It is said that the month of March comes “In like a lion and out like a lamb.” As many know this refers to the weather this time of year, where many, myself included, are dealing with fiercely cold temperatures and a hope for a warm spring in a few short weeks. This time around however I find myself thinking about the concept of in like a lion and how it applies to many magickal and spiritual situations we may find ourselves in as Black Witches.
I saw an article the other day about how being a woman of color in America and loving yourself is a radical act. The piece from Afropunk was called Fuck Your Western Standards . In it they talk about the trials and tribulations faced by Black women like myself. Many of these can go unrecognized by white allies. But if you walk around in Black skin you can’t escape them. One difficult issue the author talks about is Eurocentric ideas of beauty and culture. These are prevalent in the Pagan community as well. Two recent stories from friend come to mind. One was from a fellow Black witch who told me she visited a large incense and oil store here in NYC. She received an excess amount of attention from the store clerk, who at the end of her visit presented her with a free box of skin lightening products. Oh the causacity of it all ! Even in the search for magickal items we are arrogantly reminded that the world is a racist place. We must be proud and strong, just like the lion and continue to fight for what we deserve. Another story I read simply described one Black man’s journey as he walked through a white neighborhood. He told of how he must constantly be vigilant, aware, and non-threatening so he would not attract unnecessary attention. So many people of color have been conditioned to act this way in predominately white spaces. Again these circumstances call for strength. Being a magickal person isn’t easy, and being a magickal person of color presents even more challenges in each and every way. However, it also provides solutions. If we are lucky we Black witches have teachers, guides, and ancestors that will help to guide us on our path.
This isn’t the first time I’ve discussed these things, and I’m going to keep talking about them until things change. I’ve had racial slurs directed at me, and even people threaten violence and worse at my rituals. But I will continue to roar. If you wish, take a look at my video about Inclusion in the Pagan Community
In many ways this is me roaring like a lion, at all the difficulties Black witches like myself encounter. It’s me remembering to be more lamb like with myself. Knowing I’m trying so hard to gain the recognition and help I need for my work. My new book Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens comes out in a few weeks. Be sure to pre-order it now, and if you can share it on social media. I truly appreciate everyone’s support. As always if you have gained something from this blog please remember to like, comment, and share !