'I am not afraid. I was born to do this.'
- Joan of Arc (French heroine and spiritual visionary. Captured, put on trial and burned at the stake aged 19).
Long ago, a systematic and barbaric expulsion of those deemed to be 'witches' or practicing 'magic' or 'sorcery' occurred across Europe and North America. 'Witchcraft', or the connection with any form of divination, magic or supernatural beliefs (but also extended to natural, healing feminine arts such as midwifery), was considered heretical and to be punished by torturous death.
Tens of thousands of women and men were burned over a period of 300 years in the period of Early Modern Europe alone. Historical references point to this mass culling of those practicing divinatory arts as continuing into the late 1700's.
Witch hunts still occur today. In Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Nepal, and Papua New Guinea extrajudicial murder (often beheading, lynchings and burnings) and torture of alleged witches are reported with regularity. Witchcraft is a criminal offence in Saudi Arabia, with many reported incidences of torture to 'confession' e.g. for casting an 'impotence or reconciliation spell', and death sentences.
Regardless of the historically documented facts, if you are reading this it is more than likely that you experienced or witnessed the persecution of witches and sorcerers during one or more of your past lives. You will not need to understand it logically: you will feel it as you read these words. You may already be well aware of your sensitivities in this area, as it is one of the greatest physical, emotional and energetic blocks to exposing yourself as a purveyor of the sacred feminine arts.
We do not have to only use the word Witch or Sorcery. We can use, in addition, the words - Healer, Mystic, Wise Woman, Sage, High Priestess/Priest, Astrologer, Tarot Reader, Oracle, Diviner, Energy Worker, Herbalist, Midwife, Counsellor, Seer, Magician : these will also conjure up memories of the roles that most of you who are drawn to these words will have played during your past incarnations as Vessels for the Great Mother.
Your emotions are probably stirred when you are taken back to these times. They may range from a vague, unclear discomfort or unsettled feeling, to a raging and unspeakable terror that makes you want to run away and hide yourself forever. These feelings can be extremely intense and visceral, stemming from very deep wounds of the collective feminine psyche, as well as your own personal past-life traumas.
My own past experiences during these times were so horrendous that I still struggle every day with exposing who I am. When I first began using my own spiritual gifts again, and speaking out on the Divine Feminine Cause, I would feel huge waves of almost inexplicable fear that would sometimes threaten to topple me. The only reason that I continued to peel off the layers and practice my gifts was that I created a situation where I had to do it in order to feed my children. This was the 'Divine Trick' that the Universe used in order to get me to walk through the inconceivable fear of being raped, shamed and burned alive for being a Spiritual Woman. I still, even now, have to deal with a great level of anxiety before I reveal anything of who I am, and what I have to say. There is still a base-line fear present that unthinkable things will happen to me if I expose my sacred divine feminine knowledge to the world. It is a step-by-step process.
The reason that I share a little of my own experience now is that this topic demands it. You have to know that you are not alone in feeling anxious or even terrified about revealing your beautiful Goddess-Self. You may not even know that you are blocked in this way, because often the fear controls you through addictions, drama-laden relationships, distractions, procrastination and other kinds of delay-tactics. What I have witnessed through my own spiritual work with others is that nearly all healers and modern-day mystics carry significant traumas from the time of persecution against the Feminine Spirit.
With the Rise of the Goddess Energies that is occurring now, you may feel more intense memories of these times in which you were hunted down and killed for being a Psychic, Energy Worker or Healer of any kind. What I want you to know is that is it safe, and actually necessary, to feel these emotions as they arise. They must come up to be healed and received by the Goddess.
It IS SAFE to practice your Divine Feminine Arts now. Even though it still feels scary, I promise you that nothing is going to happen to you. You can move forward, as fast as you like, and all you will encounter now is welcome, understanding, love and appreciation for what you do. This old Age of Terror against the Feminine is gone, but we are still enduring barbarism, oppression and violence against women and girls all over the world. The Feminine Psyche of the planet holds deep wounds and scars, which urgently need attention.
This is why your Precious Soul is so needed. This is why your spiritual gifts must be used. This is why, despite the fears, you are being encouraged to open up and reveal yourself.
As you heal yourself, you will heal the world. As you bring Light to your own wounds, you will bring Light to the Collective Feminine Wounds. As you continue to move into your true Self, you will pave the way for women all over the world to do the same.
You are the change that we need now.