In our communities, as otherkin and therians and vampires, much of our interaction takes place online. To the point that the vampire community has even coined the phrase OVC, or, “Online Vampire Community” to refer to that portion of things.
This document, however, is about taking our community off the screen and into the real world. It is, simply put, a guide to meetups, mini-gathers, gatherings, howls, and conventions. It is intended to cover the questions of how-to, how-not-to, and what these events are like for both the person or people organizing them and those simply attending.
This guide was last updated on Tuesday, 13th September, 2016. Please feel free to suggest any additions, corrections, questions, or changes in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
As someone who is both pagan and otherkin, synchronicity is a big thing for me.
Sometimes it’s fairly subtle, like a sudden urge to investigate a strange word that I’ve run across that leads me to an entirely new community which becomes a very important part of my life.
Most of the time it’s a lot more blatant, like me and my brothers (without coordination, and with me not even having owned the book in question until that afternoon when I found and bought it at a local pagan store that does not normally have a good selection of books) reading the exact same passage in the exact same book at the exact same time and running to talk to each other about it.
Sometimes the synchronicities in my life are caused by the magical work I do. Other times, by the gods and spirits I work with. Other times, I really don’t know the ultimate source of it and just chalk it up to the universe itself.
I do know that there are times that I seem to experience more synchronicities than others. “Memory floods” – recovering a bunch of new memories in rapid succession – often have real-world synchronicities connected with them. The aforementioned book synchronicity came during memories of my stag life and the passage involved contained information which confirmed some of my own UPG regarding ritual cannibalism as practiced in the culture I had remembered.
Why is this? I don’t know. Some of it feels very personal – like someone is playing chess and I’m a pawn on the board. I have suspicions as to who that might be (one or more of several deities, not all of which I choose to work with) but no real idea why. Other synchronicities feel impersonal – more on the level of action and reaction. And others either fall in between or I’m unable to classify.
I suspect at least some of this synchronicity ties in, somehow, with patterns that I’ve observed repeating across lifetimes. Which is a bit hard for me to swallow since I don’t personally believe in “destiny”, but I can at present find no other explanation for some of the things I see repeating in life after life.
Perhaps someday I’ll be able to clearly see the picture painted by such patterns, and how it connects with synchronicities experienced in the present. In the meantime, I mainly rely on them as an indicator for when I’m close to something important. This understanding has, so far, served me well.
If you read this website with any regularity you most likely know that it is my practice to occasionally do a magical working that I term a “calling”, literally meant to draw others who meet certain criteria to find me and/or the otherkin community itself. I typically use what I term a “poetic focus” as the basis for this calling – or, in other words, a spoken invocation. Two of the invocations I have used in the past are here and here.
It is time once again to renew that calling. But this time, after the recent essays on sigilization and thoughtfoms, I thought I might do so a little differently. This time, I am going to build a servitor.
The core of this servitor will be a sigil. I wanted something easily reproduced and with an obvious association with the otherkin community, so I have created a starlike image with seven arms, each arm drawn from the outside moving in. It is not the typical septegram, but the association between the two symbols should be obvious.
As a name for the servitor, I will chose the word “Shakto”, being part of the Aloryan phrase “Shakto-tha lien” which means roughly “show yourselves” or “come forward”.
For the purpose of the servitor, three tasks:
1. To seek out those with nonhuman or otherworldly lives which have touched them deeply, and to help them awaken and to find the otherkin community.
2. To help those otherkin who have shared such lives in the past find one another again.
3. To help restore the spirit and the vitality that the community once had, that has been lost
The next step is, of course, to decide on a form for the servitor itself. At first I was thinking a white hart, as in some celtic myths, but in this case I am feeling more inclined towards a modern myth: the white rabbit. One might even picture his sigil as the many hands of a very strange pocket-watch, though this rabbit is never late. Nor is he early. He comes precisely when he needs to. But he will lead you down the rabbit hole.
After charging and empowering the servitor I have linked it to both of my existing callings, and sent it out into the wild and the web. It is self-sustaining and from one point of view replicating (it is a rabbit after all) though from another it simply takes advantage of a rather interesting understanding of time.