Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Episode 106: Inciting A Ghost Hunting Riot

Episode 106 of Inciting A Riot: the podcast meets Annie Weible of COPS Paranormal Investigations. We learn all about ghost hunting in the real world as it differs from what we see on TV. 
We also discuss debunking ghostly claims, how to cleanse yourself and your fellow investigators after a hunt, and how you can get started doing your own investigations!
Also, this episode features a (mostly) comprehensive guide to the Standing Rock protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline. Many of you have written in and requested that I cover this topic in depth, and I encourage you to please continue to remain engaged in this ongoing story. 
COPS Paranormal info:
Twitter @COPSofWV
NoDAPL Protest Resources:
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Today, find light.

There was a point last night when I physically felt hope leave my body.

When I started seeing the results in placing like Florida and Pennsylvania returning a hefty surge in Republican votes and the conversation began to shift to the so called "Blue Wall". When Her path to the presidency became contingent on the possibility of a few voting districts in Maine. When we were hoping for upsets in Georgia.

The polls...all the polls...were wrong.

From the information I can gather, as our nation begins the post-mortem analysis, a few things seem to have occurred:


  • Voter Apathy - Our country already has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the developed world. Nothing about yesterday's numbers seems to have changed that fact. People saw polls that universally favored Clinton and either didn't show up or otherwise felt comfortable not voting for her.
  • The divided Democratic base and the fact that the margin of victory in many of these states seems to correlate with improved numbers for Johnson and Stein. I have seen no state that she lost where the difference in Trump's lead to her wasn't dwarfed by the number of people who voted third party. 
  • White men and self-described Evangelical voters had a massive surge for Trump. Massive. He won them in nigh-unprecedented numbers. 
  • The data seems to indicate - based on reports I've heard on NPR and seen on CNN and Bloomberg - that the Comey letter regarding Clinton's emails caused just enough doubt and wiggle room in the "Blue Wall" and other Rust Belt areas of the country - as well as, of course, Pennsylvania and Florida - that Trump was able to successfully sway voters in recent weeks. 
I think historians will be parsing out just how Trump won this - I hate to say it, but it's true - historic victory last night for years to come. It all mattered. All of it. 

No matter who you voted for, I hope that your conscience still allows you to happily and proudly look your fellow man in the face today. I hope you're just as confident in your candidate this morning when millions of Americans are quaking in fear. When a rush to find out how to move out of the country led foreign government's websites to crash. When those of us that are contemplating when our rights will be rolled back, not if but when. I hope you are still settled in your conscience today. 

Racism won last night. Xenophobia won last night. Homophobia won last night. Misogyny won last night. Fear won last night. Anger won last night. Privilege won last night. 

Privilege. Won. Last. Night. 

But it doesn't have to win forever. 

Sure, we have to accept that we live in a post-fact world. A world where a man can win the Presidency without having experience, a plan, or any measurable qualifications. We have to face the fact that we fostered a culture of mistrust in the media and in facts in general. We uphold feelings and gut reactions as superior to what can be proved, and that culture helped create the pathway to the White House for a bankrupt businessman that brags about sexually assaulting women. A world where fear can be injected into a populace of non-college educated White voters and pull out a victory. 

There are a few things you need to know, when you feel level-headed enough to know them. 

  • You are not, we are not, moving to Canada. At best your citizenship would take 18-30 months to get through, and by then it'll basically be time to elect another president. At the very least, mid-term elections will have happened, and we will have the chance to change the House and Senate blue. The real power is in Congress, and it is there we need to aim our efforts for the time being. 
  • Speaking of, Congressional Republicans don't like Trump either. They, by and large, don't have a big problem with marriage equality or freedom of religion. (No I'm not trying to polish a turd, here. I recognize the chasm between the left and right when it comes to minorities.) The Congressional Republicans are the kind of fiscal conservatives that make it difficult to create new social change, but don't bother much with actively rolling back rights once given. We are going to have to place our faith in moderates like Marco Rubio and company. 
  • Obama can still make sure that the final Supreme Court seat is filled during his tenure. This will help to stymy the damage from last night and ensure that any further madness is reduced to the next 4 years and not the next 4 generations. 
Folks, there is no sugar coating this. There is a new world order as of last night. Everything we prided ourselves on and took for granted in regards to the way our country operates and who sits in the Oval Office has been changed. We have a lot to process. For many, we have a lot to grieve. At this time, it appears that Clinton did, indeed, win the popular vote. So, a discussion of the electoral college and how voting works in this country is likely in our future. 

