Sigh, you guys just dont seem to either read or want to take anything in.
Here are the definitions of shapeshifting we have been using.. Taken from here.
The magical ability to assume the forms of animals or other human beings with the soul while it is astrally projected from the body. Occasionally these altered shapes are seen by other people, who mistake them for bodies of flesh.
Book of Shadows
A very esoteric practice involving changing the human form. This can be practiced while on the astral plane, this alone is a great accomplishment. It is said that one can also shapeshift on the physical plane, though documented proof of this is nonexistent. Few books are published on the subject as it is an art mainly for certain people, and teachers prefer to find these people and teach them their art secretively rather than let the public know their ways.
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Shapeshifting is a common theme in folklore, as well as in science fiction and fantasy. In its broadest sense, it is a change in the physical form or shape of a person or animal. Other terms include metamorphosis, morphing, transformation, or transmogrification.
There is no settled agreement on the terminology. Still, the most common usages are:
shapeshifting indicates changes that are temporary
metamorphosis indicates changes that are lasting
transformation indicates changes that are externally imposed
Transmogrification suggests either a internally physical, mental, and or somewhat spiritual transformation as makie from Wicked City went through or a horrific (and somewhat asymmetrical) physical transformation as most of makie's fellow demons underwent.
Shapeshifting is distinguished from natural processes such as aging or metamorphosis (despite shared use of the term), the body contortions of animals such as the Mimic Octopus, and illusory changes. Instead, shapeshifting involves physical changes such as alterations of age, gender, race, or general appearance or changes between human form and that of an animal, plant, or inanimate object.
And of course because this thread is centered around occultism then we must use the more occult definitions. Which is that shapeshifting is something you do in astral/dreaming. So when I say I 'shapeshifted' in lucid dreams, it is shapeshifting. And others might not want to agree with that.. because you only believe in the physical shifting side of it. Which is your mistake not mine considering we are talking about 'occult shapeshfting'... as the title of this thread points to.
And considering also that the ONLY place to shapeshift fully like in the movies is while in a dreaming environment, then its still not the same as your Megan example.
So yes anyone can shapeshift I guess... but it seems very few actually do or know how to. But with time and practise and using my 'shapeshifting running technique' people have a chance to actually get there one day.
Edited by Kazahel, 01 January 2010 - 03:38 AM.