The Double Standard of Spiritual Legitimacy

I’m going to follow the format of a previous post and double down on the double standards. Except this time, I’m going to focus on double standards as they relate to spiritual legitimacy—as the title so aptly points out… I personally find it odd that whenever someone who follows one of the West’s widely accepted religions—e.g. Christianity—has a religious experience,…

“The Void” through a Lovecraftian Lens

[WARNING: SPOILER’S AHEAD] The first time I watched The Void I was all alone in a screening room at Cinema Detroit. The seating arrangement consisted of antique couches and the room was just small enough for me to simultaneously experience both intimacy and claustrophobia. As the film began to play, I remember being very excited. I’d been looking at trailers and promotional posters for…

Yes, That’s Magic(k) Too

Magick is way too mysterious. Or at least, society’s one-dimensional understanding of it is. One of the main things working against the appreciation of magick in the mainstream consciousness is the hyper-exaggeration of its practice. Whenever magick is depicted in the media, it’s almost never shown as something practical. Instead, it’s often portrayed as something perpetually fantastical and separate from…

“I Am the I Am”

What if someone told you that, at your core, you are capable of being more than human. That you can become something more than Black, White, or Asian; Christian, Hindu, or Muslim; American, Mexican, or Iranian. That your existence has the ability to reach beyond flesh and bone, and that you have the potential to…

Worshipping Womankind

Western society began to fall the moment it got rid of goddesses. I know that’s a bold statement to make, but it’s one I stand behind 100%. Think about it. The closest thing mainstream Western spirituality has to a divine feminine figure is the Virgin Mary, and I don’t think she really counts due to the overtly…

Close Reading the Universe

I’m an English major, and one term any English major will at least be familiar with is close reading. For the uninitiated, close reading is the process of deeply analyzing a literary text and using various devices, such as diction, theme, word placement, sound, etc. in order to derive specific meaning(s) from that particular work. When I…

The Demonization of African Spirituality

Africa and its spiritual systems face a dilemma; one rooted in fear, propaganda, and colonization of not only the land, but the mind as well. I personally find it frustrating whenever I speak to someone of the African diaspora who actively separates themselves from the ancestral faiths. I also find it particularly disheartening whenever I look at the religious makeup…

AFROFUTURISM

Sci-Fi and Fantasy media has always suffered from a lack of racial diversity. It’s definitely gotten a lot better, but it still suffers. Just randomly pick ten (I’ll even give you twenty) mainstream sci-fi films/comics/video-games, and I can almost guarantee you that a large majority of them will have white leads and very few, if any,…