Whether woman or man, one’s real humanity comes to light only when the feminine and masculine qualities within one are balanced.”

Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi, Mother of Immortal Bliss)

A few decades ago the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ was a commonly heard phrase, one rarely used now – did men and women declare a truce? Maybe for most people the battle was always an illusion to be transcended, but for some the fight goes on – nowadays in a new form of Gender War known often as the Trans Debate. This tends to manifest in arguments over trans inclusivity in women’s spaces, the media obsession with medical approach to trans youth, and an apparent ‘trans agenda’ to teach children that gender and sexuality are not fixed at birth.

This debate is based on illusory materialism – and a blind, arrogant ignorance of the spiritual nature of the human being. Mystic masters, gurus and witches have been studying human nature much longer than biological science, and unlike science, which divides, dissects and see only the material, their approach respects and reflects the unified, interdependent, composition of life’s many layers of spirit, mind, emotion and matter.

Spiritual wisdom teaches us that we are each male and female – on the inside – and that some people also manifest the combination externally, in their physical appearance and behaviours. Every culture on the planet has found terms for the ones who stood between or beyond the gender binary, often giving them specific roles in the community, roles that often included a strong spiritual element.

From: Homosexuality, Hinduism & the Third Gender: An Overview

Hinduism honours the two primary genders—potent males (pums) and fertile females (stri)—but also acknowledges a third, less common sex (tritiya-prakriti or napumsa) considered to be a natural combination of the male and female natures

Hindu texts such as the Kama Sutra, Mahabharata, Artha-sastra, etc. mention third-gender men working as domestic servants, go-betweens in the affairs of men and women, barbers, masseurs, florists and prostitutes. The Kama Sutra also mentions homosexual marriages based on “great attachment and complete faith in one another.” Transgenders are described as especially talented in the feminine arts of music playing and dancing, and lesbians are mentioned as skilled vaisyas (businesswomen), armed military guards, domestic servants and courtesans. Third-gender citizens were renowned for their special talents and often served in the homes of wealthy landholders, generals and kings.

Another role held by homosexuals, transgenders and other third-gender people in traditional Hindu society was their special non-procreative status and association with supernatural powers. Revered astrological and omen-reading texts such as the Brihat Jataka and Brihat Samhita all mention planetary alignments at the time of conception that indicate a third-gender birth. Such births are associated with the three napumsa planets (Mercury, Saturn and Ketu) and indicate intelligence, mastery of the arts and sciences, detachment from family life, and clairvoyant abilities. In Hinduism, people of the third gender are believed to hold special powers that allow them to bless or curse others, and this traditional belief can still be seen in India today.

The name Ardhanarishvara means “The Lord whose half is a woman”. This form of Shiva represents the “totality that lies beyond duality”, and is associated with communication between mortals and gods and between men and women. Alain Danielou says that “The hermaphrodite, the homosexual and the transvestite have a symbolic value and are considered privileged beings, images of the Ardhararishvara.”

Malidoma Some

From: Malidoma Some, wisdom teacher from the Dagara Tribe of west Africa:

“Among the Dagara people, gender has very little to do with anatomy. It is purely energetic. In that context, a male who is physically male can vibrate female energy, and vice versa. That is where the real gender is. Anatomic differences are simply there to determine who contributes what for the continuity of the tribe.”

From: 8 Things You Should Know About Two Spirit People

The term Two Spirit was coined in 1990 in Winnipeg, Canada as a means of unifying various gender identities and expressions of Native American/First Nations/Indigenous individuals, the term is not a specific definition of gender, sexual orientation or other self-determining catch-all phrase, but rather an umbrella term.

Two Spirit people have both a male and female spirit within them and are blessed by their Creator to see life through the eyes of both genders.

The term does not diminish the tribal-specific names, roles and traditions nations have for their own Two Spirit people. Examples of such names are the winkte among the Lakota and the nadleeh among the Navajo people. These names and roles go back to a time before western religion.

Two Spirit people held significant roles and were an integral part of a tribal social structures. In many tribes Two Spirits were balance keepers. Thought to be the “dusk” between the male morning, and the female evening.


The birth chart reveals how the interplay of female, male and ‘other’ energies form our personality. In everyone’s chart the position of Venus reveals how the feminine nature plays out for them, of Mars for the masculine – and Mercury for the transgender aspect of each of us. Note that Mercury is the closest to the Sun, ie the Source creator energy.

Harnessing the mystery of sexes is one of the keys to transformation. Identifying and artfully “surfing” the gender polarities that are always present inside of human psyche and manifested through the planetary forces of an astrological chart is what can make a happier and fuller person.” Masculine, feminine and transgender in astrology. (

THE TRANS DEBATE reveals that SCIENTIFIC MATERIALISM and the belief in BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION is leading humanity into a SPIRITUAL VOID, a DEAD END of consciousness.


The old story of division, discord, separation are still running the show –







By embracing feminine and masculine within ourselves that we can set ourselves free.

Published by shokti

i am shokti, lovestar of the eurofaeries, aka marco queer magician of london town. i explore the links between our sexual-physical nature and our spirits, running gatherings, rituals and Queer Spirit Festival. i woke up to my part in the accelerating awakening of light love and awareness on planet earth during a shamanic death-and-rebirth process lasting from January 1995 to the year 2000, and offer here my insights and observations on the ongoing transformation of human consciousness, how to navigate the waves of change, and especially focusing on the role of queer people at this time.

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