As we embark on this mid-life stage together, I extend an invitation to join in for an hour on Zoom for a live Q&A session this Monday February 12th at 6:30 PM Pacific Time and 9:30 PM Eastern Standard Time. It promises to be a fun experience, where we will share what you can expect if you enrol in WitchSchool this February. For example, intuition and uncovering your archetypes and Crone wisdoms, visiting your ancestral land-based heritage, and the mystical anthropologies of Witches and useful witch skills and tools in day-to-day life.
Colonizer and Irish Witch: ‘I’m so very sorry’
Received by Claudette Commanda, Anishinaabe Feminist Leader.
I recently had the privilege of attending an event hosted by the Ambassador of Ireland to Canada, a gathering that transcended the ordinary and delved into the realms of feminist scholarship, Irish pagan history and language and the work of women in the ongoing peace process in Ireland. Of fantastic and historical significance was that this panel of speakers included a feminist scholar who was instrumental in the north/south Irish peace process alongside Chancellor Claudette Commanda of the University of Ottawa, who is a key figure in the ‘GIVE THE LAND BACK’ Indigenous movement and a leader in Anishnaabe/Algonquin communities, together this added a vital indigenous perspective to this unique dialogue about peacemaking in today's times.
A courageous sharing of truth and connection
During this remarkable event, I seized the opportunity to share a truth with Chancellor Commanda who is an elder known for her profound leadership lineage and insights. I spoke from the heart, navigating the delicate terrain of trust, patriarchy and church powers over the celtic witch healers that came by boat to Canada about the commonalities as healers and change makers the witches, the Irish pagans had with Indigenous women. The result was a powerful exchange that culminated in a few tears, hugs, and ideas on how we, as witches and pagans can see through our apology with indigenous peoples, how we can use care and curiosity to collaborate together to restore the stewardship of our beloved Gaia Mother Earth.
In this space of vulnerability and authenticity, I stood as a descendant of Irish immigrants, declaring my lineage as a modern-day witch. I acknowledged the complexities of our shared history, expressing regret for past actions of my foremothers who arrived on Turtle Island while extending a hand of solidarity for future healing. The audience, predominantly women of Irish descent, bore witness to a historical moment between a healer witch of pagan lineage extending regret and sorrow to an Anishinaabe healer women. It was clear that a collective commitment to repair, listen, and build a harmonious future is possible and a peace process begins.
Join us for an evening of shared stories of WitchSchool and connection felt by students, alumnae and teachers.
For Monday’s Q&A session, I invite you to join us in an online space where the wisdom of divine feminine intergenerational voices intertwines, fostering understanding, repair, and empowerment for our new stage of life.