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Animal Speak provides techniques for recognizing and interpreting the signs and omens of nature.

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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; and create and use five magical animal rites, including shapeshifting and sacred dance.


"This is pretty much the classic neopagan totem dictionary. It gets more recommendations to newbies looking for totemic reading material than any other, and there’s good reason for this. It’s a thorough introduction to finding and working with totem animals, and had, at the time of its publication, the most complete listing of animal totems available.

Rather than just sticking to Big, Impressive North American Mammals and Birds, Andrews gives the totemic qualities of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and even insects from around the world. He gives a number of excellent exercises designed to help the practitioner strengthen the bond with their totem once the connection has been made, and the entire book is written with respect for this relationship."          ~Pagan Books Reviews


"A shaman works to reconnect conscious human life with nature and spirit through animal totems. The image of the animal helps the shaman to transcend the normal, waking consciousness so that he or she can more easily attune to the more ethereal realms and beings. By discovering your animal totem, studying it and then learning to merge with it, you will be able to call its energy forth whenever needed. You will be able to connect with specific archetypal forces and patterns through the animal and understand the patterns of your own life more effectively.

When you honor the totem, you honor the essence that lies behind it— be it an actual force or a specific spirit being who uses the image and form of the animal to communicate with you. Ancient priests and priestesses used animals totems to assist them in coming face to face with the spirit world. They would imitate the animals in posture, dress, and dance, creating rituals around it so as to invoke and share in the energy manifesting in the world through that animal.

The animal became a totem—a power or medicine. It became a symbol of a specific kind of energy. When they awakened to that totem and honored it, they released the archetypal energies behind it into their lives."

Author Andrews, Ted
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 383 pp.
Publisher Llewellyn Publications 2000
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