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New Paths to Animal Totems: Three Alternative Approaches to Creating Your Own Totemism |
Author: Lupa [a Witchvox Sponsor]
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Category: Animal magic/shamanism Level: All
Explore three new personalized approaches to animal totemism unlike the usual totem dictionary full of stereotypical meanings. This comprehensive guide gives you a fresh perspective on the foundations, theories, and practices of totemism.
New Paths to Animal Totems presents three unique models of totem work, letting you experiment and blend them into your own spiritual practice. The Correspondence Model enables you to use directions, elements, and more to create your own totemic cosmology. In the Bioregional Model, you’ll focus on the local physical and spiritual ecosystems of where you live. Totemism in the Archetypal Model represents aspects of your personality, psyche, and experience.
Each model provides new techniques for exploring totem work, whether you’re a beginner or want to invigorate your existing practice. You’ll also develop strong relationships and engage in meaningful conversations with your personal animal spirits. Use this essential guidebook to bring strength, wisdom, healing, and positive change to your life with hands-on rituals, meditations, and much more.
Author's Notes: 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!
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