Beyond Belief: Transgender

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09z4fyx

A Buddhist Trans Man, a Christian Trans Woman and a cisgender academic sit down to discuss religious attitudes to gender – this is a great programme, but it takes us just so far then fails to bring the revelatory potential of this debate to its fulfilment. I’d like to offer a couple of observations on what was missing here….

We hear about the Biblical references to gender – with the Genesis verse stating that God made humans ‘male and female’ trotted out as the line used by some to deny the validity of trans people. But this verse does not say God made two separate genders – it says, that like God, humans are male and female. God, according to monotheists, is a singular entity, so therefore is him/herself a Trans being, and human nature is formed out of the interplay of masculine and feminine traits within one person. Jung spoke of the anima and animus, we all have male and female aspects, why is this not obvious????. Somehow a modern myth has emerged that male and female are separate – but this is not so, each contains, includes and embraces the other, as ancient cultures across the planet once understood intrinsically (eg the yin-yang symbol of China, Shiva Ardhanishvara in Hinduism).

The programme features the Hijra community of India, and tells the story of how this trans section of society was said to gain their sacred status. While Hijras today often have no other options than sexwork or begging to earn a living, their sacred function is still respected in society, including by Muslims. What is missing from the story here is that also in ancient Europe and the Middle East individuals who embodied both male and female traits were seen as having sacred function and purpose. The Great Goddess Ishtar was served by trans and gay priest/esses for thousands of years (and we know their mythological origin stories too), as were other forms of the Great Mother, such as Cybele, who was adopted by the Roman Empire as their chief deity, opening the way for her Transgendered Gallae priest/esses to spread their ecstatic, erotic and sometimes bloody, worship all around the Meditteranean and as far north as Britain.

Looking for ancient references to Trans people (but completely missing the Goddess servants), Dr Susan Cornwall speaks about the presence of eunuchs in the Bible stories, and mentions that they could hold respected positions in elite households. She quotes an Old Testament reference that suggests God has a special destiny for eunuchs and speaks about the fascinating comment from Jesus in Matthew, where he says that some are born eunuchs (we might see these as intersex people today), some are made that way by others (here Dr Cornwall mysteriously draws comparison to modern trans people, even though nobody is making them have surgery and even though she was just a moment earlier speaking about the widespread practice of castrating slaves, which it clearly refers to), and those who choose to become eunuchs ‘for the sake of the kingdom of heaven’ – our academic fails to even consider why Jesus says this. It is clearly a reference to the Gallae, and others holy servants who chose to self-castrate to become closer to the Goddess and better able to serve her in the world.

The contributions in the programme from Buddhist trans man Kamalanandi and Christian Trans woman Philippa Whittaker are fascinating and optimistic, suggesting positive developments in religious quarters, but also highlighting the distance to go. For example, Kamalanandi points out that an aim of Buddhism is to transcend gender to achieve enlightenment – yet the cultural manifestation of the faith is one of separating the genders. Ordained as a woman, Kamalanandi’s wish to join the men’s worship is challenging the Buddhists to expand their thinking.

In the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas Jesus lists transcending gender as one of the requirements for entering the kingdom of heaven. This didn’t get a mention in the programme, nor did the Qedesha, the gay/trans priests of the Goddess Asherah, mentioned several times in the OT: known as the ‘Holy Ones’ at the time, the word Qedesha was translated as sodomites in the King James Bible and generally as ‘male shrine prostitutes’ today. The possibility that the existence of gay people and trans people has a spiritual root, and that we play a spiritual role in society, is still a step too far for most, yet this programme, despite its limitations, is a sign of a gradual evolution in understanding.

I was pleasantly surprised by this programme, and feel it does a lot of good, and not really so surprised that it did not bring home the mystical potential that it opened up. But it is a good sign that human understanding of spirit and consciousness is growing, and that the much needed shift in our global spiritual story (from division and mind control to unity and liberation) will come, and will, almost certainly, be a gender-bending, sex-positive, trans-led revelation when it does.

Full Moon Election

The UK General Election on 12th December 2019 comes at the Full Moon in Gemini, the sign of the Twins – and is a battle between the two Gemini-Sun party leaders of the Labour and Conservative parties.

