Guest Post: Nurturing Self Awareness

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By Nadirah Adeye, MA After reaching maximum burnout last week, I took the weekend off from mommy duties. I rested, I lounged, I ignored my To Do list. I participated in a ritual on the beach with community. It was delicious and re-energizing and for the good of my family and the entire state of California, [Read More...]

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Living My labels

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Perspective means so much in today’s society. I have worked hard to allow my perception of the world to be OK while also challenging myself to grow by seeing others. It is a challenge indeed sometimes and yet one that I feel is worth it in the end. The bottom line is, I want to [Read More...]

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Privilege, Superheros and Mirrors; the Breeding of Dominant Cutlure

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“With your nose turned up like that… you just can’t see… Your footsteps, trampling me” –  lyrics from Stampede by Swoon.   I recently had an interesting experience that is not new to me per se, but yet was very new in some ways.  I often talk about the uniqueness of being an ethnic minority, [Read More...]

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Guest Post: What Priestesses Do…..

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By Nadirah Adeye, MA On more than one occasion, I have had people (who know and love me but do not identify as priestesses) ask me, “But what is it that you do?” I have tried to explain, “Well, I’m legally ordained. I can marry people, I provide spiritual counseling, I support women in transformative [Read More...]

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Special Thanks to Patti Wiginton and to MY Community

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I read the About.com article that came out this past week on the changing of Wicca and Paganism around racial identity .  This article, Wicca, Paganism and Racial Identity, talked about the changes around the racial diversity and the integration of many different types of people when Wicca and many forms of Paganism have been comprised [Read More...]

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Grayscale: The Lie of Being Colorblind

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I had the chance to listen to a, rather old, Reith Lecture on the BBC about the genetics of race. Normally, I tend to shy away from listening to these kinds of subjects since a) I live within the sphere of being “other” and b) the sphere of race happens to be the one of [Read More...]

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Respectfully Demanding Tolerance

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“It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate.”” – James Arthur Baldwin. I have avoided writing about my position on the Z Budapest conflicts that continue to infiltrate the web throughout [Read More...]

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Giving Voice to Accomplishments

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There have been few texts that have given voice to the vast cultural diversity within the Pagan community.  As our community grows, the need for this has increased and there are more people of all different types that are practicing different forms of Paganism.  I am grateful to see all the different types of people [Read More...]

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Pagan Finance: Supporting the Pagan Economy

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Anyone who tells you that money and religion don’t mix is either blind, naive, or some combination of the two. Take one look at a mega-church or posh synagogue and you can see just how lucrative religion can be, spiritually and monetarily. But the blog post isn’t about turning the pagan community into some grand [Read More...]

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Sharing Space; An Honor It Was

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Saturday I had the privilege of participating in a book signing and party at The Sacred Well in Oakland with other ladies that are contributors in the Shades of Faith; Minority Voices in Paganism anthology. Since the book came out last year I have had the honor of participating in two events that featured some [Read More...]

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