When I worked as an activist I used magic to support and sustain my work. Here are a couple of tools that are helpful, especially in cleansing or protecting yourself while doing activism. Setting the Space Setting the space can be very helpful, especially if you are going into a difficult place. I used to […]
As a Reclaiming Witch, Artist and Rosen Method bodyworker, my art, the art of the craft, and my healing modality are basically practices of following the threads that call you into mystery. My magical work centres on depth, presence and the textures of experience as a portal to mystery steeped in symbolism, myth, and dreams.
With life-long roots in social justice and anti-oppression, I am committed making space for everyone’s visions and contributions, increasing the depth and breadth of perspectives which gifts our ability to co-create and allows us to go places that otherwise would not be possible.
Growing up in Winnipeg, land of the Anishinabewaki, Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux) and Metis, as the eldest of five with a single-parent working-class mother I went on to raise my own son as a single parent. Now grateful to be an old one I follow the rhythms of a body with chronic pain and devote myself to magic, writing, art, and healing. As a long-time member of the Vancouver Reclaiming Community, I have participated in Community Rituals, organized and taught magic on unceded traditional and ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations for over 30 years.
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When I worked in ending violence against women our cardinal rule was not to replicate the abuser. We tried to correct power imbalances by all the staff doing menial work and never telling women what they should do. I consider binding (where you bind or prevent an offender from doing harm) to be a tool […]
In Reclaiming we have had magical spell working with the Red Dragon. I am afraid I do not know the name of who brought it, but it was originally a spell to cure HIV and aids. It later came to include other blood disorders like hepatitis. We would come together dressed in red, eating red […]
My heart leaped when I heard Orion Foxwood *say,”Lordy they have no idea what they are up against”. He was referring to the oppressive systems and forms of government that seem to be winning, and to the vast networks of mysterious ones, allies, ancestors, mighty dead, fairies, witches, beings that work with us. While magic […]
Daily practice is critical, powerful and more easy than you think. I do it every day. On busy days I do it at bus stops, on buses, waiting in line, in bed before I fall asleep. There are so many little spaces in between. It gives you practice for grounding and meditating in busy spaces. […]
One of the things I really like about Reclaiming is that anyone can offer anything. I have done this often. We have networks to put it out. Even if you are not part of Reclaiming you can still initiate magic and put it out for others to join. I am doing it so I commit […]
We must respond to injustice and oppression, but we can waste our time and energy trying to fix bent nails. By this, I mean trying to fix systems that are broken. Our bureaucracies and organizations are established in ways that protect the status quo. Systems and organizations create their own group entity that takes on […]
When I came into Reclaiming in the late 80’s. I’d already worked in transition houses for many years. I liked the political focus of Reclaiming. It fit with my life and my passion for social justice, and as a feminist, I felt I was connected to the witches of the burning times who I imagined […]