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Final Survey 
02:01pm 28/11/2005
  Good afternoon or what have you.

It has been a while since I have posted here though I have enjoyed reading the various thoughtful and interesting posts that have been offered since.

First of all, thank you all for the responses I have received to date. I have spent months compiling and working through the information collected from my last surveys numbering nearly 400 responses. The amount of assistance has been overwhelming and I am incredibly happy to see such a high level of support.

I also apologize for the level of crossposting but I do wish to get as many of the livejournal communities as I may for there are individuals who belong to only one or another but do not have huge mass membership.

Following is the last survey that I will need for my work. The questions are slightly broader in scope and several will require some thought. There is reason behind each and every one. I have spent the last month and a bit fine tuning the survey and adding questions after conferring with a number of very wise people (both otherkin and human).

I have had some strong interest in the book from several publishers and I am currently looking into which will offer the best price to the buyer as well as the widest possible distribution.

You may answer the survey here OR you may email it directly to kinresearch@gmail.com if you wish to keep your answers private. Information is not shared beyond the core research unless you answer the "bonus" question.

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A Request for Information 
03:26pm 07/04/2005
  In the research phase for writing a book on otherkin a lot of information needs to be gathered. Please consider taking a moment to answer these basic questions. All questions are optional and please do not attach your name (emails and livejournal names will be stripped from the entries for processing).

Year of Birth:
Country of Residence:
Current career/occupation:
Age at which you "awakened" (or began the process):
Type of otherkin:
Do you believe in reincarnation?:

If you are uncomfortable answering here please feel free to email me at kinresearch@gmail.com

Additionally, I require a large accumulation of information to form a baseline foundation. Please feel free to email this to any otherkin you know who is not on livejournal: distribute personally or to email lists as you wish. All answers can be returned to me at kinresearch@gmail.com

Thank you very much for your response.

(very crossposted)

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An Introduction and Questions 
01:53pm 29/03/2005
I am both otherkin and writer. I have been aware of my personal differences for many decades and struggled with my own changes during a time when spirituality was centered around the community church. I currently live in the french part of Canada doing piece work and holding contract based positions. My research and interaction with otherkin communities has been leading to the eventual publication of a book focusing on otherkin.

I have joined this and other communities in order to research and collect information for this book as well as for my own natural curiousity. I do tend to lurk and read more than get involved in discussion.

I would like to ask a few basic questions. Feel free to answer here or to email me directly at kinresearch@gmail.com

Note that by answering you are giving permission to use your response in publication.

Thank you for your assistance and participation.

1. What is your name [optional]
2. What part of the world do you live in [optional]
3. What type of otherkin do you identify as?
4. What is the basis of that identity? Where did it come from or what supports it? Feel free to be as lengthy or concise as you wish.
5. What would you like to see in a book about/for otherkin?

Any suggestions or feedback are always welcome. I can be reached at the above email or through this livejournal. Thank you very much for your response.

(This is very crossposted if you see it several times)


12:12am 20/12/2004
  okay. just wondering if I am the only one here, but has anybody ekse dealt with subconcius blocks before? A friend of mine who has empathic abilities-and I believe her because I've seen her 'use' them-was talking about being unable to read me because of a subconcious block.

Has anybody else here had to deal with a sub. block? and if so was there a reason it was there-i.e. repressed stuffs. more then that did you take it down/try to take it down. what why did you go about it. and what were aftereffects/consequences.

Thing is that right now the block is bothering me. I want to know why it is there, and would like to be prepared for anything that might happen. any help is greatly appreciated.


10:42pm 16/12/2004
  Hi all,

I'm yet again a newbie to a group. just wanted to say hi and all that jazz. but while I am posting this...I also had questions for anyone who could perhaps help me.

lately I have been around a group of people who are angels, otherkin, ect. one of then told me that I was a keeper. I would love anyone who could to tell me what that is...I mean. they have tried explaining it to me. but I am just not grasping the whole situation.

Part of the problem right now is that I have a subconcious blcok that is hampering progress with things on the metaphysical side. and more then that while I am around people who have been awakened or are doing so I am not sure that I am....

any help would be just..spiffy.

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Dragon Kin and dragon lovers may enjoy this.. 
11:00pm 12/12/2004
mood: curious
X-Posted to alfandria , bad_dragon, dracophile, dracophilia, the_dragons, we_are_dragons, otherkin, newkin, and layra

THIS (show? documentary? who knows?) looks VERY interesting...

