Turns out, I have another set of "Pride" events to attend coming up this fall. Perhaps you regulars around here in Cyrsti's Condo remember my partner is a practicing Wiccan. When I first met her and she told me, I thought oh sh-t!, if I'm bad she will turn me into a toad. I was wrong and this is what I learned - or am learning: (From the link above)
"Contrary to what those who choose to persecute or lie about us wish to believe, Wicca is a very peaceful, harmonious and balanced way of life which promotes oneness with the divine and all which exists.
Wicca is a deep appreciation and awe in watching the sunrise or sunset, the forest in the light of a glowing moon, a meadow enchanted by the first light of day. It is the morning dew on the petals of a beautiful flower, the gentle caress of a warm summer breeze upon your skin, or the warmth of the summer sun on your face. Wicca is the fall of colorful autumn leaves, and the softness of winter snow. It is light, and shadow and all that lies in between."
To cut to the chase here, I have always wanted to have a higher appreciation of the natural world around me and as I have written in recent blog posts- I believe HRT has helped me to reach deeper, sensory levels.
Now on to the Pride gatherings, called Pagan. I don't use the word much because in many minds it conjures up dark spirits and a guy with red horns, when simply, many "pagan" religions were simply pre-Christian. On a totally different plane from the spiritual, I'm a people watcher. Plus I'm a keen observer of how people observe me of course.
I jokingly tell my partner Liz, I want to be the "Celtic Princess" when we go, and will put off my planned fall hair color change for a bit. Although my auburn hair color isn't real, a Celtic tie in with my ancestry is. Although I'm a typical "mutt" American, I do know without a shadow of a doubt my Mom's family was German and my Dad's, British. If it matters, even though my hair into my 40's was almost black, my Mom's family was dominated by red heads.
None of that should spoil my fun though. I am believing the "true" spiritual believers at these events will embrace my transgender (twin spirit) background as "most" have at the "meet ups" I have gone to. I had one woman give me her best "get the hell out of here glare" until she figured out I wasn't leaving but I'm spoiled and loved the embrace I got from the others. I know I do scare some "faux pagans" (the same as faux Christians) because of my gender fluid experience in the world. But, selfishly, I want to learn all I can for me, so I can't worry about others.
Plus Liz, is quite the seamstress too, so I'm leaving how the "Celtic Princess" will look to her!!!