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Nov. 4th, 2008 | 09:01 pm
location: Homish
mood: awake
posted by: tempest_storm in thepride

Well this is a long time in coming... and only because well, I'm pruning my friends list and such.

My name is tempest. I live in Australia. I'm a black panther, and have known of my... "difference" for as long as I can remember.. (kinder/pre-school/primary school). When I was growing up I found that because of my... behavior and general feline... inclinations, I was initially shunned by my "peers", and quickly found that "acting" the way every one else was was a quick way to acceptance. I got moved from the school that i was at as the "damage" had been done there, and got to start fresh.

From that point, it took a very long time to try and figure out if I was crazy or not. I guess you could say that with out the "human model" of how you should "behave" I would be a very different person. It was a blessing that I had access to the internet at an early age, not that there was overtly much on the subject at that time... I have become heartened to find more and more people online who share the same experiences as myself, and have even met a fair few therians in real life. I'm my time i have experienced full mental shifts, and to this day always have feelings of phantom limbs... some times to the point where I simply cant wear shoes and the like as they hurt my "paws".

I have a very understanding girlfriend who is very used to the mental shifts, and does in fact encourage me to "just be me" which is a blessing that I'm forever thankful for. I consider myself Pagan in belief and enjoy the seasonal holidays very much. I have a very strong love for music, which I also play and write and love simply to sit and play music with friends over a good drink.

There is a little on me.


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Blackcats & Broomsticks (sorry for X-posting)

Mar. 12th, 2007 | 12:55 pm
posted by: lawless_lawyer in thepride

Hi there,

For those of you that don't know my business partner and I run a pagan/wiccan store in South western sydney. We are in the process of making or first few major orders. We will be stocking the following things to name a few.

- Candles
- Wiccan/Pagan books
- Robes and ritual wear
- Tarot cards
- Stick incense
- Herbs and resins
- Jewellery
- Meditation mats

We were thinking that since we are about to order a good portion of things such as the above, we would like to hear from anyone who needs supplies so that we can get it through on our first orders and you don't have to wait until the physical shop front is open (just waiting on Council now). So please drop me message, let me know what you want and we will get it through on our first orders for you.



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Intro thing

Dec. 8th, 2006 | 01:48 pm
posted by: _shadoweyes_ in thepride

You know I only realised I had been confirmed as part of this community when I came to update my user profile since it was over a year out of date and therefore awfully inaccurate...anyway the above ramble is my poor reason for not posting this introduction sooner!

Well I go by the name of ShadowEyes online but the name my parents landed my with is Suzi. I am 18 years old from Manchester in the UK and currently studying a biology degree.
I have known myself to be feline for a long time, waaay before I know there was a term for it. I accepted myself as I was from a young age (as a crazy tomboy with a warped sense of humour and a feline turn of mind) and didn't bother to look any deeper into my kittyness until I stumbled across a therian site around 2 years ago and triggered the obligatory 'o-kay...there's a word for it?' reaction.

So I finally decided to get off my butt and actually do some serious introspection for curiosities sake. I consider myself to be felinehuman with little distinction between the two I can never truly separate the two aspects of myself because I only experience the world in one way- as myself feline and human simultaneously one and the other however I notice myself thinking or acting in a more / less feline way if I'm actively looking for the difference, though I'm not fond of the analogy the 'sliding scale' idea helps put my beliefs into perspective, I slide along from more or less human more or less feline depending on my mood, environment, company and current situation. For example I act and think in a more feline way if I am under stress or in a situation that requires swift decisive action rather than thinking everything to death in a rational human way. I occasionally experience strong and very noticeable M-shifts due to one or more of the above reasons or sometimes for no reason at all!
As far as wereside/theriotype/pheno (I use all of these terms interchangeably)I suppose I consider myself a cladotherianthrope in that I feel a 'connection' (for lack of a better word) with pretty much all felines which fits in nicely with my ideas about the fluidity of the soul, i.e. since I am not actually a feline in body there is no reason my soul/mindset should be rigidly stuck to one form when felines are all fairly closely related. However I do identify strongly with the Bengal Tiger and African Leopard, my identification with Tiger came first followed by leopard around a year later. Both aspects were there all along but I only started to differentiate between the two when I put my mind to it, so to speak.

So, yeah…that’s me. Pleasure to meet you all!

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New Info

Nov. 18th, 2006 | 02:07 am
posted by: nightshade11 in thepride

I learned something new about big cats. In fact it's new to everyone, scientist just now figured it out.

