I notice Hecate has not posted in a few days, and I’m guessing that it’s because she is deep into preparing for a gathering we’re both participating in this weekend on working political magic. She’ll be one of the presenters, and, serendipitously, although I’ll miss the very opening due to another commitment, I should arrive just before she begins.
She and I both spend a decent amount of time on this blog (and our Twitter accounts) encouraging Democrats/liberals/progressives/#TheResistance (whatever term you prefer) to take action in the “mundane” world and detailing ways to do that. Write postcards. Register voters. Get involved in your local Democratic party or Indivisible group. Volunteer with Swing Left. Phone bank. Find candidates you believe in and contribute to their campaigns. Canvass for them. That stuff is all REALLY, REALLY important, particularly in these final 52 days before the election.
It’s equally important that we continue to work in the magical realm.
Hecate and I and a small (but growing) group of witches have been working twice a month since well before the 2016 elections, towards things we want (like an end to gerrymandering, protection for democratic norms, the #BlueWave, for elected Democrats to get their acts together in advance so that when they are in power again they don’t waste ONE SECOND debating about what to do) on the full moons and to banish things we don’t want (like Muslim bans and children in cages and lying liars who lie and attempt to rape women on the Supreme Court) on the dark.
Our magical work supports our mundane work, and vice versa.
Some of the witches we approached to work magic with us turned us down. “Activist” type of magical working wasn’t for them – they wanted to stay in an “advocate” role and stay off the front lines. And that’s OK. Fighting at the barricades is not for everyone.
And maybe that’s you. Maybe you’ve been doing the weekly Magical Battles for America Hecate puts so much time and thought into. Maybe that feels too activist to you. Think about what you CAN do. Can you channel energy to tired volunteers heading out on ANOTHER rainy weekend here in the Mid-Atlantic to canvass in swing districts? Can you light a black candle and envision the Magical Battlers surrounded by a ring of protective fire? Can you call the ancestors in sacred circle and ask them to protect the more than 400 immigrant children who still haven’t been reunited with their parents? Or the Parkland teens?
Some would say that a witch who can’t hex can’t heal, and are willing to accept the consequences that come with that kind of magic. Some aren’t comfortable with that, or with those types of consequences. We need all types of fighters, those who are OK on the front lines and those who provide spiritual, emotional, and physical support for the front line troops. We’re all working towards the same goal.
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