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

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, [Read More…]

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Lessons Learned from When a Friend Says Goodbye

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 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 time when the soul questions whether a continued choice to live and practice a tradition under the Pagan umbrella would last into 2016. [Read more…]

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

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 [Read More…]

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Crafting New Holiday Traditions, or Blessed Sol-Mas Tide! by Tamilia R.

For the last week, during prime holiday time, I have been comfortably installed in my childhood home in sunny Florida sipping tea, eating three square home-cooked meals per day, and enjoying my mother’s company. As I mentioned in a previous post, my mother is not Pagan but she identifies as spiritual. She views herself as [Read More…]

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Letter of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a traditional time for family gatherings, relaxation, charity walks, protests, pre-Black Friday online shopping, and gratitude. As a fall holiday, Thanksgiving  gives opportunities  to embrace the positive.  It is also a good time to reflect on how to turn the negative into positive in one’s life.  As a witch of color,  a creative [Read More…]

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Not Quite In My Grandmother’s Way: Prayer for Social Justice by Tamilia

Spirituality is a central component of who I am. It is at my mother’s core and so it was with my grandmother before her. [Read more…]

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Beltane Magic: Birthing A New Reality

Beltane 2015 is about growing justice and true solidarity, where love is really the law. Now that is a theology that feels exactly right. [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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My Top Ten Pagans Working As Change Agents for Social Justice in 2014

This year has been a game changer in the world of social justice, and change agents have been hard at work. I want to thank the people on this list for their tireless work. [Read more…]

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Listening to the Ancestors; Visions in Plain Clothing

I believe the ancestors are limitless. Beyond the material and conscious world of the living, the power of the ancestors are not restricted by the boundaries and limits of the mundane. The infinite power of those who have crossed-over the veil still contain the ability to guide, teach and transform the living, if only we allow ourselves to tap into the wisdom that is there. [Read more…]

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