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

Kathleen Cleaver

As promised, here is a listing of the posts from Facebook for the first week of the 30 Day Challenge. This has been a very enlightening process for me, and I am really paying attention to what it feels like to share some of the joys and sorrows of the ancestral history of Black people. And the response has been very supportive, conversational, and profound. I have appreciated all the feedback from people.Most interesting to me is the transformational process happening internally for me. … [Read more...]

My Thirty Day Challenge: A Different Kind of Black History Month

power to the people

My Facebook post from May 27, 2013:In a call for facts, I will be posting a series of links and references to information about the damage and history of Black people. If this is unpleasing to you, sorry. If you would like to unfriend me, see ya on the flip side. Hopefully people will either learn something or chose to ignore it (as history has taught us to do).Knowledge is power. To remain in a uninformed state is a choice. To actively seek knowledge is a privilege and a right. To know … [Read more...]

Gratitude in Practice: Embracing Today


Finding reasons to connect to our gratitude can be important to the process of spiritual connection. It is the attitude of entitlement that often frustrates me when I am dealing with others in community, even within the Pagan community. I think it is important to recognize that the liberties we often take for granted are the very ones that others have to do without.And so I have started to make sure I vocalize my own feelings of gratitude to those people, places and things that support me in … [Read more...]

Not That Far Away: Honoring My Mom on Mother’s Day


Three years have passed since she died… three years and a couple of months. And every year the pain is easier to bear, her presence is harder to feel and her face is a bit more faded in my memory. I think the more that time passes, I realize that one of the things I do have is the understanding of how much I really am my mother. She is not gone because she lives within me, breaths within me, thinks in my mind, speaks through my mouth and comforts through my arms.I hear these stories from o … [Read more...]

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...]