The Book of the Lycanthrope

By Haruka Tsuyoi

Lycanthrope
The Lycanthrope AKA Were-wolf has been in this world for many centuries. It is said until the 20th century, wolf attacks were occasional. The attacks were mostly heard of in Europe. Some scholars have put it that people in Europe, projected their fear of wolves being a fearful predator, into a fierce and evil shapeshifter. How did the werewolf get its name? The term is thought to have been derived from the Old English words of Wer–meaning man– and wulf which is Old English for the today's wolf. Other countries have developed their own name such as Verr in Old Norse, Vira in Sanskrit, Vir in Latin, etc. Some say that it has been derived from weir-wulf meaning “wearer of wolf skin.” Or that it has been derived from warg-wolf meaning “Rogue wolf. ” So what is a werewolf exactly? This is a human being who has the ability to shape-shift into a wolf, or a wolf like creature. One becomes a were-wolf through being bitten by another werewolf or having a curse cast upon them. It has been known that transformation of the werewolf is associated with the full moon. A werewolf often has shown extra abilities then the mere human. One can have supernatural human strength and the five senses have been known to be more acute.

Becoming a Were-Wolf
As stated earlier, one can become a were by being bitten by another were, or having a curse cast upon them. However, there have been other ways to become a werewolf. The simplest is to remove all human clothing and doning a belt or entire wolfskin. Other cases have been found such that a magic salve was rubbed upon the body, or by drinking rain water out of the footprint of an animal, or from an enchanted stream. Livonian were-wolves were transformed by downing a cup of a specific specially prepared beer. During the period from 1520 to 1630 there were over 30,000 werewolf trials in France alone. Most of the people who were tried as being werewolves were poor, and came from lowlands with elevations less than 500 feet above sea level. vA recent theory is that many of the werewolf accusations were a result of a fungus found in their rye crop. Rye bread was a staple for the poorer people of France, and after cold winters the rye developed the Ergot fungus. Unbeknownst to them, the fungus was a strong hallucinogenic. This theory contests that the werewolf hysteria was a result of mass hallucination since most of the accusers and the accused were poor. The wealthy staple was the more expensive wheat, which was immune to the Ergot fungus. This explains why the wealthy were immune from the werewolf hysteria. Another explanation of werewolves comes from within the human brain. Temporal lobes in the brain control sensations in the human body, and any irritation of the temporal lobes can cause hallucinations. Also, if a person has shrunken temporal lobes, they can be subject to complex partial seizures. These seizures can lead to fixed delusions. Such delusions can include a person thinking that they are a wolf. Also, a lack of nutrition or a hit on the head can cause complex partial seizures. There have been myths that one could turn into a were-wolf on a certain Wedesday or Friday, if they slept outside on a summer night while the full moon shone down upon his face.

The SheWolf
In the mountains of Auvergne, a story dating back to 1588 was told of a royal female werewolf. In the story, a nobleman was gazing out of his window and upon seeing a hunter he knew he told him to check back with details of the hunt. While in the forest, despite still being in sight of his master’s chateau, the hunter stumbled upon a wolf. In the ensuing struggle, he severed one of the wolf’s paws and placed the it in a pouch. Upon returning to the chateau with his gruesome prize, he opened the pouch to show the nobleman evidence of his encounter. What they discovered was not paw at all, in fact, it the pouch now contained what looked to be a feminine hand bearing an elegant gold ring. The gentleman recognized the ring, sent the huntsman away, and sought for his wife. When he went came upon her in the kitchen, he found her nursing a wounded arm in the kitchen he removed the bandage only to find that her hand had been cut off. Upon questioning her she finally admitted to being the wolf with whom the hunter encountered, and by her confession, she marked herself for certain execution -- in a matter of days she was burned at the stake.

