Beyond the BinarY

Year of Creation: 2013

Dedicated Clergy:

Jaina Bee, Priestx of the Eternal Now
Gatekeeper Jey, High Priest of Doorways and Crossroads
Melissa ra Karit, Priest/ess of the Body-Temple
Q'desha Yansumi, High Priestess of Musical Ecstasy

We are an affinity group exploring gender variance as individuals, as community, in the world, and with the god/ess/xes.

We Are Dedicated to This Work.

My commitment to trans* pagan work lies not in my gender identity, though I am genderqueer, but in the space between my gender identity and the spiritual and magickal resources available. There are an infinite number of ways for trans* identities and paganism to intersect. I want all the people like me to find spells, rituals, deities, altars, tools, and anything else they might need or desire in the realm of paganism reflective of their life experiences. I am actively working to create more for all of us. - Melissa ra Karit

As someone who currently identifies as a metagender human, I felt called to service at the crossroads of Pagan practice and personal identity when it became clear that inclusive, public sacred spaces were not readily accessible to those who felt uncomfortable or unwelcome —or simply uninterested— in gender-binary-oriented circles. I hope to catalyze and nurture sacred space and practices that inspire people of all self-defined identities to come together and make beautiful, powerful magick. - Jaina Bee


Sacred Texts

Charge of the God/ess
by Melissa ra Karit

Hear ye the words of the God/ess
The stare of whose eyes pierce the soul
Whose vastness cradles the Universe

I am the dark space between the stars
And the cave at the heart of the Earth
And the silence between breaths
And the potential before form arises

Call unto your soul, arise and come unto me
For I am the soul of the crossroads that awakes the point between
From me, all beings take a path and unto me they return, for the crossroads lie at the center of things

Before My depths, beloved of all
Let your Divine innermost self be imbued with the ecstasy of the edge

Let my worship be in the heart that rejoices
For behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals

Therefore, let there be beauty and strength, honor and pride, power and compassion, mirth and reverence among you.

And those of you who seek to know me, know this: that all your seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know your true self
For if that which you seek, you find not around you, then you must call it into being.
For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am that which dissolves all back into the infinite.

Axis Mundi Practice
by Melissa ra Karit

I am the Center / I hold the space
The world spins around me / with its wild grace
Yet within me lies / another world
And by my will / it comes unfurled.

Public Work

Beyond the Binary maintains a blog, where we post calendar listings for trans* pagan events, reviews, reports of events we attend, magick for the trans* community, and more! You can find us at Beyond the Binary.

Resources

We love these books!
All-Soul, All-Body, All-Love, All-Power: A TransMythology by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus
Read My Lips, by Ricki Wilkins
Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman
Butch is a Noun, by S. Bear Bergman
My Gender Workbook, by Kate Bornstein