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Animal Speak: The spiritual and magical powers of creatures great & small

Updated on January 30, 2014
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Through meditation and an eclectic spiritual journey, Kathryn learned from many teachers throughout her life, finding peace begins at home

If you have ever been fascinated by animal legends and lore, or felt an affinity for a particular creature or species, or believed that somewhere in your past lives you danced with wolves, frolicked with the dolphins, or soared with the Eagles, you will enjoy Animal Speak.

Author Ted Andrews shares his personal story of waking as a child to find a woman and a wolf in his room. He was too young to differentiate then between the spirit world and our brick and mortar domain, so to him, they were as real as his mother, who came running at his frightened screams.

She tucked him in, soothed his brow and told him they were figments of a dream, but he knew he was fully awake. That night the woman, whom he later learned to call Grandmother, and the wolf remained in the room. Since then, the pair have returned many times. Today he recognizes them for the amazing gift they are to him.

Perhaps you too have a special animal who shows up in your daily life, or in your dreams. Andrews tells us these animals are here to teach us, and that if we attune ourselves to them, they will share their power with us.

Find your personal power animal, or totem

In addition to giving detailed descriptions of the meanings, history and lore of hundreds of wild animals, Andrews takes us through a step-by-step process of discovering our power animal, or totem.

He teaches us how to honor our totem and how to increase our awareness of its gifts in our lives.

He also shows us how to accept and develop understanding of animals who may not be our lifetime totem, but are significant in our life journey and show up just when we need them.

Bridge between the natural and the supernatural

Moving as so many of us do from house to garage to vehicle to office to vehicle to mall and home again, we may feel disconnected from the natural world. Quite often, whirling from one busy day to the next, we may feel just as disconnected from the spiritual world.

Andrews feels that, as we learn to listen to the animals, we build a bridge between the natural world and the supernatural, deepening and expanding our connection to both Nature and Spirit.

If you have longed to deepen your spirituality and your relationship with Nature, you will find the exercises in this book helpful. If you are drawn to the concept of animal totems and animals as spirit guides, very likely you will find Animal Speak a comprehensive and invaluable resource for years to come.

Andrews has written several books. These two are excellent companions to Animal Speak.

Nature-Speak: Signs, Omens and Messages in Nature
Nature-Speak: Signs, Omens and Messages in Nature

As the title implies, in this volume, Andrews shares more of his understanding of the spiritual messages available to us all if we are open to the lessons Nature offers

 
Animal-Speak Pocket Guide
Animal-Speak Pocket Guide

If Animal Speak is too weighty to add to your laptop bag, this handy pocket guide is easy to pack.

 

What do you think of the concepts of a totem animal and animals as spirit guides?

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Do you have a totem animal? Or would you like to discover one? What do you think of Andrews's ideas?

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Merrci: Thanks Merci. It's one of those books you thumb again and again.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great review. It sounds interesting to read more about it!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @David Stone1: Indeed it is. Can't wait to learn more.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      It's an interesting universe in which we've barely touched the surface.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @RoadMonkey: I can attest to that! Thank you for reading my review. I always enjoy seeing your photograph on my pages.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      An interesting idea. Certainly in our busy world we get disconnected from nature. Connecting with an animal might well help us to ground ourselves again.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @smine27: Oh, smine, given all you've told us about yourself here on Squidoo, I think you are in for a real treat. Do let me know what happens.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I've never heard of a totem animal, but now I am intrigued.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @lewisgirl: Perhaps you have no need for one. Thank you for reading my review of Animal Speak.

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      lewisgirl 3 years ago

      I do not have a totem animal. Never thought about I guess.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Rangoon House: Thank you for stopping by and taking a look. May your journeys be peaceful.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @TheDeeperWell: Yes, Andrews' knowledge of the animals' habitats, breeding patterns and such is invaluable to a nature enthusiast. I often wonder, when people such as he pass over, if they discover something unexpected they would like to share with the rest of us.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I have many spiritual animal encounters every day. I know I would find this book very enlightening. Looking forward to checking it out. Thanks for your review. Appreciated!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Diana Wenzel: You're welcome. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @WeeCatCreations1: That is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Andrews and his work.

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      AJ 3 years ago from Australia

      "Animal Speak" and "Nature Speak" are new books to me, but they look beautiful. I need to embrace this more.

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      TheDeeperWell 3 years ago

      I have used all of Ted Andrews' books to find a deeper understanding of why certain animals show up as they do in my daily life. I live in the Sierra Nevada foothills and have encountered a wide variety of animals. I have learned both the biology and the spirit nature of the animal from Ted Andrews. I am grateful for his writings and observations and was saddened to learn of his death, at age 57, in 2009.

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      Susan Caplan McCarthy 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I love Ted Andrews' Animal Speak, Animal Wise, and Nature Speak books and refer to them often when different animals present themselves to me.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thank you so much! I'm delighted to meet another traveler who listens and watches for the animal guides.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I do! In fact, I have two primary totem animals and several animal spirit guides. I pay attention to the animals that cross my path each day and to the ones that appear in my dreams. I've owned this book for several years and still refer to it. Awesome book and review. :)

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Sable: Thank you, Sable. I always appreciate your stopping by and visiting my lenses.

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      Sable 3 years ago

      My Spirit animal is Gorilla, but Elephant and Lynx are present often. The Medicine Cards, Andrews book, and a small women's group years ago introduced me to these concepts, and I've been grateful ever since. Your lens is a well written reminder about the significance of animal spirits.

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