Dragons on the Animal Planet Channel

I can't wait until March 2005. I just saw a commercial for it on Animal Planet two seconds ago. I hope it's good...


childhood memories 
01:53pm 16/07/2004
mood: thoughtful
I was thinking back over some childhood memories I had when I was very young... probably around 5 or 6. I remember standing in my bedroom with my parents, and looking at them and thinking, "These are my parents? How did I get here?" and feeling completely bewildered by the fact that I was living under the same roof with these people. I also never really felt like a child-- I always felt so much older than the other kids, and different from them in many ways.

I also remember, when I was first learning to read, thinking about how strange words and language were. Something about words didn't make sense to me, and I couldn't quite understand why people would use these strange things for communication. To this day, I often think in a way that does not involve words-- more of a feeling, or an instinct, but something that does not translate to human language.

And I remember many times thinking, "I want to go home," even when I was at home. Not really knowing what I meant by that, just feeling like I wasn't truly at home, that home was a place far more comfortable and natural-feeling.

Anyway, just wanted to share. Has anyone else had interesting childhood memories that seem "different" somehow?

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On this day... 
04:44pm 14/07/2004
mood: synchronistic
14 July. In 1990 the small uninhabited island of Eynhallow off Rousay in the Oarkneys played host to 88 tourists. According to the ferry crew, only 86 returned. A thorough search by police, coastguards and helicopter failed to find the missing people. The island was long regarded as spooky 'vanishing isle', a sort of marine Brigadoon. Alternatively, superstitious locals speculated the couple were actually mermen or mermaids, returning to their ancestral home; it was easy to mistake the Fin Folk for ordinary humans. Or maybe humans had been kidnapped by Fin folk.

swiped from: http://forteantimes.com/

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newbie here 
08:20pm 13/07/2004
mood: pensive
Hello! I just joined and only discovered what Otherkin meant yesterday. I stumbled across a website and something about it spoke to me. I still don't know if I'm just imagining things, or indulging in escapism, or what. I am still at the very beginning of trying to figure this out. I don't know whether I will still believe this to be true of myself when all is said and done, but I know that I have always felt like there is something within me which is different, something apart from the human experience. I don't see myself as existing outside of humanity; I just feel that part of me is something else, what exactly I'm not sure yet.

I know that I have always felt a strong connection to the merfolk, and when I was a child believed myself to be one of them. I have always felt drawn to the ocean. I have a seashell tattoo over my heart. Sometimes I communicate with the mers, and ask them for guidance when I need it. When I am away from the ocean for a long time, I start to crave it. I feel so deeply connected to the mers. I don't think of them as cute little Ariel-like creatures-- more as water spirits which come in different forms and personalities. I'm not quite sure whether what I feel is merely a strong connection to them, or if I am actually one of them in some way. I feel a little crazy for even thinking it. :)

I also feel a strong pull towards trees, and feel in tune with their spirits as well. I have also felt that an old tree spirit resides within me. I feel genderless in many ways, as though I am something more than just male or female, something beyond that. I don't know how to explain everything I feel. I am still trying to take myself in.

I am glad to be a part of this community and look forward to talking with you all.

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05:23pm 02/04/2004

My new writing journal with my new story up and running. Reviews would be appreciated.

Oh and it's almost finished but not quite there.

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Love and Light 
08:51am 14/03/2004
mood: melancholy
I just joined this community about hmmm...five minutes ago, not even that.

I guess I first discovered I was angel-kin by plain well chance. I was bored so I decided to look up angels as an interest and by chance happened to come across once_winged. I admit it, I was instantly drawn in and soon enough a lot of weirdness in my life started to actually make sense. Empathy, a sense of never-belonging, feelings as if something was missing and I was here for the reason, the usual as I've been discovered from around the net I had them all. It's a very emotional time I believe when you first discover your otherkin, angel-kin etc. but finally I feel a lot of stuff in my life makes sense.

I'm still trying to discover more about angel-kin, who I was, why excatly I left the divine Goddess/Light. I can remember crying so hard, hurting because so many humans hurt and it seemed so useless to watch life after life die and be reborn only to die and hurt and ache over and over. I think that's why I left. I didn't understand it, it hurt and confused me and maybe I began to hate "her" for doing this to the creatures she'd created. I rejected her and left and fell...I guess. I reincarnated into a human so I could help humans and not be bound by the rules and laws of the divine light. I guess I still feel a hatred in my heart towards The Mother. I don't understand it, why it has to be so hard. I understand that to evolve, to better yourself you must pass through pain and suffering to really appreciate the good in life but it stills seems..cold.

