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The Druid Path

Animal Lore

The Druid's animal lore was similar to many of the attributes and meanings the Native Americans gave to the various animals. Druid lore varies on some of the animals and also revere some different animals which are specific to the British Isles. The best source for a full description of the Celt's view of the various species can be found in the Druid Animal Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm. While usually thought of as a divination set, the Oracle also includes an excellent book that covers the history and lore of each of 30+ animals. The book also features the exquisite artwork of Bill Worthington. Below is a partial selection of the animals reviewed in the Druid Animal Oracle.

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Art Bear - Primal power, sovereignty, intuition married with instinct.

Druid Dhubh Blackbird - Enchantment, the Gateway, the inner call.

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Torc Boar - The warrior spirit, leadership, direction.

Tarbh Bull - Wealth, potency, beneficence.

Cat Cat - Guardianship, detachment, sensuality.

Bo Cow - Nourishment, motherhood, the Goddess.

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Cu Dog - Guidance, protection, loyalty.

Iolar Eagle - Intelligence, renewal, courage.

Sionnach Fox - Cunning, diplomacy, wildness.

Losgann Frog - Sensitivity, medicine, hidden beauty and power.

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Gearr Hare - rebirth, intuition, balance.

Seabhac Hawk - Nobility, recollection, cleansing.

Each Horse - The Goddess, the land, travel.

Dobhran Otter - Joy, play, helpfulness.

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Cailleach-Oidhche Owl - Detachment, wisdom, change.

Reithe Ram - Sacrifice, breakthrough, achievement.

Bran Raven - Healing, initiation, protection.

Bradan Salmon - Wisdom, inspiration, rejuvenation.

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Damh Stag - Pride, independence, purification.

Faol Wolf - Intuition, learning, the shadow.

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Taken from The Druid Animal Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm. Click the book to order from Amazon.Com

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