Friday, April 28, 2017

Rainbow Moon Circle offers the Loving Moon honoring Hermaphroditus

Come As You Are To…The Rainbow Moon Circle’s Loving MoonA Full Moon Circle Honoring and Celebrating Gender Diversity
Saturday, May 6, 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, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland (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 and nurturing our loving nature. We recognize the places where we have been wounded or torn and seek healing and wholeness within ourselves. We call on Hermaphroditus, the intersex love deity of the Greek pantheon, to share Their message.

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!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

DSRT and RMC Statement of Solidarity with Yeshe

(Editor's Note: We have since retracted this statement. Go here to see our retraction.)

The Divine Spiraling Rainbow Tribe is a Tradition within CAYA Pagan Congregation devoted to exploring and honoring sacred mxgender/non-binary Mysteries. The Rainbow Moon Circle is a safe and sacred space for all to explore the spectra of gender and identity. Together, we offer eight rituals a year focused on mxgender, trans, and intersex themes. We create and maintain several online groups open to the public about the intersections of gender identity and pagan spirituality. We write songs and poetry to trans, intersex, and mxgender deities and share them publicly, contributing to what we hope will be a long-lasting body of work. We train mxgender Priestexes, empowering them  to create community and a world that values and affirms gender diversity through personal and communal magick.

We, the centerholders of trans and mxgender spaces in CAYA Pagan Congregation, know the importance of speaking our truths in difficult situations. Recently, there has been a spate of online attacks directed at our friend, the Presiding High Priestess of CAYA, Yeshe Rabbit. Specifically, many of these attacks have accused her of transphobic remarks or behavior. We stand in solidarity with Yeshe, as she has stood in solidarity with us in this community.

All the trans and mxgender Priest/ess/xes, as well as some of our Dedicants, have received supportive personal counseling from Yeshe as she helped us explore important issues. This has included questions of where and when to come out, how to respond to challenges of our gender identities, and how to set firm boundaries.

Many of the trans and mxgender Priest/ess/xes of CAYA have also received mentoring for leadership from Yeshe. Mxgender leadership for both the Rainbow Moon Circle and the Divine Spiraling Rainbow Tribe emerged with Yeshe’s support. She provided physical spaces for these groups to meet, as well as a great deal of technical support and expertise in creating new circles and traditions.

We have witnessed Yeshe examining her own beliefs as a strong ally. We have heard her question others and herself. We have witnessed her taking in feedback from the trans and non-binary communities and responding to it. We have seen and heard her clearly and calmly standing up for our rights.

Yeshe has also worked to make spaces in CAYA trans- and mxgender-friendly. After Pantheacon 2011, she and the then-Amazons started a pan-Dianic lineage, recognizing that trans women are women. Yeshe made space for mxgender people to attend men’s and women’s moon circles as they felt appropriate, without regard to their biological sex. She led the charge for the inclusion on non-binary titles such as Priestx in our materials, and created a mxgender Court title to go alongside CAYA’s seasonal Queens & Kings.

We could not have done this work without Yeshe’s support, and we decry the unjust attempts to focus a campaign of hatred and lies against her. May the truth be clearly revealed, may justice prevail, and may compassion guide our words and actions.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Charge of the Rainbow Goddessx

Charge of the Rainbow Goddessx
(written by Rainbow Melissa ra Karit & the RMC Loving Moon committee)

Here ye the words of the Rainbow Goddessx,
The arc of whose beauty enraptures the soul
Whose light brings hope to all

I am the red of first blood
And the yellow-orange of the rising sun
And the blue-green of the ocean’s magnificence
And the purple of a field of wildflowers

Call unto your soul, arise and come unto Me
For I am the path to your heart’s content
That lays bare where you travel
From Me seek your life’s fortunes
And unto Me bear your dearest truths

Before My presence, beloved of all
Let your divine innermost self
Be filled with infinite possibility

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

Therefore let there be power and delight, enthusiasm and playfulness, transformation and magick, compassion and reverence within you

And those of you who seek to know Me, know this:
That all of your seeking and yearning shall avail you not
Unless you know what dwells within your heart
For if that which you seek is not already there, then you shall never find it
For behold, I have been with you from the beginning and I am with you always in the eternal Now

Friday, April 7, 2017

Witches of Transgression Full Moon Working


2017 Witches of Transgression Working:


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 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.


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, simply use whatever is available and appropriate for you and dedicate it to this intention. You may also feel free to instead watch this video: 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.  

The Community

Witches of Transgression is open to all mxgender and non-binary people, people questioning their gender identity, and those who question the authority of the gender binary.

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;r espect for clothing, toys, activities, friendship and other activities of childhood that do not enforce a strict gender system, but allows for safe, respectful exploration and discovery; 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 transcestors 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 ancsxtors.
  • 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.