I find this point of view very much reflecting my own, but better worded than I could hope to achieve.
I’m lucky in that I now have friends around me that are perfectly happy to mix lore and UPG, and find that a very valid practice, but I do remember how excluded I felt while looking for a spot I would fit in with this.
Lore versus UPG as unreconcilable opposites is a narrative that I have come across quite often during my years so far as a religious practitioner. It has become clear to me that this narrative governs how we refer to ourselves and to other practitioners like little else does.
I’m choosing wide-sense definitions on both counts. UPG as an abbreviation stands for Unverified Personal Gnosis (sometimes I see Unsubstantiated, Unsubstantiatable, or Unverifiable as alternatives for “U”). I’m not going into the discussion whether Deities actually show Themselves in that sense; If you’re only halfway familiar with my blog, you know my stance on that matter. I am not going into the discussion whether a Deity expressing a preference about your clothes counts as UPG or not — in all honesty, that question is irrelevant to me, and I couldn’t care less. I will also only briefly mention that quite a…
View original post 1,390 more words
“In the 21st century, respectability is fast shaping up to be the New Closet.” — Mark Simpson, The Guardian
“So what exactly are respectability politics? In short, they are an undefined yet understood set of ideas about how Black people should live positively and how we should define Black American culture. Ironically, they’re usually a huge hindrance to both.” — Maurice E Dolberry, A Line In The Sand
”The twenty-first-century version of the politics of respectability works to accommodate neoliberalism.” — Fredrick C. Harris, Dissent
“The goal of respectability politics may be noble, but the execution is flawed, damaging, and ineffective. By indulging in respectability politics, we acquiesce to the racially biased idea that the actions of individual black people are representative of the whole. We add to the pre-existing burdens of racism and sexism. And we fail to solve our problem, because we move the responsibility for eradicating race and…
View original post 2,057 more words
Hi, I’m Shauna, and I’m a racist. No, not one of the ones clearly defined by the pointy hats and white robes. And not one of the racists clearly identified by hateful invective.
In fact, I’m in some ways the more dangerous kind of racist; or at least, I was. Once upon a time, I was the kind of racist who didn’t realize how bigoted I was. I still struggle with my own blind spots and how much this impacts my thoughts and actions on a daily basis.
How did I come to be this way? This kind of racism is systemic. It’s ambient. If you’re raised in it, you can’t see it any more than you can see the air you breathe. But just because you can’t see the air doesn’t mean you aren’t breathing it in.
I used to believe I lived in a post-racial society…
View original post 3,306 more words
Insightful tarot readings, effective, practical spell solutions, and witchcraft for the everyday and extraordinary. Witchcraft, spells, divination, oracle & tarot readings, oils, ointments & bath luxuries, poppets, magic tools & charms, and other curiosities. Custom orders welcome!
News: This Crooked Crown Witchery & Curiosities opens a second online location at storenvy! Same wonderful products, same great prices, same awesome service, just at another online location.
Featured Products: Want to plan out your new year? Try the thoroughSetting Goals reading, ever popular Journey reading, or intense Seasons reading. Want a glimpse at your next relationship? Future Lovers reading is the one for you. [Etsy links here, here, here, and here.] Expires February 1st, 2015.
Items on sale: 15% off the entire store in both locations! Storenvy coupon code: YAY2NDSTORE and Etsy coupon code: WINTER
View original post 145 more words
I recently received the following message in my inbox by tumblrite. Please read. THIS IS A PLEA FOR HELP. FOR A COUNTRY. If we can stop Romney there’s no reason we can’t help Brazil.
My country needs some help. The mobilization against Romney in this community was just awesome and of course effective. Even people who were not from the US participated, me included. Now I’d like to see if you guys can help Brazil.
You might have seen what’s happening here already, but if not – and I wouldn’t be surprised since the media is trying to cover it up as much as possible and dismissed it for a small ‘bus fare protest’- I suggest looking at the BrazilWonders and SaladUprising tumblrs as they have some news in English.
We’re a 3rd world country with terrible social problems, one of the worst…
View original post 1,009 more words