Over the last few weeks, and not for the first time, I have found myself weeping at the news. There is so much horror in the world. We are left as helpless witnesses to the atrocities of the few wreaking destruction on the many- innocent children, men and women- with little hope of being able to make a real difference. While so many of us are losing faith in our political and other power structures, our awareness of each others perils and tragedies is greater than ever before. What is there to be done? When it comes to the wars and violence that rage over our planet, large and small, ( though is any act of violence ever small?) I no longer care about the arguments, ideaologies, histories, the endless tit for tat- I, like so many others just want the violence to end.
It is time we had a sea change, and moved beyond this endless cycle. Children are dying. If we are spiritual people, then it is our children out there. We are not removed by our physical distance. Our future is growing up in bomb shelters, and refugee camps, starving, traumatized, and without hope. We are slaying our innocence, our future, even by doing nothing. There is no excuse.
I am tired of the anger I feel. I find I want to pour retribution upon those who did such deeds, I want the fury of the mothers to tear them to pieces, I want the Morrigan to reach into their hearts and give them such terror that they would never dare to even risk endangering another child ever again...but what use is my anger? Another heart filled with grief and fury in the world...
Instead I would rather be one heart changing...in the hope that there are more of us, and we can make a difference. We can tip the balance.
If we are spiritual people, if we are magical people- what is our magic, our power, our wisdom for? What use are we if we do not try to serve the whole, as best we can, when we can? Sure we need to begin with peace inside, but that doesnt absolve us of responsibility. We can have an agument with someone and still oppose war. We are human, but we are also spirit, and can make small acts of magic that ripple across creation.
So each night, at 9pm (GMT for me, 9 at your own timezone is fine) I ask you to join me in whatever way suits you, and works within your practice, your tradition or otherwise, to pray, weave magic, set intentions... join me and let us call to the Great Mother by any name to cast a circle of protection around all the children- All of them, all around the world, may they be safe from all harm, this night and day, and every night and day! May the hearts of those who make war change, that the children become the priority they should be. May they lay down their arms and find a way to peace. May the energy in their fury be transformed to find a way beyond war, beyond violence...may all that energy instead go into our evolution away from this horror.
As the Morrigan, that most misumderstood of goddesses herself says after the slaying of Balor at the end of the second battle of Moytura
'Peace up to heaven, heaven down to earth!'
This is a wonderful mantra that I use, repeating for a few minutes each night. Another is the druid's call to peace:
'May there be peace in the north, may there peace in the south, may there be peace in the east, may there be peace in the west! May there be peace across the whole world! '
I then focus my magic to specifically protect the children, wherever they may be, and to change the hearts of those who perpetuate violence, that lasting change may occur.
I have a large white candle that I light each night for this purpose, lighting it in my inner vision in the spirit world at the same time. If I am unable to light it for some reason, when I am away from home, busy with my child or something, I take a few breaths, call in my spirit allies and gods, and light the candle in the Otherworld just the same.... A few minutes magic, each night.
Since posting about this on facebook I've been overwhelemed at the response, and the numbers of people joining me. You dont have to call the Morrigan, or Brighid, or even the Great Mother- call the angels if that works for you, call Buddha, call Odin, Frigg, Holda, Call White Buffalo woman, call Isis, call Yemaya -- call them all!
Its important when doing this sort of work, to separate from it consciously after a set time, so that we do not carry the sorrows of the world so heavily that they harm us. I snuff out the candle after an hour, raise my arms open to my shoulders and then bending at the elbow cross them over my chest, to seal it off when I'm done.
It is not enough, and we need to follow up the magic with deeds, with actions, but please, join me. This is what magic is really for.
Blessed be the children!
Danu Forest wisewoman, witch, seer, walker between the worlds, healer, druid, priestess, teacher, writer, gardener, herbwife, stargazer, faery friend, tree planter, poet, and wild woman lives in a cottage near Glastonbury Tor in the midst of the Avalon lakes, in the southwest of England. Exploring the Celtic mysteries for over 25 years, and noted for her quality research, practical experience, as well as her deep love of the land, Danu writes for numerous national and international magazines and is the author of three books: Nature Spirits, The Druid Shaman, and (coming soon) Celtic Tree Magic. You can find out what Danu is doing at her website.