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 the last two years.  In trying to hold respect for an elder of the path that has contributed so much, I have held my tongue when I really wanted to speak.  This week I was priv … [Read more...]

Giving Voice to Accomplishments


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 that are brothers and sisters in the Craft.  It is quite exciting.Having an opportunity to contribute to giving a forum for the voice of minorities on this path has been in … [Read more...]

Pagan Finance: Supporting the Pagan Economy


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 money making scheme. Granted, many writers and leaders have made a tidy little sum selling watered down religion or 'socially conscious' fanaticism; but for the every day pagan, our … [Read more...]

Sharing Space; An Honor It Was

shades of faith at sacred well

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 of the authors in the book, one at Pantheacon and one this weekend.I found that I was amazed at how I ended up in a room full of women that I admire and respect as minority women who … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Why I Believe It’s Time For ALL of Us To Start Working With Ancestors

By Luna Pantera  Greetings. I have been working on this essay/blog for several months.I wanted to wait until the anger subsided, and if I waited for that I would never get this piece written! Once again I received not only inspiration, but also strength from Crystal Blanton, who I’ve only recently gotten to know from working with her on her anthology “Shades of Faith: Minority Voices in Paganism” where I contributed a poem. I was originally going to entitle this … [Read more...]

Magical Green Elephants: Pagan Finance


It seems like pagans only talk about money when someone is attempting to raise funds and, quite frankly, that isn't enough. Many pagans are on low incomes, one income, or no regular income, but still need to find ways to build assets, achieve some form of financial security, and, with time, create something they can pass on to their children.Please bear in mind, I am not a finance professional. I'm just a chick with a love of finance and markets who started seriously looking at where her … [Read more...]

An American Love Story: In Black and White


An American Love Story in Black and White   We sat across from one another; peach to cinnamon, brown to green, brown to black and in our eyes were love and misunderstandings. We would never fully see things from the other's point of view. Sure, we could listen and create the kind of dialogue not fit for polite company, but there would always be that barrier, the diverging narratives of paths we never got to choose.Like fate our hands were dealt and it was … [Read more...]

Caramel in the Bay

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       I left my home in Georgia Headed for the 'Frisco bay 'Cause I've had nothing to live for And look like nothin's gonna come my waySo I'm just gonna sit on the dock of the bay Watching the tide roll away Ooo, I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay Wastin' timeLook like nothing's gonna change Everything still remains the same I can't do what ten people tell me to do So I guess I'll remain the same, … [Read more...]

Turn up the Megaphone; The Gods are Speaking

rob and I in hoodies

I am angry.  I am enraged at the world and all the problems within it.  I am offended by the lack of justice and I am confused.  I am not confused on my position in all the madness that I hear, feel, see and experience but I am confused at how to be the Wiccan High Priestess that I am and to feel the intense emotion that I feel without a balance or way of understanding it.How to balance the spiritual part of who I am with the feelings produced by living in the world I live in is a complex mi … [Read more...]

Respecting Diversity: What does this mean?

After the past several years of discussions around diversity and what it means to respect diversity, I feel this has become almost a cliche stamp that is spoken as if it is a universal concept and yet it is not.We all know the last two years of conflict at Pantheacon regarding that of transgender inclusion within rituals. There are plenty other situations where the concept of diversity has been assessed to have different meanings. There seems to be a lack of understanding about the diverse … [Read more...]