In the Folklore of Norseman, there are many legends of warriors called Berserkers. They are band of ancient Norse warriors that are legendary for their savagery and reckless frenzy in battle. Fearing no one, feeling no pain, having superhuman strength and never surrendering are common characteristics. Preparing for battle these warriors would attire themselves in skins from bears or wolfs. The term Berserker translates from old Norse to be “bear skin”. There were also warriors who donned the wolf skins known as “ulfheobar” or “ulfhedinn” (wolf-coats) but they were eventually lumped together to be known as Berserkers. The feeling was that once dressed with the skins of an animval, the warrior would take on the characteristics of that animal. Ynglingasaga records this tradition, saying of the warriors of Óðinn that “they went without coats of mail, and acted like mad dogs and wolves”. A Byzantine emperor described the Berserkers in battle as being possessed by a ferocity and madness seen only in wild beasts. The term “berserk” was derived from the Beserkers.

The Bersekers

e have heard of werewolves in legends, movies, and even books, but did you ever stop and think about if there actually live werewolves.. now? There aren’t as much people who claim to be werewolves now as there was back when they were hunted down, but there have been many who claim that they are the actual thing. Some of the people who claim to be don’t always shapeshift physically, but claim there are other various ways...

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Shifting Types of a Were-Wolf

Astral Shifting is where the Shifter goes into the spirit world (astral plane) and Shifts there. It can take awhile to work yourself into the right frame of mind for this, so it’s not as easy as aura shifting, which you can do anywhere and get away with. Dreaming, of shifting into your animal or being your animal, or even dreaming about it, counts as Astral Shifting.

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stral Shifting

Aura Shifting is the most common type of Shift, in fact, many Shifters never have any other kind of Shift. In an Aura Shift, the Shifter will immerse him/ herself in the animal’s energy, resulting in a Wolf-like mood. The Shifter will feel somewhat animalish, alert, very aware, with an often-pleasurable heightened sense of their physical body. This is very like the mindset that people playing a sport and really mentally absorbed in playing get into. If you’ve ever gotten into a different mode of awareness/concentration/feeling when deep in a Hockey game and having lots of fun, you know pretty much what this is like. Hence the phrase, “I’m in the Zone!” The only big difference is the Shifter has a definite sense of Wolfness (or whatever their totem is) to their mood. The body temp may go up a bit and the behavior will seem more lupine in general.

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ilocation Shifting

Bilocation Shift is a combination of the paranormal phenomena of Bilocation with the paranormal phenomena of ShapeShifting. Although I haven’t personally heard of any Bilocation Shifters in AHWW, folklore and collections of paranormal sightings have many Shifters of this type, as well as fairly detailed studies of both the phenomena of Bilocation in general and, to a lesser extent, Bilocation Shifting. An interested person is encouraged to read up on Bilocation. Bilocation Shifting is when the Shifter goes into a deep trance, sometimes drug-induced, but often not. (Besides, the drug-induced trances have the quality that the Shifter is trapped in the Shift until the drug wears off, which could be deadly if they get caught in a deadly situation.) While in the trance, all the familiar Bilocation phenomena happens, except that the PHYSICAL, REAL Body that they materialize, and are in during the Shift, is not a carbon copy of their own, but instead a Wolf (or whatever type of animal they are). They are not in their body during the Shift, but in the body of the Wolf. This is not a real Wolf they have “possessed”, but a body they themselves have materialized. Their human body will often get very cold or become rigid (like regular Bilocation), and there are frequent reports that, although it looks the same, it has lost weight (also like regular Bilocation), sometimes more than half of it’s original weight (but will recover this weight when they shift back). Their Wolf body is in every way the body of a real Wolf, it gets tired, it can (and does) hunt and eat (and digest), it is solid and real-feeling if touched, it can be wounded (and corresponding wounds will appear on their human body at the same instant) and it can die (which causes the Shifter’s human form to die), and be dissected, and still appear exactly like a real Wolf...The corresponding injury thing stops, though, at the moment of death, so the Shifter who is injured, killed and dissected will only shown the injuries up to the point of death, he/ she won’t also be dissected in human form. Accounts of Bilocation Shifting indicate that the Shifter usually has excellent memory of what they did as a Wolf. The Bilocation shifter can be confused with the classical/molecular shifter if they are never witnessed dematerializing (or materializing), or if their unconscious human body is never witnessed while their animal body is out “romping”. The Bilocation Shift is related to other types of Shift. It is generally accomplished by the Astral Shifter or Spirit Shifter who has gained enough expertise and ability. Bilocation Shifting has some advantages over the other kinds of ShapeShifting because the Shifter will never be “dropped” somewhere inconvenient, while naked, and the Shifter never has to worry how they will get into the woods and back. On the other hand, there are indications that Bilocation Shifters often can’t control where they end up, just that it tends to be within a few miles of their human body and in a wild place. And that helpless human body has got to be a disadvantage. There are also indications that the Shift back to human (dematerialization of the animal body) cannot be easily done at will. A Bilocation Shifter who is good enough at it can learn how to materialize their Wolf body in the same place as their human body, using their human body as fuel, and thus performing a Molecular Shift or a Classical Shift, or something in between.

