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The Nahualli Animal Oracle

The Nahualli Animal Oracle

Epilogue by: Marc Bekoff / Illustrated by: Raphael Montoliu
An oracle using Aztec animal doubles of the human soul as spirit guides

• Contains 40 full-color cards depicting 31 Nahualli animals and 9 Lords of the Night

• Provides a means for spiritual seekers to communicate with their own animal doubles

• Based on traditional Aztec symbolism

Nahualli is the Aztec word for shadow soul, the animal double of the human soul. Aztec tradition held that on the fourth day of an infant’s life a priest would perform a ceremony to bind the newborn to its animal soul mate. A sacred pact between human and animal initiated a lifelong relationship of mutual protection and guidance. In return for defending its nahualli, the human would be endowed with the unique skills, strength, and wisdom of that animal.

The Nahualli Animal Oracle
offers a means for contemporary spiritual seekers to identify their own nahualli and receive soul guidance from the Aztec wisdom tradition. Each of the 40 beautifully illustrated cards, which includes 31 nahualli animals and 9 Lords of the Night deities, represents an essential aspect of human life--such as joy, aggression, or sacrifice. The book shows how to invoke these powerful entities, through meditation and divination, to intervene in everyday affairs and provide insight into perplexing problems. The authors provide detailed guidelines for interpreting the significance of each nahualli animal or deity, along with an explanation of its mythological origins. Ancient Aztec religious symbolism is reflected in the divination spreads, such as The Five Directions, which is derived from the compass symbol at the center of the intricate Aztec calendar.
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  • Bear & Company | 
  • 192 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781591430179 | 
  • September 2003
List Price $35.00
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The Shadow Soul
If you had been born a Mexican during the time of the Aztec empire, a priest from one of the many temples in Tenochtitlán, the capital, would have attended you on the fourth day of your life. The purpose of this visitation was for the priest to see, bind, and announce your relationship with your animal double--your nahualli. This would be done in a ceremonial fashion, with your family gathered around you. Embers from the birth fire were used to light a torch that was used to consecrate the agreement between infant and animal. It was an important event because it was the first ritual of your young life, and the Aztec gods... see more

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