Witches, Time Is Running Out To Realize Our Political & Magical Power

Witches, Time Is Running Out To Realize Our Political & Magical Power October 30, 2018

 

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It’s not a secret that a lot of people tend to secretly root for the underdog, the rebel with a cause. It’s one of the many reasons why Star Wars appeals to so many, the tale tapping into the myth of the creation of the hero, with the young boy from a simple farming background going up against a large, authoritarian government. Challenging societal structures isn’t about random chaos or blowing crap up just to watch the world burn; it’s been about opposing that which seeks to destroy for its own benefit. Witches are inherently subversive. Our background, our history, all of that follows this narrative.

Witches in traditional lore have been a threat to larger governing structures and those who uphold them because they challenged the status quo and who held power. It’s a good chunk of why the benandanti, Italian folk craft/shamanic practitioners who supposedly fought against “bad witches in league with the devil” went from being allies to the church to being seen as a threat to the church, and ultimately hunted down. It’s also why witches have been seen as being enemies of the church to begin with, as the church was essentially the ruling body of that time. They held power, and the church was ultimately threatened by that power. Much of this has to do with religious doctrine, wars against the lingering pagan populace, and stamping their rule over those who would oppose them. It was better to have the witches’ fear of the church be greater than that of the church’s fear of the witches. After all, they didn’t want an uprising.

“People should not be afraid of their government, government should be afraid of their people.” – V, V For Vendetta

In modern times we’re facing a very similar situation in which an increasingly fascist and authoritarian government desperately wants their people too afraid to oppose them, too skeptical to vote, and ultimately too distracted to actually make a difference. It’s heavily ironic that the term “witch hunt” has been used by the Trump administration to describe the ongoing Mueller investigation and other questioning and criticism. The reality is that like much of their accusations of the politically left leaning, it is total projection. They are not the witches being hunted down, the people being discriminated against. They are not the immigrant children being put into cages, the LGBTQIA+ community living under the threat of their basic human rights being taken away, women’s rights over their own bodies as autonomous beings being removed, or the people being shot and killed for the crime of being black or Jewish. For those of us living under the threat of the Trump government, we are the witches and they want us to burn. As a queer women of Jewish descent, this impacts me. And even if it didn’t impact me directly, it’s my responsibility as a decent human being living in society to do the right thing by fighting for others facing oppression.

And this is why we actual witches, especially those of us who are non-white and even more so those who are black, LGBTQIA+, female, and/or of Jewish heritage need to fight back and embrace our innate understanding of what it means to upend the status quo. That very status quo would have us deprived of our basic rights or even dead because it belongs to those who desire to oppress others for their own sakes.

There are two things every single witch should be doing on or before Nov 6th:

  1. Tapping into our own power as witches to help end the madness. I’ve blogged before on how to do magic to influence world events and oppose tyrants, feel free to brush up on that. There are a lot of other occultists who have been writing about performing such magical acts of resistance and organizing them as well. I recommend starting or joining an existing one. Some are public while others are not. If you’re interested in the ones that aren’t public, feel free to contact me.
  2. Vote Democrat for absolutely every office in the midterms, especially those who represent us in Congress. The GOP have been complicit and every last one of them should be removed if at all possible. Bring your friends to the voting booths. Hold them accountable. And hold the Democrats accountable too post elections.

Are the Democrats perfect? No, they aren’t–and we can hold them to the fire if need be and they are far more likely to care about civil rights than the Republicans do. And we really ought to be listening to black people, especially women, on how we should be voting and handling this on the whole. The vast majority of them have voted in past elections for the Dems for excellent reasons. And 92% disapprove of Trump. Also, they don’t have literal Nazis running for office while their president refers to them as “fine people”, so there’s that.

We are watching our country collapse in real time, and those of us who already have been historically discriminated against and disenfranchised have felt the burn first. It will continue to trickle down. It will get worse. Voting blue and taking back at least one of the houses is the start, and it is the proverbial duct tape that will hold back the fire so we have a chance at getting better. It gives us a chance versus having none whatsoever. 2020 will not save us otherwise; the same people who helped Trump will still be in power.

