Other Worlds Right Here

An Outsider at the Crossroads

This is a beautiful, sad article giving the firsthand account of a white woman moving into, through, and eventually out of a tight-knit Caribbean neighborhood in New York, and the consequences of gentrification represented by her presence. Her reverence and self-awareness are touching, even as she realizes how much she really doesn’t know, and maybe never will.

The souls of places are not so quiet as the ones we drown out too easily in our comfortable white neighborhoods, perhaps, but do we speak their language? What the spirits have to teach us isn’t just about mysterious phenomena and interesting, exotic people who might show us something dramatic we can talk about when we get home, it’s about really listening to people, about looking at what’s around us for what it is, about questioning ourselves.

Pay attention. Keep moving.



About EmberVoices

Ember Cooke has been a member of Hrafnar and Seidhjallr for more than a decade, where she trained to be a Seidhkona, Galdrakona, and Gythia. She founded the Vanic Conspiracy and made ordination vows to the Vanir and her congregation in the summer of 2013. She has contributed to several publications on Heathen and Northern Pagan subjects and regularly presents rituals and workshops at festivals. Her personal practice is more diverse, as the Vanir have lead her into cross-training and service for the wider Pagan community. This has including medium and servitor training in American Umbanda, clergy training with the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, and jail ministry for local counties. She holds a BA with honors in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. Ember has lived all her life in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and is intimately bound to the valley of her birth.
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