Deadline Extended for Shades of Ritual; Minority Voices in Practice Anthology

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The deadline for submissions is being extended to give in hopes of getting some additional submissions. We have gotten some good ones, and are hoping to circulate the call for submissions to attract more pieces that are reflective of practice, rituals, prayers, songs, or other forms of integrating Pagan spirituality. If there are any questions, please feel free to send an email to inquire.  Below is the official call for submissions with a new date of October 15th. Blessings. I am very … [Read more...]

Spirit Lessons: Personal Responsibility in Growth

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Lessons come from our experiences every minute of the day -- if we pay attention to hear them. The process of self-actualization does not just happen in any given moment, it is an accumulation of moments that last a lifetime; life’s lessons do not cease. Whether anyone ever truly reaches the invisible marker of enlightenment, or self-actualization, is one of life’s biggest mysteries. When do we get there? How will we know we have arrived? I have begun to understand that we never just get … [Read more...]

The Fear of Expression; Family, Culture and Expectation

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I don't usually struggle with expressing myself. It has been a blessing and a curse my whole life. This over communicative Gemini thing has gotten me into and out of some of the most interesting spots in my life. It is something I heavily rely on as one of my greatest tools now that I am an adult. (Won't talk about them teenage years). Yet today I had an interesting moment where I struggled with not knowing how to express myself. It was not to a bunch of strangers, not when I was talking in a … [Read more...]

Love is the Law…Even at Fruitvale Station

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Tonight I finally was able to go to see the movie Fruitvale Station, we had babysitters and I was excited to go. It is funny… usually people do not look forward to paying for something that is going to break their hearts all over again. But tonight I was. I have to take a quick moment to rewind here though. About a week ago my son Rob was riding to summer camp and asked me if he could go with me to see the Fruitvale Station movie. He said he felt it would be good and educational for him. So … [Read more...]

Grieving the Loss of Hope: Healing in the Dark of Injustice

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Sometimes faith and reality clash. It is the battle between those things we want to see happen, and the pattern of reality we have become use to experiencing. I am often challenged when holding onto my faith in change when I have to stare in the face of such harsh realities. Tonight I will not write about my feelings about the Trayvon Martin trial, they are too raw and they hurt too much. Instead I want to focus on channeling that fear in my belly into something useful. As I recently wrote … [Read more...]

My 30 Day Challenge: Week FOUR of a Different Kind of Black History

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  After an exciting closing week of the 30 day challenge, I took a bit of a break prior to jumping back into the groove and formatting week four. This post will have the last week of the challenge, minus the final 48 hours. I will post that in the grand finale post. I dove a little more into culture this week, and adding some color to the discussions. Enjoy!   June 17th: “To Disrupt, Discredit and Destroy” The FBI’s Secret War against the Black Panther Party" And … [Read more...]

A Candle for Remembrance: A Juneteenth Working

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I have been building to this for a long time.... my whole life I am sure. And so I am starting to write poems, workings, and other spiritual acts that I am using to incorporate culture and my history into my ACTIVE spiritual practice. Here is the first I am posting, motivated by my 30-day challenge of real Black history and the upcoming Shades of Ritual book that is in the works. (This will be published in that book). This can be done as a poem and simple lighting of a candle... or can … [Read more...]

My 30 Day Challenge: Week THREE of a Different Kind of Black History

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And week three has come and gone, and the information continues to come. I have found this process incredibly inspiring and humbling. This week I focused a lot on the Black Panthers and the continued revelation that today's damage is built from the ashes of our trauma. How profound for me as I think about spiritual healing and rebuilding. How do we move forward in our spirits if we cannot heal the pain of the past, or even acknowledge it? This is a question I hope we continue to ask … [Read more...]

Loving My Blackness: A Personal Reflection

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I love the way my natural hair curls; twisting and turning into a pattern of beauty and wonder. Each day the curls tell a different story, unpredictable and yet defined in excellence. I love how my skin is a mixture of the history of my past. It is the color of the trauma of rape, and yet is the symbol of resilience. It is the color of a revolutionary, and an agent for change. I love how my history shows fierceness from the experience of warriors, healers, mothers, fathers, kings, queens, … [Read more...]

My 30 Day Challenge: Week TWO of A Different Kind of Black History

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Week two of this challenge has been equally as interesting, insightful, and revealing as week one. I am continuing to find very interesting, valuable and educational resources for understanding some of the layered levels of complexity within Black history and culture. I have also continued to post some of my personal accounts and thoughts on racism. Here is the account of week two's posts from my Facebook account. I found some really good videos this week and hope to continue to tap into the … [Read more...]


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