First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller 1946
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for a while now you’ve probably noticed that the world doesn’t seem so friendly these days. Honestly, it kinda seems like the nice, comfortable world I’ve always known has caught fire. Between shootings, bombings, hate, fear, greed fueled politicians, and absurd (to me) infighting in my local communities I’m pretty much overwhelmed with just how insane things have gotten. At this point I’m virtually paralyzed by just how far down the path to hell our collective handbasket has gotten.
Right now I’m angry about a lot of things, but the thing that bothers me the most is the complacency and indifference of many of those around me. If I’m really honest I’m also utterly ashamed of my own complacency. While magick is no substitute for actually standing up and taking action, it can help by making it a little easier and perhaps a little safer to do so. Pop culture magick is for a lot more than just fun and games. I decided to take my cue from The Boondock Saints, one of my favorite movies, and create the following spell for ending indifference.
Boondock Saints Spell Against Indifference
This spell can be done anywhere, at any time. In a pinch just recite the incantation without any of the other trappings.
If the purpose of the spell is to motivate yourself, change all of the “you”s in the incantation to “me”s. If you want to target a particular person, change the “you”s to that person’s name (take care because there’s some ethical ambiguity as this could be considered coercive - be sure you’re willing to accept the consequences of your actions).
If you can, first take a minute or two to reflect on the state of the world and allow yourself to get angry. If you don’t have a minute to spare, then chances are you’re already good and mad. Allow your anger and outrage to fuel this spell. If you need some help getting angry I suggest spending about 30 seconds on any mainstream news site, listening to some Rage Against the Machine, and/or watching the following clip from The Boondock Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to5eOs8VRuY.
If you can have some properly anti-establishment music or The Boondock Saints running in the background do so.
If you can, burn a red candle and dragon’s blood incense.
Recite the following incantation:
Open your eyes to the state of your world. See the hate, the fear, the injustice. See the open violations of self perpetrated on those around you. See the insidious, doubtful, aggressions that are written off again and again. See and know the truth.
It is time to stand up. No more shall this rampant fear and hate be allowed to rule our lives. Have courage. Take heart. Allow the fire of outrage to fuel right action.
Let the burning heart of truth incinerate those that would impede right action. Let the power of justice protect those that stand up for those that cannot. The strong arm of righteousness will strengthen and protect you.
We must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men.
By my will that indifference is cracked, broken, and ground to dust. What has been seen can never be unseen. What has been seen must be acted upon. Destroy that which is evil so that which is good may flourish. As I do will, so must it be.
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First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
This is the time of year when many of the young things born in the UK’s spring will become independent. Inevitably it means this is also a time when a lot of them will die, through accident and inexperience.
The transition from dependant to independent varies from species to species, and part of why it varies is the complexity involved in being an adult. You can spot newly fledged birds, because they’re often waiting around making a racket, with parents coming back to feed them regularly even though they’re now out of the nest. They look like teenagers....
Happy Canada Day! I thought that it might be fun to celebrate Canada Day by sharing the meaning and magick behind a few of Canada's national symbols.
One of the most striking of Canada's national symbols is the maple leaf that adorns our flag. Something that people come from all over the world to see is the beauty of our maple forests in Central Canada showing In the fall. Though at this time of year, the leaves of the Canadian maple are still green. This is one and the same with the famous maple tree that produces the sap that becomes maple syrup....
The term "independence" conjures up different images for different individuals. For patriotic types, if you tack "day" on to the end of the word, their eyes might glaze over with star-spangled flags – the drumbeats of parades immediately filling their ears. That's all well and good. However, for some of us introverts, going solo is sheer heaven. For the most important aspect of independence, it would seem to me, would be the act of not being dependent on another person. In fact, the direct opposite of it. Not to say that we don't all need a little help occasionally. As much as one would like to strive for total freedom, we are dependent on other human beings for our survival. Plus, some of them aren't bad company.
That said, there is a certain liberty in doing things for yourself and going your own way from time to time. If you can this Fourth of July weekend – why not slip away from the crowd – even for but a little while? Strike out on your own and define what independence means to you. Here are some creative ideas to try out, and possibly spur a few of your own:
A HIKE (EARTH)
Travel to a path that you've always wanted to get your feet dirty on and commence. Breathe in the greenery and decompress. This could include a solo camp, as well. If you happen to be female, just be sure to pitch your tent far away from the sleazies who see your being alone as an open invitation to visit your site and hit on you.
A LONG DRIVE (AIR)
If you have a reliable vehicle and your life has been making you a bit batty as of late, just get in and go. Roll down the windows, blast the tunes that speak to you, and let your hair get messy in the wind. Drive until you can't anymore, with no destination in mind. Then check yourself into a nice hotel. Granted, this is a splurge, but stick with me here. Stock up on munchies and drinkables. Pretend you're a character in a movie making your great escape from something or someone. Treat yourself to bad cable movies and/or naughty ones. Pop a bottle of champagne and bounce on the bed. You are free! (Just don't trash the room, OK)? Ask for a late checkout time.
EXPLORING A NEW LOCALE (FIRE)
This could be a small town, or a large one. Although the independence theme would more likely lend itself to the former. Let yourself wander. Peruse some shops and let your mind wander, too. Buy an ice cream with a flavor you've always wanted to try. The key to utilizing your inner fire is to be bold in your choices, and wait to see where your inspiration takes you.
A BOATING EXPEDITION (WATER)
If you consider yourself a strong swimmer and have experience under your belt, find a place to rent a small craft and get out on the H20. Sailing offers a mentally and physically challenging combination, which can be infinitely satisfying. If you're looking for something more mellow, launch in a canoe, kayak, or rowboat. Row yourself out to the middle and drift awhile. See how good that feels? Sigh.
VISIT A BUDDHIST TEMPLE OR OLD UNFENCED GRAVEYARD (SPIRIT)
The key here is to find one that is secluded and that you have never been to before. Plant yourself and meditate. My favorite spot in an old cemetery is under a friendly tree. Discover where your mind takes you. Happy Independence Day.
Photo by AJ Page
I usually stick to much older history, but having had the chance to catch the Doreen Valiente exhibit at Preston Manor in Brighton, I figured I should share a few pictures as I know it's a bit tricky for many folks to get there. The exhibit itself is small but there's a great delight in seeing how intimately history is made by a most unassuming woman. I picked up Philip Heseltine's biography too and am much enjoying it. Here are some of the artifacts collected:
For many years I would travel to Wisteria for Pagan Spirit Gathering. From 2001 until 2008 I spent my Summer Solstice at Wisteria at PSG and loved it. The community was phenomenal and the energy amazing; however, in 2009 PSG moved to a different location. Ironically, just as I was going through a divorce it would seem the PSG also went through a divorce with Wisteria and the festival moved to a different venue. I loved the sense of community that I felt at PSG, but I was also very much in love with the land at Wisteria. It had a magical and mystical quality for me.
When my father died in 2004 I made a pilgrimage the following year to Wisteria's Faerie Shrine, a location at Wisteria that wasn't part of the PSG programming, and made an offering of my father's US Navy dog tag. In 2008 I attended Between the Worlds Festival at Wisteria and while there I attended a ritual at the Faerie Shrine honoring our ancestors and sacred dead. When I enter the Faerie Shrine I can feel my father's presence and the love he has for me as one of my sacred ancestors. The Faerie Shrine at Wisteria always had an ethereal quality for me that added to the magical and mystical quality of the overall site. My connection to the land is real and has meaning for me....