I will no longer be using the title,
When I first came upon this name, My friend yelled it to me as I was running down the street wearing all white clothing with my other friend who was wearing all black. He said “Look a the White Witch and the Raven!” We were all drunk leaving a bar in the late evening.
The name stuck.
I really enjoyed it and loved the pagan roots of it, that matched my personal practices and spirituality. To me it stood for a Witch who did magic for the purposes of healing, and that was my connotation with the name and why I chose it. I am no saint and certainly have many mistakes under my belt so that name has never been about purity to me. I also liked it because the initials were the same as Wonder Woman, a personal hero of mine. For me it stood for empowerment.
But it was brought to my attention recently there are certain racial implications in the title in terms of a value system of white being good and black being evil, regardless of my personal intentions with it. This is a duality system I do not wish to participate in, or encourage if even subconsciously through implication or perception. Out of respect for this, and for the damage these mistaken values cause I am changing my title in the hopes to feed change on larger levels. Value systems of White and Black are all garbage that have had devastating repercussions on the communities of people of color and women. This is not empowering for everyone, and so is not TRUE.
I am SO WHITE. Literally a poster child for whiteness. I am practically see through, you can see my veins. There is no doubt that I am a white woman. Ms. Whitey Whiterson. I am not lost to the Hubris of pride it takes me to have any conversation on the topic of race at all, and I certainly am no one to speak on its hugely devastating toll in any intelligent or authoritative manner, or think I have any right to even offer any gesture of intention, thoughts or prayers. As a white woman, I have a responsibility to people who are oppressed due to ignorance to assist and change the ignorant attitudes that are feeding this oppression starting with myself. Intention thoughts and prayers are my work and the dimension I operate in on a daily basis. I have worked hard to do magic in my professional life as a witch to educate against ignorant attitudes (even though I carry many myself) . Many of my clients and community are people who have faced oppression. This work of mine is mainly because my personal spirituality and thinking is constantly attacked (I am honestly stating my motivation, not justifying it as worthy) . My personal connection to the battles of oppressive thought forms are selfish at heart. But as a result of my selfish heart, I have learned what larger oppression means through listening and seeking. My desire to learn why people oppress educated me on how small my oppression is compared to generationally oppressed people and turn this passion outward. If I can use my selfish passions to help others, maybe it is useful. Its time to shed a lot of dead weight belief systems that are keeping everyone from advancing for the betterment of all, and give support through action to people suffering directly from someone else’s misunderstanding of their inherent worth and liberty by respecting rights through consideration.
I know I have many things that exist with the name White Witch that can’t be altered now, including my recent Tarot Project,
I hope it is not too late to change from here on out.
I am leaving the White Witch behind on this August Eclipse across America, from sea to shining sea in a symbolic ritual action
and giving it over in sacrifice
Not in a self righteous manner,
but because my self is what I possess
for what that may offer.
My wish and intention with the slaying of the White Witch and her discard is that the Racism/Hate issues in America (and around the Earth) facing ALL people of color may get the Justice, Support and Enforcement from the Laws of Governments and the civilian inhabitants that are so desperately needed and long overdue.
May power accrued by WHITE WITCH now be dispersed to those in need of it directly on personal and national levels by those with resources and power to do so.
There are a lot of changes that need happen all the way up and all the way down.
In the new times we are all facing, the more we can focus on evolving dualistic separative thoughts and systems while retaining individuals and cultures, the faster we will all evolve into higher potential together. Acknowledgement, Reparations and Justice must be given to those who are oppressed from Liberty. Preservation of an understanding that all humans have liberty regardless of your thoughts and feelings must be taught to everyone to end Domination of groups and races by so called righteous reasons.
Education on Delusional power trips is vital because it is real and is eating many of our dearly beloved on a daily basis. We should admit that Human beings have a tendency to trip out on each other and go Lord of the Flies as a result. This is an aspect of the human mind that lives in all of us like a parasite. It is no small argument that predominantly WHITE PEOPLE have this paranoid greedy selfish capacity and the power and resources to exert it through force upon everyone else it seems if we are to measure and weigh. But the capacity is an actual “thing” (entity) that has been examined deeply in the esoteric mystery teachings
Hatred towards each other has been around for a minute and wars and disagreements, genocides and murder are nothing new under the sun extending throughout the globe and history. Human Contempt is for reals. We don’t need to keep doing this to each other though, through raising awareness of this existing thought pattern we face as a result of our biological ancestry:
Those who do not seek release from the bondage of the instinctive drives by the road of inner development remain the slaves of their own passionate desirousness or suffer the sterility resulting from its ruthless repression. In any time of crisis these persons have no power to curb their own barbaric reactions.
M.E. Harding —Psychic Energy
we can super-cede it through conscious choice, effort training and correction. But we CANT do this if we are ignorant towards it. And the the people who are falling victim to its strangle hold, are absolutely not aware of it. They are not aware of it and then they just ruin everything for everyone else because they don’t understand why its not ok to devalue another human . We must condemn and give justice to all of the outrageous criminals to human rights, understandably. We also have to realize what is happening on more universal levels so that we can end it and change individuals and groups making these choices that harm people.
