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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. 
[...]
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.
[...]
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-

Introductory Reclaiming Books

Some people may hear about Reclaiming first from their friends or local Pagan/Witchy community, if they're in touch with such a community, and that community has an awareness of the tradition. In our area here in northeast Ohio, I have found that very few people have ever heard of Reclaiming.

A good amount of people have, however, heard of Starhawk and The Spiral Dance.

If you didn't hear about Reclaiming through a friend, online group, or other similar means, you probably first found out about it by reading one of these books (or perhaps another by Starhawk, or other authors who were, or still are, involved with the tradition). This may be repeat information in that case. But for those who find this page through other means and want to know how to learn more, these books are a great starting point. Some of them are even used as prerequisites for participating in Reclaiming classes or workshops, to make sure people have a passing familiarity with the basics before jumping into work together, or so you can come in with questions for discussion ready.


[The three referenced books laid out on a wooden surface.]
The Spiral Dance, The Twelve Wild Swans, and Elements of Magic --
Three books that give an introduction to different aspects of Reclaiming


The Spiral Dance

In the upper left of the above picture is a copy of the 20th anniversary edition of The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess by Starhawk. It was originally published in 1979 by Harper & Row (HarperCollins, or Harper San Franciso), with a second edition being released in '89 for the 10th anniversary, and a third edition in '99 for the 20th anniversary. If you can find it, I do recommend reading the 20th anniversary edition, because it includes the author's notes and further thoughts about the original text at both the 10th anniversary, and the 20th. You can read through the book and wherever asterisks have been added, either one* or two**, there are notes about it in the 10th* or 20th** anniversary sections, respectively. I personally think this is really great, because you can immediately get a feel for how much things changed in the first twenty years since the book was originally published, and how Reclaiming tradition was already evolving. Of course if you can only find the original edition, or even the 10th anniversary edition, you should still read it! Just bear in mind that what you're reading was originally written over 40 years ago now, and some things may have changed, new information may have come about, and the author's viewpoints have also grown and changed. The practices and basic information, however, are still used to this day.

New Blog!

Welcome to the Ohio Reclaiming Witchcraft homepage!

This page was created to be a home base for Reclaiming Witchcraft community in Ohio, USA, and for anyone in nearby states who are close enough to consider Ohio a place to go for community. The creators of this blog, myself and my partner, are based in Cleveland, OH.

For years now, the only Ohio community option on the Reclaiming website's list of resources was a Yahoo group for the "Tri-State Reclaiming" community which encompassed Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. I joined the group years ago in hopes that I would meet other Reclaiming Witches near me, but found that the group was long since abandoned by whomever had started it. There were some posts from people in Ohio over a decade ago, but no one had ever replied to them so they left. The group was full of spam that no one was removing.

In 2016 I posted in that old group letting people know my contact email, so people in the area could contact me and eventually we could get in touch. This blog is what I am creating as our new home base, to replace that outdated Yahoo group that no one was maintaining! It was too sad to me to think that some people in my state had reached out years ago to try and find Reclaiming community, and no one was running the group in order to actually communicate with them. I want there to be a place for people to go, someone to contact who can write back and say, "We're here!" We may not be a huge community yet--currently, my partner, myself, and one other person are the only people I have been able to find in the Cleveland area who identify with Reclaiming--but we are here. In order for there to be community, someone has to build it!