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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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...]

How My Pagan Spirituality Continues to Influence by Democratic Vote

photo credit to Crystal Blanton

This election year has brought attention in ways that feel quite different from the past.  There is a lot at stake in the next four years within this country. With an upside down economy, out of control unemployment rates and troops in the Middle East, the focus of this election is scattered.  In thinking about this election and what it means to me I look at the potential effects from the eyes of an African American, middle class, Pagan Woman. The descriptors used in the last sentence are … [Read more...]

Trance into the Earth

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I love meditation and trance work. I received this while in meditation with Isis and I’ve been feeling simultaneously grounded and elevated each time I do it. You are welcome to try this as you sit and read it now; you can have someone else read it for you; you can record it and try it on your own, or do something else that works best for you. Please feel free to send me feedback about your experience. Enjoy. Take a moment to focus on your breath, allow it to come into a relaxed and … [Read more...]

Ode to the Single Mother and to the Goddess

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I was inspired tonight to think about the incredible magic of what my single mother meant to me and how that helped me to find the Goddess.  My mother had the responsibility of raising a young child, working and often times neglecting her personal needs in order to do so.  There were so many times I would see the magnificent vision of mothering from a woman who couldn't afford health insurance, dental care or clothes for her body.  She sacrificed that in order to be out of a relationship … [Read more...]

Putting Yourself Out There

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  I am very excited to now be a regular contributor to the Daughters of Eve blog! This experience coincides with my agreement with my Divine Mamas that it was time to take the leap and formally begin doing my work in the world. It has been very easy in these last years to go from class to class, studying this modality and that modality, constantly gathering information but never really looking at what I planned to do with it. Gradually, as I have watched inspiring, talented (and … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Power Words

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by Porsha Williams   "Thou hast obeyed the Law. But mark well, when thou receivest good, so equally art bound to return good threefold.” – ‘High Magic’s Aid’ by Gerald Gardner   DISCLAIMER:  This story in no way advocates lying curses on people or doing drugs The first time I ever laid a curse on someone, I was completely unaware that what I was doing would reverberate through time, seemingly never-ending. You thought I was going to say I was completely unaware that … [Read more...]

Renewal for the Coming New Year

Photo by Crystal Blanton

Samhain is coming.  It is one of my favorite times of year and holds a lot of memories for me, all the way throughout my childhood.  I was raised in a home that celebrated Halloween, decorated for the holiday, purchased candy and celebrated it like all the other popular holidays of the year.  My mother’s birthday is on Halloween, so it was a special day for many reasons. There was no idea in my childhood that I might grow up to be Wiccan but when I realized my path there was no surprise … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Reality Check by Clio Ajana

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by Clio Ajana Quinquatrus Six in the evening on a quiet rainy March Saturday in St. Paul can be dreary, even with a partly visible moon. The bare US Bank parking lot across the street from the Sacred Paths Community Center and the slow foot traffic into the corner liquor store said it all. The distinct smell of Nag Champa and the sound of brass bells permeated the room as I opened the heavy glass door. “Our Lady of Celestial Fire?” the dark haired woman, dressed in … [Read more...]