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Messages from the Animal Kingdom
By Ann Bolinger-McQuade, Cloud Speak - Personal Oracle Guru

Decoding the personal oracles that are all around us…

“Animal encounters – whether in dreams, waking life or meditation – stimulate a primordial part of us. Instinctively, we know that these encounters have meaning…"
 From Ted Andrews Animal Speak Pocket Guide.

Fourteen year old Felix and Fanny were well-seasoned cats. They’d always wandered around the pinion forest outside their home in the mountains of New Mexico, and lived to tell the tale. Sally shares a close call they all had the day they were all out walking together. They were outward bound when one of a pair of resident ravens landed in a tree in front of them and spoke in a loud voice, “Caw, Caw, Caw.”  Sally was thrilled so she talked back and kept walking. A hundred yards further on the second raven appeared and spoke to them, “Caw, Caw, Caw.” Felix, being more fluent in ravenese than Sally turned tail for home. After a second’s hesitation, Fanny did also. Sally followed them home to let them in the house and went back to resume her walk. The ravens were gone but in a minute or two a woman came walking down the road with four large rambunctious unleashed dogs.

Does it make you wonder, like I do, if this was the first time this pair of well-seasoned cats were protected by their winged friends?

Just for fun, I decided to check out ravens again in Ted Andrews expanded book 'ANIMAL SPEAK The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small' and was reminded that raven has long been thought of as a messenger of the great spiritual realm. Remember the Norse god Oden and the pair of ravens, Hugin and Munin who were his messengers? What I read next made me think of those four large rambunctious unleashed dogs! “During the middle ages the croak of the raven was believed to foretell a death or the outcome of a battle.”

According to Ted Andrews the only really significant difference between crows and ravens is the size. So when you encounter a crow or a raven, pay attention. It may be delivering a message for you!

It’s important to note here that personal oracles are not limited to messages from the animal kingdom; they resonate through absolutely every form imaginable.

Learn more about how personal oracles work in my new book EVERYDAY ORACLES Decoding the Divine Messages That Are All Around Us. Available from Tarcher/Penguin July 11, 2013. In the meantime, log on to my website . And don’t forget to check the cloud images in the WHAT DO YOU SEE section for your own secret messages.

Ann Bolinger McQuade - Learn more about personal oracles on Ann’s interactive website  Enjoy online cloud gazing; click on the 'What Do You See' section of her interactive website; then outline what you see. Email Ann through her website to share your own personal oracle experiences.