My Stance on the Terms “Otherkin” and “Godkin”

I first joined the otherkin community around five years ago, although I had heard of it a couple of years prior. By “joined”, I mean I signed up and attended to one forum only, then fell out of that and stuck with my close circle of like-minded friends. I have never been very good at communities. This is because I was never really good with people. It is not that I am unlikable, or so I have been told, I just never really got the hang of forging lasting connections with others.

But that is changing, as I have been changing. I think it worked out for the better, for me, coming at everything from a more isolated framework, but that time has passed. I can be pretty stubborn and headstrong, and did not know how to bend or compromise, but I have learned how to do that a bit more. 

And so this blog, for me, is a coming out of the shadows. It is not joining an established forum or group, but it is very much about reaching out and laying my cards on the table. I am a fairly transparent person, and a godawful liar. I am very emotional, and expressive, and can bottle things up inside myself for a whole of five minutes before it starts to make me ill. I just do not do well unless I am being open and authentic, even if that does leave me vulnerable.

Which is why I am writing this post now, to explain a little bit more from my “About Me” page, as a precursor to tomorrow’s Pagan Blog Project post, and to make my status and views clear regarding the only community I have been remotely active in for the past half-decade.

Technically, I am an “otherkin”, and more specifically, a “godkin”. The definition for otherkin can vary depending on who you ask, but in general it applies to someone who believes themselves to be, on some level, not human. How that plays out for me personally is that I do not believe my spirit or soul to be human. Physically, I am pretty much just like everyone else; I bleed if hurt, I get sick, I have to eat, and breathe, and drink, and sleep. I have a life, I have bills, I have to do the dishes, and take out the trash. But my sense of identity is not human. 

There are many, many different kinds of otherkin, ranging from earthly animals such as wolves and cats, to mythical creatures such as dragons and angels. Often how the community works is one takes what they identify as and tack on the word “-kin” to denote their “kintype”: wolfkin, dragonkin, angelkin. For me, that would be “godkin”, because I believe my soul to be that of a goddess.

However, you will not find me using that term to relate to myself. I think the word “otherkin” in general can be a useful label, as far as labels go. But even in that community, I feel on the outskirts and cannot relate to a lot of the members. I also find that labels are terribly limiting things full of baggage, and that by linking myself just now to that community in any fashion, I will lose face with some people solely because the community as a whole is not looked highly upon. 

One of the primary reasons I am not fond of the term “godkin” other than I feel it sounds a little gaudy (pun so not intended…mostly), is that there are already good expressions that exist for the concept, which has existed off and on throughout all recorded history, my favorite being incarnate goddess. Ruling leaders used to be seen as gods even through Roman times. In some cultures, high priests and priestesses were believed to be such as well. In Hinduism, the whole concept of “avatars”, while pretty unique to that religion, hearkens back to this similar belief of deity made flesh. Even the current predominant religion of the world is based upon the tenant of God being born as a flesh-and-bone human. 

How I came to believe that I am a goddess and what that even means for me, is something I will explore in future posts. And although I do not fully embrace the terms otherkin and godkin, I do intend to stay active in that community to the small extent that I already am. If anyone else finds themselves in a similar situation to me, it is my hope introducing these labels might help them find community and realize they are not alone, as well as to help provide context for my writings.

As always, I welcome any and all questions!

About Reconstructing the Labyrinth

Hello! My name is Bri, and I run the blog Reconstructing the Labyrinth. I am a pagan who works primarily with the Minoan pantheon, of which I believe myself to be an incarnate member. I am also genderqueer, pansexual, and demisexual. I have a wonderful, loving partner. I am a mixed-media artist and writer with a great fondness for plaid and amaretto-flavored coffee.
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10 Responses to My Stance on the Terms “Otherkin” and “Godkin”

  1. Hi Bri! Just found your blog from a list of PBP authors, clicked on a whim, and glad I did.

    I don’t know much about the otherkin community (besides having a friend who’s ‘kin) so I’m reading through your blog with a lot of interest. It sounds like you and I have identified as Pagan for similar lengths of time, and though I’m more on the Druid side of things now, I had a lot of personal and academic interest at one point toward Mediterranean cultures. Dionysus was a god who grabbed my imagination early on (even when I was still a Christian) and I had a lot of fascination for Ariadne as well.

    I’m also genderqueer myself, so, hello. 🙂

    Thank you for being so open and willing to share your experiences here.

    Cheers,
    Danny

    • Hello! PBP is really good for that. I am enjoying meeting new people in a similar fashion!

      The otherkin community is one of those things you do not really run into much unless you are tied to it somehow, so that is understandable. If you ever have any questions at all regarding it, please feel free to ping me. If I do not have an answer, I have friends who can help me find one for you. I feel like there is a lot of bad and misinformation out there regarding it, so if I can help clarify things in any way, I am happy to do so.

      My interest with Mediterranean cultures was very begrudging. I was not really interested in paganism at all, until I started getting paid visits by deities who would not go away no matter how hard I tried to make them do so. The scholastic interest followed once I decided that ignoring them was futile. Prior to that, my academic interest was more in comparative world religions, which is what I studied academically.

      I can see why Dionysus and Ariadne would grab your interest! They are definitely interesting. Pretty much what I have spoken about on the blog so far is what I will continue to explore in the future, too, if you want to stick around. It is nice meeting you! ❤

  2. hexeengel says:

    I was originally drawn to your post on Ariadne, but after seeing this here, I decided to follow you and invite you to check out my PBP blog. I’m not ‘kin, but a SoulBonder, and that figures into the path I’m writing about for PBP. I won’t get to it for a few weeos yet, alphabetical order and all that, but I promise, it’ll get there. I write on LJ, satyazomasorga.livejournal.com. I have my settings so that you can read and comment even without an LJ account. I hope you’ll have a look.

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  4. EquinoxDreamer says:

    I feel like this comment is way late and overdue. Either way, I want to say how much I love your blog, and the wealth of experience that you share is fascinating. Though I too identify as otherkin (more like a struggling otherkin) I neither felt nor do I think I ever will feel a connection to the Otherkin community. Your blog is unique. Inspiring.

    • Hello! I am sorry for the delayed reply; weather has me stranded away from home without steady computer access. Thank you so, so much for your comment! It actually helped to receive it now instead of earlier, since I have not been posting on here much at all and sometimes think of dropping it altogether. It is good to know people still may stumble upon it.

      I pretty much dropped off the face of the Otherkin community entirely and have really had no desire to find a way back in. I have my handful of friends from the days I was on a good forum before everything kind of exploded. Other than that, I find people via blogs, like you, and other forums, and it seems to work well to stay in contact via e-mail. So if you ever want to talk more, I am game!

      And I am glad my blog can inspire you. ❤

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