undoubtedly one of the best books on the subject of animal familiars that I have ever seen...this book is a must for students of any tradition. Time Between Times Bumper guide.....nice illustrations.. excellent compendium...Good value and recommended. The Cauldron All over the world magicians, shamans and witches work with animal powers. An animal familiar represents the species as a whole, not a wolf, but Wolf. Through this connection the shaman or witch can draw on the power of the whole species for their strength and abilities. A familiar also acts as a guide to Otherworld places, where knowledge or healing may be sought. A special relationship is formed between the practitioner and their familiar, otherwise referred to as Totem, Power or Nagual animals. This fascinating and enlightening book details seeking a familiar using pathworkings and dance, calling a familiar, shapeshifting, spirit flight, thought forms, and entering the Otherworld. It goes on to detail animals, giving folklore and names, associated deities, elements and plants, natural history and a pathworking for a wide variety of animals.