Sidney Eileen on Speaking Truth of the Dead
Our speaker on CTCW’s Otherworldly show this week is Sidney Eileen of The Balancing Path on Patheos Pagan.
We will be talking about speaking ill of the dead while still respecting the grieving process, and the importance of accountability for healing, growth, and creating social change. How the concept of “don’t speak ill of the dead” is typically utilized is fraught with dismissal and erasure. Every time someone problematic dies, it is nearly inevitable to hear statements of “don’t speak ill of the dead,” but who does that idea serve? What benefit does it have? Certainly, if we want to learn from the past and honor those who have been harmed by people now deceased, we must speak honestly of the dead, even if being honest means speaking ill.
Sidney Eileen is a nonbinary, transgender, asexual, animistic, polytheist witch, and an artist, blogger, writer, and teacher. They acknowledge divinity and unique natures in not just deities, but in all manner of ephemeral and supernatural beings, spirits, living beings, and the souls that embody the physical objects and spaces around us. Their practice is lifelong and of an intuitive nature, seeking fulfillment through mutable asymmetrical balance. Their perspective as a witch and an artist influences everything they do.
You can find Sidney Eileen at: http://sidneyeileen.com/blog/
The Balancing Path on Patheos Pagan https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thebalancingpath/
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