Big cats do not strangle prey are previously thought. Instead the canines go around the esophagus and gently pinch closed the arteries feeding the brain. Thus the bite uses much less force and the prey quits struggling alot faster. This is the case with big prey. With small prey they use greater force to simply crush the spinal column.

But it's interesting. Cats are masters of conserving force and energy. Using precision and only light force they can bring down enormous prey. It's something that I, and other cats, should remember. I know it's easy for my human side to get stressed out and my cat side suffers extra for it. (espeically if I can't sleep) I have never, ever seen one of my own cats stressed out (vet visits aside). One of my cats is a master of keeping her cool. She can fall asleep during hail storms. They always remind me that a cat should use only as much force as needed to complete something and then let it go. Thanks to that thought I've picked up Taoist philosophy again. It may be useful to other feline shifters. I'm not perfect at it, but I've always got my kitties to remind me to slow down and let go.

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Okay, I'll bite

Nov. 16th, 2006 | 12:19 am
posted by: nightshade11 in thepride

I'll share then.

My very first full on mental shift was rather frightening. Like I said I've always been very integrated, but I did have this strong shift happen way back. I can't even remember what triggered it. But it came on in such an overwhelming way that I couldn't even walk on two legs. My animal side fully took over and under it my human mind was panicking. Luckily I was home alone. I paced the house on all fours, mostly wandering some times running, making growling/grunty noises, sniffing about and pawing at things as if I'd never been there. I remained this way for a good 20 minutes before it slowly receeded. It scared me so much, because I'd never just lost control, that I really thought I was going crazy. It wasn't until later in life, when I studied therianthropy, that I got a grip on what happened.

I still get strong mental shifts, but I can control them. Usually I can cancel them if I need to, but if I can't I try to go off and be alone. Having my black leopard side so close to the surface, I'm sure, is still giving me some problems. I recently had a psychic friend reveal to me that he had seen feline features appear in my face and it spooked him, badly. He also remarked that I seemed to his senses much more animal than human. The interesting part is that I've never discussed my therianthropy with anyone...except online with a nickname. But the way I see it, if he can notice that much, I'm sure other people can pick it up subconciously.

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Nov. 13th, 2006 | 06:53 am
mood: sleepysleepy
music: She Moves in Mysterious Ways - U2 (head)
posted by: felina_sandhya in thepride

Welcome to all of our new members, very glad to have you here.

*heh* Let's see...is there any particular thing anyone would like to discuss? Questions?

I'd certainly like to know more about others' first experiences, if you don't mind sharing.

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Nov. 11th, 2006 | 08:36 pm
posted by: killer_pyrokat in thepride

Why look at me, being all snobbish and not even bothering to introduce myself. Sorry...Hi. Just wanted to start this off by saying thanks for letting me join. I appreciate it. My phenotype seems a little difficult to isolate and pin down, but from what I can tell it's your average gray tabby cat. No sneering from the less domestic-types. House cats are just as good as a lion or a panther.
I'm still fairly new to the whole concept of therianthropy, and I'm a little skeptical about some of the things I've been reading about- but whatever. The basic principle I agree with, and that's what counts.
I go back and forth between being social and being a loner, perfering to stick to the areas of town that I know and love and consider 'mine'. Drop me in a certain neighborhood and I will know everything down to the bird-splatters on the sidewalks. Drop me in another and I'll get hopelessly lost.
My mom's a cat away from being a Crazy Cat lady, so I've been around cats my whole life. Maybe I can blame her. When I was a kid, I actively tried to be a cat, from tasting cat food to walking on the balls of my feet because that's what I heard cats did. Most of my games were animal-related games, and I always wanted to be a tiger or a lion or yer average house cat or whatever. I don't know if that constitutes for being a were, but I still feel a close connection to cats.
No, I'm not a zoo. Being a sadist who's into yaoi is enough of a fetish for me.

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Nov. 10th, 2006 | 12:33 pm
posted by: nightshade11 in thepride

Thanks for letting me join.

Okay. I'm kinda of bad at introductions. I'm Shade. My phenotype is black leopard. I've been a shifter as long as I can remember, though it took me 20+ years to understand it. My animal side has always been very close to the surface and it used to give me alot of social problems as a kid. I couldn't understand why I was so odd to the other kids. I had few friends and was rather antisocial, prefering to be left alone so I could, draw (animals), read (about animals) ect in peace. Fitting in was impossible. Even when I tried I didn't act like them and never responded quite right. I was also never a talker. Later all these traits would get me bullied, get me into fights, and generally cause me hell. (I left middle school with the nickname Cat Woman)

In high school I finally began to get a grip on what was going on after several strong mental shifts which were almost frightening. I began reading up on therianthropy and animal totemism. It was a big help. Now, those years behind me, I finally can understand and appreciate the animal side that caused me so much trouble. Leopard is still very active and close to the surface, the difference is I understand and can deal with it. I'm still kind of antisocial and it can be frustrating to friends who want me out and about when I don't feel like it. But that's okay. If I could explain it to them I would.

