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Feb. 2nd, 2009


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Two new book reviews:

The Shamanic Witch by Gail Wood

The Art of Shapeshifting by Ted Andrews

Click the links to read the reviews!

Oct. 14th, 2008



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/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.

So, hi!

Oct. 12th, 2008

The Hermetic Dog - Conjuring



Greetings to everyone who joined so far! I'll write my own introduction a bit later (I'm currently dealing with a bit of an eye injury that's making reading and typing a bit bothersome!), but don't hold back, everyone feel free to introduce yourselves, get comfortable and start posting.

Also, feel free to pass this community along to anyone else who might be interested...although this community is moderated membership, I'm moretheless approving everyone who applies unless they happen to have a history with trolling, or are one of those spambots that randomly add people.

If anyone has any questions, suggestions or feedback in the meantime, feel free to comment or email.

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