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The animal world has much to teach us. Some animals are experts at survival and adaptation, some never get cancer, some embody strength and courage while others exude playfulness. Animals remind us of the potential we can unfold, but before we can learn from them, we must must first be able to speak with them.

Now, for perhaps the first time ever, myth and fact are combined in a manner that will teach you how to speak and understand the language of the animals in your life. ...

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Overview

The animal world has much to teach us. Some animals are experts at survival and adaptation, some never get cancer, some embody strength and courage while others exude playfulness. Animals remind us of the potential we can unfold, but before we can learn from them, we must must first be able to speak with them.

Now, for perhaps the first time ever, myth and fact are combined in a manner that will teach you how to speak and understand the language of the animals in your life. Animal Speak helps you meet and work with animals as totems and spirits - by learning the language of their behaviors within the physical world. It provides techniques for reading signs and omens in nature so you can open to higher perceptions and even prophecy. It reveals the hidden, mythical, and realistic roles of 45 animals, 60 birds, 8 insects and 6 reptiles.

Animals will become part of you, revealing to you the majesty and divine in all life. They will restore your childlike wonder of the world and strengthen your belief in magic, dreams and possibilities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738717630
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 98,640
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Ted Andrews (1952-2009) was an award-winning author and deeply respected teacher in the metaphysical and spiritual fields. Through his seminars, symposiums, workshops, and lectures, he was committed to making esoteric material comprehensible and practical for everyone.

Ted Andrew's many gifts included clairvoyancy, aura interpretation, past-life analysis, dreams interpretation, numerology, and Tarot. He wrote many books on these subjects, but is best known for his work with animal mysticism and for his bestselling Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small. Certified in basic hypnosis and acupressure, Andrews was also involved in the study and use of herbs as an alternative path in health care, focusing strongly on esoteric forms of healing with sound, music, and voice. In addition to his interest in metaphysics, Ted was a trained pianist and often used the Celtic harp, bamboo flute, shaman rattles, Tibetan bells, Tibetan Singing Bowl, and quartz crystal bowls to create individual healing therapies and induce higher states of consciousness.

Ted Andrews is the author of The Healer's Manual; Animal-Speak, How to See & Read the Aura; Enchantment of the Faerie Realm; Crystal Balls & Crystal Bowls; How to Uncover Your Past Lives; How to Heal with Color; Sacred Sounds; Simplified Qabala Magic; and many other New Age titles. He passed away on October 24, 2009.

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Chapter One


THE SPIRITUAL AND MAGICAL ROLES
OF NATURE


There was a time when humanity recognized itself as part of nature, and nature aspart of itself. Dreaming and waking were inseparable realities; the natural and thesupernatural merged and blended. People used images of nature to express thisunity and to instill a transpersonal kind of experience.

    In the past shamans, priests, and priestesses were the keepers of the sacredknowledge of life. These individuals were tied to the rhythms and forces ofnature. They were capable of walking the threads that link the invisible and visibleworlds. They helped people remember that all trees are divine and that all animalsspeak to those who listen.

    The early priest/ess-magicians would adopt the guise of animals—wearingskins and masks—to symbolize a reawakening and endowing of oneself withspecific energies. They performed rituals in accordance with the naturalrhythms of the seasons to awaken greater fertility and life. To them, everyspecies and every aspect of its environment had the power to remind them ofwhat they could manifest within their own life. It was an aid to bridge the naturalworld to the supernatural, awakening the realities of both within the environsof their own lives.

    Though these rituals and behaviors may seem primitive and even silly to therational minds of modern society, they are no less powerful today. And the lawswhich govern them—physical and spiritual—are no less viable. Different societiesexpressed these lawsin their own unique ways, but probably the most distinctlyexpressed is the ancient Hermetic Law of Correspondence: "As above, so below;as below, so above."

    This principle teaches that all things are connected and have significance. Wecannot separate the physical from the spiritual, the visible from the invisible. "ThisPrinciple gives one the means of solving many a dark paradox and the hiddensecret of Nature.... The ancient Hermeticists considered this principle as one ofthe most important mental instruments by which man was able to pry aside theobstacles which hid from view the Unknown ... (it) enables man to reason intelligentlyfrom the Known to the Unknown."

