Okay, now that I've corrected that little misconception of mine, I just have to share with you an oracle deck I bought about two weeks ago called Animal Spirits, with illustrations by painter Susan Boulet. As the title suggests, the deck revolves around animals and derives all of its advice from Native American, Celtic, Egyptian and Hindu interpretations of the significance of said animals. The paintings themselves generally lean towards Native American art with the occasional Egyptian inspired piece. Each card has the painting of the animal on one side and then the symbology and historical/mythical interpretations of the animal on the back. The fact that the animal is expressed on both sides of the card makes it rather impossible to spread the cards out and then choose so for readings I generally do the stop shuffling and then pick the first three, five or however many cards, method.
|Gull, more detail below...|
The spirit guides layout is beautifully simple, using just three cards 1. What your guides are helping you with, 2. How you're guides are helping you with this, and 3. How to connect with you spirit guides (modified from Daily Tarot Girl's post).
My layout (seen above, left to right): 1. Fox, 2. Jaguar 3. Panther (the card laid across panther, gull, was drawn afterwards for further clarification). Essentially this spread told me that my spirit guides were trying to help me access my creativity and cunning or knowledge (Fox), by providing me with a sense of wholeness through spirituality (Jaguar) and that I should aim to connect with them through strength (Leopard), specifically by strengthening my connection between the Earth and the spirit world (Gull's clarification).
^What the Back of the Cards Looks Like^
Overall I would definitely recommend that anyone with a strong spiritual tie to aboriginal customs and, or animism look into purchasing this deck, it is absolutely wonderful!