Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Mahatala Jata

To Mahatala-Jata, the mountain god/deep water goddess of the Dayak people of Borneo, I offer my devotion.


I feel you on my left
Dark water snake
Weaving your dangerous paths
Unseen, unheard
Ready to emerge


I feel you in my center
Glittering rainbow bridge
Jewels of untold worth
Bridging the universe


I feel you on my right
Hornbill atop the mountain
Soaring in the skies
Unfettered as you rule the day


I feel you merging
The pull of destruction-creation
bright-dark, day-night, male-female
Your eyes luminous
As you twist and turn and dive
Threading between the deep waters and the high heavens


I feel your voice calling
I feel your voice speaking
I feel you gifted and giver
With those like me
My sisterbrother kin
Awake in the world

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Threefold Dark Charge of the Queens

Parallel to the Threefold Charge of Light and Fire, this Charge is meant to be given by a woman, a man, and a non-binary/mxgender person during the dark time of the year.

Hear ye the words...hear ye the words...hear ye the words
Of the God/dess/x
The pulse of whose heart
Runs through your veins
Whose blood is the beginning (and end) of life

I am the dark velvet of midnight’s quiet
And the grace of movement in darkness
And the enormity of all you imagine when there is no limit
And the power of the scythe

Call unto your soul, arise and come unto Me!
For I am the Queen of the darkest hour
Which gives knowledge of all ends
From Me all beings are born
and unto Me they return again and again

Before Me, beloved of all, let your divine innermost self
Be exalted in the presence of Divine glory

Let my worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold:
All acts of love and pleasure are my rituals

Therefore, let there be beauty and strength, honor and pride, power and compassion, mirth and reverence among you

And those of you who seek to know Me, know this: That all your seeking and yearning shall avail you not, unless you know the Mystery.
If that which you seek, you find not Here, you shall never find it. For behold, I have been with you from the beginning and I am unfolding in your soul at this very moment

Friday, November 18, 2016

Rainbow Moon Circle: Rite of Release and Remembrance

Paneros by Jeff Cullen (photo: P. Sufenas Virius Lupus
Come As You Are To…
The Rainbow Moon Circle’s Rite of Release & Remembrance
A Full Moon Circle Honoring the Full Spectra of Gender Diversity

Saturday, November 19, 7:00PM
Doors open at 7:00PM, circle is cast at 7:15PM
Please arrive on time, no one is admitted after the circle is cast.

Qulture Collective, 1714 Franklin Street, Oakland, 510-419-0552
Wheelchair Accessible

$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 our beloved transcestors and ansxtors, especially those whose lives ended in violence. We will send them on their way on a wave of rainbow love and peace. We will be calling on Paneros; All Love, the Metagender deity of the Tetrad++ pantheon, to guide us in smashing the invisible barriers that keep us from love. You are invited to bring ancestral items and images to charge on the altar, and a treat to share for cakes and ale after we open the circle.

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+

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Blessing for the Body Gone Under the Blade

Blessing for the Body Gone Under the Blade

For all the mxgender and transgender people, and for anyone else doing top or bottom surgery, this blessing is for you.

For all those who go under the blade
Healing your life by cutting away
I offer you this blessing:

Friday, October 14, 2016


Mars in Capricorn XXI The World
Neptune Retrograde IX The Hermit
Uranus Retrograde XII The Hanged Man Reversed

Herbal Ally : Comfrey • Licorice Root • Kelp

Ponder this ...

• What goals can I work towards bringing to fruition in the coming month ?
• What is becoming clear, what Truth is being revealed, that I need to embrace rather than deny or fear ?
• What does freedom mean to me, and how can I give myself permission to step boldly and fully into it ?
She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. 'Time' for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water. ~ Roman Payne

through 9 Nov

With action-hero Mars now in steady Capricorn, he is extremely motivated to succeed and absolutely nothing can stop you from achieving your goals now. We're motivated to climb the ladder of success and blessed with the stamina to reach the top. Mars in Capricorn adds determination and endurance to all our plans, for better or for worse.


• We see the whole picture, the full potential of our goals and aspirations. If we’ve been doing the work, then we are likely to start seeing all the pieces falling into place to bring things to their conclusion and completion.

