i just really dislike it when people don’t think there’s any magic in the world
perhaps i’m just childish in still believing but w/e
and i have to fight to do so, since logic is always there, always the scientist killing the dragons one by one, like that end battle in Flight of Dragons.
idk this is really
unstructured and kind of pointless but yeah
there is magic in the world and i don’t even mean like card tricks or even psychic shit cause that’s a whole ‘nother board game. i just mean…magic. energy. you only have to look at the fucking sky to see it, and much as i love science don’t say it’s just particles or whatever (i don’t know science what the fuck ever sue me). science can be magical.
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it’s 2;30am i don’t have a working brain rn clearly
sometimes i can feel the wind from behind the sky, the starwind & startides & currents in space & time that command the spheres in their endless dance. not clearly, but faintly & blurred as if from a vast distance, yet
it turns my blood to liquid light & my bones to condensed thunder, washes my soul with void & drags on my mind as i cling, cling to the slippery rocks of mortality, & laugh
laugh aloud, laugh with a high, wild, lunatic, rhythm, because the darkness is so vast & wonderful & everything spirals singing into silence & eternity
laugh because the sky calls me, because my feet feel light on the ground & the world is open and wild & dark & i want to see it, feel it, run through it leaving no footprints & never looking back
but i hold on, i stay rooted & let the skywind pour over me as i sit, silently shivering with inward glory. not now, no time now, but
I would contend that this is one of the most important academic papers ever written concerning the sociological and identity aspects of the Otherkin community. Perspectives from Dan O’Dea, Gerbasi, Hesson, Kirby, Lupa, Mamatas, Nytemuse, Orion Sandstorrm, Sade Wolfkitten, Suscitatio (AVA), Sylvere ap Leanan, Th’Elf, and more are all part of this article. It’s well worth your time to read and I encourage everyone to either purchase a copy or request it from their local college or university library.
We Are Spirits of Another Sort: Ontological Rebellion and Religious Dimensions of the Otherkin Community By Joseph P. Laycock, PhD Nova Religio - The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions February 2012, Vol. 15, No. 3, Pages 65-90
Otherkin are individuals who identify as “not entirely human.” Scholarship has framed this identity claim as religious because it is frequently supported by a framework of metaphysical beliefs. This article draws on survey data and interviews with Otherkin in order to provide a more thorough treatment of the phenomenon and to assess and qualify the movement’s religious dimensions. It is argued that, in addition to having a substantively religious quality, the Otherkin community serves existential and social functions commonly associated with religion. In the final analysis, the Otherkin community is regarded as an alternative nomos—a socially constructed worldview—that sustains alternate ontologies.
SEE ALSO: NOVA RELIGIO ARTICLE (2010) CONCERNING REAL VAMPIRIES:
Real Vampires as an Identity Group: Analyzing Causes and Effects of an Introspective Survey by the Vampire Community By Joseph Laycock Nova Religio - The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions August 2010, Vol. 14, No. 1, Pages 4–23
“Real vampires” believe that they must either consume blood or feed on “subtle” energy in order to maintain their physical, mental, and spiritual health. Recent scholarship has analyzed vampirism as a religious movement or as a cluster of “vampire religions.” This article argues that vampirism should be viewed foremost as an identity around which social and religious institutions have formed. This model accounts for the mosaic of religious and cultural orientations held by vampires and acknowledges the vampire community’s claims that vampirism is not a choice. It also facilitates a functionalist reading of vampire discourse as validating a new category of person.
“Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close..
You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the “normal people” as they go about their automatic existences.
For every time you say club passwords like “Have a nice day” and “Weather’s awful today, eh?”, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like “Tell me something that makes you cry” or “What do you think deja vu is for?”. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator.
But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger?
Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others.”—Timothy Leary (via elige)
i’m sorry, how exactly is it hurting you if people believe that they personally relate closer to a mermaid, dragon, zebra, or whatever than to a human
they know they’ve got a human body and they can function as well as anyone else in society so
no, really, do tell me, i want to know where you get off on publicly mocking a group of people you neither understand or give a shit about
oh wait i forgot, it’s the cool thing to do now, isn’t it
The cool thing to do? I could give a flying fuck what is or is not perceived as cool about my own opinion. And I’m mocking something that I perceive as completely stupid. If I see someone calling themselves a unicorn I’m gonna be like what the fuck? If someone came to class every single day in a harry potter costume I’m gonna be like what the fuck? I’m not gonna hit them or go around every day yelling at them how weird they are but its gonna be obvious that I think its weird as shit. That has nothing to do with being mean. This is me observing something that is weird. I think the main problem that I have with this entire thing is that I believe that 95% of these people are saying it for attention and the remaining 5% are legitimately insane. I wouldn’t make fun of someone who goes to an anime or star trek convention. Okay, they do it in their spare time. But if you’re seriously trying to explain to me why you spiritually connect with Naruto or something I’m going to laugh. Call it disrespect if you want but that’s the basic human response.
Also, I have a genuine question. Did you all truly not expect a backlash from people? Did you really expect to tell people you’re a spiritual dragon and not have anyone look at you like you’re insane and laugh? I don’t understand this sense of “shock” at people’s “rudeness” that you all seem to have? Was this not expected? I mean “phantom limbs”? You actually feel horns and a tail and what not? This sounds like a textbook definition of schizophrenia! Hallucinations? Feeling things that aren’t there? Believing things not based in reality? I mean come on…
Lastly, I’m not saying it hurts me. It has zero impact on me. You’re acting like just because I posted my opinion on something I’m about to go outside with a sign and start screaming, “Kill all the otherkin!” You all can start a church or have a whole otherkin headquarters for all I care. I don’t give a fuck. What I wrote was an opinionated observation. I really don’t care. The only reason I’m replying to this is because I find it comical.
So there. I told you.
okay i don’t have a lot of time to reply unfortunately so i can’t give you a proper answer, but
yes, i suppose we expected a backlash from people, though i can’t speak collectively. i know that people will, generally, dislike things they don’t understand and unfortunately the otherkin thing is one of those vague misunderstood deals which is a bit too broad to fall under a simple definition. which is why i have this blog, too. so i could argue and/or try educate people about the misconceptions/prevalent lies that other people spread.
and i, personally, don’t think it’s a spiritual thing. it’s not a spiritual thing for me, anyway. it’s a brain thing, because i’m fond of science. that doesn’t mean i’m going to go around bashing everyone who does think it’s a spiritual thing though, because that’s their deal, sure.
and i have to say this
doesn’t sound like the textbook definition of schizophrenia
schizophrenia isn’t a fun word that means “really totally off their rocker”, for fuck’s sake
phantom limbs that couldn’t possible exist are a real Science thing. hallucinations can be caused by dozens of things - and most otherkin don’t experience hallucinations? and as for “believing things not based in reality”
according to one thing on your tumblr, you’re christian? but even if not
believing in a god or a deity of any kind is not based in reality or on real observations
it is a spiritual belief, which is very similar to believing you are spiritually a dragon
so by your definition, most of the world would be schizophrenic, congratulations
which they’re not
so drop the “faking it or crazy” argument because you have practically no proof of either. you shouldn’t assume someone’s faking it because you don’t understand why or how it would be genuine, either, that’s pretty illogical.
"schizophrenia isn’t a fun word that means “really totally off their rocker”, for fuck’s sake"
Do something that makes you happy - make stuff, run through the woods, find a rope swing (you flying ‘kin out there; get one. In the woods. Over a ravine. I have a friend that has one and it’s magical. Dangerous, but magical.)
I don’t really agree that people can just “get over” stuffs… I find that attitude used too much, to ignore dealing with the causes of bullying, or make it seem like it’s not worth fighting. For some people, “unplugging” means leaving all your friends behind. And the memories still scar.
Some people are not bigger than the bullies, and that’s okay.
So, I’m not reblogging the whole post, but I did like this part. I really want something like that, aaaa~ I wonder if I can find a near tree that is strong enough to make one…
They have so many ahhh! I plan on getting the vulture one sometime when I have enough money. I’ve been looking for something that shows my kintype without being too flashy or ridiculous looking. They have lots of others, too! Really they did a good job at being all-encompasing with totem animals or whatnot.
Really everyone, check it out, I think it’s completely worth the cost to buy! Gosh I just wish I had the funds to get the vulture one now ahah.
