Well, the first thing I have to say is hello. I'm slashmarks; the name was actually picked when I was half asleep and staring at a cut, so it doesn't actually have anything to do with my claws, but it still feels oddly appropriate, so I think I'll keep it.
I'm a cat person. I'm not really sure what kind of cat I am, though it's almost certainly small one, since I'm skittish most of the time and much more nervous in strange territory. I don't have a lot figured out, but for the past few days I've been reading and thinking and writing things down; the description of my behavior sounds like a cat, and descriptions I've read of being cat person seem so familiar I grin the whole time I'm reading them, so I'm going with that unless and until something contradicts it.
I am new to the community and wish to be known as Aeó. I have friends, like family to me, who are therian as well and we have formed a pack over the years. I am a sea lion- that I didn't expect when I found myself. Others thought me to be the Arctic wolf. But it feels so true; I feel truly named. As I assumed the possibility, I kept recognizing so many connections that it felt like they were being thrown at me.
I knew I was different, but I passed it off as me being the human gaining the qualities of the wolf therian who I see as none other than my sister. You are what you hang with, and she and I found that to be true not too long ago. I was more than just a human. I guess you could say humanimal.
My therianthropy is the reason I made this journal. I want to find others who share in this. Also, I want to find other sea lions. I can't be the only one.
It seems I should want to let you know about me...
I need family, and I have family. For it I could not be more happy.
Also, I must please, and I always try to be as selfless as I can be. It is what gives me worth. I must make others happy. If I knowingly cause pain, I feel it too. I guess that means I'm helping both of us.
I am an artist with anything I have at hand, mostly pencil; I am a writer more oriented to poetry; I am a linguist and love to delve into all a can, but I mostly love to construct my own languages; and, most importantly to me, I am a musician. I love making music but believe most of my heart lies in the piano.
I will say more as my journal advances further, so others outside of my pack will know me...
Until next time,
- Current Mood: determined
I consider my therianthropy to be predominantly mental and psychological, although I find it possible to have a spiritual cause. I shift, and it's mostly of phantom limbs and slight shades of a different perception. I've learned some interesting things about lions. Some good, some bad (or at least annoying). I've felt reactions to other lions without even having that cat identify himself. I consider it a fluke, but it was still interesting to experience.
I could go further, but at this point I think I might have covered most of the basics. If anything, the only thing I feel I should add is that I'm a pretty friendly guy, up for almost any kind of conversation. If you have any questions, please ask. I'd be happy to answer as best I can. :)
- Current Mood: calm
So I took sometime to find myself. Did a little research to find out who and what I am in this community. Thanks to some of you on here and others from other LJ communities, I had a plethera of links for research.
Kamali is my nickname, at least my online nickname but if you would prefer to address me as Niki that is fine too. Again thank you for your help in my journey!
- Current Mood: rejuvenated
I just wanted to make a post thanking those who have given me links and info that will help me in getting closer to finding out what I am. I almost feel a little lost but I'm sure I will find the answer. I am going to take quite a bit of time in finding all this out. So if you don't see me on here that much, I'll still be here. But I think I'm going to take some time away from the communities while I try and sort all this out. Once I get it all together I'll let you guys now. I'm going to do a lot of self reflecting and research. Thanks again. I'll be checking in for new comments just in case someone has different links or other information I can use.
- Current Mood: contemplative
Hello there, Niki here...Kamali is the wolf. I just created this LJ today and decided to go hunting through the interests and groups to see if they had any of mine and I stumbled across this...and many others. I'm glad that there are quite a few communities on here where I can be myself.
Ever since I was little I had an affinaty for wolves. I would read books about them all the time, I even called myself Nicole K Wolfy J in the second grade....seriously that what I put on my papers. I even have an old drawing I did then of me with wolves, I also adopted a wolf from the Sawtooth pack. When in elementry school I would crawl around pretending to be a wolf. Back then I never even heard of a Therian until just last year I believe. I have always felt that there was another part of me that was wolf, even before I knew what it meant. When I dream sometimes I would see myself as a white wolf as they have always been my favorite. Last year I can across a group on myspace and they had a description of each type and I about jumped for joy when I came across Therian! I finally felt like I had found someplace were I belonged and wouldn't be looked at as a weirdo. Before, Kamali was just "my white wolf" as I called her, now she has a name.
I hope that I will be able to meet others and make new friends in the Therian community! *howls*
- Current Mood: chipper
I consider myself to definitively be a wolf therian, although I could not tell you anything about having a distinct moment in which I suddenly was aware of being an animal-person. It was always just a part of me, even if I didn't have a name for it. When I was little and still knew nothing of wolves, I would dream of what I perceived as pointy-eared dogs with fluffy tails curling up around me, and these dreams comforted me when I was the most frightened or upset. On long car trips I stared out the window of the vehicle, and imagined myself running over hillsides for hours as one of these "dogs". I never played house with my elementary school friends unless I got to be the protective dog, bounding up and down the stairs on all fours because it was the one location where my four limbs moved as they aught. Therian was a term that came later, discovered first by my best friend and spiritual-sister. It didn't change who I was, but instead meant that there were other people who still, as adults, had moments when their mind was more animal than human, people who had instincts they couldn't entirely fulfill. It meant that I wasn't crazy for being what I had always been, and that there were people who understood what I meant when I said that I felt like Wolf "is a major part of who I am." Then, as I spent time trying to pinpoint the exact creature which matched my inner self, I was able to learn more of the details of that Self, and discover more about who I truly was as an individual. It was an incredibly enlightening, strengthening process for me.
I have strongly identified with red wolf (canis rufus) for a number of years now. I'm currently in the process of doing more research in order to make sure that this is still the best fit for my animal-side, as I was previously unaware of a number of very unique subspecies of canis lupus, each which differs slightly from the others in regards to size, prey, coat-texture, pack-dynamics, and physical location. I look forward to continuing my personal search to better learn about myself while getting to know all of you through your writings and discussions.
- Current Mood: calm
I live with a lot of reptiles, practice no religion, and have a spiritual relationship with both my therioside and with the Nile crocodile, who is a totem for me. It's nice to meet you, especially if there are any other mustelids out there. :)
- Current Mood: cheerful