• There’s nothing we can’t accomplish right now … the world is our oyster, and things are lining up at our feet in reverence and offering for who we’ve become and what we have been doing to embody what we have to offer.

• Let’s keep our eye on the prize and focus on moving things already in existence to their manifestation point. This is what will set us up for embracing and taking advantage of the new, or the next level. So don’t jump the gun out of excitement or anticipation only to discover after the fact that a missing piece intrudes on the forward momentum.

• Let go and allow yourself to dance to the rhythm and drumbeat of the Universe

through 17 Nov

The fog is lifting, and where there was confusion, uncertainty or obscuration, a new dose of clarity comes to your day to day habits and your job. Take note of any insight you receive as it may have seriously implications in the future. Accept the truth of oneness and the interconnectedness of all that exists. It is common to feel a greater need for seclusion and privacy when Neptune's influence is strong. We are more introspective and more receptive to our inner voice now. We may also feel more emotionally vulnerable.


• The perfect card to represent the illumination of what was obscured, buried, feared in the darker shadows and recesses.

• We are called to open our eyes and truly see what is, no longer living in denial or trying to escape and hide away. Doing so allows us to take the next step on our journey. The step or direction may be different than what we had expected or anticipated.

• Trust the way being shown and courageously put one foot in front of the other to follow it. Where we thought we were going, and where it is best for us to end up may not be the same. Something wiser, greater, and more experienced knows and wants to help us in our growth and evolution for the greatest good and into our highest Self.

through 29 Dec

Freedom is the word to the wise as rebel planet Uranus continues its retrograde cycle. Now is the time to look at life from a fresh perspective, toss out the old ways of doing things and feel free to create a whole new world. We're at the beginning of a profound period of change, which can only happen person-by-person, one small change at a time. Bring the creative side of yourself to the fore. Find out which idea or path would help you to survive. Proceed on your quest for total internal freedom relentlessly.


• We bide our time and wait no longer. The time to act, move, stretch, push beyond the limits has arrived.

• We take what we have unearthed in ourselves, in our lives, and we put it to use

• Things have come full circle, but it’s as if we have stepped through a wormhole and arrived in a different dimension, a new reality, that on the surface may look similar to where we were … but scratch the surface and everything, including ourselves, is radically changed

• Acquiesce to rebellion … surrender to freedom … release to the rebirth ...

Images : Star Tarot by Cathy McClelland

Friday, October 7, 2016

Rainbow Moon Circle's Poison Moon—October 15

Come As You Are to… Rainbow Moon Circle's Poison Moon
A full moon ritual honoring and celebrating gender diversity

Saturday, October 15
Doors 7pm, Circle is cast 7:15pm (no one is admitted after the circle is cast).

Qulture Collective
wheelchair accessible, gender neutral restrooms
$10-$20 donation requested—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 transmuting societal and energetic toxins into medicine to support the well-being of ourselves, our communities, and the world—with special attention to supporting the protectors of the sacred waters at Standing Rock. All Water Is One Water! We will be honoring Paneris, the Genderfluid deity of the Tetrad++ transgender pantheon, who is at His/Her most powerful in the midst of chaos and strife.

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!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Along the Initiate's Path

So, I've been thinking a lot about my initiatory work this year and have some thoughts to share. It's hard right now, yes? I've stepped back from some things and, with a deep breath, stepped into others. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Let Laughter Heal And Charge Us All!

Come As You Are To…
The Rainbow Moon Circle’s Laughing Moon—A full moon ritual honoring and celebrating gender diversity

Doors open at 7pm, circle is cast at 7:15. (Please arrive on time, no one is admitted after the circle is cast.)
$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 charging ourselves and our communities with the sacred and powerful magick of laughter. We will be calling in the transcultural archetype of Crow to show us how to engage with the transformative energies of humor in even the most dull, dreadful, or dire moments. You may wish to bring something shiny to charge on the altar, and a treat to share for cakes and ale after we open the circle.

