6 Minutes of Witchcraft: Queerness & Transness in Witchcraft

6 Minutes of Witchcraft: Queerness & Transness in Witchcraft February 1, 2019

I just recorded another episode of “6 Minutes of Witchcraft.”  In this episode, I answer a viewer question about my opinion of “queerness and transness” in Witchcraft. I think this topic joins nicely with the previous episode where I answered a viewer’s question on “feminist spirituality.”  As I’ve done with the previous episodes, there are a few things I want to talk a little more about that I couldn’t squeeze in or express in six minutes.  So after watching the video, check below it.

After Video Thoughts:
So the question wasn’t about defining queer or trans, but rather how I perceive their presence or application in Witchcraft, most specifically in comparison to binary gender concepts/rituals/etc.  I think that defining those terms lays more squarely at the feet of those who use them to describe themselves – but also a matter of practicality, you can google those words too.

Personally I do identify as queer and genderfluid, and delving into what that means TO ME is probably worth a book or two of exploration. I also expect my perceptions of these words to continue to change and morph over time. Why? Spirit, humanity, and language are all entities of change. As Witches, we are constantly exploring ourselves and our world.

What I can succinctly speak to is that my appearance to other humans in no way alters how I interact with gods, spirits, and other entities.  I can invoke a god just as comfortably as a goddess – the genitals don’t have to match. My ability to work fertility magic is not dependent on what sex organs reside within my body and how well they function. Or any kind of magic for that matter. Nor does who I am attracted to sexually play a part in my work.

And as I have also said many times: applying gender to tools is unnecessary.  The cauldron is not a womb or vagina, the wand is not a penis. Sure, we can use that symbolism if it works for us, but that doesn’t mean it has to work for anyone else. Magic resides within you and your power stems from deeper, less defined sources unbound by the confines of gender and sexuality.

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