Note that the Moon appears in their charts in the opposite signs of Taurus and Scorpio, highlighting the difference in their emotional approach to the world. Scorpio (Johnson) has flexibility deep passion and commitment, but always keeps some things hidden, Taurus (Corbyn) gives stability, charm and sincerity, but also a tendency to hang on to the past and not learn from mistakes.

Jeremy Corbyn was born 26th May 1949, at 5 degrees Gemini Sun with Taurus Moon, and an Earth Ox in Chinese astrology.

Jeremy Corbyn

Boris Johnson was born 19th June 1964, 28 degrees Gemini Sun with Scorpio Moon, and a Wood Dragon in Chinese astrology.

Boris Johnson

Britain has been led by the Dragon and Ox energy before. Both Edward Heath and Harold Wilson were fire Dragons (and both had water sun signs, Heath Cancer and Wilson Pisces). Their premierships were followed by those of the water Ox James Callaghan then the wood Ox Margaret Thatcher.

John Major is a stubborn water Goat, who simply stood his ground in the politically non-eventful mid 90s, and Gordon Brown a water Dragon, who dissolved in the financial chaos that hit from 2008 (as water Ox Callaghan had done in the late 70s).

Tony Blair and David Cameron are both Horses – Blair in the wood element (note, as with Thatcher, the staying power of the wood element) and Cameron in fire (and he certainly ignited a fire of transformation under the British nations, in the British soul, with the EU referendum, that is going to burn for some time yet).

DECEMBER 2019: GEMINI FULL MOON….. the dual nature of Gemini is reflected in the practially 50/50 split in the British psyche that Brexit seems to have brought forth.

CORBYN and JOHNSON BOTH GEMINI…

and a battle between DRAGON and OX, the two energies that dominated the premiership from the 1960s to early 1990s.

Other party leaders:

JO SWINSON: born 5th February 1980 – Aquarius Metal Monkey

NICOLA STURGEON is not standing in this election. She is a Cancer Metal Dog.

SIAN BERRY is a Cancer Wood Tiger.

NIGEL FARAGE: Aries Wood Dragon, born same year as Boris Johsnon.

THE DIVINE DANCE IS THERE FOR THOSE WITH EYES TO SEE …..

BUT WILL THIS ELECTION SOLVE ANYTHING? With the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn coming up in January, we can be pretty sure this drama has not reached its peak yet……

What are astrologers saying about this election?

We won’t lie, Boris and Jeremy having the same star sign does rather cloud the prediction. Clearly the two front runners for number 10 are both going to have a high octane, high stress few weeks. It seems like the stars are predicting that it’s going to be an explosive ride for Jo Swinson, too…. We reckon the stars narrowly favour Boris, but honestly that’s got more to do with the bookmarkers predictions than the stars.” https://graziadaily.co.uk/life/in-the-news/election-starsigns/

“…both Pluto and Saturn are both conjuncting Venus on this faithful day…. The Gemini full moon in ancient times is seen as the full moon of goodwill….The elements of Earth and Fire, alternate with being the dominate elementary forces throughout the 12th of December… At 10 pm, when voting closes, the Earth element and Mutable energies have the stronghold, indicating the results will change the current political system…. At 10 pm, when voting closes, the Earth element and Mutable energies have the stronghold, indicating the results will change the current political system…. Some of the planetary aspects may indicate a victory for the status quo- conservatives; however, I feel that the seeds of change will still mean that if the conservatives win… Labour will gain enough seats in the general election to influence governmental policy, Uranus in Taurus over the next few years will ensure positive change slowly but surely will come…. Voters may find it hard to determine what they want or what they need,  many voters may choose to vote conservatives because they find it hard to risk the stability conservatives have offered…. After the economic crash, deeming labours manifesto to cost too much financially; however, the influence of the moon on Saturn (Capricorn) may influence some voters to take the leap of faith.” ” https://www.ancientfuturevision.org/uk-election-astrology-prediction-december-2019/

Jeremy Corbyn and Labour for the win. I do believe that it is JC’s year this year, as he is the one party leader for whom the stars are lining up most favourably .” https://solascendans.com/2019/10/30/how-to-predict-the-general-election-2019/

Divine Self

The god self inside each of us

seeks to be known

wants to be born:

it’s pushing us to know ourselves

beyond labels, beyond gender

and to reach for the goal

of aligning the soul

to nature’s cosmic play

attuned to the Way,

once known as the Tao,

as Great Spirit or Great Mother:

the Way is calling us to know

that the divine in us is also

our own inner androgyne lover.

