Words are weapons; a deep poison.

I am a witch.

Original art by Steve Goins

I am being actively “hunted” here in my own country and abroad.  The “hunters” are numerous, and not always, but mostly affiliated.   The Service and Leadership Society is a large hunter organization just concluding a Harvard sponsored conference entitled; “Social Transformation by the Power of God”.   Evangelical insanity gained a platform in the highest academic institution of the land?  They  have explained their brand of social transformation (through spokesman Dr. Lance Wallnau): “So you’ve got your homosexual activity, your abortion activity here, Islam coming in, you’ve got a financial collapse—all of this, to those of us who are Christians, is an apocalyptic confirmation that when you remove God from public discourse, when you don’t line up your thinking with kingdom principles, you inevitably hit an iceberg like the Titanic and you go down.”  The subtle old poison of hate speech.  This sure isn’t the Ted Conference, is it? The Harvard Crimson calls itegregious anti-pluralism” and their editorial staff is shocked to see it gain a stage on their campus.  “By hosting a panel discussion whose participants will merely voice their opinions without being called upon to justify their past incendiary remarks, the event seems to accept incredibly offensive opinions without providing any internal challenge. In a sense, the intellectual integrity of the entire Harvard community is consequently on trial with this coming conference.” [emphasis mine] What next?  An honorary degree for Sarah Palin?  The participants are part of the New Apostolic Reformation: a global phenomenon marketing  demon exorcising, laying on of hands healing, and profit inducing hysteria to conveyor belt evangelistic wannabe’s who then venture out among their native culture to financially prey on the poor,  ignorant and isolated, infirm, weak, confused or loveless… they are the New Conquistadors: blades of hate in their hands, armor fashioned in pure greed.   The promise of money making shines through in recruitment by way of “missionary work”.   They find new disciples using wild lies! {… following the extremist Christian movement, they have taken credit for the crisis in Japan, and blamed Shinto for God’s wrath, praised the Haitian earthquake for breaking the “strongman of the occult’s” back, provided Sarah Palin a religious mentor who claims to have given a Wiccan chaplain cancer through prayer, believes Japan’s emperor literally slept with a demonic succubus, thinks worship is a weapon, gives fiscal aid to African witch-hunters, burns indigenous/Native art, and are obsessed with destroying the “Queen of Heaven”. In short, they are consumed with a theologically-driven hatred of indigenous and Pagan faiths. Oh, and I think it goes without saying they are rabidly anti-gay.} Jason @ The Wild Hunt.

The classic “witch hunt”, in service to the papacy of Rome, is described “as search for witches or evidence of witchcraft, often involving moral panic, mass hysteria and lynching, but in historical instances also legally sanctioned and involving official witchcraft trials. The classical period of witchhunts in Europe and North America falls into the Early Modern period or about 1480 to 1750, spanning the upheavals of the Reformation and the Thirty Years’ War, resulting in an estimated 40,000 to 100,000 executions.”  (Wiki)  Note: the concluding statistics of deaths due to ‘witch hunts’ is widely disputed now.  Some historians / feminist groups propose totals that exceed 1 or 2 million dead due to accusations of “witchcraft” during this period.  Examining today’s brand of witch hunter reveals the ancient purpose, a larger purse and the electrified attention of the masses (or crowd gathered).

Osori writes…

I am Christian.

Original art by Steve Goins

I burn witches in His name, I drown them. When I see the hand of Satan, I cut that hand off. My mastiffs rip apart the bodies of godless heathens, I throw their babies into bonfires, I cut their women’s breasts off. I hang His enemies, and send their lifeless bodies to Hell. I am Christian.

I am Christian.

I die as sport in front of jeering crowds, die by the claws and teeth of wild animals because I do not renounce my belief in Him. I minister to the sick, contracting their diseases and dying among them as testament to my faith and my belief in the afterlife. I am Christian.

I am Christian.

With my chained cargo below decks and the fear of death from wind and storm upon me I accept Him as my lord and savior. Once my fortune is made I leave the slave trade and become a preacher, Amazing Grace is my paean to the blessings He has brought me. I am Christian.

I am Christian.

I grow corn and chiles and gather firewood to sell in the marketplace, my wife makes and sells blankets, my children sell chewing gum and wash windshields. I crawl on bloody knees for miles on a pilgrimage to the basilica for the privilege of thanking the Blessed Virgin for the blessings she has given her children. I am Christian.

