A lot of things in the world are more complex than we care to admit. One of the hardest things for people to do today is realize, and then admit: "This is complicated. I don't know." Even "I don't know yet" is really difficult for people.
But it shouldn't be. I don't know should be something that we are happy to hear. It means we have an opportunity to discover something new, or new to us.
A topic that I've been thinking a lot about lately is cultural appropriation. It's particularly of interest to me because I am exploring queer witchcraft. And as I define what that is, one of the things that is important to me, is that it is not appropriative.
That said, if we throw out all the things in modern witchcraft which are tainted by cultural oppression or stolen from other traditions, we really don't have a lot left.
And that's complicated. And I don't have all the answers.
One answer that I do have, that I'm working hard to embrace and encouraging others to embrace, is that we need to build technique, technology, and tradition based on need. What are the spiritual needs of our community. What are the magical needs of our community?
So I start with community. What is my community? Who do I serve?
It is queer people. It is all people who feel outcast and disenfranchised. It is people who have been oppressed and trod upon and who are seeking a spiritual home. It is people, like me, who were given nightmares and monsters by their peers for the crime of being different. It's people who were accepted in spite of their differences and still look for a place to belong.
So what does this community need Spiritually? Magically? We need techniques that bring us to ourselves. We need magic that lets us see ourselves as whole, beautiful people without pretense or excuses. We need stories and myths that represent us and recount our experiences without pandering to us. We need to recognize ourselves as having agency, and the power to transform. We need to see ourselves as strong by virtue of who we are as individuals.
So I'm going to start there. I'm going to focus on creating magic that reaches out to my lost queers and lets them know they're loved.