“Ye who are poor suffer with hunger keen,
And toll in wretchedness, and suffer too
Full oft imprisonment; yet with it all
Ye have a soul, and for your sufferings
Ye shall be happy in the other world,
But ill the fate of all who do ye wrong!”
—Aradia, Gospel of the Witches
Black Rose Witchcraft wishes to express outrage and concern regarding the current United States government policy which cruelly separates immigrant children from their families. We affirm the human rights of each and every individual regardless of any class or status, full stop. Country of origin, sex, gender, race, religion, age, physical or mental ability, or economic status cannot be allowed to determine whether or not someone should be treated with compassion and respect. To deny these people basic dignity is a violation of international law and a threat to common ethical decency. We cannot stand silent while the government continues to pave the way toward the dehumanization of entire classes of people, which history has shown is a clear antecedent to genocide. The founders of Black Rose stand united in opposition to this clear example of evil and call upon all people to stand up and do the same.
We call upon the spirits of healing and ask that they comfort and protect those who are vulnerable and alone. Diana, Mother of All Life, come to your frightened children and give them comfort and strength. Lucifer, Star of the Morning, shine your light into the darkness and be a beacon of hope.
But to address only those who have already been harmed is in effect to help allow the practice to continue. It must be stopped. And historically, as Aradiatells us, it is the divine purpose of witches to radically champion the oppressed, even as warriors.
“And thou shalt be the first of witches known;
And thou shalt be the first of all i’ the world;
And thou shalt teach the art of poisoning,
Of poisoning those who are great lords of all;
Yea, thou shalt make them die in their palaces;
And thou shalt bind the oppressor’s soul (with power)”
“And when a priest shall do you injury
By his benedictions, ye shall do to him
Double the harm, and do it in the name
Of me, Diana, Queen of witches all!”
“For the true God the Father is not yours;
For I have come to sweep away the bad,
The men of evil, all will I destroy!”
We call upon the sprits of wrath and ask that they feed upon the life and wills of those who would enact such cruel and inhuman assaults against human dignity. One by one do you weaken and fall. One by one you are left with nothing but the truth of what you have done. And faced with your own evil, by your conscious choice will you be judged. Renounce your actions and make reparative justice and be freed from this curse. Continue on your path and choose your doom. So must it be.
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