Self Actualization, Spiritual Oneness, Freedom and the Fourth of July

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Self actualization is a process. We see this concept discussed in so many aspects of society, and yet we don’t always have an exact understanding of what this means or what it looks like. Spiritually, self actualization is a coming into one’s self, a evolving into a knowing that brings one closer to an understanding of how to live in the world with a sense of wholeness. I often look at this as if it is a shallow glass ceiling idea, we can think we are at the top and yet it takes certain tools to … [Read more...]

Privilege and Racialist Paganism Talks at Pantheacon

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PantheaCon is one of the best formats for having broader community conversations that are important to the culture of what is happening around us. I have seen big festivals like this contribute to the direction and tone of Pagan culture, and so it could be very important for us to seize these moments in positive ways. I was honored to be on one of those panel talks, the Pagans and Privilege panel from 2013 and 2014. I was not able to be present at the Racialist Pagans discussion in the Solar … [Read more...]

Call for Writers– Bringing Race to the Table: An Exploration of Racism in the Pagan Community

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Very excited to announce this new writing opportunity to the community. This book will expand beyond the personal stories of the Shades of Faith series and into the voices of the community (not just Pagans of color) and into the realm of the academic. Please spread the word, pass it along, and consider writing for this incredible anthology in the making!  Call for Writers– Bringing Race to the Table: An Exploration of Racism in the Pagan Communit  Email f … [Read more...]

Deadline Extended for Shades of Ritual; Minority Voices in Practice Anthology

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The deadline for submissions is being extended to give in hopes of getting some additional submissions. We have gotten some good ones, and are hoping to circulate the call for submissions to attract more pieces that are reflective of practice, rituals, prayers, songs, or other forms of integrating Pagan spirituality. If there are any questions, please feel free to send an email to inquire.  Below is the official call for submissions with a new date of October 15th.Blessings.I am very … [Read more...]

Grieving the Loss of Hope: Healing in the Dark of Injustice

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Sometimes faith and reality clash. It is the battle between those things we want to see happen, and the pattern of reality we have become use to experiencing. I am often challenged when holding onto my faith in change when I have to stare in the face of such harsh realities.Tonight I will not write about my feelings about the Trayvon Martin trial, they are too raw and they hurt too much. Instead I want to focus on channeling that fear in my belly into something useful. As I recently wrote … [Read more...]

My Thirty Day Challenge: A Different Kind of Black History Month

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My Facebook post from May 27, 2013:In a call for facts, I will be posting a series of links and references to information about the damage and history of Black people. If this is unpleasing to you, sorry. If you would like to unfriend me, see ya on the flip side. Hopefully people will either learn something or chose to ignore it (as history has taught us to do).Knowledge is power. To remain in a uninformed state is a choice. To actively seek knowledge is a privilege and a right. To know … [Read more...]

Acknowledging the Complex Process of Coming Out on “Pagan Coming Out” Day

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Pagan Coming Out day is a powerful day in so many ways. Not only does this day act as a type of religious diversity day, and a stance against religious discrimination for Pagans.  It is also meant as a means of support for those who are able, and desire it, to be in the process of becoming open with who they are as a spiritual person, that is Pagan. It is not meant as a means to pressure others to be “out of the broom closet” and broadcast to the world their witchyness, that is a personal choice … [Read more...]

Inspiration, Reflection and Justice; Spirituality Through The Voices Of Our Leaders

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I often think about what inspires me. I struggle with understanding some of the challenges within the world today and I find myself looking for inspiration in those things around me.  Inspiration can feed the fire that sometimes goes low.One of the ways I have done this is to connect with those leaders that I hold dear to me by way of their words. I seek understanding and wisdom in the profound statements of those who have come before me, the ancestors that have created a way for me to be … [Read more...]

A plague o’ both your houses: historical trauma, the collective shadow and the Pagan community

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During the climactic Act III, Scene I in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio (in pain) speaks to his best friend Romeo as a dying man. “’Tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church-door; but ‘tis enough, ‘twill serve: ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man. I am peppered, I warrant, for this world. A plague o’ both your houses!”A plague on both our houses; simple, profound, and so relevant in today’s society.I went to a trauma summit in Oakland today. This … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Year and a Day Journey

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By Dava Greely I started my Year And A Day journey precisely on January 1st 2012. So on this day, January 2nd 2013, this leg of my spiritual journey comes to a beautiful finish.The last year of my life has been the harshest, most terrifying adventure I’ve ever been on. But, in the midst of it, I have grown so much stronger, wiser, and more beautiful. Through walking in complete faith with the God and Goddess, I have been given the tools to live the life I truly desire in my heart of hearts, … [Read more...]


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