Posted by: aediculaantinoi | November 20, 2013

International Trans* Day of Remembrance

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[Kneel before your altar/shrine; light as many candles as you can.]

To all the gods of [this shrine/house/etc.], honored and beloved dead, ancestors, and spirits of this good land:

May you extend your peace and consolation to all of the recent dead,
slain by transphobic violence, hatred, and rejection.

Panpsyche, may you comfort each of the trans* dead
and speak their names in glory rather than derision;
[Read some of their names, found here.]

Panhyle, may you embrace each of the trans* dead
and give them security rather than abuse;
[An image representing the collective trans* dead should be kissed and honored.]

Paneros, may you give water to each of the trans* dead
and show them love where they have been shown hatred;
[An offering of water should be given to the image.]

Pancrates, may you welcome to your hearth each of the trans* dead
and give them warmth where they have been given rejection;
[An offering of fire/light/warmth should be given to the image.]

Paneris, may you stir the spirits of each of the trans* dead
and let them rage where they have been kept silent;
[Hold the image and scream out as loud and long as you can.]

Panprosdexia, may you seek out each of the trans* dead
and guide them and preserve them, though the world has tried to erase them.
[Elevate the image, present it to every other divine image on the altar/shrine, and to the four quarters/directions, above, below, and to all of the persons present in the room as this ritual is carried out.]

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[Speak the following prayer.]

There is not enough salt water in the world’s oceans
to shed sufficient tears for those who have been killed;

There is not enough fire in the sun of our solar system
to rage enough on behalf of the slain and those who love them;

There is not enough stone throughout the earth
to build a fitting enough memorial to them;

There is not enough air in the atmosphere
to speak and sing their praises and their laments;

But we have this water and these tears,
this fire and these candles,
this image and this sacred ground,
and these words and this breath
to make a start of it,
to give what they did not receive in life,
to remember and honor those who have fallen
not because of weakness, but because they dared to run.

ASKION, KATASKION, LIX, TETRAX, DAMNAMANEUS, AISIA
ASKION, KATASKION, LIX, TETRAX, DAMNAMANEUS, AISIA
ASKION, KATASKION, LIX, TETRAX, DAMNAMANEUS, AISIA

May the fire of their passion parch the earth anew,
may the water of their tears flood the world–
and may the flood and the fire balance each other perfectly.

Blessed Antinous and Holy Hadrian,
Divine Sabina and Sainted Julia Balbilla,
The Heroes Polydeukion, Memnon, and Achilles,
Herodes Attikos, Appia Annia Regilla, Elpinike and Athenais,
Panpsyche and Panhyle,
Paneros and Pancrates,
Paneris and Panprosdexia:

Protect, Preserve, and Proclaim their names,
Protect, Preserve, and Provide For their spirits,
Protect, Preserve, and Promote acceptance and love
for their loved ones on the earth, their allies and friends,
and for those trans* and gender-variant individuals still living.

HAEC EST UNDE, HAEC EST UNDE, HAEC EST UNDE VITA VENIT!
HAEC EST UNDE, HAEC EST UNDE, HAEC EST UNDE VITA VENIT!
HAEC EST UNDE, HAEC EST UNDE, HAEC EST VITA VENIT!

Note: For an alternate list of the 238 names of trans* individuals killed in the last year, see this link.


Responses

  1. […] day, I’ve made my first post of the day not the Ekklesía Antínoou-specific holy day, but International Trans* Day of Remembrance–for whatever reason, this year it seemed to burn a bit more fiercely in my soul as of waking […]

  2. What is remembered, lives. My altars are alight with candles to honor those murdered.

    • Gratias ago tibi–this is an important thing…

      (And, I’m rather upset to see so few pagans generally, and queer pagans in particular, not saying or writing anything on this today, despite having done so in years’ past and declaring how essential it is…?!? Oh well…but you did, and that’s the main thing! Thank you again!)

  3. May they be remembered.


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