Shadow Shift (SW): occurs when the Therianthrope sees the animal form around his/herself as a transparent apparition or when the appearance seems to change. This is an illusionary change that mostly happens in low, dim lighting. This shift is not necessarily a supernatural phenomenon, and it could be explained rationally, such as due to eye fatigue. The person's attitude, posturing, making animal sounds, can give off the image of a physical change, but this is not a physical shift.[1][2][3]

Shadow shifts were first discussed on AHWW in 1999. This is a rare shift that is not mentioned in the community very often.[4]


  1. Orion Scribner, “Otherkin lexicon: A multi-lingual dictionary of jargon used in the communities of otherkin, therianthropes, and other similar peoples, v. 0.1 Abridged.” The Art and Writing of O. Scribner. 8 September, 2012.
  2. Encyclopedia (2006 web archive) -
  3. Therianthropes United, Berserkr Shifting, December 18, 2007 (archived page accessed May 26, 2018)
  4. "Shifters: The Update Continues" Jakkal, AHWW, August, 10, 1999,