Re: Did you use something before “Otherkin”?
We didn't really have a name for it, just a recognition that we might have been something else in a past life. One of my childhood friends said she was part unicorn. My other friend may have been elven. We all did the wolf thing, but that was role play to some extent. For awhile, I called myself raptorian, part human and part bird of prey, but at the same time I also recognized that I was some type of angel on those days when I felt particularly daring. I imagined myself living in a place where most, if not all people were some combination of human and animal. But thinking about it came and went, sometimes I'd identify with it and other times I'd throw it back in the closet and try to ignore it. Later when I joined a coven I took the role of Door Warden and it suited me extremely well. I would often guard the circle with my birdlike consciousness in mind. I tried to explain to my high priestess that my soul was...androgynous? she asked...I said 'not human.' She then rather unhelpfully encouraged me to study angelic script. I sort of laughed at the idea. Why would energy beings require a written language? I also told her about the vision about Horus. She directed me to the Egyptian Book of the Dead. I puked and didn't bother to study any more Egyptian. One of the people in the coven used to call archangels at the quarters. She rather rudely mentioned that if I stepped outside the circle at the wrong time they would blast me. I thought, 'No, they would know I'm like them. They would smell it on me.'
I ran into the phrase on the net once and thought I'd come home. Finally! People who understood! Then I threw it back in the closet and forgot about it again. Later I met people on my shaman group who talked about it, so I looked it up again. I thought, hmmm....which kind am I? Dragon maybe? Then I realized how dumb that question was. I had known what I was for a long time even if I wasn't sure what to call it.
I also remember calling hawks my 'spirit kin.'
"I inherited the spirit of the sun. I'll meet you when the day breaks through. It's time to shine and make all your dreams come true. Come on, wish upon a dog star!" -Hybrid