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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Trans March Chant

Trans March is coming soon, and we'll be out there in the streets. We hope to see you there!

Here's a chant for anyone who wants to use:

We want justice/ for our people/ sex worker liberation
We want peace/ in the streets/ no cops beating us down 
We want safety/ for our children/ bathroom access for all
We want freedom/ from oppression/ we won't take it anymore!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Witches of Transgression

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

2018 Witches of Transgression Working:

With Water We Heal

The Divine Spiraling Rainbow Tribe is a Mystery Tradition within 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 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?

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Elements of Loving

Last night, we celebrated the Loving Moon, exploring the presence of love and pleasure in our lives. Enjoy the poetry of these elemental invocations in all their sensual expansiveness!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Deity Profile: Phanes

As we develop a better sense of deities over time, we want to share our findings and encourage others to share their experiences as well. Though some of this information is taken from text sources in ancient Greece, much of it comes from my direct experiences with Phanes. If you have had different knowledge arise from your work with Phanes, please share in the comments!

Pantheon: Greek

Pronouns: He/His/Him or Ze/Zir/Zim or They/Their/Them

Original Text: Orphic Hymn to Phanes

Witches of Transgression

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

2018 Witches of Transgression Working:

With Water We Heal

The Divine Spiraling Rainbow Tribe is a Mystery Tradition within 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 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?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

On Medical Dignity for Nonbinary Patients

Earlier this month, I landed in Urgent Care after four weeks of battling what I can only call a "supercold". The infection had settled in my lungs, and I couldn't fully exhale without coughing violently. My albuterol inhaler was of no help. So I did what needed to be done and got myself to the doctor.  Historically, as a fat nonbinary femme, I've found doctor's offices anxiety producing at best, and shaming at worst.  Fortunately, aside from being called by my deadname over and over, the Urgent Care folks treated me like a human being.  A nebulizing treatment restored my ability to breathe, but the relief that my ordeal was over faded when they got the results back from the chest x-ray.

I will never forget the doctor's words.  "The good news is that you don't have pneumonia.  We did see on the x-ray that your heart is just a little bit enlarged. We encourage you to follow up with your primary care doctor." I froze.  I hadn't been to a doctor in years, due to factors mentioned in the first paragraph of this post. This was a wake up call that I needed to see someone.  I needed a functioning body to do my Work in the world, and the memory of my father dropping dead last summer was still all too fresh.  I got home from the clinic and arranged to see the same doctor who has been taking care of my wife, a transwoman, with competence, care, and compassion.

This medical group has definitely joined the 21st century. As I filled out my New Patient forms online, I noticed that there were more than just the two tickyboxes designating Male and Female.  There was also a large blank space on the form that said, "Is there anything else we need to know about your gender?" What a breath of fresh air! I gratefully typed "I am a mxgender nonbinary femme. My pronouns are zie/zir." The next space below asked what name I preferred to be called. I breathed a sigh of relief that I wouldn't have to endure hearing my deadname at this clinic *EVER*.

I have since had two appointments at that clinic, with a doctor who specializes in trans and nonbinary health.  In both visits, she treated me as an expert on my own body, never once shaming me. My usual defensiveness on the examining table melted away. Minutes before my diagnosis of hypertension, she told me as she put on the blood pressure cuff, "There is no good or bad reading. It's just a number that will help me take care of you." Thanks to her, I am on the road to healing my heart.

I count myself to be very lucky to have medical insurance through my wife's employer, and to live in the city of San Francisco, where I have the opportunity to access competent, caring, and compassionate medical care in a clinic that sees me for exactly who I am, with no judgments. Many of my trans and nonbinary siblings are dying from lack of care and from being dismissed by doctors who can't and won't understand what they are going through.  I pray and fight for the day when all of my siblings have access to the care I now enjoy.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Witches of Transgression— With Water We Heal

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

2018 Witches of Transgression Working:

With Water We Heal

The Divine Spiraling Rainbow Tribe is a Mystery Tradition within 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 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?