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A Classical Shift is called that because it is the “classical” kind encountered in most WereWolf folklore and WereWolf Sightings. It is the gradual metamorphosis from man or woman to beast, taking up to ten minutes for the change to become complete. The human cognition is retained and control is easier to maintain. Thus this sort will attain the body of a Wolf but not the mindset. Although, of course, being in a Wolf body, with a Wolf’s brain, hormones, senses, and instincts will still have some effect. Just not the “complete animal” in thinking and behavior that the Molecular Shifter is. Classical Shifting is much less painful, actually bordering on the sinfully pleasurable, and accompanied by odd physical feelings. It is a lot easier to trigger, and is also reversible (i.e. the Shifter could partially change, then change back to full humid form without reaching full Wolf form), and they also might have the ability (or the involuntary problem) of remaining for an extended period in a median form that is between Wolf and human. Since most accounts of WereWolves stuck in a median form, from all over the world, agree very well on exactly what the WereWolf looks like that, it is probably hard to remain anywhere but that particular point in the Shift, or (assuming it was controlled) it is probably inconvenient to remain anywhere other than that particular point. That point resembles a human body (albeit a furry human body with other noticeable differences, such as somewhat changed shapes and proportions of limbs and torso, and paw-hands) with a Wolf head, complete with long muzzle, and pointed Wolf ears on top of the head. Although I have found accounts of WereWolves lurking in a form where they were furry, but so little changed they could still talk, and using this form to rob passers-by without their identity being known, with the threat (and sometimes demonstration) of more fully changing to help convince the victims to give up their money. the Wolf that a Classical Shifter transforms herself or himself into could be any color of Wolf, not just black-coloured Wolves. In accounts of eyewitnesses of both Classical and Molecular Shifts, gray colored Wolves, like in nature, are the most common kind.

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A Dream Shift is where the Shifter is a Wolf (or whatever animal) in their dreams, or where the Shifter changes physically in their dreams. This kind of shift is very common among people. Many Shifters who shift in their dreams have reported they go after their fears and destroy them in Wolf or halfwolf shape and gain much self-confidence and inner peace that way.

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Magickal Shifting is when the Shifter has to perform a formal magickal ritual to cause the Shift every time they Shift. This kind may largely be a fictional kind of Shifter, but there are indications that it was more common in the past and that it often was a precursor to learning how to Shift without the ritual as another kind of Physical Shifter. This is the kind that the inquisition during the Middle Ages tried to claim all WereWolves were. Suspected WereWolves were often tortured until they confessed, in a way that fit with the official theology, that they were a Magickal Shifter with a magic belt or something. Except in the case of Bilocation Shifters who owned a drug-salve, the “magic” object used to cause the Shift was practically never recovered, evidence that the object likely never existed. Magickal Shifting is also sometimes used to refer to other types of Shifts that the Shifter believes had something to do with magick, even though no formal ritual is needed to cause the Shift. This may refer to magick as the natural energy that flows through everything (which some Shifters believe is involved in every type of Shift) or it may refer to a formal ritual or informal encounter with a magickal force that the Shifter believes to have caused them to become a Shifter. Many Shifters look down on attempts to become Physical Shifters via magick, as a kind of acceleration of a natural process that would result in Physical Shifting eventually anyway, and thus “cheating”. These Shifters see the long, hard road to Physical Shifting as a mechanism to make sure those who become Physical Shifters are really ready to handle it.

