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
Truth be told, if anyone would've told me at 18 that I'd end up leaving university and my pursuit of a career as an international human rights attorney to work for myself, I would've looked at you sideways. If you told me I’d bail that journey and end up in a full-time career as an artist, writer, and performer , I would have laughed in your face maniacally.
There’s a lot about my life that didn’t end up where I thought it would. I’ve been a Pagan and a witch since my pre-teens, but I never really connected with spirituality as an alive, benefic path until I was into my early 20s. My parent passed away unexpectedly and shortly after her death, I began reading Tarot which I then turned into reading for tips at parties (which is how I met the Miss Cleo, may Youree’s soul rest in peace) and on internet psychic chat lines into a part-time hustle when I found myself out on my own, with no degree, no license, no money, and no plan.
I’m now 27 and have been practicing some form of magic or spiritual craft for 14 years. It’s an integral part of my life and inseparable from my beingness as an individual, as a creative, or as a community member.
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. As you may have been able to tell, I have a particular interest in mythology and divination, in addition to 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, although I often use those sources of knowledge as a starting point.
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
Southern Conjure & Hoodoo
New Orleans/Family Vodou
Espiritismo, La Mesa Blanca y María Lionza
Other influences & Learning
Middle Eastern Folk Magic
Abrahamic Ceremonial Magic
Astrology (Western; 9 Star Ki)
Kemeticism & Egyptian Theurgy
Feng Shui & Chinese Folk Traditions
Greco-Roman Paganism & Theurgy
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 - Jason Miller
4 Skills Leadership Training (in progress, 2018) - Dr. Jenn McCabe
Divination 101 (in progress, 2018) - Fabeku Fatunmise
Quareia Training (in progress, 2018) - Josephine McCarthy
Healthy Boundaries for Kind People Facilitator Training (in progress, 2018) - Randi Buckley