Oh, nice! Sadly, no swan or even a duck, but I’m signal boosting this for everyone else~
“나 자신을 숨기지 못하는 사람. 마음에 없는입에 발린 말 못하고, 싫은 걸 좋다고, 좋은 걸 싫다고도 못한다. 그리고 무엇보다, 나 자신을 속이지 못한다. (I can’t hide who I am. I can’t say things I don’t mean, say that I like things I hate, or that I hate things I like. And more than anything, I can’t lie to myself.)”—Key [Dazed and Confused 2009] (via shineecstasy)
Sometimes my creativity flows from my mouth and my eyes and my veins. So much so that I can’t actually show you what I want to show you all. Or tell you what I want to tell you. I want to show you the things that live inside me. The beasts and the trees and the monsters that lay curled in my chest with sharpened teeth and blink blink eyes. I just want to show you their forms and create them. I want to take pieces of mud and sticks and arrange them in a meaningful shape.
There, those are the eyes. And that is where his ribs turn into trees. Sometimes the trees move as he exhales.
I don’t need to tell other stories of other things. I need to tell my own. I was told by Gods to tell my story through the written word and I am coming to terms with that now. My words are words of monsters. But they are not bad words nor are they bad monsters. They are my words. And my monsters. And they are me and I am them and we exist together in one five-inch place between my skull and my heart.
I want to go to Califur in June. I just learned it exists today and I would really like to go! I’ve never been to a furry convention before owo;
I don’t want to go in my own physical body, that would be too dysphoric, and I would be so envious of everyone who had a fursuit…
But I don’t think I can make a swan fursuit in time, because I never have made a fursuit before. And swans are one of the hardest animals to fursuit (because of the long neck). I have only really seen it done well one time, that with Swandog’s fursuit, and even then, she had to look around a LOT to find someone who could do the work.
I already have a lot of grey fake fur from another project! It’s nice and fluffy and silver-grey and I might have enough to make a partial (head and some small cygnet wings)…
But, I’m not really sure how to do it. All the fursuit tutorials out there, are for making heads that have a lot of “muzzle”… like dogs or cats. A bird does not have a face that points into a muzzle the same way that a wolf does. It’s more like a round shape with a beak. But, still a different type of round shape from a human head. And, because the round shape is most of the difference in making it realistic, and there is not really a muzzle to show character, I feel like the head shape has to be right.
I feel like, for most people, the challenge with fursuiting, is to make something like the one on the left, but, I need something more like the one on the right…
Alright, so there’s been a bunch of debating and arguing about otherkin around the net recently. Otherkin seem to feel belittled and made fun of by others. My thought on it is, hey, you aren’t hurting me, do what you want. I DON’T CARE. I DO NOT GIVE A MINISCULE DOUBLE THRUST OF A FUCK. You can think of yourself as whatever you want. End of story. Suddenly, Otherkin are claiming to be “Oppressed.” Now stop and think a moment. Are some members of Congress trying to take away your right to choose what you do with your body? No, unless you happen to physiologically be a woman. Have people with the same skin color as you been enslaved at some point in history due to that skin color, and today receive constant discrimination by people of another skin color who think they’re superior? No, unless you are of African heritage or a part of certain other minority groups. Have people with your sexual orientation ever been threatened with violence, been attacked, been murdered, or been driven to suicide because of their attraction to certain genders or their gender identity? No, unless you are a member of the LGBT community. So please, do not act as though your group has been through hell and back. Yes, I understand that some people think you’re odd and may say rude things, but do not act like your group has been victimized for merely just trying to get along with your lives peacefully.
i agree with what you’re saying here. however, i’d just like to say - i have only seen, ah, three otherkin who have said that otherkin are in any way oppressed. three, out of all the people i have interacted with who are otherkin, who have said that in the past - what, four months or so at least?
but i don’t think they’re oppressed and the vast majority of them don’t think they’re oppressed, either. just clearing that up. we understand the difference between bullying/harassment and violent systematic oppression. we understand we’re not oppressed, honestly - i’m not saying that people never claim we are oppressed, but that doesn’t mean we all think we are, god. i don’t know where you got your information from, but do be wary of the source, too. and thank you for being polite and for having a neutral view on the matter, too.
