Shapeshifters and Were-Critters
I'm not alone in this: shamanic teaching-stories are full of casual shapeshifting and the outlook it fosters: fluid, less concerned with appearance, and viewing forms more as a varied toolkit than as identities either to glory in or worry about. It may just come with the job.
RELATED TOPICS: metamorphoses (relatively involuntary, irreversible transformations to a new life-stage) - animal people (dozens of species) - nature spirits, dryads, etc. - mages - shamans - See also the full INDEX OF SUBJECTS.
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|BASTARD UNICORN: by Wayan; 2012/6/28, a dream about ambition
Since I'm half-unicorn, my ambition drives me to share power and help the whole herd--that's how unicorns rise. But among human politicians...
|BERYL BORROWED IT: by Wayan, 1986/3/8, an absurd dream.
My friend Beryl borrows my ass and legs to become a centaur so she won't fall over. I want them back, so...
CAUTION: CRUDE AND STUPID
|BIRD CRASH: by Emily Joy; 2007/3/12, a set of didactic nightmares
Such pressures there are on the sick to act well! I implore you, ignore them all...
CAUTION: EXPLODING TEACHER
|BOYFRIEND OUT OF PHASE: by Wayan; 14x17", 1989/1/7, erasable crayon of sexy daydream.
A girl in my dance class stretched like making love to the air. But when I drew her, a black wolf...
CAUTION: WEREWOLF SEX
|BRETON SELKIE, or, VERIFY AURAS!: by Wayan; 1995/11/10, a cautionary, possibly psychic dream.
I meet a sexy seal-girl. Being single and desperate, I overlook a slight values conflict...
CAUTION: DISGUSTING JOB
|BUFFALO PERSON: by Plenty Coups, summer 1857; a child's time-traveling, tribe-saving dream
I was led into the future, where all the buffalo disappeared, to meet a frail old man by a ranch house...
|BUT SUCH DIFFERENT FRAUDS!: by Wayan; 1996/11/4, a moral dream.
A woman who posed as a Starfleet officer discovers other frauds on board. She blows the whistle on them...
|CAT WHO TURNED: by Catshall; c. 2014/9/29, a dream-haiku
Dreamed of a cat who turned into a man. when you rubbed...
|CHANGES, or, A WHISPER OF RESISTANCE: by Wayan; 1980/9/25, a dream of identity-chaos.
An identity earthquake that just wouldn't stop. I transform half a dozen times, and so does everyone else...
|CLOSE THE GATE: by Emily Joy; 2004/11/19, a dream of decision.
My foxy lover teases and tempts, but I can't let him into the patio for fear he'll hurt the rabbits…
CAUTION: UNFUNNY BUNNY PUNS
|THE CORE ISSUE: by Wayan; 1992/6/25, a dream from multiple viewpoints
The tale of a gray heart trying to heal leads to unicorn-hostage drama in the Transamerica Pyramid...
CAUTION: SEX, MAFIA THREATS, VIOLENCE
|COYOTE ANGEL: by Wayan; 1999-2000, sculpture of dream figure.
A shapeshifter caught in the moment of transformation, just as her arms unfold into smoky wings...
|DALMATIAN MARE: by Wayan; 1987/8/22; a dream on hiding and showing off.
I dreamed of South American musical intrigue in a grand hotel. Enter a polka-dot shapeshifter...
|DAMOCLES LODGE: by Wayan; 1998/12/22, a dream on what hangs over us.
I meet a nice werewolf in a hall of past-life junk, so sharp and rusty we dare not play...
|DRAGON-JEWEL: by Wayan; 2013/6/27, a 1001 Nights dream-poem
I stumble on a dragon-hoard. Wizards and caliphs hunt me--how to get outa town? A brown coat and a delivery bike...
|THE DREAM: by Theodore Roethke; before 1958; a dream-poem? Or not?
