My Five Favorite Shape Shifter Animals
White Tiger and the cat family – there’s just something very sexy about sleek, muscular cats on the prowl. Quick, ferocious, independent, I love the idea of a man turning into a tiger. Cats in all their forms have been used universally in shamanic practices. Since Paleolithic times, the wild cat evoked sexual and physical prowess, psychic agility and stealth.
Wolf family – The werewolf is standard fare for shape shifters, and there’s a reason for it – a wolf is alpha all the way, and there’s something very appealing about the lone wolf. Before the werewolf myth was born, Egyptians worshipped the wolf-headed god Upuaut – he who opens the way. The wolf was thought of embodying the path to the moon and to opening the doors to the collective unconscious.
Bear – I’ve introduced a grizzly bear in my next shape shifter book. He’s a ferocious killer when provoked and can tear out a man’s rib cage in one swipe of his talons. A formidable power, the form is used by hunters, healers and shamans.
Snake – Snakes are portrayed as evil serpents or mystical creatures, and at one time the Snake Goddess was revered around the world. The snake is an archetype representing fertility and regeneration, and has been part of pagan rituals since the beginning of time.
Eagle and bird family – Birds with the gift of flight always fascinated me. What a different perspective we’d have of the world if we viewed it from the sky. Birds are associated with the time between the worlds – sunset or twilight. They can travel to the heavens.