Kwanzaa in a Pagan Home: My Spiritual, Pride Practice

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I am ending this year with pride and culture. I have been hesitant to start the practice of Kwanzaa in my home for some time, not because I did not believe in the value of its practice, but because of…. fear. It is the continuous fear of breaking away from overculture, even though I am Pagan, and a Black woman. I will never fit into the norm of overculture, and it is not something I am trying to do anyway. It is often an unconscious fear that pushes us away from something that is new and p … [Read more...]

Call for Writers– Bringing Race to the Table: An Exploration of Racism in the Pagan Community

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Very excited to announce this new writing opportunity to the community. This book will expand beyond the personal stories of the Shades of Faith series and into the voices of the community (not just Pagans of color) and into the realm of the academic. Please spread the word, pass it along, and consider writing for this incredible anthology in the making!  Call for Writers– Bringing Race to the Table: An Exploration of Racism in the Pagan Communit  Email f … [Read more...]

Where is the Line?…..There is No Spoon

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Sometimes, especially lately, I have felt like I am talking about being Black all the damn time. On a normal day, I don’t wake up in the morning, reference my Black experience, talk about systemic or historical oppression. Instead I get up, and am in the rush of being a mother, wife, social worker, staff on school site, Master’s level college student, and human being; If I am lucky, I even get to eat and sleep. Yet I realize, more than some, that when I wake up every morning, I am a Black woman … [Read more...]

It’s In the Blood

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by Porsha Williams I was conversing lightly with my 'male bestie' earlier this week, while watching his DVR'd first episode of “Sleepy Hollow” on NBC.  As avid sci-fi and fantasy fans, we found ourselves immediately sucked into the lushness of this show.  Within the set of scenes that came after the commercial break, we both mutually chuckled at the scene where the African-American Police Lieutenant gave the 'evil eye' to the resurrected soldier Icabod Crane. In that scene, Icabod marvels that n … [Read more...]

50 Years Ago: Honoring the Healing of Four Little Girls in Birmingham

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“These children — unoffending, innocent, and beautiful — were the victims of one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity.” - Martin Luther King Jr.   "On Birmingham Sunday a noise shook the ground. And all over the hearth turned around. For no one recalled a more cowardly sound. And the choir kept singing of Freedom." - Joan BaezFifty years ago, a church in was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young Black girls.  Once September 15th, 1963, in thei … [Read more...]

Sacred Emotional Warfare: Anger, Rage and Frustration for Manifestation

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People do not often think about emotions like anger, rage or frustration as sacred responses to internal or external stimuli. I recently wrote about primal rage in Modern Witch Magazine, and it is an important topic.I personally do not like feeling angry, rage-filled or frustrated, and yet it has continued to be a common core theme of my life for a long time. Let me clarify – that does not mean I am just angry all the time, but that I carry a sense of both of these emotions in my gut, and it … [Read more...]

On Mothering, Sacred Sensual Style

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Before I became a mother, I was so certain I was going to be one of those A personality moms -- take no guff, behave right or else, the way any self respecting Black mother "should" be. I vividly recall an incident in college, sitting with friends (other women of color) and watching children running wild at an event. We all shook our heads and commented that our children would not ever be allowed to behave that way.But by the time my son, T, came along, my thinking had undergone a radical s … [Read more...]

Ringing a Bell for Freedom

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In a capitalistic society that places value on egalitarianism and protestant work ethics, we here in the United States still do not have access to jobs, quality education, or a true sense of freedom. On the 50th anniversary of the I Have a Dream speech, delivered by Martin Luther King Jr, I have to wonder what has happened to our call for justice and equality for all people in this country? Is it still as important to us as it was then? Have we become complacent in our perception of freedom and … [Read more...]

Deadline Extended for Shades of Ritual; Minority Voices in Practice Anthology

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The deadline for submissions is being extended to give in hopes of getting some additional submissions. We have gotten some good ones, and are hoping to circulate the call for submissions to attract more pieces that are reflective of practice, rituals, prayers, songs, or other forms of integrating Pagan spirituality. If there are any questions, please feel free to send an email to inquire.  Below is the official call for submissions with a new date of October 15th.Blessings.I am very … [Read more...]

The Fear of Expression; Family, Culture and Expectation

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I don't usually struggle with expressing myself. It has been a blessing and a curse my whole life. This over communicative Gemini thing has gotten me into and out of some of the most interesting spots in my life. It is something I heavily rely on as one of my greatest tools now that I am an adult. (Won't talk about them teenage years). Yet today I had an interesting moment where I struggled with not knowing how to express myself. It was not to a bunch of strangers, not when I was talking in a … [Read more...]


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