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Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  7,126 ratings  ·  162 reviews
Want to learn how to speak the language of critters, large and small? Easy-to-read and understand, Ted Andrews's bestselling Animal Speak shows readers how to identify his or her animal totem and learn how to invoke its energy and use it for personal growth and inner discovery. Nature lovers will love this insightful compendium, chock-full of touching stories about animals ...more
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Published (first published September 1st 1996)
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Chaz
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
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Xotzin
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!
Ryver Maren
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 beh ...more
Sara
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 ...more
Fusun Dulger charles
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.
Douglas Molchan
Aug 29, 2008 Douglas Molchan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any who need appriciates our mother earth
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 r ...more
Susan
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, conn
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Ron Campbell
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 ...more
Misha
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
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Polo
This book is a dear companion for many years.
Melanie Alderson
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.
RH Walters
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.
Melanie The Medium
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.
Marina Quattrocchi
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 ...more
Wisdom Web Networking
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!
Mony Dojeiji
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.
Kharm
May 16, 2011 Kharm marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Stephanie
I have referred to this book many years as I have observed and watched animals from my home, public parks, conservation lands and city areas….The author focuses on the spiritual aspect of animals and the teaching and messages they give to humans based upon their behaviors and how and when they show up in your life….Those who are fascinated by watching wildlife and wish to understand their behaviors from a spiritual perspective, with the author often integrating native American spirituality ,will ...more
Sergio J
I'll speak to you if you speak to me.
Thesaria
(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
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Nancy Svinicki
I have some major problems with this book. Ted Andrews is considered among many budding totemists to be the go-to guy for finding meanings of totems, which is a fact that I find worrisome.

Re-reading this book later in my spiritual life, I'm disappointed by the holes he leaves in his analysis, the animals and species missing, and the limited information he provides. (Example, butterflies are included, but not moths. There's no separate discussion for stag and deer). The mammalian section of this
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Barbara Cadwell
A superb expose’ on symbolism intrinsic to the wonders of nature, ‘Animal-Speak’ by author Ted Andrews sources flowers, plants, trees and, most naturally, all creatures great & small. And so it happened that the co-owner of a thriving quartz mine invited me to attend a weekly gathering called The Circle of Light.
Once assembled, the facilitator said she was going to do something different. “Tonight,” she smiled, “we’re going to find our Spirit Animal.”
Great! I thought. I don’t know anything a
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Kenny
I'll admit that I didn't read this all the way. But I got through the first half and all the introduction where the author lays the foundation of what he's explaining. I didn't like it and regret having bought the book. For me there's two types of books out there that are like this: books about what I'm looking for and books that try to use superstition as a science and a method of self improvement.

I was hoping for information on how the Native American religions' viewed different animals as spi
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Linda
Apparently the squirrels around my house are active in the backyard because I have a lot going on behind the scenes, instead of the fact that the backyard has lots of lovely trees and acorns while the front is grass.

The parts on symbolism are interesting, but really, not everything has deep meaning.
Karl
For those of you that are interested in the zodiac or horoscopes, or for those that have an interest in native American culture, this book will be of interest to you. The indigenous population was able to work with nature and their culture had a deep respect for the animals in their surroundings. They believed that animals were able to give us wisdom and that each animal has a different wisdom to share based on it’s own traits. By knowing what traits a particular animal has, we learn how to adap ...more
Michelle
A great reference book about spirit guides and totems. I learned that mine were the hummingbird and butterfly and learned that guides come and go. A guide that just recently entered my life was the dragonfly and the book goes into great detail about each totem. I recommend all to have this in their library.
Kara Benson
Quite interesting though a bit too technical in places for me. One can read and browse through the chapters and select those parts that are of interest. Still a book worth looking into.
Ivie
Animal-Speak is an excellent book for those who want to learn more or understand animal spirit guides. This book gives detailed information and meanings of the animals.
Natalie
A book I come back to again and again. I have the audiobook and the paperback versions of Animal Speak and have enjoyed the wisdom of both very much.
Lisa
This is a spectacular book to get in touch with the animal world. I recommend it for anyone seeking for more knowledge. I use it as a reference daily.
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Ted Andrews was an internationally recognized author, storyteller, teacher, and mystic. A leader in the human potential, metaphysical, and psychic fields, he wrote over 36 books which have been translated into more than two dozen foreign languages. He was featured on many national and local TV and radio programs every year. He won more Visionary Awards than any other author.

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“The true shaman, the true naturalist, works to reconnect conscious human life with Nature and Spirit through totems and ritual.” 4 likes
“Sometimes the woodpecker will show up just to stimulate new rhythms. Rhythm is a powerful means of affecting the physical energies. Sometimes it is easy to get so wrapped up in our daily mental and spiritual activities that we neglect the physical. This can be when the woodpecker shows up. It may also reflect a need to drum some new changes and rhythms into your life. The woodpecker has strong hooked claws for firm holds upon a tree. Its tail feathers help to prop it upright. It also has a peculiar up and down flight. It will fly, coast down, fly and then coast down. It flies in a manner and rhythm unique to itself. All of this serves to emphasize the fact that it will become increasingly important for you to follow your own unique rhythms and flight. Do what works for you in the manner best for you. When woodpecker comes into your life, it indicates that the foundation is there. It is now safe to follow your own rhythms.” 2 likes
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