How Witchcraft Saves Me/You/Us: Resourcing, Resilience, and Resistance

How Witchcraft Saves Me/You/Us: Resourcing, Resilience, and Resistance January 4, 2019

Sometimes I think about how I might feel if I didn’t have Witchcraft in my life at this particular time.  I wonder about how it would feel to be in a world of power struggles and wars and isms. I wonder if I would tune out or sink into the background noise of injustice or accept everything as truth.

Or would I fight for a new government? Would I be able to see something better that’s worth fighting for?

While I’m not here to convert to Witchcraft, or even Reclaiming, or even deity-focused practices, I think Witchcraft can save, can hold, and can support us in the times where light seems so dim.

Counter-protest against Donald Trump rally: credit to Fibonacci Blue from Minnesota, USA

Resourcing

As soon as I wrote that previous sentence, I thought about myths. I thought about Lord of the Rings and the way that beings came together to achieve a common goal. (And yes, I know there are complexities with the story, the author, the time in which it was written, the issues of race, etc.)

For now, let’s move back to myth. The stories that inspire and motivate us. The stories that might make us pause to consider our own actions, our own decisions. These stories are resources for courage, for boldness, for fighting against, and standing up for what I feel to be right and just.

I turn to myths for the wider view, the larger possibility, and to find resources for the energy that moves me forward.

But Witchcraft also provides resourcing from communities. The communities of covens and local groups, the large communities and traditions. And still the even large groups that might stretch to pantheons, larger multiverse views, etc.

Even in the times of conflict or confusion and greater questions, community is where I am inspired and motivated to learn and grow. And this is often the place where I replenish and ask for support. After all, it’s not sustainable to hold the same role all the time.

Sometimes, you need to step in and sometimes you need to step back. There is value in both, and there are certainly gray areas between.

Resilience

Witchcraft has also shown me resilience and has pushed me in the direction of my own internal strength.

Resilience: the act of coming back from what which knocked you off balance.

Much like the idea of balance, I don’t think there is a perfect state of resilience. I do think that using magick, being in ritual, and interacting with witches has enabled me to see that even when it seems like all is lost, I can come back.

I will come back.

Maybe it’s the way that magick is predictably unpredictable.

Maybe it’s that witches are just as human as anyone else.

Maybe it’s because the godds always seem to have a plan for me even when I don’t think they do.

I come back to where I am grounded.

It might take time.

It might take some work on my part.

It might take some bravery.

I come back.

And the more I return, the more I believe I can the next time too.

Image from page 279 of “Witch Hill : a history of Salem witchcraft, including illustrative sketches of persons and places” (1870)

Resistance

Witchcraft has also saved me from complete hopelessness and apathy. By using my magickal tools, I can influence and impact the world around me. I don’t always go to the place of hexing, but there are ways in which I can show up and stand up to what could/has harmed the ones I love.

I know how to stay grounded in difficult situations. I know how to cleanse my space and self of negative energy and how to shield.

I know how to protect my physical and psychic space, and be ready to resist in any way that I can.

And what I’ve learned from myself along this journey is that resistance takes many forms in many spaces. Sometimes, it’s writing about it. Sometimes, it’s being on the streets and drumming to keep people’s energies up.

Sometimes, it’s trying (once again) to get that one relative to at least listen to what you’ve been trying to tell them about oppression and injustice.

I wish there was a simple way to end this, but it’s really the beginning.

How does Witchcraft (however you define that) save you?

What tools do you find the most important?

 

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About Irisanya Moon
I’m a Witch. I’m a writer. I’m a priestess, teacher, drummer, feminist, and initiate in the Reclaiming tradition. I serve the gods, my community, and the Earth. I’ve called myself a Witch for nearly 20 years, and my life has been infused with magick. I am interested in shifting stories – the ones we tell ourselves and the ones that are told about us. I’m continuously inspired to engage as the storyteller and the story, the words and the spaces between. I am a devotee of Aphrodite, Hecate, the Norns, and Iris. I seek to find love and to inspire love by reminding us we are not alone, while also meeting myself at the crossroads, holding the threads of life, and bringing down messages from the gods. I am a Witch. You can read more about the author here.
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  • herbprof

