Messages From Your Animal Spirit Guides by Steven Farmer

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Messages From Your Animal Spirit Guides by Steven Farmer

Title:  Messages From Your Animal Spirit Guides
Author:  Steven Farmer
Isbn: 9781401919863
Format:  44 - Card Deck and Guidebook

Animal spirit guides are spirit helpers in animal form who can provide guidance for questions you have about any aspect of your life. In this deck of 44 oracle cards created by Steven D. Farmer, you’ll find clear and concise messages from each of the spirit animals represented that will offer you sensible advice on whatever question you pose. The enclosed easy-to-follow guidebook provides detailed instructions to help you immediately give accurate readings for yourself and others, as well as elaborations on the initial message from each animal spirit guide.

Review by Sue Tanida (California)
Messages From Your Animal Spirit Guides Oracle Cards by Steven Farmer are a powerful way to get in touch with Spirit. Not every person is drawn to learn shamanic practice, in terms of journeying in consciousness to alternate realities where power animals and spirit teachers reside. This is actually a good thing, as it takes more dedication and regular practice than just taking a weekend workshop, to form spiritual alliances with the compassionate loving spirits who want to help us with guidance and healing.

Steven Farmer is a grounded individual who has been dedicated to the shamanic path for many years, who recognizes the power and wisdom of the power animals and other helping spirits in shamanism, but who realizes that these beings will gladly help people in terms of guidance and healing, who are not led to study shamanism. Steven Farmer is a bridger of worlds, and has been guided to help bring these powerful beings into the consciousness of people unfamiliar with shamanism.

The messages in this deck are grounded and empowering, as well as requiring self-reflection. Although I love the energy of other oracle card systems such as angel oracle cards, these cards are different. I can feel the animals' energy behind the cards, and the messages on the cards and the guidebook are only a beginning as far as accessing guidance goes. These cards aren't for the new ager who needs to consult an oracle to decide what to eat for lunch. The emphasis is on finding the answers within. Over and over, the messages in the guidebook talk about figuring out what one wants, about seeking balance, about figuring out where one has judgments. This is a deck of growth and self-reflection. There is nothing glib about these messages.

For those who are new to using oracle cards, this is a great deck to start with. The messages are clear and the images and texture of the cards marry well with the earth-tones of the cards. Additionally, for those who give readings to others, this is a fantastic deck for using with male clients, who sometimes are resistant to decks with fairies, goddesses and mermaids.

For those who are practiced in shamanism, please don't pass this deck by. There are some who wonder "who needs a deck of cards when I can journey and retrieve power animals myself? " My answer is that these two things are not mutually exclusive. It's wonderful to confirm one's own intuitive nudges by pulling a card that matches one's own guidance--basically, creating a synchronicity at will rather than seeking omens and signs in the external world. Additionally, one can become acquainted with animal spirits one has not previously worked with, and get new allies.

Others might think that a person's power animal might not be in a 44 card deck. I agree, actually. And for those of us who can journey with someone and retrieve a power animal for a person, that is a powerful experience for the recipient. But not every animal one works with, has to be one's power animal. Most of us have really close friends, and then less intimate friends we can socialize with as well. Likewise, we can explore working with new animal spirits and a deck like this is a great way to meet new allies. I also believe that one's own intuitive guidance can tell whether the animal cards drawn are of a power animal or of a less intimate guide.

The first card I drew really resonated with me, and it was not one of the power animals I have previous experience working with. So I started listening to a drumming track and journeyed with my main power animal, to the animal who was on the card. I asked for clarification on the message and received it, and also received an assignment from the animal about further journeywork.

I recommend this deck, as well as Steven Farmer's prior deck, the Power Animal Oracle Cards, without reservation. The difference between the decks is interesting. The Power Animals deck is a more extroverted deck. The energy is more expansive, outgoing, with a more youthful exuberance. The colors are brighter, more vivid. In contrast, the Messages from your Animal Spirit Guides deck is more introverted, with muted colors. These cards seem to have been authored during a time of introspection and growth, and have a different feel to them.

So I think there will be some people who loved the Power Animal Oracle Cards who will not find this deck to their liking, and people who were not drawn to the previous deck, who will love this deck. There is a maturity in this newer deck which I find appealing. The deck is looking for a person who is seeking a context into which one can place life's tougher experiences. This is an alchemist's deck--how can I transform some pretty leaden experiences into the gold of lessons learned and some valuable growth?

I thank Steven Farmer, and the animal spirits who guided him in this deck, as well as the artist, for an exquisite and powerful new deck.