My Hair Doesn’t Get Longer, It Gets Tighter: A Symbol of My Path

I have come to understand that my life is not getting less complicated, just like my hair doesn’t get any longer. The longer my hair grows, the tighter the curl becomes, and the shorter the strand appears in its natural state. It is only until you pull the curl out of its natural pattern that you can see how long it really is, and how complicated it has become. [Read more…]

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Everyday Celebration: Happy Earth Day to the Mother and Birthday to the Dad

The miracle of living is something I often think about. It is incredible to think of the mystery behind how we are, who we are, where we are, living here on the planet. [Read more…]

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Surviving as a Black professional By Cecily Joy Willowe

If you are a Black woman in America, you are bound to deal with many episodes of racism in your professional life. For myself, I often found the subtle racial and gendered microaggressions I faced in the professional world more exhausting than overt racism. It is the teachers who never listen, the bosses who overlook you and the people who just casually suggest that you are less worthy that give me the most mental distress. [Read more…]

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Privilege and Racialist Paganism Talks at Pantheacon

Both of these recordings, done by Solar Cross Temple and hosted on Thorn’s Elemental Castings podcast, show some of the current groundbreaking work that is being done. Listening to these, and being involved in one of them, makes me hopeful that these conversations are happening today. [Read more…]

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A Community Influx: The Journey to Redefine the Umbrella

This community is not the same as the one I entered a little over 11 years ago. The Pagan community is growing to include some of the very intricate differences among its practitioners. This makes me hopeful, hopeful in ways that I never really thought I would be able to see for the future of this community [Read more…]

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Happy Birthday to Love

King’s fight for equality wasn’t just about race, but also against the war, and against poverty. Days like this remind me that my spiritual quest does not begin or end with my devotion to the Lord and Lady, and makes me partly responsible for how King’s dream moves forward. Equality is not a privilege that all people will receive, and it requires that we continue to work for it and towards it. [Read more…]

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My Personal Top 10 Pagans That Worked as Change Agents for Social Justice in 2013

The more we speak, the more we are heard. The more we stand, the more we are seen. The more we give love, the more we learn to receive it back. And for all of those reasons, I want to give a personal thank you to the change agents on this list and everywhere that continue to do the work to make it a better world for us all. [Read more…]

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Kwanzaa in a Pagan Home: My Spiritual, Pride Practice

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. [Read more…]

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

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 [Read More…]

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

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, and human being. Yet I realize that I am a Black woman navigating the society around me and I don’t forget that fact, even if others do. And that is a part of the experience of being a Witch of color within Paganism. [Read more…]

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