A mysterious night-encounter with a shapeshifting spiritwoman as elusive as Roethke’s poetry...
|DREAMKU, APRIL 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to April 2007; 30 dream-poems--mostly haiku but some longer
Dream haiku laid out like a calendar. Roswila's favorite is the pirate, but mine is the were-salamander...
|EEL GIRLS: by Wayan; 1993/9/14, a tearjerker nightmare.
I learn to fly, but keep it quiet. Yet aliens still find out, and tell me a truth I didn't want to know...
|ELBERETH PAUSES: by Wayan; 1989/6/26, a dream on postwar ethics.
After the Lord of the Rings falls, Elbereth herself is sent to heal the land. But she has a troubling neighbor...
|ENCHANTED GLASS; before 1983, by Charles Gullans, a long philosophical poem on a recurring nightmare of shapeshifters
Their bodies shift, and alter. Antlers sprout upon their heads. They are men from whom much has been taken, and to whom something so terrible is grafted...
CAUTION: RAMPANT PHILOSOPHY, HUMAN SUPREMACISM
|FALCON AND FÜHRER: by Miriel; 1985/7/31, an epic flying/transformation dream
A mysterious "Führer" hypnotized all my companions. So I become a human-sized falcon and hunt him...
|FOUR DRAGONS: by 'Rasselon'; 2009/11/24, a dream of aerial duels
By a lake I've seen in many dreams, four dragons attack. I become one too, and duel them in mid-air...
|FRANCHISE!, (comix, 770K; small screen? FRANCHISE text w/pix, 170K): by Wayan, 1995/10/12, a funny dream with a serious warning.
I was the first woman made High Commissioner of Baseball. One day a team of mutants begs a franchise...
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM, BAD TEAMWORK, HORNY BEES
|THE FUR SIDE, or, GESTELLA: by Wayan; 2013/7/2; a dream-critique of a feminist fable
After reading a fable about a murdered werewolf, I dream a tough old woman with yellow eyes joins our school lunch table, where the furry minority sits...
CAUTION: CRITIQUES SUSAN PALWICK
|GIRL INTO HERON: by Wayan, 2017/11/7, a dream-poem of an uncertain choice
In the Everglades, a gawky girl treads on a black stone and becomes a blue heron. Her four stalkers vanish--birds too? Should I step up?
|GRIFFIN: by Wayan; 1995/8/2, digital portrait of two dream-selves.
Gryphon meets Dragon, mid-air, and they're both me--sometimes...
|HAWK AND CAT: by Wayan, 1981/6/2, a dream of ethics and terror.
My best friend is a cat. Problem is, I'm a rare hawk--a Cat-Eater. I never, ever would, but...
|THE HEAD FACTORY: by Wayan; 2014/8/24, a dream-poem on changing your mind
I toured a factory where they make the spare heads you put on and take off to change your mind. Nothing creepy about it, nothing at all...
|THE HEAVIEST FLYER ON EARTH: by Wayan; 1979/1/25, a dream of clumsy flight|
I can't turn into a bird like all my friends. The most I can do is grow wings and try to fly, solid-boned...
|THE HEDGE KING: by Wayan, 1992/6/14, a gender-bent dream epic.
I change sex to infiltrate a sinister castle, unaware its Lord can spot a shapeshifter--being one himself...
CAUTION: A DISTURBING BEDSIDE MANOR. I MEAN, MANNER.
|HEDGEHOG AND WHITE RABBIT: by Wayan; 1972/12/1, a dream love story.
Hedgehog and White Rabbit stick together, through the snipers on Broadway, through the dogs of winter, through cannibal soup...
|HERSELF IN REVERSE: by Wayan; 2013/6/13, three surreal future-prompting dreamlets
1: I'm in a theater complex meeting weird big-eyed ballerinas, and suddenly know I'll be choreographing for them someday soon...
2: A sorcery student meets and somehow fuses with her powerful future self hurtling backward through time...
3: A squirrel-magician, too, meets his future self leaping back through time, and inoculates us all against a future plague with a milder fever...