Getting a Democratic majority in either or both houses is literally our last and only hope as a nation. If we do not succeed, we have none left.

Witches, assemble.

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  • Shawn Herles

    Witches have a large variety of political beliefs. Using “our” as though we all think the same and vote the same erases the identities of those witches who think differently. Being a witch is about non-conformity, that can include not conforming to progressive orthodoxy just as much as conservative orthodoxy.

    There are legitimate criticisms of Trump, but “fascist” isn’t one of them. That claim has no more basis in reality than the claim that Obama was a Muslim-Communist out to destroy America. And both parties are equally authoritarian, they just express it in slightly different ways.

    Trump or the Republicans won’t be exactly great for women or LGBT folks, but they can’t and won’t roll back every right or return us to the Middle Ages. That’s just scaremongering. I remember the same claims being made about Reagan and Bush 2, but the claims were proved mostly false. More and more Americans support equality between men and women, and most support gay rights to some degree. That’s particularly true of younger people, and that trend is not going to change. This is not “our” last chance. If the Dems fail to make any gains in the midterms, there are more elections in two years time, and more after that. In a democracy, even one as flawed as ours, there are always more chances. Assuming the Democratic Party is the answer in the first place. Personally I hold them in just as much contempt as the Republicans. I have poor/working class family in the Rust belt and Appalachia. Eight years of Obama’s “hope and change” made no difference to the circumstances of their poverty.

    Scaremongering people with apocalyptic warnings about mass persecution and a return to the burning times if the Democratic party fails in the midterms is neither realistic nor responsible. Our political culture is already divided enough, and filled with hateful othering of the supposed “enemy” whether that enemy is supposed to be the Democrats or the Republicans. We all need to take a step back and recognise that the other side of the political divide are our neighbours, not the Devil. That is true of the leadership of both parties. Moreover, witches don’t need a saviour, let alone a political party as one. We are self-reliant. We are our own saviours.

    And on behalf of those witches who are purple voters, who don’t conform to the orthodoxy and dogma of the Right or the Left, can people stop pretending we don’t exist? Thanks.

  • As a “purple” witch, I have never witnessed in 63 years what has happened in the last two years. I’m voting blue and going to hold their feet to the fire. It means we have to become active and for me to continue to be active even after doing so for nearly five decades. The GOP or government has never, ever given people rights without action. Those of us who are historians have been telling people to wake up for decades now, but instead we’re living in the 1960s all over again and it can get worse. Much worse. Especially with a White Nationalist at the top and egging on every scoundrel, KKK, Nazi, Supremacist, Proud Boys, and the evangelical-Taliban. Silence and non-action is complicity.

    We want less corporate shills, greed and corrupt politicians, warmongers, pedophiles, rapists, and predators in office, but it will not come from the GOP — those people are their base along with the closet racists, misogynists, and other bigots. ༺☽:: Blessed Be ::☾༻

    P.S. A White Nationalist is a fascist. It shows every time he lifts his right arm and open palm with sieg heil.

  • kenofken

    “In a democracy, even one as flawed as ours, there are always more chances…”

    Not if the norms and mechanisms of democracy itself fail under unrelenting attack and neglect. What’s at stake is far more than run of the mill policy differences. It’s whether and for how long we will have functional participatory democracy, rule of law and even a semblance of the equality and inclusion envisioned by the founders.

    The regime in power is not Republican nor conservative by any historical standard. It is white nationalist populism with a nihilistic contempt of all of the restraints and civic norms and check and balances which both parties have honored, if grudgingly throughout our history. We have not, so far as I am aware, ever previously had a president who “joked” that any election day setback would be presumed illegitimate and might warrant “second amendment solutions” ie murder and armed insurrection. We have had presidents on all sides heavily spin facts in their favor. We have not had the Soviet style complete abandonment of scientific data and facts we see now.

