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"Awakening" can be defined in a crap ton of ways as you can see in this thread: <!-- l --><a class="postlink-local" href="http://otherkinphenomena.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1383">viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1383</a><!-- l -->

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Also, being able to see auras has nothing whatsoever to do with whether or not someone is otherkin - and feeling phantom limbs doesn't mean you're otherkin, it just means you feel phantom limbs.
yeah thanks.Did. ^^ I have been poking around at foxes lately. I feel really close to the all black foxes. I am still looking into this but i believe this may be it. ^^
So thats why little kids always latch onto me and always ask for rides and such. Finally, a decent reason!

Heh, its possible I suppose, or its just that I just radiate an 'ice-cream truck' vibe. I might not like kids, but that doesn't stop them from liking me. >.<
I think too much emphasis is put on "awakening". From what I understand, when someone "awakens", she/he/xe is just noticing a pattern of behaviors, identifying those behaviors with some other entity, and claiming kinship with that entity. Its more like "Noticing" than waking up to anything.

So, I could understand how someone might say twelve or thirteen is too young to detect any pattern or to have any certainty about what that pattern means. And, like Amourosa said, puberty is a time when everyone is wanting to find a way to fit in and be special. Therianthropy can satisfy those needs. I'm not saying this is what Vivian is doing, just that I can understand that line of reasoning. Even if someone young is able to say with certainty that she/he/xe is otherkin, I would argue that that person should wait before making any definite proclamations about kintype because values and personality can change a lot in the teenage/young adult years.
I don't think any age is 'too young' to awaken. You see people nattering about the fact that 'such and such age is too young' but they'll probably claim somewhere else that they've been awake all their lives. I wish the otherkin community in general wasn't so harsh towards its younger members.

Maybe you can be too young and too confused, and you may end up making brash decisions and quick conclusions about your otherness. That I can see.
I don't really like the ter "awakening" for Therians. The development of a theriotype is a step that Therians go through much like Mainstreamers (and Therians) go through adolescence or young adulthood. What is happening in Mainstreamers is maturation, the brain is finishing it's "construction" - I see no reason why the development of a theriotype would be of a different nature.

When I wa a child, I realized that I was different from others around me. I very distinctly remember having a very ambiguous internal image. I almost never saw myself in dreams, for instance, and when I did, I really couldn't see what I looked like. In high school, I started to see myself much clearer - as a horse. By the time I was in college, my internal image had solidly set and I knew that I was a Werewolf. That was, oh, 1972 or 1973. I was around 20.

As Mainstreames grow older, they learn to filter out certain things. They do so by telling themselves over and over that certain things are real and certain things are not real. But some of the things they tell themselves are not real actually are real. Children don't filter as strongly a adults - hey haven't had a chance to "set their filters."

A recurring theme on Therians sites seem to be how children seem to be able to perceive our animalness.

A Therian friend had a daughter. I knew her at about 7. Her mother had just found out why she was the way she was and had been separated from her daughter for some time (custody case) and her father was a Mainstreamer. It was, nevertheless quite obvious to me that the kid was a Wolf Therian. She had a cute howl....
It's interesting that you mention rarely seeing yourself in dreams. I have a similar experience, sometimes not even being IN my own dreams. I can definitly relate to not having a clear internal image too.
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