About my practice and the beliefs that shape my teaching:
Since 2011, I've been teaching about earth-centered spirituality and magic skills in so called Massachusetts on the unceded land of the Pocumtuc and Nipmuck peoples.
My practice and teachings are rooted and centered in queer and women’s mysteries, Goddess worship, and European pagan/witch traditions. Within that, my tradition and practice is very eclectic and anarchic. When I say eclectic, I mean that I believe in a living and evolving tradition that incorporates surviving pieces of old witchcraft and newer traditions practiced by my teachers (Reclaiming Collective and Faerie), and is held together, fed, and dictated by a deliberate and active relationship with Spirit. When I say anarchic, I speak of a focus on cultivating trust in your individual authority and learning to participate in ritual within the context of a peer group that shares power.
I was raised with a strong anti-capitalist/anti-consumer ethic, which is to say I believe in cultivating reciprocal relationships with the world around us vs. seeing the world as inert matter for our consumption. I believe in an intersectional view of systemic oppression, which is to say that I believe we are living with in the death throes of a soul eating civilization whose main expressions are rape culture, colonization and genocide, white supremacy, hatred for queerness and gender variance, life destroying class disparity, and general ecocide, all of which are interlocking tentacles of the same beast. I believe that it is impossible to survive in this system without accruing some form of trauma, that personal traumatic happenings are related to systemic oppression, and that a “culture” that is based on systemic oppression is traumatizing in and of itself. I believe in centering trauma in my magical work, and that committing to the process of healing our trauma is a magical act. I believe that the Burning Times and the destruction of the matrilineal Indigenous cultures of Europe were test runs for the genocidal colonization of the Americas, that we all are still living out the repercussions of that drastic shift and everything that came after. I believe that folks who benefit from the current white supremacist system have an obligation to look to that part of our history and do everything in our power to heal. I believe that humans lived in deep connection and relationship with their surroundings and each other for waaaaay longer than patriarchy/white supremacy/ecocidal domination have existed. I believe we can do that again.
Some words on Tradition:
Traditions are living, breathing, evolving creatures; they are not stagnant. They are defined by and meant to meet the people’s needs. Traditions are recognized by colonizers as an essential part of a people's spirit, and are therefore immediately under attack. Colonization and genocide have a way of interrupting tradition and freezing it in the moment, destroying its continuity and evolution and making it a static thing of the past. It is important to remember that while traditions draw on past knowledge and practices, they are meant to serve the needs of today.
For white people coming from various European pagan heritages, our traditions were largely destroyed a very long time ago. We grasp at the fragments that have survived, or pilfer from more recently colonized peoples to fill the gaping hole in our spirits. The latter is, more often than not, hugely disrespectful and appropriative and salt in the wounds of peoples who were not only most likely colonized by our biological ancestors but whose cultures are still under attack today.
We all have ancestors that practiced earth based spirituality at one point. We need to remember that all traditions find their source in spirit, that traditions evolve out of an active relationship with spirit, and because the spirit source is always there for us to access, no knowledge is ever truly lost. My personal practice and tradition at its core is about an active, open, and intuitive relationship with spirit, and through this, acting as a tool for change towards balance in the world.