Renewal and Rebirth; My Path to Justice

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 [Read More…]

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Personal Musings on Samhain

This time of year breaths opportunity into the overwhelming feelings of loss that deaths leave behind. While Samhain turns the wheel once more towards the darkest time of the year, it is a reminder that the wheel continues to turn and the practice of release allows for healing and growth. [Read more…]

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Avoiding Appropriation and The Perpetuation of Privilege

While I will not link the article that pushed this piece from my mind and through my hands…. it IS all about that article and yet NOT about that article at all. The recent article by Tom Swiss is one example of how we use privilege within our own little society of Paganism to perpetuate harm and then continue to justify it in our practices. This must stop. Examples of this happen all the time within our larger society and within our small microcosm of Paganism. When we start to care about the impact we have on others, we will have to step outside of the places of comfort to say…. “HEY, that is not ok”. Not only do incidents like this reinforce misinformation, it erases real pain and creates microaggressions against POC in the process. [Read more…]

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My Wicca, My Life, My Way – A Story

All this context leads to something very important to me. I am Wiccan. And I am also a woman of color with a ancestral history and culture that is a part of my life on a everyday basis, just like my spirituality. Wicca became a foundation that I was able to build on, learn through, and expand to include all of me. [Read more…]

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Paganism in Full Color

The only thing that is truly colorblind is my love. My love for people has pushed me to explore that I cannot completely understand the experiences of others, but I do understand that others look, feel, think and live differently than I do. Why is this so challenging to understand or for people to extend this courtesy to others? [Read more…]

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Self Care: Beyond the Political

Activism means nothing, if oppressed people do not think they are deserving of self care. Everyone deserves to enjoy life to its fullest. It is that enjoyment that we are fighting for [Read more…]

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PantheaCon 2015; Pain, Healing Work, Allyship in Action and Coalition Building

Bringing Race to the Table Panel, my experience of the Con changed. I immediately felt like I was holding a fragile balloon in my belly. From that point, through my own tears and those of the people in the audience as they spoke of their triggering, I struggled with the intricate balance of pain and faith in my community. What happened next in this community helped me to hold onto a vision that I believe in, that I need to believe in. [Read more…]

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Meditation: The Path to Spiritual Activism or Escapism

May we not escape, hide or detach from the world’s problems. May we use our clarity of mind and open hearts to find the strength to face injustices. May we use our minds, our bodies and our voices to help end collective suffering.
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Magical Beginnings Begin Again

I was initially taught that magic was a candle, some incense, a clear intent, a pentacle disk and a stone or two on a nicely decorated altar. Today I know that my magic needs no tools, and often comes down to my will and my action. Adding the tools help to enhance my methods. The last five years have been a fight for my life and it was that magic that helped me to make it through. [Read more…]

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Memories, Apologies and Veneration

One lesson that I have learned through my visits to incarcerated men is that an apology is not just a saying or a brief “I’m sorry” hastily given. An apology can be the very act that demonstrates to the recipient the true nature of the giver. [Read more…]

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