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Monday, August 7, 2017

Witches of Transgression Full Moon Working

AN INVITATION TO THE WITCHES OF THE WORLD - PLEASE SHARE WIDELY!

2017 Witches of Transgression Working:

BORN IN THE FIRE

The Divine Spiraling Rainbow Tribe is a Circle within the CAYA Pagan Congregation devoted to exploring and honoring sacred mxgender Mysteries. Our Priestxes embody the experience of identity beyond the gender binary, and celebrate the glittering prism of Divine existence that is Powerful, Delightful, Enthusiastic, Playful, Transformative, Magickal, Compassionate, and Reverent. We invite people of all genders or none, but especially mxgender and non-binary people, to join us in our first year of doing a public, world-wide working to bring a better world into being. By performing this ritual in our own spaces all over the world each Full Moon, we grid the Earth with the energy of the Divine, toward a shared vision of intentional change.

I want to participate. What should I do?

If you would like to join us in this effort, please:

  1. Share this working and its intent with other people you know, or in your own social media, using the hashtag #witchesoftransgression
  2. Follow our blog.
  3. Perform the following ritual at your own altar each Full Moon between now and December 3, 2017. We begin Jan. 12, 2017, but join us whenever you wish.

THE RITUAL WORKING: EVERY FULL MOON


You will need:
  • a red seven day candle
  • a copy of our ideals

The Working:
  • Light your candle. If you are not able to get or use a candle safely, please feel free to instead watch this video: https://youtu.be/IrR2u4_8LLg
  • Gaze into the fire, feel the strength of your own inner flame burning inside you. Envision your inner flame manifesting in the world. Contemplate our ideals and the ways you embody them and act upon them. Do not dwell on the fears and pains of the past. Instead, know that the world we wish to create is already coming into being. When you feel ready, recite the Witches of Transgression prayer.


I whirl at the edge of the universe
Like my Ancxters before me
I am a breaker of chains
My love is unstoppable
Holding the Now to my heart
Embodying the future unfolding
There is nothing to fear
I am a Witch of Transgression


On the last full moon of the year, on Dec. 3, 2017, if you are somewhere it is safe to do so, burn a candle all night.  

We welcome binary-identified people to lend us energetic support in this ongoing project, and we thank you for your alliance. We invite you to embody and exemplify our ideals, as we also are doing. You may also wish to join our sisters in the Mothers of the New Time prayer, our brothers in the Fathers of Change prayer on the dark moon, and families in the Children of Promise working.

Our ideals

  • Honor for elders, respect for their survival strategies, attention to their stories and the complexities of their lived experiences, continual respect for their choices including correct gendering throughout end-of-life care and into death.
  • Communities connected by love and solidarity that center and amplify the the needs and voices of those who have been oppressed, bringing healing and justice
  • A world that creates and maintains spaces of creativity, playfulness, and innovation.
  • Alternatives to the prison industrial complex that better serve the needs of those who have been oppressed
  • Equitable, accurate and accessible information and education which recognizes the intersectionality of sex, sexuality, gender identity and gender expression
  • The establishment of public policies and laws which recognize and support the equal rights of all people, regardless of sex, sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, and any other aspects of being and identity.
  • Reclamation of the natural and sacred roles of mxgender people in their communities and cultures; reclamation of repressed histories, stigmatized words and expressions; recognition that gender diversity is a sign of a healthy and holistic culture and restoration of that vitality to our living communities and societies by co-creating cultures of hospitality and freedom of being and expression.
  • Respect for the self-determined identities of all people; accurate use of the names, gender identities, titles, and pronouns an individual claims, whether they are new or established; acknowledgement that an individual's identity may change over time or society's understanding of their identity may change; easy correction of medical or legal forms that do not reflect an individual's current identity.
  • Accessible and appropriate medical care for all people, especially vulnerable populations such as the homeless and incarcerated; medical professionals knowledgeable about the particular health issues of trans, mxgender, and intersex people; medical forms that allow a person to indicate their sex, gender, and pronouns, and allow for these to change over time; an end to restrictive requirements for changing gender or sex.
  • Honor for children; an end to unnecessary medical intervention in the bodies of intersex infants and youth; respect for the clothing, toy, activity, friendship and other preferences of children without regard to gender norms; an end to gender assignment before an individual is able to inform others of their identity; resistance to the systematic oppression that threatens children who in some way transgress gender
  • Honor for our trancestors and ancsxtors; respect for the various ways their identities have been expressed over the millennia; honor for the unique cultural and spiritual roles they played; honor for individuals that played important roles; acknowledgement of the hardships they faced; reverence for our named and unnamed transcestors and ansxtors.
  • Feel free to add any of your own ideals here.