CAUTION: NOT FOR TOTAL SKEPTICS ABOUT PREDICTIVE DREAMS
|HORTA'S EGGS: by Wayan; 1984/1/17, a dream of re-evaluation.
I fight to save 50,000 eggs that'll hatch psychics. But my friends want to exterminate them! Am I wrong?
|I AM A SILKY IN THE SEA: by Wayan; 1986? Watercolor on shapeshifting in dreams.
"I am a man upon the land; I am a Selkie in the sea..." Silky or selkie means a were-seal...
|I FIGHT FOR BEAUTY: by Wayan; 1990/1/1, an incubated dream within a dream within a dream.
From Hawaii to Wyoming, I fight for beauty, always waking to find I'm someone new...
|IT WASN'T EASY: by Wayan; 1983/2/24, a dream of escaping my family's unrealism
An Arabian prince kidnaps my girlfriend and me. We eventually escape his flying palace, but she gets trapped in Victorian underwear
while I escape some feuding politicians by turning myself into a truck tire. NOT a smart move...
CAUTION: BOGUS VICTORIAN SEX-EUPHEMISMS
|JOIN THE WOLVES LATER!: by Wayan; 1980/9/4, a dream of false but useful fear.
Shepherding a group of cityfolks through an alien wilderness, I need a werewolf's help. So why do I lie?
|KARMA AND HER SISTERS: by Emily Joy; 2006/12/27, a happy sexy flying dream that turned tragic.
One boring lonely day, I meet a cute teenage bunny who wants to play with me! But half an hour later…
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, INTERSPECIES FLIRTING, AND LOSS
|KITSUNE (FOX-GIRL) BY MOONLIGHT: by Wayan; 2002/5/1 dream, 2003 experimental painting
In a Japanese house I met a charming red-headed girl and had this weird urge to scratch her ears. Oh! She's a kitsune!...
|KITTEN'S QUEST: by Wayan; 2016/2/13, a dream-poem
I met two strange sisters on a train who turn out to be half-cat. They open my eyes so I realize that my neighbor Elaine must be a shapeshifter too...
CAUTION: FLIRTATIOUS UNDERAGE CAT
|LADY UNICORN: by Cindy Prince; 2007/10/16, a dream of a shapeshifter.
I was working in the library, talking to this woman who announced "I think I'll grow my horn now..."
|THE LEASH: by Wayan; 1995/6/26, a dreamfable.
Alien abductions upset us--being studied, treated like animals. But isn't that how we treat other species--study, exploit, ignore their feelings? That night, I dream one dog on a leash paralyzes a civilization...
|THE LIZARD LESSON: by Wayan; 1996/12/12, a hard-hittin' shamanic dream.
I'm a shaman in Nunavut who shows a rubber lizard and his foxy niece that reparations have limits...
|LOLA: by Wayan; 1995/4/22, a wild dream: psychic, shamanic and... economic?
How the hell do I summarize this? Lola, a werefox I'm hot for, becomes my feudal Japanese brother, and her fox-shape reappears as the truck-driving maid for a Han Dynasty lady. We counter the interdimensional energy vampires by importing ghost unicorns on sailing ships, who have an orgy...
Two weeks later it all comes true. Literally? No. But closer than you think....
|LUNCH WITH THE STARS: by Wayan; 1981/2/2, a dream on beliefs.
I'm in an animal dance troupe, but wake to find I'm alone. For consolation, I eat at The Terrace, and meet...
|MARTIAN AIRLOCK and JAGUAR MASK: by Wayan, 2015/6/22, twin shamanic not-quite-nightmares
Jaguar Mask: a shapeshifter who's gotten stuck in human form asks me to sew a new jaguar mask on her living face. "But won't it hurt?...
