Magical Beginnings Begin Again

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I was initially taught that magic was a candle, some incense, a clear intent, a pentacle disk and a stone or two on a nicely decorated altar. Today I know that my magic needs no tools, and often comes down to my will and my action. Adding the tools help to enhance my methods. The last five years have been a fight for my life and it was that magic that helped me to make it through. [Read more...]

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Pressing the Black Out; Hot Combs, Fear and Culture (#30DayRBHC)

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I was conditioned to sit in that chair, stiff as a doll, while a metal comb was racked across my scalp so that my savage curls could be transformed into straight, flowing hair. A reminder that I was not beautiful as I was; only beautiful when I was able to look like something I was not. And when it was time to wash out the whiteness that came at the end of a smoking metal comb, I would dread the hours of combing through my unruly blackness, blow drying, and hot combing it again. A process that would take hours, but would begin to signify my conditioned perception of beauty until I became 36 years old and began to really question who I was underneath the perm, endless amount of hours, and burned flesh. [Read more...]

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The Magic of Maya Angelou; The Lost Voice of the People (#30DayRBHC)

Maya Angelou receives a Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington

She was magic. Maya was and is magic; she is the best kind of magic. She was the kind of magic that wrapped her intent into a rhythm that spoke to the heart, singing a song of love that always promoted reflection. She stood in her black skin, and whispered words that motivated and encouraged millions. She was a change agent, skilled in the art of the tongue, speaking the language of the Gods without pause. [Read more...]

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Kwanzaa in a Pagan Home: My Spiritual, Pride Practice

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I am ending this year with pride and culture. I have been hesitant to start the practice of Kwanzaa in my home for some time, not because I did not believe in the value of its practice, but because of…. fear. It is the continuous fear of breaking away from overculture, even though I am Pagan, and a Black woman. [Read more...]

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A Voiceless Practice; Forced Introspection

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I am at the end of a long sickness and recovery from some kind of sweeping virus that turned into strep and then tonsillitis. I am not a person that gets sick a lot, and so when I do, I fight against it tooth and nail. But this time it came from out of nowhere [Read More...]

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It’s In the Blood

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by Porsha Williams I was conversing lightly with my ‘male bestie’ earlier this week, while watching his DVR’d first episode of “Sleepy Hollow” on NBC.  As avid sci-fi and fantasy fans, we found ourselves immediately sucked into the lushness of this show.  Within the set of scenes that came after the commercial break, we both [Read More...]

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Natural. Hair. Magick.

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My first exposure to the concept of hair as a magickal thing came from my West-African step-father. Whenever my mother would cut his hair, he would meticulously gather up all of the hair to be buried. Now that I’m living full time in the realms of the mystical, I find myself regularly saying and doing things that are *way* more “out there” than anything he ever said. [Read more...]

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Not That Far Away: Honoring My Mom on Mother’s Day

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Three years have passed since she died… three years and a couple of months. And every year the pain is easier to bear, but her presence is harder to feel. I think the more that time passes, I realize that one of the things I do have is the understanding of how much I really am my mother. [Read more...]

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