A Prayer to Athena for Canadian Democracy #elxn42 #CndPoli #CanadaVotes

So-called “Mattei Athena”. Marble, Roman copy from the 1st century BC/AD after a Greek original of the 4th century BC, attributed to Cephisodotos or Euphranor. Related to the bronze Piraeus Athena. Public domain image by Jastrow, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

O Grey-Eyed One,

She of the Steel Gaze;

In nine days my country goes to cast ballots

In the ancient ritual You taught to Your city.

Our system is broken.

Hateful betrayers of Your sacred trust hold power,

As they have for many years now.

We elected them because we trusted them,

But they have betrayed our trust.

They have prorogued our Parliament,

Ignored Parliamentary rulings,

Accepted bribes,

Corrupted our electoral system,

Gerrymandered democratic ridings,

Taken the rights of our expatriates,

Denied voting access to the disabled, the young, and the poor,

And told people to vote in the wrong place

So as to spoil ballots.

They have lied continually to us,

Stolen our money and our future,

Denied basic rights to our citizens,

Reduced the rights of women

And of people of non-conforming gender,

Oppressed our poor and disenfranchised,

Oppressed our First Peoples,

Abandoned our ancestors and our veterans,

Broken the unity of our labourers,

Spit upon the sanctity and sovereignty of the earth,

And deprived us of the right to speak against them;

All to better serve their Corporate Masters.

Lady of Wisdom, You see more clearly than I do,

But I see all that You stand for being suborned.

I implore You; give us back our nation!

Strike these betrayers down!

Cast them from the lofty seat they have stolen!

Make our voices count!

Give us back the gift that You gave us

That we may once again govern ourselves,

Instead of being ruled over by Corporatist lackeys.

May Your steel gaze fall upon these corruptors with wrath!

May You look upon us with favour!

Help us to take back what was stolen

Without the shedding of innocent blood.

Send Your Owl to give Sight and Wisdom

To our people, who have been denied it.

Call upon any friends You have

Among the Sacred Spirits of our First Peoples

To ask them to take part in the ritual,

If only this once.

Draw Your Aegis over us!

Give us back our Canada!

I shall cast my ballot in honour of You.

I shall ask all who know me to do the same.

Praise be to the Lady of Wisdom!

Praise be to the Grey-Eyed One!

The Witches Three

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SCENE I.

A cavern. In the middle, a boiling cauldron.

Thunder. Enter the three Witches

First Witch

Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.

Second Witch

Thrice and once the hedge-pig whined.

Third Witch

HARPER cries ‘Tis time, ’tis time.

First Witch

Round about the cauldron go; In the poison’d entrails throw. Toad, that under cold stone Days and nights has thirty-one Swelter’d venom sleeping got, Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot.

ALL

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Second Witch

Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

ALL

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Third Witch

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf, Witches’ mummy, maw and gulf Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark, Root of hemlock digg’d i’ the dark, Liver of blaspheming Jew, Gall of goat, and slips of yew Silver’d in the moon’s eclipse, Nose of Turk and Tartar’s lips, Finger of birth-strangled babe Ditch-deliver’d by a drab, Make the gruel thick and slab: Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron, For the ingredients of our cauldron.

ALL

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Second Witch

Cool it with a baboon’s blood, Then the charm is firm and good.

We are the Witches Three.  We are serving up a witches’ brew of information, thought and action.  We are united in our purpose: to share with Canadians in general, and Canadian Pagans in particular, things that they need to know about what big corporations are doing to manipulate our democratic process, bleed our citizens into abject poverty, destroy our civil liberties, and rape our beautiful Canadian landscape for profit.  Three is the number of fate, the number of transformation, and we three have gathered to stir the cauldron of transformation and change.  We have been called.  It is time.  And our coven does not consist of us three alone.  Call out the Wild Hunt to scour the land!

10172679_10153106631646041_2167787476904976149_nDodie Graham McKay is an initiated Witch, blogger and independent film maker living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She has been involved in magic, music and media since the late eighties, and finds it important to be connected to the currents and communities that influence our art, environment and magical practices. She has a fierce interest in social justice and activism related to our environment. She is a writer at The Wild Hunt blog and a contributor at www.settlersinfo.org.  For more information: https://filmsbydodiegrahammckay.wordpress.com/

SparrowSparrow Anderson is a Wiccan Witch living on Burnaby Mountain, in British Columbia, Canada. Sparrow is not only a witch, she is a Mother, Partner, Podcaster and Activist (just to name a few hats) but NOT a terrorist. In November 2015, Sparrow became involved with The Burnaby Mountain Caretakers and became an “insta-activist” and Eco-Warrior. Just moments before her arrest, the Mountain and Sparrow connected in a way that Sparrow still cannot explain in words half a year later. She believes that water is THE vital resource and we have to protect it at all costs if we want a future we can recognize. You can find Sparrow at The Wigglian Way podcast, as a contributor at www.settlersinfo.org and also the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Kinder-Morgan-Caretakers-Of-The-Mountain/1508198892753283?fref=ts You can also find Sparrow in the flesh walking and playing the trails and parks of Metro Vancouver with the love of her life Mojo and their 15 year old pup, Murphy OdinDog.

Sable Aradia AuthorSable Aradia (Diane Morrison) is not really an activist, but Bill C-51 was a deal-breaker for her.  Sable has been a traditional witch most of her life, and she is also a licensed Wiccan minister and an initiated High Priestess in the Star Sapphire Wiccan tradition.  As a Pagan author (“The Witch’s Eight Paths of Power: A Complete Course in Magick and Witchcraft“; Red Wheel/Weiser, 2014) and a professional Pagan blogger (“Between the Shadows: the Craft of a Liminal Witch” at the Patheos Pagan channel and “49 Degrees: Canadian Pagan Perspectives” at PaganSquare) she believes that magic can be a powerful tool for social change.  She supports equality, freedom, feminism and environmentalism, as she believes these ethics flow naturally from the Charge of the Goddess.  She lives with her partners and furbabies in a cabin on the edge of the woods in Vernon, BC. For more information: http://www.sablearadia.com.

 

Why Winding Widdershins?

This is a blog about politics.  It’s a blog specifically about Canadian politics.  And it’s written by several Pagan authors so it’s politics from a Pagan perspective.  It’s decidedly left; hence the “widdershins” in the name.

Why did I organize it?  The answer is that I’m becoming increasingly frustrated by the current political climate in our country.  For the past several elections a group that is only supported by a small minority of the country continues to get elected because the rest of us either don’t understand what’s going on, don’t care, or don’t vote because we somehow believe that refusing to participate in the process makes us separate from it.  That would be nice but it’s simply not the case.

I’ve managed to convince a team of Canadian Pagans who are relatively well known in certain small groups to participate in this project.  Each of us has a slightly different focus and perspective and we’ll be blogging or v-logging from our own individual soapboxes.    We thought that maybe if we combined our efforts people would be more likely to listen than if any of us spoke alone.

We will cover Canadian provincial and federal politics, municipal and world politics as they relate to the overall picture, economics, culture, religion and art.  We are not political scientists or economists.  We are laypeople, writing to other laypeople.  We are Pagans of various stripes, writing to other Pagans and the “spiritual, not religious” among us.  We hope you’ll join us in our journey and think about what we have to say when you go to the polls.

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be welcoming and profiling our authors and publishing their occasional commentary on current events.

Welcome to Winding Widdershins!