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Written and compiled by George Knowles
“…all animals speak to those who listen. When we learn to speak with the animals…..the animals are no longer our subordinates. They become our teachers, our friends, and our companions.”
From Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
Ted Andrews was an internationally recognized author, storyteller and mystic, a teacher of shamanic, animistic and esoteric lore, as well as herb healing, Magick and the Qabalah. During his time he authored some 40 books many of which have been translated into foreign languages. His best-known book is already a classic best seller: ‘Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small (1993)’.
Ted was born on the 16th July 1952 in Dayton, Ohio, into a large family that included six siblings, all with given names beginning with the letter ‘T’. He spent most of his formative childhood in Beavercreek, east of Dayton, where for his early education he attended a private Catholic school, the Carroll High School, and graduated in 1970. During his youth he spent a lot of time walking through neighborhood woods with his grandfather who shared with him his love and knowledge about animals and nature. He also developed clairvoyancy skills and was able to see and discern auras that other people could not see.
As a regular visitor to his local public library, Ted soon gained an interest in occult subjects, metaphysics and mysticism, particularly Jewish mysticism and practical Kabbalah. This later led to his writing his first book published through Llewellyn Publications in 1987 as: “Simplified Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to the New Age Qabala”, later reprinted as “Simplified Qabala Magic.”
Using his earlier knowledge of nature, Ted began working as a trail guide and animal keeper at the Brukner Nature Center, north of Dayton in Troy, and there held state and federal permits to work with birds of prey and conduct wildlife rescue and rehabilitation programs. He regularly took his animals into local schools and throughout the years give freely of his own time and expenses to help young people discover the wonder of animals and nature. Later he would write a number of children’s books about animals and magic.
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After finishing graduate school at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ted worked for ten years as a teacher and counselor in the public school system, most of which time he spent working with disadvantaged students in special needs programs, and for this he received both local and state recognition.
A consummate student of alternative healing methods, Ted became certified in basic hypnosis through the New Life Center of Hypnotherapy in West Virginia, and later acupressure through the Center for Chinese Medicine in California. He then completed two years of formal study in “Herbs for Healthful Living” at the Herbal Emporium of Dayton, Ohio. As a clairvoyant since childhood, he later became a certified spiritualist medium working with past-life analysis, aura interpretation, dreams, numerology and the Tarot.
Ted was also a gifted musician; he had been trained on the piano from an early age, and so naturally began developing holistic healing methods using sound, music and voice. In this he employed the use of the Celtic harp, Bamboo flutes, Shaman rattles, Tibetan bells, Tibetan singing bowls and Quartz crystal bowls to create individual healing therapies that induced higher states of consciousness. He also composed, performed and produced the music for ten audiocassette recordings, and was a long time student of sacred dance, ballet and kung fu.
Ted traveled widely and became a sought after speaker and teacher. Each year he presented sell-out seminars to thousands of people throughout the US and Canada, and was equally popular when visiting the United Kingdom, Europe and parts of Asia. He was often featured on US national and local television as well as radio networks, and in May 2002 was invited to speak to the United Nations Staff Recreation Council in New York City because of his writings and work with animals.
Called a true Renaissance man he had the ability to make the mystical available to everyone and in his writings focused on translating esoteric material to make it comprehensible and practical for all. For his efforts in this endeavour, he won more Visionary Awards than any other author.
Sadly following a battle with cancer Ted passed away at his home, a farm and animal refuge center in Jackson, Tennessee, on the 24th October 2009. He is survived by his beloved wife Kathy and has left a lasting legacy of animal knowledge and occult lore that will no doubt pass the trial of time and not be forgotten.
