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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PantheaCon 2015; Pain, Healing Work, Allyship in Action and Coalition Building

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Several pieces have been written in blogosphere by now about the ups and downs of PantheaCon; I do not feel the need to repeat the details of the PantyCon satire piece and instead will link other pieces that reference this. I instead want to focus on the experience of transitioning from pain to healing work that happened for me at PantheaCon this year, and for many people of color (POC) and allies. The amazing transformative experience has left me continuing on a road to processing the healing … [Read more...]

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Magical Beginnings Begin Again

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I started officially walking into the study of Paganism in 2002, and joined my first coven in 2003. It has been a long time, and yet sometimes it feels like I just came to the path. There has been so much learning, and so many moments of personal growth, I am not the practitioner I was before. The process of personal and spiritual growth has changed me in ways I never anticipated, and now even the process of magic does not look or feel the same to me. I have even began noticing how my connection … [Read more...]

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My Top Ten Pagans Working As Change Agents for Social Justice in 2014

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Last year I posted a list of my top list of change agents for social justice in 2013. I decided that I wanted to do this list again, and possibly make it a annual thing. Honoring the work of people who make a positive impact in my world and in the world of social justice is important to as a social worker, a Black person and a spiritual being.This year has been a remarkable, and yet challenging, year for social activism and one that has shown a lot of strength from those who are … [Read more...]

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Solstice Hope in the Darkness of Justice

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“Justice is what love looks like in public” - Cornell West The last few weeks have been filled with darkness, navigating the shadow of the time and surrounded by the harsh realities of race relations in modern day society. The coming solstice celebrations have not brought me any comfort this year, I think I have been so inundated with the darkness that exists all around me that it is hard to want to celebrate something that doesn’t seem to bring the change we need right now.As I am active in … [Read more...]

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Renewal and Rebirth; My Path to Justice

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As I have been contemplating ancestral work, and what that means in my life, I decided it was a perfect time to reprint a piece I wrote earlier this year. It was originally printed in Sage Woman #86, and is a piece that was inspired by the death of a student that I worked with in my job. It is easy to think that our ancestral lessons come from those who we would typically connect to as those who have crossed over, but what about the ones we do not expect. The lessons that come from those we do … [Read more...]

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Listening to the Ancestors; Visions in Plain Clothing

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I believe the ancestors are limitless. Beyond the material and conscious world of the living, the power of the ancestors are not restricted by the boundaries and limits of the mundane. The infinite power of those who have crossed-over the veil still contain the ability to guide, teach and transform the living, if only we allow ourselves to tap into the wisdom that is there.My mother use to tell me that if I dreamed of things in the night, I had to tell someone before 12:00pm or else it would … [Read more...]

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Journeying With the Ancestors of Blood and Heart; A Self Reflection

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“Those who are dead are never gone: They are there in the thickening shadow. The dead are not under the earth: They are in the tree that rustles, They are in the wood that groans, they are in the water that sleeps, they are in the hut, they are in the crowd, the dead are not dead. Those who are dead are never gone, they are in the breast of the woman, they are in the child who is wailing and in the firebrand that flames. The dead are not under the earth: they are in the … [Read more...]

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