Are there any otherkin out there online that don’t solely relate or base their kin identities on past life experiences?
I am an elf type without past life memory stuff. Not sure how that came to be, but…
How do you find out your kin type without using past life stuff??
Based on general feels and intuition. There’s a reasonable amount of writing relating to being otherkin in this way, but the current default ideology tends to be what you said (hence why I started this post haha).
I think that it’s a more common thing in therianthropy (although don’t hold me to that, I could be wrong). It’s about how one thinks, feels, relates to the world, etc. Kinda what Rialian was referring to with ‘currents’.
Personally, I identify because it makes sense of myself somehow in the present, and that some of the ideology surrounding ‘elf’ as an archetype not only (in a generic, hard to define sense) feels like a better ‘fit’ as identification than ‘human’, but also the archetype is also one of a vehicle for personal improvement and exploration, something that human archetypes never really did for me. Also, some of the things that certain groups of elfkin (like the elenari) came up with independently like ‘Des’tai’ just simply worked as a label for a personal philosophy that I had been going with for years before I ever came into contact with otherkin.
The simplest rationalisation of why I identify is because I *am*. For me, it’s simply a state of being, another otherkin put it really well as describing it as being comparable to being a synaesthete.
The resonances I get from talking to other elfkin of a more open-ended nature and some of the experiences I get with this, I personally don’t stash it in a 100% psychological box (although I’m totally cool with those who do), but I also don’t think past lives, occultist practices, etc. are the be all and end all of otherkin exploration.
Some do, and that’s fine, but it would be nice if people could understand (and let new people know) that there is more to it than past lives and occultism. I think in a space where it’s all just experiences and the interpretations thereof, I think people should let others know interpretations and ways of understanding/enquiry can really be whatever so long as they’re not being assholes about it and it makes sense to them as individuals.
if you want to read more on other interpretations, Rialian’s site seems to be one of the leading places with essays on that kinda thing (reason why I’m here :P). The ‘mythic’ section of my reading list also has a good few things (although I’ve mixed up various other interpretations).