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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:Identify, meet, and attune to your spirit animalsDiscover the poOpen 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 animalsDiscover the power and spiritual significance of more than 100 different animals, birds, insects, and reptilesCall upon the protective powers of your animal totemCreate and use five magical animal rites, including shapeshifting and sacred danceThis 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....

Title : Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small
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ISBN : 9780875420288
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Number of Pages : 383 Pages
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Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small Reviews

  • Fusun Dulger charles
    2019-04-07 12:42

    Every time I dream or see an animal on my travels I go back to this book to understand its symbolism and what it should mean to me.It is like a dictionary of animal totems and symbolism, everyone should have a copy if he/she are on the Shamanistic road.

  • Saiisha
    2019-04-06 15:29

    Loved this book! This was a lovely introduction for me into shamanic spirituality involving birds and animal totems. It was recommended to me by a friend when I mentioned a gorgeous red-shouldered hawk with a tortoise-shelled back and black-and-white striped tail sat on the railing right outside my window and stared at me for a good long minute! That incident set my heart racing, and I felt the power of connection with a majestic creature that I had never thought possible.This book introduced me to the magic and power of those connections and communications with so many of the birds and animals that I'm surrounded by, as well as introductions to feather magic, fetishes, and an extensive dictionary of birds, animals, and the significance of each of their sightings.If you're interested in spirituality, philosophy, yoga, etc., join my Old Souls Book Club ( for other recommendations and thought-provoking conversations!

  • Xotzin
    2019-04-04 14:24

    I was taught that if you want to know what the animals have to say then pack up your things and go live WITH them and listen!

  • Chaz
    2019-03-26 16:42

    The introduction and first couple chapters give a thorough explanation of "power animals" and how to work with the symbols/archetypes in our lives. Ted Andrews obviously has a profound knowledge of the esoteric and presents the spiritual or magical powers of animals in an easy-to-read format.Personally, I was given this book from a Native American shaman for reference. I was looking for more information on how to utilize my ' power/token animal' in my everyday life when it is/was separated from the shamanic journey. While my particular animal is not in the reference pages I had to search between similar species-- and choose pertinent details.I do not totally subscribe to the Shamanic realm or path, but believe that the imaginative powers are incredibly real and important. They need to be incorporated in our lives and we need to begin to find the so-called magic in everyday moments.Having or finding a 'token' animal give one an additional lens to view the Earth from, but becomes increasingly difficult today's technology laden and industrial culture. Going through some of the exercises and taking on the traits of a particular animal can be helpful and therapeutic if done in the wild.

  • Ryver Maren
    2019-03-28 15:40

    I read this book once years ago when I first began exploring my spirituality and again recently, along with its companion book, The Animal Speak Workbook. This is a good book for anyone wishing to connect with nature, on just about any level. Along with the information about animals, this includes all kinds of signs from the natural world. For those interested in animal archetypes, Andrews not only tells you about the characteristics of the different animals, he also teaches you to interpret behavior patterns and signals through observation and further study.If nothing else, this book makes a comprehensive and handy reference. I enjoyed this and will probably read it several more times.

  • Sara
    2019-04-01 18:19

    This is THE essential book for anyone working with animal spirit guides. Andrews covers just about every animal, bird and insect one could think of. He provides clear and lucid explanations of the characteristics of each animal guide and what one might gain by working with each animal. I plan to keep it as a reference, and I've already referred to it often. It's especially useful when I repeatedly encounter a specific animal in my daily travels, such as the hawk who took up residence in my back yard.

  • Thesaria
    2019-04-05 18:28

    (This is a personal reaction rather than a review for potential readers)It was interesting to read this at last. As a new teen pagan I had no way of getting my hands on it but it seemed to be the one title that always came up with recommendations in online discussions and the book I most hankered after.When I read it several years later it didn't make a huge impact on me personally, but it might have done if I'd read it back then. I can see why it was so often recommended for beginners. It gives a very accessible system for working with animal spirituality and symbolism.I really enjoyed the emphasis on mundane, practical activities such as collecting books and figurines, contributing to conservation and above all learning about the animal. I also liked the logical approach of thinking about the animal's characteristics and extrapolating them into symbolism and your own life, and the emphasis on being able to define your own symbolism rather than relying on secondary sources.For a book with such a bad reputation for appropriation, I didn't find it too bad to read through as a whole. Much of the book was very general. However some sections, particularly in bird magic, presented details of Native American spiritual practice with an airy attitude of 'Go try it yourself!' that I found jarring. Apart from a short note about researching a practice thoroughly before using it, there was no discussion of appropriation, ownership and social power.Andrews begins with some discussion of the relevance and usefulness of animal spirituality in contemporary times. It puts this in context by referring to the practices of 'ancient shamans' living 'in the past' apparently in a spiritually enlightened nonspecific monoculture, who later became 'our ancestors'. I took a look at the bibliography and I think the author is engaging in a little rose-tinted idealistic generalising. Thankfully it didn't permeate the rest of the book.The book deals mostly with practical methods to discover, contact and work with animal totems; and methods of analysing animals for symbolism. There are sections on mammals, birds, other animals, predator/prey relationships and habitats. Throughout the book there are exercises and visualisations which didn't thrill me, but I'm not a big fan of guided visualisation so I can't really judge. They do introduce beginners to some common concepts. I didn't get much out of the chapter on omens. The author draws a clear distinction between superstition (irrational fear with specific events or actions) and omens (based on a thorough knowledge of the land in order to spot unusual occurrences). However I don't personally mesh with the idea that nature will rearrange itself based on what's happening in my life. Your mileage may vary.I did particularly like the treatment of predator and prey relationships. There were four 'lessons' organised by element, which I thought was unnecessary but it may give an extra frame of reference to beginners and makes for easier memorisation. I appreciated the different angles and treatment of it as a complex topic.I also enjoyed the fairly sizeable symbolism 'dictionaries', mostly for different types of animals. They don't pretend to be a definitive guide but often give a good place to get started with mythology and interpretation.Overall I can see this book's usefulness to beginners and those looking for some ideas to add to their practice, but take it with a grain of salt and beware of appropriation.