These are the ideals of the Witches of Transgression
We are all forms of identity intersection in body, mind and spirit
We resist, refuse and reject unkind, unnecessary, and unnatural attempts to control or conform our inherent sense of selfhood
From the gleams in the eyes of the parents to the legends after we die, we call for an openness and loving curiosity about gender, sex, ability, spirituality, and all aspects of unique, individual selfhood
Respect the unknown without labeling it and honor that which has been self-identified.
SO MOTE IT BE!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A prayer for our siblings in the military

I light a candle and offer this prayer for our transgender and gender-non-conforming siblings in the US military:

May your efforts in every working day be recognized.
May your contributions to core and country be valued.
May you be honored and respected for who you are, and for the service you give.
May our country commit to you as fully as you commit to our country.
May you tap great wells of personal strength and community support in the face of adversity.
May your bodies, minds, and souls be seen through eyes of fierce protectiveness and pride by those who hold power in the structures of our military.

Blessed be your work.
Blessed be your bodies.
Blessed be your minds.
Blessed be your radiant and courageous souls!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Rainbow Moon Circle's Laughing Moon in Portland, OR!

Come As You Are To…
The Rainbow Moon Circle’s Laughing Moon
A Full Moon Circle Honoring and Celebrating Gender Diversity




Saturday, August 5, 8:00PM
Doors open at 8:00PM, circle is cast at 8:15PM
Please arrive on time, no one is admitted after the circle is cast.

The Sacred Well, 7927 SE 13th Avenue, Portland

$10-$20 donation accepted, no one turned away for lack of funds

The mxgender Priestxes of Come As You Are Pagan Congregation invite people of any and all genders - or none - to join us in honoring the transformative power of laughter in our lives to get us through hard times. We will be honoring PanIris, the mxgender deity of Questioning gender identity.

This will be our first ritual in Portland, Oregon - we are excited to bring our spectrum of experience to the Portland community!

You are welcome to bring an item to charge on the altar, as well as cakes and ale to share after the circle is opened.

Our Mission: The Rainbow Moon Circle is a safe and sacred space for all to explore the spectra of gender and identity. We honor the holistic experience of self-determined identity and its infinite intersections. We celebrate the glittering prism of Divine existence that is powerful, delightful, enthusiastic, playful, transformative, magickal, compassionate, and reverent. Live the Spectra!

Join us on Facebook or G+

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Witches of Transgression Full Moon Magick

AN INVITATION TO THE WITCHES OF THE WORLD - PLEASE SHARE WIDELY!

2017 Witches of Transgression Working:

BORN IN THE FIRE

The Divine Spiraling Rainbow Tribe is a Circle within the CAYA Pagan Congregation devoted to exploring and honoring sacred mxgender Mysteries. Our Priestxes embody the experience of identity beyond the gender binary, and celebrate the glittering prism of Divine existence that is Powerful, Delightful, Enthusiastic, Playful, Transformative, Magickal, Compassionate, and Reverent. We invite people of all genders or none, but especially mxgender and non-binary people, to join us in our first year of doing a public, world-wide working to bring a better world into being. By performing this ritual in our own spaces all over the world each Full Moon, we grid the Earth with the energy of the Divine, toward a shared vision of intentional change.

I want to participate. What should I do?

If you would like to join us in this effort, please:

  1. Share this working and its intent with other people you know, or in your own social media, using the hashtag #witchesoftransgression
  2. Follow our blog.
  3. Perform the following ritual at your own altar each Full Moon between now and December 3, 2017. We begin Jan. 12, 2017, but join us whenever you wish.

