Generally, people begin to notice their theriotype around the ages 10-16. But your theriotype can reveal itself at any age. Many children do act like animals at a young age, but if you have a child that is behaving this way more seriously and frequently than others the child may be a therian. Some people go into denial when they realize the behavior changes, and others are told to stop. One person can go throughout their whole life without admitting about this animalistic side because he or she denies it, or is told that it is not true.
Most people already know what their theriotype is, but there are still folks out there that tell me “Well, I feel like I’m a domestic cat, but I’m not sure…” or “I don’t feel completely human, but I don’t know what I am…” it is very normal for you to ask yourself this. This is one of the most frustrating parts of being a therian. There are ways to help pin point your theriotype. You can first begin by tracking your behavior. Keep a journal to yourself and jot down all your non-human experiences. If you experience a shift, thought, emotions, anything non-human write it down. Begin to analyze what exactly it is that you behave like. Start researching animals and try to match your behavior to an animal. You can begin to narrow it down by picking a group of species that you feel may be your theriotype. If you noticed in your notes that you are acting similar to a canine, you can begin to look at other canine species. You would continue to narrow this down.
Then begin writing why you believe this is what you may be. For a week or two, identify your theriotype as this animal and see if it feels right to you.
Another thing that is very useful for finding your theriotype is meditation. If you are a psychological therian or a spiritual therian, meditation is an amazing way to try and get ahold of your sub-conscious to figure out what you are.
Theriotype & Confusion
Your theriotype is what you believe your ‘animal side’ is. It is very common for therians who get involved in a community to change theriotypes frequently. This can be difficult, especially for polytherians who believe they are more than just one animal. Many members are often pressured to fit in with the rest of the group. For example, a therian who has always identified a mouse, but feels underestimated or casted aside because most people would laugh it off “Ha? a mouse? ...well, my theriotype is a tiger” now, who wouldn’t be fascinated by a tiger? They are magnificent creatures, beautiful, stunning beings. Because of that people feel the need to impress or show off so therefore they lie to themselves. There are also times when people really like an animal and because of it they think it may be their theriotype. Although really liking an animal can be related to your theriotype, this does not mean just because you like cats that you are a cat therian.
Do not force yourself into a theriotype that is not what you truly feel; be honest to yourself. The instant you find your theriotype, you will know. It is a click, a sense of “These guys are just like me.” In my case, I have always felt canine-like. I thought maybe I was a dog, and while it felt right in some ways but wrong in others and it wasn’t until I opened up a book about wolves did I realize “wow, this is who I am” and from there on it has always been. Now your theriotype may not be as “cool” or as “powerful” as others, but you should embrace your theriotype and you will see that it in fact it is a very magnificent thing.
I think this video created by IIrakKorax is a perfect example.
Of Significance to Therianthropy;
Please remember there are many other ways to meditate for you name, just do whatever fits best for you. You can travel in a forest, at the beach, in a meadow. Just whatever works best! Wait for your name, or wait until an animal appears in your meditation and tells you your name. You can have more than one name, so don't be surprised if you find out you have two!
Pencil and Paper Meditation:
This may take a few tries, but when you're done, see if you can find a name in the writing you have done.
These are some quick ways to figure out your name, don't restrict yourself to just these methods, as there are many other things you can try. If this doesn't work for you, Google up other ways to find your name.
A good pack member of mountain tooth summarized the importance and meaning of totem animals and guides, which help a lot in Therianthropy. Thank you Siera for providing us with the information below.
I've had a lot of conversations about them lately. I also got a new totem animal which makes it really clear and it's really there. I've never had a totem animal that I could talk with this good. His name is Algareath and he's a black panther. I'm really happy with him and he helps me really good. So the point of this post is that I want to help you find your totem animal if you didn't already.
Now, what is a totem animal?
The shamans say the totem animals are a part of the Great Spirit who comes to help you and guide you on your way. Each totem animal has his own medicine, which will come to you when you need it. You won't keep the same totem animal; they change when they did their job on what you needed most that time. By visualization or 'meditating' you can find and talk to them. They are always there for you and help you whenever you need them. They won't ever be angry at you doesn't judge you, just with love and help.
How do you find your animal totem?
Now the meditation is much alike to the meditation to find your Therian form. That's probably why some people think they have two Therian sides or change their form later because they thought their totem animal was their Therian side. Your animal totem is also probably not your favorite animal so don't try to think of things yourself, just go along with what you see. Also try to think of a couple of questions you want to ask him/her before you do the meditation like, what is your name, what can you teach me etc.
Make yourself comfortable, lie down or sit on your bed or just behind the computer. First make your mind clear, come to rest.
You see you are in a meadow. Hear the leaves and smell the nature. You can see a river or a small lake. Feel the sun shining on you and try to sense everything as strong as possible. You also see a path going through the woods. Walk on it until you come to a cave. Walk in there and still sense everything good. Now you see a fire at the end of the cave. When you walk to it you see a figure appearing. When you walk closer you see it is an animal. Ask it if it's your totem animal, if yes you can talk and ask him your questions. thank him/her for the help you got. Now walk back and slowly get out of your meditation.
After you find out
Don't be afraid if it doesn't work the first time, you may need some time so figure it out. Once you found out what you animal totem is you can search some things up on him/her. Meditate on it more often and you'll see it get's more clear and helpful every time. Don't panics if it's gone after a while you might have gotten a new totem animal or its off busy doing something important. Remember that it's there to help you and protect you until it has done enough and it's time for another animal to help you on your way.
If you found your totem animal I'd recommend you this site.
there's a list of different kinds of meanings of the animal totems and also some more information on them if you're interested. -By Siera
Don't forget to do research on your animal, there might be a neat lesson to learn!