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    Book Review – How to Find Your Spirit Animal: Connect with Your Animal Helper for Guidance, Strength and Healing by David Carson

    I was delighted to receive a review copy of this book. David Carson and Jamie Sams co-authored the 1990s classic “Medicine Cards – The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals.” I spent many hours working with that deck, as the animal allies taught me about their gifts and powers and how to awake those in myself. David Carson’s work in this book, first published in 2011, offers a brief introduction to how 4 different “medicine” traditions work with animal teachers. These overviews are drawn with a broad brush- mentioning a few North American traditions, then moving on to the Sami, the Australian First People, and finally, Mesoamerican cultures.…

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    Book Review: Houses of the Horoscope by Alan Oken

      For 50 years, Alan Oken has practiced the art of “reading” the energy of the cosmos through the lens of astrological charts. A chart depicts the placement and relationships of planets and other heavenly bodies at a particular moment in time, stopping them in place. From that picture of a frozen slice of time, astrologers apply the ancient Law of Correspondences – As above, so below – to look at how the dance of the planets affects events and relationships here on Earth. As Oken says in the introduction to this excellent book, “Astrology is a very complex system of interweaving energies. It takes time and dedication for the…