A fabulous inspirational reference book, packed with historical facts, myths and real-life spiritual encounters with birds. Ranging from the robin to the phoenix and the everyday to the mythological, any bird lover who is interested in esoterica, history and folklore will find the book a must for their bookshelf.
Arranged thematically, each section explores a different aspect - e.g. Birds of Myth and Legend, Divination and Auguries, Birds and Astrology, Symbolism of Eggs and Feathers, Alchemy and Birds; plus sections on birds in the Celtic Tradition, in Ancient Latin America, in India, and the New World. Find out how to find your Spirit Bird, and in another section discover an A-Z of the history and folklore of individual birds, and how their symbolism is often shared in many cultures and myths.
One of the key themes in the book is the concept of the winged creature carrying messages, as well as the history of bird-as-augur from Greek and Roman times where they studied birds' flight patterns and entrails to make critical decisions. Many people will love the many wonderful true stories of ordinary people in the present day too, who have encountered the miraculous, or healing qualities of birds in their own lives.
This book is an enormous treasure trove of information that is spiritually uplifting and historically fascinating. It contains many general tip bits for bird-lovers to be enchanted by, such as:
- baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms a day
- condors can fly for 10 miles without flapping their wings
- a bird flying into a house foretells an important message
- hummingbirds weigh less than a penny
- a jay is said to spend Fridays with the devil, telling tales!