Divining with Animal Guides is, as the title suggests, a guide to using natural divination with animals. The book looks specifically at 9 animals: cats (big and small), crocodiles, horses, bees, scorpions, ravens, woodpeckers, deer and cranes. Each animal has 7 chapters, studying aspects of their physical and spiritual form; along with excellent observations on the author’s personal experiences with these animals which cannot fail to captivate the reader. The book is brimming with wisdom and exceptionally well researched; this in turn guides the would-be diviner to access the natural world from a uniquely well-grounded and refreshing perspective. The exercises and quizzes are both thought provoking and scrutinising – and who can fail to enjoy a good story? The myths and stories are from many of the world’s pantheons, which is an admirable way to see nature as global and at the same time something to be found in your own garden or yard. I enjoyed learning about the history of each animal, their interaction with humans, origins of worship and domestication (where this is the case.)
The book is filled with many illustrations and photographs, which gives weight to many of the topics covered.
This is Hearth Moon Rising’s second book with Moon Books. The first, Invoking Animal Magic, is at the front of my bookcase and I am pleased to say that Divining with Animal Guides will be joining it. A highly recommended read.
Book Details: Hearth Moon Rising. Divining with Animal Guides: Answers from the world at hand. Moon Books ISBN 9781785355974.
Review Details: Divining with Animal Guides was reviewed by Thea Prothero for Indie Shaman magazine and published in Issue 36.
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