Jaguar, Power Animal, Symbol of Solitary Path, Reclaiming Power,
Shape shifting, Psychic Vision
By Ina Woolcott
The Jaguar's medicine includes seeing the roads within chaos and
understanding the patterns of chaos, moving without fear in the darkness,
moving in unknown places, shape shifting, psychic vision, facilitating soul
work, empowering oneself, reclaiming power.
The Black Jaguar's medicine includes the same as jaguar but in addition
keeper of the circular time continuum, gatekeeper to the unknowable.
The South American name for jaguar, 'jaguara' is translated as 'carnivore
that overcomes prey with a single bound.' there is an Indian legend that
says the jaguar came by its beautiful spotted coat by dabbing mud on its
body with its paws. These spots easily hold the jaguar apart from other big
cats. What also holds them apart from other big cats is the fact that they
are unrivalled. There are no other predators that can compete with this
powerful cat. Those with this power animal generally make brilliant leaders
According to Mayan beliefs, the journey of the sun across the sky and the
darkness of night represented the infinite journey of human consciousness
and its transformations. The midday sun's position was compared to the
Eagle, flying high in the sky, to then plunge below the horizon, just as we
plunge into the dark to face our spiritual challenges and to be transformed.
The hidden sun was said to be Jaguar, whose spotted skin represents the
stars glittering/shining in the night sky. Hence it was called the "Jaguar
Sun." Jaguar is the earth father, holding the authority over the sacred
power of and in the earth, and the animals who live upon it. The force that
lives within the mountains, giving them their volcanic and transformative
power, is the same underworld source of energy and power contained within
the Jaguar Sun. The Mayan word for Jaguar is IX and it is pronounced 'eesh'.
Similarly to the tiger, this solitary hunter stalks silently and patiently,
to then strike with lightning speed. This symbolises the importance of
knowing when it's best to take the solitary path in stalking one's own
dreams. For the native people of the rainforests, everything contains the
essence of the Jaguar.
Jaguar, Leopards and Panthers are very ancient and powerful power
animals/totems. They embody aggressiveness and power, but without the
influence of solar energy. Black Panther's power is lunar (moon). People
with a Jaguar, Panther or Leopard medicine have the ability to multi-task.
They tend to be loners and are very comfortable with themselves. Often they
are drawn to other solitary people.
If this is your power animal, you must learn to pace your work - in all
aspects of your life - and not push too hard. Women who have Jaguar, Panther
or Leopard totems often bring their children up alone, whether it be through
divorce or just circumstances in their lives.
Either sex holding this power animal have the potential to develop
clairaudience, the ability to hear communications from other forms of life
or dimensions and should trust their thoughts and inner visions as they are
based in reality.
Jaguars have huge paws and a broad head with mighty strong jaws. They often
kill their victim by piercing the skull with one rapid bite. The jaguar
growls, snarls and makes deep grunts - it does not roar like a lion. People
with this power animal generally possess a good command of language,
although their words can have a tendency to cut, tear and shred others
apart. Learning correct communication skills is of foremost importance for
The jaguar's powerful body is capable of taking them hundreds of miles in
the search for food. They are agile climbers. They teach us how to fulfil
goals/dreams through pliability and steadfastness.
Jaguars are at home in the dark with their excellent night vision. They move
fearlessly, whether night or day, teaching us how to trust our personal
instincts. Latent psychic sight may be stirred in those with this power
The jaguars preferred habitat is usually swamp and wooded regions, although
they are also able to live in scrublands and deserts. Jaguars live in caves
and canyons close to fresh water. In mythology caves are linked with retreat
and isolation, a place to go to aid soul work. Water is linked with the
emotional body of humans. When the jaguar bounds into your reality it is
asking you to go within, to release your fears, to heal your emotions and to
awaken your inner sight. When you come out of retreat the jaguar will be
there awaiting you. If you choose to follow his lead, he will guide you into
the underworld where the secrets of life and creation are to be found.