Wild Signs and Star Paths

The Keys to Our Lost Sixth Sense

🇺🇸 Published in the US as The Nature Instinct.

‘Beautifully written… I promise you will feel more in tune with the world around after reading only one chapter of Wild Signs and Star Paths, let alone the book in its entirety’

Royal Institute of Navigation

Tristan Gooley, author of the internationally bestselling How To Read Water and The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs, shows how it is possible to achieve a level of outdoors awareness that will enable you to sense direction from stars and plants, forecast weather from woodland sounds and predict the next action of an animal from its body language – instantly.

Although once common, this now rare awareness would be labelled by many as a ‘sixth sense’. We have become so distanced from this way of experiencing our environment that it may initially seem hard to believe that it is possible, but Tristan Gooley uses a collection of ‘keys’ to show how everyone can develop this ability and enjoy the outdoors in an exciting way – one that is both new and ancient.

‘It’s a thoughtful, lyrical book about the hidden connections between flora and fauna, the landscape and the weather, and most of its wise and wondrous observations are gleaned from the author’s rambles around the English countryside. . . It’s a paean to the beauty and majesty of nature, especially the nature we overlook in our back gardens and local parks. And so, amid the botany and zoology and meteorology there are snatches of pure poetry. . . And like all the best books, it makes the world around you a lot more interesting.’

The Spectator

“What’s wonderful about this book is not just that it is full of helpful instructions for decoding the numerous clues the Earth provides to its workings – from the flick of a lizard’s tail to a flutter in a bramble hedge. Through a careful choice of language – which manages to bring a romance to scientific vocabulary and practical advice – Gooley also communicates and inspires a joyful awe in the countless daily occurrences which offer observant travellers a key to the planet’s miraculous system.” 

The Big Issue

Gooley’s approach is a refreshing alternative to the encyclopaedic-style of many nature books. Instead, he focuses on broader patterns and rules, with enthusiasm. ‘Very little in our surroundings is random,’ he writes, ‘and with a little practice we can learn to sense things that we may find astonishing.’

Geographical Magazine

“A captivating guide to finding one’s way in the wild.”

— The Wall Street Journal

In Tristan’s words:

“A sixth sense outdoors is not something mystical or new age. It is expert intuition.

When we practice noticing certain patterns, signs and clues outdoors, there comes a moment when our brain will take a shortcut. When this happens we sense something without consciously thinking about it.

I call the signs that allow us to redevelop this ability the ‘keys’ as they help unlock this ancient skill.

It can feel magical when we experience it for ourselves.”

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Published in the UK on May 17th 2018.

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🇺🇸 Published in the US in November, as The Nature Instinct.