What is an Otherkin

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.

2 Responses to What is an Otherkin

  1. motsie says:

    Otherkin, such a catchall category! I have always found it more useful to analyze the energetic nature of the being in flesh in terms of its point of origin and it current energetic balance. Prior to delving in world of cyber-magic, I always referred to non-humans in Assiah as elementals referring to the fact that they were not a balanced microcosm in this plane. The term otherkin invites a warm, snuggly view of non-humans.

    It is my impression that the amount on non-humans incarnate in human bodies hovers around 10 to 15 per cent. Most are either ignorant of their nature or fascinated by it. Neither view is particualarly functional in terms of spiritual development. Very rarely, one meets an aware elemental who has chosen to adopt and pursue a higher goal than personal gratification. Sadly, most are instruments of evil, or at least vehicles of friction. This historical profile has done little to improve the reputation of elementals in the serious magickal community.

    However, those few who know (at least partially) what they are and are working to become more can be phenonmenal, turning probability on its head and changing the course of worlds. These are the ones who travel through lives in a purposeful manner, my kin.

  2. Rob says:

    Technically an otherkin would be human because it’s incarnate as one. It’s at least as much a human as it is anything else considering its current incarnation is human. I’d be interested in why you believe this would naturally result in an imbalanced microcosm in this plane though.

    Quite a few of those who openly announce themselves as otherkin, and are really otherkin, are malicious or completely self-serving. But this isn’t always the case. Most of the higher forms that have come to be in human bodies, and realize it, will not usually announce themselves as such. Several entities are fairly close to humans on the lower-higher scale too. Elves seem don’t seem much higher or lower than humans at all, and most fae creatures tend to be only a bit higher up than most mundanes on this plane (although admittedly there are dark fae that can fall quite a bit lower on the scale).

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