Mauri of the Black Panther
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Limited edition of 95 signed fine-art prints available on museum archival card. 700mm high x 700mm wide. Unframed prints shipped FREE in NZ, $35 internationally.
Original painting Sold, acrylic on canvas, 300 x 300mm, 2014
"Mauri of the Black Panther" celebrates the power and mauri, which in Maori means the life force, of the black panther.
From a Shamanistic perspective, Ina Woolcott describes the black panther's symbolism as being that of "astral travel, guardian energy, the feminine, death and rebirth, understanding of death, reclaiming one's power, ability to know the dark and also aggressiveness and power without solar influence.
The Panther is a very ancient and powerful spirit guide. Their power is lunar (moon). In Egyptian rites a panther tail was worn around the neck or waist to help protect and strengthen the individual. Panther has been a symbol of the "Argos of a Thousand Eyes," who protected the heifer IO whom Zeus loved. After his death, the eyes were moved to the feathers of the peacock.
The name panther is frequently linked with a certain species of leopard or jaguar and sometimes the cougar. Black panthers are smaller but more fierce than lions and tigers. They are also brilliant swimmers and agile climbers. Because they have the ability to sprint with great speed, they hold the teachings of quick decisive action. Panthers are not the best long distant runners though, so those with this power animal should take part in movement therapies that improve endurance, e.g. swimming, martial arts. It is necessary to learn how to pace oneself, to not push to fast or hard on any one task."
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