As you may notice, I have revamped this blog a bit 🙂 The astute will notice not only a change in WordPress theme but also in subtitle or description: encounters with mystery, politics and sex. Those even more astute will be aware that these words are an unabashed cobbling of the subtitles of Starhawk’s two excellent works, ‘Dreaming the Dark’ and ‘Truth or Dare’.
The change signals a willingness by me to post more social and political comment on this blog, rather than focusing predominately on the magical. I have always been moved by the classic ‘the political is personal is spiritual’ and I have always maintained the goal of magic is service to others, which necessitates an intersection with the social, the sexual and the political.
I was moved to make this change by Emma Watson’s moving – and hopefully influential – speech on gender equality at the United Nations.
Commenting on this online I noticed two things: firstly, the vile, hate-filled misogyny directed at Ms Watson in response to her words, and secondly, a view of ‘so what, we know this, why does it need to be said again?’
The first response is to be expected: there are mung-beans here, there, everywhere, especially online. The second took me a little aback.
While there remains ingrained sexism and disadvantage to women and girls, while the dominant discourse is one of male privilege, we need to keep saying the bleedin’ obvious over and over again. And again. Because ANY positive change – not just a feminist one – has to penetrate a consciousness, a set of assumptions, and from the magical perspective, an egregore, millennia in the making. We do not automatically ‘get’ anything – ideas that are not mainstream need constant reinforcing and repetition to be heard against the backdrop of conditioned consciousness that we hardly notice, as per the proverbial goldfish in water.
So this made me think about my own writing; I have often stopped myself writing because ‘someone else’ also has the same views and ideas. But really, it cannot but help to add mine. So I will 🙂
So … look forward to all sorts in interesting things on this slightly revamped MOTO. THANKS 🙂