This card set features 45 Australian Animal cards and a 132-page comprehensive guidebook with corresponding messages for each card. The messages draw on ancient shamanic animal wisdom. The cards provide the modern seeker of wisdom with access to a wealth of traditional spiritual knowledge and understanding, in times past, accessible only to those who sought the advice of tribal elders or shamanic healers. It was customary in those times for a seeker of knowledge to request the advice of an Elder; someone skilled in the ability to commune with the energies of nature. Elders were seen as direct links between the people and Spirit, with their words held in high esteem. When questions were raised, the Elder would take up a small pouch, perhaps containing claws, teeth, whiskers, and bones of sacred animals which, after a quick shake, would be upended, the contents permitted to spill haphazardly onto the ground. Depending on where and how they fell, and the patterns they formed, the Elder would glean information relevant to the seeker by interpreting the messages offered by the animals represented by the claws and teeth.