Last year my daughter, Coriander and I traveled to the Amazon jungle. This has resulted in my book, The Call of the Spectacled Owl; An Artist’s Journey thru History, the Amazon, and Spirit (with Travel Tips).
I share our adventures learning about the animals and “medicine” of the jungle with our native guide. I tell about swinging on jungle vines, sleeping overnight in a treehouse in the jungle, going piranha fishing, sailing in a canoe thru the night under bamboo and overarching elephant palms, and swimming in the Amazon river with dolphins.
I get into the earth spirituality of the area, exploring the historic Incan beliefs, the mysterious whistling vessels, and our experience in a shamanic ceremony. The book includes information on the two ancient sites we visited, the Temple of the Moon and the Incan Temple of the Sun. Woven in is my observations from visiting various sacred sites around the world and my studies of paganism and earth religion.
The paperback is illustrated with 32 of my line drawings and the cover photo is by Coriander of Coriander Focus Photography. It’s available for $14.99 on Amazon and at the Createspace link here: https://www.createspace.com/6297005
I hope those who are “armchair travelers” will feel like they are traveling along with us, and that it might inspire more adventurous souls to go out and travel the world. Travel broadens the mind!
In Native American beliefs, a totem animal is a spirit that takes the form of a familiar animal and embodies the symbolic qualities of that animal. It can also be held in a sacred object, or be a symbol of a tribe, or clan. The word “totem” comes from the Native American Ojibwe culture, but concept of the spirit animal is common throughout many cultures and times. In Wicca, it is commonly thought of as a teacher spirit that can take any form, or a symbol that can help in our personal development.
I had a dream some years ago, where a gecko was guiding me into my life’s path. When I awoke, I looked up the qualities that “gecko” embodies. Unsurprising to me, a gecko can symbolize “life change” because they can change color, since they are often night creatures they have the title of “dream keepers” and they symbolize “mystical awakening.” All of which was taking place in my life in a powerful way.
Last year I traveled to the Amazon jungle and took part in a native shaman’s ceremony. During the ceremony, just outside our palm-roofed hut, an owl began to call. It felt like he was speaking directly to me. It was the call of the Spectacled Owl. The totem of Owl is often viewed as the messenger of the spirit world, he is a seer of souls, and a guide to the spirit world. This has been misinterpreted as a harbinger of death, but just like the Death Card in the Tarot deck, it usually does not mean physical death, but freedom from the restraints of the physical world and guidance into the teachings of the spirit. Of course Owl is often seen as a symbol of wisdom and knowledge.
I feel that I am being encouraged on my spiritual path. My book, The Call of the Spectacled Owl; An Artist’s Journey thru History, the Amazon, and Spirit (with Travel Tips) chronicles part of that journey. All the writing, re-writing and illustrations are done, and it is going through its final editing. I look forward to sharing this with you soon.