Animal Speak: The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small

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Click for availability and more information Animal Speak: The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small, by Ted Andrews

Have you ever felt like there's a bird or an animal that speaks to you? Do you watch the Discovery Channel and suddenly think "My god, those polar bears are incredible!" Then you should read "Animal Speak." In this comprehensive dictionary of animal totems, Ted Andrews, animal rehabilitator and instructor at the Bruckner Nature Center in Troy, Ohio, brings together thousands of years of Native American, Egyptian, Greek, Chinese, Siberian, African and other cultural symbolism of the animal, bird, reptile and insect kingdoms in one easy-to read volume. He begins the book with a description of totems and their functions in traditional cultures and offers a series of rituals designed to help the reader get in touch with their own individual totems. He then offers readers a comprehensive dictionary of the kingdom of fauna and the roles of various creatures in cultures throughout the world. Why do we resonate with a certain bird? Why do some of us impulsively collect certain stuffed animals? Why do we have recurring animal dreams? Why do we use the phrase, "I'm a cat person?" Perhaps it's because in traditional cultures we are believed to be born with guardian animal spirits that look after us and help guide us through our childhoods and adult lives. Andrews' book gives great insight into these and countless other questions, combining the serious with the playful (otters!) and bringing the reader back into a sense of belonging to and respecting the natural world. Reawaken your indigenous self and start to unravel those crazy dreams! Great for kids and adults alike.

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