Personal Medicine Readings Connect You with Your
Greater Resources

Personal Medicine Readings can help us connect with our own true spiritual gifts, and greater resources in the natural world.  

When we are in the throes of challenging situations, it can seem difficult to think that we have an inner and outer wellspring of resources we can call upon for assistance.   

Personal Medicine Readings can help you connect with your own inner strengths, and the powers, or 'medicine' of animals, birds, trees, plants, and other natural elements of the Earth.  The medicine of the animals, birds, and Earth elements grounds us into the present moment ~ the only place we have the power to make changes.

There is a longstanding practice among many indigenous populations, including the ancient Celts, the American Indians, and shamans from all around the world to look to Nature for messages in response to a query, or insight.  Our early ancestors revered certain animals for their  various strengths, and would call on, or connect with the spirit of whichever land or sea animal, bird, or specific tree that offered the character traits needed for a particular task, or for guidance or healing.

The website, What's Your Sign, explains the symbolism behind the various animals most revered by the early Celts: 

 "Celtic animals as symbols, just like all symbols, signs or totems hold incredible power and fascination for us all.  More importantly, animal symbols serve as reminders of qualities (i.e. strength, courage, patience) we all want to have. As reminders, these animal signs convey deeper meaning, and also provide us with an illustrative focus - providing an aid on our path to obtaining the qualities of virtue we desire."

Personal Medicine Readings are designed to guide you to recognize your own inherent strengths and gifts, and/or help you to receive the assistance from various 'spirit helpers' which bring their personal medicine to you, empowering you with all you need to handle whatever life presents to you.  

They can help supply you with the very traits or virtues most needed in a particular situation, whether to help you deal with a pending court case, boost your confidence during a job interview, or to summon courage to make some needed changes to your relationship, or in any aspect of your life.  

Wolves in Winter, courtesy of

Personal Medicine Readings remind us of the interconnectedness of all life.  They can teach us how to live more in harmony with Nature's rhythms to experience greater health, balance, and flow in our lives.  

The animals and birds act as guides, helping us restore a sense of wholeness by bringing in the very qualities needed ~ their unique strengths or 'medicine' ~ to complement your own personal medicine, or weak spots.  

All of Nature is interconnected.  The animals, birds, and plants want to help us forge a more cooperative relationship, teaching us how to live more harmoniously, in ways in which all can better thrive.  A  Personal Medicine Reading can help initiate a new relationship between you and the many animal and bird guides and Nature Intelligence, or plant and tree Spirits that are an important aspect of our daily lives, even if we do not realize this.  

The messages and support provided during a Personal Medicine Reading can  help you navigate challenges while guiding you to align with your happiest and most prosperous life path.  

Your soul knows that when you are aligned and in your 'happy place' ~ you are more open to receiving the bounty of gifts life has in store for you.  You will feel lighter inside.  Your vibration lifts.  This helps you to in  turn  help  uplift others.  From a spiritual perspective, it's a win-win scenario.

According to Jamie Sams and David Carson, authors of the Medicine Cards, " anything that improves one's connection to the Great Mystery and to all life.  This would include the healing of body, mind, and of spirit.  This medicine is also anything that brings personal power, strength, and understanding.  It is the constant living of life in a way that brings healing to the Earth Mother and to all our associates, family, friends, and fellow creatures.  Native American medicine is an all-encompassing "way of life," for it involves walking on the Earth Mother in perfect harmony with the Universe."

"By understanding the meaning of animal symbols, we can adopt these meanings into our lives. The Celts knew this, and called upon the spirit of the animal that provided them with the insight and qualities they required.

Adopting animal symbols is an honorable and age-old practice of self- improvement. It is a concentrated effort to obtain the desired attributes of the animal itself. Furthermore, it is a pathway to internal investigation. Animals urge us to open ourselves to internal exploration, and ultimately they put us on the path of understanding." ~From What's Your Sign

You can invite animal guides and nature helpers to support you at any time.  Several cultures believe that a particular animal guide, or guides, comes to you at birth.  If you never connected with it, it may no longer be around.  However, you can ask to become aware of which specific animal guide has been with you, and encourage it to work more closely with you from now on.  

Simply take time to meditate on your desire to connect, then, without trying too hard, just trust that you will in time receive a sign.  

You may already know at a subconscious level which birds, animals, or specific trees for which you have always most resonated with, or have had extraordinary encounters with, which is a good indication that these helpers are already here assisting you.

A Personal Medicine Reading is designed to help you:

  • Gain insight about your present life focus
  • Tap into your unique gifts and 'personal medicine' in ways that will bring you greater joy, harmony, abundance, and inner peace
  • Boost your confidence
  • Restore balance and harmony to aspects of your life that are out of sync
  • Feel more grounded
  • Provide an extra source of strength, courage, focus, clarity, or other needed quality 
  • Provide support while handling difficult situations
  • Tap into what may be occurring subconsciously, causing your present 'obstacle' or life lesson
  • Gain clarity about important decisions
  • Validate your own instincts and intuition
  • Realize that you are not alone, and that you have many resources available to you to help you improve your health, and your life

The Personal Medicine Reading can be done together by phone, or by email.

