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Artist, author, (neo)shaman, and wannabe polymath living in the Pacific Northwe(s)t.
Creator of Curious Gallery, a two-day arts festival celebrating the wunderkammer revival in Portland, OR on February 1-2, 2014. Details at http://www.curiousgallerypdx.com.
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, but for the past few years I've been creating Therioshamanism, a post-industrial neo-shamanic path. 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 next book is "Plant and Fungus Totems: Connect With Spirits of Field, Forest and Garden", due out from Llewellyn in May 2014.
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huushiita asked: Lupa, I come to you to ask this question! I found a feather on the ground of the parking lot that we had parked in. I had picked it up, intending to clean it with soap and water. The parents literally freaked, and dad yelled at me until I threw it back out of the car. They were carrying on about diseases, and I just want to know ... if you find a feather, how do you, personally, take it home so that you don't get sick/infected.
Assuming it’s legal (most wild bird feathers are illegal to possess in the US, other countries vary) I would just put a plastic ziploc bag inside-out over my hand, pick up the feather, then wrap the bag around the feather properly and zip it up. Put it in the freezer for a couple of weeks to kill off any mites and germs (though if your folks were that freaked out the freezer thing may not be an option). Then clean with a mild detergent and water.
Most feathers aren’t going to be huge germ spreaders; if you’re in an area currently affected by West Nile Virus or a similar infection you’ll probably want to leave feathers of commonly affected species alone. Biggest concern is going to be mites, and again that can be fixed with the freezer.
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