- A Magikal Name
- Gogeyi Wahya aka SpringWolf
- My Medicine name was given to me by my first spiritual teacher
Myrodea, who was a Native American medicine woman and at one
time in a previous existence, my grandmother.
- The story goes,
Myrodea had a dream where she passed on her mission of teaching,
healing and seeing to one of her grand children about to be born
in the coming May. The next morning she told the dream to her
husband Taw, who recanted a dream where he witnessed the birth
of a teacher and he felt that the child born was one of his soon
to arrive grand children.
- Both of them decided to conduct a shared journey. During
the ceremony, Myrodea was greeted by a white wolf sitting along
a wooded path. The wolf told her of a child soon to be born who
would live as the wolf lives. This child would exist between
both the physical and spiritual plains of existence as the white
wolf lives between the spirit and forest. She would hold both
spiritual and physical lessons in balance. The child would also
carry on the teachings which Myrodea had started.
- During the ritual, Taw was greeted by a red tail hawk at
the foot hills of the smoky mountains. The hawk told him the
child coming into his family would feel strong ties to his Celtic
roots and would use the same visionary talents he possessed to
see illness within others in an effort to heal. These same gifts
would include spiritual sight for communication and the sharing
of spiritual knowledge and wisdom.
- After comparing notes, and asking for guidance, they were
given the Cherokee name Gogeyi Wahya. In English: SpringWolf.
Spring for the season of rebirth of the hawk, and the wolf for
the white wolf who would watch over the child during it's life
and mission. They were shown the child and knew who it belonged
to. The name and story were given to me on my 20th birthday by
- SpringWolf is always in my life as my primary magikal name.
Used in practice of shamanistic ceremonies and overall energies.
But there's nothing wrong with moving with the flow of energy
to use the right 'tools' with the right intention.
- The Spring portion
of my name is always with me. The wolf, however is very strong
and the most prevalent part of my nature and my name. But it
does step aside for other aspects to emerge.
- SpringHawk appeared during a time of great visionary activity
and growth in my mid twenties. As my gift of channeling took
a major leap forward, the name seemed appropriate. I would use
this name during rituals and group ceremonies, as well as, in
my writings that dealt with divination. But as I graduated from
this phase of development the hawk moved aside, and the wolf
- Later the gifts of healing began to emerge and became the
stronger force on my spiritual path. During my initial training
in healing modalities I felt pulled to the Dragon in the form
of a healer. SpringDragon emerged for a few years, especially
when I was writing about or conducting healing sessions. During
my stone and crystal healing training, I began seeing a 6ft dragon
standing by my side and his pull was very strong. It was a little
shocking when I conducted healing sessions and clients would
ask if I saw a dragon hovering around the healing table. But
as before, when I graduated from this phase of development, the
dragon stepped aside and the wolf returned.
- Next came SpringAngel. In 1989 I began formal training in
Reiki with Rev. Beth Gray. During the first attunement from Rev.
Gray I felt a strange tightness in my upper back. Later that
day Rev. Gray asked me if I knew I had angel wings. At first
I thought she was a little nuts. But I've had dreams of having
wings on my back, so I didn't totally dismiss her comment. Since
this time, many of my Reiki clients report seeing feathery wings
on my back as I'm conducting their session. When I graduated
from Reiki III initiation, the name seemed to fade and once again
the Wolf returned.
- Since the late 1990s the draw to changing my magikal name
for different purposes doesn't occur. The Hawk, Dragon and the
angel wings are still part of my spiritual path and practices.
But now they come in their own true forms instead of symbolic
form through a name. The wolf is the strongest part of my personality
and my nature as I've gotten older. And she's always with me
through out the day and night. ^,,^
- You may go through a similar change or feel a pull to change
your magik name as you learn and grow on your spiritual path.
You can learn more about Magik Names, how you can discover yours
and how they are used through the Magikal
Names article on the Witchcraft/Shamanism section.