Jessica Galbreth offends all Pagans

Jessica Galbreth before she said witches are Satanic.

I was a Jessica Galbreth fan since the first time I saw her fantasy artwork at her old website Enchanted-Art Designs. I used her artwork on my websites and personally collected many beautiful prints, cards, journals and figurines. I was very supportive of her artwork and enjoyed keeping up with her on her blog too. In my opinion she painted the most beautiful depictions of the feminine divine in the darker aspects that I have ever seen and indeed it was her artwork that inspired my love and devotion to The Morrigan and put me on the path to discovering the warrior queen in myself.

To find that now, the reason I have not seen her art in over a year is because Jessica Galbreth and her husband converted to Evangelical Christianity (think Pat Robertson style and indeed she was intereviewed for his network here is the link) is like a stinging slap in the face.

Jessica has denounced all her previous art (and in the video on CBC it shows her tossing away her canvases in a dumpster) but the thing that has upset me the most are the followng comments she has made:

Jessica says she was possessed by a demon when creating her dark goddesses and other fantasy artwork.

Jessica says the occult is Satanic and only about power and secrets and death.

Jessica says she was empty inside because she was giving herself over to Satan through her belief in the occult.

Jessica says everyone thought she was a witch.

Jessica says the occult is dark and God is the light.

Jessica says there is only one true way to believe and that is to accept Jesus as your savior otherwise you are damned.

Jessica says God forgives only if you accept Christ as your savior.

Jessica says she contacted demons through a ouija board.

Jessica says she is ashamed of her Enchanted Art Collection.

Jessica says tarot cards are tools of the devil.

Jessica says she bought into the “lie” that Christianity is all about the patriarchy and subjugates women. 
One of Jessica Galbreth’s pagan Goddesses, The Morrigan.
As a Buddhist Witch, you know I believe everyone is free to follow their own path and ultimately it is one Universal Force of Love that binds us and connects us to the Goddess, God, Holy Ghost, Jesus, Mohammed, Shiva, Buddha – the power of the divine resides within us and connects us to one another and every atom on the planet and in the Universe.

Humans created religion and religion is all about dogma, which I do not believe in.

However I respect everyone’s right to believe as they choose and I would never say that someone’s beliefs are wrong. I would not tell a Christian that just because their beliefs exclude me as a Buddhist Pagan that they are wrong to do believe as they do. I just wish them love and peace.

I would never condemn a religion or a person who practices that religion because their beliefs are different from mine. In my practice of Buddhism there is no dogma. In my practices as a solitary witch I embrace all forms of spirituality and numerous Goddesses & Gods of different mysteries, paths and religions. I respect their history and stories. I respect their depictions in art.

I only personally worship the whole of the Universe, the spirit of the Great Mother, the one divine that is woven between us and the stuff that stars are made of. This includes both the light and dark sides of all nature. There can be no light without darkness. I value neither more than the other.

Buddhism has no deity but many Bodhisattva’s and Deva’s. My pagan beliefs have many Goddesses & Gods. But there is no Devil in any of my beliefs, no Satan at all. So for Jessica Galbreth to call pagan and occult beliefs Satanic is her ascribing to those narrow-minded beliefs that seek to persecute those who walk a different path.

Jessica Galbreth’s new “Christian” artwork. A male Angel.

I am heartsick about this and shudder to think that this talented woman who embodied the spark of the feminine divine in her artwork has turned her back on her previous art and beliefs and decided rather to close herself off to a wider world and connection with the Universal Love Force to preach exclusionary dogma that puts Satan and demons into beliefs where they do not even exist.

I still love her artwork. She did wonderful Goddesses, Fairies, mythological creatures and now she does Angels. I love Angels and work with them all the time as you know from my selection of Angel spells. My feelings are that Angels do not belong to Christianity that Angels are celestial beings and belong to no religion.

I am sad to see her guilting and shaming her own art and uncomfortable with her darker and more sensual depictions (which were still very tame) and hope that she will come to terms with it no matter what path she walks.

And to just let her know the Goddess will be here, always, awaiting her liberation, ready to welcome her back to love without dogma, without patriarchy, without guilt, shame or any requirements whatsoever that anyone believe in her.

For you see Jessica, she believes in you.

Blessed be.

 

Witchy Women

Had fun last night watching a special repeat Biography on Witches. Two witches I know personally were interviewed Laurie Cabot, “The Official Witch of Salem” and dear Silver Ravenwolf, one of my mentors through her books, crafts, business – just about everything. More than any witch I have known (personally) she has influenced how I do business and how I approach witchcraft.

I can quote her books practically by heart and have always had the most wonderful interactions with her. Her books and her work was a beacon of light to me at a time when I was very much alone in my craft (except always for the support of my mother) after being away from it for a number of years. Silver’s books are often considered a little “fluffy bunny” by some but I’m quite happy with them the way they are. I like that they are incredibly positive and don’t deal with dark aspects so much, I have other influences for that.

I’ve been fortunate to have many wonderful teachers along my path and this TV special got me thinking about them.