    Assuming that this writer is anti-Trump, and leaning toward Socialism!
    —What would a Witches Life Be Like Under Socialism?
    1. Under Socialism the Government is God!
    —So no idol worship
    —No Witch Craft Books
    —No Tarot Cards, or Crystal Balls!
    —No animals as Familiars! Because you cannot have, or own an animal under Socialism, unless there is a State reason for you to have one, such as a guard dog!
    —No Witch Covens, or Witch Celebrations, no meetings or gathering of any kind! Only Socialist meetings and gatherings are allowed!
    2. Socialism seeks to destroy the family, and replace the father and mother with the state.
    —So no Sun, Shower Witch getting married! The Soviet State remade the family! The emancipation of workers destroyed the institution of marriage to one of just mutual affection. And civil marriage totally replaced Spiritual marriage.
    3. Socialism promotes abortion and euthanasia, eugenics and genocide.
    —So no old kindly, or otherwise old Witches practicing their trade. They are killed off (euthanized) because they no longer have any value to the State!
    4. Socialism disavows private property and uses wealth redistribution to control people.
    — So no Witches living in their little cottage in the woods, or town, that living space is confiscated for the State.
    — Everyone is put to work where they are needed, you are a socialist cog in the socialist wheel.
    — So a Witch could very well find themselves living on a farm commune… Living in a barracks situation, toiling away until they are euthanized!
    5. Socialism makes up arbitrary laws to control people! No laws are made to protect anyone as an individual, with the right to do as they please. Like you decide that you have a calling to be a Witch, no, the State decides who you are!
    —There is no respect for individual rights, you could not even declare that you are a Witch! Why Not, because it is the State who decides who you are, not you!
    — Example: You could get a knock on your door at any time? And be told to pack your stuff, you are moving to city xyz to work in a factory there!

    Conclusion:
    Be careful of what you conjure up, hex, and curse as a Witch today?… Because it could place you under Socialism’s full control? Turning you into a lost soul, in a soulless society!

  • Gordon Cooper

    Why don’t we ask the witches in Finland, England or elsewhere before jumping to your interesting list? I don’t see any of these issues operating there. Socialism is a fairly broad category. By the standards of the current Republican Party it includes Eisenhower’s 1956 Party Platform. As well as Nixon’s policies around the EPA and Education.

  • herbprof

    Finland, England and elsewhere are swinging Right since the Refugee Crisis bogged them down in culture shock, and discontent with Syrian, and Somali refugees and the liberal elitist schmoes running those governments… And my educated guess says the Witches there are much too busy making and selling poppit, moppet, mommet and pippy dolls for spell casting the above, to spare time for an interview!
    But if I was going to interview a Witch in a Socialist Country, I would pick one that is up to their eyebrows in a “Real Socialism Experiment,” like Venezuela! But I doubt I would be able to find any Witches there, as they long ago hopped the wall/fence into that Witches Paradise, the “Good Old USA!” And I say “Welcome” to any Witch running from any Socialistic Nightmare to America! Because any Witch with half a brain knows that realistically a Democratic Republic, with Free Market Capitalism, “Guards Their Right to Their Pursuit of Happiness as a Witch, or Whatever Happiness it is That They Are Seeking?”

  • Gordon Cooper

    Wow. That’s a lot of Rushspeak to unpack. If you are indifferent to slaughter in Syria or elsewhere, then there’s not much to say.

    Socialism is a pretty broad term. It includes national utility grids, road systems, post offices, unions, insurance, health and safety regulations and the like. Providing for the general welfare and that sort of thing.

    Venezuela is a dictatorship or a strong man regime.

  • herbprof

    You’re kidding me right? The muslims have been trying to kill everyone with Mohammed’s Blessing from the Beginning!… And as soon as he died, about 1400 years ago, they started killing each other as well, so Grow Up!

    And regarding Socialism, that is just how it starts, “Hello!” A Venezuelan type dictator promises everything is “FREE!”… Including national utility grids, road systems, post offices, unions, insurance, health and safety regulations and a Paycheck, and that sort of thing; “Ortezspeak Duh?”

