Alexis P. Morgan: On the Sacred Warrior Archetype
I sat down with writer Alexis P. Morgan recently and got to talk with her about what it means to be a spiritual warrior. Her answer is surprising, and it has more to do with the willingness to be vulnerable than a desire to fight. She mentions how a warrior is someone who is willing to confront what is not working head-on, and the warrior archetype is very different than what we’ve been taught by toxic masculinity.
I ask her a question that has dogged me for ages about whether warriors and healers necessarily have to sit on the opposite side of the spectrum, and she has several examples of Goddesses that are both healers and warriors. Freya, Eir and Sekmet are a few that she describes.
We move on to something that Alexis addresses in her most recent bit of writing, and that is the power of naming. She describes the act of naming as an act of resistance and we discuss how white supremacy and patriarchy operate by making those that are oppressed feel like they cannot name or talk about their oppression.
The conversation then turned to a discussion of the internet, and how the internet both complicates and simplifies the resistance to kyriarchy. Alexis has some salient points about how we tend to treat the internet as if it is not real, and why that is problematic. She also has a great explanation for how the internet is kind of like the Astral plane, and how the complicates our ideas of community and loneliness.
Then the discussion turns to the subject of Law of Attraction and, to cut to the chase, how we both see it as a world killing zombie. Alexis has a lot of great perspective on how the principles of LOA have been removed from their roots and why the circuitry of that system just doesn’t work anymore. She notes, however, that it is based on a system of magic that IS very real. She also makes a great point of connecting our 45th president to the philosophies of LOA. Alexis notes how her relationship with her guides and especially her Ancestors keeps her grounded into right relationship with her powers of manifestation.
In closing, I ask her my favorite question, which is what kind of a world she wanted to see in the future, and her answer is beautiful and centers around the kind of world she wants to see for black and brown children. We also get to talk about my new favorite book in this discussion: Emergent Strategy by Adrian Maree Brown.
Alexis brings us full circle at the end of the discussion by noting how in her ideal world violence would be a sacred and terrible thing that is only used in very extreme circumstances. There may or may not be a reference to punching Nazi’s at the end of the interview, as well as a quote by Sun Tzu from the Art of War.
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Here are the links for resources Alexis Mentions in the show:
Alexis’s Website: The Church of St. Felicia. Where you can find her writings, art and other offerings.
Alexis’s Patreon site: https://www.patreon.com/alxpmorgan
Alexis on Medium: https://medium.com/@alxpmorgan
Randi Buckley: Coach, and facilitator
Josephine McCarthy: teacher, occultist, magician.
And, my new favorite book of the moment: Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown.