Dogs and their place in Magick
Across millennia and cultures, dogs embody the universal traits of loyalty, protection, fidelity, companionship, assistance, intelligence, obedience, cooperation, resourcefulness, and sensory perception. The dog has long been considered a liaison between the physical and nonphysical realms. Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Celtic cultures all venerate the dog as the sacred guardian of the Otherworlds: those realms outside our daily physical experience. If you have ever heard of dogs being a symbol of death — this is the connection. Dogs are the guardians of ephemeral domains and serve as spirit guides in non-physical journeys. In ancient Egypt, the jackal headed God Anubis was guardian of the underworld. For the Greeks, Cerberus, the three headed dog, guarded the gates of the underworld. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Hagrid’s pet, a Cerberus named Fluffy, guarded entrance to the depths of Hogswarts, where the sorcerers stone was hidden.
In Celtic symbolism dogs represent heroism, courage, persistence and loyalty and protection. In large part this was due to the role of dogs both in hunting and going into battle beside their human caretakers and providers. Black dogs are often depicted as harbingers of death, whose role is to bear the newly deceased off to the afterlife. Anubis is a black dog, as are the Grims of British mythology, made famous by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” A black dog with glowing red eyes, he appears in the night to foretell death.
Some Native American tribes believe that seeing a trio of white dogs means good fortune is on the way. Certain breeds of dogs are associated with good fortune in different parts of the world. In some countries, the magical properties of a dog are determined by its color: golden colored dogs are associated with prosperity, a white pooch is associated with romance, and a black dog is a symbol of protection for your hearth and home.
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When not writing for Ravenhawks, Kamberlyn works with clients seeking a more spiritually centered life. In her work, she helps people realize the relationship, career and finances that belongs to their soul. She can be found on KEEN at Kamberlyn Divine Love or through her website, LadyKamberlyn.com.