This is very sad news that I only learned of on Friday from another great follower of this very gifted and prolific author.
Ted Andrews died in October of 2009. Honestly, I am shocked to hear that news. He was only 57 and apparently had a long struggle with cancer. I send prayers to his family as I am certain that they are still grieving.
Ted is the author of Animal Speak, one of the most beloved books on my shelf. It is so dog-eared and soiled from liquids spilled on it. It is the one book in my collection that I need to have easy access to all the time.
I heard Ted give a powerful, charismatic lecture one time close to 2002. And he entranced me. But more than anything, it is his Animal Speak book that has touched me deeply.
Just on Friday, I referred to this book to better understand the spiritual significance of robins since I had encouraged some that were absolutely not afraid of me and one let me walk within four feet of him.
I recommended this book to so many people and shared it with so many whom came through my house. As someone who deeply believes that we can choose to be very connected to the Sacredness of the Earth, and that Earth Mother will recognize this and often send animal teachers to us, Ted’s book is an invaluable resource to me (and so many others) to discern the spiritual message of these animal visitors.
Ted’s work was clearly a lifetime of serving Mother in her attempts to have us understand all the spiritual realms that exist in our earthly plane. Ted was a very gifted man who saw and heard and understood a great deal and he prolifically shared this with us. He was the author of 37 books.
His wisdom is the wisdom of the Native Americans and other indigenous peoples who are so close to the natural world and know the wisdom of the Creature Teachers. They live by their connections to the spirits of the animals and plants that surround them.
He helped wake many of us up to the depths of these worlds (along with other teachers whom we seek out).
He is solely missed.
Here are some short pieces written right after he died.
(Llewellyn published about half of his books.)