Spirit Clans: Native Wisdom for Personal Power and Guidance
David Carson. Hampton Roads, $16.95 trade paper (208p) ISBN 978-1-57174-840-9
“Grounded in a deep belief that all of life is interconnected, David Carson invites the reader to explore the animal kingdom, identifying the spirit clans that can give strength and guidance. He writes with a quiet authority that casts a storyteller’s spell. This book brings enchantment to the quest for self-knowledge. David Carson is truly a shaman.” ~Julia Cameron, bestselling author of The Artist’s Way
Carson (Medicine Cards), member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, guides spiritual explorers through a journey of self-discovery in this informative primer on Native American myths of the spirit clan.
Unlike power animals—which are individual guides to personal power—Carson writes that the spirit clan is a blessing imprinted into the soul’s development, the center of one’s identity, and a source of protection and energy. In brief chapters, Carson charts the origins of spirit clans and then describes 75 different clans (Alligator, Cottonwood, Fresh Land, Lizard, Mole, Tornado, and Yellow Jacket) that are meant to provide guidance on living a meaningful life.
Composed of fables about the clans and their spiritual traits, the chapters explore the essence of animals, plants, natural elements, and celestial bodies. For example, Turtle represents ancient wisdom, stability, and environmental awareness; Sage releases healing, purification, and well-being; and Moon reflects feminine energy, fertility, self-knowledge, and inner light.
Though novices may be mystified by the brief introductions to the spiritual practices, those interested in Native American mythology will find this useful. (May)
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