DIY Totemism


Immanion Press/Megalithica Books, 2008
208 pages

From the author of the groundbreaking work Fang and Fur, Blood and Bone: A Primal Guide to Animal Magic comes a new work that redefines the modern concept of animal totemism. Free from totemic dictionaries and encyclopedias, streamlined without tons of prefabricated spells and rituals, DIY Totemism: Your Personal Guide to Animal Totems is the ultimate guide to a personal relationship with totem animals.

There are some familiar topics for those who have read the earlier book; totemism, of course, was a featured topic, and in this new work I delve even deeper between the potential interaction between therianthropy and totemism. However, you’ll also find out how to use legal entheogens like caffeine and alcohol in conjunction with totemism, how to work magic to aid totems and their physical representatives, and how to make a deck of totem cards that will literally get you in touch with the totem of any animal species. Best of all, rather than relying on yet another animal dictionary with someone else’s interpretations, there are exercises at the end of every chapter designed to help you compose your own dictionary for your personal use.

While a basic working knowledge of magic and totemism is helpful, DIY Totemism is written in an approachable fashion. Solid research and proper citation methods are paired with thorough practical results showing my work, and rather than being a dogmatic guide to what you should and shouldn’t do, I provide you with tools you can integrate into your own practice. The table of contents tells you more of what to look forward to:

Foreword by S. Kelley Harrell

Chapter One: Rant On! Some of the Problems With Neopagan Totemism
Chapter Two: Starting At the Source
Chapter Three: Some Totems You May Not Have Considered
Chapter Four: The Last Totem Card Deck You’ll Ever Need
Chapter Five: Everyday Totemic Work
Chapter Six: Animal Totems and Chemognosis
Chapter Seven: Therianthropy and Totemism
Chapter Eight: Magical Shapeshifting With Totems
Chapter Nine: Ask Not What Your Totem Can Do For You…
Chapter Ten: Creating Your Own Totemic System

Afterword: The Future of Neopagan Totemism

Appendix A: Animal-Friendly Nonprofit Organizations
Appendix B: Are We Just Splitting Hairs? (Therianthropy and Totemism)
Appendix C: Shamanic Journeying and the Totem by Ravenari
Appendix D: Working With Extinct Species by Paleo
Appendix E: An Introduction to Therioshamanism
Appendix F: My Frank Appraisals of Totemic Literature



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An autographed copy of DIY Totemism: Your Personal Guide to Animal Totems is available for $21.99 plus priority shipping in the U.S.

An autographed copy of DIY Totemism: Your Personal Guide to Animal Totems is available for $21.99 plus media shipping in the U.S.

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