Stepping Into Who I Am: Nappy Headed Goddess Part Two


I watched a recent segment on the Anderson Live show where actress Viola Davis talked about showing her natural hair at the Oscar awards. She said that she was not surprised by the attention that wearing her natural hair created in the media and blogosphere because she is an African American woman. She made a comment that she chose that moment of the Oscars to take off the wigs and "step out into who I was.” I think that is a brilliant way to put it.And while some of the attention she got f … [Read more...]

Acknowledging the Complex Process of Coming Out on “Pagan Coming Out” Day


Pagan Coming Out day is a powerful day in so many ways. Not only does this day act as a type of religious diversity day, and a stance against religious discrimination for Pagans.  It is also meant as a means of support for those who are able, and desire it, to be in the process of becoming open with who they are as a spiritual person, that is Pagan. It is not meant as a means to pressure others to be “out of the broom closet” and broadcast to the world their witchyness, that is a personal choice … [Read more...]

Sensitivity and Awareness; Respecting What You Don’t Know

Photo I took on a middle school yard in Oakland. The kids were doing an expressive art project after watching the movie Bully as an entire school. They came up with the idea of drawing their shadows connected together, in respect.

Respecting the culture of others does not mean that we have to agree, understand, or even integrate another understanding into our own. There have been a lot of discussions within the Pagan community that boil down to differences in culture and understanding, and the inability to embrace concepts of cultural sensitivity and awareness. What cultural awareness is not, is proving that someone else's cultural or personal understanding of the world is wrong. Integrating empathy into our own awareness … [Read more...]

200 Words: Reflections From A Multicultural Wiccan Priestess

Me in Witch hat

I am an eclectic Wiccan priestess, a child of the sea and moon. My spirit moves with the tides of the ocean and my energy expands with the swell of the full moon. The warriorress lives inside of me, forever in a dance with the hunter who provides. I am the nurturer and the one who needs nurturing; I am of all and the all is within me. In celebration of the God and Goddess, I connect with the many different faces of the divine from different cultures and with many different names. The shades of … [Read more...]

Cultivating Paganism: The Beauty of Horticulture in Our Bubble


The art of horticulture is important to this piece, because it demonstrates the controlled, skilled and purposeful growth of cultivated crops for reasons of health and beauty. One of the best worded descriptions I found on the internet about the movement of horticulture was on Wikipedia, where it states: Horticulturists apply the knowledge, skills, and technologies used to grow intensively produced plants for human food and non-food uses and for personal or social needs. Their work involves … [Read more...]

Sensationalizing Pagan Leaders: The Damaging Social Structure Behind BNP Status

holding hands

My good friend Peter Dybing started a conversation on his blog several days ago that is really important to me. I was on the Pagan Musings Podcast and was talking about this very topic because I was referred to as one of the "new BNP's". Not that the podcast did anything wrong, but the thought made me cringe. I have never publicly been called any type of BNP, only teased by my closest friends. And yet the conversation from the interview and  Peter's blog, presents a view point that I agree with. … [Read more...]

Two Years and Counting

second birthday

I realized this weekend that last week made two years since the first Daughters of Eve post went up on this site. When the idea of Daughters of Eve came to fruition, I did not know where it might go or how it might look. Today I am very happy to see that this site has continued to work in service, adding to the collective voices of minority Pagans.So I want to take a moment to thank all of the writers, past and present, for their contributions and spirit on this site. I want to send a shout … [Read more...]

Call for Writers – Shades of Ritual: Minority Voices in Practice


I am very excited to announce the second Shades of Faith book... and our call for submissions!Email for inquiries and submissions: Megalithica Books, an imprint of Immanion Press (Stafford, U.K./Portland, OR, U.S.A) is seeking submissions for a follow up anthology to Shades of Faith, released in August of 2011.  This anthology will focus on people of color working in magical communities and their spiritual practices.  This anthology will provide another opportunity to get the voices a … [Read more...]

Make Magic of your Life: A Review

make magic of your life

Passion and drive are some of the fundamental pieces of my spiritual practice. For a long time I was caught in the never-ending cycle of trying to perfect ritual practice that was acceptable to others and yet was distanced from my own calling, my own passion, my desires, and of course that separated me from my own motivation and drive. I have since moved to a path of desire and that has connected my spirituality to the core of my existence.It can be challenging, almost impossible, to find … [Read more...]

Stress, Rejuvenation and the Ocean

Ocean and feet 2013

I had a talk with a co-worker a couple of weeks ago about how people take certain things for granted, forgetting that others have to work for those same things. I have been thinking on this concept off and on since we had this talk. Amazingly it rings so true for me that I sometimes feel that I work harder than most and that the whole world takes advantage of the privileges that we have, myself included.I returned from Pantheacon with a list of things I wanted to write about, my experiences, … [Read more...]