There are a lot of things I thought I knew about my country. One remains true: no matter who you are, you are not alone. Whether you're the obviously gay kid in a tiny nothing of a town in rural east Texas, or you're a trans woman in a New England suburb, or you're an immigrant who came here for something better and safer, or you're anything other than the default mentality of white, straight, cis, Christian, and male... YOU ARE NOT ALONE. There are others like you. There are millions of others like you. And we are not vanishing overnight. We are not evacuating. We are not going to sit here silently. We are going to embrace you and then do the work to truly create social and political revolution. 

Today, find light. 

I'm serious. Physically go find some light. Sit in the sun. Light a candle. Be in the light. Not only do we all need some fresh air, but we need some purifying energy. And sunlight is a pretty good combatant against depression and anxiety. 

Find light, and then be light. 

I am here. I will remain here. The Riot continues. 

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Episode 105: Inciting Lasara Firefox Allen's Riot

Episode 105 is an interview with feminist witch Lasara Firefox Allen, author of Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality
Lasara introduces us to a new way of thinking about Paganism, Goddess worship, and feminism. She discusses marrying her passion for social justice with her spiritual work. We discuss her previous work, Sexy Witch, and how modern Pagan publishing is evolving to suit a next level of education for the community.
You can purchase her book by visiting her page on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2e0jnqq
Register now for her upcoming class: http://lasarafirefoxallen.com/the-initiation/
You can follow Lasara on Twitter @Lasara_Allen or find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lasara.firefox.allen/

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Fire Lyte
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Episode 104: Inciting A Fluffy Riot (and a day at Chicago Pagan Pride)

Episode 104 of Inciting A Riot Podcast is a day at Chicago Pagan Pride 2016. 

I also spend the episode meditating on our community, and specifically the term Fluffy Bunny.

Special thanks to Twila York, Michael Greywolf, Mike Indovina, Cheshire Moon, Selena Fox, Veronica Daylight, Vinna Harper, Katrina Ray-Saulis, Jay, and Greenwolf for sharing your thoughts with me and the Riot audience. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

What can I do to change? (Gary from C-Span is 2016)

There is a story this week you have likely not heard about unless you're a political news junkie and your drugs are NPR and C-Span. It began with these words:
I am a white male, and I am prejudiced.
It's a conversation starter that immediately sends up innumerable reactionary responses. Defensive retorts from the right, jaded hissing from the left. It's a conversation some of us have had before. I'm grateful that my first conversation about my own prejudices did not happen in public, but I'm glad I've had public conversations about prejudice.

What followed after the above statement, said by a guy calling in to C-Span and identifying himself as Gary, was a pause and then a brilliant response from a woman named Heather McGhee. She discussed the disproportionate coverage of minority crimes in the media. She discussed systemic, endemic, unconscious bias. She thanked him for admitting he knew he was prejudiced - because, these days, many don't see themselves as prejudiced; they see themselves as "truth tellers".

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

We need to talk about Asatru

For years now - longer than I have called myself Pagan - there have been a few issues that rise and fall as assuredly as our seasons. There's the "Silver Ravenwolf is a terrible author" thing and the "Is a wand/athame associated with fire/air" thing and the "What does 'Pagan' mean" thing and so on. These topics come up, get everyone all hot and bothered for a bit, and then disappear waiting to go unsolved another day. There are a few topics, though, that don't come up very often because they're less fun to debate online. Things like consent and sex and homophobia and racism. One of those topics is back, and it's time we stopped avoiding it. 

