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Aubry's Dog: Power Animals in Traditional Witchcraft |
Author: Melusine Draco [a Witchvox Sponsor]
Publisher: Moon Books (John Hunt Publishing)
Category: MB&S Level: Intermediate
The Story Behind …
Aubrey’s Dog: Power Animals in Traditional Witchcraft by Melusine Draco
Every book has a story behind the story of how it came to be written. It may be about a life-long passion, a personal journey, the need to share an experience or knowledge. It may have been fermenting in the brain for years, or sprung fully formed from a blinding epiphany. Whether it be fact or fiction, sometimes the story behind the story is almost as interesting as the published book itself …
Shaman Pathways: Aubrey’s Dog: Power Animals in Traditional Witchcraft by Melusine Draco
I make no bones about it, I am a dog person. I think dog, speak dog and have been pack-leader of ten – but age has its price and I’m now down to six. My dogs are free dogs and they live as a pack, secure in a pecking order that was established many years ago and has been handed down as younger dogs came in. And with this natural pack mentality comes the magical energy that fuels the dynamic of the group. Dogs are very magical creatures but they often overlooked in this capacity because of their familiarity and many witches associate power animals with the wild.
Dogs inhabit the realms of Otherworld just as easily as witches and shamans do since they are spirit guardians, psychopomps, familiars and messengers from ancient times – and as such they guide us, guard us and generally keep us from harm, both in this world and out of it. Folklore is the happy hunting ground for dogs since there are countless encounters with Black Shuck and those other big black dogs that inhabit out of the way places and roam the winter skies as part of the Wild Hunt. We can draw energy from our dog to channel into magical workings and we must not overlook the ‘Hounds of Hell’ we conjure up to carry that famous curse to our victim.
But on a more lighter side, dogs have been medically proven to have tremendous healing powers of their own. Dogs have become people’s eyes and act as ‘assistant dogs’ for those with all sorts of disabilities; they join the police force as sniffer dogs and lead the rescue teams to find those trapped in collapsed buildings or lost in inhospitable landscapes. And if that’s not magic I don’t know what is.
Unfortunately wires were crossed when this book was submitted for publication and it landed up under the ‘Shaman Pathways’ listing instead of ‘Pagan Portals’ and as a result many witches have missed out thinking it had been written for shamans.
"I really enjoyed this, a really good read. It starts off with an interesting story and maintains the reader’s interest throughout. I enjoyed the historical and scientific information as well as the charm, amulet and herb lore. The second chapter was a fascinating look at breeds and their characteristics and the bearing this has from a magical perspective and I also really enjoyed the stories of superstition. In fact this book has lots of appealing information on everything and anything you could ever want to know about the dog as a power animal and spiritual companion. It’s written in a very reader friendly manner and I can see dog lovers of all descriptions being hooked by it."
The term 'power animal' was introduced into contemporary language in 1980 by anthropologist Michael Harner in his classic work The Way Of The Shaman, and refers to a broad-based animistic and shamanic concept that has entered the English language from the fields of anthropology, ethnography and sociology. The animal is conceived as a tutelary spirit that helps or protects individuals, lineages, and nations.
Dogs and man became companions a long time ago, and the dog adopted as a power animal represents speed, agility, courage, protection, justice, nobility and loyalty. Aubry's Dog: Power Animals Within Traditional Witchcraft guides your footsteps on this most ancient of paths ...
Author's Notes: Mélusine Draco originally trained in the magical arts of traditional British Old Craft with Bob and Mériém Clay-Egerton. She has been a magical and spiritual instructor for over 20 years with Arcanum and the Temple of Khem, and writer of numerous popular books on traditional witchcraft and ritual magic. Further details of her highly individualistic teaching methods and writing can be found at melusinedracoattempleofkhem.blogspot.com/ or www.covenofthescales.com
Her Traditional Witchcraft series is published by Moon Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing: Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living, Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore Traditional Witchcraft for Fields and Hedgerows and Traditional Witchcraft for Woods and Forests. The Dictionary of Mystery & Magic, By Spellbook & Candle: Cursing, Hexing, Bottling & Binding and The Atum-Re Revival (Axis Mundi Books) are all due for publication shortly.
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