Introduction to Animal Totemism Video Workshop by Lupa - 1/4/2013 version
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Here's my very first Livestream video workshop! I offered two of these, one on 4 Jan and one on 5 Jan, to give people options, especially those living in widely different time zones. So you can watch both and get more or less the same content, but the live audiences ask different questions for each session, so it's worth it to perhaps watch both!
Introduction to Animal Totemism is just what it sounds like--the basics of a neopagan (as opposed to indigenous) approach to animal totemism. I spent the first hour covering your standard material--what totems are, how to find one, how to work with a totem once you've met one, troubleshooting, meditation, etc. I also discussed some material more personal to the totemic practice I've been developing since the mid-1990s, including primary, secondary, and tertiary totems, and the Archetypal, Correspondences, and Bioregional models of animal totemism. The final half hour or so was questions from the chat audience, ranging from the difference between therianthropy and totemism, and how to work with plant totems, as well as what my weirdest or freakiest ritual experience was.
If you want to watch one of these workshops live, I hold them through Livestream; here's my profile: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/2367635
You can find out more about me, the books I've written on totemism and related topics, my ritual tools and other art, and various other things Lupa-related at http://www.thegreenwolf.com and my (neo)shamanism blog may be found at http://therioshamanism.com . The guided meditation I mentioned with the bit.ly address can be also found at http://therioshamanism.com/2007/09/28/more-about-animal-totems/
And if you have any questions, to include about content in the video, please feel free to leave questions in the comments and I'll get to them as quickly as I can. Thanks!