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...]

The Magic of Maya Angelou; The Lost Voice of the People (#30DayRBHC)

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Her voice was a deep, soulful voice of husky quality. Her presence reverberated into the space of the world, creating a energy that held wisdom in it’s vibration. She was powerful in her womanhood, bringing her culture, her past, and her history as a vehicle for change. Words were her weapons, bullets of love shot from a her heart and directed at her people… all of her people. They called her the “people’s poet” because she wrote messages for, and about, the people. She was not easily described … [Read more...]

30 Day Real Black History Challenge Year Two; Opening Credits

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It has been a whole year since I was motivated to start the 30 Day Real Black History Challenge. What started as a deep seated frustration with some comments on facebook turned into a spiritual quest leading to one of the most memorable processes of my life. In the (now) 38 years of my life, this is the one moment that I feel I was able to explore my cultural identity from a structured perspective, with a goal in mind. And don’t get me wrong, after the first 36 hours of what started on my F … [Read more...]

The Nature on the Inside by Cecily Joy Willowe

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by Cecily Joy WilloweIf you are a Wiccan or a Ecospirituality type there is this expectation that the majority of your rituals will be outside. There is this idea that rituals indoors are somehow off and unfitting of Wiccan-like folks. However, I will admit, without apology, that I do the vast majority of my rituals at home in my spare bedroom. Don’t get me wrong, I am not the type of Wiccan who never leaves home and uses mostly plastic or artificial tools. I have a plant on my altar so … [Read more...]

Beltane Dreams: The Return of Hope

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Beltane has always been one of my favorite times of year. The flowers, the sunlight,  the colors, the celebrations, and the promise of summer in the height of spring. I can remember my first Beltane celebration, and  I can remember the last… this day always leaves an imprint in my mind. I think that I associate this time of year with the promise of future growth, the kind of growth that is beautiful and full of laughter. While the dark half of the year brings about growth too, it is usually the k … [Read more...]

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

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Out of my 2013 lists, this is one of my favorite ones to do. I have had some of the best experiences, and opportunity to learn, because of those who have done the incredible work of putting magic into the manifestation of justice for all people. And every time I have had the chance to learn from one of these people, it has been such an honor, and such a learning experience.There are a lot of people that deserve to be on this list, yet a list could only be so long. So I am just writing a list … [Read more...]

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...]

Guest Post: Honoring Troublesome Ancestors by Cecily Joy Williams, M.Div.

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Honoring Troublesome Ancestors Post by Cecily Joy Williams, M.Div.Last year, when I learned of my father’s passing, I went into spirals of confusion and shock.  Due to complex family issues, I was not able to go to the funeral and have my last goodbyes. Without any closure, it was obvious what I had to do when Samhain came around a few months later. I was not in the mood for the happy Wiccan Halloween costumes and fall celebrations. I used Samhain as a time to mourn. I dedicated my whole ri … [Read more...]

Changing Culture to Change the World: Honoring the Warrior Spirit of Nelson Mandela

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I am so very grateful tonight. I am grateful for the opportunities to live, breathe, love, fight, and grow within a society where I am free from the physical chains that have bound my ancestors throughout time.  The release from the physical ties that bound us has provided us with the momentum to fight the mental and emotional chains that still exist within the shadows of society and within our collective cultural schema.Today Nelson Mandela passed away and moved on to rest in the land of … [Read more...]

Full Moon Love on a Beautiful Night

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We join with the earth and with each other With our ancestors and all beings of the future To bring new life to the land To recreate the human community To provide justice and peace To remember our children To remember who we are. We join together as many and diverse expressions Of community and empowerment, For the healing of the earth and the renewal of all life.                                                                         —Capacitar Philosophy based on writings of the UN … [Read more...]


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