Crystal Blanton returns to Pagan-Musings to talk about her new anthology Shades of Ritual. Crystal last visited with KaliSara and RevKess in 2011 to talk about her anthology Pain and Faith in the Wiccan World (please note, RevKess misspoke as to when Crystal was first/last on the show). Both this new anthology and her earlier edited work Shades of Faith share essays and personal experiences from several Pagans of color. In late 2014 or early 2015 another anthology will be released that talks about race issues from several Pagan perspectives, Bringing Race to the Table. Crystal will be visiting with the hosts again for that release, perhaps with her co-editors.
In a first for PMPChannel, five of the contributors to the anthology, including Crystal herself, joined in the conversation. In this special three hour edition of Pagan-Musings you will hear from these contributors about being a Pagan of color. You will also hear the white folks on the show, RevKess and KaliSara, ask questions in an attempt to get a better understanding of what it might be like to be a person of color in the Pagan world.
The Guests (and when possible, links to their websites)
Crystal Blanton is an activist, writer, priestess, mother, wife, and social worker. She is a advocate for true diversity and multiculturalism within the Pagan community. Crystal is the author of Bridging the Gap and Pain and Faith in a Wiccan World, and the editor of Shades of Faith: Minority Voices in Paganism and Shades of Ritual; Minorities Voices in Practice. She also writes for The Wild Hunt, Sage Woman, and Daughters of Eve, a community blog on Patheos.com. A frequent speaker at Pagan conferences and festivals, and in her professional life, she serves disenfranchised youth in Oakland, California, while studying for a master’s degree in social work at a California State University.
BlackWitch: Olivia Haynes writes Black Witch, a blog centered on the intersection of being Black and Pagan. She also currently resides in her hometown of Baltimore City, MD.
Clio Ajana is a high priestess, Hellenic Alexandrian tradition and Director of Education, E.O.C.T.O. She is deeply passionate about numerology, astrology, and writing as a spiritual practice. A writer for Daughters of Eve, her current projects include a work on the individual’s quest for a spiritual home, a second work on the intersection of racism, homophobia, and religious non-acceptance in modern society.and an exploration of eldercare in Paganism.
Szmeralda Shanel MA is a visual, ritual and performance artist. She is an initiate in the Anderson Feri/Faery tradition, a founding member of CAYA coven and an ordained priestess of Isis/Auset with the Fellowship of Isis and the Temple of Isis. Szmeralda is the founder of The Iseum of Black Isis, an iseum dedicated to Goddess Spirituality and Sacred Arts. She currently lives in Chicago, IL and works as a teaching artist, expressive arts therapist/facilitator, and tarot reader.
Alisa Kuumba Zuwena (passed away before the book went to press), Crystal read an exert from Alisa’s contribution so that her “voice” could be heard during this broadcast.
Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by, Peggy McIntosh was cited as a resource by all five guests.
- Big Bad Gina – Freedom Connection – Lake of Dreams
- Queen Mother Imakhu – Sacred Mother (Anuk Mwt) – Water Woman
- Spiral Dance – Raven’s Lore – Magick
- Omnia – I Don’t Speak Human – Musick & Poetree
- Frenchy and the Punk – Batgirl – Bonjour Batfrog