I guess you could call me a fallen angel of sorts, I serve no one but myself and hope to help humanity and to make the world a better place.

Does anyone else have similar stories or have heard of anything like this before?

Blessed be


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12:23am 11/02/2004
  This is just a basic introductory post. I'm a Christian dragonkin, and although I've been awakened for a few years, I've only known about otherkin and 'kin groups for maybe a month or so. I welcome any questions or comments anyone may have...  

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08:09pm 10/02/2004
mood: pleased
Hi and stuff. Forgot to introduce myself :}.

I'm a 17-year-old Christian Otherkin shapeshifter. I do arts and play violin and love Latin and stuff like that.

um...don't know what else to say :}. If you ever want to chat, my email and im's are in my profile.

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02:08pm 28/01/2004
mood: contemplative
I'm new, relatively speaking, and I have a situation that could use some analyzation.

Besides the talents everyone else is embedded with likewise to feel and do things on a different level, I have given away part of myself in trade for the Storm Deva that is now fused to my soul. I wanted further enlightenment on the world...yadda yadda, and (I'll use the pronoun "she" to represent the Deva) she wanted to be. So to make a long story short, our souls have been bound.

Herein lies the problem:

People normally channel power from the elements( or at least, it is a normal occurance around people I have asked) to build themselves up to a level that they feel they need for whatever reasons they have in mind. For me, I would channel lots of power from the air, and when there's some disturbing weather, from that to make myself feel satisfied. Now, I've realized that as much as I can channel power for the storms, it also takes away energy from the weather and a storm that could have been ferocious gets turned into fog. I like thunderstorms, in more than one way they are my form of entertainment, and I find that I could spend quite a lot of energy enhancing one or weaving on together, per se. During the summer time and at night, this is not really a problem because the situations are right to build the kind of weather I look forward to, so it seems more tome like flicking on a light switch as to when worse weather comes in.

But my problem comes along this time of year. I live in Ohio, and for the past few nights of this month, which is in the dead of winter and snow season btw, there have been snowstorms and icestorms with thunder and lightning, and quite honestly it doesn't happen too often. The weird thing is, is that it happens at night when I am asleep. For being a person that is now naturally akin to stormy kinds of weather, you think I would be the first to know about it, but I usually will wake up known the wiser the next day. I'm beginning to think that even though I am bound to this being, it is acting separately on its own when I am not awake. Another possibility is that when my mind is not awake to focus, my power is leaking out. On certain days when the weather is just right people will come up and tellme that "Wow, your eyes are really blue today." And now that I am really sick of snow and wishing for spring to come, it's getting warmer(like being near thirty degrees F instead of around zero), and the weather is getting nastier. I realize it could just be the time of year, but I can't ever remember another winter here that's been like this. If anyone could clue me in to what may be going on, I would really appreciate it because I'mnot really sure of what to do about it. Thanks.



the new girl 
05:22pm 28/12/2003
  When I see myself, I see light. Just a white outline, black-shadowed, winged, glowing like a pale sun. I don't know what to call this. I don't know if there is a name.

I've always been able to heal. From a very early age, my family and friends have told me that I have a "magic touch" -- when I touch them, their pain goes away. Lately, I've learned that I can channel energy from the (All/Goddess/God/Cosmos/Whatever You Want To Call It). That's when I ignite, and become Light. And that's when I heal best.

I heal myself very easily -- I rarely get sick, and when I do come down with something, I can usually will it away within 24 hours. If I focus on a bruise or another minor physical hurt, it disappears inside of a few hours. I can also heal others, if I really put my mind to it, but it's harder to do that. Some people resist. And some things are just too big for me.

I'm intensely sensitive. I can't stand the sight of cruelty or violence -- not towards me, and not towards anyone. It's physically painful.

My emotions are oversized, much deeper and longer-lasting than those of most people. (In my experience, anyway.)

I'm very light-sensitive. I need lots of light -- preferably sunlight -- or I get melancholy and listless.

I've always felt the most peaceful when I'm near water, in any form -- ice, snow, rain, lakes, oceans. It's a deep, elemental connection. And it's most intense when I'm attuned to my Kin aspect.

