hard to interpret when looking at it for yourself.

Here’s a link to anyone interested in checking them out: Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals

I highly recommend this for anyone interested in a personal/spiritual divination system that is easy to use, clear and used primarily for your own use.

OK, that being said I pulled a card just after New Year’s eve to represent the general feel of 2009 and got the Black Panther. This is powerful medicine. It’s meaning is to trust the unknown or be thrown into the abyss.

The black panther is a great teacher, but it doesn’t teach gently. In my own experience it denotes a period of chaos which can lead to a loss of reason. Black panther is a nocturnal predator and only the keen, able and strong are able to survive it. 

It nurtures the spirit through the teaching of fierce independence and self-sufficiency, but it can also cause chaos, destruction and disruption. It has resonance with Pluto in that it destroys the old ways holding a person (or a world) back in order to nuture and teach independence, strength and self-reliance. It has no patience for superficiality, and its energy is strong, forthright. It will rip your throat out if you act out of fear and not out of deep abiding faith in yourself. 

This will be a year when structures are shaken down to their foundation, and people who have lead unconscious lives will have to wake up or risk losing either their peace of mind or their physical well being. Black panther is a harsh teacher, but very mystical. 

We will see people’s interest in symbolism, deeper meaning and spirituality rise along with the panther’s reign. For those who embrace their own instincts and personal power, it will be a year of advancement. A year when you will see through the collective chaos with laser sharp clarity while others are drowning in it.

This however will not be the year to save someone else like a friend, lover or family member. The panther stalks alone. If you attempt to save someone else this year (I mean personally not in the way of global or through broader acts of charity) be careful because a great deal of damage can be done to the person you are trying to save, and to your relationship with them. Panther’s attempt to rescue a weaker animal can lead to accidentally tearing its throat out. There is no room for subtlety during black panther year. It is a year of extremes, of predators and prey, kill or be killed, trust or perish.

The world will go through major changes this year, and its likely extreme circumstances, war and natural disasters will not abate, more likely these things will proliferate. It will be a tough year for many, but it will teach us the most valuable lessons of our lives.

For those on the journey toward spiritual enlightenment, it will lead the way to great inner strength, magic, psychic awareness, and will open doors to the other side, other dimensions, and parts of the brain most of us have turned off.

Don’t be afraid if this year you have visions, crazy dreams or intense spiritual experiences. Embrace these experiences and let them change you for the better.

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10 responses to “Year of The Black Panther (Medicine Cards)

  1. holy crap! the other night I saw a black panther walking through the streets in one of my dreams. now if I could only remember more details, gonna try . . . :O

  2. Hi Denise,

    I have a question with regard to the Medicine cards and your comment that these cards were best for personal readings. My thought was that it was always quite difficult to give oneself a reading due to our grasping natures and sense of self coupled with the discursive aspect of our minds. In your view, am I wrong and have you experienced accuracy with readings you might have given yourself?

    Thank you for all the informative issues being discussed on your blog.

    All the best,
    Gwen

  3. I am amazed with it. It is a good thing for my research. Thanks

  4. Wow…this is so amazing.. I recently had a dream about the Black Panter, this is why I was searching for answers, thank you. Your explanation confirms all the other symbolic dreams that I have been having.

  5. Spooky spooky stuff! In a nutshell: Earlier this year I began dreaming of a black panther – one who although terrifying, was not actually threatening me. Since then – independently I thought – my spiritual interests took a different turn. The story continues . . .

  6. I dreamed of a black panther the other night and felt inspired to search for more info and could not be more surprised to find this entry, almost a year old now. The past year has been a year of absolute HELL for me and my family – pretty everything we loved and worked so hard for in years past was torn down and destroyed. We lost everything except each other. As bad as it’s been I finally have been feeling invigorated and ready to start building something much better than what we had, and I can see how much stronger I am now than I was a year ago at this time. I think that’s what panther came to tell me in my dream. :) Thansk for sharing your insights, i’m bookmarking this site to come back and read more.

  7. I had a dream of a black panther last night– it seems this spirit is pretty busy! I’ve been letting go of older, more rigid ideas of mine this year and have found myself at times adrift because of it. As others have said, in the dream the panther was terrifying, but not threatening me. We’ll see what the next year has in store, and what indeed might be built in place of the outdated (emotional) structures I once held so dear.

  8. I have recently dreamed of the black panther. I have dreamed of it twice within a year. I was never threatened by either.

    I am touched by the meaning and resonate with it completely. I do not resonate nor have I experienced the destruction and loosing it all though. What I have noticed i that a death and rebirth, an awakening I have and am experiencing. This is Scorpio energy, Pluto and Mars (active fire energy for spiritual change) this energy is OYA in the Orisha path, this is feminine power, water, moon. I resonate and welcome this creature to be my guide as long as she is needed. I am visited regularly by totem animals and finally I have one that will move me closer to my authentic self with a stealth power that will bring enlightenment.

    Thank you for your interpretation.

    Moon

  9. 3/12/2011./. I was on a men’s retreat in South Florida this past weekend. I went outside my cabin just before 1st light with my flash light in hand. Fifty yards or less just off to my left I saw what I thought was a black cat seated in the grass lawn.. I shined the light in that direction and saw a black Beautiful Black leopard. As I shown my flash light onto its eyes. With yellow reflective eyes it slowly moved behind a small building.It was a powerful yest peaceful sign for me about the powerful changes I have begun to make in my life. Ah Ho.

  10. 12/03/2011/. I was on a men’s retreat in South Florida this past weekend. I went outside my cabin just before 1st light with my flash light in hand. Fifty yards or less just off to my left I saw what I thought was a black cat seated in the grass lawn.. I shined the light in that direction and saw a black Beautiful Black leopard. As I shown my flash light onto its eyes. With yellow reflective eyes it slowly moved behind a small building.It was a powerful yest peaceful sign for me about the powerful changes I have begun to make in my life. Ah Ho.

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