Wild Cat - Rejection of society and relationships. Mistrust, fear and defensiveness coupled with great personal resourcefulness. Loss of identity through dilution. That's the definition I have given to this card. Self sufficiency is a lonely place, and while survival skills are great to have, I believe that so much more can be achieved through community effort, and having others to share the load usually makes for more fun, too!
When this card comes up in a reading I might be wondering whether the person has short-term lessons to learn from the Wild Cat, or whether they habitually take up a position that is described by it. Whether our Wild Cat tendencies are temporary or deeply ingrained, when this card occurs, I believe that it's worth looking at whether things are out of balance. Is the card calling our attention to an irrational need to be alone and fiercely independent? Is it asking us whether we really need to be like a Wild Cat when we might be happier living in closer community with others? Or is it merely pointing out that we need to be aware of our tendencies in this direction?
One of the greatest threats to the Wild Cat as a species is its ability to interbreed with domestic cats, and so there may be a lesson here as far as giving up one's identity too readily, whether for the sake of a mate or for some similar reason. In a reading, the card might be pointing out real potential for something like this to happen, or calling your attention to a situation which already exists. It might also be pointing to an unfounded or habitual concern about this sort of thing.
I drew this card in a reading I did for myself awhile back, in which I was asking a question about how to make more money. In my case, I'm not really a loner, but I do feel okay about spending a lot of time alone if that is what life throws at me, and at the moment it has. I'm living in a very rural situation and don't have a lot of direct contact with people. I had just slipped into that lifestyle without giving it much thought. However, I knew the card was reminding me that I needed to get into circulation a bit more, if I wanted to earn more, which proved to be correct. So in my case, this card highlighted how my ability to manage on my own, while it's really a positive thing, wasn't working in my favour with regard to the question I asked in the reading.
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