I can photograph your spread, and send a follow-up email with a brief summary of your personal medicine reading, and suggestions for working with your  animal guides.  The animal can help us to see how we may be using our own power in a balanced and  imbalanced way, and how to self-correct.

Any time you need extra insights or support, you can fill out the contact form below to request a assistance, and I will pull 3-4+ animals from one or more decks for you, and email you a summary, and photos of the animals pulled.  

Below is just a sampling of the decks I have available which I use for the Personal Medicine Readings, or any time you desire extra encouragement, insights, and support.

The Bird Cards:

The Bird Cards oracle is a collaboration bringing both Jane Toerien (author) and Joyce Van Dobben (artist) together, despite living on different continents to create this very special deck.  It was a process that unfolded organically, taking both on an unexpected journey of self-discovery while deeply 'listening' or meditating on the powerful medicine or messages offered by each bird in succession, until the 55th 'Bluebird of Happiness' (pictured on cover) came into being.

Michael J. Roads, author of several books which share his own stories of learning to listen to Nature, writes in the forward about the process of learning how to 'listen' to the "silent words that flow from Nature."  

He continues, "Listeners are required to close down all their own concepts, ideas, beliefs, expectations, and knowledge about Nature, enabling themselves to become purely receptive and responsive.  Too often, the listener's own agenda gets in the way...."

"Each species of bird, flower, tree, and other forms of nature, has an organizing force behind it that is intelligent and connected to the greater whole, which is God."

~ Jane Toeirin in the Introduction of  Bird Cards ~ The Healing Power of the Bird Kingdom

The Animal Medicine Cards:

The Animal Medicine Cards deck, by Jamie Sams and David Carson,  was my very first oracle deck, purchased originally in 1991 while I was living in Grass Valley, CA.  I instantly fell in love.  

According to the authors, "In the spirit of the Wolf Clan, we as teachers have therefore chosen to devise a method of divination to assist each soul to find its personal pathway through the medicine of animals."  Their teachings were handed down from elders of several tribes, including "the Choctaw, Lakota, Seneca, Aztec, Yaqui, Cheyenne, Cherokee, Iroquois, and Mayan traditions."

I met Carson many years back, and received a reading from him.  Four of the five cards drawn were of the canine family.  The wolf, the fox, the dog, and the coyote.   Every canine related animal in the deck was 'randomly' pulled.  The odds of that were very rare in deed.  I could tell that Carson was as startled as I was by the end of that reading!

A Personal Medicine Reading can include cards from these beautiful and powerful oracle decks, among others.

"Our intention, as shamans and healers, is to begin a process for many people who have never understood their connection to our Mother Earth and to all her creatures.  We hope to open a new doorway of understanding  for those who seek the Oneness of all life." ~Jamie Sams & David Carson, authors of Medicine Cards

The Earth Magic Oracle Deck:

The Earth Magic Oracle Deck, by Steven D. Farmer,  is a beautifully illustrated and written oracle deck that brings many elements of the natural world into a light that is very insightful.   

The messages remind us  that we are connected to the natural world, and all life happens in cycles.  When we surrender, and ride the currents of life, trusting in the grander scheme at work that we may not yet see, we experience less stress, and greater balance and ease.

When we honor that we are part of the Natural world, we can more easily accept that ultimately, every extraordinary or spontaneous occurrence in our lives can be potential messages that our Higher Spirit or Soul wants us to receive.

You are here to liberate your true inner power and divine potential to help you live your most illuminated life possible, and the various messages and wisdom offered by Nature and the animal and bird guides can be among your greatest resources to helping you get from Point A, where you are, to Point B, where you desire to be!  

Receiving  Personal Medicine Readings can help us to become more aware of the many signs, guidance and messages from Nature we are always receiving.  The challenge is to learn to Trust your own hunches or intuition, and engage Nature more fully and wholeheartedly in this exchange.  Messages will come to you in a way that makes sense for you, based on your likes, your temperament, and how you perceive and interpret what Nature presents.  

Some people may see a lot of feathers when most needing confirmation that they are not alone, or perhaps that a 'trail' is being laid out for them to make small, incremental changes.

Even the cloud formation, below, seemed to be a 'gift' from God indicating a blessing or offering.  Perhaps portending a healing in response to my own prayers, or a gesture of gifts to come.

The Animal, Bird, and Earth-based oracle decks which provide uplifting and empowering messages and imagery, contrary to some traditional tarot decks which often contain occulted symbolism and messages which I personally prefer to avoid.

The readings are designed to  help you gain clarity to your query, and to draw to yourself the powerful medicine each offers for healing and personal growth.

In addition to the Personal Medicine Readings, I offer Channeled Healing Messages, and Energy Clearing & Re-Harmonizing, along with the Strong Spirit Self-Empowerment Coaching Packages 

Below are a few decks and resources I recommend to learn more about connecting with Nature and the wisdom of the animals.