Renewal and Rebirth; My Path to Justice

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As I have been contemplating ancestral work, and what that means in my life, I decided it was a perfect time to reprint a piece I wrote earlier this year. It was originally printed in Sage Woman #86, and is a piece that was inspired by the death of a student that I worked with in my job. It is easy to think that our ancestral lessons come from those who we would typically connect to as those who have crossed over, but what about the ones we do not expect. The lessons that come from those we do … [Read more...]

Gliding Into the Darkness; The Turning of the Wheel

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"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious." ~Carl Jung The dark half of the year is upon us and that is not always a comfortable thing. The natural cycles shift from the outward exploration of energy and manifestation, to one that cycles inward. This half of the year is often associated with the shadow self, the things that are hidden or unseen, those things that we are not sure we want to look for but yet have no choice.I often … [Read more...]

The Dance of Power: navigating privilege and marginalization.

Put Sexism, Racism an Homophobia in the trash from Kurt Löwenstein Educational Center International Team from Germany

 Being a Black Wiccan Woman navigating mostly White spaces has fostered interesting experiences in privilege and power. Those terms are not easily understood even when you are facing multiple oppressions or have taken many diversity classes. In my experience, diversity trainings rarely prepare anyone for the real world of privilege, relative privilege and intersectionality. People who can afford the time and/or money for trainings are usually operating in similar spheres of class … [Read more...]

Ferguson, MO by Clio Ajana

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

A friend calls White, blond, Iowa bred ‘Can I ask you something political?’ She tells how her  sister-in-law-to-be posts a picture on Facebook. “She does not understand how one shooting causes riots. She calls me “liberal” What do I say? How do I get her to understand?”The pause is ache.  “I know from college that to shop while black, to drive while black, to live while black is hard. What do I say? I am so angry with her.”The silence covers the years of no  conversations o … [Read more...]

Psycho-spiritual Environmentalism and Activism

Taken earlier this week on my drive home from work

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Pagan community here.There is a bit of distance that many people invoke when thinking about the damage happening to the environment. The feeling of cognitive dissonance that becomes present when realizing that the current lifestyle that many of us live will be the very thing that eventually kills or limits life on this planet is hard to face … [Read more...]

Self Actualization, Spiritual Oneness, Freedom and the Fourth of July

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Self actualization is a process. We see this concept discussed in so many aspects of society, and yet we don’t always have an exact understanding of what this means or what it looks like. Spiritually, self actualization is a coming into one’s self, a evolving into a knowing that brings one closer to an understanding of how to live in the world with a sense of wholeness. I often look at this as if it is a shallow glass ceiling idea, we can think we are at the top and yet it takes certain tools to … [Read more...]

30 Day Real Black History Challenge 2014 – Week Four (#30DayRBHC)

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While I thought week four would take longer to upload, I am determined to get this information to everyone as soon as possible! And, like last year, I did my finale separate from the final week... making a day 31 for the fireworks last day.This weeks digest is full of very interesting studies on transgenerational trauma, historical oppression, Nina Simone, Dr. Joy Degruy, Melissa Harris-Perry, "columbusing", some comedy, racial profiling, Freedom Summer, Angela Davis, and more. It is a power … [Read more...]

30 Day Real Black History Challenge 2014 – Week Three (#30DayRBHC)

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This is the week three digest for the 30 Day Real Black History Challenge. I am a little bit behind, but plan to get the week four, and the encore/finale, up within the next couple of days. This week's digest includes posts that range from reparations, white privilege, racism, colorism, Tupac Shakur, Mumia Abu-Jamal, George Jackson, urban classroom lawsuits, and personal reflections of culture.I hope you enjoy the third week of the challenge and continue to explore Black culture, … [Read more...]

My Kid is Kind of Swedish….. (#30DayRBHC)

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Several weeks ago we had an incident at home that really stopped me in my tracks, and helped me to remember that parenting is complicated for all people and some situations have no one right way to deal with them. Last time I checked, I have not seen anything in the parenting rule book about how to talk to children about race, especially when they are of mixed race. You see, growing up there was never a question about what I was. My mother never entertained the concept of discussing race … [Read more...]

30 Day Real Black History Challenge 2014 – Week Two (#30DayRBHC)

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Week two of the 30 Day Real Black History Challenge has been very inspirational to me personally. Exploring topics of culture and intersectionality, such as colorism, beauty, culture, the prison industrial complex, and even the relationship between African and Black. Power packed week full of topics to stretch our understanding of what culture is, and how that plays into privilege, the lack of privilege, intersectionality and ultimately.... spirituality. We are spiritual as a whole being, which … [Read more...]


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