.

The goddess inside us

connects all life through Her love,

the conflicts between us

dissolve in Her laughter,

the potential we bear

is to birth Her new world.

.

In a world lost in delusions

to transform the confusion

transcendence may be the solution

witness the game

yes it’s a shame

that humanity is so full of hate

yet there are witches, shamans, magicians everywhere

and we are ready to open the gates

to play out the final days of fate.

AIDS Shaman 2: LiveLaunch

Monday 28 October, 2030 GMT https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCLMTE-IGM_8s54NUJTcWZw?view=

Launching at the 2019 Scorpio New Moon

MONDAY OCTOBER 28TH, 2030 GMT. Queer Spirit Channel on YouTube.

My intention with AIDS Shaman 2: Through the Veils is threefold

  • To encourage more conversation about CONSCIOUSNESS, the thing that we all have in common, the thing that we are – also the thing that the collective belief system of the modern world – science – has so little to say about. Although quantum physics is revealing the same truths proposed by mystics since long ages past, there are some scientists who try to prove consciousness is a by product of the material evolution, ignoring the millennia of research into the deep, true nature of existence by the many proud and profound spiritual traditions of the world.
  • To expand awareness of the role that same sex erotic love and gender-variance has played in the spiritual life of the species – among shamanic tribal peoples, the ancient pagan faiths of the Middle East and Europe, and also in the sexually repressed father religions too – and so encourage conversation about the roles of queer people in the world today, as we stand up for our rights and grow to discover the power in our queer spirit.
  • To inspire more communion with the dead, our ancestors (who are so much closer than we think), to celebrate them, and through knowing them finding the strength to release our fears about dying and open to a bigger, brighter understanding of our own being and the joy of being alive.

My hope is to get people thinking, talking and growing.

The mysteries of consciousness are ours to explore:

we are each the inheritors of everything that has gone before.

ONCE UPON A TIME

all the worlds lived together

there was no separation between matter and spirit

humans talked daily to the dead

to the trees, the plants, the animals

and remembered to honour the faerie elementals

who kept nature in balance.

It was the Roman Emperor, not the Church

who eradicated reincarnation from the Christian worldview

male priests seized the spiritual power that had long belonged to the women, transgender and queer peoples,

male priests claimed to hold the keys to heaven:

instead of ecstatic rites that brought people in touch

with divine presence,

they went to church to hear the preacher

tell them God could only be known after death

and only if they obeyed the Church’s rules in life…

The biggest threat to the military industrial complex

is the people remembering that I am another You

and You are another Me:

Seeing through the lies, all the way to infinity.

.

Everything we think we know will change –

we can live multidimensionally

enter the dance of synchronicity

unravel the knots and blocks in our souls

make the remembrance of ONENESS our greatest goal

restore again the holy Whole

each one of us has a role.

HIV CAME TO US TO BE

THE END OF DISEASE

A GATEWAY TO ETERNITY

this is my message and I will say it over and over

THERE IS NO DEATH

THERE IS NO SEPARATION

the time has come to break down the old paradigms

and defeat the darkness that grips the world

the time has come to birth a new humanity

that puts love, cooperation and peace at the centre of the play

the world is gripped by darkness and fear

but the solution to all our woes has always been here

in our hearts.

The position that gay people take in society, the function we so often choose, is that of mediator between worlds….. In a tribal environment, this means shape shifting into wolves, birds, stones, wind and translating their wisdoms for the benefit of the people of the tribe… in the long patriarchal history that has gradually enveloped the world’s people, the gay function has been to make crossover journeys between gender-worlds, translating, identifying and bringing back the information ……..gay culture is always on the cusp of each intersecting world or way of life, on the path between one world and another.” JUDITH GRAHN

Sex can open the gates to heaven,

the multidimensional Self:

that’s part of what gay sex is actually for

in the grand scheme of creation –

it’s what we were honoured for

in pagan temples around the world,

the phallus was the symbol of God,

the body was holy in the age of the Goddess –

the temple of the spirit divine

and the task in the 21st century

is to renew this understanding for this time.

AIDS Shaman Books 1 and 2 are available in print and ebook versions from

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shokti

Bring the Spirit Home

The BODY is HOLY

the HEART is DIVINE

the SOUL is ETERNAL

but the MIND is a CHILD.