  • Melanie The Medium
    2019-03-30 18:33

    If you're into animal symbolism and animal totems/guides, you'll love this book. It's more of a reference book, rather than one you sit to read all the way through. When I see an animal during a reading, meditation, or dream, I always look up the meaning in this book. I find that the meanings correspond with my own feelings about why the animal showed up in my life and give me additional insight.

  • Melanie Alderson
    2019-04-06 17:20

    This is a great reference book. Well organized and easy to use. I recommend it in book form rather than ebook as it is much easier to search for the information one is interested in.

  • elissa
    2019-03-24 10:16

    I've never heard of this book, and have now seen it in 2 places this week. Maybe I will run across it in person soon.

  • Douglas Molchan
    2019-04-10 13:38

    This book has a lot to offer for anyone with an open mind and appreciation for our mother earth. If you litter stop littering now! Reading this book isn't for you unless you think you can learn something from out earth and nature in it by meditation, symbolism, and totems of animals of all kinds. By experiencing all of these at once you learn a lot by identity and getting in tune with ones true self. I have had some wild experience in my life and every time I reference this book it tends to be right on and give me incite on all of them such has animal totem constantly presenting them self trying to send me a message and with this book you find out what is needed to complete the next step in your life. It is a great book to have on the shelf for reference and has helped me out a lot through times where out I may of not understood the messages and lessons I was being sent. I recently picked up this book after 4 years of having it and realized that I was ignoring many signs being sent to me and now I know to accept them and let help them help me through times or warn me to avoid others that can be harmful. The lessons that can be learned can be helpful and reflecting on your life especially if you’re open minded to accepting them into your life although they may not seem the norm. The Native Americans have a lot of techniques for understanding life that aren't traditionally in today’s world but are still highly effectively. They are so many lessons and messages I have gained by referencing this book from time to time and by finally finding my totem I have learned things about myself I doubted before that seemed impossible but seemed to becoming true and were confirmed by my totem. With out it I might have not believed some of the events but these totems are right on and can guide you to the messages nature is giving you or steer you clear from harm by omens nature is sending to you as well. Overall its just a great book to have around to reference for you life and guide you whether you believe it or not it will help figure things you may of thought would of never had any meaning to you at all... defiantly great for the bookshelf and to keep handy for the messages being sent to you in your life in any form... any questions let me know because this book helped me figure out some crazy wild things for me so I’d love to give incite to anyone seeking answers.

  • Susan
    2019-03-23 13:27

    Animal Speak by Ted Andrews is a guide to the wisdom that can be attained by taking a closer look at the animal kingdom. In it, Andrews provides techniques for recognizing and interpreting the signs and omens of the natural world. With insights into the myths/lore and history surrounding animals, Animal Speak helps you to discover the power and spiritual significance of more than 100 different mammals, birds, insects, and reptiles.For anyone interested in Native American culture, shamanism, connecting with and understanding the creatures that share the Earth with us, Animal Speak is a must read book. Throughout history, animals have appeared in the art, stories, fairy tales/fables, and songs or every culture. Animal archetypes are so enduring within the human subconscious, that many people are fascinated by the habits of a particular animal or group of animals. Andrews explores the meaning of the animals we choose to share our lives with, the animals that appear to us in dreams, the animals we have always been interested in studying, and even the animals that frighten us. Animal Speak examines more than 100 creatures and their habitats. Andrews discusses the intricacies of the relationship between predator and prey, reading signs and omens in nature, the special significance of colors, patterns, and numbers in the natural world, and the meaning of landscapes. In the second half of the book, Andrews provides a large dictionary of animal totems, including birds, mammals, insects and reptiles. For each animal, the author imparts valuable information on animal behavior and physical characteristics, as well as a detailed mythological history. Even readers who don't subscribe to Shamanism will find the information Andrews provides on the mating, feeding and other behaviors invaluable in understanding the creatures we share the earth with.Animal Speak teaches the reader to pay more attention to, listen and learn from the animals around us. By translating the language of animals for the reader, Andrews gives insights into what the natural world has to teach us. It's a wonderful reference that I can see myself referring to again and again.

