An introduction to the world of animal magic; how to find, recognise, connect and work with the power of animal magic.
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The English are known as a nation of animal lovers, and English witches are definitely no exception. Most of the ones I know not only have pets - or would like to have pets - but frequently use animal magic as part of seasonal rites and celebrations.
This can be through using the symbolism of animals in pathworkings and creative visualisations, journeying to meet animal guides, drawing on the powers that animals represent for spells, or allowing your own cat, dog or other pet to be present at rituals to add their energy to the event.
A lovely new book by Rachel Patterson called Pagan Portals - Animal Magic shows a whole variety of ways in which you can work with both real animals and spirit guides.
The chapters include meditations and spells to find familiars and spirit guides; shamanic techniques of shape-shifting; animal spell working; divination, omens and superstitions; animal magic in rituals, animal deities and animal symbolism. She also covers using animal parts in magic - but this definitely doesn't mean sacrificing them - it just means using things you might find in nature and, if you eat meat, making sure leftover bones and so on are not wasted.
As publisher Moon Books says on its website, the book offers: "An introduction to the world of animal magic; how to find, recognise, connect and work with the power of animal magic."
Rachel Patterson is well known for her friendly and easy-to-follow style of writing, and this book is a great addition to her range of previous titles including Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch, A Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Food and The Art of Ritual.
You can order Pagan Portals - Animal Magic: Working with Spirit Animal Guides via Amazon. ~ A Bad Witch's blog
I'm a fan of Rachel Patterson, and I follow her blog on Patheos. Patterson's approach to the subject of witchcraft is very practical, no-nonsense, and down to earth. Her sensible writing, bereft of zany woo-woo and fluff is an example that I wish more authors would follow. If you're a witch who wants to read a book about animal guides that gives practical, workable exercises, then look no further. This very succinct book provides enough information to get started.
Some of the topics covered include what animal magic is and the benefits of practicing it, meditations and simple spells to employ when attempting to figure out which animal has something to teach you, and how to incorporate your guides into rituals and other workings after you've connected with them. Also included is the obligatory brief listing of traditional associations belonging to the more commonly known animal guides, but Patterson encourages the reader to use their own intuition to learn what the animal has to teach them as opposed to relying entirely on a paragraph from a reference book. Much appreciated.
I would recommend this title to anyone who is curious about animal guides, just getting started working with them, or has been working with them and would like some new ideas to try out and deepen their current practice. Fans of Lupa's works will also appreciate the solid content and no-nonsense approach. ~ Rachel Karfit, GoodReads/NetGalley
I get questions about animal Magick and spirit animals all the time. This, along with my go-to by the late Ted Andrews, will be my suggested reading. Well written and most of all valuable to the Pagan Community ~ Larry Zaracon Sodders, The Zaracon Show/Pagans Tonight Radio/Pagan Weekly News/ Pagans Musings Podcast Channel.
This is an excellent introduction to spirit animal work. It includes a handful of different paths, details for meditations or ceremonies, and even a rough guide of characteristics and such. I will absolutely be hunting down other guides by this author ~ Ryan Full, GoodReads/NetGalley
Informative, insightful and eye opening. The book is a must read for every one. I hope for more titles like this. I loved it and would recommend it to everyone. A really great book. ~ Rubina Bashir, NetGalley
Pagan Portals Animal Magic is a multi-faceted introduction to adding animal spirits to your personal spiritual practice. So much more than just a list of animals and their meanings, this helpful little book shows the reader how to form their own unique relationship with animal spirit helpers through meditation, dance, and other meaningful activities. If you're looking for a way to add animal magic to your life, no matter what your path, this is a book you'll want on your shelf. ~ Laura Perry, author of Ariadne's Thread: Awakening the Wonders of the Ancient Minoans in Our Modern Lives
An excellent, clearly explained introduction to Animal Magic and it works! I read out the characteristics of my animal guide from the book and my wife said it was just like me! ~ Brendan Howlin, author of the Handbook of Urban Druidry and Pagan Portals: The Urban Ovate
Another great introductory book from Rachel Patterson. Pagan Portals – Animal Magic is packed full of information on how to find and work with animal spirit guides and familiars. The book teaches a wealth of magical techniques and is written in Rachel’s delightful style. She really has a way with words as well as really knowing about her subject. ~ Lucya Starza, author of Pagan Portals - Candle Magic