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The significance of queer people throughout history

Most people know their astrological sun sign, but all the planets actually reflect different aspects of our ego, and it usually makes a difference if someone is a male or female as to what that alignment means in their natal chart. With that said, few people realize that there are also Guardian Angels who watch over those who were born during a particular time, and we are expected to become more like them as we spiritually mature. This process has nothing to do with the ego like astrology does, and so it has no gender distinctions- as far as what role we're meant to play. The Angels do have characteristics which we see as leaning towards masculine or feminine qualities, but they are actually hermaphrodite beings who freely interact with everyone as the situation requires them to.

When we start our ascension process, we awaken our morontial soul and begin the journey of the unconscious mind through Morontia towards the Divine to become a spirit being. Of course, this process isn't as straight forward as it sounds, because we have to discover the truth of our soul and resolve the issues we're here to deal with before we can take the path of the Arrow of Truth. But the point I'm trying to get across here is that once we've charged with the responsibility of becoming like our Guardian Angels, it essentially requires us as mortal beings to become non-binary. You see, when an individual becomes an Ascended Master, they have to give up their sense of identity and become part of the whole. They still have a sense of self, but Truth has no subjective viewpoint, and our gender is completely irrelevant in the Divine Realm.

We need to understand that nonbinary people have been an important part of human culture for a very long time. The most common so-called third gender in India is called Hijras, and it's been part of the Hindu society for over 2,000 years. It can even be found in Hindu sacred texts like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, where the Hindu hero known as Arjuna became the third gender. Hijras often leave home to become part of the Hijras community. By doing so, they are removed from wider society, and taught lessons specific to the Hijra way of life. They then learn ritual roles, which include blessings at births and weddings. As such, many Hindus believe a Hijras' blessing can bring fertility, prosperity and even long life.

On the Polynesian island of Samoa, we find Fa'afafines (meaning, in the manner of women) and Fa'afatamas (in the manner of men), which are widely regarded as other genders. These 3rd and 4th genders have always existed within Samoan society- where tolerance of all types of individuals is of great importance, and children aren't typically forced to conform to a particular gender role. These genders are fully accepted within their families and society, and they often fulfill roles such as caring for the elderly as well as educating people about sex, as talking about sex is a taboo subject for men and women.

The Bubis groups of South Sulawesi and Indonesia recognize three genders categories beyond the binary ones: Calalai refers to those individuals who have female sexual attributes but present themselves in a masculine way, and Calabai are those individuals born with male sexual attributes who present themselves in a feminine way, but Bissu are considered a meta-gender who embodies both masculinity and femininity while identifying as neither. Many Bissu are born intersex, but the term is more focused on the presence of a spiritual role in the absence of a gender role. They are believed to bridge the worldly and the Divine, so they are given the responsibility of performing many of the spiritual rites.

Two-Spirit is an umbrella term used within some indigenous North American communities, which highlights the complex Indian cultures' understanding of gender roles, spirituality and the long history of sexual and gender diversity in association with our western understanding of genders. The term "Two-Spirit" was only coined in 1990. However, the way of life it represents dates back through the centuries of many indigenous cultures. As the name suggests, it refers to an individual who identifies as having both a masculine and feminine spirit, which can then be used to describe their sexuality, gender and/or spiritual identity. Many Two-Spirit people end up performing roles assigned exclusively to men or women. Two-spirit people have historically been held in high regard in American Indian cultures and have taken up important positions in their communities as matchmakers, medicine people, warriors and ceremonial leaders.

There are others such as the Muxes of Mexico and the Sworn Virgins of the Balkans, but my point is that many cultures have realized that having a balanced and indifferent sense of self-identity allows us to connect to the Divine and make more efficient spiritual progress simply because the ego isn't getting in the way all the time. When we learn that everyone has a degree of both masculinity and femininity in them in order to be civil, there's no point in taking pride in being subjective about our God given identity, as only the objective perspective about our nature really matters in the long run, and we should embrace the role we're given be Allah in order to discover the Truth of our soul and move on, which can be far more interesting and fulfilling for those who seek more out of life.

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