Some people thought that the witches were bad.
Some people were scared of the power they had.
But power to help and to heal and to care
Isn’t something to fear, it’s a pleasure to share.
— from The Witch Song, by Anne Hill
I am very late posting today, because I spent the morning with a friend who was in court. She and her husband have been harassed, spied on (we’re talking cameras perched in the trees!), and targeted for much general nastiness from her neighbors. And why, you might well ask, were the neighbors doing this? Because my friend is a Witch, who practices her spirituality on her own farm property.
I am glad to report that it all turned out pretty well. These dreary neighbors had hired a very smart, expensive lawyer who wisely talked them into signing a settlement to cease and desist, if my friends would, in turn, refrain from posting protective Pentagrams on their boundary fences.
While I am glad it didn’t actually come to it, in another way it was too bad that the settlement was reached before the case was heard in open court. Maybe then those ignorant plaintiffs would have been given some much-needed instruction as to what Witchcraft is, what the Pentagram means to us, and how very gentle and non-threatening my friends, and most Witches in general, actually are.
I doubt it would have done much good, though, since the Witchcraft issue was almost certainly only an excuse behind a more complicated personal agenda against my friends.
At any rate, my friends have a reasonable chance now of living in peace. Let us hope so.
And so with that, we come to the holiday weekend, and the end of Chapter Five in The Artist’s Way. We’ll resume our journey next week. If you’d like to share or discuss any of yesterday’s questions and exercises, please do.
Meanwhile, I am prescribing several days off, filled with artist’s dates and sweet Summer magic. Let’s celebrate Lady Liberty, be glad of and exercise our freedoms, and enjoy some creative playtime!
Blessed be the Witches.
And blessed be, to you.