I mentioned the term otherkin in my last post, so it’s appropriate that I give a definition of the term.
The simplest definition is that an otherkin is an incarnate person that, in a past life, was something other than human. Typically Otherkin refers to those who believe themselves to be a creature that is not of this world, at least outside of mythology. Things like elves, dragons, fae, angels, and demons are common otherkin claims. Some however also include those who believe they were some kind of animal in a past life like a wolf, cat, ect. Some definitions also include past life lycanthropes.
Some even consider all vampires (sang or Psi) to be otherkin, but this seems like a stretching of the definition to me.
In any case, the majority of those who claim otherkin status typically aren’t otherkin or aren’t the otherkin they think they are. The Internet is full of people who claim otherkin status, and yet what they write doesn’t make sense. Many times those who claim otherkin status will behave in a way they think would be typical of a certain species, and yet those of us that have actually dealt with that species know the actions are typically quite different. Elves are an excellent example of a creature that has little in common with modern portrayls and is often times wrongly mimicked by supposed otherkin. And the biggest tell of all, an otherkin’s energy is usually somewhat like whatever it used to be.
However, that being said, I’ve seen enough on my own to say for certain that otherkin are a real phenomenon, and there are quite a few out there. This isn’t a recent occurrence either. References to otherkin can be found in the works of many of the authors involved in the magick revival, and it can even be found in several very old religious works. There even references outside the bible to Noah being an otherkin.