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!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

CAYA Coven Co-Sponsors San Francisco Trans March

The Divine Spiraling Rainbow Tribe, a Mxgender Mxtery Tradition within CAYA Coven, joined Planned Parenthood, Good Vibrations and others to sponsor the 2016 San Francisco Trans March. Priest/ess/xes provided marchers a chance to meet the queer, transgender, mxgender, non-binary witches next door and get a taste of what CAYA Coven has to offer.

CAYA members offered blessings for good health, love, home, abundance, and tarot readings on the spot. Marchers were also given protection charms, handmade and blessed by CAYA members.

“People were curious and a bit shy in coming up to the booth, but once they saw that we were just part of the community, all of us are queer, non-binary, and/or trans, they were really interested in what we had to offer. This may the first time many of these folks have been in contact with priest/ess/exes from a tradition that fully embraces and celebrates them,” says Divine Spiraling Rainbow Tribe Dedicant Root. “Blessing people with glitter was magical and very queer,” adds founder and Initiate Melissa ra Karit, referring to one of five blessings offered that day. Blessings of health, prosperity, love, home, and - the glitter blessing - a blessing to shine with your own inner sparkliness, were all on tap for Trans March attendees.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

'Tis the Season of Juiciness in the Land of the Divine Spiralling Rainbow Tribe ...

You’re going to need something to clean up with, because the next couple of months are sure to be sweaty, sticky and sweet.


13 July ~ 5 August

Hot, sticky, dripping, juicy, wet Venus in Leo spraying drama and romance all over July and August. Romantic Venus is now happily prancing through lively Leo until 5 August. We're eager for some fun of our own (aided by Mercury now in Leo). Love becomes larger than life with incredible romantic opportunities. During this time, romance is going to go into overdrive as Venus moves into Leo.

13 July  ~ 30 July

You'll speak with such flair that no one will be able to resist your words. Mercury in Leo is about self-expression and self-promotion. Mercury and Venus now in Leo bring out our inner diva, we want to give attention and receive attention, share what we know, but may have a harder time than usual getting out of our own perspective and walking in another shoes. The Leo can bring us out of our shell, we just have to decide if we want to reach out for personal grandstanding, or the collective good. Mercury in Leo is about putting our best self forward, facing life's challenges with a positive attitude, and making your own creative contribution known.

ends 13 August

Since this retrograde came into effect on 25 March, we've been dealt some blows and had called into stark reality, perhaps in unpleasant if not downright dark and violent ways, areas of ourselves and our lives (and our world, especially with regards to power structures and authority figures) that demand change, which can only come about through arduous, hard work. As it goes direct in August, we begin to pick up the pieces and go about the process of (re)establishing the order and structure and sense that is needed for the future. We also begin to (re)claim our own personal sense of sovereignty, power and authority over our own lives, refusing to hand that over any longer to anyone or anything that is not in alignment with our highest good.

through 17 November

Reading between the lines gets easier with Neptune retrograde. You might have a heightened intuitive awareness now, but it could not be so easy to trust it at first. Allow yourself time to meditate or just sit with your hunches and honor what is flowing through your mind. The fogginess is a tool Neptune uses to help us move beyond our attachment to the physical realm, and into a more elevated space. Neptune retrograde is often very positive because the clouds of confusion often pull away allowing us to see things clearly.

We are more introspective and more receptive to our inner voice now. We may also feel more emotionally vulnerable. It is common to feel a greater need for seclusion and privacy when Neptune's influence is strong. Neptune also opens our hearts in compassion and understanding, which helps us see our commonalities more than our differences. As we absorb Neptune's wisdom, we begin to accept the truth of oneness and the interconnectedness of all that exists.

Since Neptune is in the sign of Pisces, whose co-ruler is Jupiter in Virgo, expect a new dose of clarity when it comes to your day to day habits and your job. Take note of any insight you receive as it may have seriously implications in the future.


The Yoga Tarot
CARD FOR JULY : 3 of Pentacles Reversed

Ponder this ...
• Am I expressing or pursuing my desires in the right way ?
• Am I missing what the moment has to offer because I’m so worried about wha’t supposed to last ?
• Am I cultivating the right kind of reputation ?

« Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of -- for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to a good reputation is to endeavour to be what you desire to appear. » ~ Socrates

Reputations are on the line this month. Our reputation could get tarnished if we find ourselves associating or associated with the wrong crowd. We can also do ourselves a disservice if we give in to bragging or indiscretion. What we do over the next few weeks is going to have lasting repercussions to how others perceive us, with misperceptions likely to develop … so conscientiousness is key.

But remember … reputation is pretty much in the hands of others because it’s their perception of you. Little control we have over that. What we do have control over is our character. So it will be the character we live by this month that the reputation will follow. Only invest in that which enriches your character.

There are questions and assessments needed regarding the makeup of who we’re working with, how we’re collaborating, and whether it may be time for us to go it on our own. 

Let work take a holiday. Be intentional in making time for fun, frolic and play. Don’t just wait for the week-end, or plan things that are fun, creative, distracting then. At least one day a week (fi not more) over the next four weeks, carve out a portion of a workday to go off and do something non-work related.

Recent studies have shown that our creativity and productivity are far more greatly enhanced when we breakup our periods of intense focus rather than the more traditionally agreed on approach of just buckling down and getting the job done. It’s recommended that we spend no more than about an hour intensely focused on any one activity or task. Our brains need time to daydream, to drift, to relax and process, to recharge. So, for example, an hour of really diving in to that project followed by a period of time of something that doesn’t demand so much brain power, like cleaning out that desk drawer or going and sitting outside to just chill, observe, capture a Pokémon gym.

For our Venus in Leo suggestions, we turn to the Tarot Sutra by Patricia Canova, MSC :

• Purchase erotic sculpture, art or books
• Drop hints of amorous affection
• Subtly suggest rather than offering up details
• Cultivate curiosity, envy, a lust for more
• Experiment with things that are ephemeral, in the moment, here today and gone tomorrow (it’s not meant to last)

Cosmic Tribe Tarot
CARD FOR AUGUST : 3 of Wands Reversed

Ponder this ...
• Do I keep looking for « the other » when what I've been looking for has been right here all along ?
• Am I letting fear of intimacy and vulnerability cause me to withdraw and cut myself off from the outside world ?
• Am I trying to do too much, too fast ?
• Who/What/Where is my safe harbour ?

« The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. » ~ Augustine of Hippo

We can be feeling extra sensitive and less than generous. But this is likely rooted in issues, fears, unresolved traumas related to intimacy. We're tending to pull in and away rather than be open and welcome ... fear of vulnerability.

We can get so caught up in thinking and then believing that we seek, what we need, what will make us happy, lies somewhere « out there » in the hands and power of « the other. » 
When we feel we have no safe harbour, let us return to the one that we carry within.

But we are reminded this month of August that what we seek, what we need, can be found right in our own backyard. Instead of looking out, look in. Happiness, peace, joy, serenity, saitsfaction, fulfilment all reside at the very core of ourselves. Let us work to move past making those things dependent on external forces and influences.

We may have a tendency to go overboard this month. Be careful not to over indulge, do too much (too fast) ... or, to give in to the temptation of shutting down, shutting out.

Isolationism and xenophobia may be strong currents during the month. Let's make sure we don't allow ourselves to get swept away by those currents, seeing the adventure of what lies beyond rather than the fear of the foreign.

For our Venus in Leo suggestions, we turn to the Tarot Sutra by Patricia Canova, MSC :

• Take comfort in the desires, fetishes, activities that are proven to turn us on and get us off rather than venturing into the land of experimentation with the new right now
• Take your shoes off and explore the sensations of the feet as often as possible (foot massage, reflexology, tickling, toe sucking)
• Don't spend the night ... leave them longing for your presence along with a surprise gift as a reminder you were there (and making them remember what you just experienced together)
• Let your lover have some space in the closet, or a drawer, or the medicine cabinet to leave something of theirs (and/or you ask to be able to do so at their place)

Roots of Asia Tarot

Ponder this ...
• What is being revealed that I need to take heed of ?
• What do I see now that the fog is lifting, the veil is parting ?
• Am I keeping a secret thinking that it will never be discovered ?
• Can I look on the bright side rather than giving in and giving up to the darkness ?