    It is for this reason that a study of Nature Totems is essential for understandinghow the spiritual is manifesting within our natural life. A totem is any naturalobject, being, or animal to whose phenomena and energy we feel closelyassociated with during our life.

    We can use animal imagery and other nature totem images as a way to learnabout ourselves and the invisible world. We do not have to believe that theseimages and totems are beings of great intelligence, but there are archetypal powersthat reside behind and oversee all manifestations in Nature. These archetypeshave their own qualities and characteristics which are reflected through thebehaviors and activities of animals and other expressions of Nature.

    When we pay attention to and acknowledge a nature totem, we are honoringthe essence that lies behind it. We are opening up and attuning to that essence. Wecan then use it to understand our own life circumstances more clearly. We canshare in its power or "medicine." Nature totems—especially animals—are symbolsof specific kinds of energy we are manifesting and aligning with in our life.The animal becomes a symbol of a specific force of the invisible, spiritual realmmanifesting within our own life. The characteristics and activities of these totemswill reveal much about our own innate powers and abilities. By studying thetotem and then learning to merge with it, we are able to call upon its archetypalenergy whenever needed.

    Terrestrial animals have always had a strong symbology associated withthem. They have represented the emotional side of life, often reflecting qualitiesthat must be overcome, controlled, and/or re-expressed. They are also symbols ofpower—powers associated with the invisible realm that we can learn to manifestwithin the visible.

    Birds have often been considered the symbols of the soul. Their ability to flyreflects the ability within us to rise to new awareness, bridging the earth and theheavens. As totems, birds each have their own peculiar characteristics, but theycan all be used to stimulate greater flights of hope, inspiration and ideas.

    Aquatic life can also be a totem. Water is an ancient symbol of the astral planeand the creative element of life. Various fish and other forms of aquatic life symbolizeguidance to specific expressions of intuition and creative imagination. Theycan reflect the feminine side of our essence.

    Insects are also a part of Nature, and they can be totems for us as well. Fromthe bee of fertility in Egyptian myths, to the Mantis of the African Bushmen, to themany tales of the Spider Woman who created the universe, they hold a dynamicplace within the spiritual scheme of Nature.

    By studying and reading about the animals, birds, fish, insects, reptiles, etc.,you encounter in your life, you can understand more about the circumstances youalso encounter. You can learn much about the kind of energies you are most likelyto confront and those you are most able to manifest within your own day-to-daylife circumstances. You will learn how to draw upon those energies mosteffectively in dealing with life situations.

    Nature has bestowed upon its inhabitants a natural ability for adaptation.This enables the animal to live in a particular place in a particular way. There areboth physical and behavioral adaptations. A common example is the manner inwhich some animals may adapt to the cold, either through growing thicker fur oreven migrating.

    An animal such as a mountain goat has a dynamic adaptive ability for survivingin its mountain environment. Its feet are developed in such a manner thatthey can grip more strongly and securely. It also has more red blood cells, whichassists it in surviving the colder temperatures in the mountains. By learning howour totems adapt to survive can assist us with our own lives by applying thosesame principles to our life circumstances.

    This book's purpose is five-fold:


1. It will help you to determine your Nature totems.
2. It will help you in learning how to honor, attune, and invoke their energies more effectively into your life.
3. It will assist you in discovering the hidden powers and significance of yourself, as is reflected by your totem.
4. It will help you in applying the skills and adaptive powers of your totem to your own life environment.
5. It will help you to learn the language of Nature (physical spiritual, and magical) as it speaks to you every day; to read and apply what it says (through signs and omens), and in doing so help you to develop a greater reverence and respect for all life, and greater power and control in your own.


    The true shaman, the true naturalist, works to reconnect conscious humanlife with Nature and Spirit through totems and ritual. The images of the animalsand the expressions of Nature help us to transcend our normal, waking consciousnessso that we can more easily attune to ethereal realms and beings. Thefirst step begins with realizing that all vision and imagery, originating in Natureor the inner mind, has validity on some level.

    What gets most of us into trouble is interpreting what is seen in the mind orin Nature itself. Reading, studying, and learning about what you see and experienceis what will facilitate relating them to yourselves. Don't accept Nature totemswithout question. Put them through the verification process that you will learnlater in this book.