I remember the first time I went to Manna Reading Center in Fort Myers, looking for supplies (this was way before you could buy everything on the internet) and the owners were somewhat surprised I was a witch because I didn’t look like one (neither did they, they were more like hippies). They told me that most people who came in had embraced the goth witch look. this got a dialogue going and we became friends thereafter and eventually I even came to know other witches and pagans who were more “suburban” like me. They used to joke all the time and call me “Samantha” from “Bewitched” because that was who I reminded them of!

I used to read Tarot sometimes in person many years ago and always had such fun with it, especially when I lived in Key West. This got me introduced to my Cuban Santeria mentors, two women I worked with from the local newspapers I wrote for, who took me in as a student and I studied Santeria for about 6 years. Studying this particular mystery opened me up to studying Hoodoo and Voudou as well.

I’m grateful to the many wonderful witches I have known like Vintage Luna and Johanna Rowantree, witches I have exchanged spells with, made candles for, oils, jewelry, it has all been so fulfilling. I support many pagan crafting enterprises and have for many years.

Of course my greatest witch inspiration of all is my mother who encouraged me since I was a child to find my own path. She is a daughter of Isis but has never practiced as a witch though she has taken part in many of circles and spellcastings from my younger days. It was her encouragement that has always allowed me to discover  my true self.

She is, in the spirit of true witchcraft, the wisest woman I know.

 

What’s in a name?

 

So many things have changed for me in the past five years. I lost my dear husband Sandy almost five years ago (this Christmas) and recently ended my long-term relationship with my beloved Eddie (we ended things in early June). I had a tumultuous  and difficult relationship with Eddie that I believe would not have survived as long as it did had I not used spells (The Love Hunter and Cupid’s Arrow plus a special custom spell that I will discuss at some point) to ease some of the issues present in that relationship.

Magick can do anything you need it to do (energetically that is, I cannot turn you into an immortal vampire) but there are times when you must put away the Book of Shadows and consider real-world implications and make hard decisions. I still love Eddie (I always will) but having a relationship with him is not possible and likely will never be because of the many complex problems he has.

Being true to myself then means knowing when to put a finish on it, which I did.

For the first time in 24 years I am on my own. I decided then to dedicate myself to one of my patron goddesses The Morrigan, as she is a Warrior Queen and that is the energy I most want to generate in my life. My other patron goddess is Green Tara but she is a Buddhist goddess, so I dedicate myself to her in a different way.

The Morrigan is pure Celtic magick all the way and she is the perfect namesake for the direction my magick is going in right now. I am proud to be named after her, using Morrigane (a derivative of her name) with a secret surname (if you email and ask I will tell you) that has to do with The Morrigan’s familiar, the Crow.

I am somwhat terrified of birds actually, so this is new territory for me and it’s very exciting.

This is me, the witch Morrigane, no apologies, no influences other than my own nature and the dark goddess whom I commune with.

 

Why I am a Witch

I am a witch because nature speaks to me.
I am a witch because witch is woman and woman is witch.
I am a witch because I turn focused intention into will.
I am a witch because I believe in the unseen.
I am a witch because I feel the past, present and future.
I am a witch because I have fought my way through patriarchy.
I am a witch because I know my body, mind and spirit.
I am a witch because I know there are two sides to everything.
I am a witch because cats follow me everywhere.
I am a witch because ravens look for me.
I am a witch because love flows through me.
I am a witch because I believe in magick.
I am a witch because I am magick.

Rant for a Wee Little Witch

I got a comment today from a witch regarding my  post 13 Ways to Tell a Real Witch on the Internet. She was somewhat misunderstanding (well, ok, a lot misunderstanding) but then she is young (from the style of her writing). You’ve got to nurture the witchlings though and help them if you can.

I had the impression from her blog that she learned about witchcraft through the Harry Potter books and films particularly in the sense that she believes in the fantasy elements of  “Hollywood Magic”, since she was making an argument that there were spells that might be able to change your hair color (she said something about using bleach in spell but as I said, that is not magick but science) and seemed pretty sure that there could be magick that exists that can change your gender or turn you into a mermaid.

Perhaps she was trying to be funny or what she considered ironic. I hope that is the case and that she truly did not believe  in the school of Hollywood Witchcraft.

She was filled with rage and that made me so sad to see someone expressing themselves with four-letter words, poor grammar, and ethnic slang. Had she anything legitimately interesting to say it was lost utterly in those affectations. She also only read the one article on this blog and investigated no further. This was not a list about REAL witches certainly or pertaining to them at all. This was a list for laypeople looking to work with online witches.

I was sorry to see that many of her blog-friends supported her angry missive  and one even accused me of plagiarizing the list I wrote from something in a book from 1996. I would dearly love to see that since I wrote this on the exact day I posted it and it pertains completely to the business aspect of locating a witch on the Internet which would have been impossible in 1996.

This is just another unfortunate example of people who don’t know any better (and know not of what they speak) being rude to their elders, having no idea of courtesy, respect and manners. If she had offered her opinion in a polite and intelligent manner I would have been happy to discourse with her but to post such an insulting diatribe filled with epithets just for the sake of sounding “edgy” erased any possibility of  communication.

Ah, the folly of youth.