Whew! Finally have some time for more than bare-bones internets stuff! So, hi! Some of you know me, some don't, so here's an intro.
I'm Lupa, and I currently am settled into Portland, OR, land of greenspace and damned liberals (of which I am one). I am a graduate student working on a M.S. in counseling psychology with an emphasis on ecopsychology, and an author of several books
on pagan and magical topics, including totemism. I share my home with my husband, teriel
, and our two kitties, Sun Ce and Ember
As far as shamanic practice goes, I have been developing my own neoshamanic practice, Therioshamanism
, for the past year and change. A good bit of it is based on the most effective parts of my more general pagan practice over the past decade-plus, particularly my work with animal magic. However, a lot of the ecopsychology material is weaving itself in as well--I see ecopsych as animism for the Western mindset. It is most decidedly not traditional shamanism, in that I have no connections with any indigenous culture. However, it is also not based on core shamanism, that which was first described by Michael Harner in The Way of the Shaman
, and which permeates most of the practical guides on modern shamanism.
As with the bulk of my path, it is primarily based on my experiences. However, I have recently taken on a small group of students who I will be teaching the general context and parameters of therioshamanism. Once they've completed their initial training, we will continue to meet regularly to compare notes, troubleshoot, as for support for complex rituals, etc. However, we won't be a "shamanic circle"; practice will be done on one's own time, and meeting up will be more informational/note trading/etc.