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Choosing an Animal Familiar

Aug 22nd, 2018 | By

Maybe it’s my hillbilly roots, but I’ve always thought an animal being fed and cared for by a human should earn her keep. My first shelter adoptee, a grown tortie hybrid, was chosen because she had claws and I needed to deal with a rodent problem. The first few weeks she did nothing but eat

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Encountering the Northern Goshawk

Jul 5th, 2018 | By
photo of Northern Goshawk

The Northern Goshawk is a large accipiter native to the northern latitudes of North America and Eurasia. It is a forest bird, renowned for its ability to weave through dense hardwoods in pursuit of the mammals and birds it feeds on. So agile is this hawk, that it can flip upside down to seize birds

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The Goddess is a Spring Duck

Mar 28th, 2018 | By

Despite archaeologist Marija Gimbutas’s observation that water bird symbology is ubiquitous in the archeology of Old Europe, we don’t often think about the Goddess as Mother Duck. But she is unquestionably an archetype of spring. Many world mythologies trace the beginning of the world to the hatching of a cosmic egg. The goddess Inanna is

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Book Giveaway!

Jan 24th, 2018 | By

In one month, my long awaited second book on animal magic, Divining with Animal Guides, will be available. I am giving away one free copy to USA residents before the publication date. If you would like to become eligible for the drawing of a free, signed copy, sign up for my mailing list! Click here.

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An Introduction to My Blog, in a philosophical sense

Dec 13th, 2017 | By

For my first blog post on the new Moon Books multi-blog site, I wanted to share more about myself than the blurb typically found on a book jacket or a review. Rather uncharacteristically for me, I chose the category “shaman” to blog under, though I have long joked that a shaman is “someone who doesn’t

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