If you happen to be a follower of Lon Strickler’s famed Phantoms and Monsters blog, you have no doubt noted that there has been a distinct uptick in sighting of upright bi-pedal canids in Pennsylvania in recent months. I have a weakness for all things werewolf / shapeshifter so it seems fitting that my first post back address this phenomenon.
First of all, I had a chance to listen to Mr. Strickler and his colleague, Butch Witkowski, discussing these cases on Beyond the Edge Radio the other day. Mr. Witkowski noted that he had been in contact with First Nation elders of the Tsalagi (Cherokee) nation and that they had told him, without reservation, that he was tracking a skinwalker. I believe that they might have mentioned to him that he was crazy for doing such a thing.
Perhaps it was simply my perception but Mr. Witkowski seemed a little dismissive of this warning in the interview. I would encourage him not to be and I will explain more about that in a moment. Suffice to say, that if a medicine person tells you something is dangerous, you can bet your ass that he or she is correct. While I am not certain that these beings are skinwalkers as I know them (I am more familiar with the skinwalker of the desert Southwest), I am sure that this elder was trying to drive home to Mr. Witkowski the seriousness of his warning. The being that we think of as a manwolf or dogman can be a dangerous creature to pursue. I would strongly advise Mr. Witkowski to wear the protective amulet given to him by the People, and, should he come into contact with one of these beings, to keep a respectful distance.
I had been considering the manwolf ‘uprising’ in Pennsylvania for several days and, as often happens when I have something percolating, I found an answer in meditation. This morning (Friday 29 January), as I allowed myself to sink into the quiet, I became aware of spirits around me, specifically those of my ancestors. For some reason, when the ancestors come to play, it is almost always my First Nations ancestors who appear. I do not have a lot of Native blood but apparently there is enough for ‘them’ to pay attention to me.
As I said, I felt the ancestors come in and then one of the guardian spirits that I work with came and dragged me off to show me something. In this case, I was given to understand that this related directly to the manwolf epidemic in PA. I was shown an “Indian Mound” in vision and then a hole in the side of that mound with a shovel sticking in the dirt. The message was plain: someone had opened one of these mounds and released the spirits that guard it.
I agree with one of Linda Godfrey’s theories; some of the manwolves are ancient guardians bound to these mounds and assigned to protect them. These beings are fierce and, depending on the amount of energy they have accrued to themselves, I think it highly likely that they could manifest physically, even if only for short periods of time. This being (or beings) is not pleased with what has been done and will not rest until it either sees the mound sealed in a sacred manner or it runs out of energy to manifest. It may be appearing to people to scare them and feed on that energy.
My advice to the investigators of this case: tread softly, especially if you see a manwolf, and see if you can find the source of the creatures disturbance. As with certain hauntings which are exacerbated by renovation in the home, this creature has had its ‘nest’ kicked over and is not at all happy about it.