Remembering - When Waking up hurts
(For Rialian, who always was a godsblasted catalyst)

I suppose I should start this off with an introduction. Hi, I'm Tirani. I've been Otherkin since I was about three or so, and have walked lots of different paths in the intervening years, and learned lots of things. Until two months ago, much of my self-identity was based in a strong seelie sidhe aspect that was very active in my magikal and mundane world. Then something triggered a change, a shift in the currents that surrounded my life, to use Rialian's turn of phrase. My astral form shifted to one I did not recognize and could not control. I lost touch with the part of me that I had known since before I could read. Nightmares that I had always had intensified and darkened. I stopped being able to sleep at night and started going just a little bit mad. I started feeling emotions and had thoughts that were nearly alien to me and my thought-processes. Then someone suggested that I was reAwakening. That's when I started writing. It kept me sane enough to work through this. Below is the record of what I wrote and the feelings and thoughts that can sometimes come with a traumatic Awaking.

I'm no psychologist, I can't tell you the best way to handle someone who's been through a traumatic experience, other than be gentle, love them, keep the lights low and don't make any sudden moves. I can tell you that most 'kin who have to wake up this way tend to need a little more love than most, and a gentle arm to put around their real-world shoulders when they need to talk or work out or cry out this pain that can come. If you're comfortable with it, encourage them to talk, or write, or rant and rave. The more it gets out of their system, the more they can start living again.

It should be noted that most Awakenings are not traumatic at all. Most of the time they're a little scary but more from a "who the hell am I turning into?" point of view rather than an "ohfuckohfuckohfuck" aspect. Some times through, it can hurt and it can take months or years to deal with the psychological scar tissue. This reAwaking happened almost three months ago and only now can I bring my self to finish this and write out what happened the final night I worked through this. I still haven't figured out all the niceties of this new form. I still haven't figured out /what it is/. But, I don't twitch anymore when I think about what I Remember. And I'm learning to fly again with these new wings.

What is written below may be disturbing to some, please keep in mind this was a stream of consciousness type writing from someone, who at the time, was going a little mad.

Bliss, Blessings and a little love,

Tirani

Lady Shadowalker


remembering 2:51 AM 3/12/00

i don't know what ri did last night, but it broke open something. a gate, a doorway, a wall that was holding back this. i'm almost wishing he hadn't. these new wings, they're heavy, a weight on me. i'm aware of them all the time, and they're like something that's tugging at me, forcing me to a place i couldn't go before and I don't want to go now. this new awakening is something that i didn't see coming, it's something that's either going to be really really good or really fucking bad.

my raven totem has been around constantly since last night, watching, perching, always in the corner of my eye. i wonder if She saw this coming and that's why she sent me her dark messenger. i haven't had a change to talk to him, or the others, and i don't know what they'll say. i can already feel Ra'rok pulling away, and it's scaring me as he chose me, not the other way around. the brush of phantom fur assures me that ba'teth still walks at my side, but he's silent. that scares me too. he's my voice of sanity half the time, chasing the dreams away if he can.

i close my eyes to sleep tonight curled up with the others and all i can see is blood. blood and there's rage, and pain and a sorrow so deep it makes me shake and I don't know what it's coming from. there's a crevice somewhere in my soul now and it's all pouring from it. this is different from the dreams, this is a memory. of what, I don't know, of who, i don't know. this isn't tirani and this isn't kitten and this isn't ME. or at least what I thought was me until last night.

I refuse to entertain for a SECOND the idea that I might be Fallen, especially coming so soon after the big long debate on the list about them and lulu and other's insistence that they can't inhabit a human body. i'd love to be able to talk to Ri's friend that he holds authoritative on the Fallen, because he might be able to tell me. Gods I don't want to believe that I was ever Yahew's. never in the lives that I can remember did I belong to him and the ones i did i probably don't remember for a reason, as they were probably dull and mundane and pointless. i respect christians, but I don't have much respect for their god of death and divine suffering. i'd much rather believe that the gods don't want us to suffer unless it's to learn. i'd much rather give my love and my joy and my pleasure as joyful open sacrifices.

two weeks then i can get away. two weeks, then I can find the answers in the forests of the peaks. two weeks and I can walk in the woods and talk to my goddess where i love her the best in the light of the sun and the smell of the trees and the brightness of spring tide come again. i don't know if I can make it two weeks with these memories flooding at me every time i stop and don't think about my lovers or my job or what i need to get done now.

the worst part is i can feel part of my fae soul quieting, like it's not quite there anymore. like it's fading in the face of this new revelation. I can't even force manifest the fae wings right at the moment. i can't decide if that's the worst of all because it's something that's been a part of me for years. something that i relied on and defined me within myself.

i don't fucking know and I can't even talk to phril about it because 'he doesn't believe in faeries'. the one i talk to the most, and i can't tell him.

remembering 11:18 PM 3/12/00

napped today because i was just that exhausted. slept about an hour. then I woke up and tried to go back to sleep. then it started again.