.

The gift and task the Spirit gave to Humanity

to evolve the mind and illuminate the flesh

involves the risk of confusion and insanity

the risk of a great big mess.

.

For the mind is the child in us

it believes itself alone

we need to know and understand this gift

to bring the Spirit HOME.

.

AIDS was my Accelerated

Individual Discovery of Self

I faced my mortality

and found my ancient soul wealth.

In the transition to the Age of Aquarius

we need to grasp a bigger perspective

to nurture our mental health.

.

The Divine Self is on its journey

– We are all THAT –

Humanity WILL find its unity, ONENESS,

through choice or through crisis:

we each make that choice

we each have a voice

that adds to the confusion or the illumination –

we need to learn to use the mind as a tool of CREATION.

.

Every thought, every belief feeds into our subconscious

the body feels the vibrations and sends an emotional reaction

There are forces in the world that do not want us to think clearly –

the same forces that do not want us to act queerly –

Confusion suits the powers that be

But in our own minds and hearts we can become FREE.

.

We need an

ACCELERATED COLLECTIVE DISCOVERY OF SELF

The AWAKENING long foretold

The REMEMBRANCE of humanity’s place in the WHOLE

Our role to unite the worlds below and above

Through the light of the liberated mind and the POWER OF LOVE.

The Pagan Heart of the West – review

Randy P. Conner is my favourite historian. His queer and pagan eye on humanity’s past brings awareness and understanding that historians of the past, approaching the subject through the prejudices and assumptions of their time, simply did not access.

The topic of queer sexualities and the sacred in history was opened in the 1970s by Arthur Evans in his work ‘Witchcraft and the Gay Counter-Culture’. The 80s saw a new wave of gay historians re-interpreting the past, but there was nothing produced to compare with Randy P. Conner’s masterpiece, ‘Blossom of Bone’. First published in 1993, Blossom of Bone covers a broad sweep of human existence from phallic cave art to the loosely neo-pagan sex magic of the Radical Faerie community, teasing out the links between “homo-eroticism, gender-variance and the sacred” in just about every culture of the planet that we have records for. Despite its broad remit, Blossom of Bone is packed full of detailed information and fascinating history that keeps me picking it up again and again. It is my primary go-to resource book for queer spiritual history, and although a few other books on the subject have appeared, I can’t recommend and praise this one enough.

In his new 5 volume epic, ‘The Pagan Heart of the West’, Randy has set himself another far-reaching task – this time to challenge the historical orthodoxy of the past that took for granted that ancient pagan faiths were inevitably superseded by more sophisticated Abrahamic religions, and then eradicated entirely under Darwinian influenced scientific rationalism. His wish is to “view them in their own light and perhaps in the light of other ancient and indigenous sacred traditions.” He makes a very convincing case for the continuation of pagan beliefs, customs and practices long after the establishment of the Christian religion, as well as presenting a very useful picture of the gradual spread of Christian dominance in Europe, without assuming Christian (or secular) superiority.

Volume 1 ‘Deities and Kindred Beings’ contains an amazing cataloguing of divinities celebrated throughout the continent, recording their legends and how they were worshipped, how long that worship continued, and where it re-emerged. Through reading this volume, for example, I now have a heightened sense of the central place that tree worship in sacred groves took in indigenous European religion and the impact it had when Christians burnt the massive ancient trees, replacing them with their stone churches. Randy also succeeds in overcoming the usual western European bias of so much religious history – here we also read in detail about the traditions of the Slavic, Baltic, Romanian… peoples.

The first chapter of volume 1 contains a review of the historiography of the subject, revealing that, as with LGBTQ+ history, our pagan past is yet to be properly appreciated, as he calls out various highly regarded historians for the cultural lens they look through. It takes a pagan eye to see the historical strands in their true light – eg his chapter on the earth goddess and her male consorts help us to remember just how important, how central, and for how long, female divinity has been a part of our European past. The whole book just drips with tales of glorious divinities that I bet most of us have never heard of before, as well as revealing how ubiquitous was belief and trust in the Goddess, Pan and other deities, throughout the past two millennia, how slow Christianity was to take hold in some places, and how the pagan divinities and practices re-emerged, adapted and survived.

