Dropping the Crystal Ball with A Little Grace, or How to Do Spirituality When Religion Is Too Much

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By Tamilia R.I am a devotional polytheist, among other things. I am not an initiate in any particular tradition but have developed and maintained my own religious practice over the years. I incorporate some African-American Folk Tradition, African Traditional Religion (ATR), Hellenic, Germanic, and Roman religious practices into my work with the gods, ancestors, and spirits. That often means that I am juggling multiple religious practices, ritual forms, festival and offering days, and the … [Read more...]

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Embracing The Darkness: White Fear and Grief

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During the the winter season, it is a wonderful time to talk about our fears of darkness. I did not merely mean fears of the cold from the lack of heat from sun. Beyond the natural fears of survival during the dark half of the year, we need to discuss our apprehension of darkness including dark skin. We need to discuss our mistrust of the unknown including the stranger. In the United States our culture including the English language is covered in fear and negativity toward darkness. A clear … [Read more...]

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Lessons Learned from When a Friend Says Goodbye

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In a day, December and the calendar year of 2015 will come to an end.  Although December still reigns as one of the most festive months due to its many intersecting religious and secular observances throughout its days, the year of 2015 has continued a path of turbulence for many. For many, the year was a growing awareness of the balance or imbalance in the outside. For some, it was the yearly time to battle or celebrate with one’s family, whether of origin or of choice.  For a few, this is a tim … [Read more...]

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My Top Ten Pagans Working As Change Agents for Social Justice in 2015

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2015 has been one hell of a year. So many incidences, so many opportunities to engage, so many open doors for social change, so many tears. This year has probably been one of the most challenging years for those who are pushing for social justice, and there have been a lot of areas of need as a result. When thinking about the closing of 2015, I have been reminiscing on some of the most courageous work of people I feel honored enough to share this work with, and I am continuously inspired by the … [Read more...]

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Becoming a Great Mother by Reluctant Spider

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So here's the thing: I'm pregnant. At the time of writing I'm 6 months into growing the physical vessel of a future human-beast-god, a little boy. Conceived on purpose near Summer Solstice, he's due to make a Malkuth appearance not long after Spring Equinox. Apparently I wanted to play this one close to the archetypal chest because what is happening is a sacred and mythic story – in my body, my family, my psyche. As days turned into weeks of pregnancy, I realized I needed to prepare within m … [Read more...]

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Magic Out of the Land of the South

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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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Lifting Up Voices on Transgender Day of Remembrance

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”- Martin Luther King, Jr. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” - Desmond Tutu “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” - Elie Wiesel Today marks the 16th annual Transgender D … [Read more...]

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Renewal and Rebirth; My Path to Justice

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I have recently been thinking about some of my past client's, the work I do and my own sense of justice. The kind of justice that motivates me to continue the journey of such harsh work. I feel it appropriate to share something I wrote earlier this year.... a reflection of sorts. (Reprinted from Sage Woman magazine, #86.)The power of my ancestors runs through my veins, It is a power unknown to others, unseen to the naked eye, and beyond a sense of normal contemplation. The curl in my … [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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