    Taken From Below Reference:
    “Seeing the failure of these models, Lenin concluded that socialism in Russia had to be constructed “from above” through the dictatorship of the proletariat…” Lenin’s use of terror (instilled by a secret police apparatus) to exact social obedience, mass murder and disappearance, censoring of communications and absence of justice was only reinforced by his successor, Joseph Stalin.
    Note: And BYW, how about you showing up with the facts, and a reference or two, to verify your Ortezspeak?… I don’t like playing the part of your teacher!

    Reference:
    Authoritarian socialism, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Authoritarian socialism refers to a collection of political-economic systems describing themselves as socialist and rejecting the liberal democratic concepts of multi-party politics, freedom of assembly, habeas corpus, the Right to keep and bear arms and freedom of expression.

  • Gordon Cooper

    All socialism isn’t authoritarian. Citing Wikipedia is hardly a winning argument .

    You might want to criticize Ben Franklin and Teddy Roosevelt as well for being rabid socialists. Along with Nixon and Eisenhower (see the Republican 1956 Party Platform). Proving for the common welfare, and all that. This isn’t free. It is an efficient Federal system. Just like having the ICC or FDA.

    Are you paying royalties to Grace Hopper or Heddy Lamar? If not, do you enjoy free stuff? How about velcro? Teflon? Did you pay for any of that directly? No. It was federally funded, just like the grid, the highway system, etc.

    Islam as such has no more violence inherent to it than any other system. It is always an option, just as the terror following the French Revolution was one possibility that can happen in a democracy. . When Ferdinand and Isabella threw all Jews out of Spain, it was the Turkish armada that was dispatched by the Sultan to save them. Saladin ransomed Christian prisoners out of his own pocket during the Crusades. I’m unaware of any similar action by Richard or other Christian rulers.

  • herbprof

    Gordon, which is it? Are they Mohammedan or Muslim, and is the religion Mohammedanism or Islam. I am confused, as I am in my 75 year, and all my life I knew them as Mohammedan People who are the followers of the words of Mohammed! And their religion was Mohammedanism, that was created by Mohammed? With your historical knowledge of Islam, could you please explain to me what happened, with reference please?

  • Gordon Cooper

    Al-islam (al being an article) has been the preferred descriptor for over a thousand years. As with the invented by the British term “Hinduism” it is a recent gloss.

  • herbprof

    OCASIO-CORTEZ VERSION OF SOCIALISM AND HOW IT BRINGS ON STARVATION…
    (yup, I am still alive Gordon just busy)
    Today’s Western Socialism is, Five People, Sitting at a Table, Plus Ms Ocasio as Mgr…
    1. The most Creative, and Industrious person has 5 one dollar bills.
    2. Socialism, is Ms. Ocasio-Cortez takes away 4 of the creative persons 5 dollars, and gives 1 dollar each to the other four people!…
    3. And then she imposes a 60% tax on all five of them, and gives that to herself!
    4. Which depresses the enthusiasm of the Creative and Industrious person, who stops Creating!

    And Some Interesting News About A So Called, “The Western Socialism State?”…
    Now Even Swedes Are Questioning the Welfare State – Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/…/now-even-swedes-are-questioning-the-welfare-state Jun 25, 2018 – Sweden is a nation in surplus and the government has still been raising taxes, with the top marginal rate now reaching 60 percent. … Paying some of the world’s highest income-tax rates has been the …. The economy grew 3.3 percent on an annual basis in the first quarter, among the fastest in western

  • herbprof

    Here is a fun version of Socialism, I think that even you can understand Gordon?

    Cartoon Ronald Reagan Accidentally Steps into Some Socialism… Have you ever tried to get that off of your shoes

  • herbprof

    Hi again Gordon, it took me a while to find what I was looking for but you will be happy to know that I found it… Because it talks about who you, and I and everyone are in Muslim Eyes… And why everyone but Allah’s Chosen Faithful are the Kafir! So we are the Kafir Gordon, and we are all hated by Allah, and thus by all Muslims!…

    The Text Below is Taken Directly From the Reference Listed Below:

    Islam devotes a great amount of energy to the Kafir. The majority (64%) of the Koran is devoted to the Kafir, and nearly all of the Sira (81%) deals with Mohammed’s struggle with them. The Hadith (Traditions) devotes 32% of the text to Kafirs1. Overall, the Trilogy devotes 60% of its content to the Kafir.

