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About the Author

Raven Kaldera is a pagan priest, intersex transgender activist, parent, astrologer, musician, homesteader, and the author of "Hermaphrodeities: The Transgender Spirituality Workbook" (XLibris Press). He is the founder and leader of the Pagan Kingdom of Asphodel, and the Asphodel Pagan Choir. He has been a neo-pagan since the age of 14, when he was converted by a "fam-trad" teen on a date. Since then, he's been through half a dozen traditions, including Gardnerian, Dianic, and granola paganism, Umbanda, Heithnir, and the Peasant Tradition. He is currently happily married to artist and eco-experimentalist Bella Kaldera, and they have founded the Institute for Heritage Skills.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Press (December 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982879415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982879412
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Power Circuits: Polyamory in a Power Dynamic Raven Kaldera presents a broad and rich resource for those involved with or interested in people who love more than one person at the same time - "polyamory" - and where at least one relationship includes a power dynamic, such as Dominant/submissive or Master/slave.

I've been doing poly with a power dynamic for many years, and still found myself regularly highlighting interesting nuggets. The writing is crisp, clear, substantive and resonates with authenticity.

Part I "Background and Basics" is 120 pages of well-laid out, interesting, flowing explanation. Its chapter titles describe the breadth:
Dreams and Disasters
Definitions
Border Wars: Polyamory, Swinging, and BDSM
Starting Gate: Before The Relationship
Rights And Limits: Intensity Levels Explained
How To Help With Attitude
Communication, Communication ... Transparency
Integrating The Egalitarian Partner
Introducing A Monogamous Submissive To Polyamory
Queer Templates: Polyamory And Power Dynamics In Nonheterosexual Communities.

When I read the headings for Parts II - IV "Essays From The Ones In Charge", "Essays From The Ones Who Surrender" and "Families Speak" I felt a mild sense of dread - "Now it's going to slog and/or repeat." Thankfully the writing proved me wrong! The collection of viewpoints was wonderfully diverse, and each had its own voice. Where the book could have gone wrong is handled well.

Power Circuits: Polyamory in a Power Dynamic is well written and informative. I recommend it not only for those actually in or desiring poly relationships with power dynamics but for supportive people like therapists. Mine is getting a copy.
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This is very well written and has a lot of information, but I found that it was definitely more directed towards those on the top side of a dynamic than to those on the bottom. I found the majority of the information to be directed towards M-types who would be guiding the relationship, rather than to s-types wanting help with dealing with various different situations. I recommend it for any M-types that are wanting to transition a previously monogamous relationship into something else or who are looking for advice as to how to balance a poly relationship as the head of the household, as that's what it's primarily focused towards. So definitely a good book but not quite as useful for those on the bottom as I would have liked it to be.
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I really enjoyed this book for several reasons. First the book sets out to address exactly what the title prepares you for. This is addressing two very different very heavy areas and combining the two. The author does an excellent job addressing each subject separately and then addressing them together. He addresses the topics in a well thought out manner and looks at the issues from what seems like all angles. He doesn't address this as though it's a cake walk, and he expresses the drawbacks as well as the benefits. Another reason I really enjoyed this book is because it really makes you think. I found myself questioning aspects of alternative lifestyles on a whole new level. I really appreciate a book that can make me think as thoroughly as this one did. If you are involved in a power dynamic you should probably read this book; even if you aren't interested in polyamory at the moment. If you are interested in polyamory and happen to be in a power dynamic you should definitely read this book...even if you have been practicing both for some time you may find some helpful things in this book. Very good book...I'm glad I found it.
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I've been a "lifestyler" for most of my adult life. Poly and power exchange can be really difficult to juggle. I know that first hand. Honestly, I really wish I'd read this book much earlier than I did. The real life examples were super helpful, and it helped me navigate through some confusing emotions I had been having. I really can't suggest this book enough. It's a good read and has been truly useful to me.
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A lot is written about BDSM and a lot is written about polyamory, but there is not much material out there for people who are trying to combine both lifestyles. I understand the need, people have questions about the dynamics, but there needs to be better information than this book provides.
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Ravan Kaldera has again produced a thoughtful and well written book that appeals to those of us living an alternative lifestyle. Being pagan, poly and kinky ( particularly in a power exchange relationship) has it's own set of challenges that are simply unfathomable by those who don't live it. Raven DOES and touches upon the common problems with great insight as to how to correct the behavior. Or prevent problems from arising in the first place.

Highly recommend this book for anyone curious about being Poly and living within the constraints of a Power Exchange.. Good stuff here but I recommend anything he writes as a worthy addition to your library.
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