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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Discovering my Inner, Nappy Headed Goddess

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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 … [Read more...]

How My Pagan Spirituality Continues to Influence by Democratic Vote

photo credit to Crystal Blanton

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 … [Read more...]

Ode to the Single Mother and to the Goddess

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I was inspired tonight to think about the incredible magic of what my single mother meant to me and how that helped me to find the Goddess.  My mother had the responsibility of raising a young child, working and often times neglecting her personal needs in order to do so.  There were so many times I would see the magnificent vision of mothering from a woman who couldn't afford health insurance, dental care or clothes for her body.  She sacrificed that in order to be out of a relationship … [Read more...]

Renewal for the Coming New Year

Photo by Crystal Blanton

Samhain is coming.  It is one of my favorite times of year and holds a lot of memories for me, all the way throughout my childhood.  I was raised in a home that celebrated Halloween, decorated for the holiday, purchased candy and celebrated it like all the other popular holidays of the year.  My mother’s birthday is on Halloween, so it was a special day for many reasons. There was no idea in my childhood that I might grow up to be Wiccan but when I realized my path there was no surprise … [Read more...]

My Choice to Celebrate ALL Life Today, September 11th

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This is a hard post to write. I don’t know how to unload the thoughts I have around the remembrance of events such as today, 9/11.  I honor the dead, I honor those who have sacrificed for this country and I am sad at the loss of lives and the grieving of friends and family. I do not want to take away from this event nor the events today in honor of those who were taken from us so unjustly and unfairly.  Instead, I want to add to it. When these events are brought up in remembrance, I … [Read more...]

My Urban Practice and the Invisible Lines in Society

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Disclaimer:  Prior to reading this post I would like to point out that this is a introspective post that has more to do with my ability to evaluate who I am and who I want to be.  It is a chance to look at my feelings of being judged, seeing others judged and times when I have also been judgmental.  If you are wondering or thinking whether this is about you, the answer is no.  What I would encourage though is to consider why you might think that, if you find that you do.   I … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Things I Wish White Pagans Realized

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This blog is being reprinted, with permission from the writer, as a way to continue to spread the varying experiences of Pagans of Color.  What I liked the most about this piece, outside of it being well articulated, was the diversity in voice that it brought to the table.  It is not like any other I have read per say and it is not from someone that is African American. Enjoy!  And leave her a comment, if you are inspired to do so, on her blog … [Read more...]


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