My Grandfather's Gift
The older panther looking over the kitten (me)
As a child, I've always had a very hyperactive imagination and also had a rather keen psychic sense as well.
Often times, I would have visions of people passed or of events that would happen the next day or several days later that would turn out to be verbatum of a dream.
Because of this, I always had quite a lot of animals come to me in dreams or in the wild. But the one that would constantly follow me was a jet black panther.
Normally with black panthers, you can still see traces of their spots on their black coat; but not this one. I would say this particular animal started following me around the age of 5 or 6, just when I was starting to figure out things around me and really got interested in studying animals and how to identify them.
My dad bought me a cd to play with on the computer that shows the animals of all the different regions. I remember playing the scenes for the black panther constantly, and impressing my dad with how much I knew of the animal. Since then, the black panther has been a constant in my life.
It wasn't until recently that I found out that my gradnfather (who I was not able to meet as he died way before I was born) had a tattoo of a black panther on his arm. That was his favorite animal, and I feel that he sent this animal to me.
Once I found this out, the black panther started to appear more frequently and would greet me in my dreams with a calm sense to him and comfort me when I needed it most.
I believe now that the panther is some form of my grandfather watching over me, since he wasn't alive when I was born, I believe this to be his way of watching me grow up.
Avia's Response to
"Grandfather's Panther Guide"
Thanks for sharing your story! The connection you have with your grandfather's animal guide also connecting with you is inspriational and uplifting.
Thanks again for sharing - I enjoyed readig your story, and liked the picture too!
Yours in symbolism,
Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Animal Symbolism.
An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings
Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.
This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."
Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)
As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!