Martian Airlock: I'm on Mars without a suit. Freezing, choking, I dive into an airlock and slam the switch--but someone's sabotaged it...
|MENDELIAN CHIMERAS: by Wayan; 2015/1/1, a New Year's dream warning of medical uniqueness
I meet a girl who's a Mendelian crossbreed of human, animal and peavine, and then realize I'm no more human than she is...
|MENTOR: by Wayan; 2001/6/13, six advisory dreamlets.
I meet a shapeshifting dream-mentor who warns of coming war (note the date). Then a sentient book, "The Art of War," gets intimately involved...
CAUTION: ELECTRODES, LIBROPHILIA
|MEREDYTH AND LILLY: by Meredyth Watts; May 2010, 2010/11/14 and 2010/12/7, a set of dreams (or a recurrent episodic dream)
I dream over and over of the same place, time, and woman. We have a love affair. Strangely, I'm the one who gets pregnant...
|MISFITS ON MARS: by Wayan; 300K, 1986/11/20, an epic dream; the climax of UNICORN TAG, though it can stand alone.
From the punk clubs of Frisco to the Safeways of Si Valley to the vermilion sands of Mars, Silky the were-nightmare fights for the Misfits against every cliche in science fiction...
|MY GATE: by Wayan; 1996/5/29; a bizarre, joyful dream; 4-page comic (or ill. text version)
The full moon rises: I become Weregirl, do the Moondance, and gnaw open the lock on my heart...
|THE NIGHT OF CHANGE: by Wayan; 1994/2/8, a dream on the order of deep changes.
Festival night in a strange town, where, one night a year, dancing in the street transforms you into...
CAUTION: SEX TALK
|PIXY CONCUSSION: by Wayan; 2006/3/25, 9-page comic of diagnostic sex dream (small screen, slow loading? Text w/pics)
Janet's obsessed with a creepy guy, until her friend Kay--a pixy--decides to "knock some sense into her cunt"--literally...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, NASTY LOVE SPELL, PIXIE NUDITY
|POKER WITH A DEMON: by Wayan; 1980/8/15; a comic predictive financial dream.
I'm authorized to play high-stakes poker with a scary-looking but rather nice demon...
|PREGNANT WITH KRYTHA: by Wayan; 1998/2/3, a monomaniacal dream
My best friend and I are shapeshifters; I seduce him, just so my daughter Krytha can be born...
CAUTION: MAMMALIAN NUDITY, PHEROMONAL SEDUCTION, RECKLESS PREGNANCY
|PURE LOVE: by Wayan; 1986/10/9, a dreamtale on the truth.
A tangle of time travel, as two shapeshifters meet and fight and love over the centuries...
|RANI: by Wayan; 120K total (8 illus.), 1994/1/28, a dreamtale on choice.
A Borges story of a were-tigress provokes a dream of a ranch crawling with weird were-women. But I LIKE them...
CAUTION: NUDE CREATURES
|REDUCED TO THE STUDHOUSE: by Wayan; 1980/11/16, a warning dream.
I'm not a normal wolf: I'm a were-woman. When I turn wolf again, I'm in heat; but I want to be alone! So...
CAUTION: SEX TALK
|REVOLUTION IS MESSY: by Emily Joy; 2006/4/26, a political dream
When whites invade, two shapeshifting Native American cubs resist architecturally...
|RICH BITCH: by Wayan; 1979/10/20, a dream on money, sex and class.
I dreamed I met a wealthy werewolf. My parents were leftists and told me the rich are wicked--but...
CAUTION: INDECENT T-SHIRT, INDECENT WEREWOLF
|RUBBERNECKER: by Wayan; dreamed 2000/4/24; a ghost comedy.
I dreamed of a woman whose jeep stalls on the Antarctic ice. Along comes the ghost of a Volkswagen...
|SCALDED: by Wayan; 1993/7/3, a near-nightmare.
The feud between our magical families is getting ugly. Hawk-Head's dad throws boiling water on me, so I...
|SCISSORS AND FOX-FLIGHT: by Wayan; 1996/8/20, a marsupial flying dream.
