Chthonic Reality

(Pic: Calling North, Samhain 2006:’European’ Magic in Africa)

Here in Africa, Witchcraft is perceived differently according to the culture one belongs to.

I work with highly intelligent, articulate people who have no problem with the concept of a ‘Witch’ turning herself into a black cat – in fact, one of them claims to have seen it.

I used to struggle with the idea of Witchcraft actually physically harming people.
The idea that someone could lay a curse on another and that person would sicken and die, or be killed by a falling rock within the month belonged, as far as I was concerned, to the realms of coincidence, human imagination and tall stories.

And this, mind you, after I became a Witch myself.

We cling, most of us in the Western subculture, to the paradigm of the rational, the individual, the scientifically-explainable.

The shining figure of Apollo is the only preChristian God we acknowledge- he who stands tall and radiant in the light of his own frontal lobes, telling us that if we can’t measure it, can’t build equations to explain it, it doesn’t really exist.

Bollocks.

What we have mostly forgotten-or smothered and dumped into the cloacae of our bright, brave new world- is the far older, chaotic, dark and stygian presence of the old Goddesses. Those for whom the Pythonesses prophesied before the Sun God appropriated their holy sites.

They still exist, however we try to explain them away-the realms of our world we try so hard not to see, the Pythian.

Terri’s inventing words again, I see.


(Pic: Beltane Fire Festival:’European’ magic in Europe)

I have only very recently come-despite the facts knocking me on the head for years-to accept that this realm is also real, also a part of the world we live in, and must be at least acknowledged, or it will bite us very firmly indeed on the ass.

All of which is relevant to SAPRA’s current contribution to Pagan rights.

Please note, if you read the province of Mpumalanga’s attempt at a Witchcraft Suppression Bill that these legislators can neither spell nor assemble sentences in English. Not such a heinous crime-unless you are an elected law-maker and assumed to be fairly well educated.

Luke Martin of Lunaguardia in Mpumalanga and Damon Leff, our SAPRA convener, have put together an alternative to this daft attempt to stop Witches being killed through legislating Witchcraft away, and have done a fine job with their proposed Witchcraft Protection Bill, also available at the SAPRA site.

Please note that neither of these young men is a qualified lawyer or even a parliamentarian.

Enmarie, who is responsible for the gorgeous image below:

has been spending time with the Traditional Healers Organisation, which represents iSangomas and isInyangas, with respect to this matter.

(Pic: Calling the Ancestors: ‘African’ magic in Africa)
They are of course incensed at the not-so-subtle attempt to legislate their own Craft, and are making common cause with Pagans . A formidable partnership this is, indeed-especially since they have a Traditional Healer sitting in parliament.

The Bill presents itself as an attempt to curb the slaying (by burning, stoning, hacking to death and sometimes just shooting) of ‘Witches’-whether they be Witches or not. It’s something which happens here with depressing regularity.

How the hel anyone thinks they are going to achieve this by banning Witchcraft is beyond most people.

It’s as if this posse of clowns got together in Mpumalanga, scratching their heads over what to do about all these women -and sometimes men- being targeted and torched by their own neighbours, and came up with the intelligent idea of making -not the practise of murdering the Witches but the practise of Witchcraft illegal.

After all-these Witches must have done something to provoke their murderers, not so?

Just as most women must have been asking to be raped.

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11 responses to “Chthonic Reality

  1. First of all, I see I’ve been noticed 😉 I’m honored that as articulate a person as you would link to me Aquila, thank you.Aquila said:I have only very recently come-despite the facts knocking me on the head for years-to accept that this realm is also real, also a part of the world we live in, and must be at least acknowledged, or it will bite us very firmly indeed on the ass.Very much so. Many can get away with blissful ingnorance (but is it so blissful? No, I would rather know) of the other worlds for a lifetime, but some of us cannot. One way or another, those of us that are sensitive will encounter the other worlds. How we do it is up to us.Aquila said:It’s as if this posse of clowns got together in Mpumalanga, scratching their heads over what to do about all these women -and sometimes men- being targeted and torched by their own neighbours, and came up with the intelligent idea of making -not the practise of murdering the Witches but the practise of Witchcraft illegal.Another case of the typical “It different, me smash” reaction that pervades so much of this species. I tend to be rather humanistic in my philosophy, believing firmly in the innate and unlimited potential of our species. But it is fools like this that continually remind me that we are not all of equal value or potential, and that the absurd and narrow minded are the majority and that we are ultimately little better than hairless apes (no insult intended to the apes).

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  2. Reminds me of the story of Golda Meir. Rash of night-time rapes in Israel. Parliment proposes curfew for women. Golda says, no, the women aren’t commiting crimes. If curfew is the answer, we should curfew the men; they’re the ones committing crimes. All of a sudden, curfew wasn’t the answer and Parlliment came up w/ another solution.

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  3. I have no problem with you seeing yourself as a witch. As long as you are a peaceful and loving witch. But I’m not attributing to the fact that as a witch that you have any special powers. Do you have a cute withes costume? Is it sexy? Was that question out of line? (In your mind) Hugs.

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  4. Personally I take the power of magick very seriously indeed. I take great pains never to curse anyone, and I would be very uncomfortable with glib spell-casting.You would think of all places that South Africa would know that trying to suppress something only makes it stronger!

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  5. Got here via bbc blog!!!A lawyer or judge (presumably male) might say that a woman who gets raped has committed contributory negligence – the mere fact of being a woman lends itself to such assaults – but you need a lot of balls to say that to most women!!!! %;> Shows how mad the world can be.Still reading a book called Women Who Run With The Wolves – fascinating stuff, all about the goddess/crone that inhabits womens psyches. Perhaps the image of crone was responsible for the idea of witchcraft – I believe it is a manipulation of real life forces within and without.When a teenager I experienced a form of witchcraft that I exercised on one of my friends – I won’t bore you with the details – but it taught me not to dabble in things until I understood first to have good intentions and secondly not to do anything that interfered with someone elses choices.Matrices, grids of reality may very well exist and we are capable of manipulating these when sufficiently aware. It just seems to me that occasionally the checks and balances do not do anything to prevent some truly abhorrent things to be acted out – perhaps we need the shadow as part of our experiences.

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