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

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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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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.
Dec 23, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, spiritual
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
Aug 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ryver Maren
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: occult
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
Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pagan
(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
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.
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.
May 02, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
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
Aug 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Ron Campbell
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference, shamanism
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
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
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
RH Walters
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
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
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
Great reference book for all those with totems.
Sergio J
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll speak to you if you speak to me.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a dear companion for many years.
Sep 02, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: want
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
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need to buy this to come back to it again and again. Excellent.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Alt
Rhian Owen
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Informative and Brilliant

A great read that was so informative for anyone wishing to know more about the spiritual significance of animals and their power animals.
Whole And
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
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely introduction to shamanic spirituality. Recommend to all who are interested in nature symbolism.
J.Z. Hunt
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love it, I refer back to this book regularly.
Barbara Cadwell
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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.” 7 likes
“If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them, you will not know them, And what you do not know you will fear. What one fears one destroys. — Chief Dan George” 6 likes
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