People across cultures and through the centuries have felt a spiritual, symbolic connection to animals. In The Illustrated Bestiary, author and spiritual wellness guide Maia Toll turns the insight and wisdom that birthed The Illustrated Herbiary — her best-selling volume on the mystical power of plants — to the animal kingdom. Through profiles highlighting 36 animals’ most meaningful traits, Toll explores how those qualities can illuminate our habits, guide our intentions, and inform our actions. Spring Peeper’s ability to reemerge from frozen hibernation can inspire us to reinvent ourselves. Katydid’s five eyes can lend clarity of vision when we need to see the bigger picture. Rituals and reflections guide readers in cultivating each animal’s energy, while 36 oracle cards featuring art by Kate O’Hara further shape readers’ meditations. From the humble House Mouse to the magnificent Elephant, this beautifully illustrated guide to animal spirits provides new ways of connecting with the creatures that walk, crawl, slither, swim, and fly.
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About the Author
Maia Toll is the author of The Illustrated Herbiary and The Illustrated Bestiary. During a life-changing year apprenticed to a traditional medicine woman in Ireland, Toll learned healing craft working with both humans and animals on a local organic farm. She helps women cultivate personal spirituality through a connection with the rhythms of nature in her online programs, The Medicine Keepers Collective and Witch Camp. She is the founder and owner of Herbiary, a natural products store with locations in Asheville, North Carolina, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kate O'Hara is a freelance illustrator currently based in Reno, Nevada. She received a BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, in 2014. Her work combines intricate nature drawings with decorative hand-lettering and rich color schemes.
Table of Contents
Preface IntroductionThe Bestiary Whitetail Deer: Pause, Assess, Act Salmon: Navigate Life with Determination Common Raven: Align Your Inner Compass Monarch Butterfly: Digest Your Past Spring Peeper: Evolve into Your Next Becoming Common Tortoise: Steady On Black Snake: Grow Your Truth Screech Owl: Get Creative Cow and Bull: Appreciate the Process Black Bear: Sync with the Cycles Gray Wolf: Nurture Connections Broad-Winged Katydid: Discover the Pattern Whooper Swan: Love Fiercely House Mouse: Work Together Green Sea Turtle: Find Your Element Nuthatch: Change Your Perspective House Finch: Know Your Song Spotted Skunk: Stand Up for Yourself Barn Owl: Listen for Spirit Orca: Dive Under the Surface American Beaver: Make Manifest Golden Garden Spider: Everything Is Connected Pileated Woodpecker: Free Your Inner Fire Asian Elephant: Honor Lineage Earthworm: Discover Your Purpose White-Tailed Sea Eagle: Renew Your Life Horse: Transcendence Eastern Oyster: Deal with the Dirt Honeybee: Navigate by the Sun Tabby Cat: You Are Worthy Five-Lined Skunk: Delight in Daring Little Owl: The Key to Wisdom Red Fox: Shape Shift Blue Damselfly: Commune with Nature Otter: Find Joy Human: Remember Forgetting How to Work with the Bestiary Cards Sources and Resources Thank-Yous