Between Two Worlds: Pagan Spirit Gathering 2018 – This Time as a Woman

Between Two Worlds: Pagan Spirit Gathering 2018 – This Time as a Woman July 5, 2018

In 2017 I went to the Pagan Spirit Gathering (PSG), having not completed my gender reassignment surgery. I was still technically, still biologically, a male, even though I was, and had been legally female for over 3 years.  

What a difference a year makes! I was excited to attend this PSG as a woman. For some time, I had wondered what would be different. I was still on the layout crew, helping get everything ready for the vendors. Hekate was still with me. One thing that had changed was that I was still recovering from my surgery. My energy levels were down significantly from the previous year.

What else had changed, you may ask. My attitude had changed, for the better. For the first time in my life, I could say that I was what I said I was. If I wanted to go skyclad, I wouldn’t be ashamed of my body. Just so you know, I did it, and I didn’t feel anything but unconditional love! It felt so good to be able to communicate better with other women. I was now one of them authentically — not just a transwoman.

Speaking of being a transwoman, there will always be a part of me that will never escape my past life as one. I personally feel that’s part of what I am, and will always be. I, for one, unlike others like me, do not intend to hide that, and won’t. In my world, we call that “going stealth.”  Moving away from where we live, living somewhere that nobody knows us…

That means leaving our friends, supportive family, and others who we depend on for our support. I’d thought about doing that for many years. I understand how some might benefit from such an arrangement; however, after many talks with my High Priestess and other friends in my chosen family, you, Pagans, I decided to stay where I live. I can always visit other places if I choose. But for me, Wisconsin is where I will stay, for now anyway. And it helps that I have a lot of really good physicians to keep me healthy.

Besides, how could I leave Circle Sanctuary, Pagan Spirit Gathering and my chosen family?  No, not for this elderly hippie chick! Think young, stay young — great motto. Until next time, somewhere in the future…


Mighty Hekate, Queen of the Witches,

 Blessed am I,

To call myself one of Your chosen.  

  (Above used with permission from Cyndi Brannen..with many thanks and love)

Special thanks also to Starlight Witch, for her help in editing.

About Brianne Raven Wolf
Brianne Raven Wolf has identified as a Pagan from a very young age. She is an active member of Circle Sanctuary in Wisconsin. She volunteers her time there helping at most Full Moon Rituals, as well as some workshops, Circle events, and Sanctuary work days. At Pagan Spirit Gathering (PSG) last year, she became the first Pagan Transwoman to have the Senioring Rite of Passage. She follows a Hekatean Witchcraft Spiritual Path. To relax, she likes to walk, camp, and hike as much as possible in very rural areas. Brianne is also an avid reader, especially young adult novels. Her latest YA book read was "Belle Dame Sans Merci" by Astrea Taylor. You can read more about the author here.

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