So, hello there. I'm here. I hope to learn more about other feline shifters during my stay. :)

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Oct. 14th, 2006 | 06:05 pm
mood: weirdweird
music: Attack on Rue Plumet - Les Mis
posted by: felina_sandhya in thepride

I've been meaning to post this for a while...but have been very busy. Anyway, this is the...vision? I have of the origin of Werelions, specifically. As to other weres, I couldn't say.

It began with a girl, as such things often do. Her clan were nomads, following the herds of animals they needed to survive. At one campsite, the clan happened to enter a lion Pride's territory. The girl was gathering edible plants one day, when there, not twenty feet in front of her, was the patriarch of the Pride. He was lying under a tree, watching her.

They stared at each other for a while, before he lazily stood and ambled in her direction. She didn't move. He came closer, until she could almost touch him. And part of her wanted to, no matter how stupid the notion was. He seemed almost to be appraising her. They stood like this a little longer, before he lazily pawed the air between them, and left.

The girl returned to her clan, but didn't tell anyone about it. She had no idea why she hadn't been eaten, and...she wanted to go back.

The next day, she went out on the pretense of gathering wood, and made her way back to the lion-tree. The whole Pride was there this time: the male, three females, and assorted cubs, hard to count due to their restless movement. The adults were lying in the shade, but all of them were watching her. The insane part of her took over, and she walked towards them. They continued to stare at her, but didn't move. Finally, she was right beside the tree, surrounded by golden bodies. She was suddenly tired, and laid down with them.

Her absence was noticed, and her father and brother went searching for her. They saw the lions, scared them off with shouting, and found the girl. They knew that something had changed, that she wasn't theirs anymore, at least not completely. They consulted the clan's wise man, who told them the girl was tainted, and had to be killed. They didn't listen to him, and treated her as normal when she returned.

But she was no longer content. Every day, she would return to the lions. Some days she wouldn't come back at all. A month passed, and no one saw her. But the Pride had a new lioness.

When she died, the magic of her transformation spread, even to others untouched by lions. They, too, possessed the human/lion soul. This was a long time ago, when magic was stronger and more literal. People could change, then (or so I believe).

When the Romans spread through Africa and Europe, they overheard the legends of the lion-people, the wolf-people, those who were neither human or animal. These were prized above all others as gladiators--instead of needing a man and a beast, they had both. The lions, were and pure, were all but slaughtered, especially in Europe. Luckily, the original lion-spirit didn't need to be transferred by blood, so it survived.

And that, my friends, is why there are so very few werelions.

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Sep. 20th, 2006 | 08:37 pm
posted by: sonne_windsoul in thepride

Hello, I go by the name Sonne (not to be confused with Sonney :P).  I have the theriotypes of Cat (likely some type of small feline), Canid (type of pack-oriented canine), and Horse, with me still continuing to search into knowing more about those aspects of me, whether it pertains to narrowing down the species for Cat or Canid, or discovering the many ways in which I live as and experience each of my theriotypes.  I came across the therianthropy community in early 2005, and became active in it in summer of that year; since then I've come to realize and learn much about my therianthropy, through introspection, time, effort, and advice and inspiritation from others at various times.  Currently, I tend to focus on writing, whether it's essays, journal entries, or other things, but there are times when I'll write poetry or prose, and I also create visual art, but I have had a down point regarding finishing my visual art for the past few years with few pieces actually done within that time; but, whenever I do become more productive in my visual art again, I intend to finally do better updating of my online art galleries.  Some more about me can be found on my LJ profile page, as also some in the "About Me" section of my website.

I recently decided to put together a collection of some of my writings, mainly therianthropic but others focused on my spirituality (what little I do actually talk about it) and a few of my poems, and allow them to be publically viewed on my own site.  So, The Sanctuary is a good place to get a better idea of my therianthropy and many things regarding it, although I don't know when I'll get more feline-focused writings up on there--just whenever the whim finally hits me again to write about my cat therianthropy more.

I tend to be horrible at coming up with topics to discuss, so I don't really have any topic ideas to make for now in order to hopefully jumpstart this board a little (maybe something will pop in my head soon :P).  But at least intros are a start.

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