Magic Out of the Land of the South

Out the window of my plane going home

I rode along the streets of my mother’s hometown of Abbeville Alabama and thought to myself, this feels strangely like home and wildly like a foreign land. So many emotions and so many memories flooded my mind as the whole trip to Alabama unfolded from start to finish. I had not been back to Alabama since I was 14 years old, I am now 39. In the last 25 years a lot of things have happened, I have lost myself and found myself several times over. Regeneration is the name of that spiritual game for s … [Read more...]

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Personal Musings on Samhain

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Every year, for the last six or seven years, I have dressed up as a Witch for Halloween. I figure... I already have the well done and expensive pieces at home so why not? It is always amazing to me that most of the children and teachers at the school site just assume I spend a lot of money on Halloween costumes. I had a coworker ask me on Friday what we Wiccans celebrate on Samhain and this challenged me in an unexpected way.It isn’t that I don’t know the answer, and it isn’t that I was unsur … [Read more...]

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Avoiding Appropriation and The Perpetuation of Privilege

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“You take a part of a person's culture that means everything to them, and you make it meaningless. You were the symbols that represent their cultures without actually understanding the power of what these facets of their culture means to them.” - Udoka OkaforIt is quite disheartening that we still live in a time when People of Color’s voices are silenced by those of dominant cultures within our society. While we are moving through a time of such intensity around the needs, pain and brut … [Read more...]

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My Wicca, My Life, My Way – A Story

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There are always conversations that get me to thinking about the role Wicca has played in my life, how it has helped me to grow in several different areas and really shaped much of who I am today.There are always going to be differences on what Wicca is and what it is not, and yet I know exactly what it has been for me; that goes back to the beginning of this story. When I came to the path in 2002 I started reading books and doing internet research to find out whether or not this “Wicca” thi … [Read more...]

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Grief: A Working of Love

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I have not written any blessings or workings this year for the 30 Day Real Black History Challenge yet, and I am already nearing the end. (Thank goodness for encores). I have come to understand that my own blockage in doing this has to do with the intense amount of grief I am holding right now, for the loss of lives that continue to happen to Black people. It is hard to think of magic when death, sadness and hopelessness continues to circle around.I then started to think about the power in … [Read more...]

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Paganism in Full Color

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“It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate.” - James Arthur Baldwin.The only thing that is truly colorblind is my love.  My love for people has pushed me to explore that I cannot completely understand the experiences of others, but I do understand that others look, feel, think and live differently than I do. Why is this so challenging to understand or for people … [Read more...]

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PantheaCon 2015; Pain, Healing Work, Allyship in Action and Coalition Building

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Several pieces have been written in blogosphere by now about the ups and downs of PantheaCon; I do not feel the need to repeat the details of the PantyCon satire piece and instead will link other pieces that reference this. I instead want to focus on the experience of transitioning from pain to healing work that happened for me at PantheaCon this year, and for many people of color (POC) and allies. The amazing transformative experience has left me continuing on a road to processing the healing … [Read more...]

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Magical Beginnings Begin Again

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I started officially walking into the study of Paganism in 2002, and joined my first coven in 2003. It has been a long time, and yet sometimes it feels like I just came to the path. There has been so much learning, and so many moments of personal growth, I am not the practitioner I was before. The process of personal and spiritual growth has changed me in ways I never anticipated, and now even the process of magic does not look or feel the same to me. I have even began noticing how my connection … [Read more...]

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Solstice Hope in the Darkness of Justice

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“Justice is what love looks like in public” - Cornell West The last few weeks have been filled with darkness, navigating the shadow of the time and surrounded by the harsh realities of race relations in modern day society. The coming solstice celebrations have not brought me any comfort this year, I think I have been so inundated with the darkness that exists all around me that it is hard to want to celebrate something that doesn’t seem to bring the change we need right now.As I am active in … [Read more...]

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Through the Veils of the Ancestors

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            As the flavor of smoke and crackling leaves fills the air around my home, I listen to the silence. Halloween is here. I am witch enough to enjoy the secular nature of the holiday; mageia enough to remember with sadness and awe what this time of the year  means to many, myself included. This is a time of remembrance, sometimes with joy, occasionally with tears, but always with the knowledge that the ancestors who have bequeathed us blessings are nearest during this time.This is the … [Read more...]

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