Original art by Steve Goins

What is a witch? A Witch is someone from a long Tradition within multiple cultures who was once the village healer.  The Wise One.  Many have filled this role; women and men who gathered their experience and knowledge to apprentice generation following generation in the wood, on the shore, in the open fields and under the night time stars.  They are the uncommon folk of the Olde Ways who practice the healing arts for the community’s greater wholeness and prosperity.  They were beloved as the guardians of Spiritual legacy and a harmony with Nature.  A Witch understands and shares the qualities of consciousness within Nature.  A Witch claims this wisdom for working towards the good.   Today’s witches are active members of your community who work to change  the political designs of the future based in Earth destructive commodities, fuel consumption, energy production, oceanic spoiling and all climate changing profiteering.  They are as Green as the Green Man and they deeply love the Earth Mother.  Witches live many different philosophies, cultural traditions, spiritual expressions and conviction of moral ethics.   While ‘bad apples’ may be in any barrel, modern witches’ are kind, careful people with intentions to harm none and be of service to the people of their family and community.  A witch stands in a circle or gathering with equals including Christians, Taoists, American Indian Medicine People, Kahunas, Aussie Aborigine Dreamers, Baptists, Sufi, Maya Daykeepers, Peruvian shaman,  Tibetan Buddhists, Thelemic Ceremonialists, Presbyterians… the list is so extensive!  A witch will enjoy all of these different believers, experiences, learn and grow while exploring unique new friendships.  There is some theatricality in the ritual practices of witches!  An exotic theater of the self is encouraged, it is a tool to explore within, to face our darkness, embrace and own it and ultimately find the healing goodness in it.  It’s damn good  shamanic voyaging; it builds an engaging personal psychology.  Taking personal responsibility for ourselves.

The overwhelming ‘Christian program’ here is the conformity to a fanaticism that profits through it’s follower’s fears and the shedding of their cultural / artistic individuality.  The poison begins in a deliberate shaming of the Ancestors’ within targeted culture, sending in “missionaries” from the New Apostolic Reformation to evoke an obedience under some ‘sky goblin’ who smites and denounces and kills the disobedient with cancer or HIV or poverty or earthquake or nuclear radiation; all for a profit.  This poison washed thin in the generations of science and industrialized prosperity, but now it is revitalizing in the shadow of corrupt corporation politics with monotheistic foundations under the overall Corporation Earth.   The poison is hate.  It has bled into so many of us, subtly, that we don’t even stop to consider our language any longer.  We have forgotten it’s power.

Words can be such poisonous weapons.

 

Original art by Steve Goins

Gratitude to Oso Osrio and Steve Goins for their talented contribution! ghb

 

 

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About Gwendolyn H. Barry

The Blender @ Daughters of Isis, inc. / The Ancestor Aromachologie'
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17 Responses to Words are weapons; a deep poison.

  1. osori says:

    Beautiful, and hopeful and sad, a conflict of emotions in a single post. You did a lot of research of hard work putting this together Gwen, a great read. And Steven’s artwork captures everything perfectly.

  2. Gwendolyn H. Barry says:

    Ta Oso. You know really…. I hope to say that xenophobic rants and hate speech is just too loose and we are doing harm with it… the folks in the post are fanatics and fakes… both eager for coins. Ya know? But I know we all ‘loose it’ here and there. And words have so much power. Thanks Bro.

  3. Gwendolyn H. Barry says:

    PS, you wrote up well! I think it works well because of your contrast. TY, man.

  4. Melissa says:

    Wow, this is powerful stuff.

  5. Barbara Russo says:

    Awesome, this post was beautifully written and illustrated. It was the first thing I read this morning and I want to thank all of you for this magnificent post.
    I too love Love Mother Earth and do my best to respect and honor her. I try to be tolerant of all religions as long as they are not harmful to others. I am in love with nature and thank her everyday for allowing me to be a part of her.
    I am a Witch…………….

  6. Gwendolyn H. Barry says:

    Melissa & Barb – I asked Oso to contribute his special ability to open the heart in this post because he is one of the finest Christians’ I know. Folks should not take this as a hatchet job on Christianity… but some will. I am addressing those who manipulate GOD for profit. While some are not as overt as those in the Apostolic Reformation… many have been bilking the unfortunate from the savings and income for…ever. This kind of hate speech is as bad as the Limbaugh’s, Beck’s… And I will be quick to point out that in my own community there are those aligned… who are false “psychics” or healers or teachers (James Arthur Ray should serve as an excellent example!) who manipulate a person’s weaknesses, needs for spiritual inspiration, or plain old fucking GREED which is fast revealing itself to be the throbbing beast that would derail ascension and evolution. Thanks ladies for reading! Steve Goins does a master job illustrating difficult symbolism … TY Barb. Yes, I’d say you ARE a witch!

