Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Lupa, author of New Paths to Animal Totems.
This is a quick guide for working with “found” animal parts—naturally shed fur and feathers from pets, farm animals, or wild critters; bones discovered in the woods; and so forth. It’ll work with other animal parts, too, but found ones are relatively low-impact, don’t cost anything, and are relatively easy to find.
First, make sure what you have is legal; for example, in the U.S. it’s illegal to possess the feathers of almost every wild bird. You can check laws at my Animal Parts Laws page; contact your local game authority if you have questions on how to interpret the laws.
This is the King of Pentacles from the forthcoming Tarot of the Hidden Realm.
King of Pentacles
Pushing back the curtain of holly, enjoying the vibrant play of red and green, angles and curves, you take in a long, slow breath of the crisp air. You fancy you see a few diamond-like twinkles floating through the sky. Looking up, you feel a few shocks of sensation on your face, an icy cold pricking that somehow burns. The wood is silent but with each step you take, the sense of the sound of joy grows, although you don’t hear anything save the leaves rustling in the slightest of breezes, birds calling, animals scurrying.
The holly falls down