If you have a pet, you know it is far more than "just" an animal. Now you can tap into the spiritual powers of pets and other animals when you read Animal Magick by D. J. Conway.
This book describes familiars. A familiar is a real or imagined animal who can work with you, providing direction, inspiration, and even healing. You don't need a pet to have a familiar. Whether you collect glass animals, dream about snakes, or "talk" with an animal already, you can further develop this connection for startling magical results.
Above all, Animal Magick is a practical book. Included are practical meditations, rituals and chants for enticing, befriending, understanding and using the magick of familiars. It allows you to explore the various kinds of familiars and find which works best with you. Over one hundred animals are described. For each you will learn legends, myths, and superstitions associated with it. Then you will learn the animal's magical attributes.
Do you need help with your divination abilities? Having a raven for your familiar may help. Don't worry if you don't have a raven (or any other animal) as a pet. Like the shamans, you can work with one on the astral plane.
Do you want to change your luck? Try working with a toad. Want to add some creative ways for facing new problems? Let a raccoon be your familiar. Be careful if a coyote comes to you on the astral plane. They can be tricksters!
Once you have acquired one or more familiars, you need to know how to work with them. Everything is explained in Animal Magick.
Meditation: The book includes explicit and easy instructions for meditation. Then you will learn how to add your familiars to your practice. Eight sample meditations are given.
Magick: You will learn the basic techniques for doing magick with a focus on working with your familiars during the rite. Then you can try any of a dozen rituals for such things as love, healing, protection, and even invisibility.
Your familiars can include any living creature from gentle house cats to a tiger, from a dog to a buffalo. Snakes and birds, fish and even spiders and scorpions can provide you with their knowledge, companionship, guidance, friendship, and more.
There is no need to be limited to real creatures. You can work with a basilisk (a mixture of rooster, snake, and toad) for protection, a centaur for healing and music, or a dragon for instruction in spiritual matters. These and several other mythical creatures are described in Animal Magick. Any or all of them can become your familiar.
If you have ever felt that messages or communications were coming from a pet or from another animal, or if creatures real or mythical have talked to you in your meditations and dreams, you can strengthen those tenuous ties and achieve extraordinary spiritual growth in the European Pagan tradition. Animal Magick shows you how!
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