Years ago, the Goddess Columbia showed up and suggested that I ought to begin working with her. As our country careens further and further into fascist chaos, I begin to understand why. On this Independence Day, many are turning to Her to aid in their workings to save America.
Since colonial times, Columbia has been the personification of America. A statue of her stands atop the United States Capitol and there are innumerable statues, bas reliefs, and paintings of her. (Check your state flag; She or one of Her many sister Goddesses may well be there.) To many, and I include myself in this group, She is one of a number of Goddesses, beginning with Athena, associated with a particular nation state. Thus Athena personifies Athens, Britannia personifies Britain, Marianne personifies France, Germania personifies Germany. There are many others.
On Independence Day, 2011, I began a series of workings to get more information about Columbia. You can read my results at the Hail Columbia website.
Gus diZerega has an important post about the need to “recapture” our national symbols (especially important, as fascists are excellent at stealing them; as Sinclair Lewis is supposed to have prophetically stated, “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”). I can think of no better way to do that than to claim Columbia for our own.
Happy birthday, America. May you grow to fulfill your promise. May Columbia guard you. This is my will. So mote it be.
Picture found here.