« And when I wake up it's wonderful, like I've been carried quietly onto a calm, peaceful shore, and the dream, and its meaning, has broken over me like a wave and is ebbing away now, leaving me with a single, solid certainty. I know now. » ~ Lauren Oliver

On the one hand, the Moon reversed suggests that September will be a month of insight and clarity (the peaking energy of the Neptune retrograde). Things reveal themselves that allows us to understand or move forward with determination and lack of doubt. This may also be a time when things we have been trying to keep hidden or under wraps are revealed ... let's make sure we stay ahead of that rather than thinking we can keep up the illusion or deception forever and then suffering the fallout of consequences.

On the other hand, we can be quite prone to giving in to the darker emotions. This could signal a period of deep depression. Or, it could be a time when we feel the haze is lifting and the emotional waters are parting to allow us to finally feel as if we are moving forward in our healing process.

The choice will be up to us as to whether we are willing to accept things as they are being shown to be, or dive ever deeper into despair and illusion in order to cling desperately onto a narrative and defining of the self that we need to have be real.

We're moving towards a brighter, more optimistic period (just wait until Nov/Dec with the Saturn trine Uranus that is coming ;D ). How to move into that brighter, sunnier space will become more and more clear over the next couple of months.

So don't despair ... don't give up ... don't give in to the dark side ... it gets better.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Merry Meetups and Mxgender Mixers

Before taking my first formal steps onto this Pagan Priestx path, my non-binary/mxgender/metagender/queer gender identity was very private and personal, and mostly unknown and unrecognized by the people in my life. Because I have the privileges accorded to people who navigate the world perceived as cisgender (along with many other privileges), I have rarely experienced any form of persecution or oppression based on my transgressive gender identity. Because I have struggled with self-esteem issues my whole life (partly due to a sense of not having earned any of my privileges), I never challenged anyones presumptions about my gender. Because I wanted to feel a sense of belonging in a community, I entered "women only" spaces that excluded many of my Trans sisters. I felt entirely entitled, because I had never been challenged.

Being ordained in CAYA Coven's pangender Wildflower Tradition finally confronted me with that challenge.

The name of our coven is Come As You Are, and our clergy serve as public Priest/ess/xes. In other words, we stand up and speak out and serve our community and the world from a place of relentless authenticity. Anyone who cannot bear the discomfort this brings tends to drop out quickly. It takes Perfect Love and Perfect Trust to move through the fears, and to be accountable for the commitments we've made. It takes a daily practice of devotion to the Divine. The rewards of joyful service are rich and abundant, and earned through the simple practice of continuing to show up and do the work. The delight is from the "we get to do this!" revelations when we realize how possible it is to make our dreams and wishes come true.

So I assumed the mantel of the Priest/ess/xhood. I began to stand up and speak out and serve the needs of my community of Pagans who do not identify as cisgender men or women. I came out as a Trans person, as non-binary, as someone with pronouns that are very unfamiliar to most people. It is my daily resistance to correcting people about my pronouns—and the feelings of shame and failure that torment me when I fail to stand up and speak out and serve joyfully— that has begun to give me the slightest tiniest clue as to what most of my Trans brothers, sisters and siblings experience so relentlessly. It sometimes looks very alluring to just give up and return to my cozy place of privilege. I could do it in a heartbeat. Who would even notice?

Yes, of course, I would notice. I can never forget what I have learned in this short time of public service. I would spend the rest of my life with the ache of this knowledge. The ache so many countless closeted people have suffered. A few folks in the Pagan community might notice—the friends I've made the past couple of years at PCon and through the Rainbow Moon Circles. The ones who work so hard for gender diversity. My deities would notice, especially those glorious Trans deities of the Tetrad++, who have inspired and sustained me with such All-encompassing Love and Acceptance.

Yet the most poignant realization for me is that my covenmates would notice. And they'd care— without derision or condemnation. I would be so instantly held in a circle of loving, supportive concern. These kind people of various genders—though mainly cisgender and binary-oriented women and men—who have so respectfully acknowledged my truest self with the most exemplary use of correct pronouns, who have attended Rainbow Moon Circles to support our fledgling efforts, who help us amplify the words and actions of the sprouting Divine Spiraling Rainbow Tribe. My dear, sweet, fierce, geeky, profoundly wise and relentlessly(!) loving covenmates. This love infuses me with the courage to perservere, even when I feel exhausted and futile. I found "the sense of belonging in a community" I had craved and sought so long ago, and I can be here, As I Am.