THE RITUAL WORKING: EVERY FULL MOON


You will need:
  • a red seven day candle
  • a copy of our ideals

The Working:
  • Light your candle. If you are not able to get or use a candle safely, please feel free to instead watch this video: https://youtu.be/IrR2u4_8LLg
  • Gaze into the fire, feel the strength of your own inner flame burning inside you. Envision your inner flame manifesting in the world. Contemplate our ideals and the ways you embody them and act upon them. Do not dwell on the fears and pains of the past. Instead, know that the world we wish to create is already coming into being. When you feel ready, recite the Witches of Transgression prayer.


I whirl at the edge of the universe
Like my Ancxters before me
I am a breaker of chains
My love is unstoppable
Holding the Now to my heart
Embodying the future unfolding
There is nothing to fear
I am a Witch of Transgression


On the last full moon of the year, on Dec. 3, 2017, if you are somewhere it is safe to do so, burn a candle all night.  

We welcome binary-identified people to lend us energetic support in this ongoing project, and we thank you for your alliance. We invite you to embody and exemplify our ideals, as we also are doing. You may also wish to join our sisters in the Mothers of the New Time prayer, our brothers in the Fathers of Change prayer on the dark moon, and families in the Children of Promise working.

Our ideals

  • Honor for elders, respect for their survival strategies, attention to their stories and the complexities of their lived experiences, continual respect for their choices including correct gendering throughout end-of-life care and into death.
  • Communities connected by love and solidarity that center and amplify the the needs and voices of those who have been oppressed, bringing healing and justice
  • A world that creates and maintains spaces of creativity, playfulness, and innovation.
  • Alternatives to the prison industrial complex that better serve the needs of those who have been oppressed
  • Equitable, accurate and accessible information and education which recognizes the intersectionality of sex, sexuality, gender identity and gender expression
  • The establishment of public policies and laws which recognize and support the equal rights of all people, regardless of sex, sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, and any other aspects of being and identity.
  • Reclamation of the natural and sacred roles of mxgender people in their communities and cultures; reclamation of repressed histories, stigmatized words and expressions; recognition that gender diversity is a sign of a healthy and holistic culture and restoration of that vitality to our living communities and societies by co-creating cultures of hospitality and freedom of being and expression.
  • Respect for the self-determined identities of all people; accurate use of the names, gender identities, titles, and pronouns an individual claims, whether they are new or established; acknowledgement that an individual's identity may change over time or society's understanding of their identity may change; easy correction of medical or legal forms that do not reflect an individual's current identity.
  • Accessible and appropriate medical care for all people, especially vulnerable populations such as the homeless and incarcerated; medical professionals knowledgeable about the particular health issues of trans, mxgender, and intersex people; medical forms that allow a person to indicate their sex, gender, and pronouns, and allow for these to change over time; an end to restrictive requirements for changing gender or sex.
  • Honor for children; an end to unnecessary medical intervention in the bodies of intersex infants and youth; respect for the clothing, toy, activity, friendship and other preferences of children without regard to gender norms; an end to gender assignment before an individual is able to inform others of their identity; resistance to the systematic oppression that threatens children who in some way transgress gender
  • Honor for our trancestors and ancsxtors; respect for the various ways their identities have been expressed over the millennia; honor for the unique cultural and spiritual roles they played; honor for individuals that played important roles; acknowledgement of the hardships they faced; reverence for our named and unnamed transcestors and ansxtors.
  • Feel free to add any of your own ideals here.

These are the ideals of the Witches of Transgression
We are all forms of identity intersection in body, mind and spirit
We resist, refuse and reject unkind, unnecessary, and unnatural attempts to control or conform our inherent sense of selfhood
From the gleams in the eyes of the parents to the legends after we die, we call for an openness and loving curiosity about gender, sex, ability, spirituality, and all aspects of unique, individual selfhood
Respect the unknown without labeling it and honor that which has been self-identified.
SO MOTE IT BE!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Midsummer growth and gratitude


I have lots of room for growth.

This is a mantra I have been working with recently. It fits so well with being in an ally role, which is what I am as a Rainbow Sparkle, in my service through the mxgender circles CAYA offers (Rainbow Moon Circles and Divine Spiraling Rainbow Tribe sabbats). I am a cis woman, and am navigating my way in serving the non-binary pagan community in a respectful and supportive way.

