My Top Ten Pagans Working As Change Agents for Social Justice in 2015

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2015 has been one hell of a year. So many incidences, so many opportunities to engage, so many open doors for social change, so many tears. This year has probably been one of the most challenging years for those who are pushing for social justice, and there have been a lot of areas of need as a result. When thinking about the closing of 2015, I have been reminiscing on some of the most courageous work of people I feel honored enough to share this work with, and I am continuously inspired by the … [Read more...]

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Magic Out of the Land of the South

Out the window of my plane going home

I rode along the streets of my mother’s hometown of Abbeville Alabama and thought to myself, this feels strangely like home and wildly like a foreign land. So many emotions and so many memories flooded my mind as the whole trip to Alabama unfolded from start to finish. I had not been back to Alabama since I was 14 years old, I am now 39. In the last 25 years a lot of things have happened, I have lost myself and found myself several times over. Regeneration is the name of that spiritual game for s … [Read more...]

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Lifting Up Voices on Transgender Day of Remembrance

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”- Martin Luther King, Jr. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” - Desmond Tutu “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” - Elie Wiesel Today marks the 16th annual Transgender D … [Read more...]

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Renewal and Rebirth; My Path to Justice

Pagan Alliance Festival 2015 by Stephanie Kjer

I have recently been thinking about some of my past client's, the work I do and my own sense of justice. The kind of justice that motivates me to continue the journey of such harsh work. I feel it appropriate to share something I wrote earlier this year.... a reflection of sorts. (Reprinted from Sage Woman magazine, #86.)The power of my ancestors runs through my veins, It is a power unknown to others, unseen to the naked eye, and beyond a sense of normal contemplation. The curl in my … [Read more...]

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Personal Musings on Samhain

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Every year, for the last six or seven years, I have dressed up as a Witch for Halloween. I figure... I already have the well done and expensive pieces at home so why not? It is always amazing to me that most of the children and teachers at the school site just assume I spend a lot of money on Halloween costumes. I had a coworker ask me on Friday what we Wiccans celebrate on Samhain and this challenged me in an unexpected way.It isn’t that I don’t know the answer, and it isn’t that I was unsur … [Read more...]

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Avoiding Appropriation and The Perpetuation of Privilege

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“You take a part of a person's culture that means everything to them, and you make it meaningless. You were the symbols that represent their cultures without actually understanding the power of what these facets of their culture means to them.” - Udoka OkaforIt is quite disheartening that we still live in a time when People of Color’s voices are silenced by those of dominant cultures within our society. While we are moving through a time of such intensity around the needs, pain and brut … [Read more...]

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My Wicca, My Life, My Way – A Story

Incredible cast of A Black Woman Speaks, at Pantheacon, directed by Luna Pantera

There are always conversations that get me to thinking about the role Wicca has played in my life, how it has helped me to grow in several different areas and really shaped much of who I am today.There are always going to be differences on what Wicca is and what it is not, and yet I know exactly what it has been for me; that goes back to the beginning of this story. When I came to the path in 2002 I started reading books and doing internet research to find out whether or not this “Wicca” thi … [Read more...]

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Grief: A Working of Love

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I have not written any blessings or workings this year for the 30 Day Real Black History Challenge yet, and I am already nearing the end. (Thank goodness for encores). I have come to understand that my own blockage in doing this has to do with the intense amount of grief I am holding right now, for the loss of lives that continue to happen to Black people. It is hard to think of magic when death, sadness and hopelessness continues to circle around.I then started to think about the power in … [Read more...]

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Beltane Magic: Birthing A New Reality

Solar Cross Temple, Coru Cathubodua, HUAR and other Pagans participating in today's May Day Solidarity march. (T. Thorn Coyle and Morpheus Ravenna and Luna Pantera in photo). Photo taken by Brennos.

Beltane is here and I have been struggling to find a sense of excitement for the season for weeks now. My lack of connection is not because I am distant from my beliefs, and I am very aware that it is usually one of my two favorite sabbats of the year, but I am finding that I have been feeling disconnected from the idea of celebration in such a time of societal pain. The blooming flowers and the increasing days of sunlight have not translated to the beauty and hope that is usually felt at this … [Read more...]

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Paganism in Full Color

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“It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate.” - James Arthur Baldwin.The only thing that is truly colorblind is my love.  My love for people has pushed me to explore that I cannot completely understand the experiences of others, but I do understand that others look, feel, think and live differently than I do. Why is this so challenging to understand or for people … [Read more...]

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