Black Lives Matter

Rosa Parks (Wikipedia)

The thing about equality is that it is not enough to say, in a vague and woolly manner, that you support equality for everyone, or that “all lives matter”. Specific groups of people are being persecuted and killed in specific contexts, and there is a particular historical context for that persecution. That means that we have to understand the particular struggle in the particular context. That means we have to do the work to get involved; and to be good allies, we need to listen to the people who have been engaged in the struggle, and use our privilege to promote their voices and agendas, not talk over them and erase their voices. Ignoring the fact that Black people are being disproportionately targeted and killed is adding insult to injury. The reason we are focussing on the fact that Black lives matter right now is that there are large sections of society, most of them armed and dangerous, who seem not to agree. [Read more...]

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One Pagan in the Season of Advent, the Season of #Ferguson #MikeBrown #EricGarner

Mandala Things Come Together

Why have we been silent? [Read more...]

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Samhain and Remembrance

Poppies in the sunset on Lake Geneva

The Pagan festivals are less about a single day when we reflect on or celebrate a particular aspect of the cycle of life, death, and rebirth, and more about the the high watermark of the ebb and flow of a tide of energy. But the season of remembrance is not at an end. The tide of Samhain ebbs until it rises again as the tide of rebirth at Yule. And on the way to the turning of the tide, there is Remembrance Day on 11th November. I don’t know how many Pagans actually do ritual for 11th November, but I am sure many of us will be wearing poppies – red, white, or mauve, or all three. [Read more...]

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Ancestor Work: It’s Not Always About “Honoring”

Image by Tairy Greene via Shutterstock

Ancestor work is not always about remembering the positive. Sometimes, it can be about demanding justice, making reparations, or healing wounds. [Read more...]

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The Thirteen Vanic Virtues

Freya, by Igor Alexis Osorio Solis

The Vanir have their own set of virtues… [Read more...]

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Beloved dead

Battenberg cake

Why so few memories of my grandpa? Because my parents grew up in the Exclusive Brethren, and left that group in 1976. This meant that my grandparents were forbidden to have any contact with us after we had left. I only found out by accident in 1996 that my grandpa had died. I wonder what he would have thought of this blogpost. [Read more...]

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Ancestors

Ancestor fan chart

There are different types of ancestors – family members, ancestors of spirit, ancestors of place, the Beloved Dead, members of your tradition who have passed on. We honour them because they shaped us and our world, and without them it would be very different. [Read more...]

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