One key for me is grooving out to the harmony part in the song the Priestxs co-create for each public ritual I help offer (metaphorically speaking). Not needing to be in the spotlight to know that I’m doing essential and valued work. Really relishing being a pillar of support. I think of my harmony part as similar to when I was Second Alto in a college choir: I never had the melody, but always had these rich tones to carry that added to the complexity and beauty of the music. Plus I got to listen to the melody without being engaged in creating it myself, which let me revel in hearing that part (metaphorically: receiving that wisdom). Many people are forced into the position of second (or fifth!) fiddle, so I know choosing it actively is a privilege. And I am SO grateful to have that choice, and to learn about the community I serve, and about myself, by singing harmony.

Because one thing I have learned so far: I have lots of room for growth.

I think of myself as socially liberal, as knowledgeable about and respectful of individuals’ chosen identities, as kind and curious. And I am those things. But that doesn’t mean I already know all the gender identities that exist (partly because there are an infinite number!), or that I didn’t learn a few new things about myself by reading The Gender Book (by Mel Reiff Hill and Jay Mays, and Co.) (and also, it’s gorgeously done, if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet!). And it didn’t mean I already understood the three-axis distinction between sex and gender and sexuality until after I’d completed a BA in Sociology. And it certainly doesn’t mean I know anything about a person’s gender identity until I ask, or have been informed!

So maybe particularly if you’re cis-gendered (or know an ally who is!), and not used to thinking about gender variance in all its rainbow glory, consider whether you know your 3D identity (or maybe it’s 5D?!?) as accurately, at least in the moment, as I’ve come to know my own:

Sex (based on anatomy/physical traits): female
Gender (based on personal perception/experience): woman
Sexuality (based on who I find attractive): pansexual

There are so many intersecting aspects of identity that you might easily be a hyperspatial, multidimensional being! But at least for me, it’s been enough of a learning curve just to get those three accurate. ;)

And still: I have lots [more] room for growth.

Blessed Midsummer!
And blessed be your journey of self-discovery!
- Shell



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

DSRT Rite of the Journey at TransMarch this Friday!

Come As You Are to...
The Divine Spiraling Rainbow Tribe's Rite of the Journey

Friday, June 23, 5:00-6:00PM (we’ll close in time to join the TransMarch!)
Outdoors at the San Francisco Trans March
(Look for the cackling ones in witch hats, near the corner of 18th/Dolores)




Rite of the Journey: How can we navigate crossing borders/boundaries with grace and authenticity? How can we recognize and respect our own and other’s personal boundaries as we move between spaces? How can we nurture our heart connections while we journey? People of any gender or none—and especially folks of mxgender/enby/non-binary genders— are welcome to join us in celebrating the shared experience of our individual journeys, honoring the Genderqueer deity, Pancrates (All-Power) of the Tetrad++ transgender pantheon.

For more information about this outdoor event and ceremony in San Francisco, please email cayacoven@gmail.com

Also! Visit us at our booth at the TransMarch Resource Fair from 2:00-5:00PM to receive blessings and get info on upcoming rituals and events. Sacred mxgender sing-along at 2:00PM. Look for the CAYA Coven banner. Blessed be!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Witches of Transgression 2017 Full Moon Work

AN INVITATION TO THE WITCHES OF THE WORLD - PLEASE SHARE WIDELY!

2017 Witches of Transgression Working:

 

BORN IN THE FIRE

The Divine Spiraling Rainbow Tribe is a Circle within the CAYA Pagan Congregation devoted to exploring and honoring sacred mxgender Mysteries. Our Priestxes embody the experience of identity beyond the gender binary, and celebrate the glittering prism of Divine existence that is Powerful, Delightful, Enthusiastic, Playful, Transformative, Magickal, Compassionate, and Reverent. We invite people of all genders or none, but especially mxgender and non-binary people, to join us in our first year of doing a public, world-wide working to bring a better world into being. By performing this ritual in our own spaces all over the world each Full Moon, we grid the Earth with the energy of the Divine, toward a shared vision of intentional change.

I want to participate. What should I do?