I saw a little more. started with a falling feeling, like a free fall and then an impact. it hurt alot. lifted my head and looked around. i could see blood everywhere. in puddle on the ground, on the bodies of those around me, falling like rain from the sky. my wings were burning. my gods it hurt. I was physically clawing at my pillow it hurt so badly. i had a sword in my hand, it was made of something i couldn't identify. looking up i could see others in the same form in the sky, flying, fighting burning like i was. around me were bodies of ones like me, dead and cold. they were my brothers and sisters. i raised the sword and screamed because my wings wouldn't work and i couldn't take off again to rejoin the fight. looking behind me i can see one is at a nasty angle, with bone poking through the flesh.

i clawed awake, scaring the hell out of phril and nearly screaming.

remembering 12:27 PM 3/14/00

observations, so far, on this new form. The body is alot like the fae one I had. astrally it's slim, very angular, and very very pale. the skin is so pale there's almost a blue cast to it. the hands and arms are slender as well, with elongated fingers, four and a thumb. the legs, like the arms, are slim and slightly elongated, and there's a more pronounced, almost clawlike heel, with normal proportioned toes. the body has a kind of wiry strength to it. The face is like the body, very angular, but not so as to be unattractive. The cheekbones are pronounced, and the ears are upswept. the eyes are violet, so dark as to be almost purple. the hair is a silvery-moonlight grey, falling to just above the shoulders (about what I have physically now). the mouth is small, and well formed, but like the rest of the form it's very very pale.

the most striking part is the wings. they're angelic in form, maybe a touch more angular, and jet black. they shed constantly on the astral, but never go bald. They're about a foot taller than the form, peaking when they're folded against the back, and drop down until they're about 4" from brushing the floor. All this is subjective, given how fluid distance and size in the astral can be. Across the right (my right) wing is a scar from being broken a long time ago.

there are something like arm guards on the forearm in a material I can't identify, kind of a silvery-black material. set into them are blue-green stones, kind of like labradorite with a more pronounced blue flash. there's an arm band of some kind with a design I can't quite make out on my left arm, with three feathers dangling from it. One, the largest, is white, the middle, smallest, is black, and the last is blood red, medium sized between the other two. On my right hand is a fingerless glove of a kind, made of a mesh of the unidentified material. I carry my sword in my left hand. Set in the back of the glove is the same kind of symbol as the arm band, but I can't quite make it out as before. over the right shoulder is a protector of sorts, kinda like the shoulder armour of the guardian chick in Heavy metal. the strap from it comes down around under the left breast and secures in the back. the material it's made of is soft as down, but virtually uncutable, and a blue-ish black. I have no clue what it is. Around the waist is a belt of leather and that cloth, with the sword's sheath hanging from it. The sheath is black leather lined with metal, and tooled with a pattern I can't make out. There's another band around the right leg above the knee, tied of the same cloth material, with a pattern woven into it, and it fairly glows with energy. hell, every bit of adornment on this figure glows fairly well. Attached to the band of cloth is a sheath with about a 6" dagger in it. The leather is black, and tooled intricately. the handle of the dagger is strictly plain, made of the same odd metal with a leather wrap. If I draw it, light casts off it bright as day. around the left ankle is a silver chain with a teardrop amethyst set into it. Other than what was just described, the form is naked and most definitely female.

the sword is worthy of a description all it's own. it's about the general size and shape of a 'modern' long sword, and glows faintly blue, except in battle when it flames a blue-purple, almost faefire like effect. the cross bar is a standard cross shape, ending in two smallish eggs of the same blueflashing stone. on the hand, which is perfectly shaped for my hand, is a design much like the one on the band and glove. the pommel is a curved spike, and wickedly sharp. It could be easily used to rip out someone's throat or scalp them. the blade is preternaturally balanced and feels very, very familiar. etched on the metal, which is the same silvery-black as the rest, are runes and sigils that again, I can't make out. I don't know if I'm not ready for them or i'm not allowed to remember them.

remembering 12:42 AM 3/15/00

talked to Ri for a while tonight. worked out some things in my head talking with him. I think the key of fully integrating this new form is going to be getting a clear image of the sigils and etchings on the armourments of new form. Also, he concurs that I am not Fallen, nor am I an angel, but there is a possibility of some other kind of angelic. He's going to get me some resources to see if we can figure this out. He also says that this feels familiar to him, which means I'm not utterly fucking nuts.

no matter what, this is going to take a good bit of time to work through, and until I can get this new one integrated into me, i don't think i'm going to be able to go back to my fae form.

remembering 11:58 AM 3/21/00

I remembered a little more over the weekend. Not much, though. This battle that I keep seeing is a battle between us, the darkwings, and them, the light (white?) wings. we are all children of the goddess. for some reason, though, the light wings have become corrupted. we're fighting them because they attacked us and we retaliated against what we thought weren't pure anymore. Gah, it's very muddled in my head, and i know it will come clearer in the future.

i can feel the story of what happened teasing in the back of my mind, and I know it's close to coming out. soon, i hope. i hate it when my brain itches.

remembering 1:28 PM 6/4/00

(this is what happened a few nights after my last entry. Until now, I haven't been able to bring myself to write it out. Ri came over and helped me sink into an energy trace and mesh with him (for stability, I was anything but stable.) This is what I saw that night. I haven't had a nightmare since then. Referenced below: "Her" is She Who Is, the Mother of all. "HER" is Guen, a demonic current that I had extensive dealings with in this life, and apparently others.)

Darkness, falling in darkness, there's nothing, i can almost hear wind whistling by my face... then light... bright flash of light.. i'm flying! I'm flying!!! wings spread wide on the wind... sun on my back, warm and comforting... there's a bright blue sky.. clouds like puffs of cotton.. trees, like pines, only not... a forest at the base of a cliff... silver-grey stone, and a water fall falling over the cliff, there's a rainbow on the air above it... bright light.. around the pool at the base of the waterfall is a village... both sides of the bank.. smoke rising from chimneys.. I know this is my home... no walls around this village, it's a place of peace, of refuge, of love. my sword is by my side, like it always is... i understand it now. on one side are the warriors, the black wings, who fight for peace in her name. on the other are the white wings, the healers who heal them when they come home from those battles.. and who keep her peace sacred.. and rarely when a white and a black join, the grey wings who are taken into Her service in the temple behind the waterfall. she who is rules us with love and justice. we are Her children who are Her own and no one else's. but something's happened, something's not right, I can feel HER here, and she doesn't belong. why the hell does she haunt me, even back through time. i have to stop her before this starts, before light and dark fight and before we are corrupted. falling, falling, landing at the base of the cliff, the others are walking up to the temple, to see what has come, the priests have called everyone together.. i can feel HER more strongly, i know have to stop this. stop it now stop it now to keep the dreams from coming true. the dreams were a warning, then and now. there's two me's. the me of now that's known her very real in this life and the me of then that was this winged angelic warrior.. the two are merging.. i can feel the mesh completing... She is me and me is she... i walk up the path into the temple, there are banners with the symbol of She Who Is there. she's our mother and we love her. the smell of HER is there, reeking and sour, and i can't understand why no one else notices it, why only i am upset and angered by it. i walk into the meeting hall, the sacred place where we all come together, and i can see HER, a cloud of black on the silver stone, behind the high priest, and tainting all the others there that follow him... we're not human, but we're mortal and just as prone to mortal failings... i push my way to the front, the red torches are staining the silverstone blood red.. it's dark and the others are confused, it's never felt like this here before... She Who is can't be felt, and Her children are scared... I push my way to the front, anger and fury building in our meshed mind.. the priest starts talking about a better way, and a new future... and how something stronger has come to save us.... and i can hear HER laughing, mocking.. I step up and draw my sword, breaking the Law of she who is, that weapons never be bared in the place where she dwells... and I scream at HER to leave, that she is not welcome and i will not let this happen here... i will not let her corrupt me a second time... and i feel a light filling me and spilling out over my words, blasting away the darkness... SHE fights and claws and i scream, but I fight because this CAN NOT happen. SHE can not do this. and the others run away from me because I shine light that is not my own, HER priest flies at me, but is thrown back by the light... finally SHE fades away, and is gone, i can't feel HER here anymore.... and I collapse, bloody and bruised... the last thing i remember seeing clearly is the sign of She Who Is.

I came awake, panting and nearly crying, but i didn't feel so insane anymore. And I was fully joined with this new aspect. I haven't gone back since. I rather like my new wings.

Elven Realities

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