The Mystery School of Motherhood and The Principle of Correspondence

silhouette of mother kissing her daughter

By Dava Greely “Just as knowledge of the principles of geometry enables a man to measure distant suns and other movements while seated in his observatory, so a knowledge of The Principle of Correspondence enables Man to reason intelligently from the known to the unknown. Studying the monad, he understands the archangel.” - The Kybalion***WARNING: KINDA T.M.I.*** One day my daughter, then the precocious age of four, barged her way into the bathroom as I was changing my pad...ahem...sanitary … [Read more...]

Sensitivity and Awareness; Respecting What You Don’t Know

Photo I took on a middle school yard in Oakland. The kids were doing an expressive art project after watching the movie Bully as an entire school. They came up with the idea of drawing their shadows connected together, in respect.

Respecting the culture of others does not mean that we have to agree, understand, or even integrate another understanding into our own. There have been a lot of discussions within the Pagan community that boil down to differences in culture and understanding, and the inability to embrace concepts of cultural sensitivity and awareness. What cultural awareness is not, is proving that someone else's cultural or personal understanding of the world is wrong. Integrating empathy into our own awareness … [Read more...]

200 Words: Reflections From A Multicultural Wiccan Priestess

Me in Witch hat

I am an eclectic Wiccan priestess, a child of the sea and moon. My spirit moves with the tides of the ocean and my energy expands with the swell of the full moon. The warriorress lives inside of me, forever in a dance with the hunter who provides. I am the nurturer and the one who needs nurturing; I am of all and the all is within me. In celebration of the God and Goddess, I connect with the many different faces of the divine from different cultures and with many different names. The shades of … [Read more...]

200 Words: Patheos Blogger Challenge by Porsha Williams

I am a Kemetic because I don’t feel the fire of creation through anything else other than Kemeticism.Creation – the essence and the spark of life. The beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega; where ideas go to live and die at the whim of the madman or madwoman creating them.Creation IS religion; creation IS chaos. Creation is magick, creation is exaltation AND abomination. Even though I’m making up phrases & quotes as I go; you cannot have pleasure w/out pain. You cannot have l … [Read more...]

Cultivating Paganism: The Beauty of Horticulture in Our Bubble

bubbles

The art of horticulture is important to this piece, because it demonstrates the controlled, skilled and purposeful growth of cultivated crops for reasons of health and beauty. One of the best worded descriptions I found on the internet about the movement of horticulture was on Wikipedia, where it states: Horticulturists apply the knowledge, skills, and technologies used to grow intensively produced plants for human food and non-food uses and for personal or social needs. Their work involves … [Read more...]

Stepping Out of the Broom Closet and Gliding Across Boundaries

puzzle world

by Dava GreelyHe was waddling by on his way into the sculpture museum when he spotted me sitting to the side, almost hidden away from the traffic of people that constantly passed by. Somehow, I caught his attention, and he diverted from his route to approach me. Apparently, I was so engrossed in my book that he felt compelled to come over and ask just what had drawn me in that deep. I barely heard him when he spoke. “What are you reading there?,” he said, with a curious enthusiasm.I sna … [Read more...]

Sensationalizing Pagan Leaders: The Damaging Social Structure Behind BNP Status

holding hands

My good friend Peter Dybing started a conversation on his blog several days ago that is really important to me. I was on the Pagan Musings Podcast and was talking about this very topic because I was referred to as one of the "new BNP's". Not that the podcast did anything wrong, but the thought made me cringe. I have never publicly been called any type of BNP, only teased by my closest friends. And yet the conversation from the interview and  Peter's blog, presents a view point that I agree with. … [Read more...]

Two Years and Counting

second birthday

I realized this weekend that last week made two years since the first Daughters of Eve post went up on this site. When the idea of Daughters of Eve came to fruition, I did not know where it might go or how it might look. Today I am very happy to see that this site has continued to work in service, adding to the collective voices of minority Pagans.So I want to take a moment to thank all of the writers, past and present, for their contributions and spirit on this site. I want to send a shout … [Read more...]

Make Magic of your Life: A Review

make magic of your life

Passion and drive are some of the fundamental pieces of my spiritual practice. For a long time I was caught in the never-ending cycle of trying to perfect ritual practice that was acceptable to others and yet was distanced from my own calling, my own passion, my desires, and of course that separated me from my own motivation and drive. I have since moved to a path of desire and that has connected my spirituality to the core of my existence.It can be challenging, almost impossible, to find … [Read more...]

Being an Ally versus Being a Nice Person

Mother and Child wall hanging

I recently had a conversation where a friend asked whether or not it was important for people to speak up when they witness someone saying something ignorant or derogatory about a group of which they (the witness) are not a member. I stated that I believe that it is very important because when we are speaking on our own behalf, we also have to contend with possbile feelings of hurt and anger and pain at the burden of the entire issue. Another woman participating in that conversation took … [Read more...]


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