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Hello, all!

This past weekend was Cleveland Pagan Pride Days, the big Cleveland area gathering that usually happens in late August every year. It started in 2009, and has happened every year except, of course, 2020 (due to the pandemic). I was actually a bit surprised that it continued this year, since the organization's other event, the Cleveland Witches Ball which usually takes place in October, was already cancelled due to the continued rise in cases of the Delta variant. Cleveland Pagan Pride Days (CLE PPD for short) is an outdoor event, but it is usually very crowded in all the small booths, and hundreds of people attend. There were certainly very crowded times, but there were also some more spacious moments, thankfully. I also noticed that most vendors arranged their booths with tables on the outside edges to keep browsing to the walkways, and not have people enter the small tented areas. Many people did wear masks, or have them handy for more crowded instances. (I was working at a booth, so I didn't wear my mask while at the booth, but I put it on any time I walked out into the event itself, into the crowds, to the bathrooms, and so on.)

I have a couple blog posts in the works, saved as drafts here, but I wanted to publish this as a quick note just to say hello, we're here, and to celebrate a little milestone!

It seems like a lot of people who were at CLE PPD on Sunday when I was working were people who had never been to the event before, and some who had never been to ANY Pagan Pride event before. Similarly, several people from our own growing Ohio Reclaiming Witchcraft community also decided to come out to meet up! Because of this, over the course of the weekend I was able to meet four more people from our little online community space, in person! I will leave names out of this public-facing blog post for privacy reasons, since this is visible to anyone on the internet. But two people came to visit me at work (at the museum) on Saturday, and two others met up with me at the museum's booth at Pride on Sunday! We got to chat about future plans for this community, and possible ways to proceed with slowly getting people together, considering the continuing safety of everyone re: the virus. Online rituals and meet-ups are certainly possible, and hopefully more simple to get started with for people's varying schedules.

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Past "Events"

We did try to plan a small get-together for Lammas-Lughnasadh on August 1 (northern hemisphere), but it was too short notice for everyone to have already had the time available. Having more advance notice that, yes, people will want to potentially get together for sabbats (as one example) could be very helpful here, so that people know to plan ahead for those times. We also tried to get together a Full Moon ritual online, for the one at the end of July, before Lammas/Lughnasadh. A few people said they were able to attend even quite last minute, but at the time of, were not able to attend after all. Ember (that's me, authoring this post) and Hawthorne (a friend and teacher from a Reclaiming community in New Brunswick, Canada) met in the online space that evening, and chatted about growing community, manifesting desires for ourselves and our respective local communities, and our online community as a whole.

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Upcoming "Events" or Activities

We were going to start our next discussion and working group of a Reclaiming book in August, but August was such a whirlwind busy month for some of us -- it being summer time, I think a lot of people just have other plans! -- so we're actually now looking to start that in September! Last year we read and discussed Starhawk's classic book, The Spiral Dance (the 20th anniversary edition), and this year we will be starting The Twelve Wild Swans by Starhawk and Hilary Valentine. You can read a bit more about that book, as well as Spiral Dance and the Elements of Magic anthology, in this post about Introductory Reclaiming Books. One of the posts I'm working on and have a draft of is about the Pagan Portals "Reclaiming Witchcraft" book by Irisanya Moon. Until then, I have made a video about the "Reclaiming Witchcraft" book on my YouTube channel (I go by Cara there, and Ember in Reclaiming community).

Dayton Pagan Pride, in Dayton, Ohio, is going to be Saturday, September 18th this year. As of right now it is still scheduled to take place. I will again be working at the booth for the Witchcraft museum where I work, so I will be at that event and hopefully will get to see more folks from our community there, and others besides!

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That's a little update for now! If you want to get in touch with the community online, please check out the Contact Us page linked in the tabs at the top of this blog, and fill out the contact form. It may take a little while for me to get back to you, since sometimes we get a lot of submissions at once, and I like to take time to reply to each individually and answer any questions you may have initially. I'm also working on a FAQ page to help field some of the more common questions.

Thanks for reading!

-Ember
on behalf of Ohio Reclaiming

Principles of Unity: Updated!

The Reclaiming Tradition's Principles of Unity have been updated! Discussions began online in September 2020 as the BIRCH council met to discuss alterations to the fifth paragraph of the POU. Changes were agreed upon and then proposed to the wider community by the DARC council - Decolonizing Actions in Reclaiming Communities - which is made up of BIPOC Witches (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) from Reclaiming community around the world. Then in January, BIRCH council again met online with representatives from various communities, to make a final decision.

This is the new version of the fifth paragraph as it was agreed upon officially on 30 January 2021! This reflects the changes proposed by DARC, which all communities had a chance to discuss between September's meetings and January's.


"Our tradition honors the wild, and calls for service to the earth and the community. We work in diverse ways, including nonviolent direct action, for all forms of justice: environmental, social, political, racial, gender and economic. We are an anti-racist tradition that strives to uplift and center BIPOC voices (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Our feminism includes a radical analysis of power, seeing all systems of oppression as interrelated, rooted in structures of domination and control."


