Spirit Animals

A spirit animal, companion, protector, or helper is a guide one connects with while on particular types of shamanic journeys or vision quests. Traditions vary about the way in which animal guides are identified, but all agree that we do not choose our animal guide; it reveals itself to us. However, as with many Indigenous traditions and teachings, the concept of spirit animals has been widely misappropriated, abused, commodified, and divorced from their sacred contexts, especially by those of Caucasian descent. There are many individual traditions involving spirit animals or spirit guides, and they should be respected in their original contexts.

Animal Sutras: Animal Spirit Stories

For Stephen Levine, “animal-people” were his greatest teachers.

Kindling the Native Spirit: Sacred Practices for Everyday Life

International lecturer and healer Denise Linn is a member of the Cherokee Nation and has gained wisdom from native cultures around the world, including the Zulu in Africa, the Maori in New Zealand, and the Aborigines of Australia, as well as Native American tribes in North America.

Shamanic Power Animals: Embracing the Teachings of Our Non-Human Friends

Shamanism teaches us that the intelligence of nature is all around us, waiting for us to reach out with open hearts and listen to its guidance.

Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies

Much of the ancient knowledge that has been passed down from Native American medicine men, or shamans is in danger of being lost.

Animal-Wise: Understanding the Language of Animal Messengers and Companions (10th Anniversary Edition)

In this 10 year anniversary edition of Ted Andrews' best selling and award winning book on animals, Ted expands and revises the entire work. In 1999 it was chosen Best Spirituality Book, Best Non-Fiction Book, Best General Interest Book and BOOK OF THE YEAR.

Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small

Animal Speak provides techniques for recognizing and interpreting the signs and omens of nature. Meet and work with animals as totems and spirit guides by learning the language of their behaviors within the physical world.

Spirit Allies: Meet Your Team from the Other Side

From ancient Egyptians to modern day witches, King Solomon to Native American shamans, individuals throughout time have possessed the power to work with the spirit world. But it's not necessary to be a Tibetan holy man or ghost hunter to communicate with the other side.

The Spirit Animal Oracle: A 68-Card Deck and Guidebook

Internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher and best-selling author Colette Baron-Reid delivers a 68-card deck of interactive conversations with Spirit based on the archetypal energies of living beings that share our planet--helping us connect with them as sacred teachers, healers, and allies.


Linda Hogan's remarkable gift is a language of her own, moving gracefully between ordinary conversation and the embrace of divinity is a haunting, beautiful testament.

The Way of the Shaman

This classic on shamanism pioneered the modern shamanic renaissance. It is the foremost resource and reference on shamanism.