We need to understand it so we can see when we are doing it, and when others are doing it and end it through change.
For me, the choices I am making for change in long term structural senses, are to increase education regarding consciousness, philosophy, humanitarian and spirituality studies that we may raise the conscious awareness of human beings up to stop the hate attacks from occurring at all through greater understanding. There are ancient practices and teachings that can connect human beings to each other through a matrix of strange ties that bind us all. I experienced these teachings directly through Kelvin Dewolfe and I support his systems and voice as a relevant mechanism for shifting individual awareness of ourselves and each other into a more natural and Human state of being. I am dedicated to promoting these concepts as remedy to poison and for wellness. People have a right to connect to the ancient mysteries because within the perennial philosophies exists a connection to larger truth and the ability to become a sovereign mind capable of discernment and moral action, instead of the current expression of impulse driven defensive destruction.
When Humans can be so deceived by hate that they may still place belief in Racist and dehumanizing attitudes, there is a need to change this entire way of thinking on a deep, deep level and understand it at its root.
I learned lessons on some of these roots through research for a lecture I was giving on Fenrir, the wolf of the Norse apocalypse story.
Of course this coming through the Viking stories being extraordinarily ironic due to the Norse sagas relationship to the entirety of the neo-pride movements and the use of the ancient runes and symbols from this mythology and culture. Perhaps within it the stolen sacred we can find the cure for these attitudes which unduly have usurped its corpse.
The talk was given as part of Feral House publishings Lupercalia festival, and my focus was on how the story of Ragnarok is actually advise for how to put an end to wanton violence through personal sacrifice or an aspect of identity or personal pride for the greater good instead of using pride for great destruction.
I discovered the word wolf used to describe Fenrir:
In Old Norse, vargr is derived from the reconstructed Proto-Germanic *wargaz, ultimately derived from the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European (PIE) root *werg̑ʰ- “destroy”. In Beowulf, Grendel’s mother is described (line 1514) as a grund-wyrgen, which may be translated as “cursed creature of the depths”, “bottom-dwelling monster” etc.
vargr (compare modern Swedish varg “wolf”) has arisen as a noa-word for úlfr, the normal Old Norse term for “gray wolf” which is related to similar words in other Indo-European languages and is derived derived from the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European noun *wĺ̥kʷos (“wolf”) and, probably also, the PIE adjective *wl̥kʷós “dangerous”. These words comprise Proto-Tocharian *wä́lkʷë, Proto-Italic *lukʷos, Proto-Balto-Slavic *wilkas, Old Albanian ulk, Greek *lýkos, Proto-Iranian *verk Sanskrit vṛka, Avestan vehrka, Mazandarani varg, Zazaki verg, Old Persian varka- and Persian gorg, among others, all meaning “wolf”.
What is that lamp
which lights up men,
but flame engulfs it,
and wargs grasp after it always.
In the story, Fenrir the wantonly violent wolf of destruction and hubristic pride must be stopped or everything will get eaten by it. In many stories he is related to Lucifer, and the concept of pride as a sin because it disregards the well being of others in order to justify the self. In the saga, Fenrir is stopped through aquiring some golden rope, which is bound around him a little bit like Wonder woman’s golden lasso. This mirrors the story of the binding of lucifer when he is thrown into the pit of abaddon.
It is a bondage of our violent animal nature that carries with it mortality and chaos.
In the Norse depiction, even though Fenrir is bound and punished for his actions, there is a limit to being able to destroy the destroyer/ Because even the wolf deserves to live they cant kill it entirely and they must give it respect and food.
To offer this food to the dark wolf, the Hero Tyr (also ODIN) gives his own hand to it to feed it
Tyr the warrior is the only one willing to make the self sacrifice for the honor of the gods by feeding their shame (their animal nature) through this action of the sacrifice of an aspect of self (the hand) the wild beast of our egoic pride is satisfied and used to help the betterment of all.
“This manne can litle skyl … to saue himself harmlesse from the perilous accidentes of this world, keping ye wulf from the doore (as they cal it). [“The Institution of a Gentleman,” 1555] ”
The fettered beast was then transported to some suitably lonely and desolate place. The chain was tied to a boulder and a sword was placed in the wolf’s jaws to hold them open. As he howled wildly and ceaselessly, a foamy river called “Expectation” (Old Norse Ván) flowed from his drooling mouth. And there, in that sordid state, he remained – until Ragnarok.
Fenrir (and also Lucifer) is like a hunger in us that wants acknowledgement recognition and to be righteous.
and this is why people fall for things like Racism.
It is the underlying factor, the root.
The reason I have chosen “Witch of the Dawn” (www.witchofthedawn.com) to replace “White Witch” is that it is the dawn (or realization) that is the golden rope that contains the hubris of Fenrir. In some versions of the story, it is not ODIN, but rather a woman who makes the sacrifice to the wolf. this woman is the Goddess of the Dawn, also known by some to be Augostina, Aurora, or Ozymandias.
