What the Heck's an Otherkin?
Right! So What's an Otherkin?

There are those of us who believe that the myths and legends of old, those of fairies and elves and dragons and unicorns, have a grain of truth in them. We believe that these races do or have existed for real, on other planes of existence, and that some of the tales of them interacting with human beings are cases of them reaching into our plane.

What's more, we believe that they have souls capable of being reincarnated just like ours. Some of us believe that we actually *are* reincarnated from one or more of these beings. We recognize traits of ours in this lifetime that seem to coincide with a being that is not human, i.e. the feeling that one is supposed to have wings or fur and claws. Some of us actually seem to have *memories* of those past lives!

When one of us realizes this past of ours, it is called "Awakening". You don't have to be a believer in all this New Age stuff, either. I have found, however, that those of us with more "unconventional" minds are more open to the concept and tend to accept it more easily.

Okay, so, you're cracked, right?

Sometimes I think so. But haven't you ever felt like there was someplace else you were supposed to be, or looked at something ordinary and it suddenly struck you as being strange somehow or alien? Haven't you ever looked up at the stars and thought, There's where home is? (That's known as the Yearning, by the way.)

Is it so inconceivable to wonder whether there really is other life out there than our own? And is it so inconceivable to think that maybe we were once part of it?

Besides...even if I'm crazy...it doesn't mean I'm wrong. ;)

The problem we encounter with all of this is that we get people who would like to think that they're Otherkin and therefore special. They think that if they try hard enough they can become an Elf or a Dragon. It doesn't generally work that way. Either you're Other, or you're not.

The down side to this is that those of us who really feel that we are Other have no proof of it, and no way to prove that someone *isn't* Otherkin just because they claim to be. We spend most of our lives questioning and doubting every memory that surfaces, every hint we get, every face we seem to recognize. Those whom I mentioned above tend to lose interest after a while and move on to other things. The rest of us are left perpetually wondering whether or not we're certifiable.

And then we have regular people who have the concept of Kinness forced on them when they didn't ever want it! Say, for instance, that you're a business associate in a high-power firm, you have 12 credit cards, a wonderful marriage, high esteem among your colleagues, a sparkling psych profile, and then one day on the street you find a piece of paper with Elvish scribbled on it, and you read it perfectly without a second thought. Suddenly, you're Awake. Your world as you know it has just been destroyed.

While it doesn't usually happen quite like that, I can tell you with authority that Awakening isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Umm...I think I'm cracked, too.

If what I've said here has awoken something in you, and you somehow feel as if you may have a piece of you that is not human, then you have my sympathies. You're in for a long, tortuous journey of self-discovery and doubt that will probably never end. Unless you go through some regression therapy to find that Otherkin part of you, chances are you won't have your memories available to you.

Fortunately, you are not alone. Do a Web search for Otherkin, and see who is available to talk to you about it. There are information centers online, and thanks to a certain Fae friend of mine (you know who you are), I've FINALLY gotten my head out of the sand and gotten a few of these Websites together for you.

Meanwhile, hang in there--it's probably going to be a bumpy ride!

Otherkin Resource Center
Otherkin Outreach
Otherkin community Webpage
Pathwayz.org, a search engine for various Otherkin types
For those just Awakening
For Otherkin hosts, by The Crisses Yes, Crisses, plural.
Some Otherkin links by Rialian