There is an uncomfortable correlate between Asatru and racism, homophobia, and xenophobia.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Episode 103: Inciting An Unforgiving Riot

Episode 103 finds us Inciting An Unforgiving Riot. I throw it back to a discussion from 2012 regarding forgiveness and discuss not only my personal issues surrounding the cultural notion and impetus to forgive, but whether forgiveness should be the final result in all situations.

News: Private Prisons

Word of the Day: imprecation

Sociology: Safe Space

Poetry: While I wait to be a god again

Spirituality: Unforgiveness  

Feedback: War Room

More information about Chicago's Pagan Pride can be found at ChicagoPaganPride.org!

Big thanks to Nicole Youngman for reaching out and being a resource. To learn more about how YOU can help the victims of the recent flooding, please visit Together Baton Rouge:



Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Not Your Safe Space


Right now the Olympic games are happening in Brazil, and they're all anyone can talk about. Michael Phelps has now earned enough gold medals that I think he gets one free. Simone Biles is absolutely everything. So many stories have come from the games. Alongside the usual emotionally stirring tales of personal triumph have been headlines causing stomachs to turn all across the globe. From the sexism to the racism to the poverty porn, there's been almost as much to denigrate as to celebrate about these games. However, one conversation that sparked this past week has really grabbed at my core.

Gay Safe Spaces

This all started with an article from The Daily Beast that I cannot even link to because The Daily Beast took it down. However, I'll link to an article from Slate discussing the article from The Daily Beast, because it does a pretty decent job of telling you what the article said and why it is problematic. Here's a quick summary of the facts, quoting from the Slate article:

On Thursday morning, the Daily Beast published an exceedingly gross and bizarre article by a straight, married male writer who lured in gay Olympians through hookup apps for no particular purpose. The entire piece is an astoundingly creepy exercise in Grindr-baiting, which involves a journalist accessing Grindr in an unlikely setting and … seeing what happens. But the Daily Beast piece, penned by Nico Hines, is a uniquely disgusting and irresponsible entry into the tired genre. Hines entices his (often closeted) subjects under false pretenses; effectively outs several closeted athletes who live in repressive countries; then writes about the whole thing in a tone of mocking yet lurid condescension.
Cutting to the chase, this article has set off an astonishing level of conversation on the topic of straight people's desire to treat the LGBT community as some kind of zoo.

The Gay Zoo

Thursday, August 4, 2016

A Dysmorphic's Guide to Exercise

This is mostly sculpted from digital clay. Seriously. I do not look like this.
Many of you that follow me on social media know by now my love of the medium. I share thoughts, recipes, altar snapshots, selfies, political feedback, news, selfies, current events, Pokemon GO challenges, selfies, and...in the last year...I've started to share a lot more about my healthy habits.

Via selfies.

It was all going fine until folks started telling me these dreaded words: "You inspire me."

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Problematic Non-Coming Out of Tyler Posey

Meet Tyler Posey.

You may know his face from one of two places:

  1. You're the world's biggest fan of the movie Maid in Manhattan where he plays Jennifer Lopez's son. 
  2. You are a teenager with access to MTV and a love of seeing sculpted young hunks get all homoerotic on screen. 
He's the star of the MTV revival of Teen Wolf, which has become famous for...well... 


The cast is notoriously young muscular and spends more time shirtless, sweaty, and finding new ways to turn everyday actions into flexing opportunities than Taylor Lautner trying to keep his job in Twilight. 

The show has a history of cultivating and advocating LGBTQ+ inclusive storylines, and, thus, has earned itself quite the LGBTQ+ following. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Episode 102: Inciting A Brexit Riot

Episode 102 finds us Inciting A Brexit Riot. I spend 90 minutes discussing what led up to the recent decision by the UK to leave the European Union, how it happened, and what the future holds for the UK and around the world. 

