SHAMANIC ANDROGYNY


Now is the time for the awakening of the Gatekeepers.  Many are gathered at this portal,  which exists between the World of Form and the  Multiverse.  There was a time when this one gate was two. It was "fragmented" into an "upper world" and a "lower world."  As of now, that conceptual model has been superceded. 

Indeed, the assignment of "upper" and "lower" to  the unseen worlds is just another manifestation of  judgment---applied to a passageway of  consciousness which has no reason to be judged.  It  is there, and it is time that we knew about it. 

The term "Berdache" is a French European application of an ancient tradition which spans many reality contexts. It is a GIFT, an ability that has become an  entire state of consciousness.  In a nutshell, these  dear people have the capacity---usually from birth---  to feel into both sides of the human polarity spectrum.  Therefore, if you are a Berdache male, you would have all the physical/mental faculties and predispositions that accompany that gender  assignment plus you would be able to access all of  the emotions, thought patterns, and subconscious imagery that a female has as well.  The same is true (in reverse) of Berdache females. 

The "Berdache" are also known as llahamana,  adonisgi, gatekeepers, nadle, mexago, winkte, yirka- la ul, and i-wa-wisp. They are those individuals who, because of their essential energetic androgyny, have the power to enter the Otherworld. This is  NOT a sexual orientation. It is spiritual.  Some Berdache are gay, but that is more a choice of  action, a preference, than it is a mandate for the  usage of this gift. 

The indigenous thought about the Other World, the  realm of the Gods, is that it is a realm of ONENESS.  The Gods or spirits are both masculine and feminine  in one. Though a certain spirit might manifest  before a human in either a masculine or feminine  character, it is---at it's core---BOTH genders. 

The Berdache are special in the fact that they carry  this androgynous energy---the energy of the Gods.  It is what makes them able to exist both in physical  form and also "journey" into the other realms as  well.  Hermes Trismegastrus and the Egyptian God  THOTH were both examples of this propensity for  androgyny.  In fact, the term "hermaphrodite"  (Hermes+ Aphrodite) refers to the marriage of the archetypal male and female (these two were the children of Zeus).  This important predisposition is seen clearly in the African culture.  In childbirth, the spirit of the fetus is exhorted through the voice of the mother. It is at  this time that the "energy" of it's soul is examined by the village Shaman. Certain souls who possess  this androgyny are seen to be "blessed from birth."  They are called "the holy ones." It is in this African  tradition that the name of "Gatekeeper" is given to the child. Many preparations are made to welcome it into the community, including the giving  of an appropriate name to "harmonize" with it's sacred purpose. 

The Berdache are the highest shamans, healers, teachers,  diviners, dreamers,  prophets, and guardians of the Gateway. To them, sexuality  is nothing more than an  extension of their spiritual being. If their energy was not used for this purpose,  there would develop a blockage or build-up that would seek  expression. Quite often,  that expression would end up being sexual, since touching  another human always  causes this energy to flow. 

The priestesses in the Temples of the Goddess were often  Berdache. Though they  often lived "normal" lives---having husbands and families---they would choose, at key times to go and live at the Temple, devoting many hours, 
days, weeks to worship of the Goddess. 

In this "Temple-system" of worship, people from the city would come and pay homage to the particular face or version of the Goddess for which the Temple was built. Most noted were the Temples for Diana, Artemis, Isis, and Hecate---though there were/are many more faces of the ONE Goddess. The "homage" would often consist of money or physical goods---which would be utilized for the upkeep of the Temple as well as the support of the Priestesses. 

Temple worship was often sexual in nature. Many times, children were born of the connections made there. These children were raised in the Temple and were called "Children of the Goddess." Those less sympathetic with this religious system, who wrote about these "rites," would refer to these Priestesses as "Temple Prostitutes."  They looked upon them with scorn, and later sought to  overthrow the whole system. 

Many of these Priestesses were Berdache.   In the evening  time, after sacrifices were  through, they would often express their love and commitment sexually with each  other. These interactions were not necessarily "gay." They were not necessarily 
ANYTHING, other than an "in-the-moment" expression of spiritual truth. 

Also in the Native American and African traditions, there were certain forms of Berdache expression which were called WARRIOR-SHAMANS or SHAMAN-CHIEFS.   They could commune with the other world but could not journey there---unless their  souls left their bodies---an activity which is called "soul traveling."  These Shaman types, although heterosexual in  orientation, would often  take on the skirt of a woman during their period of initiation (and often afterwards, as a sign of their "office.") They wished to honor their feminine "side" even though they were heterosexual in practice. 

In many cultures, the warriors of the tribe would have a Berdache attending to them.   This was considered a badge of honor, and a necessary  element if they were to be successful in battle.  Often this "attending" would involve sexual joining. In Celtic  cultures, this was particularly true. One Roman writer shook his head, when writing of these practices. He said: "....the Celtic women are not BAD LOOKING. One would wonder why their men, so often, will resort to fondling each other!" 

In truth, to explore connection with a Berdache is to invoke power into one's being.  It is a way of altering ones polarity---aligning it more with ONENESS---and opening  up psychic and mystical powers within the soul. In these religious and ethnic traditions, this willingness to "explore" was/is not considered a perversion at all.  Rather, it is a reaching into the realms of the unknown in  order that the soul might  grow. 

The Berdache, as has been shared, typically become the medicine men, the dreamers, the healers, and the prophets. One didn't have to be Berdache to follow these callings, but typically they were.  Today, as we are approaching the greatest AWAKENING OF SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE  and ACCESSIBILITY that the world has ever known, the Gatekeepers are---once again---being called into service.  

All over the world they are "awakening" and becoming aware of their giftedness.  It is said, within the Fundamentalist Judeo-Christian traditions, that the sign of the "end-times" is when homosexuality proliferates. This situation, which existed in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, was considered a blasphemy to the Male Godhead.  This judgment was the cause of the destruction of those famous cities, as well as the leveling of many Temples of the Goddess. 

The predictions of destruction and  catastrophe that have been attached to this coming time of Transformation are expressions of POLARIZED MALE fear about acceptance and outward acknowledgement of the internal feminine side.  The Multiverse will be full of alternative realities where mountains have to crumble and valleys have to crack open as the Archetypal Male resists the mandate to deal with His "significant otherness." 

The universe of Oneness will unite in peace and understanding. Those who are Gatekeepers will arise, each in his or her appointed time, to show the way for integrating these magical powers into the normal flow of human experience. Then, and only then, will the God and Goddess stand together, side- by-side, and rule the way we've always wished they would.


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Two-Spirited People (a great article)