Thursday, May 28, 2015

[Guest Article: Kira] A Transgender Perspective on Paganism



A note from Witchy Words:  At the beginning of the year, I asked the circle I coordinate, Circle of Fountains, if they'd each like to do a guest article based on a topic that I might not be able to cover.  This is a great effort by my amazing circle to give you information that you might not otherwise encounter here at Witchy Words.  The following article is not written by me but another member of Circle of Fountains, with credit and notes about its author below.  Enjoy!

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First of all I would like to share some terms so that everyone can be on the same page: 
  • Transgender is a person that does not identify with the gender they were assigned with at birth
  • Cisgender is a person that does identify with the gender they were assigned with at birth
  • Gender fluid is a person that identifies as more then one genders and may switch between them as often as a daily bases 
  • Agender is a person that does not identify as any gender.

Being Transgender is a hard road. There is a lot of fear and hate and misinformation that is spread though the media on an almost daily bases.  Finding a spirituality that you can relate to and find a community that you can trust in is very important.    I have found this in the pagan community.  Some traits of paganism is that it is a nature based religion.  In nature I found that many things that humans say is unnatural occur, all the time.  There are gay animals and plants both produce and take in pollen to reproduce.  

Next there are the Gods that many worship that I have found a kinship with as well.  We have Transgender and Gender Fluid deities which I find amazing.  My favorite instance is with Loki.  Scholars have not been able to agree on who he is and everything that he represents.  He would appear to the Gods in many different forms and took great pride in presenting as that gender, something that all Trans people do in a way. I don't like to call in presenting.  For me I'm presenting who I really am.

The last piece is the community. The other pagans I have come across have been some of the most loving and accepting individuals I have ever met. They have helped me feel safe and have enabled me to open up about myself.  I have gained a greater sense of courage thanks to these wonderful people.  For that I can not thank you guys enough.  

Thanks to studying Nature and the Gods, and finding a loving community I have been able to grow as a more loving and caring individual.

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Circle Auditor for Circle of Fountains, Kira is proudly transgender.  She attends the Equal Transgender Support Group and volunteers at the Transgender Institute.  Identifying as an eclectic pagan, she has a strong focus on the Morrigan.  When not participating in the pagan or transgender communities, Kira enjoys science fiction.

4 comments:

  1. Very moving words...Kira, it is wonderful that you have found this love and acceptance in the Pagan community! May you be blessed and happy : )
    Thanks for posting!

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  2. Great read thank you Kira <3

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  3. Great article! I think this is a very much overlooked segment of our population. It is great to see someone providing education. Charlie www.magicalomaha.com

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  4. I'm so happy to see queer and trans voices in the pagan community (I use those terms as I hear them used in LGBTQI+ communities, and identify with them myself). I'm queer and not trans, but I think it's really important for spiritual communities to be a place of empowerment for people of all genders, sexual/romantic orientations, ect. Thank you for sharing your story, Kira.

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