The Pioneers of Spiritualism
When you first come into spiritualism, the most daunting thing is to find your way. Traditional religions are boxed up nicely and presented in a way that only requires us to show up. Spiritual living is not entirely defined, and that is by design. There is a place for religion; I myself follow a religion. But religion is my practice, NOT MY GUIDE! I grow spiritually through my relationships with Egun. They are my guiding light, and I look to them for a road map of how to live my spiritual life. So I have created this page during Black History Month to highlight some of my teachers. Some I've been working with for a long time, and some have just presented themselves to me. I hope that you enjoy this growing list of my spiritual mentors, and I hope that your studies of them will bring you as much knowledge and support as they have brought me. Come back every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the month of February to meet one of my spiritual guides.
February 3, 2021
Pamela Colman Smith February 16, 1878 – September 18, 1951
Did you know a woman of color created the art on the Rider-Waite Tarot deck? Yup! Pamela Colman Smith was born in London to a Jamaican mother and a white American father. Smith developed a stylized look that soon put her in high demand as an illustrator, and some of her most popular drawings were utilized in works by Bram Stoker and William Butler Yeats. Learn more about her and how you can incorporate her into your spiritual practice!
February 5, 2021
Zora Neale Hurston
In 1945, Hurston had foreseen the possibility of dying without money. She wrote to W.E.B. Du Bois, “Let no Negro celebrity, no matter what financial condition they might be in at death, lie in inconspicuous forgetfulness,” she’d urged. “We must assume the responsibility of their graves being known and honored.” Unfortunately, Du Bois wrote a curt reply discounting Hurston’s argument. Hurston did die penniless and alone in a welfare home on January 28, 1960 and was buried in an unmarked grave in Fort Pierce. This would appear to be a tragic story!