Raven Kaldera is a queer polyamorous FTM transgendered intersexual Northern Tradition shaman. He is the author of 39 books and innumerable articles on sexuality, spirituality, polyamory, BDSM, power exchange, and transgender issues. He is the 2014 Northeast Master titleholder, the managing editor of Alfred Press, a minister in the First Kingdom Church of Asphodel, the Evil Overlord of the Transsexual Empire, and a general troublemaker. He homesteads with his poly family on a little farm in Massachusetts, and can be found online at www.ravenkaldera.org. ‘Tis an ill wind that blows no minds.
Fur, Fangs, Feathers, Fetish: Primal Animal Play as Shamanic Totem Working
What’s the original meaning of the word “fetish”? It’s a magic charm carried to bestow strength and spiritual power. In shamanic cultures, those fetishes were often links to the spirits of totemic animals, to whom offerings were made. Today, some of us shapeshift into animal form in one way or another during sex in ways that are closer than we realize to those ancient practices. Raven the kinky shaman will discuss the hidden crossovers between shamanic totem work, Primal animal play, Furries, folkloric spirit-figures, and sexual mystery theater. (And, um, the beauty of tentacle porn. Maybe.)
Power, Surrender, and Safety: Negotiating Unequal Relationships When You’re Gender Transgressive
Power dynamic relationships – where one person has authority over the other, such as Leader/supportive, Dominant/submissive, or Master/slave – are sought out by transgender, genderqueer, and otherwise gender transgressive individuals as often as anyone else, for reasons both good and bad. However, we have special challenges when it comes to finding, negotiating, and maintaining our health and safety in these relationships. For transfolk, those who love them, and those who are just interested, this class will discuss the joys, problems, and dangers of trans power dynamics. Taught by the 2014 Northeast Master title holder, half of the first trans/trans couple to win that title, we’ll learn how to get what we need out of power exchange while staying safe and not settling for a less than optimal situation.