50 Years Ago: Honoring the Healing of Four Little Girls in Birmingham

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“These children — unoffending, innocent, and beautiful — were the victims of one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity.” - Martin Luther King Jr.   "On Birmingham Sunday a noise shook the ground. And all over the hearth turned around. For no one recalled a more cowardly sound. And the choir kept singing of Freedom." - Joan BaezFifty years ago, a church in was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young Black girls.  Once September 15th, 1963, in thei … [Read more...]

Sacred Emotional Warfare: Anger, Rage and Frustration for Manifestation

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People do not often think about emotions like anger, rage or frustration as sacred responses to internal or external stimuli. I recently wrote about primal rage in Modern Witch Magazine, and it is an important topic.I personally do not like feeling angry, rage-filled or frustrated, and yet it has continued to be a common core theme of my life for a long time. Let me clarify – that does not mean I am just angry all the time, but that I carry a sense of both of these emotions in my gut, and it … [Read more...]

Ringing a Bell for Freedom

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In a capitalistic society that places value on egalitarianism and protestant work ethics, we here in the United States still do not have access to jobs, quality education, or a true sense of freedom. On the 50th anniversary of the I Have a Dream speech, delivered by Martin Luther King Jr, I have to wonder what has happened to our call for justice and equality for all people in this country? Is it still as important to us as it was then? Have we become complacent in our perception of freedom and … [Read more...]

Deadline Extended for Shades of Ritual; Minority Voices in Practice Anthology

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The deadline for submissions is being extended to give in hopes of getting some additional submissions. We have gotten some good ones, and are hoping to circulate the call for submissions to attract more pieces that are reflective of practice, rituals, prayers, songs, or other forms of integrating Pagan spirituality. If there are any questions, please feel free to send an email to inquire.  Below is the official call for submissions with a new date of October 15th.Blessings.I am very … [Read more...]

Spirit Lessons: Personal Responsibility in Growth

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Lessons come from our experiences every minute of the day -- if we pay attention to hear them. The process of self-actualization does not just happen in any given moment, it is an accumulation of moments that last a lifetime; life’s lessons do not cease. Whether anyone ever truly reaches the invisible marker of enlightenment, or self-actualization, is one of life’s biggest mysteries. When do we get there? How will we know we have arrived?I have begun to understand that we never just get the … [Read more...]

My 30 Day Challenge: Week FOUR of a Different Kind of Black History

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 After an exciting closing week of the 30 day challenge, I took a bit of a break prior to jumping back into the groove and formatting week four. This post will have the last week of the challenge, minus the final 48 hours. I will post that in the grand finale post.I dove a little more into culture this week, and adding some color to the discussions. Enjoy! June 17th: “To Disrupt, Discredit and Destroy” The FBI’s Secret War against the Black Panther Party"And so I am … [Read more...]

A Candle for Remembrance: A Juneteenth Working

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I have been building to this for a long time.... my whole life I am sure. And so I am starting to write poems, workings, and other spiritual acts that I am using to incorporate culture and my history into my ACTIVE spiritual practice.Here is the first I am posting, motivated by my 30-day challenge of real Black history and the upcoming Shades of Ritual book that is in the works. (This will be published in that book).This can be done as a poem and simple lighting of a candle... or can … [Read more...]

My 30 Day Challenge: Week THREE of a Different Kind of Black History

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And week three has come and gone, and the information continues to come. I have found this process incredibly inspiring and humbling. This week I focused a lot on the Black Panthers and the continued revelation that today's damage is built from the ashes of our trauma. How profound for me as I think about spiritual healing and rebuilding.How do we move forward in our spirits if we cannot heal the pain of the past, or even acknowledge it? This is a question I hope we continue to ask … [Read more...]

Loving My Blackness: A Personal Reflection

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I love the way my natural hair curls; twisting and turning into a pattern of beauty and wonder. Each day the curls tell a different story, unpredictable and yet defined in excellence.I love how my skin is a mixture of the history of my past. It is the color of the trauma of rape, and yet is the symbol of resilience. It is the color of a revolutionary, and an agent for change.I love how my history shows fierceness from the experience of warriors, healers, mothers, fathers, kings, queens, … [Read more...]

My 30 Day Challenge: Week One of A Different Kind of Black History

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As promised, here is a listing of the posts from Facebook for the first week of the 30 Day Challenge. This has been a very enlightening process for me, and I am really paying attention to what it feels like to share some of the joys and sorrows of the ancestral history of Black people. And the response has been very supportive, conversational, and profound. I have appreciated all the feedback from people.Most interesting to me is the transformational process happening internally for me. … [Read more...]


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