  • Ron Campbell
    2019-04-07 18:40

    Ted Andrews is a well known author and speaker of North American Spiritual Tradition. Animal-Speak along with Animal-Wise work together to catalog the wisdom of the Animal Kingdom. We all have what is called Animal-Totems that assists us in our Life. These two volumes can help us to understand and to be able to work with our Totem. It is the best source I have found that catalogs so many different animals. The two volumes works together - Animal-Speak has a general topic such as 'Spiders'; where Animal-Wise will have "Daddy Long-legs" or "Black Widow". Animal-Speak has a small section on Fish, while Animal-Wise has a much bigger section on Ocean Animals.I have been using these two books for many years when working with Animal Totems. The book also has ceremonies and exercises when working with one's Animal Totems.

  • Marina Quattrocchi
    2019-03-26 11:31

    This is the best book written to understand the symbolic significance of animals in our lives. I've been using it for years to gain deeper insight into my own dreams, and often recommend it to students and clients when I'm teaching dream workshops. When an animal turns up in your physical life, especially if you see it repeatedly, it may have important messages for you. Andrews describes the habitats, unique characteristics, and skills of each animal, including birds, mammals and reptiles, then probes the reader with a series of excellent questions to help us understand what role this animal plays in our life, and how we can learn from it. Animals are tremendous gifts to humanity and one of our greatest teachers. The challenge is to learn how to tap into their wisdom. This book will help you gain a greater appreciation and respect for all members of the animal kingdom.

  • Misha
    2019-04-19 18:40

    Animal Speak is akin to attending a 101 class, more so if one is already familiar with its subject matter. It's easy reading and the language is simplistic, but Llewyllen publishing tends to be more interested in quantity not quality. Regardless, I’m content to have it on the shelf as a reference.Ted Andrews provides some interesting general information about animals native to North America, their mythology and folklore, and their symbolism. There are also exercises for meditation, working with animal medicine, and meeting one’s totems.

  • RH Walters
    2019-04-18 12:20

    I love animals, and Andrews’ book evokes the time when humans didn’t consider themselves separate from other animals, and understood each others’ “speech.” I enjoyed reading the mythology and biology of different creatures, and what their habits and presence can teach us. Even if you don’t want to follow the rituals or meditations described in the book, it’s a great introduction to shamanism and a philosophy of connection with the natural world.

  • Samantha Wlazlak (Mirror Bridge Books)
    2019-04-09 11:37

    This is a great book for people just beginning to walk their 'earth walk' and become more in touch with Mother Nature and Native American spirituality. It discusses the language of nature, how to read omens, and the symbolism behind the significant presence that animals make in day to day life and what the personalized message is for you to learn from it. Great book!

  • Patricia Taylor
    2019-04-18 15:45

    I absolutely love this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about this world. I keep it along with animal wise as reference material and when it occurs to me that I've been seeing a particular animal a number of times I look it up to see what lesson I need to learn. I find it quite magical!

  • Mony Dojeiji
    2019-04-10 14:18

    My go-to reference book any time I see something in nature that makes me pause. Very detailed and throrough. There is usually something in the description that helps me clarify a situation, or get a specific answer I am looking for.

  • Mary
    2019-03-21 17:41

    Great reference book for all those with totems.

  • Sergio J
    2019-03-28 11:16

    I'll speak to you if you speak to me.

  • Polo
    2019-04-11 10:22

    This book is a dear companion for many years.

  • Kharm
    2019-04-20 14:19

    So far, I'm loving this book. It's been years since something has resonated so strongly with me. One of these days I'll get back to this book. I'd still like it as a reference book, though.

  • Amy Elizabeth
    2019-04-06 16:36

    I need to buy this to come back to it again and again. Excellent.

  • Tori
    2019-04-11 13:39

    A great book for those wishing to find and work with totem animals. If you are already familiar with animal guides a large portion of this book will just cover the basics. However, I thought the exercises/meditations in this book were great and the ones I've tried have been very effective. I am very happy to add this book to my personal library. If nothing else it is an amazing reference guide. It includes animal "encyclopedias" on mammals, birds, and to a lesser extent insects and reptiles. Although these give detailed symbolism of the animals the author encourages the reader to observe the animals for themselves to draw their own conclusions about what they symbolize. It also includes brief descriptions of mythology from numerous cultures regarding the different animals.

  • Rhian Owen
    2019-03-24 14:35

    Informative and BrilliantA great read that was so informative for anyone wishing to know more about the spiritual significance of animals and their power animals.

  • Whole And
    2019-04-21 15:30

    The symbolism, power and purpose of animals are clearly and with great detailed outlined in this book. A great resource for drawing on the spiritual essence of creatures and various practices.

  • Lina Slavova
    2019-04-11 11:23

    Lovely introduction to shamanic spirituality. Recommend to all who are interested in nature symbolism.

  • Tea Railene
    2019-03-25 12:43

    This is a fascinating game, very informative. It is going to be a fun reference book to go back to for more information about animals as I see them.

  • J.Z. Hunt
    2019-04-13 17:15

    I love it, I refer back to this book regularly.