Cultivating Paganism: The Beauty of Horticulture in Our Bubble

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

Ways That Pantheacon 2013 Supported Change for Pagans of Color

Shades of Ritual ladies. Picture taken by Lisa Spiral.

Pantheacon is an irreplaceable part of my spiritual path every year. It is the time of year I get to connect with many of my Pagan family that have become my family of choice, I can teach and learn from others within the community, I get to do some of the best Pagan shopping and I also spend the most valuable bonding time with my coven mates. This year was the same in those respects but there were some changes in tide that I saw come to fruition this year, more than others.  Last year I saw two … [Read more...]

Inspiration, Reflection and Justice; Spirituality Through The Voices Of Our Leaders

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I often think about what inspires me. I struggle with understanding some of the challenges within the world today and I find myself looking for inspiration in those things around me.  Inspiration can feed the fire that sometimes goes low.One of the ways I have done this is to connect with those leaders that I hold dear to me by way of their words. I seek understanding and wisdom in the profound statements of those who have come before me, the ancestors that have created a way for me to be … [Read more...]

A plague o’ both your houses: historical trauma, the collective shadow and the Pagan community

Mercutio (played by Harold Perrineau) yelling the famous line in 1996 version of Romeo and Juliet.

During the climactic Act III, Scene I in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio (in pain) speaks to his best friend Romeo as a dying man. “’Tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church-door; but ‘tis enough, ‘twill serve: ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man. I am peppered, I warrant, for this world. A plague o’ both your houses!”A plague on both our houses; simple, profound, and so relevant in today’s society.I went to a trauma summit in Oakland today. This … [Read more...]

A Wordless Definition

Photo of my altar, taken by my friend Del

Disclaimer: This post is not about you.  I did not write it with anyone in mind but myself.  If you are thinking it is about you, please stop because you are most likely wrong.  It is instead a snap shot at my self reflective process of identifying who I am as a Pagan.  Thank you.There is a lot of talk about definitions, labels, and the like within the Pagan community right now and when I first started this blog I was coming from a totally different perspective.  And then I starting thin … [Read more...]


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