The Green Wolf

My ask box is open. I answer most questions privately, unless it's something that other people may be wondering about AND it's not something personal about the person asking. Feel free to ask me stuff about nature, working with animal parts in art and spirituality, paganism, ethical omnivory, sustainability and environmentalism, and so forth.

Be aware that this Tumblr frequently includes pictures of art made with animal remains, as well as occasional left-leaning political ideologies. Mostly it's nature photography and art (and not just of charismatic megafauna).

Artist, author, naturalist pagan, and wannabe polymath living in the Pacific Northwe(s)t.


I discovered neopaganism in the mid-1990s, and shortly thereafter began my work with animal totems and neoshamanism. Over the years I've wandered through various paths, ranging from Wicca-flavored neopaganism to Chaos magic, and for several few years I created (and followed) Therioshamanism, a post-industrial neo-shamanic path. These days I've relaxed into a more integrated ecopaganism, less about rituals and journeying, and more about the sacred in every moment.

I've also been creating various neopagan ritual tools and other sacred art from hides, bones, beads and other such things since about the same time. And I've written several nonfiction books on totemism, animal magic, and related topics. My newest book is "Plant and Fungus Totems: Connect With Spirits of Field, Forest and Garden"..

A few places to find me, as I'm all over the internet:


http://www.thegreenwolf.com
http://thegreenwolf.etsy.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenWolfLupa
www.patheos.com/blogs/pathsthroughtheforests/
http://www.patreon.com/user?u=224084

honeymew asked you: Hiya Lupa! I’m trying to figure something out: aside of the typical communicating and dancing, are there any bonding exercises I can do with my skin spirits? I know that dancing and communicating are important and require much discipline, but they get hard to do after the first hour x.x Any ideas? :P Thanks!

These are very good bonding exercises, and they’re good active ones. However, sometimes one of the best ways to bond is sleep. I know a lot of people who sleep with their hides piles on their beds, for example. Even skin spirits like to snuggle. It may be necessary to put some of them, such as bones, next to the bed, like on a nightstand. But it’s the close proximity that counts. Some people are even visited by the skin spirits in their sleep! I have had the spirits in the skulls and hides that stay in our bedroom visit me in dreams. Usually it’s just in passing, but sometimes there are longer conversations.

In the same way, carrying or wearing animal parts is another form of proximity. That’s part of why so many people wear fox and other real animal tails—to have a piece of their totem or guiding spirit or chosen symbol close to them, and the spirit within that tail. I’ve also known people to carry or wear entire hides with them, though this is less common. And there’s also jewelry which incorporates small bits of bone or teeth or other small remains. So if there’s a way to carry the remains with you in a way that works, even just around your home, that can also just be a way for you to spend time with the spirits.

Let me know what you think of these ideas :)

  1. nonhumanquotes said: Oh, snuggles with a skin spirit sound wonderful. <3 Wish I was able to sleep with a swan or goose skin…
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