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A popular method for finding your Animals of the Heart is with animal
oracle cards. While there are many fine decks, they are all limited in
both the types and number of animals that they feature. Moreover, most
decks are mammal-centric. Birds are usually represented by “Crow (or
Raven),” “Eagle,” “Hawk,” “Hummingbird,” and “Owl.” Reptiles are limited
to “Lizard,” “Snake,” and “Turtle.” Insects (and related others) are
“Bee,” “Dragonfly,” and “Spider.”
Therefore, I would recommend a world-oriented deck since they will
feature a wider range of animals. The methods that I suggest can work
with most decks. Many popular decks tend to be North American specific,
with a sprinkling of world animals. There are special themed decks which
focus on Australian animals, birds, pets and other related topics. If
you feel strongly about a certain grouping, then use those specialty
To use the deck, shuffle the cards and deal seven cards. Study the
animals and note your reactions. For example, you draw “Lizard,” what
does that mean? I have only one deck out of the fifty that I own which
features Tuatara, a lizard-like reptile. Therefore if an uncommon animal
is calling to you, be prepared for a deeper investigation.
Read more at using animal oracle cards to discover your animals
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