Camping in strange mountains (Australia?), I can't sleep. So I nightwalk, and find I'm changing...
|SHAPESHIFTER FEVER: by Wayan; 1989/1/30, a dream poem.
A summer love affair with a shapeshifting alien turns awkward when she gets a high fever, and...
|SILKY SINGS WITH WEREWOLF BOY: by Wayan; 1998; dream figures on bedspread, 5'x7'
My anima the singing horse was encouraging a shy werewolf boy to give it a try...
CAUTION: UNCLAD HORSE CHANTEUSE
|SNAPDRAGON : 2009/12/17, an illustrated dreampoem.
I'm a werewolf-girl in love with a gender-dysphoric weredragon in love with a man who's very, very patient with all our shiftiness...
CAUTION: NUDITY (SKIN, FUR and SCALE), SHIFTY PEOPLE (BI, WERE and QUEER)
|A SPHINX IN CLAY: by Wayan; 2017/2/25, a dream urging me to make a sculpture--and face my heritage.
I'm a half-sphinx--human dad, sphinx mom--stuck in human form so far. Will I ever learn to shift? I find myself sculpting my elegant feline future self...
CAUTION: SPHINX NUDITY
|SPORECOUNT: by Wayan; 105K, 1990/1/5, a dreamtale on change-phases.
I'm a hot archeology student till I open the wrong tomb. A plague turns us into green moldy monsters...
CAUTION: DISEASE, DEATH, GRIEF, SHAME
|STUCK SNAKE: by Wayan; 2011/9/8; a set of dreams that out-Freud Freud
Girls flash and strip and crawl into bed with me, but I'm blind to their agenda--till I become a snakeboy and discover the real limitations of phallic symbolism...
CAUTION: NUDITY, STUPIDITY
|SULE SKERRY: by Wayan; 1984/8/13, a non-nightmare.
My sister and I are on a ship abandoned by its crew, heading full-steam for the rocks, when...
|SUNLIGHT'S THE CURE: by Wayan; 1990/12/29, a dreamtale.
I find the cure for an alien plague, then visit the world it came from, to find it has a curious variant...
CAUTION: SEX CUSTOMS OF THE NEWT PEOPLE! MY COUSIN'S GAY WEDDING!
|SWALLOWED!: by Wayan; 1990/7/30, a warning dream.
An ancient pictograph inspires me to try a meditative technique: shrinking and letting myself be eaten...
CAUTION: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
|THE SWORD DANCE: by Wayan; 1988/4/29, a psychic dream.
I visit my friend Xanthe's lungs, where a swordswoman in a red bikini gives me a unicorn. The next day...
|SYBIL SUE FLANNERY: by Wayan, 1986/10/29, a dream noir.
I'm Sybil Sue, a hard-boiled shapeshifting shamus, on the track of the most wanted bankrobbers in LA: the Bad Girls...
CAUTION: IN BETWEEN GUNSHOTS, THE BAD GIRLS SWEAR
|TEACHER-BIRD: by Wayan; dreamed 1986/9/7; a cyclic dreampoem
Seeking my lost teacher-bird, I dabble with the time machine in the basement. Oops! I summon Bigfoot. But the monster rips out her fur...
|TEN TRIALS: by Wayan; 101K, 1976/10/2, a dream of love distracted.
While living with violent Kay, I dream I meet a nice moth-girl. But we must undergo ten trials. Mustn't we?
CAUTION: RELATIONSHIP TROUBLES, BOTH GAY AND STRAIGHT
|TERTIARY INFECTION:by Wayan, 2016/4/28; a therapeutic/advisory dream of a helpful disease
Flying saucers land, and give us weird compulsions. I catch an unusually mild case, a tertiary infection, and find I'm actually better off...
|THAR SHE BLOWS!: by Madeline; 2008/3/27, a pirate mermaid shipwreck sex dream.
On the run I meet a lycan, a pirate, and a mermaid. She causes a flood, and something floats by I just have to grab...