The chapter on ‘Veneration of Fairies, Elves and Kindred Beings’ suggests that the pagan deities transformed into fairy in the Middle Ages because of the persecution from the Christian authorities. Randy does accept that elemental beings were known before this time – eg he mentions 16th century Scottish witch Alison Peirsoun who seemingly connected fairy to ancient Egyptian teachings of Hermes Trismesgistus – but makes a strong case for the arrival of a fairy magical culture during the Middle Ages, possibly influenced by the Persian belief in the peri and the Hindu devas. I personally wonder why he takes this line, for it seems equally likely to me that interactions with the spirits of nature had been a normal part of indigenous European society perhaps for many millennia prior to the arrival of Christianity.

Randy is one of still very few historians who are changing our understanding of humanity’s spiritual past. I am also a student of queer and pagan history – one who has realised for example that the references in the Christian Bible to goddess worshipping, gender-bending, sodomising temple priests never get mentioned by modern LGBT Christian activists because they have not made their own connection to the goddess path, to the mysteries of sex magic and pagan communion with the spirit worlds. They judge the pagan past just as heterosexual Christians too, without realising that the virulent condemnation of same sex love and transexuality was directly linked to the suppression of ancient holy practices. I write about the Qedesha (condemned in the OT) and the Gallae priest/esses of Cybele (condemned by Paul in the New), because I have found myself to be one of their receivers of their inheritance – a modern gay man who has discovered that the feminine inside himself connects him to this ancient path of spiritual service, of the Goddess. I live the reality of the pagan calendar, the moon cycles and seasonal festivals, and I live the reality of ecstatic communion (eg through drumming, dance and also sexuality) with the spirit, so I have a perspective on that strand of queer spiritual history that is just not available to either Christian or secular queers.

Like Randy, I seek also to reclaim and explore the holy energies of our pagan past. This is a practical goal, not simply an academic one. It’s a lived experience in queer spirited spaces, such as Queer Spirit Festival in the UK and Radical Faerie sanctuaries around the world – books like The Pagan Heart of the West are essential tools on this journey, as we reconnect the human spirit to its ancestors and its beloved divinities, to the unity that underlies our diversity.

I am so excited to read the next four volumes!

The healer within

For centuries the Church brainwashed people to believe they were sinners waiting for punishment. Then science came along and convinced people to believe they are biological accidents. Psychology came along and pathologised mental and emotional states, dishing out labels and pills that keep people sick..

Yet older than all three, and still around waiting in the wings, is the wisdom tradition astrology, which not only teaches that we are cosmic starbeings on a journey of infinite, never-ending, discovery, it gives us the tools to navigate the energetic shifts and get the most out of life while we are here on planet earth, the ultimate mystery school of the outer Milky Way. Souls come from far off galaxies to take this ride.

Breaks my heart when i see FB posts about depression, anxiety, helplessness etc. There is another language we can use. There is a crucial connection between mind-body-emotion and spirit: It matters what we think, how we think – our thoughts feed our emotions and manifest in our bodies. That’s how the Church cut us off from the holy light in our souls – by believing we are the opposite. This paved the way for Science to reduce us to meaningless atoms. This opened the door for Psychology to analyse and dissect our minds, separating them out and making them feel very, very alone.

The military-industrial, capitalist machine does not want us to be aware of the heavenly cycles flowing through our souls, any more than the Church did.

As Sun moves into Libra, the Equinox point is a perfect moment to turn this around. Equinox offers shift. The Cosmos is always waiting for us to step into its embrace. This is nothing new, humans have had to struggle against the dominant culture to discover the truth for a long time. Difference now of course is there are so many more of us ready for it, we can find each other through the internet, and the stakes are much, much higher.

The healer is within.

AUTUMN EQUINOX 2019

The Pisces Full Moon on 14th September opened the equinoctial spirit, a whole 9 days before the balance point of the solar equinox, which falls on September 23rd this year. These 9 days are a gift from the universe, if we are able to receive it – we are in a portal of transition out of Summer and into the Libran start of the Autumn, in which we are being invited to slow down, rest, release and see where we are in life now. I’ve seen so many huge transformations in lots of people over recent years – the ride of life is at high intensity, for most people personally as well as for all of us collectively. Having studied the Path of spiritual evolution and awakening since the mid 1990s, I can see we are heading toward even bigger shifts in the coming years, so this is the ideal time to engage the solar Virgo spirit that we are moving through right now and educate ourselves on the bigger processes underway in human consciousness.