I am also now updating the Principles of Unity as they have been on our blog's "About" page, to reflect this new version. Hopefully this is the first of several much-desired updates for our documented agreed-upon values as a tradition. ⭐ You can read Reclaiming's blog about this update here.

Anti-Racism Resources

Hello, friends!

Ember (also known as Cara elsewhere on the internet) has been keeping up a list of anti-racism resources on their personal blog, so we wanted to share it here, as well.

Reclaiming -- like any group -- has work to do in terms of supporting everyone in our communities, specifically in becoming more anti-racist and trans-affirming, and in addressing all sorts of internalized prejudices we have learned from the society and systems in which we were brought up. As a tradition, Reclaiming was created with the idea of bringing together politics and spirituality. Social justice magick is no strange or rare occurrence in Reclaiming, and neither is activism. It's one of the reasons we love it so much! One of the biggest things we hear from other Pagans and Witches is "not to get too political", but Reclaiming Witches have always acknowledged our political reality. That was built in from the moment this community began, as the activists who created this movement typically met through political actions. So we do have that slight head start in that we don't have to argue with one another about whether or not we see Witchcraft as political. But that doesn't mean we don't still have even more work to do as a global community, or as individuals, or smaller community groups. We can always do even better than we have before. These are issues that are talked about continuously in Reclaiming, and those conversations won't be stopping anytime soon. Not as long as these issues still exist.




One of the specific resources from that page is actually Reclaiming-specific, so we'll link it here separately. And that is, A statement from BIPOC within the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft on the subject of anti-racism practices.


To emphasize some points from the other blog, but reword it so that it comes from and applies to all of us, as the Ohio Reclaiming community:

Black Lives Matter. Trans* Lives Matter. Black Trans Lives Matter. 

Our feminism and Witchcraft are, and must be, intersectional. We are committed to learning more about anti-racism, and how to do better for everyone concerning a variety of issues.
 
We support BLM and all efforts to dismantle systemic oppression, racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, classism, ableism, xenophobia, and all other forms of oppression and injustice.
 
We believe that the personal is political and our politics are personal. We believe that magic(k) is about change -- If we didn't want change, we wouldn't do magick. Pagans and Witches have always been political, and our elders who came before us had to fight for our rights for us to get where we are today.



"We include those who honor Mysterious Ones, Goddesses, and Gods of myriad expressions, genders, and states of being, remembering that mystery goes beyond form. 
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We work for all forms of justice: environmental, social, political, racial, gender and economic. Our feminism includes a radical analysis of power, seeing all systems of oppression as interrelated, rooted in structures of domination and control.

We welcome all genders, all gender histories, all races, all ages and sexual orientations and all those differences of life situation, background, and ability that increase our diversity.
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All living beings are worthy of respect. All are supported by the sacred elements of air, fire, water and earth. We work to create and sustain communities and cultures that embody our values, that can help to heal the wounds of the earth and her peoples, and that can sustain us and nurture future generations."


Blessed Be~ 

A New Group Listing Site

Greetings, all!

Just a quick update to let you know, Witchvox has now officially closed its digital doors as of Dec. 31, 2019. They will still be maintaining their FB page with news, but the website itself, which allowed groups and individuals from all over the world to create listings and find other like-minded folks in their area, has been laid to rest and ended its cycle. It served our community for more than two decades!

Hail the goer!

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In other, related news,

Today, a friend of a friend linked me to this website that their friend runs, where there is also a place to post groups and find others in our areas! Their hope is that this can serve the community as a sort of stepping-stone in Witchvox's absence, until something else comes along that might be even better and more sustainable.

It's part of the MandragoraMagika blog, under FIND A GROUP, and I've just submitted a request to add Ohio Reclaiming Witchcraft to the Ohio, USA page. =) I imagine it will be some time before it gets added, since it's just one person running the whole site, but there's a link so we can go back to it!

Happy 2020 to you all!

We should be seeing more posts on this page this year, I think. =)

Blessings~

Witchvox is Closing =( - Or, We're on Witchvox! =)

Greetings, everyone!

I got some sad news today when a member of our community shared that Witchvox.com, also known as "The Witches' Voice", would be shutting down at the end of this year! It's been on my to-do list to create a profile for Ohio Reclaiming on Witchvox for months now, but as with so many things, I let it slip away. Well, I did it today! Even if it's shutting down (and they've been planning on shutting down since last year--I wish I had known! I did a lot of looking around on there earlier this year when I was preparing to create a profile for us on the site, but didn't see any news about it), I figured anyone checking for listings before it gets shut down and archived will see our profile. I have many feelings about Witchvox shutting down and it relates to a topic I've been meaning to discuss on YouTube, so I will probably be doing a video about it on my channel later this week. But for now, we have a Witchvox profile. =)

So here is our profile on Witchvox, just in case it helps anyone find us!

Blessings~
-C-