I feel really drawn to Elves. When I watched the "Lord of the Rings," they made sense to me -- old, attuned to the World, passionate, and absolutely in love with light. But I also feel that I'm a healer, a channeler of (Divine/Cosmic/Magical) energies, and so I'm drawn to the Angelics and Celestials as well. I feel like an Elf (Sea-Elf, most likely) who heals, and who becomes an intense concentration of Celestial energy when she's in the act of healing.

When I found this board, I thought it would be a good place to learn, and grow. So. Here I am. And my question is:

Does any of this make sense?
Am I nuts?
Has anyone ever felt like this before?

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Rejected yet again. Hurt, but life goes on. 
11:00am 05/12/2003
mood: sad
Is anyone else feeling out of place?

I don't mean in just everyday human society, but I mean among the otherkin groups as well.

I'd really like a discussion on this, so please don't ban me if I say anything too controversial (I've had enough of that today, thanks).

Are there any other otherkin out there who, like myself, are incredibly grounded in this reality, yet still know that they are different? I can't really get into astrael projection, magic, or other things like that, and my dreams say nothing about my previous lives, as far as I can figure out. I'm quite accepting of these things, but I just can't get into them. However, I'm very concerned with other things going on in this realm, and try to incorporate the knowledge of my own differences with the world I interact with.

Does anyone else have this dilemma of not being able to find a place anywhere?</>. Most otherkin that I know online are far too concerned with other planes and their own pasts to really consider the modern world, its effects on our kind, and how we can affect it in turn. I've only met one otherkin in real life (the elf I'm engaged to) who holds a particular interest in politics, government, and the rapid changes taking place in the everyday world. I've also met a few kindred spirits, who are most likely "unawakened" kin themselves, but they too hold a certain amount of skepticism with "floofy stuff," at the same time keep an interest in it and appreciate it, however limited.

I've even created a community for those of us straddling the center of everything (copoh-Conservative Otherkin for the Protection of Oscilatory Humans), but I'm wondering if we're really that uncommon. Please tell me if I'm alone.

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I do not know if this is the proper place to ask this question 
09:04pm 11/11/2003
mood: hopeful
I apologize if it is not.

My boyfriend is a dwarf, and when he explained the entire concept of otherkin to me it got me thinking about myself. I think I'm human, but I don't feel like a regular one -- to think that there is something else than "human"... well my first thought was "You know, if that were true for me, it would explain a lot." I sort of feel like my soul was "broken in shipping" or that there is something about me that I have failed to see.

I don't know where to find anyone else like me or who has these types of questions. Does anyone know where I could find others? Thank you for any help you can give me.

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08:17am 26/08/2003
mood: contemplative
I posted this in my journal some time ago... thought I'd throw it on the market here ;) tell me what you think. This kind of thing ever happen to you? Was this a real shift, or just me being deranged?

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otherkin comic 
07:32pm 21/08/2003
mood: hopeful
i am planning on writing/drawing an online comic featuring an otherkin character, probably angelkin. can anyone tell me some details, or give me links to websites with information, about this sort of kin? please. i really want it to be as accurate as possible. the main idea behind it is to show the magick and wonder that can be found in everyday life, and that the surface of something shows only a small and insignificant part.
ps ideas for storylines, etc also appreciated :)


Cross posted to NewKin, FromtheStars, ChildrenofStars, Wildspirit, and OnceWinged 
12:37pm 17/08/2003
mood: rushed
Hey everyone,
I just thought I'd recommend an intriguing book that is not about Otherkin or Starchildren but nonetheless, it reminded me very much of them. Seems to me a very helpful thing to read particularly for newly awakened (or not-so-new) Indigos, Otherkin and Starchildren who have been hearing things about how they are here to raise the vibration of the Earth, that they are multidimensional travelers, that they are deeply connected with all of the Universe (or Spirit, the Source etc) and that their will holds immense power - but don't know what to do with this information (i.e. myself). This book is all about developing your potential to do amazing things through the endless love/spirit/whatever word you choose that is your being.

As I said, maybe not perfect but nonetheless it seems a valuable resource for any of us who are seeking to make the most of what we are.

The book is called Coming Home by Martia Nelson. I bought it at a Borders store but I am quite sure it could be purchased through Amazon or any other good online bookstore.

I really hope this helps and that some of you check it out, and let me know what you think if you do!

Spirit of the Night Sky guide you ~ Caitlin

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