The difficulty I frequently see for many who try to write in short about the Fetch beast/mate/god, Doubles, and Familiar spirits is that attempts at classification and differentiation between these often subjective experiential phenomena become muddled or nearly impossible without placing them each in proper context within the framework of the soul complex, or the multifaceted Soul. Mapping out such a framework with the aim of proffering a generalized understanding of its schematics is a challenging task in itself, as each thread or tradition of witchcraft varies by degree, region, and cultural influence with respect to its views and precepts regarding the multi-part soul or multiple souls. Such as it is, most writers (and published authors) simply sidestep any endeavor at digging deep into the particulars because, simply put, the subject can be complex
as hell. That, and I imagine some may be bound by tradition to maintain a modicum of secrecy regarding inner teachings. All these are significant reasons why such tradition-bound concepts lose nuance, are easily confused, or made prone to misleading conflation when generalized and divorced from the context of specific witch traditions.
[I spent many episodes after “Second Skin” hoping that the real Iliana Ghemor would eventually show up on the show. I’m still disappointed that she never did. Seeing her meet Kira would have been fascinating, especially if it was after Tekeny Ghemor had died.]
…and then right after I nabbed this cap, I rocketed up another ten followers or so. So uh, HELLO NEW FOLLOWERS!! Are you… are you all on winter break? Did I do something particularly cool lately? Did I get signal boosted somewhere awesome that I don’t know about? I HAVE NO IDEA BUT: WELCOME!!!
In lieu of another inordinately long writer’s state of the union, my 200-follower update is a simple two-part goal:
1) Inbox zero on both Tumblr and Ao3 by 12:59PM EST Dec 31, 2015.
2) New chapters of both Grand Pas and Second Skin posted, also by 12:59PM EST Dec 31, 2015.
I can only hope that this goal is not dramatically overambitious. Bets are open on how close I cut this deadline. I know a(n embarrassingly) lot of people are waiting on responses from me, but with NaNo (and Rei and Abe’s birthdays - whose idea was it to make those 3 days apart?!) behind me, I think I’m finally going to have a chance to come up for air and actually start responding to messages again. Love and kisses for all of you, old and new, and bless you for your support!!!