The equinox shift into Libra month can be a jolt to the system. It’s not only the weather that changes at this time, so do the vibrations of our inner fields. Equinox brings the shift from the external, joy-focussed activities of summer towards the more emotionally and internally focussed journey of the darker half of the year.

Elementally, the shift can be perceived as moving from summer fire to autumn water – we are entering a time when emotional connection moves to the centre of focus after a period of summer creativity and play. When we do not make a conscious shift in our inner attention the body reacts to force us there, for example we get struck down with colds and flu – and sure enough this will shift us into our feelings, and hopefully bring us loving support from those who love us. Nature is clever, and always pulling or pushing us along the Way when we don’t go willingly.

The Pisces Full Moon was I’m sure one of the most intense energies of the year for some people. Full moons are always emotional and Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, is able to feel every emotion going around. Without spiritual awareness of the cycles nature takes us through, we can be swept up in these waves and end up feeling battered on the post full moon shores.

Every full moon opens up a polarity in consciousness – invites us to pay attention to the state of play of that polarity in our own lives. Putting it simply, when the Sun is in Virgo and the Full Moon in Pisces we are being asked to find the balance between our physical and spiritual needs. This was a grounding full moon, since Virgo is an earth sign and Pisces water. Knowing this we can be prepared to make room to listen to what the body is asking/telling us, make way for the emotions in us to flow out and release. We can be aware that we are likely to be feeling very sensitive, as the piscean energy field is wide open, and aware of the danger of being over-analytical, over-critical, over-thinking (all virgoan hazards). Knowing that we are in an earth and water balance, it’s time to give the mind a back seat, let it become the observer, the witness of what is emerging.

Since April this year the teacher planet Saturn has been retrograde, taking us all through some big internal shifts, bringing the lessons and sometimes hard challenges. This phase ended on the 18th September and is adding to the possibility of finding some peace and calm right now. Saturn going direct gives us all the chance to move forwards, both with our projects and in our inner world.

Meditate. Study. Read. Write. Virgo Sun engages the mental fields at the same time as it invites us to take care of the body, to give it the sustenance and rest it needs at summer’s end. It matters how we use our minds, what we hold in them, what we give our attention to, how we view life, the stories we tell ourselves – the activity in our mind feeds directly into our subconscious, which then reaches out in the ether to attach to the things it is hearing. The subconscious does not filter out the negative/dark stuff, it just absorbs it all and attempts to manifest it, sending its efforts directly into our emotional field.

A largely missing point of understanding in the collective modern culture is that happiness or suffering are the result of the thoughts and beliefs we are harbouring. This is one of the points of the year when we can slow down enough to make improvements where needed in our thinking. Every thought leads to a feeling – the mind is a vehicle or tool for our consciousness just as much as the body, and it works much better when trained.

Autumn Equinox 2019: the world is on the brink of something huge, the next decade is going to be critical in deciding our future as a species, in deciding the future of our planet. Wake up world, there’s a big, big picture going on, and each of us holds a key to open up the understanding and awareness that is needed globally right now. Everybody has a part to play, for as we grow, our frequencies lighten and affect the world around us. Awakening is a game – perhaps a game of dominoes, when one person gets it, it triggers a chain reaction, spreading round the world, until a new dawn arrives.

When the Goddess Returns

WHEN THE GODDESS RETURNS

people will fall to their knees

begging forgiveness for all our destructive deeds.

– Isis-

Humanity forgot how to love the Earth as Mother

forgot how to treat all living things as sister and brother.

We take our Mother’s blood in the form of oil

we pollute and abuse her air, waters and soil

not knowing we’re her children

intimately connected to her rhythms

we continue to struggle, fight, create more schisms.

– Astarte –

The Sun rises every day illuminating Who We Are

the Moon guides us along the way

the Stars tell us we will go far

when we rediscover how to pray

learn how our thoughts and intentions create our experiences

that we are all one interconnected being.

– Diana –

The men of war killed Her priestesses and queer priests

shut down her temples, destroyed her groves and holy trees

until the populace no longer even believe

in the presence of Spirit, of the other planes

labelling those who communicate with them deluded or insane.

