Spell Casting Anytime and Anywhere

Mother and son witchy broom duo. We're starting with basic energy (and mess) moving before progressing to full moon rides.

I spent the weekend in the house, dealing with a cold, the doors locked tight against the frigid California air. I generally dislike the whole experience of having a cold, but this weekend, I got to sneeze about 347 times and I absolutely love to sneeze. It's like an orgasm for your face, the way it tickles and nudges you, creeping up, if you try too hard to force it, it goes away, but if you just wait and pay attention then all of a sudden BAM! It takes you over, snatching control of your … [Read more...]

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Guest Post: The Seasonal Celebrations Continue: A Pagan’s Tribute to Additional Cultural Holy Days

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By Yvonne NievesAs an eclectic pagan of a mixed ethnic background, I have always celebrated extensive (but very enjoyable) winter holidays. My ‘holy days,’ as I like to call them, begin with Solstice on December 21st, followed by celebrating Christmas with my family, then Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day. Here, I’d like to share with you about the latter two. Kwanzaa As if the Twelve Days of Christmas wasn’t enough, for years now I’ve incorporated this newer African American celebr … [Read more...]

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Things From 2012 I Am Grateful For And What I am Willing to Fight For in 2013

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This year has been interesting, to say the least.  While there has been some heartaches, there have also been some incredible strength and connectivity shown in 2012 as well.  It has been a year of personal growth for me and also a year of collective growth within our community.So while everyone is doing lists for the closure of 2012, I thought I would do one too.  Looking at the road behind me and the mission on the road in 2013 is an important part of my spiritual path and it is a blessing … [Read more...]

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Guest Post: I Know What You Did Last Solstice

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    By Yvonne Esther NievesFor those of you who follow paganism, you know that Winter Solstice not only marks the first official day of the winter season, but it also rings in Yule, the original Christmas. Last year during the solstice, I took the time to do my own short ritual. In front of my Yule altar, I wrote down a list of things that I wanted to banish from my life, including bad habits, negative sentiments, and financial woes. On another page, I wro … [Read more...]

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Weaving Magic

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My mother was a crocheting wizard.  She would make everything with some threads and a needle.  We use to tease that she would crochet underwear if we let her; she never did, thank goodness.  But she made towels, blankets, shawls, baby booties, scarves, hats and even rugs.  She was a master and she did most of it intuitively.  She couldn’t read patterns and instead taught herself through practice, vision and skill.After my mother passed I started to teach myself several of the things she use t … [Read more...]

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May the Gods Walk in Connecticut Tonight

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As I mourn for the loss of innocent lives today, I think about the senseless violence that has become a part of the history of this nation. I think about the way that we hurt one another and continue to devalue the importance of human life.Tonight I pray to the Gods that those who lost their lives today, and every day, find peace in their crossing and hope in their rebirth. May their journeys be smooth and their family’s recovery is swift. We are never promised tomorrow and tragedies like t … [Read more...]

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True Holiday Spirituality in Action

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My spiritual routine requires a level of empathy towards others and working to understand my own levels of privilege.  I am grateful for the things I have, the opportunities I have to be self sustained through hard work and I am able bodied to do so.  I know that there are many people who are not able to do what I am to take care of myself, nor do they have the resources or support.  it is important to acknowledge what we are grateful, and gain empathy for a system that should encourage hope but … [Read more...]

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My Traditional Pagan, Thanksgiving Holiday

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Thanksgiving has always been an important holiday for me, more important than others.  Sharing love and blessings around the table has always been a staple in many homes, especially in my Southern, Black influenced upbringing.  And just like the importance of the meal we share, the stories around the table create very significant memories.While I celebrate the festivities of gratefulness on other days and other holidays, Thanksgiving is one that is steeped in the memory of my mother, my c … [Read more...]

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Discovering my Inner, Nappy Headed Goddess

Seasame Street "I love my Hair".

My hair is kinky.  It is frizzy and so unlike what I am used to.  I have been close to going natural with my hair for some time now, and yet society always pulls me back.  I guess I have just been afraid of what it might look like if I walked around with this super ethnic hairdo that is culturally taboo in a society that is not always ethno friendly.  And yet there is something that inherently goes against a healthy self image when thinking about the lack of acceptance I might have for my nat … [Read more...]

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Election Day is (finally) Here!

My car proudly announces her driver's participation in the voting process.

I've been extremely engaged in this entire election cycle- watching the debates, following the stories and commentaries of various pundits, and checking facts so religiously, one would think it was my side gig. I'm excited, today, to see the numbers of friend (and friends of friends) posting that they've voted, and expressing their pride in receiving their official election day stickers. (see mine below!)Many people don't know this about me, but I once ran for public office myself. It … [Read more...]

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