October 01, 2014
Witches, Shamans and the Number Thirteen
Myths and legends warn us of the wicked witch who lives at the edge of the forrest. She is the green warty creature who brews toxic tonics in her cauldron and bakes little children in her oven. She crafts poison apples to put princesses to sleep and casts potent spells over innocent men and women. But beware… When one culture supplants another, the conquerors create new legends that undermine the powers of their predecessors.
It is well known, for example, that the best way to bring a culture to its knees is to destroy the basis of their faith and beliefs. There have been numerous examples of this in human history. Every culture on Earth started as an indigenous culture, learning how to survive by relying on their intuition and their connection to the planet. Spirituality started with our wonder for the unknown; we revered those who had the ability to see into its mysteries. Visionaries and intuitives have long been the ones who heal and guide our people to food and shelter. They have been fundamental in keeping our connection to Spirit vital and our tribes alive. Whenever a culture wants to gain control over another, however, this is the first person whose power is minimized.