Witches Are Meant To Be Subversive And That Is Our Power

Witches Are Meant To Be Subversive And That Is Our Power July 13, 2018
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Witchcraft and all of its related practices have long been associated with those who would deign to challenge the status quo. Back when women were persecuted into submission, it is little wonder that the ones who were accused of witchcraft were the ones who stood out, who didn’t fit the mold, who acted “outside their station”, or who otherwise posed a threat to others from a power standpoint. I’ve recently had the fun of mapping out my family tree on Ancestry.com and discovered that I am related to a mother and a daughter who were accused of witchcraft in the late 1600s because the mother had inherited a great deal of property from her father, thus becoming a threat. Thankfully nothing came of those accusations unlike many who were far less fortunate during that time. But it is a prime example of the sort of scenario it took for those to get accused.

Naturally it is little wonder that there were those who gravitated towards engaging in these folk practices regardless. If you’re likely to be accused anyway due to not meeting the standards of society, you may as well join the rebellion. And if you’re already facing unfair societal disadvantages, you may as well find ways to obtain leverage that don’t conform to the norm. Like attracts like, after all.

So…if you have not already, you may as well join the rebellion. And we have most excellent cookies.

Rebellion comes naturally to us, after all. Witches will always be on the outskirts of society; any and all attempts to whitewash and mainstream us have been in vain and actually do us more harm than good. We function best when we are kept outside of the normal boundaries of society and culture where we can best challenge any and all toxic structures within it that pose as a threat to those who would otherwise be of value. Naturally many of us are one or more of the following: female, non-white, LGBTQIA+, etc. It’s no secret that so many love the aesthetic of being a witch–after all, who doesn’t love a rebel with a cause? Witches are the ultimate rebels, and we dance to the beat of our own drum.

Rebelling against unfair laws, unjust behavior, and anything which disenfranchises others at the expense of their civil rights would readily fall under the realm of what we can handle with witchcraft and as witches. Certainly it is not the sole purpose of witchcraft, but it is a natural outcome of standing against the system. What is “politics” for one person is someone else’s life. Many of us are painfully aware of this, and some of us are more affected than not. The more boxes one can tick off on the form of the societal disadvantages, the worse it gets. I face problems and threats due to the current administration of the US government being female, LGBTQIA+, and for various other reasons, but I am white, able bodied, and identify with the gender I was assigned at birth. Those who are not face far worse.

Witchcraft is inherently political. You can’t look at history, see who was targeted with accusations, read of those who actually practiced the arts and say otherwise. And the same can be said of today. The upcoming months are going to get harder and harder for many, and we need to band together. While some of us will be more actively resisting than others–especially those who are engaging in both practical and magical opposition–not everyone is meant for the front lines. We need you all–yes, all of you. The one who have been offering quiet support to those around them, the seers who see enough to advise, the healers who prop up those around them, absolutely all of you. You are just as important. Please continue supporting and caring for those around you, and of course yourself. In fact, all of us should be doing just that.

We may be all marching to the beat of our own drum, but we can still march together.

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  • Olive

    What does subversive mean? Being anti-Trump? Pro-this? Anti-that? This is all subjective. As a witch I stay away from all the political game. If I wanted to go into politics, I’d join a party. I just want to be closer to the Nature and the Spirits, I won’t make my hands dirty with the political mess, I leave it to voters to chose what they want from their government.

  • Barros Serrano

    Following a pagan path is inherently political and contrary to the status quo.

    The system which burned witches enforces corporatist normalcy on us today, and one is still persecuted in many ways for deviating.

    Example: herbs. Having the knowledge to use garden and wild herbs threatens the system on many levels. What one notices first is the resistance of many people, brainwashed not by scientific arguments but a simple prejudice that herbalism is “weird”, “primitive”, “superceded by science”. Never mind that scientific research confirms the medicinal value of many herbs.

    People claiming to be pagan but who are Republicans or other advocates of the ancien régime, sorry, I cannot take them seriously on any level.