    Don't discard a totem simply because it may not seem glamorous or as powerfulas your ego wanted. The totem may be quite appropriate for empoweringyour life. Sometimes it is only through study and exploration of the specific totemthat its significance will become clear. Remember that searching out the significanceof Nature's expression to you is a way of honoring it.

    Humanity has lost that instinctive tie to the rhythms and patterns of Nature,and with that loss has come a loss of the reality of magic. Nature tries to show useveryday that all forms of life can teach us. As we learn to listen to Nature, webreak down our outworn perceptions. We find that magical creation is the force oflife inherent in all things. And it is this, above all else, that Nature teaches to thosewho will learn from Her.


Excerpted from ANIMAL-SPEAK by TED ANDREWS. Copyright © 1993 by Ted Andrews. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION On Learning Animal-Speak ix
PART ONE—SYMBOLS IN THE NATURAL WORLD
CHAPTER ONE The Spiritual and Magical Roles of Nature 1
CHAPTER TWO Awakening to Your Spirit Totems 7
CHAPTER THREE The Mystery and Magic of Predator and Prey 21
CHAPTER FOUR Reading Signs and Omens in Nature 43
CHAPTER FIVE Augury and the Meaning of Landscapes 57
PART TWO—WINGED ENCHANTMENT
CHAPTER SIX Bird Totems and the Initiation of Air 67
CHAPTER SEVEN Working with Bird Medicine 73
CHAPTER EIGHT The Mystery of Feathers and Flight 91
CHAPTER NINE Feather Magic 99
CHAPTER TEN Dictionary of Bird Totems 117
PART THREE—UNDERSTANDING ANIMAL MEDICINE
CHAPTER ELEVEN Honoring Animal Totems 211
CHAPTER TWELVE Animal Rites 219
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Dictionary of Animal Totems 239
PART FOUR—THE EXOTIC LANGUAGE OF INSECTS AND REPTILES
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Insight into the World of Insects 329
CHAPTER FIFTEEN Dictionary of Insect Totems 335
CHAPTER SIXTEEN The Magic of the Reptile World 348
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Dictionary of Reptile Totems 353
CONCLUSION Totems in a Civilized World 367
FOR YOURINFORMATION 370
BIBLIOGRAPHY 371
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Interviews & Essays

Every day I sit in front of my computer. I'm surrounded by technology in every room of the house. I started to read Ted Andrew's Animal-Speak, but then stopped. I went outside and listened to the birds and insects and animals as I continued reading. I realized that, indeed, when we isolate ourselves from nature we are actually separating ourselves from reality.

So this is truly a book that changed me. I try to get outside every pleasant day. And when I do, I think of what I learned in this book. I'm more attuned to the animals and they seem to share their secrets with me. Secrets of peaceful living and secrets of self-empowerment. Secrets of spirituality and secrets of magic!

And the great thing is that with the guidance in this book I'm never limited. As you'll discover, there is animal after animal in this book that you can learn about and to which you can attune. Perhaps a lizard one day and a cat the next. Or perhaps you might find the power of the loon (who helps with lucid dreaming) to be just what you need.

One exercise I've found very useful is the technique used to call your spirit animal. You mediate on the animal and do simple visualizations, imagining it standing before you or drawing close to you. Eventually, you visualize it merging into you, feeling its energies as strong and vital. After spending just five minutes like this you will be more awake, aware and alert. Amazing!

This is one of those great books where there is a tremendous amount of information that can quickly and easily be put to good use. You can pick this book up anywhere, read a page or two, and find that you have something new to contemplate and put into practice.

I know you'll find this book as practical and useful as I have.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    If you are interested in Native American philosophy

    you should consider getting this book. It starts with an overall view of the beliefs behind knowing your "totem animal" and goes on to educate, in detail, what each of the animals, birds and bugs mean to you. For those interested in determining their own totem, this book helps explain what to look for in regards to animals that seem to be wherever you are, why an animal might be your totem and even how you can have more than one animal as a totem or spirit guide. It also cautions the reader to not be disappointed if your totem isn't the bald eagle, or a wolf since every animal bird and bug is important in its own way. You don't have to read it from cover to cover either. I am using it as a reference whenever I have a question about the meaning of the animals in my life. Very enjoyable book.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

