Invoking Animal Magic explores the power and wisdom of animal allies. More than a compilation of interesting facts—stories, folklore and animal behavior are integrated in a modern pagan perspective. Illustrations based on cave paintings and artifacts add a visual component to the text. Thought provoking questions and fun activities help ground the material in personal experience.
In this book you will find an in-depth study of nine animals with an important place in Euro-paganism—their myths and legends, historical context and magical themes. You will also find general topics that are relevant to animal magic. Rituals and spells are included in each section, along with material to stimulate reflection.
What you will not find is a hodge-podge of information or a list of unexplained “meanings” of various animals. This is an engaging text that can actually be read rather than placed on a shelf for occasional reference.
Publishing Date: July 26, 2013
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Invoking Animal Magic is a rich compilation of myth, story, legend and folklore that will be an invaluable resource for Pagans and magical practitioners. An impressive work! ~ Starhawk
“Your grandfather wishes to speak to you,” said my friend Rita. “He says to tell you Barney is with him.” She giggled. “That’s an odd name. Is that an American name?”
“Barney was my childhood dog,” I replied. It is also the name of President George W. Bush’s Scottish terrier and the name of a well-known children’s character. It became a popular dog name, but few had heard of the purple dinosaur or Bush Jr. when Rita gave me this psychic reading. I was way ahead of the canine Barney craze.
“Did you really name your dog Barnabas Collins?” the kids at my school asked incredulously when I got my first puppy. It seemed over the top to everyone, but I was the #1 fan of the vampire soap opera, and I later mourned the demise of Dark Shadows almost as much as the death of Barney.
Rita was relaying messages from my grandfather, who had recently died. He was considered a difficult man by most, a curmudgeon even when young, but he had always been good to me. He related better to dogs than to people and formed a close attachment to the dogs of all his children and grandchildren. I had always felt uneasy about being away from home when Barney died, and it relieved me greatly to know that my grandfather was watching over him in the spirit world.
When I gave Barney that unfortunate name, I did not understand just how much dogs and vampires have in common. Dogs, like vampires, belong to this world and to the land of the dead. They have a predatory aspect and are associated with blood. They incite fear. But unlike vampires, who operate as rogue agents, dogs are yoked to a greater authority. They are emissaries from the otherworld, sent to portend the end of life, protect us from untimely death, and guide us on the final passage.
Chapter 1: Creatures of the Underworld
The Hag and the Serpent
The Transformation of the Seer
Approaching Animal Magic
Such a Deal
Musings on a Multi-Patterned Scale
Chapter 2: Creatures of the Womb
The War Between Beasts and Birds
Rebellion of the Minyades
The Animal Mother-Goddess
The Lord of the Flute
Musing in a Dark Cave
Chapter 3: Creatures of the Soil
Deciphering the Mouse Mysteries
The Witch’s Queen
The Colony of Mice
What Is A Magical Animal?
The Pride of King Solomon
Musings on the Magical Beast
Chapter 4: Creatures of the Dream World
A Priestess for Artemis
Birth of the Honey-Paw
The Animal Guided Meditation – part one
The Fish King
Musings with an Animal Guide
Chapter 5: Creatures of the Night
The Owl of Cwmcawlyd
Why the Owl Hunts by Night
The Animal Guided Meditation – part two
The Spinster’s Vision
Musings From Another Dimension
Chapter 6: Creatures of the Long Journey
The Toad Queen The Three Feathers
The Frog Princess
What Kind Of An Animal Are You?
Inanna’s Descent to the Underworld
Musings on a Fairy Toad
Chapter 7: Creatures of Silence
In Search of Spider Gods
The Weaving Furies
The Children of Uttu
Them Lyin’ Critters
The Abduction of Idunn
Musings on Deception and Truth
Chapter 8: Creatures of Transformation
Bunnies and Rabbits and Hares (Oh my!)
The Tortoise and the Hare
The Cupid and the Hare
If It Looks Like a Duck, It Could Still Be a Witch
The Little Red Cow
Musings in a Different Form
Chapter 9: Creatures of the Otherworld
The Hounds of Hel
A Girl and Her Dog-Groom
Cuchulainn, the Tempered Hound
Wolf Bane, Wolf Brew
An Early Horror Classic
Musings on Canine Shapeshifting
Appendix I: Heroes and Deities
Appendix II: Ancient People and Places