CAUTION: IMPLIED SEX
|THEY DON'T BELIEVE ME: by Wayan; 550K total, 15 illus., 1989/10/4, an unbelievable dream.
My dog and I are abducted by aliens who turn us into cats. We escape, and turn feral to survive. I'm back in school now, and in therapy... but how we got back, and what happened along the way, even my own shrink won't believe...
CAUTION: LEWD SQUID AND KLEPTOMANIAC BUGS
|THREE-EYED WOLF: by Wayan; 640 x 680, 1993. Digital one-page comic/fake movie poster
A 'toon liberation dream. I cartooned a new self and slowly she grew realer, until she ran Disney...
CAUTION: FRANK SINATRA SWEARS
|TROUT BECK by Nancy Price; summer 1933, an aerial comic dream-epic
I'm carried off by a crane, to meet birdfish, singing sheep, fell-spirits, mad shopkeepers and devil-bulls...
|TUBA BEANS: by Wayan; 1996/3/24, a Star Trek dream.
Changelings invade our space station, testing one kid's split loyalties. But it's the beans that intrigue me...
|THE VAT MESSIAH: by Wayan; 1985/2/27, a major dreamtale.
In our cult, we lie in vats of goo till we grow wings. But we're feared more than we knew...
CAUTION: A SPECIST LYNCH MOB, NAKED IN SCHOOL, LESBIAN FEELINGS, OBSCENE CARROT
|VENOM PUDDLE: Katie Hofgard; 2006/5/10?, recurring dream character
This black wolf thing named Venom often shows up in my dreams.....
CAUTION: SCARY WOLF. OR OILSLICK. ONE OF THOSE.
|WASHINGTON'S DUNE: by Wayan; 1992/1/18, a dream on perseverance.
George Washington faces sniper fire, kamikaze birds and voices claiming the fight for freedom is hopeless...
|'WE'RE ALL HUMAN': by Wayan; 1987/3/13, a dream trial.
For flirting in the astral cafeteria, we all get sentenced to group therapy--till I catch the lie in my life...
|WERE-COMPOSER: by Wayan; 1995/2/15, a trashy dream.
I help a brilliant, starving composer turn his family curse into a profitable business...
|WERECAT SYNDROME: by Wayan, 2017/4/23, an advisory dream on Asperger Syndrome. Or maybe masculinity.
Werecat Syndrome runs in my family. Academics assume I'm a savage predator. Why? All I want to do is rub up against girls and find one who purrs back...
|WEREDOGS AREN'T RACIST: by Wayan; 1974/3/31, a surreal sarcastic dream
I'm a girljock waiting to see a movie when a weredog in line involuntarily shifts from dog to human, and a Berkeley radical takes offense...
CAUTION: SNIPPY ABOUT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
|THE WHITE DEER'S EXPERIMENT, or, FAWN OF A LESSER GOD: by Wayan; 2013/4/13, a shamanic epiphany dream
I meet my Creator--a deer. No wonder I'm a shy, horny herbivore unlike these naked apes! She tells me my divine purpose...
CAUTION: MONOTHEISTIC BLASPHEMY; E.S.P. FLASH; NUDE DEER
|WHY I BECAME THE SEA: by Wayan; 1980/6/19, a dream of containment.
I get so mad at a bunch of cops who harass gays, that I become the sea itself and chase them...
CAUTION: UNCHARITABLE REPRESENTATION OF OUR SAINTS IN BLUE
|WILD MAGIC: by Wayan, 2018/1/8, a dream on finding a place
A teacher drafts me into her magic class to shake up those wizard wannabes. My magic's wild, ignoring spells & rules. I don't think I realized how wild...
|A WILD WOUNDED BITCH: by Wayan; 1979/11/28, a dream of displacement.
My dad steals my girlfriend! The maid and I spy on them; we get hot and do it, but it's not the same...
CAUTION: SEX WITH THE WRONG PERSON
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