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I just listed this nice lot of gray wolf fur scraps--mostly jaw and eye pieces--over at my Storenvy shop! They are left over from larger projects of mine, and are from Alaskan and Canadian wolves which are NOT endangered. They’re in great condition and would be excellent for crafts, spiritual use, etc. You can see them and other fuzzy things at
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This is your last chance to get a copy of my next book, Nature Spirituality From the Ground Up, for free!

Over at my Patreon account, the Book of the Month Patron package at $25 ($35 for international folks) is going to change next month! it is currently six months until my next book, Nature Spirituality from the Ground Up, comes out. Currently, Patrons at that level receive one of my books a month until, after seven months they have all of the books pictured. They will also receive a free copy of Nature Spirituality From the Ground Up when it comes out in January 2016.

Starting on August 1, 2015, the package will change. Patrons who remain at that level for eight months will get one of my current books, to include Nature Spirituality From the Ground Up, per month. And at the end of eight months, I will be adding their name to a special preorder list; people on that list will end up getting a free copy of my next book (NOT including the Tarot of Bones deck and book), even if they are no longer my Patron when it comes out. For sake of transparency, I do not currently have another book contracted, but I have one manuscript I'm shopping around and a proposal I'm about to write, so I'm not about to retire as an author. And hey--whatever it'll be and whenever it shows up, it'll be absolutely free!

So sign up as my Patron in the Book of the Month package ($25 U.S., $35 international) by July 31, 2015, and get in on the free copy of Nature Spirituality From the Ground Up while you can!

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I’ve been on something of a mask-making tear as of late, and I just listed sixteen new fox and coyote masks on my Etsy shop, of which the above four are just a sample. Some of these are colors I rarely ever get in and can’t reliably obtain, so if you see it and like it, better buy it!
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I've gotten over 5,000 sales on Etsy--woohoo! To celebrate, I'm giving away not one, but four fabulous prizes! More information here: (and no, you don't need a Tumblr account to enter!)
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Hey, all--long time no see!

Just wanted to drop in and let you know about Curious Gallery PDX, a new dead-critter-related event I'm organizing for February 1-2, 2014 in Portland, OR. From the official website:

Long before public museums became a feature of many cities, private citizens in Europe and elsewhere formed their own extensive collections of scientific specimens and cultural artifacts meant to educate and inspire their beholders. A longtime collector of natural history specimens, Portland artist and author Lupa wanted to increase awareness and appreciation of wunderkammern (“wonder cabinets”), or cabinets of curiosity, and their eclectic contents. Curious Gallery is the result, a weekend of exhibits, presentations, hands-on workshops, and special programming for lovers of taxidermy, natural wonders, and strange treasures old & new.

We're looking for exhibitors, art for the art show, panels and hands-on workshops, and more--and, of course, interested attendees! The site has more info, and if you want to preregister to get the early bird registration rates, so much the better. Head over to the official website for more info.
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I know I don't really post here any more due to time constraints, but since LJ was so central to my writing of A Field Guide to Otherkin in the first place (and a lot of DW people are LJ refugees), I figured I should post this here. Here's the relevant post over on Therioshamanism explaining everything.

ETA; Broken link fixed!
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Hey, Portlanders and those in the region—the Rose City Steampunk Film Festival has gone to TWO days this year, Sat. Feb 16 and Sun. Feb 17! You can see some of the films they’re showing here on the official website:
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Hey, folks! The Skin Spirits workshops from last night and today are now archived on YouTube, and I'm announcing the next round of workshops: On Feb 8 and 9, I'll be leading a guided meditation to find an animal totem, via Livestream, with a Q&A and discussion session included :) More info at
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A caveat to start with: No matter how well a writer writes something, inevitably someone will misinterpret what they were trying to say. Such is the limitation of language. In that spirit, allow me to make one thing very, very clear before this essay even starts: I am not equating hard polytheism with religious fundamentalism. I am concerned that because of certain patterns I have seen among some, not all, hard polytheists, that this may, not necessarily will, in the future give rise to a form of pagan religious fundamentalism. Additionally, the “You’re wrong, I’m right” attitude that I’m observing is not limited to debates regarding polytheism, but other areas of paganism as well, and any of these could also give rise to a form of fundamentalism given the right circumstances. Polytheism happens to be the topic of the moment which finally gave me a chance to voice some concerns about fundamentalism in paganism that I’ve been chewing on a while. There. Now that I’ve said that, feel free to proceed.

