I wanted to share with you, one of my most influential mentors, Ted Andrews. I had the pleasure of meeting and taking classes with Ted while I was living in Ann Arbor, MI.
My favorite book of Ted’s is “Animal – Speak” (The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small). This book became my animal information Bible.
I have always felt that everything that shows up in our life has significance and meaning and this book solidified that feeling to me.
Walks and hikes in nature became an adventure into the magical realm of moment to moment conscious awareness.
Every animal, bird, insect, and reptile, that I encountered became a messenger from the universe, to guide my receptivity to my surroundings.
Raccoon: Ted’s Keynote – Dexterity and Disguise
Cycle of Power: Spring and Summer – Nocturnal
He defines them as experts at opening jars, latches, doorknobs, and such. Because of the cute little mask like markings on their face, they are jokingly referred to as thieves. They do have a reputation of thievery, swiping things from others.
Cat: Ted’s Keynote – Mystery, Magic, and Independence
Cycle of Power: Nighttime
The has a wide variety of traits-often contradictory. Curiosity, nine lives, independence, cleverness, unpredictability, and healing are but a few. Ted recommends examining the colors, the character, the behavior of your own cat. Everything about it will be significant.
Dogs: Ted’s Keynote – Faithfulness and Protection
Cycle of Power: Year-round
Study your dog, if it has come into your life as a totem, ask yourself some questions.
What is this saying about your need for or lack of companionship? Are you being faithful? Are others around you? Are you showing unconditional love, or receiving it? Do you need to be more protective of your territory? Do you need to play a little more? Are you being faithful to yourself? Does your spirit need bolstering? How about those around you?
I have such high regard for Ted Andrews, he was truly what I would consider a Renaissance man.
Sadly, Ted passed away a few years ago of cancer. He will always hold a special place in my heart, as a champion for the animal kingdom.
Until, next time…thanks for stopping by!