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Wolf

Generally believed to be a wild creature that indicates misfortune to come, the wolf has been hunted, driven to extinction in England and parts of mainland Europe where once wolves roamed the woods freely.

There are a few exceptions to the rule. In France it was once believed that to wear a wolf’s tooth around the neck would protect the wearer from dark forces, whilst in Canada it has been revered by certain North American First Nation peoples and thought to enthuse power to the wearer if a picture of a wolf is worn.

Saying the word ‘wolf’ in many European countries during the month of December was thought to be a sign of ill-omen and thought also to be an encouragement to the animal to attack the person or village. Perhaps this was because this would traditionally be the hardest month of the year when wild creatures would be driven to extreme lengths to catch food with natural food stocks being lower.