And thus revved and sparkling with this joy, I continue to explore ways to create and nurture spaces that extend the Perfect Love and Perfect Trust that I have found. There are the Rainbow Moon Circles, indeed (I hope to see folks at The Fury Moon on Saturday), and I have just submitted a proposal to PCon to offer a Rainbow Moon Circle next year (!!!), yet my desire to connect with Pagans of deliciously diverse genders is not assuaged,

and so I have established a Meetup group:
Trans, Non-Binary and Mxgender Pagans—Bay Area & Beyond!

I invite you to check out this Meetup and if you are in the SF Bay Area, I hope you will sign on as a Beautiful Creature, and suggest some wonderful encounters for us to enjoy one another's company. I am thinking of such possibilities as meeting for pie and ice cream before heading over to Qulture Collective for their monthly first Friday Reel Queer movie night, field trips to lovely places in nature, spell-crafting parties, meetings to plan fundraisers for TransLifeline, and anything else that catches our fancy.

When I began composing this post, I thought I was simply going to share about the Meetups. With gratitude, I acknowledge all of the support that even brought me to this moment in the Eternal Now.

xoxox Baba Bee

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Rainbow Moon Circle's Fury Moon 07/16

Come As You Are To…

The Rainbow Moon Circle’s Fury Moon A Full Moon Circle Honoring and Celebrating Gender Diversity

Saturday, July 16, 7:00PM
Doors open at 7:00PM, circle is cast at 7:15PM
Please arrive on time, no one is admitted after the circle is cast.

Qulture Collective, 1714 Franklin Street, Oakland

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

Fury Moon: What is worth fighting for or defending in our lives? What is worth our blood/sweat/tears? How do I stand up/speak out for what I believe in?

mxgender Priestxes of Come As You Are Pagan Congregation invite people of any and all genders - or none - to join us in harnessing the power of our rage.

We will be calling in the formidable Genderqueer deity, Pancrates - All-Power, of the
Tetrad++; a transgender pantheon. Honored Ancestors and Transxstors will include Leslie Feinberg and the 49 LGBTQIA+ comrades who fell in Orlando, transforming the furious power of our grief into a laser beam that creates real change, right Now.

If you wish, you may bring a special item or sacred tool to charge on our altar, and a snack to share for cakes and ale after we open the circle.

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, June 9, 2016

Transgender but not in Transition: Honoring our Non-Binary Community

What are the assumptions you make when you hear the word "transgender"? Is there a point during transition where you suddenly start "being" the being you are transitioning to? How do we celebrate rites of passage for non-binary transgender people, mxgender people who may not plan to undergo a physical transformation to match their gender identity?

Every transgender, mxgender, non-gender identifying being has a different story. A different path that they are on. Some look forward to physical transitions brought on by hormone therapy or surgery. For some, the first day putting on a new bra or using a new name that matches the gender that is correct for them is the transition point. For those going from male to female or female to male, "passing" is the rite of passage. Joining a womens' or mens' circle and being honored as a new member of that sister or brotherhood can mark that moment. Being far enough along in transition to feel that society sees you as a "boy/girl/man/woman" now can be that moment of finishing transition.

Non-binary, non-gender, meta-gender, two-spirit and any other folks that I may have missed have more work that society puts upon them. Those who are not transitioning from one side of the spectrum to another still deserve our respect through appropriate use of names and pronouns. Continually having to come out over and over, reminding people of the correct pronouns to use, facing the assumptions people make based on your look or clothing is a difficult, painful process that I see my siblings face. Continual erasure.

For those of us that may be binary transgender or cis-gendered allies to the non-binary, non-gendered, meta-gender, and beyond, how can we best support our siblings?

In the CAYA Pagan Congregation, self-identified men and women are welcome in the moon circles of the brother and sisterhoods. A spiritual circle called the Rainbow Moon Circle was formed specifically to provide a place for those who identify anywhere along the spectrum and those who don't identify with the spectrum whatsoever are welcome and encouraged to join us. We do our best to engage with a variety of deity, our ritualists are beings all across the spectrum, and we seek to honor the experience of all of those who join us.

