Renewal and Rebirth; My Path to Justice

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As I have been contemplating ancestral work, and what that means in my life, I decided it was a perfect time to reprint a piece I wrote earlier this year. It was originally printed in Sage Woman #86, and is a piece that was inspired by the death of a student that I worked with in my job. It is easy to think that our ancestral lessons come from those who we would typically connect to as those who have crossed over, but what about the ones we do not expect. The lessons that come from those we do … [Read more...]

Listening to the Ancestors; Visions in Plain Clothing

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I believe the ancestors are limitless. Beyond the material and conscious world of the living, the power of the ancestors are not restricted by the boundaries and limits of the mundane. The infinite power of those who have crossed-over the veil still contain the ability to guide, teach and transform the living, if only we allow ourselves to tap into the wisdom that is there.My mother use to tell me that if I dreamed of things in the night, I had to tell someone before 12:00pm or else it would … [Read more...]

Harvesting Magic and Setting Magical Intentions

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The red of the moon earlier this month reminded me of many things. I circled under the shining light of the mother, thinking about all the change of this year and all the things to come. A time of power and release, the power of the eclipse looming. I started thinking about the calm that comes with ritual, the energetic foundation that is palpable and yet still indescribable. It is one of the reasons that the mystery of ritual still exists, it is the experiential process of being in it and not … [Read more...]

Gliding Into the Darkness; The Turning of the Wheel

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"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious." ~Carl Jung The dark half of the year is upon us and that is not always a comfortable thing. The natural cycles shift from the outward exploration of energy and manifestation, to one that cycles inward. This half of the year is often associated with the shadow self, the things that are hidden or unseen, those things that we are not sure we want to look for but yet have no choice.I often … [Read more...]

Summer of Change: A Journey to Spiritual Self Care

Painted Lady

Every year I feel as though I am dealing with a sea of change, a constant movement of my life that takes readjusting and reframing. It is the continuous chaos that follows behind many of us as life shapes itself, and we begin to reawaken to the idea that life is change, and that nothing stays the same.My life experience and my spirituality conflict here. My childhood taught me that change is a bad thing; stability is what we strive for. In a constantly changing world, we are looking for … [Read more...]

The Dance of Power: navigating privilege and marginalization.

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 Being a Black Wiccan Woman navigating mostly White spaces has fostered interesting experiences in privilege and power. Those terms are not easily understood even when you are facing multiple oppressions or have taken many diversity classes. In my experience, diversity trainings rarely prepare anyone for the real world of privilege, relative privilege and intersectionality. People who can afford the time and/or money for trainings are usually operating in similar spheres of class … [Read more...]

The Nature on the Inside by Cecily Joy Willowe

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by Cecily Joy WilloweIf you are a Wiccan or a Ecospirituality type there is this expectation that the majority of your rituals will be outside. There is this idea that rituals indoors are somehow off and unfitting of Wiccan-like folks. However, I will admit, without apology, that I do the vast majority of my rituals at home in my spare bedroom. Don’t get me wrong, I am not the type of Wiccan who never leaves home and uses mostly plastic or artificial tools. I have a plant on my altar so … [Read more...]

My Favorite Moments; Happy 5th Anniversary Patheos! ‪#‎Patheos5Yrs‬

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My favorite moments, as a writer for Patheos and with readers, are every single moment. I feel like I get the opportunity to explore one of the most challenging, often misunderstood, and complex issues around the intersectionality of ethnic culture and alternative spirituality. Being a Black woman has its own distinct culturally significant challenges, and moments of beauty and resiliency. The addition of Paganism to that path adds to the very interesting, multifaceted perspective and experience … [Read more...]

My Hair Doesn’t Get Longer, It Gets Tighter: A Symbol of My Path

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My path is a continuous evolution of unwinding spirals, leading to a place that is still unknown and yet very magical. My hair is often a metaphor for my life in that I am not sure how I will be by the end of the day, but it is certain that it will be different than I started. I have come to understand that my life is not getting less complicated, just like my hair doesn’t get any longer. The longer my hair grows, the tighter the curl becomes, and the shorter the strand appears in its natural s … [Read more...]

Beltane Dreams: The Return of Hope

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Beltane has always been one of my favorite times of year. The flowers, the sunlight,  the colors, the celebrations, and the promise of summer in the height of spring. I can remember my first Beltane celebration, and  I can remember the last… this day always leaves an imprint in my mind. I think that I associate this time of year with the promise of future growth, the kind of growth that is beautiful and full of laughter. While the dark half of the year brings about growth too, it is usually the k … [Read more...]


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