Álfröðull (Old Norse “elf-beam”, “elf-disc” or “elf-glory, elf-heaven”) is a term and common kenning in Norse mythology. It is ambiguous, referring both to the sun-chariot of the sun goddess Sól (for example, Alfröðull is said to shine in Skírnismál, verse 4) and to the rider (Sól herself). Álfröðull is pulled by two horses, Árvakr and Alsviðr. The chariot is pursued by the wolf Sköll. According to Norse mythology, prior to Ragnarök, Álfröðull will give birth to a daughter and after she is eaten by the wolf, the daughter will take her place.
“A daughter shall Alfrodull bear, ere Fenrir shall have swallowed her. The maid shall ride, when the powers die, on her mother’s course.”
Snorri Sturluson cites this passage in his account of Ragnarök in the Gylfaginning section of his Prose Edda.
This dawn goddess, parthenogenically reproduces and forms a golden circle around the darkness (the path of the earth around the sun) containing it for all in sacrificial dedication. She gives her own body as food to it, while constantly replacing herself, much like a mother would give milk to her infant.
I dedicate this ritualistic action to sacrificially bind my own Hubris and pride, which is all in this world I have righteous control over and hopefully through this enable liberation of others. For who really do I have the right to place into bondage, or perform a binding spell upon other than myself? Who is righteous to judge the hubris of another when the wolf is growling inside our bellies one and all. Can we put a binding spell upon another when we ourselves have darkness within us to tend? I hope to kill my own pride and increase humility to humanity at the dawn of every day. My focus goes to Justice not to punishment as I see fit, for I am certainly confused.
Responsibility is for everyone when it comes to humanity. Put a limit on your punishments of others while working towards justice and liberty for all, including yourself.
Action taken in confusion and chaos leads to destruction. There must be placed limitations and boundaries on violence lest it become wanton and possess the bodies of all with no ruler.
The golden rule is the rule that binds chaos and through the golden mean are we freed from its grasp. Pattern seen through discernment of mind and spirit and body show us the golden binding rope to tread upon the back of ever changing chaos through what does not change and is eternal. As a pole star in the sky that all others rotate around give yourself a value and return to it again and again in service of the greater good.
foe (n.) ￼
Old English gefea, gefa “foe, enemy, adversary in a blood feud” (the prefix denotes “mutuality”), from adjective fah “at feud, hostile,” also “guilty, criminal,” from Proto-Germanic *faihaz (cognates: Old High German fehan “to hate,” Gothic faih “deception”), probably from PIE root *peig- (2) “evil-minded, treacherous, hostile” (cognates: Sanskrit pisunah “malicious,” picacah “demon;” Greek pikros “bitter;” Latin piget “it irks, troubles, displeases,” piger “reluctant, lazy;” Lithuanian piktas “wicked, angry,” pekti “to blame”). Weaker sense of “adversary” is first recorded c. 1600.
fiend (n.) ￼
Old English feond “enemy, foe, adversary,” originally present participle of feogan “to hate,” from Proto-Germanic *fijand- “hating, hostile” (cognates: Old Frisian fiand “enemy,” Old Saxon fiond, Middle Dutch viant, Dutch vijand “enemy,” Old Norse fjandi, Old High German fiant, Gothic fijands), from suffixed form of PIE root *pe(i)- “to hurt” (cognates: Sanskrit pijati “reviles, scorns,” Greek pema “suffering, misery, woe,” Gothic faian “to blame,” and possibly Latin pati “to suffer, endure”). According to Watkins, not allied to foe and feud (n.).
As spelling suggests, the word originally was the opposite of friend and described any hostile enemy (male and female, with abstract noun form feondscipe “fiendship”), but it began to be used in late Old English for “the Devil, Satan” (literally “adversary”) as the “enemy of mankind,” which shifted its sense to “diabolical person” (early 13c.). The old sense of the word devolved to foe, then to the imported word enemy.
“In ancient Athens, hubris was defined as the use of violence to shame the victim (this sense of hubris could also characterize rape). Aristotle defined hubris as shaming the victim, not because of anything that happened to the committer or might happen to the committer, but merely for that committer’s own gratification:
to cause shame to the victim, not in order that anything may happen to you, nor because anything has happened to you, but merely for your own gratification. Hubris is not the requital of past injuries; this is revenge. As for the pleasure in hubris, its cause is this: naive men think that by ill-treating others they make their own superiority the greater.[not in citation given]
Crucial to this definition are the ancient Greek concepts of honour (τιμή, timē) and shame (αἰδώς, aidōs). The concept of honour included not only the exaltation of the one receiving honour, but also the shaming of the one overcome by the act of hubris. This concept of honour is akin to a zero-sum game. Rush Rehm simplifies this definition of hubris to the contemporary concept of “insolence, contempt, and excessive violence”.””