I had hoped to write some new things of interest here today, but I’m feeling rather exhausted, and it might be better at the moment to try and get more sleep than it would be to type up something potentially incoherent and not-as-useful-as-it-could-have-been-otherwise…
In the meantime, though, I have a suggestion to pass on, which has already made the rounds and has been announced in various places (including on The Wild Hunt today): namely, Polytheism Without Borders. The need for this is obvious, and the work of those who have suggested it and now made it possible has been admirable.
Unfortunately, there’s an issue with the matter of being required to select a gender in order to join the forums, which the organizers are aware of now, and are trying to rectify. I’m glad they realize how important it is, and that they are trying to do something about it.
Until something is done about it, though, I cannot join. The Tetrad++ require of me that anything I do spirituality-wise be gender-inclusive, or else I cannot participate. I know that they’re doing the best they can with a system that they did not create and which they didn’t make the rules for, and that they are acknowledging that it is a problem and they’re trying to do something about it is far better than what has been done by a huge number of different pagan or polytheist groups all across the map. Nonetheless, the gods we serve are the gods we serve, and their requirements of me are more important to follow than any potential good that could come meanwhile in participating in even such a worthy endeavor as this. I cannot compromise on this matter, even if it’s just a “token” identification that then has no bearing on anything which follows. It saddens me in a way, but I’d be the biggest hypocrite and sham if I were to do otherwise until the situation gets adjusted. If it can’t get adjusted, then I’ll just have to be a cheerleader from the sidelines, which is also fine.
So, if you are of a binary gender, whether cis or trans, go and join up and have the blessings of the gods in doing so! :)