  7. Jack Jodell says:

    Leave it to fundamentalist Christians to always go overboard and condemn everything in sight. These people are destructive fools who engage in death and torture, both physically and mentally, to attempt to destroy whatever they don’t understand.

    Jesus is appalled at the behavior of these narrow-minded people who claim to be His followers.

  8. dp1053 says:

    I, personally, have no problem with Christians per se. You can believe what ever helps you get through each day. What I do have a problem with is the Radical Christian idea that everyone must believe their way. Why? Why does my belief or lack of it, affect your relationship with God? If I sit quietly in my house and pray to a sock monkey or a Flying Spaghetti Monster, how does that threaten your passport to heaven?

    As I recall, Jesus was tolerant of everyone except the moneychangers that sat in the house of God and thereby defiled it. I do not remember any passage in the New Testament where Jesus ever expressed intolerance of anyone else. Did he not propose the idea of Do Unto Others? The problem here is these over-blown, self-important preachers that you Christians follow. They are the false prophets you were warned against. They are the moneychangers, have you ever, ever seen one of them NOT pass the basket or ask for money? I do not recall any passage in the Bible where God asked for money. Why do you need them? Read your Bible, you don’t need a leader to talk to God. Stop believing their twisted view of religion which they are using for their own profit. Stop seeing every other belief system on the planet as evil, they are no more evil than your beliefs. Start to think for yourself and stop being sheep.

    Do yourself a favor and watch the movie “Leap of Faith” with Steve Martin. Please.

  9. deborah barry says:

    As always big sis you have written a well rounded piece. I often wonder why they think my God is better than your God. Jesus was a healer and a man who believed in loving and accepting all life forms should live harmoniously.

  10. Gwendolyn H. Barry says:

    @ Jack; there is plenty of abuse to go around in all religious or quasi religious tent shows. I include the new age movement in that, too. [@] dp1053 makes excellent points, and thank you for them, for your visit and commentary!

    *waving at the Bat Signal* thanks honey! Yes, he was a healer, a man. A very good man, if old stories in a book written by men kept the chronicle faithfully. Eh?

  11. Krell says:

    It’s difficult to spotlight the problems with religion without occurring the wrath of a lot of people. For some, religion is not enlightenment or knowledge for the soul, but to use as a weapon of power and control.

    I have been to one of the Mega-Churches once a while back. Interesting sermon given about a “Camel through the eye of a needle”, especially while you could also view and hear it through several large screen multi-media screens and a super sound system. Looked like the guy was wearing a tailored suit and diamond crusted watch of some sort.

    It’s not just the Christians either. All of the worlds religions have their abusers. Maybe because religion always seem to have a middle man for distribution? Can a person be religious without stepping in a church or hearing it from someone else? I think so.

    Great artwork by Steve. I clicked on the pictures to see if there was more info and it goes to a Stone Art Traders site. Is that in Oklahoma?

    Very thought provoking post… and to me that is the best kind. Good work Gwen, Oso and Steve

  12. dude! Steve Goins is in Oklahoma City~! Thanks Krell. Oso’s heart and Steve’s art… how could I not find my way? LOL It’s an important topic. I don’t do dogma. I am a spiritual woman, I have my ‘faith’ … it tis with the reciprocal nature of the Universe and I keep thinking it is powered by Love. Like the good Reverend Manny says; One Love. Eh?

  13. Tim says:

    Gwen
    Very well thought out piece. Of course Oso and Steve adding so much to. Kudos to all of you.

  14. John Myste says:

    This was an amazing piece. Mixing the witch analysis with the Christian analysis in a different voice produced something kind of excellent, really.

    Just as there are good Christians and bad Christians, there are good witches and bad witches. It is truly all the same. I consider Oso to be a very good witch, as do I your friend Burr. There are plenty of bad witches out there, though, who hate me for not being a witch. There are also plenty of witches who are hated for being a witch, of course. Bigotry is embraced by a portion of all groups that hold dear, beliefs that tell us the “right” way to live. Certainty, the idea that one now owns the truth, is a very dangerous thing in its own right. How can bigotry not tempt someone who has certainly found the answers we all seek? Certainty is the modern secular serpent that tempts us to hate our brethren, or minimally to scorn his ideas; and all religions, atheism included, share this version of Satan.

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