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Let me begin by introducing myself. I am Dragonfly. I am an Eclectic Witch/Wiccan. I have practiced Witchcraft for 16 years, but have been Wiccan for only 6 years now. Before then, I knew nothing about the love and compassion of the Mother. I used personal energy to work my spells, but never knew the OLD ONES. During my journey THEY have opened me to a new way of life and understanding. I use this new understanding to help and benefit those of our kindred spirit. This is what has lead me here now...
Lost... Lost and alone they sit. Many Witches don't realize just how many brothers and sisters of the craft are incarcerated. There are many if you do your research. I am writing this article because i am trying to make a clearer awareness of these children of the God and Goddess.
I have personal experience with dealing with circles and solitary witches in prison. It is sad how they are persecuted and treated unequally, not just by fellow inmates, but prison security and officials also. They are constantly threatened and harassed for their beliefs.
These witches have no voice behind those walls and bars. It is an ongoing battle to practice the craft and worship the Old Ones. They are denied federally approved items by prison administrations. They are in constant need of outside sponsorship for their circles.
I am trying to be a voice for these Witches because i know the struggle. I was once an inmate in the Louisiana Correctional Department. I was discriminated and persecuted on a daily basis for my beliefs. The Lord and Lady found me in there. They took me in and changed my life. I get goose bumps typing this as I think of my past journey. I made a promise to my circle, The Old Ones, and myself I would do what I can to help my brothers and sisters.
At one of the facilities I was housed, we did have a sponsor. She did try to help and be present, but presiding over so many other circles in other prisons we had difficulty keeping in contact. What these circles need is One Witch or Circle to sponsor that particular circle of Witches.
I know that it is difficult to get past biased opinions of prisoners, but realize that we are all human and make mistakes...most at a very young age. I've met some amazing people in there. My first teacher is still in there. He is one of the most intelligent and remarkable people I have ever met. The Mother and Father sent him to teach and guide me, to show me the true ways of a Witch.
Please open your minds and hearts to our kindred. Alone and lost they sit. Awaiting the arrival of one who will be their voice. All these circles need is someone to be active, to make it aware to these persecutors that they have support. These Witches are denied so many privileges that other offenders of "traditional" religions are granted. Privileges such as ritual items, adequate space for circle meetings (if they are even allowed to meet) . Opportunity to celebrate the Sabbats and Esbats with their circle, etc.
I can't fully express all the things that go on behind the walls of those prisons pertaining to Wiccans, Pagans, and Witches. All I know is it is unfair and sad. I can write a book on all the bad experiences I've had in prison because I am a Witch. It saddens my heart to know that my circle is still in there going through that type of treatment.
I remember how we would try to joke about the situations and say we were living in the Dark Ages and the Inquisitors are the facility's administration. They literally hated us. Hated us because we weren't Christian. Hated us because we meditated. Hated us because we signed the pentacle over our food for blessing, and hated us for signing it for protection. If they only knew it was being signed to protect us from THEM!
If you are reading this and feel the pain and need of these Witches, please feel free to research a prison facility and see how you can become an outside sponsor. It does not take much. And Please know that I am not just talking. I have just recently been ordained as a minister. I will be contacting prisons very shortly about sponsorship.
If you would like more information you can contact me through WitchVox and I will gladly answer any questions and be as much of help I can possibly be. We are here for a reason. To make a difference. This is not the Dark Ages anymore. We have a Voice! We can make a change. Isn't that what magick is all about? Making a change. We have all the necessary tools, now all it takes is the desire.
Witches in prison are going through a change. They are transforming into new beings. New Spiritual Beings of The Old Ones. Help with that transformation. Be a teacher, a guide, a Voice!! Together we can make things better. Better for Witches, the Craft, The Old Ones, the FUTURE!
I thank everyone for giving me this chance to let my Voice be heard and giving me the opportunity to do my part. Like I said it was a struggle being a Witch in prison. Not something I would like to partake in again, but I think everything happens for a reason. I was brought through that time of struggle to open my eyes, my mind, my heart, my spirit to the Lord and Lady. My transformation was one of pain, heartache, awareness, truth and emotion. I am a new Being and live my life learning, loving and making a difference: All in the name of the Mother, the Father, the Craft and All of Humanity.
There are more Witches like me, in there, waiting for the chance to make their difference. They need an outside Voice. Will YOU be that Voice? Will You be the one to let them be heard; to step up for them and let the world know that they are sons and daughters of the Goddess and God? Be The Voice Brothers and Sisters. Thank You.
Bright Blessings To All; So Mote It Be,
Gray Jeweled Warrior Witch
Location: Bossier Citt, Louisiana
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