Our Otherkin brothers and sisters

Posted: Sunday, 23 September, 2012 by deacongray in Articles of Interest, Community Articles

Within the magickal community there is much diversity and even within that diversity lies another more diverse group. Our brothers and sisters who are similar in need and heritage but a separate branch of our family tree. They are those who are to all appearances human but if one would look deeply within, or perhaps as closely as to see their aura, one would notice striking differences. The Otherkin are those within our community that are something distinctly other than human, yet are not completely vampyre or therian. They are magick by nature but not necessarily magick workers. Magick is not something that they do, it is something that they are.

Like vampyres and therians, our Otherkin family may count themselves among the children of the Ancients as their ancestry is one of pure lineage as the grandchildren of the Ancients. They are those who lived other lives in their true inifinite forms but who are now within a finite human form. As such, much like other Ancient Incarnations, the Otherkin often feel as if they are trapped within an alien body, a soul that does not fit the form they are in. This may lead to painful awakenings, confusion, and disassociation as they feel they do not belong here. Many feel as if they are not only within the wrong body but also within the wrong verse, the wrong dimension, or even the wrong planet or solar system. Otherkin awakenings tend to occur much later in life than those of others, some mostly between 16 and 25 and 30 and 35 although it may occur as young as preschool. The term Otherkin may refer to any being within a human form that is distinctly non~human such as saurian, angelic, fae, elven, or mer. Some may also identify with gryffons, unicorns, Pegasus, or sphinx as a source of definition. To many this does not mean that they are those beings, but simply that those are the closest that they may identify with or that when confronted with their true self they see these things as reflections.

The Star Children

At the end of 1987 while I was graduating high school a number of other people were undergoing a mass awakening into their Otherkin natures. They were everywhere it seemed although few really took them seriously. Sadly enough this has been a common issue with Otherkin and the rest of the Nightside community (including the witchy side). The Star Children are those Otherkin who feel that they are not only on the wrong planet, within the wrong dimension, and in the wrong body but also living points of light from the Source. These Otherkin define this condition as being a Star. As such they exhibit many remarkable talents in healing, animal communication, music, angelic and dimensional channeling, and creative ventures. On other fronts, these Stars also tend to suffer from a loneliness that few can define as they feel the distance from the Source moreso than most. These were some of the first Otherkin to become public and define a spiritual existence that most did not know existed.

Unlike many Otherkin these Stars tend to be awakened from birth and have a greater understanding of universal order and function. They tend to be very aware of dimensional shifts and vibrations and even more so to the energies of the earth. This may lead them into work involving animals or the environment. They also tend to be more sensitive than others and fall into deep depressions easily. They have trouble understanding injustice, pain, or suffering and may exhibit deep emotional distress in its presence. On the other hand, they tend to fall head first into deep spiritual study and may devote their lives to such study as to aid in the awakening and re~awakening of others like them.

The Saurians

These Otherkin tend to refer to themselves more accurately as dragonkin. Dragonkin are those who are Saurian on the inside and human on the outside. They may identify with wyverns, dragons, feathered serpents, winged serpents, sea serpents, elemental dragons, naga, and lamia forms. Although they may not exhibit the vampyric tendencies of the latter two, they may envision their true selves as maintaining those spiritual forms. While the Star children dream of other dimensions, the Saurians often dream of being free in their true form. The path to finding the true self for this type of Otherkin is frightening as dragons are not small nor are they cute and cuddly. They tend to frighten at first but they are persistent and patient. They will wait for the dragonkin to acknowledge them, bond with them, and finally to accept them as a part of their innate nature. Only when the two merge will the dragonkin’s deep rooted abilities manifest.

Dragonkin have a very different set of anomalies. They often have physical anomalies such as skin horns, light sensitivity in the eyes, a lower than normal body temperature, thin blood, scaly skin, dry skin, webbing in the fingers and toes, tails (at least at birth), and a sensitivity to cold, although they adapt well to most humid to arid environments. Dragonkin may not have physical wings but nonetheless the tingling remains where they once were. Although not all dragons have wings, some have fins, feathers, or fans protruding where there would normally be wings on another sort of dragon. The memory of those things remains even though the physical presence is long gone. At points of agitation, awakening, or transitions the dragonkin may feel a slight tingling between the shoulder blades or at the hips.

Saurians almost without fail have trouble adjusting to their newfound identities. They may dream of being in dragon form but awaken to confusion as they find themselves still feeling very infinite but within a very finite body. They may have meditation experiences in which they invision being a dragon or true self quests in which they see a dragon face. Migratory instincts may also be strong in these Otherkin. They may feel the need to return to their homeland, places of their ancestry, or their birthplace. Travel to warmer climates in winter is also common. They may also go through a period of hibernation in winter and sleep a great deal, expend very little energy although they may still feel energy depleted, and become more active and alert in warmer months.


These are likely the least heard of among the Otherkin. These are those beings that are decidedly not human and like the Star children, very close to the Source. These Otherkin are not angels in the traditional Judeo~Christian sense of the word but those who have specific functions in universal balance and divine order. These are the predecessors to the Ancients and as such may have trouble relating to human experience and human time. They are those who were once a part of the Source and who have remained directly attached to it even though they are incarnations of spiritual function and energy. These incarnations are very similar to the Star children in that they are very close to the Source and very like the Saurian in that they also exhibit tingling in the “wings”. The incarnations are of the rarest form of Otherkin and most secretive but may also be the most compassionate and empathic. They have an almost irresistible urge to come to someone’s aid whether they know them or not. As an immortal this wouldn’t be dangerous. As human kin it may cause many more problems. As incarnations these kin are specific in function and have gifts geared toward those functions. For instance an angel that was created for protection may go into law enforcement, fire or ems, or some other medical field for the protection of others. More than one story abounds of angelic figures appearing and vanishing from burning buildings or other disasters. Perhaps it is only during these times that their true aspect manifest into the world if only for a short time.

