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The Illustrated Bestiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Inspiring Animals

The Illustrated Bestiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Inspiring Animals


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635862126
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 128,346
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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


The 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

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