    All presidents have grumbled about their treatment in the press at times. None till now has gone so far as to label a free press “the enemy of the people”. That is a universal and defining characteristic of totalitarian “sh**hole” nations everywhere. It is a dangerous assumption that changing majority attitudes will safeguard people from abuses and loss of rights. Majority will only matters when people take the effort to express it through voting, assuming they even have that capability. We are being run by an administration chosen by a minority of the popular vote and by a small fraction – 26% of those eligible to vote.

    Much of that blame rests with people who didn’t vote, but that option is vanishing for many people. Red states are drafting laws to simply ban access to the voting booth for anyone they suspect might vote the “wrong” way. It’s effectively a “whites only” system functionally identical to the poll taxes and “grandfather clauses” of the Jim Crow days. In North Dakota, Native Americans tend to strongly vote Democrat. So the state legislature fixed that by passing a voter ID law that requires a street address. Guess who doesn’t have such addresses? Practically all Native Americans living on reservations. They use PO boxes. Think about this. The most American of Americans have essentially been ruled non-citizens. This is not typical partisan philosophical policy difference. We are witnessing the beginning of the actual death of democracy and formal, institutionalized one-party rule. There aren’t a hell of a lot of turnaround opportunity on a road like this folks, and we won’t know exactly when the last exit ramp is before we’ve passed it. We do not have an infinite number of chances left to fix this.

    There is plenty of room under the Pagan umbrella for people who didn’t like Obama’s policies or the trajectory of the Democratic party. There are no Pagan values which I remotely identify with which would enable a reasonable person to think the actions of the present majority party are in any way OK, or at all morally equivalent to their opposition.

  • Shawn Herles

    “Not if the norms and mechanisms of democracy itself fail under unrelenting attack and neglect”

    The mechanisms of democracy have been neglected for a very long time, under both parties. Voting in the Democrats will make no difference to that.

    “What’s at stake is far more than run of the mill policy differences. It’s whether and for how long we will have functional participatory democracy,”

    That’s partly true, but it has nothing to do with which party holds power.

    “The regime in power is not Republican nor conservative by any historical standard. It is white nationalist populism”

    It’s civic nationalist populism, not white nationalism. White nationalists want an entirely separate white’s only ethnic state. Nothing Trump is doing is going to give them that. White identity politics (which is not necessarily the same thing as white nationalism or white supremacy) did play a small role in electing Trump, largely as a predictable response to the anti-white identity politics of the Progressive Left, but by far and away the issue at the root of Trump’s victory was class, not ethnicity. Specifically the rural poor and working classes no longer believe, and rightly so, that the traditional leadership of either main party has their interests and well being at heart.

    And while I don’t entirely agree with Trump’s version of civic nationalism, or his specific implementation of it, nevertheless in this era of anti-democratic globalisation and global governance civic nationalism is a necessary form of democratic resistance, and a necessary pre-requisite to restoring real participatory democracy and localist sovereignty. In fact my biggest criticism of Trump is that his nationalism is too weak and shallow.

    “”None till now has gone so far as to label a free press “the enemy of the people””

    Which is a shame, because they are, and they are not a “free press”. The mainstream media in the US, and I’m including Fox in that definition, is owned by a very small number of ultra wealthy people and corporations who are not remotely interested in being either the friend of the American people or an objective source of news or critical commentary. They are the friends of big business and global elites.

    “Much of that blame rests with people who didn’t vote”

    No, much of the blame rests with people who think voting for the Oligarchy’s Democratic and Republican sock puppets is actually going to make a difference.

  • Arlene Guillen

    Agree with this on many levels. But what do you mean by Democrats are “far more likely to care about civil rights than we do. “? Are you saying witches care less about them? Not an attack, just trying to clarify. Thanks.

  • More likely to care than the Republicans is what I meant.

  • “Trump or the Republicans won’t be exactly great for women or LGBT folks, but they can’t and won’t roll back every right or return us to the Middle Ages. That’s just scaremongering.”

    No, that’s reality and it’s already happening. I’m gonna guess you’re a straight white and very oblivious male. Good talk.

  • Dream0fSkye

    Thank you. At least someone knows whats up. This insipid partisanship is how we got here in the first place.

  • kyuss

    well said. this might be the best, most insightful and well expressed thought ever posted to the internet. you’ve got my vote.