Being a Witch in Times of Crisis
These last two years have taken their toll on all of us without doubt. And just when we thought we might see a glimmer of hope of the pandemic ending, a major war broke out. As I live in Germany, the war is, of course, much nearer to me – the capital Kyiv is „only“ about 1900 km/1180 miles away. I have family living in Poland and even though they are not in immediate danger, they will be affected by this futile bloodshed due to one lunatic autocrat. Since last week I have been in a whirlwind of emotions due to this war – from fear, to anger to deep sadness – and I am sure you feel the same. So how do we cope with all this, especially as witches?
As a witch, you can do a lot to be of help in this crisis by using your witchcraft. I have seen people lighting and anointing candles, meeting up to pray and spell worldwide on the internet and generally sending good vibes out to the world. One of the dangers at the moment is that people fall into the trap of anxiety, which can spread like a virus itself. And if enough people are scared of something, it will eventually happen – anyone with even a basic understanding of the Law of Attraction will agree to this. Of course, we have every right to be anxious, but we shouldn’t let it overwhelm us. And this is where our magick can and will help us. Let your light and your positive energy shine and help others to do the same!
Here in Germany, there is a huge wave of help offers to the Ukrainians. I made the mistake of looking into a help group on Facebook, where transportation from the Polish border to Berlin is being organized and people are offering their cars and their homes. After ten minutes, I was in tears simply because of the generosity of so many people. I got an email from a musician friend of mine who works in a church where he wrote about what was needed in Poland for a refugee camp mainly aimed at children. I had decluttered so many of these things in the last two months and had them already in boxes to bring them to charity. So I repacked them, added some of our (non-witchy) coloring books, pens etc. Tomorrow I will go to the German equivalent of the Dollar store and will buy other things that are still needed and, in the afternoon, bring the boxes to the drop-off point along with good wishes and maybe a sigil or two for the safety of the children who will play with the toys.
If you can’t help with things, you can still help with money.
If you want your help directed at children I recommend the SOS Children’s Villages, on their main page they have a link for donating for children and families in Ukraine: https://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/
The International Committee of the Red Cross is a safe way to donate and to know the money reaches those who require the help: https://www.icrc.org/en/humanitarian-crisis-ukraine
The same is valid for the Ukrainian Red Cross: https://redcross.org.ua/en/donate/
Another is The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). From this page you can also go to your local donation website: https://donate.unhcr.org/int/en/general
It’s okay to do nothing
If all I wrote above is too much, and you are simply overwhelmed by all the news, horrible pictures and videos, please know: it is okay to do nothing. Switch off the news, Facebook, etc. and look after yourself. Take a bath, paint your emotions or write down all your feelings in your journal. As I wrote above, we are not of use if we deplete ourselves completely and fall down a negative spiral. Wherever and however you find reassurance (of course as long it is a healthy way), do that!
I hope, no matter what, that you stay healthy and as happy as possible.