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June 11, 2024

It’s PRIDE MONTH and I want to celebrate that!

As a queer witch, I haven’t always experienced inclusive sacred spaces. I’ve been to plenty of circles and gatherings where the subtext seemed to be that to fit in you needed to be:
straight
white
female
able bodied
middle class
english speaking
formerly Christian (Lol)

You get the idea.

This has fueled my passion for creating truly inclusive sacred spaces that are diverse, respectful, and real.

EarthSong Temple is for all earthlings: women, men, trans and non-binary. Earth magic is for everyone.

This is a community, and a consciousness, that allows people from all different backgrounds, faiths, gender expression, sexual orientation, and varied life experience to unite through our love for nature and celebrating the song of life, the EarthSong.

Thank you for being a part of it. 

To further acknowledge and celebrate queerness in spirituality, beloved EarthSong Temple Council sister Rachel Russell helped research and compile this list of:

🏳️‍🌈🙏LGBTQIA+ Deities🙏🏳️‍🌈

ARTEMIS / DIANA

Artemis is the Greek goddess of Wilderness/the Hunt, Childbirth, and one of three well-known virgin* goddesses. She was known to defy the gender stereotypes of Ancient Greece, living her best life and taking up “manly” pursuits and attributes and preferring the company of Her hunting dogs and nymphs. She is also known for being pansexual, perhaps lesbian.

APOLLO

Apollo, twin brother of Artemis, is the Greek god of Music, Medicine, Prophecy, and the Sun. Similarly, Apollo defied the gender stereotypes of his day, living his best life and taking up more “feminine” pursuits and attributes. He was known for having a number of relationships with men and women alike–by our modern standards, he’d be either bisexual or pansexual.

QUAN YIN

Quan Yin (or Kwan Yin, Guanyin) is the Buddhist goddess of Compassion, “She who hears the cries of the world”. According to myth, Quan Yin was born as the male bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, and has taken other manifestations, including that of princess Miao Shan. Quan Yin can be considered transgender, or at the very least genderfluid.

LOKI

Loki is the Norse Trickster god of Sacred Fire, Brutal Honesty, and Harbinger of Chaos. Loki has a checkered reputation, but they play a vital role in rituals and offerings–pertaining to the sacred fire– and they help us face hard truths and the kind of chaos that leads to necessary change. They’re also the faithful husband of Norse goddess Sigyn. Loki is a genderfluid shapeshifter who has been both a mother and a father. 

DIONYSUS

Dionysus is the Greek god of Wine, Revelry, Ritual Madness, Ecstasy, and Theater. After being ripped from their mother’s womb, Dionysus was placed in Zeus’ thigh and was raised by their Aunt Ino as a girl to escape the ire of Step-Mother Hera. They embraced both their masculine and feminine sides, “choosing” both. While devoted to their wife Ariadne, polyamorous Dionysus was known for having both male and female lovers. In addition, they were known to represent what would be considered “Taboo”, since ecstasy and inebriation entailed freedom from societal restraints and boundaries. Dionysus would be considered polyamorous, nonbinary, and pansexual.

WADJ-WER

Wadj-wer is the Egyptian god of Fertility and the personification of the Mediterranean Sea and Nile Delta, whose name means “The Great Green”. He’s depicted with both feminine and masculine qualities, including long hair, breasts, and a (very symbolically) pregnant belly– which many would describe as intersex.

PALLAS ATHENA

Pallas Athena is the Greek goddess of War, Wisdom, and Handcrafts. After Zeus absorbed Metis, Athena grew from his head. She was one of the three virgin* goddesses. Some say she felt romantic love for Myrmex, Elaia, and Pallas (all women), as well as the male titan Prometheus. Others say it was purely platonic companionship. Either way, she definitely sits on the asexual spectrum, perhaps as demisexual

HORUS

Horus is the Egyptian god of kingship, the sun, the sky, and famed son of Isis and Osiris. Among his lovers were Hathor, Serket and Set. Set in particular was said to have seduced and slept with Horus in order to secure the throne, but Horus outsmarted him using the ancient aphrodisiac lettuce. Regardless of the reasons, Horus and Set are depicted as bisexual.

XOCHIPILLI

Xochipilli is the Aztec fertility god of art, flowers, and the game patolli. He is either the brother or an aspect of Xochiquetzal. Some accounts say he was married to either Itzapapalotl or Mayahuel, but he is strongly associated with non-reproductive love based on pleasure. Over time, he became a patron of gay men

XOCHIQUETZAL

Xochiquetzal is the Aztec fertility goddess of love, beauty, childbirth, and household arts. She is either the sister of Xochipilli, or he is an aspect of her. Some accounts say she was married to Tlaloc and later abducted by Tezcatlipoca. As goddess of love and beauty, she was eventually associated with queer women.

  •  *Note that in Ancient Greece, virginity referred to being unmarried, to still being in maidenhood and accordingly unbound by marriage or similar platonic relationships. It doesn’t necessarily mean chaste or without sexual experience.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and of course myth is always open to interpretation.

What about you? What other LGBTQIA+ do you know of or work with?

I’d love to hear– comment below!

HAPPY PRIDE!

  • I am absolutely certain that Aphrodite was bisexual, that the Goddess of love and sensuality made love with women as much as men. 💗💗

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