I’ve been watching the recent discussion on several pagan blogs concerning hard polytheism, “bringing back the gods”, and so forth with some interest. I admit that the older I get, the more I am moving toward a more pantheistic viewpoint, with a good dash of humanism as well. It’s not that I discount the existence of the Divine, spirits, and so forth, but that my experiences with them simply haven’t led me to adopt a hard polytheistic view (and anyway, I tend more toward totems and nature spirits than gods).

So that obviously colors my perspective on all this. I don’t have a stake in the proven reality of deities as independent entities, but neither does it bother me that some people do. What concerns me is the possibility of the rise of pagan religious fundamentalism. (Yes, I know there are polytheists dropping the term “pagan” from their experience because they associate it with Things That We Aren’t, but for the purposes of my discussion, polytheists are still pagan, in part so I don’t have to keep writing pagans/polytheists over and over.) Fundamentalism as a concept was originally described in certain areas of Protestantism in the early 1900s. These people had a very strict and literal interpretation of their religion, and today “fundamentalism” is often used to describe any of a number of religious perspectives that hold similar, inflexible views on God(s) and the way humans are supposed to act.

There are a lot of pagans (and other people, but let’s stick to pagans for now) who have had bad experiences as a result of fundamentalism, usually of the Christian variety. The community is full of stories of people growing up in strictly religious households and being treated pretty poorly for the mistake of exploring new beliefs. These could range from having their pagan religious tools and effects taken from them and destroyed, to being assaulted or thrown out of the home. Adult pagans have lost jobs, homes, and children due to religious persecution. Pagan prisoners are routinely denied access to religious materials and clergy, and it’s rare for a pagan clergyperson to be asked to lead a prayer in a civic setting where such things still occur. While Christian fundamentalists proper were not always the opposition in these cases, the attitudes of fundamentalism tend to leak out into the wider cultural consciousness (I’ll talk more about that in a minute).

With these consequences of fundamentalism in mind, it seems strange to see echoes of them in paganism. Yes, of course there’s the fact that people often subconsciously emulate the behavior patterns they were raised around, but surely that can’t be the source of every single instance of “You’re wrong, I’m right!” in paganism. And while not every one of those “I’m right!” instances constitutes fundamentalism, the long-standing tendency for some pagans to tell others “You’re doing it wrong!” seems to be heading closer to fundamentalism to a troubling degree. And so while I don’t want to point at any single claim of “hard polytheism is the best and only way!” as fundamentalist, because of the general trend I do want to put forth a warning against the dangers of falling prey to fundamentalist stances. Allow me to present a few points for consideration.

Read the rest here.
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Alright, since I had such a good turnout for my first set of free video workshops this past weekend, I've got another pair queued up! This time I'll be talking about skin spirits and working with animal parts in spirituality and art. As before, there'll be two time slots to choose from:

Friday, January 18, 2013, 7:00pm Pacific Standard Time

Saturday, January 19, 2013, 11:00am Pacific Standard Time

Here's a time converter you can use to determine what 7pm/11am PST would be at your time zone. You don't need to sign up anywhere, just make sure you have a Livestream account and show up! And, again, I'll upload versions to my YouTube channel. Also, I'll be doing some practice runes to make sure that I get all the technical bugs worked out, to include making damned sure I can find the chat this time :P

Here's more info on what I'll be covering: )
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And here's this morning's version of the Introduction to Totemism video workshop, which I've edited and added to YouTube! You can also see the original at (for some reason both last night's and today's session ended up on that page). Yesterday's may also be found at that link, or on YouTube at .

I'll have info on the next set of workshops on Monday or Tuesday; they should be held later this month, probably at the same times on a Friday evening and Saturday morning. And thanks again to everyone who tuned in to my first foray into video workshops--the feedback's been appreciated!
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Yes, the Pagan Book Reviews blog at is still going after six years! After the recent revival and additional reviewers late last year, we're starting to get some new reviews up! Here's the newest batch:

Reading Egyptian Art by Richard Wilkinson -
Following the Sun by Sharon LaBorde -
El Brujo by Thomas Gerard -
The Priests of Ancient Egypt by Sauneron, Lorton and Corteggiani -
Eternal Egypt by Richard Reidy -
Abydos by David O’Connor -
Nature-Speak by Ted Andrews -

While we have a group of regular reviewers, if you would like to submit a guest review there's information at
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Hey, folks!