Angelkin have a strong pull toward spirituality as they strive to be reunited with the Source, but they may also be strongly empathic as a result. Angelkin often exhibit strong gifts of visions, channeling of spiritual messages, precognition, innate ancient wisdom and teachings, remote viewing, strong connections with their function as an angelic being that carries over in their human existence.

Fae and Elfkin

Fae and Elfkin are likely the most prolific of all the Otherkin. Although fae and elves are closely associated with Northern and Western European cultures, many others also have these nature and elemental spirits. This grouping includes dryads, nymphs, merfolk, selkie, imps, dwarves, gnomes, faerie, and elf. Many of the above are closely associated with specific deities and with good reason. These are the first lineage of the Ancients and the first physical children of the Ancients to walk in the flesh. Those who came as second lineage were resulting from relationships between these beings and humans. The result was Other.

These fae were not tiny winged folk but human in form and size but with amazing auras and wisdom. Unlike most perceptions, these tribes were very private and like most of the other tribes of Otherkin they were spiritual in nature. They could be little else as the Ancients themselves were physical aspects of the Source. As such they have specific functions among humanity and the natural world.

The Beasties

The last class of Otherkin would include the beasties. Those who consider themselves to be the incarnations of what some consider to be mythical beasts: gryphons, unicorns, Pegasus, satyrs, minotaurs, centaurs, sphinx, and so forth. Whether or not these beasts actually existed on this plane is irrelevant. Perhaps they did, perhaps they did not. However if I can believe that I am a vampyre I can certainly give credence to something of this nature. For the most part this is where you will find the most species mixing, although in my studies I’ve found that it is not the aspect of the beastie that they carry but the traits of the beasties that they exhibit. A few physical anomalies may exist on some level such as skin horns on or around the head and some may be born with tails or cloven toes ( the appearance of which is caused by condition in which the toes are connected by a thin sheath of skin or that the actual bones of the toes are melded together).

A few closing remarks

Very few of our brothers and sisters receive as much disdain and scoffing among the Nightkind and magickal communities as Otherkin. This is in part due to textbook perceptions rather than experience and research mixed with a huge role playing community that assumes these identities. Let me just say that while there are many numbers of genuine Otherkin out there, there are even more than are trying desperately to fill a slot in the world and having none to distinguish them from mundane create one from any number of sources. There is a world of difference between exhibiting the traits of any of the above, having the aspect of any of the above, and being an actual incarnation. Incarnations are extremely rare.

In the event of an incarnation they are the physical manifestation of an Ancient, an angel, or dragon, or even of a fae or its relations. They are still human until they ascend into their true form. They are simply acting as a physical vehicle for the angel, dragon, fae, or Ancient. The veil is much thinner than it was years ago. This allows for more and more spiritual beings to be incarnated and even more to gain their path to ascension. They are here to not only guide the vehicle into the path of ascension but also to awaken others and to reawaken those who are the closest to ascension.

Having the aspect of any of the above is carrying both the energy and the traits although not necessarily the soul. It is very much like having a dragon, or beastie, or other sort as a twin flame that resides on the astral. This is a face of you and you are a face of it but you are not the same being as you do share the same physical and spiritual plane at the same time.

Carrying the traits of Otherkin is not the same as being Otherkin. It simply means that you have within you dragon traits, or fae traits, or angel traits but not the true nature, energy, or soul of these beings. Unlike the true Otherkin, someone may have traits of many different beings without being any of them, although one is likely to be more dominant over the others. Spiritual beings are attracted to other spiritual beings that resonate with the same vibration and energy. There are no grand mixtures of species among Other, however you may have angelkin that exhibit dragon traits and faekin that exhibit mer traits. Among beasties you may have any number of traits even though only one will be their true soul form. This is simply because these beings do not exist on our realm. They are solely spiritual and manifest that energy in its purest form so even though they exhibit traits (not from interspeciation but from association on those realms) of multiple beings there are no direct links between them. It is simply a matter of acknowledging that all spiritual beings are interconnected and as such have access the same well of wisdom, strength, and balance that connects them to the Source. Another train of thought is that even though a person may currently host one specific type of Other they may well have hosted other types in other lives or currently on other dimensions (depending upon how you view time) and carry within them the memories of those incarnations. As a person evolves on a spiritual level and awakens their Akashic records begin opening and these traits and incarnations are remembered a little at a time. These memories usually surface during dreamwork, pathwork, meditation, trance, astral travel, and through much introspection.

  1. Serenity says:

    I really liked this post for it broke down the different kinds of kin in our community. It was very through in its length. It was of scholarly nature without being too technical. I just love your blog period and look forward to reading each new post. Please keep up the good work.

  2. One should always be open to “infinite” possibilities. 🙂

  3. JP Vanir says:

    I have always been interested in learning about the various Otherkin and the differences between them; I agree this was a very well put together post. However there is the Otherkin theory of what a Vampyre is so you should at least not totally dismiss that; it is also supported on several well known Otherkin community’s and websites. Obviously many Vampyres believe in the human with a leaky chakra theory but many believe our spirit is Vampyre even though we are in a human body and we are Vampyre kin. I just thought I would bring that up…

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