Lessons of the Shadow

My shadow is not my enemy, although it can often feel that way.  Society often associates the dark with what is scary, evil or fear provoking.  It can often feel as if our shadows are the darkness of our psyche following us around and lurking for a chance to infiltrate our lives.  The shadow often holds what people would rather stuff away and forget about.  I have come to understand that my shadow is not my enemy, it is not my past left to haunt me when the sun shines on my body; and I don't hav … [Read more...]

Bl-iccan… The Fusion

The clash of cultures can take an interesting turn in the areas of worship and often people can get stuck in the roles that are projected onto them.  I don’t think that I am any different and have continued to break that mold throughout my life.Being Wiccan comes with its own culture, expectations and “norms”, just like being Black.  It is a fusion that is an intricate dance on the line of heritage and spirituality; one in the same and sometimes feels distinctly different.  Some of the comments … [Read more...]

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder….

Unless you are Black, then you just think you are attractive when the rest of the world knows the “truth”.  Such a harsh statement and yet society continues to promote ideals of racism and prejudices towards people of color while hiding behind titles of science and psychology.Yes, it was that article that upset a lot of people... the article published through Psychology Today, one of the largest psychology forums out there, where psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa wrote an article titled “Why Are Blac … [Read more...]

Diplomatic Goddess Archetype: The Controversial Rihanna’s Video

Diplomatic Goddess Archetype: The Controversial Rihanna’s VideoDiplomatic Goddess Archetype defined by Goddess-guide.com expresses, “The Diplomat is able to mediate between different groups as they able to quickly assess the situation, understanding both sides point of view and is able to help them find a middle ground upon which they can both agree. Shadow Diplomat manipulates both sides to achieve their own personal agenda.” This definition is to forewarn you that I will be tapping into both … [Read more...]

Demystifying the Dark vs. Light Skin Culture

Demystifying the Dark vs. Light Skin CultureMany black media outlets and blogospheres are talking about the upcoming documentary directed by Bill Duke titled, Dark Girls. For those of you who are unaware of the “dark skin vs. light skin” stigma within and outside of Black Americas, I will try, to the best of my ability, to edify those who are unaware. I’ve also included a short clip of Dark Girls on this piece. I caution you that this clip will move you tears, for my tears kept flowing. Fo … [Read more...]

I am Pagan…. and I’m proud

“I am Pagan, and I’m Proud.  I am Pagan, gonna shout it loud.  I am Pagan, want the world to know....... that I follow the Goddess cause she rocks my soul!” - Spiral RhythmWhat is in a debate?  Is the purpose of a debate more about varying opinions or perspectives that don’t always have a right or wrong?  Often I find it important to acknowledge that a version of right is subjective and can often vary from the universal truth.Here is the thing about the “Pagan” debate that is happening onlin … [Read more...]

The Cloak in Which We Call Skin

The Cloak in Which We Call SkinApril 20th of this year, I took my children, along with my nephews, to see an art exhibit called, “Reframing of Haiti” at Brown University in Rhode Island. There was an exhibit of Haitian flag tapestry art with numerous beautiful and intricate details with beads displaying many Vodou deities (Lwa) and ceremony. One flag showed many “fair-skinned” people in ceremony. I told my children of the history of the revolutionary war in Haiti was the upraising of the slaves … [Read more...]

Watching Deterioration of Spirit

For those who do not know, I work in an extremely impoverished area and have for over 13 years.  I roll into the parts of the city that people don't usually drive to visit on vacation or choose to live in.  This is where I have dedicated a lot of time, efforts and love to those who are the most needing of that type of support.Today, on an average Monday morning,  I drove into work and decided to stop at the gas station for a bottle of water and a protein drink before going to the site.  While i … [Read more...]

Festivals and Community

First I want to start with saying that I am grateful and I am lucky.  I have had the pleasure of integrating into a beautiful community of various types of Pagans and have never felt as if who I was wasn't good enough.  I know that others have had to deal with feeling singled out in the crowd of Pagans because they were other than white but I haven't.  I have been lucky.I think part of that is living in the Bay Area.  Before I identified as Pagan, I was still the Black girl that didn't "act Bla … [Read more...]

A Black Pagan: Minority within the Minorities

A Black Pagan: Minority within the MinoritiesThis piece is based from my perception and experiences. It is not a representation of “all black folks.” Although, I am sure that there will be individual black minorities within the minorities who can relate to my sentiments.For black Pagans/Wiccans/African-Traditionalists, Atheists, Buddhists, Hindus, and Humanists (to name a few), being anything but Christian can be “challenging” if not, “threatening,” to the sociological and psychological found … [Read more...]