But I think we've become so focused on the "witch" in witch burning that we've forgotten what the burning times were actually about.
Many of those who were burned were not even witches.
We must remember that these were frightening times, and the choice was often to name someone as a witch or die yourself.
So the finger pointing began.
We can't deny that the burning times were a result of using religion to control the people and some men of the time in power not being able to deal with the divine feminine and women in general but I think sometimes we put so much blame on those in power and deny what was happening in the community.
Sisters, mothers, best friends were pointing the finger and offering each other up.
And I wonder when we're going to stop pointing the finger.
I've done it too of course. I am not a perfect person. I've judged and assumed and accused.
And I think we need to have compassion for those who've been finger pointing. It usually always comes from a place of fear.
But it feels like time we stopped throwing each other in the fire.
To truly clear and heal the karma of the burning times we don't need to bring down Christianity, or Christians or those who identify as Christian Witches, we need to stop pointing fingers, and stop throwing each other in the fire.
There is finger pointing of all kinds going on in the spiritual community.
I've been called out dozens of times for spiritual bypassing, being too love and light, not doing any shadow work, not being spiritual enough, not going deep enough, not owning enough dark tarot decks, not using my platform to post about politics, not reading tarot "the right way" (like there is one), not talking about enough big heavy stuff on my blog and now, also being called a witch burner.
And all this from other people in the spiritual community who don't know anything about me.
Not from my Christian friends who've known me since high school. Not from my Muslim friends. Not from my atheist friends. From other people in the spiritual community.
And then we look outside the community at the world around us and we see horrific things happening and yet we still point fingers at each other. You're not political enough. Why aren't you talking about this?
And yes, being political and talking about big important stuff is important AF.
But if you're not talking about it, that's OK too.
If you're a Christian, or a Muslim, or a Witch, or a Christian Witch or if you don't even have a clue how to begin labelling yourself, that's OK too.
We have all, all of us, every religion, every belief system, we have all been persecuted. We have all been killed for our beliefs.
And often times we've been killed for our perceived beliefs.
Many of those executed were not witches at all. Why do we never talk of them?
Witches often feel as if they own the burning times, and we do, but not alone.
All of you who have ever been persecuted, all of you who have been killed or harmed or hurt because someone pointed the finger or called you out, for truth or lies, it's all of us who own the burning times, and all of us who are here to heal the karma of it.
and we clear that karma when we stop turning on each other and start working together.