I know that our community will continue to engage in this discussion so that we can find the best ways to serve and support our non-binary siblings. We honor all of our siblings as God/dess/x gifts to the world.

Blessed Be.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Threefold Charge of Light and Fire

As we dive into summer, I offer up this Threefold Charge which includes a place for a mxgender voice in addition to the God and Goddess. All hail the May Court! All hail the heat, light, and power of Summer itself!

Threefold Charge of Light and Fire

Hear ye the words of the God/dess/x
The power of whose flame births the world
Whose heat is the spark of creation

I am the hot glare of the sun
And the wild rage of the fire
And the roaring throb of sex
And the revelry of the land in abundance

Call unto you arise and come unto me
For I am the beating heart of the universe
From me, you take your pulse
And unto me, you bear the fruits of your desire

Before my throne, beloved of all
Let your divine innermost self
Sit in the lap of radiance

Let my worship be in the heart that rejoices
For behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals

Therefore, let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and pride, mirth and reverence among you

And those of you that seek to know me, know this: 
That that which you seek, you shall never find
Unless you know your own power
For behold, I have been with you from the beginning
And I am that which you attain in the glowing potential at the center of your own soul.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mxgender Mxer at Pagan Fest this Saturday!

Come As You Are to… The Rainbow Moon Circle Stitch-n-Witch—Saturday, May 7, 11am-noon, MLK Park, Berkeley— FREE!!!

Mxgender members of CAYA Coven will be hosting a crafty social hour at our CAYA Coven booth at the 13th Pagan Festival in Berkeley this weekend. Honoring this year's theme of Ancestral Wisdom, we will be decorating jackets, bags and whatever we wish to with colorful quilt patches of beloved Transcestors—our beloved dead of countless genders and sexes.

Transcestor quilt patch from Rainbow Moon Circle Rite of Release

DIY! The sticker machine will be loaded and ready to make archival-quality stickers from your own photos, prints or drawings of beloved Transcestors, too. Tasty refreshments will be served and we will share stories of our loved ones and conspire about creative ways to support living members of our vast and varied communities.

They do not rest in peace—THEY RISE IN POWER!
We hope you will come on over and introduce yourself, enjoy a snack, and get crafty! Live the Spectra!

Blessed be.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Rainbow Universe Art!

Art by Melissa ra Karit

Here lies a vision of the Universe exploding with rainbows! I'm not sure how clear it is from the image, but the black paper is spotted with stars...on top of which lies both a rainbow path swirling in a wide spiral, topped by an explosion of rainbow energy in all directions.

The path is chalk pastels and the explosion is oil pastels, for those interested in the artistic details.

Monday, April 11, 2016

A Spell for Freedom and Justice

Our trans kin are under attack in North Carolina, Mississippi, and beyond. The most basic freedoms are being taken in the name of "protection" when in reality, an already vulnerable population is being put at further risk.

To counter these horrible injustices, I offer a spell of freedom and justice for our transgender selves and loved ones. It can be performed once or repeated during this waxing moon to build up the energy to be released on the full moon (April 21st at 10:30PM).

In this spell we call on Libertas, Lady Liberty, Greek Goddess of Freedom. Libertas is celebrated on April 13th, so this work is timely. Her best known modern representation is in a work of art called "La Liberté éclairant le monde" which translates to Liberty Enlightening the World - you'll recognize it by the more common title "The Statue of Liberty".

For my altar, I created a candle with Liberty Enlightening the World to burn during the working.

Center yourself and create sacred space.

Libertas! Libertas! Libertas!
I/we call upon you, sweet Libertas!
Goddess of Freedom, Lady Liberty

Grant all trans people these basic freedoms:
Equal protection under the law!
Equal status in society!
Justice for those taken away!
Courage to those of us who still stand.

Libertas, bring freedom and justice for all.

Take a few minutes to meditate on each of these areas. Picture that new reality coming into being. What role can you play in bringing it forward?

When you're ready, thank Libertas for her time and energy.

Hail and farewell Libertas!

Open sacred space.

Blessed be.