    Very Interesting

    I found this book to be very interesting and worth reading.This book provides answers to questions about how to connect with nature.
    I had read about this in other books,but for beginners or those who may be interested in animal spirits this should be your first choice, I enjoyed it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Archetypes to Guide You

    Part of understanding the Self is about connecting with other beings. Learn about how animals represent aspects of ourselves in powerful ways that will give you more intuitive guidance into who you are and the symbolic meaning of events in your life. Animal-Speak is a wonderful reference book and very fun and easy to read. As an artist I often use animals as symbols in my paintings and over the years, Animal-Speak have been a constant source of wisdom about the archetypal symbolism represented by a large variety of animals.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    A shamins opinion on this book.

    This was a very informative book to anyone who wants to begin their own path on this trail. It brings to light many of the traits common to shamin as well as ways that those traits are shown in our everyday lives. hovever if you are experienced and already know what you are doing i would look to some of the author's other works far a more indepth look at the world of shaminism. *If you wish to contact me I can be reached at flaming_pheonix_lord@ Yahoo.com. However do not take it personaly if I do not write back quickly I only check the e-mail account about once every four weeks.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    Amazing!

    I use this book in reference whenever I find an animal prevalent in my life, I find that looking into the totem really helps me realize why this animal has come into my life: whether it be for a short period of time or long term. The symbolism behind the animals, almost always is associated with my current situation, feelings or other type of correlation. It's very inspiring and intriguing!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2005

    I keep this book in front of my large window that looks outside into my extensive yard and spinney

    This is a great book!!!I refer to it every day as I have my coffee, burn my incense and listen to my Celtic chants. I keep it in front of my window and whatever animal greets me daily, I'm able to immediately look up and see the exact message I'm being sent...scarily accurate. On the 14th of October I saw a hawk and the number corresponding to that bird is 14...and the messages keep coming...I recommend this book to everyone!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2003

    animals are more inportant than many think

    I am new to this subject but i have toying with the idea of ''new age religeon'' and this book was shown to me by a friend and i found it to be suprisingly accurate. This book needs to put out a new addition so others can see the beauty of the animals around us and learn to respect what nature hands to us

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    animals are God's magical creatures.

    I read this book while i was being treated for depression,and I've always been a animal lover.There's animals around us always,I think they have ways of telling us they understand how we feel,think.It's the angels inside them!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Great book missing pages not so great.

    Book needs all pages

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Animal Speak

    Ted Andrews is a wonderful, informative and spiritual man. I recommend all of his books if you find yourself starting out on a spiritual path or even if you have been on one for a long time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Perfect reference book

    Specially for animal lovers that believe in the power and messages from everything that we have around us. Very magical!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2009

    GOOD BOOK!

    this is a beautiful book i have learned so much from it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2005

    excellent book

    I am not usually a reader but I have a hard time putting this one down. I am always looking it up for myself and sometimes others. I am fairly new to this study and look forward to reading more from this author. Two thumbs up one for each hand.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2001

    Understanding Animal Wisdom

    Whether you see animals in real life or just in your dreams, they are communicating with you. Ted Andrews' enchanting book, ANIMAL-SPEAK, is the best reference book to such animal messages that I've seen. While not all animals are included in the book (that would require a HUGE book!), this book certainly does contain very relevant information about a large number of creatures. The author's love of animals is clear from the start, and he provides fascinating tid-bits of little-known information as well as numerous personal anecdotes. Whether you've been wishing you could understand those perplexing dreams with animals, if you want to choose an animal totem, or if you're ready to start practicing shape-shifting into animal form -- this book is just what you've been waiting for!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2001

    Aniamls are Magical!!!!

    Animals do talk to us a lot more than most people realize. I have always talked to animals, and now with this wonderful book I listen to them. They have talked to me,I have listened and I thank them for sharing their wisdom. They do have powers that are magical and wonderful! Thanks for such a great book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Bane

    "Where are the bios?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Lyliac

    Res six ill put mine up later (gtgbbl)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    great book

    An awesome read. l loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Great reference

    I bought this book back in the early nineties and still usit as a reference guide. I even had it autographed by Ted Andrews. Great read.

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  • Posted October 15, 2012

    Only for those involved in the subject matter

    Written in somehat generic terms. Some nature facts were good. Just a fair read.

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