Respect as a Spiritual Requirement

Respect is a large thing in my life.  I find that it is a large concept in many people’s life, especially within my culture.  I was raised to understand that respecting the next person is not something that is a choice but an expectation.  My mother and my father were born and raised in the [Read More…]

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Lost Traditions

I find it amazing how many things have been lost from my families culture and our history.  I wish I could have understood how important it was to have written down all the things I saw and heard from my mother or other relatives so that I could have them to pass down to my [Read More…]

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Politics, Views and the Gods

This is not a political blog. This blog is meant to be a mesh of two worlds that are really one in the hearts and minds of African American Pagans. The dynamics of Blacks in America often have been political and we could argue that even the classifications of race itself is a political statement. [Read More…]

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Guest Post: Ritualized Rhythm

For thousands of years dance has played an integral role in ritual and religion. For many, it was story telling and theater that led to the formation of their ritualized services. Eventually the origin stories themselves may fade but the dances, emotion, and resonance remain. For African Americans, many of whom have very little links [Read More…]

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Daughters of Eve: Clio Ajana

Name: Clio Ajana Age: 46 Living: Writer and Educator Location: Twin Cities, MN A bit about myself… My life in the Twin Cities includes writing, teaching, translating, dancing, collecting comic books and enjoying craftwork. I consider everything in my life to be touched by my religious practice and spiritual beliefs. What is Hellenic Orthodox/Hellenic Alexandrian? [Read More…]

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Stereotypes and Misinformation

Some experiences cannot compare to others. I know there are many differences in opinions that lead one to believe he or she has the answers to any given situation and the “rights” from “wrongs” in the world. In reality our personal views on life are build by a variety of elements that create the current [Read More…]

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A Pagan Parenting Astonishment: What? You promote teen abstinence?!

A Pagan Parenting Astonishment: What? You promote teen abstinence?!   Several years back, I partook of and facilitated a women’s group where we discussed various topics. A topic on teen abstinence came up and members of the group expressed bewilderment that I, a Pagan mother, promote teen abstinence with my children, alluding to the belief [Read More…]

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Goddess HERstory : Candid Conversation (video)

Goddess HERstory : Candid Conversation (video) I’m enchanted to introduce our readers to two wonderful people within our community who is devoted to speak, educate, and provide a sanctuary within our path of the Gods. More precise the path of the Goddess.  Below is a brief introduction by Jawanza Amennum on the latest video blogging, [Read More…]

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Just because Obama is President…

Just because Obama is President….doesn’t mean that racism doesn’t exist. Just in case there was any confusion behind the concept that we live in a racially motivated society that has a systematic form of racism that has operated for years in the institutions of this country. It appears to be the non-minority’s answer to societal [Read More…]

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Creating Moments of Reflection and Mindfulness

This week has been full of moments of reflection for me. You know those times when all the variables start displaying themselves, bringing things to light that create moments of confusion and clarity all at the same time. I have been thinking about Occupy Oakland and the incredible injustices that continue to happen here in [Read More…]

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