Please forgive some of the audio quality. It's obvious that Skype voted Leave and didn't want us to have a clear connection. 

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

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Monday, June 13, 2016

night in their world (and thoughts on Orlando)

The incomprehensible tragedy in Orlando is still very fresh. People don’t know how to feel, or how to express what they are able to feel. Do you express hope for the future? Lament the past? Sit in the moment? Qualifying one of the worst mass tragedies in modern memory is impossible. At least…for me. 
I actually started receiving text messages and emails of solidarity from friends and allies long before I heard the news about Orlando first hand. And of all the messages and voices and memes and social media posts I’ve seen, one message rang the most true. It went something like: If you don’t understand how a club can be a sanctuary, you’ve probably never been afraid of holding someone’s hand in public. 
And that brought to mind a poem I wrote my freshman year of college. It’s included in my book, The Playground. It came about after I was physically reminded that I am not – or was not – allowed to exist in all spaces. I was not welcome, and my mere presence was seen as come kind of threat. 
And it is in that space where I am beginning to process the fact that in 2016, in our own places of sanctuary, we are just as vulnerable and just as endangered as ever. These spaces are just as important as ever. And when you hear your LGBT friends or family complaining about an influx of bachelorette parties or a heterosexual gentrification of our neighborhoods, bars, and clubs…it’s because we still need space. Not to pick up a one night stand, or to get drunk, or to dance half naked to an electronic beat…or to do all those things…or none of those things…or whatever we want to do in a space that is ours. A space that isn’t yours. A space that isn’t just a fun night out with the girls to look at the pretty dancing boys. 
And…it’s ok that it’s our space still. It’s ok that you are going to be a visitor in that space. You don’t need to complain about it or wonder about it. If you question why we feel that way, look at Orlando. Look at Pride. Look at why we need a space where we feel protected in the arms and dance floor of sanctuary.
night in their world
never tasted brick before
I was shoved into it
and forced
then
to walk into the rain.
I know this happens
I know that simply being alive
provokes the tipped words to fly
but there was a moment
when all I did
was stare at this guy
the one on the dance floor
who, with the slightest misstep,
would have become the
last part of the phrase
State of West Virginia v. __________
I always thought that if such a situation
were to arise
that my anger would take over
adrenaline
would
pump
as though I were some comic book hero
and I would not be the kid that “this” happened to.
I wondered all this
as I left
drove a few blocks
and sat on the cheap barstool
swiveled around
looking at the walls I was allowed to thrive in.
 
Love and Lyte,
Fire Lyte
 

Friday, June 3, 2016

I am not your story.

About two months ago, there was a meme going around Facebook telling users that they all had a secret message inbox of which they were probably not aware. I followed the steps. I found that I, indeed, had many years' worth of backlogged, unanswered messages both as Fire Lyte and in my mundane life. It is a message in my mundane inbox that has been festering at the back of my brain since I received it. A message that immediately made me curse at my computer screen. A message that has thrown me, at speed and with force, around the spectrum of wanting to be seen as a quintessentially good person and wanting to be selfish. A message...of apology.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Episode 101: Inciting David Salisbury's Riot


Episode 101 finds us inciting David Salisbury's riot! David is a pagan author and civil rights activist, and I was so honored to speak with him on a range of topics in and out of the pagan community.



His new book, A Mystic Guide to Cleansing and Clearing, will be available later this year.

You can also find David this July at Temple Fest.

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte



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Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Great Debate: Representation of Witches and Pagans in Media

What follows is an opinion piece I did for episode 100 of my podcast. It should be noted, there are no sources cited nor studies quoted. I did not do any kind of polling, in depth academic research, or anything resembling something fit for peer review. These are simply my views in regards to the ongoing, unceasing, perennial conversation on the representation of witches and pagans in the media. 

Your mileage can, and should, vary, but I hope this at least inspires a conversation. 

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte