Musings of a Modern Mystic: Witchcraft is Political

 

It has been one year, two months and 20 days since I have sat down to write a blog.

I have not stopped writing; I write posts on my personal page, and the NR fb page. I have also worked on some writing projects.

The blog felt like it needed to rest.

Like it needed to be in chrysalis as badly as I did.

Emerging is scary, emerging in a new form, scarier still.

But here I am with my first blog in an awfully long time to talk about a topic that is much overdue.

A topic I have discussed many times in comments, or a few sentences here and there on the page.

As I move and shift this space to a Collective of writers, instead of just myself, I am inspired more than ever to push the limits. I am inspired to talk about what nobody wants to talk about, or topics that will surely get me trolled.

Bring it on, I say.

I am not here to make you comfortable, and I am done trying to have comfortable conversations.

Comfort gets us nowhere; it will only bring stagnation.

So, what is it exactly that I have to say that is going to get everyone in a tizzy?

I don’t often make generalized or absolute statements, there are simply too many variables and moving parts to any equation in this vast universe that I am careful what I say and how I say it.

This, however, needs to be spoken as an absolute.

Here it goes:

Witchcraft is political.

Witchcraft. Is. Political.

WITCHCRAFT IS POLITICAL.

I can hear it now, the cries and whimpers like, and I am using direct past quotes that have been said to me:

“Don’t bring politics into my Craft!”

“I don’t read your work to read about politics and social issues. Please don’t become *that*.”

“Witchcraft is not political, humans are. We don’t need politics here.”

Privilege.

P R I V I L E G E.

It’s privilege to be a Witch and say that you are not political, to ignore injustices because they “don’t affect you”.

Witchcraft is now and will always be political.

When I use the word political, I am not talking about democracy, per se. Nor am I talking about the United States’ 2 party system that has f*cked us all. This is not Democrat and Republican.

I am talking about what being a Witch, calling oneself a Witch means.

It is truly Revolutionary to call yourself a Witch.

We stand for the marginalized, the outcasts, the downtrodden, the misfits, and the weirdos.

AND WE ALWAYS HAVE!

Activism, Social Issues, Human & Civil Rights, Allyship, Anti-racism, Anti-ableism (and more!) are all pre-requisites to being a Witch.

“You are gatekeeping! How dare you tell me how to be a Witch!”

Is asking you, or telling you, rather, to be a decent human being gatekeeping?

Is it REALLY?!

 

I want you to think about that long and hard if your immediate reaction was/is that I am gatekeeping.

Ask yourself why you feel the way you do?

Is requesting human decency gatekeeping?

If you answer yes, then your issue is far deeper and greater than I can address here.

So, as they say, “not my circus, not my monkeys”.

Witches may have been hidden in history—even hid ourselves and moved in silence, but we got sh*t done.

We weren’t afraid to get our hands dirty.

Some of us still aren’t.

It was the Wise Woman, Man and Person who lived on the edge of the forest communing with nature and plant Spirits, carrying deep rooted herbal and plant knowledge that were Healers in days past.

It was the Healer who was shunned for knowing too much about plants that would help a Woman/Femme deal with unwanted pregnancy in a safer manner than some of her/their other options. Or help heal a Soldier’s war wounds, or gout.

It was the unsuspecting Granny who went to Church every Sunday, who knew Psalms like the back of her hand and whipped up the most glorious Kitchen Magick you ever had seen. Her prayers worked like she had a direct line to God.

To deny the power and role of the Witch is to douse our history in toxic positivity.

Many of us found our way to the Craft because we were met with injustice and/or adversity of some kind, and we needed to take our power back.

To be a Witch is to be Sovereign, without a doubt.

Then I think about this Tweet (one that I have shared on the page before) and I am left wondering:

Are we meant to be Sovereign AND in Service (to Magick)  at the same time?

Why else would we have or collect all this knowledge, and even though I hate the word power?

Why not use it for the greater good?

It is time we decolonized the Craft.

There are too many people who call themselves Witch and turn the other cheek when they see oppression and continue to benefit from systems put in place long ago instead of smashing said system.

We first need equality, then we need equity and finally we will find liberation.

We have a silent oath to uphold when walking this path.

We have an obligation to fight deep in the trenches so that the systems harming us can be destroyed.

If you are not willing to pushback against the status quo, what are you even doing here?

Are you even a Witch, or are you a WINO (Witch In Name Only)?

Witchcraft requires action, to be a Witch requires action; just like the Magick we cast.

Your intentions may be well and good, but unless you act on them, they mean nothing.

Silence is compliance.

Nobody said this would be easy, but it is worth it.