Here I list just a few of his books:
Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small
How to See and Read the Aura
Sacred Sounds: Magic & Healing Through Words & Music
How to Meet & Work with Spirit Guides
The Healer's Manual: A Beginner's Guide to Energy Therapies
How to Uncover Your Past Lives
Crystal Balls & Crystal Bowls: Tools for Ancient Scrying & Modern Seership
How To Do Psychic Readings Through Touch
Enchantment of the Faerie Realm: Communicate with Nature Spirits & Elementals
Simplified Qabala Magic
How to Heal with Color
Treasures of the Unicorn
More Simplified Magic
Music Therapy for Non-Musicians
Magic of Believing
Spirits, Ghosts & Guardians
May he rest in peace
About the author from his own books.
Plus numerous other websites to many to mentions.
First published on the 04 March 2007, updated on the 24th Oct 2014 © George Knowles
Best wishes and Blessed Be
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The Wiccan Rede / Charge of the Goddess / Charge of the God / The Three-Fold Law (includes The Law of Power and The Four Powers of the Magus) / The Witches Chant / The Witches Creed / Descent of the Goddess / Drawing Down the Moon / The Great Rite Invocation / Invocation of the Horned God / The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief / The Witches Rede of Chivalry / A Pledge to Pagan Spirituality
Traditions Part 1 - Alexandrian Wicca / Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC) / Ár Ndraíocht Féin (ADF) / Blue Star Wicca / British Traditional (Druidic Witchcraft) / Celtic Wicca / Ceremonial Magic / Chaos Magic / Church and School of Wicca / Circle Sanctuary / Covenant of the Goddess (COG) / Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) / Cyber Wicca / Dianic Wicca / Eclectic Wicca / Feri Wicca /
Traditions Part 2 - Gardnerian Wicca / Georgian Tradition / Henge of Keltria / Hereditary Witchcraft / Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (H.O.G.D.) / Kitchen Witch (Hedge Witch) / Minoan Brotherhood and Minoan Sisterhood Tradition / Nordic Paganism / Pagan Federation / Pectic-Wita / Seax-Wica / Shamanism / Solitary / Strega / Sylvan Tradition / Vodoun or Voodoo / Witches League of Public Awareness (WLPA) /
Other things of interest:
Gods and Goddesses (Greek Mythology) / Esbats & Full Moons / Links to Personal Friends & Resources / Wicca/Witchcraft Resources / What's a spell? / Circle Casting and Sacred Space / Pentagram - Pentacle / Marks of a Witch / The Witches Power / The Witches Hat / An esoteric guide to visiting London / Satanism / Pow-wow / The Unitarian Universalist Association / Numerology: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / A history of the Malleus Maleficarum: includes: Pope Innocent VIII / The papal Bull / The Malleus Maleficarum / An extract from the Malleus Maleficarum / The letter of approbation / Johann Nider’s Formicarius / Jacob Sprenger / Heinrich Kramer / Stefano Infessura / Montague Summers / The Waldenses / The Albigenses / The Hussites / The Native American Sun Dance / Shielding (Occult and Psychic Protection) /
Sabbats and Festivals:
The Sabbats in History and Mythology / Samhain (October 31st) / Yule (December 21st) / Imbolc (February 2nd) / Ostara (March 21st) / Beltane (April 30th) / Litha (June 21st) / Lammas/Lughnasadh (August 1st) / Mabon (September 21st)
Rituals contributed by Crone:
Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar) / Antelope / Bats / Crow / Fox / Frog and Toads / Goat / Honeybee / Kangaroo / Lion / Owl / Phoenix / Rabbits and Hares / Raven / Robin Redbreast / Sheep / Spider / Squirrel / Swans / Wild Boar / Wolf / Serpent / Pig / Stag / Horse / Mouse / Cat
In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar. For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following: Birch / Rowan / Ash / Alder / Willow / Hawthorn / Oak / Holly / Hazel / Vine / Ivy / Reed / Elder
Rocks and Stones:
Stones - History, Myths and Lore
Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin:
Apophyllite / Amber / Amethyst / Aquamarine / Aragonite / Aventurine / Black Tourmaline / Bloodstone / Calcite / Carnelian / Celestite / Citrine / Chrysanthemum Stone / Diamond / Emerald / Fluorite / Garnet / Hematite / Herkimer Diamond / Labradorite / Lapis Lazuli / Malachite / Moonstone / Obsidian / Opal / Pyrite / Quartz (Rock Crystal) / Rose Quartz / Ruby / Selenite / Seraphinite / Silver and Gold / Smoky Quartz / Sodalite / Sunstone / Thunderegg / Tree Agate / Zebra Marble
Wisdom and Inspiration:
Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:
Murdered by Witchcraft / The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / A Battleship, U-boat, and a Witch / The Troll-Tear (A story for Children) / Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife / The Story of Jack-O-Lantern / The Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost / Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) / The Two Brothers - Light and Dark
Old Masters of Academia:
(Ancient, Past and Present)
(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders, Elders and Others)
Abramelin the Mage / Agrippa / Aidan A Kelly / Albertus Magnus - “Albert the Great” / Aleister Crowley - “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders - “King of the Witches” / Alison Harlow / Amber K / Anna Franklin / Anodea Judith / Anton Szandor LaVey / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Biddy Early / Bridget Cleary - The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / Carl " Llewellyn" Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Henry Allan Bennett - the Ven. Ananda Metteyya / Charles Walton / Christina Oakley Harrington / Damh the Bard - "Dave Smith" / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Doreen Valiente / Dorothy Morrison / Dr. John Dee & Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Edward Fitch / Eleanor Ray Bone - “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” / Eliphas Levi / Ernest Thompson Seton / Ernest Westlake / Fiona Horne / Frederick McLaren Adams - Feraferia / Friedrich von Spee / Francis Barrett / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Gerald B. Gardner - The father of contemporary Witchcraft / Gwydion Pendderwen / Hans Holzer / Helen Duncan / Herman Slater - Horrible Herman / Isaac Bonewits / Israel Regardie / Jack Whiteside Parsons - Rocket Science and Magick / James "Cunning" Murrell - The Master of Witches / Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone / Jessie Wicker Bell - “Lady Sheba” / Johannes Junius - "The Burgomaster of Bamberg" / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman - "Pow-wow" / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave and the Kibbo Kith Kindred / John Michael Greer / John Score / Joseph John Campbell / Karl von Eckartshausen / Lady Gwen Thompson - and "The Rede of the Wiccae" / Laurie Cabot - "the Official Witch of Salem" / Lewis Spence / Margaret Alice Murray / Margot Adler / Marie Laveau - " the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" / Marion Weinstein / Matthew Hopkins - “The Witch-Finder General” / Max Ehrmann and the "Desiderata" / Michael A. Aquino - and The Temple of Set / Monique Wilson / Montague Summers / Nicholas Culpeper / Nicholas Remy / M. R. Sellars / Mrs. Maud Grieve - "A Modern Herbal" / Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Morning Glory / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Olivia Durdin-Robertson - co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis / Paddy Slade / Pamela Colman-Smith / Paracelsus / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Philip Heselton / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and the "The White Goddess" / Rosaleen Norton - “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Ross Nichols and the " Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids" (OBOD) / Rudolf Steiner / Sabrina Underwood - "The Ink Witch" / Scott Cunningham / Selena Fox - founder of "Circle Sanctuary" / Silver Ravenwolf / Sir Francis Dashwood / Sir James George Frazer and the " The Golden Bough" / S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” / Starhawk / Stewart Farrar / Sybil Leek / Ted Andrews / The Mather Family - (includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather and Cotton Mather ) / Thomas Ady / T. Thorn Coyle / Vera Chapman / Victor & Cora Anderson and the " Feri Tradition" / Vivianne Crowley / Walter Brown Gibson / Walter Ernest Butler / William Butler Yeats / Zsuzsanna Budapest /
Many of the above biographies are briefs and far from complete. If you know about any of these individuals and can help with additional information, please contact me privately at my email address below. Many thanks for reading :-)
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