Once I had a Brilliant Idea to Embrace My Prejudice Against an Entire Group of People

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Do you ever have moments where Goddess takes some decision you make, looks you up and down and says, "Oh really? We'll just see about that"? Because I have them pretty regularly. And however molded you feel when your behavior gets checked by another human being, it doesn't really compare to the feeling of having the Divine check you all in your face.A few years ago, I spent a couple summers working as a tour guide and Resident Assistant for an organization that was helping international … [Read more...]

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Love is the Law…Even at Fruitvale Station

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Tonight I finally was able to go to see the movie Fruitvale Station, we had babysitters and I was excited to go. It is funny… usually people do not look forward to paying for something that is going to break their hearts all over again. But tonight I was.I have to take a quick moment to rewind here though. About a week ago my son Rob was riding to summer camp and asked me if he could go with me to see the Fruitvale Station movie. He said he felt it would be good and educational for him. So a … [Read more...]

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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...]

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

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Week two of this challenge has been equally as interesting, insightful, and revealing as week one. I am continuing to find very interesting, valuable and educational resources for understanding some of the layered levels of complexity within Black history and culture. I have also continued to post some of my personal accounts and thoughts on racism.Here is the account of week two's posts from my Facebook account. I found some really good videos this week and hope to continue to tap into the … [Read more...]

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The Mystery School of Motherhood and The Principle of Correspondence

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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...]

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Sensitivity and Awareness; Respecting What You Don’t Know

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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...]

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200 Words: Reflections From A Multicultural Wiccan Priestess

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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...]

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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...]

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Cultivating Paganism: The Beauty of Horticulture in Our Bubble

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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...]

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Stepping Out of the Broom Closet and Gliding Across Boundaries

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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...]

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