[tw: suicide, self-harm, bullying]
I also would like to add, that it’s not just “made fun of”, also. It’s true that otherkin are usually not threatened with physical violence for being otherkin (though I have heard of some who have been physically slammed into lockers, hit, etc. for their identity). But, it’s not just “people saying rude things”… it is people getting messages and reblogs, sometimes every day, telling them to kill their selves because “a freak like you does not deserve to live”. Maybe you think that’s a small thing, but over days and weeks and months, it can add up. And often, we can’t just go somewhere else, because outside the internet, it’s very hard to find anyone who will support you or understand you.
So, murdered? No. But, threatened with violence, or had violence used on them? Yes, some members of the community have, for being otherkin. And, driven to suicide? Some have been harassed and encouraged with the intent to make them commit suicide. Definitely, there are people, very common actually, who want to try to make us kill our selves and would be happy if we did, and send a lot of hate messages to try to make it happen. I know some people have self-harmed or in one case, overdosed, because of these messages. That person went to the hospital and almost did die.
So, it’s really not as simple as you think. Maybe this is not oppression. But, it is victimising, yes.
(Also, “physiologically be a woman”, I don’t think that is language that the trans* community feels comfortable with. A trans* man or nonbinary person does not think of their self as a woman in any way, physiologically or not. FAAB or CAFAB, meaning female-assigned-at-birth or coercively-assigned-female-at-birth (I think?) is the better term.)
During my teen years, I had an active and flexible imagination.
I lost the ability to let my mind wander through flights of fancy in my 20s and 30s. Victim of long hours at work, the struggle to establish a career and the inevitable financial stress of purchasing property, my imagination languished in a dark cave, waiting to blossom under the grow light that is the furry fandom.
I encountered this little girl during a stroll up the Newport Pier on a cold and windy morning. She came running towards me, trailed by her older sister, excited to meet this oddly tall canine.
“Mr Dog!” she exclaimed, “What are you doing running about without your leash?” I explained that I left it in the car. She admonished me never to leave the house without my owner, who must be worried sick. I told her that my owner was still in bed, and wouldn’t be up until after I got home (which was partly true.)
She was precocious without being smug, and curious without being annoying. She wanted to know what kind of dog food I ate, where I slept ( I assured her I slept on the bed, and she was quite pleased,) and if I had been to the vet recently (I hoped she wouldn’t ask if I was neutered.)
When she asked if I wanted a bowl of water, her sister stepped in and said “Now Amanda, you know he’s not real, right?”
Amanda just looked at her sister with those “are you serious?” eyes. “Of course he’s real” she said. She reached out to grab my paw and feel my fur. “See?” Amanda dared her sister to contradict the empirical furry evidence, clearly real beneath her fingers.
“No,” her sister said soflty, “I mean he’s not a real dog.” Amanda’s eyes grew wide and she summed things up for her obviously misled sibling. “I imagine he’s real. So he must be.”
Amanda’s sister just looked at me and shrugged. I was beaming under my fursuit head.
I’ve mulled over that piece of wisdom for a bit now and I see the nugget of truth. Imagination adds spice to life, and if you believe in that ingredient, and I mean really believe in the importance of imagination, I guarantee you a richer, more colorful life experience.
Exercise your ability to dream every day; Insert yourself into your favorite song, becoming a character in the lyrics. Picture yourself in a beautiful piece of art, gambling through a field with a unicorn. Close your eyes and see yourself flying over the tree tops, unfettered by worry and free of earthly constraints.
Or imagine that you meet a talking dog on the pier, and have a nice chat.
Hi, Tsu c: I'm a newer follower, but I was laying in bed thinking about tumblr last night, and a Very Important Question popped into my head. Do you own/wear a pair of waterfowl-feet looking rain boots? I saw those boots in a store a few months back and it would make my day if you had them xD
This IS a very important question! And the answer is, no, I don’t have them, but I WANT them! I have been wanting a pair of waterfowl feet shoes for a long time and it would make my day if you can give me the link! ^v^
There was a huge murder of crows that flew over my house a few days ago, I got to sit on the porch with a cup of tea and watch them. It was beautiful and yet I felt heartbroken because all I could think was “when can I join you?”