Far From Traditional but Still a Wiccan

Current altar

I rarely do a traditional Wiccan ritual. Sometimes I don't even cast a circle because I do not always find it necessary. Sometimes, I follow the usual Wiccan order of service and other times I opt for simplicity. I am not a British traditional initiate nor care to be. I don't even belong to a coven nor do I currently care to be. But I still tell people proudly I am a Wiccan. I never call myself a neo-wiccan either. I do not relate to the term because my practices I call Wiccan are not new. … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook!

Patheos Pagan LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS PAGAN ON FACEBOOK

Magical Beginnings Begin Again

2014-12-09 13.50.40

I started officially walking into the study of Paganism in 2002, and joined my first coven in 2003. It has been a long time, and yet sometimes it feels like I just came to the path. There has been so much learning, and so many moments of personal growth, I am not the practitioner I was before. The process of personal and spiritual growth has changed me in ways I never anticipated, and now even the process of magic does not look or feel the same to me. I have even began noticing how my connection … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook!

Patheos Pagan LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS PAGAN ON FACEBOOK

Renewal and Rebirth; My Path to Justice

Painted Lady

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...]

Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook!

Patheos Pagan LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS PAGAN ON FACEBOOK

Listening to the Ancestors; Visions in Plain Clothing

My Samhain Ancestor altar from 2013

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...]

Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook!

Patheos Pagan LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS PAGAN ON FACEBOOK

Harvesting Magic and Setting Magical Intentions

2014-10-07 20.35.57

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...]

Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook!

Patheos Pagan LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS PAGAN ON FACEBOOK

Gliding Into the Darkness; The Turning of the Wheel

harvest moon

"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...]

Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook!

Patheos Pagan LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS PAGAN ON FACEBOOK

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...]

Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook!

Patheos Pagan LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS PAGAN ON FACEBOOK

The Dance of Power: navigating privilege and marginalization.

Put Sexism, Racism an Homophobia in the trash from Kurt Löwenstein Educational Center International Team from Germany

 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...]

Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook!

Patheos Pagan LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS PAGAN ON FACEBOOK

The Nature on the Inside by Cecily Joy Willowe

cecily altar pic doe

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...]

Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook!

Patheos Pagan LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS PAGAN ON FACEBOOK

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

download

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...]

Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook!

Patheos Pagan LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS PAGAN ON FACEBOOK


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X