    Hadith 37%
    Sira 81%
    Koran 64%
    Total 60%
    Amount of Text Devoted to the Kafir

    The Sharia does not devote nearly that much to the Kafir since Sharia law is primarily for Muslims. Besides, the Kafir has few rights, so there is little to expound on.

    Religious Islam is what Muslims do to go to Paradise and avoid Hell. What Mohammed did to Kafirs was not religious, but political. Political Islam is what is of concern to Kafirs, not the religion. Who cares how a Muslim worships, but every one of us is concerned as to what they do to us and say about us. Political Islam should be of concern to every Kafir.

    Here are two Sharia references about Kafirs:

    w59.2 […] And this clarifies the Koranic verses and hadiths about hatred for the sake of Allah and love for the sake of Allah, Al Walaa wa al Baraa, being unyielding towards the Kafirs, hard against them, and detesting them, while accepting the destiny of Allah Most High insofar as it is the decree of Allah Mighty and Majestic.

    Hatred for the sake of Allah and love for the sake of Allah is called Al Walaa wa al Baraa, a fundamental principle of Islamic ethics and Sharia. A Muslim is to hate what Allah hates and love what Allah loves. Allah hates the Kafir, therefore, a Muslim is to act accordingly.

    40:35 They [Kafirs] who dispute the signs [Koran verses] of Allah without authority having reached them are greatly hated by Allah and the believers [Muslims]. So Allah seals up every arrogant, disdainful heart.

    h8.24 It is not permissible to give zakat [charity] to a Kafir, or to someone whom one is obliged to support such as a wife or family member.

    Here are a few of the Koran references: A Kafir can be mocked–

    83:34 On that day the faithful will mock the Kafirs, while they sit on bridal couches and watch them. Should not the Kafirs be paid back for what they did?

    A Kafir can be beheaded—

    47:4 When you encounter the Kafirs on the battlefield, cut off their heads until you have thoroughly defeated them and then take the prisoners and tie them up firmly.

    A Kafir can be plotted against—

    86:15 They plot and scheme against you [Mohammed], and I plot and scheme against them. Therefore, deal calmly with the Kafirs and leave them alone for a while.

    A Kafir can be terrorized—

    8:12 Then your Lord spoke to His angels and said, “I will be with you. Give strength to the believers. I will send terror into the Kafirs’ hearts, cut off their heads and even the tips of their fingers!”

    A Muslim is not the friend of a Kafir—

    3:28 Believers should not take Kafirs as friends in preference to other believers. Those who do this will have none of Allah’s protection and will only have themselves as guards. Allah warns you to fear Him for all will return to Him.

    A Kafir is evil—

    23:97 And say: Oh my Lord! I seek refuge with You from the suggestions of the evil ones [Kafirs]. And I seek refuge with you, my Lord, from their presence.

    A Kafir is disgraced—

    37:18 Tell them, “Yes! And you [Kafirs] will be disgraced.”

    A Kafir is cursed—

    33:60 They [Kafirs] will be cursed, and wherever they are found, they will be seized and murdered. It was Allah’s same practice with those who came before them, and you will find no change in Allah’s ways.

    Koran 1: 7 Not the path of those who anger You [the Jews] nor the path of those who go astray [the Christians].

    LANGUAGE
    Since the original Arabic word for unbelievers was Kafir and that is the actual word used in the Koran and Sharia law, that is the word used here for accuracy and precision.

    It is very simple: if you don’t believe Mohammed and his Koran, you are a Kafir.

    Reference:
    Sacred Deception – Taqiyya – Political Islam
    https://www.politicalislam.com/sacred-deception-taqiyya/
    Nov 14, 2014 – Allah is not only a hater of unbelievers, we Kaffirs, I think, but also a hater of muslims in the end. I would say it hates all muslims and not …