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A Mental Shift is an aura shift that is much deeper and with much more animalness. Mental Shifting is also used to mean any Non-Physical Shift, so someone claiming to have mentally shifted may be talking about any kind of NonPhysical Shift. Actually, there is no clear boundary between an aura shift and a mental shift. Aura shifts are often called “light mental shifts” and one Shifter’s experience of mental shifting may be much deeper than another Shifter’s experience of mental shifting. And the depth of Mental Shift in one individual Shifter can, and often does, vary at different times. In the deeper mental shifts, the shifter achieves a state the army calls “Condition Orange”, a much deeper version of the hockey state described in aura shifting. Condition Orange is a state of heightened awareness and concentration in which the coordination is likely to be very precise in an unconscious, easy, effortless kind of way, it is like the state a healthy Wild animal is in most of the time. The Shifter will likely have trouble with words, making little sense or losing speech altogether. The Shifter will tend to engage in behavior that is definitely animal-like, and might forget how to get around on two legs. The Shifter may be able to run around on all fours (not hands and knees, but hands and feet) in a very agile, naturallooking way. The Shifter might or might not have memory holes, or memory fuzziness, or no memory at all of what they did while mentally shifted. You might want to look at this for more info.On average, lighter mental shifts are remembered much better than deeper mental shifts. Mental Shifts often cause a deep desire to drink lots of ice-cold water after or during the shift. Mental Shifts sometimes cause “Wolf spit” to form in the mouth, “Wolf spit” being Shifter slang for that kind of gunky spit you sometimes have in your mouth when you first wake up in the morning. Mental Shifts can cause the skin to become very pale or even “gray”, like a person in shock.

ental Shifting

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A Molecular Shift is when the Wolf spirit (or potential Wolf blueprint held within, or whatever) takes the raw matter of the human’s body and assembles itself out of it, resulting in a physical change which is the least subtle of all Shifts. Molecular Shifting is notable for the extreme suddenness of the Shift, there is no gradual metamorphosis. Molecular Shifting is an almost instantaneous Shift from full human form to full Wolf form. It can be so quick it creates a miniature sonic boom, which means either the surfaces of the body must be moving into their new positions faster than the speed of sound (600 something miles per hour) or a rush of highly energized air happens, like when lightning strikes and produces thunder. (It kind of proves the Big Bang theory )Molecular Shifting produces a “Mind of an Animal” mentality. The Shifter will feel pains leading up to the Shift (for as long as a day) they intensify as the Shift comes closer. Around three minutes before the Shift is to take place, they feel an overwhelming urge - much like vomiting - to run where there is ‘safety’. The actual Shift is painless. The Molecular Shifter seems to run on an energy cycle. Their Shifting energy builds up until it produces a Shift, then keeps them in Wolf form until it burns itself and It often “dumps” the WereWolf wherever he or she happens to be at the time it burns out, which may or may not be a convenient place to be.

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Non-Shifting is not a type of shift, but rather a condition. There are many werebeings who have never experienced any kind of Shift. Then why do they think they are werewolves? Simple, their connection with their animal is a way of life. In a way that is very real to them, they are both human and Wolf. Their animal is intertwined with all they do, what they like, how they interact to the world. They do realize that they aren’t a Wolf by the world’s definition, yet that nevertheless is what they are. They often experience some of the symptoms of being a werewolf other than Shifting. And many (perhaps some time or another all??) of them eventually experience Shifts.

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A Persona Shift is somewhere between assuming a mood and the radical “mental shifts” of a person with Multiple Personality Disorder. Some WereCreatures have a separate persona for their “wereside”, yet persona shifts exist in the real world in people who are not WereCreatures. In more radical instances {but still less radical than multiple personality} of persona shifting, the different personas may even have memories attached to them that other personas don’t have (i.e. other personas can’t remember that event). Different personas often have different outlooks on the world, different skills, and other things like that. Learning to recognize different personas that you shift into (if you are a persona shifter) can be very beneficial in learning to extricate yourself from the mess and confusion that persona shifting can easily cause, and knowledgeable persona shifting can be beneficial, such as shifting into a persona that is calm and level-headed in a dangerous situation or shifting into a persona, at the right time, that knows how to write very well to ensure straight A’s in English. A Posession Shift is when the Shifter sends their soul, or mind, or spirit, or astral body or whatever into an animal body in such a way that they are in the animal’s body, see and perceive through it’s senses, and can at least partially control what it does (depending on how far they have ousted the original resident soul of the animal). This type of Shifting is very hard to do, very hard to keep doing once it is done, and fairly dangerous. There are many protection mechanisms that keep the proper soul in possession of the body it was born in, and the Posession Shifter may be injured by them and will often have to fight with the animal’s soul for possession of it’s body. In addition, the channel that the Posession Shifter opens up between his or her body and the animal’s body tends to cause big problems for the Shifter when the animal dies, regardless of whether he or she is in the animal’s body at the time. But Posession Shifters will not receive corresponding injuries when the animal is injured, whether they are in the body or not, yet they may feel pain and become sick when the animal is injured. Basically, Posession Shifters can rarely keep it up for long without serious consequences, and if they had any real power they would choose one of the other types of Shift to perform. Since it takes a certain amount of power to posess any living thing, the number of potential possession shifters is small. Bilocation Shifters are commonly mistaken for Posession Shifters.

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osession Shifting

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Sense Shifting is something of an enigma. It doesn’t seem to be very common, and yet many Shifters have experienced what might be partial, or complete, sense Shifting. It may be physical shifting, or it may be mental shifting, it is difficult to classify. And proof it really happened is much harder for the shifter, or anyone else, to gather evidence on. It is similar to Posession shifting in that the Shifter receives the same, or some of the same, information (sense information, seeing, hearing, ect.) as the real animal they are connecting with. Yet no Posession or the things associated with it takes place. Sometimes the Shifter may even be aware of the animal’s thoughts too. But the Shifter has no control over what the animal does, indeed the animal often appears unaware of the Shifter. Occasionally, proof that it really happened and wasn’t just a vision is forthcoming, but usually not. In practice, often no difference can be told between Sense Shifting and a Shifter having a vision or dream of being an animal. I did hear of one shifter who could (both at will or accidentally) get “pulled around” so she was looking out of the eyes of animals she was near. This would count as a sense shift. Sometimes sense shifting of various kinds is also called astral shifting. And now ShapeShifting (Physical Shifting), the most rare and interesting type of Shift. There are actually several types of ShapeShifting also, and they do have some overlap. A Shifter can experience more than one kind of ShapeShifting, or a kind of ShapeShift between two well-defined categories. ShapeShifting may or may not be accompanied by a simultaneous Aura Shift or Mental Shift or Spirit Shift. Some Shifters use the term “ShapeShifting” to refer to Non-Physical Shifting, which can make some people angry.

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hape Shifting

A Spirit Shift has more than one meaning. Those for whom being a Shifter is a very spiritual thing may call mental shifting spirit shifting. The other thing is that some werewolves mentally shift by channeling a Wolf Spirit or a Shifting Spirit into their body in much the same way that a regular channeler can channel a guardian angel, an astral entity, or someone’s dead relative. Thus the second meaning of Spirit Shifting refers to a Mental Shift in which a Wolf Spirit was channeled into the body. Of course, many Shifters don’t believe in spirits, and many Shifters do believe in spirits but are sure none are being channeled into their body. While yet other Shifters are sure that all Mental Shifts result from a spirit being channeled into the body.

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