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

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

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by Ted Andrews
 

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Open your heart and mind to the wisdom of the animal world.

Animal Speak provides techniques for recognizing and interpreting the signs and omens of nature. Meet and work with animals as totems and spirit guides by learning the language of their behaviors within the physical world.

Animal Speak shows you how to:

Overview

Open your heart and mind to the wisdom of the animal world.

Animal Speak provides techniques for recognizing and interpreting the signs and omens of nature. Meet and work with animals as totems and spirit guides by learning the language of their behaviors within the physical world.

Animal Speak shows you how to:

  • Identify, meet, and attune to your spirit animals
  • Discover the power and spiritual significance of more than 100 different animals, birds, insects, and reptiles
  • Call upon the protective powers of your animal totem
  • Create and use five magical animal rites, including shapeshifting and sacred dance

This beloved, bestselling guide has become a classic reference for anyone wishing to forge a spiritual connection with the majesty and mystery of the animal world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738717630
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date:
09/08/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
108,892
File size:
14 MB
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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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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. 

 


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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WeaverWoman More than 1 year ago
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.
PamelaWells More than 1 year ago
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.
twinkielady More than 1 year ago
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.
iPookie More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book needs all pages
Rosiepose More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Specially for animal lovers that believe in the power and messages from everything that we have around us. Very magical!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a beautiful book i have learned so much from it
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a great beginning to becoming enlightened in the way of the medicine wheel... in fact it has a lot of great information about the animal spirits, as well as the understanding of the circle and why it is our representation of life itself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Where are the bios?"
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An awesome read. l loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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missVi More than 1 year ago
Written in somehat generic terms. Some nature facts were good. Just a fair read.
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I have had many animal totems come into my life and with this book i have been able to understand their messages