– Hecate –

Through the Goddess

we know our ONENESS

we feel our ancestors

and nature’s sprites.

Through her rhythms

we repair our souls.

– Demeter –

By attuning to the sun and moon cycles

we can escape the delusion and confusion

of a society built on separation

and give birth to our healing nation.

– Kali –

The people of the Goddess are coming:

We’re remembering that we lived before.

We’re remembering a time before war

when sexuality was sacred

and all forms of love were honoured.

– Inanna –

We have to die to who we thought we are

to become who we’ve always been.

The Soul is Trans

trans pride rainbow

In a small town pub in Suffolk I spoke to a lad about the inner feminine – he took great offence to the idea that he might have a feminine part to himself, almost to the point of aggression. What in heaven’s name are they teaching kids at school?

The Soul is Trans, we manifest as bodies through the interplay of various spiritual energies, male and female being a key polarity through which our physical forms and personalities find expression. This basic fact of our human existence was obvious to all the indigenous, ancient peoples of the planet and led to those people who manifested both masculinity and femininity strongly often regarded as special, holy beings.  The Hijras of India are a surviving remnant of what was once a vibrant queer spiritual/magical culture that manifested in some form on every continent.

The early modern European explorers found cross-dressing, gender-fluid shamans, witches and monks in every corner of the globe. This is how it once was in Europe and the Middle East too, until the rise of the monotheistic religions, with their all-powerful, male god. Assinnu, Kurgurru, Qedesha, Gallae are among our ancient names. As religion gradually became a tool of the political state, its teachings adapted to bring structure and discipline to society (mainly through fear, though calling it love), in contrast to the liberating, anarchic, sexualised rituals of the ancient Goddess – so those who sought the teachings of soul liberation joined mystery schools, covens and heretical sects in which over the centuries, magical wisdom was passed on.

Flower of Life with rainbow gradients

Kabbalists, Astrologers, Alchemists all found insights into the nature of reality through their practices, which are now openly available for us in the modern world if we seek them. But we are still emerging from the spirit-denying 20th century, still stuck in the domination of consumerism, fame and finance. Since the 1960’s there have been many who have made or are making the shift to a different way of being, one of compassion, seeking, healing and loving, but the mainstream culture is very slow to catch up.

trans symbol (2)

Trans people are emerging in the world in ever greater numbers quite probably because their souls have decided to to do their bit to hasten the evolution of the species, as we move beyond the materialist paradigm into a multi-dimensional reality, where we learn to unite the genders within in order to enter the higher dimensions of spirit, called the kingdom of heaven by Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas:

“When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner as the outer, and the upper as the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male shall not be male, and the female shall not be female: . . . then you will enter [the kingdom].” Jesus in The Gnostic Apostle Thomas:Chapter 24, Saying 22

kabbalah

Reincarnation featured in all the ancient worldviews, was pushed out of the Christian agenda to suit the Roman emperors, and of course is ridiculed by the scientifically minded cultural leaders of the modern secular world.  The mass cultural paradigm is stuck in a tragic ‘one lifetime’ paradigm, and the transcendental nature of the soul not generally discussed, it’s highly possible that a person who feels they ‘were born in the wrong body’ is remembering something of their previous incarnation.

….And since the mystical goal of realisation of the Self involves the unification and integration of the inner genders (and other aspects), it’s highly likely that many trans people are evolved souls who have come into their current body to attain that integration and gain higher understanding of consciousness.

Since the western culture does not teach trans people who they are, trans people will have to teach the culture.

In fact all the queer tribes – the lesbians, gay men, bi and non-binary folk are in the process of unpicking centuries of being hated and misunderstood, of being seen as evil, dirty, sick… as sinners, outcasts, or as criminals.  We all are on the path of redefining who we are, on our terms, in our own ways.  Radical Faeries have been doing this since 1979.  500 magical, bright and creative queers just gathered this summer for the third QUEER SPIRIT FESTIVAL in the UK, celebrating the emergence of queers as a healing tribe within the human whole. 

The call is building for a SECOND COMING OUT – this time reclaiming and proclaiming our magical nature, our soul nature, our holy queer spirit.

north american Trans Shaman RAVEN KALDERA:

“Transgendered people have long been robbed of their own spiritual history, not knowing that there were once times and places where ours was considered a spiritual path in and of itself… We are all sacred and it is time that the world knew it.”