I am hosting two FREE sessions of my Introduction to Animal Totemism workshop in January! The workshops will be held on Livestream, where you can participate either via video or chat. Here are the relevant dates and times (the links also have more relevant information):

Friday, January 4, 2013, 7pm PST
Saturday, January 5, 2013, 11am PST

You can sign up for either time slot; if you aren't sure what time it'll be where you are, here's a good time conversion tool. I deliberately am offering two different times in the hopes this will allow some of the folks outside of the US to join in!

More info about the workshop content )
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Just wanted to drop a quick note that my newest book is here at Casa de Lupa! New Paths to Animal Totems: Three Alternative Approaches to Creating Your Own Totemism is published via Llewellyn, and is geared toward a general audience. There's plenty to help beginners get started exploring, but I also included a lot of material of interest to more experienced practitioners. And those who have been awesome enough to be supporting me over the years by buying my other works, never fear--this is hardly a rehash of the older books!

Preorders went out early this morning, but I still have copies on hand if you want to order now :) Here's where you'll find the ordering info!
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Quick bit o' news--

In case you haven't heard, I'm the new administrator/editor for No Unsacred Place! I'm still writing there, of course. I just published this bit of good news about the return of the gray wolf to Oregon. And there are a bunch of new writers there, so expect lots of good content in the weeks and months (and years!) to come!

For those of you on Facebook, here's the fan page for No Unsacred Place. And while I'm mentioning Facebook, here's the fan page for the Green Wolf, with updates about my art, books, etc. :) I'll still try and keep in touch here, of course, but these are good for quick, short-form link sharing and such.
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Just did my 2nd run after a two month hiatus. Ran 5k with only ~150 yds of walking on uphills, and no walking at all til the halfway point. Wednesday's run was disastrous. Fell & skinned my knee, then got lost in my sister's suburb because it got dark & all the houses look alike. Though I did 5k Wednesday, too, just with a LOT more walking. Good to know I can still kick out 5k after two months of no running at all.
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Hey, Seattle-area/Washington-in-general peeps--[personal profile] snowcoma's mom's kitties need an emergency foster space as their current location fell through due to unexpected cat allergies! Can anyone temporarily take on two adorable kitties?
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Copypasta of a comment I made elsewhere that's relevant to today, it being Veteran's/Remembrance Day. There are the usual grumblings about "Let's not glorify war, let's focus on peace!" and using that as an excuse to try to turn the meaning of today completely away from its original purpose. So, my original comment:

It's easy to sit and say "They shouldn't have enlisted, they should have been brave enough for pacifism" when you were able to make other choices they didn't get to have. Here in the US, at least, many of the soldiers, especially those who AREN'T officers, went into the military because it was the only option that paid them better than minimum wage with good health care and guaranteed housing. A lot of them come from low income households, didn't have the privilege of a college education, and some are supporting the families that raised them with money they got from enlisting. And in this economy, the bad job market has made enlisting a more appealing option for more people, because in their minds at least it's better than nothing. If you have had choices other than dead-end jobs or the military, count yourself fortunate. For some people this was the only way out of starving on a McDonald's wage or getting health care for a spouse with a chronic medical condition (remember how utterly screwed up the American health "care" system is?)

Anyway, Veterans/Remembrance Day isn't about war. It's about remembering those who died in the line of duty. It's a day to honor the fact that there are millions of people who, just since WWI, have been permanently removed from this world fighting in wars they didn't start, and often didn't expect to be involved in. War sucks and I don't agree with it, but today is not a day to focus on war. It's a day to honor the dead, a military-specific Samhain if you will. People enlisted and fought for all sorts of reasons, and I feel it's disrespectful to those who fell to say "Oh, I'm just going to focus on the peacemakers instead". How many of those who died wished they could have been peacemakers instead, but had to go to war to feed their families? Mile in their combat boots and all that.

And lest we forget, here in the U.S. it's ALSO a day to honor those veterans who still *live*. Given that so many have wounds--many invisible--from their experiences, to focus on pacifism as a deliberate snub is even more of a slap in the face. Yes, pacifism, but not at the expense of those who had to make choices you may never have to face in your life.
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