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Jarandhel Dreamsinger
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Most of my otherkin friends seem almost allergic to ceremonial magic.  It's not my preferred form of magic either, but I look into it every now and again to see what I can learn from it.  Currently, I'm looking into the concept from the Golden Dawn tradition that states “For by names and images are all Powers awakened and reawakened.”  From what I've read so far, one of the major expressions of this concept within the Golden Dawn material is in the building of godforms.

What this involves is an intense visualization designed to construct an astral body for the energies of a god to inhabit. The astral form, built in the image of the god, is meant to provide a halfway point and bridge between the physical and the divine realms.  Sometimes, after constructing the godform and invoking the deity into it by name, one of the participants in the ritual will step into the godform and act as the god.

To connect this all back to otherkin and explain why it's in this section rather than the general magic section, this gave me an idea: what would happen if, instead of building a godform this way, someone built their otherkin “Trueform” up on the astral, invoked the energies of their nonhuman self into it, and then stepped into it?

I'm still mentally reviewing this idea for possible flaws, pitfalls, consequences, or additional considerations but I'm giving some serious thought to trying it out at some point.

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Hmm would you mind explaining this further? As said elsewhere I'm not a magician, and I'm also not a pagan, and the idea of making a form for my God to step in baffles me. So I may just be lacking in background.

 

But what do you mean by invoking the energy of the nonhuman self into it and then stepping into it? Is there a difference between oneself and one's nonhuman self? Isn't the point that somebody *is* nonhuman? Or am I missing something?

 

On the other hand, since we all have our spiritual/astral forms in the system, which we use for differentiation, interaction and self-representation, maybe this is already what we do by default? These forms are flexible and we can do with them what we want basically, but they normally represent how someone perceives him- or herself, including sensory idiosyncrasies, sometimes of the form one had in a past life that one came here from, sometimes edited versions thereof, sometimes relatively freely set-up… they're as close as we come to personal trueforms, even if they're sometimes flexible and changing, and we're basically always in them; during controlling the body they sometimes overlayer in a way that is hard to explain or get ignored and turned on low for a while, depending on personal style and situation.

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Claude said:

Hmm would you mind explaining this further? As said elsewhere I'm not a magician, and I'm also not a pagan, and the idea of making a form for my God to step in baffles me. So I may just be lacking in background.

It's hard to explain without going into the overall worldview of the Golden Dawn, which I don't claim to be an expert in.  But they were loosely based around an egyptian pantheon, and I believe the practice was very loosely based on the Egyptian concept of building statues which then had their mouths ceremonially opened to receive the spirit in whose likeness they were made, in order that they could see, hear, and receive offerings.

But what do you mean by invoking the energy of the nonhuman self into it and then stepping into it? Is there a difference between oneself and one's nonhuman self? Isn't the point that somebody *is* nonhuman? Or am I missing something?

*shrugs* To use myself as an example, I'd say that each of my nonhuman lives had its own distinct energy.  My energy as a dragon was very different from my energy as an elf or satyr.  My current energy is different again from all of them, though it incorporates aspects of the energies from each of the lives to which I have awakened.  But if I were to attempt this, and build an astral version of my draconic form, I'd focus on invoking the energy of that life into it.

On the other hand, since we all have our spiritual/astral forms in the system, which we use for differentiation, interaction and self-representation, maybe this is already what we do by default? These forms are flexible and we can do with them what we want basically, but they normally represent how someone perceives him- or herself, including sensory idiosyncrasies, sometimes of the form one had in a past life that one came here from, sometimes edited versions thereof, sometimes relatively freely set-up… they're as close as we come to personal trueforms, even if they're sometimes flexible and changing, and we're basically always in them; during controlling the body they sometimes overlayer in a way that is hard to explain or get ignored and turned on low for a while, depending on personal style and situation.

From what I understand, there's a difference between constructed astral forms in this sense and one's natural astral body.  The types of visualization used are supposed to give it an almost palpable presence.  

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Ahh thanks a lot for clarifying! That does make sense, and we did hear about the Egyptian concept, so mentioning that made it a lot clearer. Also sounds like way different from how we do things though, including us not doing anything by the way of 'natural' astral bodies at all. They're all constructs from the start, just set up to feel natural and comfortable, and they can go over the whole spectrum from barely there at all to extremely tangible to the point of near-physicality.

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I’ve never been able to get into ceremonial magick myself. It’s funny coming from Virgo me who likes so much structure, rules, and details, but apparently magic is one place where I can’t tolerate too much of it, at least if I didn’t construct it myself (and even then…). It’s one of the reasons I left British traditionalist Wicca, was that it wasn’t “wild” enough for me. Every time I’ve tried to read the applicable texts, they’ve never appealed to me.

That said, this idea about basically building a form and then invoking it into yourself I think is a good one, and it’s something I’ve dabbled in with my own “other form”. I don’t want to speak of too much separation here; it’s me, I don’t have an “otherkin self” separate from my usual one, but the fact is simply that our physical forms are different. (or semi-physical or non-physical as the case may be!) So one thing I want to do is to try to shift the flesh that I’m wearing more towards fae/sidhe, as much as that’s possible. I imagine this would be explainable as rewiring energy pathways so certain things would flow better through it, that kind of thing. (And hopefully reap health/appearance benefits, heh.) This “invocation of godform” seems like a good way to condition the human brain for it.

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Arethinn said:

That said, this idea about basically building a form and then invoking it into yourself I think is a good one, and it's something I've dabbled in with my own “other form”. I don't want to speak of too much separation here; it's me, I don't have an “otherkin self” separate from my usual one, but the fact is simply that our physical forms are different. (or semi-physical or non-physical as the case may be!)

Heh, yeah, that was an awkward phrasing on my part… I didn't mean to imply separation, I just hate the term “true form” because it leaves otherkin who identify with more than one life/form like myself out in the cold.

So one thing I want to do is to try to shift the flesh that I'm wearing more towards fae/sidhe, as much as that's possible. I imagine this would be explainable as rewiring energy pathways so certain things would flow better through it, that kind of thing. (And hopefully reap health/appearance benefits, heh.) This “invocation of godform” seems like a good way to condition the human brain for it.

*nods* I haven't decided yet if I'm going to try it, but the theory at least seems sound.  

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