My relationship with the spiritual rooted in creating a life that brings satisfaction, peace, and nourishment for myself, my communities, and the planet.
About my Path, Lineage & training
My first experience of the spiritual was when I was 7-years-old. In a fit of increasingly distraught questions, I interrogated one of my custodial parents about what I'd now characterize as 'the existential qualities of suffering and pain' - with deep confusion, concern, and upset at humans struggling with being human.
I didn't realize people actually were magical until I was 12 and I got hit in the head in the library by a copy of Edain McCoy's "If You Want To Be A Witch."
A couple of spiritual visitations, several tragedies + traumas, and mess later in 2011, I found myself on a breezy, humid patio under the starry night sky somewhere in the hustle and bustle of South Florida, reading Tarot for the woman herself, Ms. Youree Dell Harris (may she rest in peace). You know her better as the infamously iconic Miss Cleo, poster woman for skeptic derision of all things spiritual.
Leaping forward to 2018, I've been a practicing witch for the lion's share of my short life here on Earth, a spiritual professional for a little short of a decade, and now a priestess of three different traditions - Northern Paganism & Folk Animism, Graeco-Roman Paganism, and Louisiana Vodou. Outside of my religious commitments and observance, I draw from several other influences and types of tech that are listed in detail below for a better understanding of where I draw influence and understanding most strongly when it comes to magic and spirituality.
My religious path As political resistance
Theologically, I am a Pan-Germanic Heathen, who is currently navigating my relationship and understanding Afro-Caribbean Diasporic traditions. I did not choose these paths - they chose me - and they continue to choose me, for which I am deeply grateful and appreciative. My cosmological and theological understanding of the Universe are influenced by these root traditions and is continually evolving as I grow, mature, and study.
I am a devotional polytheist who believes in an originating Divine Intelligence (God; Spirit) & that both the gods and other spirits are manifestations of this Source. I am also an animist, meaning I believe all things have the capacity to develop a spirit (artificially or organically) or are possessed of a spirit, and therefore deserve respect and recognition in our day-to-day and magiospiritual interactions.
As a walker of the Northern Folkways, I stand in opposition to white supremacists who would use my faith and the Old Gods to serve their dishonorable, bastardized agendas of hate, genocide, and extermination. My devotion to studying the mythology & lore of the Norse, German, and Slavic/Balkan pre-Christian peoples, their magical and healing work, the runes, galdr, seidr, and the ways of ørlög (personal fate) and Wyrd (collective fate) represents a healing and preservation of a spirituality important for post-colonialist reconciliation and for a post-Whiteness world.
My Magical Lineage & Training
My background in the magical and occult arts is extensive, well-rounded, and getting a bit hard to track at this point. I have a particular interest in mythology and divination, as well as practical enchantment. That being said, outside of my own scholarly research and specific course working, I am a spirit-led practitioner: my relationship and ability to communicate will always trump a book or other resource.
While I am progressively working to obtain hands-on training, my body of wisdom comes from an active learning practice where I have gained experience through community support and service as matches my current level of understanding and practice. I strive to learn about cultural traditions that are not ethnically my own through primary source materials (when possible), oral transmission & direct accounts, and through traditional observation with direct oversight from the community of origin.
Primary Spiritual & MAGICAL Paths
- Brujería Católica
- Southern Conjure & Hoodoo
- Louisiana/New Orleans Vodou
- Pan-Germanic/Northern Paganism
- Greco-Roman Paganism & Theurgy
- Kemeticism & Egyptian Theurgy
Other influences & Learning
- Western Astrology
- Middle Eastern Folk Magic
- Abrahamic Ceremonial Magic
- Chaos Magic & Animism
- Traditional Witchcraft
Formal Training & EXPERIENCE
This section does not include the countless hours of research and active practice of my craft(s) and skills. It simply documents some - but not all - of my formal training as a magical practitioner.
- Worldwalking & Land Spiritism - Ms. Flora
- Usui & Tibetan Reiki Levels I, II, III - Naware Danaus
- Usui Reiki Levels I, II, III - Lisa Powers & Naware Danaus
- Psychic Development Training - L. Wechtenhiser
- Psychic & Mediumship Development Training - Karen Hager
- Curanderismo: Traditional Healing in the Southwest & Mexico - University of New Mexico
- Elemental Energy Clearing Practitioner & Teacher Training - Megan Potter
- Astrology for Beginners - Benebell Wen
- Tarot as a Tool for Craft - Benebell Wen
- I Ching and the Practitioner - Benebell Wen
- Tarot and Shadow Work for Activating Craft - Benebell Wen
- Strategic Business Sorcery - Jason Miller
- Strategic Sorcery Course (in progress, 2018) - Jason Miller
- Quareia Training (in progress, 2018) - Josephine McCarthy
- Healthy Boundaries for Kind People Facilitator Training (in progress, 2018) - Randi Buckley