The freedom, strength and courage I have found through Witchcraft and living my life as a Witch cannot be put into words for, they do it no justice.

Blessed Are the Witches, the Oathkeepers, the Torchbearers and the Balancers of Scales.

Lux in Tenebris Lucet

Lessons in Magick: Respect Our Community

Ebru Sidar

Image: Ebru Sidar

“It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.”

Hermann Hesse


It seems that over the last week to ten days I have caused some waves within my personal life, and our community with my writing or statements I have made. I do not feed those who fail to understand me, or those who like to get offended over every damn thing; I have only recently learned this lesson of self-restraint and starving the naysayers, but I find myself writing this post anyways.

This is not going to be a rant but a mere explanation to give some clarity; I do not plan on ever doing this again but I think it’s important for you to understand me, and there needs to be a bit of transparency with a couple recent situations.

So, here we go.

The first thing I would like to say is that respect is everything in this world, but it is really everything in my world. I know that I get a little sarcastic, smart assy, and I am known to spit venom, those moments are becoming less and less, and I only react after being pushed too far.

I try to remain diplomatic, although at times diplomacy must be thrown out the window.

I run a small, private group of close friends and Witches on fb. The day after my post on the NR public page about the ignorance in the Satanic Witch meme a friend decided to post something making fun of “fluff bunnies”.

Hypocrisy will not be tolerated.

I get it, it’s funny to giggle at Wiccans or other branches of Paganism that may not be as dark, or rebellious as we are but to make fun of them makes us no better than they are when lies are being spread about our path.

This is one of those times where we must rise above, and not fight fire with fire; we have to learn to be still, like water.

We will flow passed any adversity we are faced with.

If our community is divided how are we supposed to show strength in numbers? How are we supposed to awaken the masses, and fight back against a Patriarchal system that has been oppressing us (Witches) for centuries? How are we supposed to stand as a united front when we can’t even show respect to our own community?

We have to start showing equal respect, no matter what. Who cares if someone is Wiccan, or practices the rede, who cares if someone is a Kitchen Witch and doesn’t cast Magick but prefers to work more with food, and herbs (hearth and home).

Who cares how anyone else practices, we are each entitled to practice how we want, and we should be free to do so without judgment from our Sisters and Brothers.

So, please can we stop cracking jokes, and spreading lies that do nothing more but perpetuate the fear, and misunderstanding that people have towards us. When we do these things we are not hurting society, we are essentially hurting our own family.

While I have your attention can we also stop saying “well a real Witch this” or a “real witch that”. We are all real Witches, and to say that one is more real than another shows a superiority complex that is oozing, and dripping with ego and will do nothing more but poison yourself. It also shows sincere insecurity, and lack of self respect. If you are firm in your own power, and abilities then you shouldn’t be worried about pointing fingers at “Real witches” and belittling the “fake ones” for that matter.

The next topic I would like to address is me not identifying as Pagan. This has not been a hidden secret, in fact I am quite vocal about my personal decision to not label myself as Pagan, and this is for a few reasons.

First, I know that Pagan is a blanket, or umbrella term and that as a Witch and Luciferian I fall under that umbrella. I hate labels though, I hate defining myself, and I hate to limit my potential; I consider myself a Luciferian Witch, and when people ask that is exactly what I tell them.

Pagan is such a broad term, and I do not practice many aspects of Paganism itself, even though again by definition I fall under that category.

Secondly, the Pagan community as a whole is reluctant to include, or accept Luciferians and Satanists; both of these groups have shown me extreme love and support, not to mention that I am Luciferian, so to include myself with a group that does not accept me entirely is not something I can do. It goes against the very pillars of my personal Philosophy.

The thing is, where does it say that I have to be politically correct, that as a Luciferian Witch I have to claim Pagan, too? Where is it written that I have to identify as anything at all? Why are labels, and definitions thrown around like titles more so than to describe oneself from a place of pride?

We seem to use labels to build ourselves up, and sound a certain way, or come off in a specific manner.

Fuck labels.

Just because I do not identify as a Pagan does not mean that I do not, or would not have their back in a fight. I have shown that I will have anyone’s back in a fight where I see that justice is lacking, and I have proven this time, and time again.

We have to start uniting as a community, and looking at the bigger picture. We also need to stop fearing, and slandering that which we do not understand.

The Christians, and the Patriarchy, society in general, don’t have to do anything, there need not be Witch hunts because we are hunting our own.

Wake up, Witches. Respect your Sisters, and Brothers of the Craft, we have fought too long, and too hard for our demise to be by our own hands.

Blessed Are The Witches.