Divining with Animal Guides: Answers From the World at Hand is a wealth of wisdom that will help you access practical and mystical guidance from the natural world. Hearth Moon Rising has done a vast amount of outstanding research on lore and history from around the globe – yet the book is captivating, never dry. The stories and exercises inspire while teaching. Everyone should own a copy of this valuable, readable resource. ~ Nikki Starcat Shields, author of The Heart of the Goddess: A Handbook for Living Soulfully.
Excerpt about Invoking Animal Magic:
“I admit, I was expecting this book to be the usual information about communicating with your magical kitty. While I enjoy that type of material, too, Hearth Moon Rising gave a very academic and experiential accounting of several types of animals that I might not have thought of on my own. The book offers an in-depth study of nine animals: snake, bat, mouse, bear, owl, toad, spider, rabbit/hare and dog/wolf. Surprised by some of them? I was. She also touches on other animals and insects of all sorts — including the noble cockroach! …
Mabh Savage interviews Hearth for Pagan Pages.
Print interview. Excerpt:
MS: You speak of the obscure reference material that had to be tracked down; what was the oddest or most quirky bit of research material that you used for this book?
HMR: One of my most serendipitous finds was a book called The Laboratory Mouse, by Clyde Keeler. It’s a unique book, long out of print, that looks at mice from a cultural perspective. I had been pulling together the numerous references to mice in folklore and ancient texts and trying to put them in a coherent framework. I discovered through this book that humans have been breeding mice for thousands of years for a variety of reasons, and this was a crucial piece of information that helped me develop my mouse chapter.
Invoking Animal Magic is an extraordinary book, richly written and chock full of information and inspiration related to goddesses (and some gods) and the creatures with which they’re associated. ~ Judith Laura, Medusa Coils
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It’s the Year of the Dog.
I decided a few years ago that I would observe this holiday every year, after learning that it’s ill advised to clean your house during the first three days of the Chinese New Year. You’re sweeping good luck out the door if you do. I can’t say I would necessarily be cleaning on these three days if I didn’t know better, but now for three days out of the year I don’t feel like I should be cleaning.
And that’s something to celebrate.