Divining with Animal Guides: Answers from the world at hand

Understand the meaning of messages in your daily encounters.

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Invoking Animal Magic: A guide for the pagan priestess

Explore the wonders of animal wisdom and lore.

About the book

This experiential knowledge continues to investigate itself as inseparable from all of life. ~ Danica Anderson, PhD, Social Scientist-Forensic Psychotherapist, author of Blood and Honey the Secret Herstory of Women

Reviews

SageWoman

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! …

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Interviews

Pagan Pages

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.

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Ranging from the Historic to the Esoteric, this book [Invoking Animal Magic] is a witty, comprehensive resource for all those interested in Animal Magic. ~ Lisa Thiel

Latest Blog Post

Cats and Dogs

July 21, 2017
Photo: Brocken Inaglory

Ever wonder about the phrase “It’s raining cats and dogs”? Most people recognize this as a description of a fierce rain shower, but have you ever seen cats and dogs pouring down from the sky?

The folklore behind the saying has two parts. A lightning strike in European folklore (and in some other places, such as the Philippines) is associated with a dog bite. That makes sense: electricity has a bite to it, so being struck by lightning probably would feel like a dog bite.

What about the cats? There is also a longstanding belief in folklore that cats cause it to rain by vigorously washing their faces.

So, raining cats and dogs refers to a type of storm where there is torrential rain (caused by the cats) and lightning (biting dogs).

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