A beloved vendor and artisan at FaerieCon and Faeriworlds, Lupa joins our programming slate at FaereiCon West in Seattle this February to promote her new boook: “New Paths to Animal Totems: Three Alternative Approaches to Creating Your Own Totemism.”
“If you’ve never thought of yourself in animal terms, take the time to do so now. If you were going to be any other animal, what might it be? Spend some time reading about animals around the world, watch some documentaries, and otherwise immerse yourself in finding out about the great diversity of beings on this planet. Do any of them remind you of yourself?” – Lupa
Lupa is an author, hide and bone artisan, and sustainability geek living in Portland Oregon. She is the author of several titles on neoshamanic/neopagan topics, most recently New Paths to Animal Totems: Three Alternative Approaches to Creating Your Own Totemism. When she isn’t transforming critter bits into ritual tools, or typing furiously at a computer, she may be found hiding out in the wilderness surrounding the city, picking up other people’s litter, and planning to finally use that Master’s degree in counseling psychology she got a while back.
“I’ve written a great deal for people of an intermediate to advanced experience level, but this time I’m offering something for a more general audience, to include people who may never have even heard of totems before! I’ve taken my totemic practice of 15 years and broken it out into three different working models of animal totemism. The Correspondences Model takes the idea of totems of the four directions further, explaining how to mesh animal totems with any of a number of personalized correspondence systems, whether pre-existing or self-created. The Archetypal Model draws on Jung’s original conception of archetypes as symbolic expressions of internal impulses and instincts, linking the internal landscape with external animals as living symbols. The Bioregional Model connects people to the totems of their local area, as well as the Land itself.
To give readers, especially those new to totemism, some guidance, I’ve offered a variety of exercises, meditations, and ritual ideas to play with along with the theory. And to illustrate the material further, there are examples seeded throughout the text. However, as with all my books, there’s plenty for the more experienced practitioner to play with, and none of it is strictly “by the book”, as it were. AND, for those of you who have read my previous works, there’s plenty of new material and ideas to work with!
So whether you’re a first-time reader of mine, or you’ve read my previous work, I’d be curious as to what you think of this newest endeavor!”