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...]

Things From 2012 I Am Grateful For And What I am Willing to Fight For in 2013

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This year has been interesting, to say the least.  While there has been some heartaches, there have also been some incredible strength and connectivity shown in 2012 as well.  It has been a year of personal growth for me and also a year of collective growth within our community.So while everyone is doing lists for the closure of 2012, I thought I would do one too.  Looking at the road behind me and the mission on the road in 2013 is an important part of my spiritual path and it is a blessing … [Read more...]

Weaving Magic

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My mother was a crocheting wizard.  She would make everything with some threads and a needle.  We use to tease that she would crochet underwear if we let her; she never did, thank goodness.  But she made towels, blankets, shawls, baby booties, scarves, hats and even rugs.  She was a master and she did most of it intuitively.  She couldn’t read patterns and instead taught herself through practice, vision and skill.After my mother passed I started to teach myself several of the things she use t … [Read more...]

May the Gods Walk in Connecticut Tonight

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As I mourn for the loss of innocent lives today, I think about the senseless violence that has become a part of the history of this nation. I think about the way that we hurt one another and continue to devalue the importance of human life.Tonight I pray to the Gods that those who lost their lives today, and every day, find peace in their crossing and hope in their rebirth. May their journeys be smooth and their family’s recovery is swift. We are never promised tomorrow and tragedies like t … [Read more...]

True Holiday Spirituality in Action

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My spiritual routine requires a level of empathy towards others and working to understand my own levels of privilege.  I am grateful for the things I have, the opportunities I have to be self sustained through hard work and I am able bodied to do so.  I know that there are many people who are not able to do what I am to take care of myself, nor do they have the resources or support.  it is important to acknowledge what we are grateful, and gain empathy for a system that should encourage hope but … [Read more...]

My Traditional Pagan, Thanksgiving Holiday

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Thanksgiving has always been an important holiday for me, more important than others.  Sharing love and blessings around the table has always been a staple in many homes, especially in my Southern, Black influenced upbringing.  And just like the importance of the meal we share, the stories around the table create very significant memories.While I celebrate the festivities of gratefulness on other days and other holidays, Thanksgiving is one that is steeped in the memory of my mother, my c … [Read more...]

Discovering my Inner, Nappy Headed Goddess

Seasame Street "I love my Hair".

My hair is kinky.  It is frizzy and so unlike what I am used to.  I have been close to going natural with my hair for some time now, and yet society always pulls me back.  I guess I have just been afraid of what it might look like if I walked around with this super ethnic hairdo that is culturally taboo in a society that is not always ethno friendly.  And yet there is something that inherently goes against a healthy self image when thinking about the lack of acceptance I might have for my nat … [Read more...]

How My Pagan Spirituality Continues to Influence by Democratic Vote

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This election year has brought attention in ways that feel quite different from the past.  There is a lot at stake in the next four years within this country. With an upside down economy, out of control unemployment rates and troops in the Middle East, the focus of this election is scattered.  In thinking about this election and what it means to me I look at the potential effects from the eyes of an African American, middle class, Pagan Woman.The descriptors used in the last sentence are my b … [Read more...]


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