About Lupa

Hey there 🙂 This is the blog I use specifically for book reviews. You can find my primary personal blog over at Therioshamanism and my Livejournal is over here. I’m also on Facebook, deviantArt, and Tumblr.

I don’t read as much as I used to due to being very busy, and I don’t have as much time to write reviews as I did years ago when I started this. Therefore I have asked a number of people in the pagan community to contribute reviews of books I provide them, as well as other books they’ve read; you can read about these fine folks here. And I still like to maintain this site as an archive of reviews; it can be incredibly helpful to have someone else’s thoughts on a book prior to buying or borrowing it, though to paraphrase Levar Burton, “you don’t have to take our word for it!”

I’m also enough of a bibliophile that I write books of my own. My first book, Fang and Fur, Blood and Bone: A Primal Guide to Animal Magic goes beyond the usual totem animal dictionary to explore all sorts of new territory. My latest book, A Field Guide to Otherkin, studies the Otherkin subculture, was published in April 2007. I’m also the author of DIY Totemism: Your Personal Guide to Animal Totems, a sequel to Fang and Fur, Blood and Bone which deals with taking animal totems out of the dictionary format and into personal spiritual/magical practice. My newest solo book is Skin Spirits: The Spiritual and Magical Use of Animal Parts, based on over a decade of incorporating bones, hides and other animal remains into artwork and spirituality. I also edited Talking About the Elephant: An Anthology of Neopagan Perspectives on Cultural Appropriation. My newest book, New Paths to Animal Totems, is due out from Llewellyn Publications in December 2012.

I’ve been studying and practicing paganism and practical magic since the mid-1990s; while my primary focus is animal magic, I have worked with a variety of other paradigms. I have a Master’s degree in counseling psychology and I’m working on my ecopsychology certification. Currently I work full time as a self-employed author and artist; you can see my writings and art at my Etsy shop, and there’s more information on all things Lupa on my main website.



  1. Cori said,

    February 9, 2007 at 6:10 am

    Hi Lupa!
    I was wondering where you and your husband are located? We’re looking for speakers for our next Harvest Home Gathering in Connecticut (www.harvesthomegathering.com) and I heard you on Deo’s Shadow just the other day – loved it by the way! I thought that you would make an excellent addition, but I need to find out how far you are from us.

    Thank you and Blessed be,

  2. justin Leiber said,

    March 1, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Lupa (0r whatever),

    Thanks for the wondrous comments on my Can Animals and Machines Be Persons. I thoroughly enjoyed writing it. Considering your name and your interests you might be interested in my novels (Beyond Rejection, The Sword and the Eye, etc.) where I make use of my experience of working with a cougar inside a cage. (Where your most important information is that if the cougar leaps at you, you had better be squatting because when the cougar goes ballistic at your face, your hands are faster in fending him/her off precisely because he/she has gone ballistic. If you stand, the cougar goes for your knees (hips), and you have no automatic action to fend the cougar off.) justin

  3. Courtney McLaughlin said,

    February 29, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Hey Lupa,
    Would you be interested in reviewing the oracle book Good Fortune and how to attract it? It’s written by Titania Hardie, who is a witch and so were her mother and grandmother. The really amazing thing about the book is that it’s a feminist reinterpretation of the ancient I Ching, which was based on the Chinese Book of Changes, which women were forbidden from using it back in the day.

    As a woman living in America in 2007, I sometimes forget that there are still places in the world (and even in our own country!) where women are demonized for forecasting or practicing wicca. It’s so different now, where we are free to broadcast our pagan beliefs through MySpace, Facebook or blogs.

    Anyway, Good Fortune celebrates how far women’s spirituality has come. Let me know if you would like to try it out – I’ll send you a copy.

  4. May 31, 2009 at 8:14 am

    I wanted to let you know that you have won the Literary Blogger Award from Texas Banter Book Reviews!


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