Why Rage is Essential

I want to make one thing abundantly clear to all of my coven RIGHT NOW: Rage is not just ok, it is essential.

If any of you have this idea of me that I sit in my room with sage and crystals in perfect peace and harmony 24/7, you are wrong. I am human, with many nuanced emotions, and rage is one of them.

There is a lot to be angry about in this world. Especially now with the growing numbers of Nazi groups and white supremacists creating fear and threatening minorities. With privileged males taking sexuality away from women. With our gay and trans community getting stripped of their rights. With poverty. With hunger.

Social change starts with rage. Rage is a constructive, funneled emotion that fuels the need to end discrimination. It is not hate. It is not cowardice. It is a channeled fury that promotes activism.

The difference between rage and hate, is that rage comes from a well thought out philosophy. It challenges social constructs. It is a retaliation of our values being jeopardized. It is the effect of being threatened to our very core.

Hate, on the other hand, is a byproduct of cowardice and fear. Instead of learning, growing, evolving, and accepting, there are those that choose to block themselves off from the world and use fear to create fear. That is not rage. That is not anger. That is gutlessness.

Rage takes Strength. Rage takes courage to let the lions head lay on your lap, and to combat fear with knowledge and tenacity. Standing up for what is right is imperative, and those of us with an innate privilege in our DNA have the highest obligation to use it for change. Strength and privilege are not synonymous.

As symbolized in the Nine of Wands, we must persevere in times of conflict. We must stand up for our communities and make this world a little safer every day for those who live in it. Now is not the time to be silent. Silence makes you complicit.

Take the recent Taylor Swift case, for example. She was sexually assaulted and took it to court, and everyone stayed silent. Even those she had donated money to and supported in their sexual assault cases didn’t say a word. Just because she really isn’t very likable.

Standing up for what is right IS NOT CONDITIONAL. Sexual assault is not ok just because the victim isn’t your favorite person. Racism is not ok just because it doesn’t affect you. Using the word “faggot” is not ok just because you didn’t mean it like that.

I can’t stress this to my community enough: What is happening right now is NOT OKAY. And as reasonable people with voices, we must use them to start AND CONTINUE the dialogue. If you see a friend, family member, employer, whoever, who is being discriminative and blindly abusive, CALL THAT SHIT OUT. Collective change starts at an individual level. Ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. Because they will find others who think like them, and light IKEA tiki torches and march in the name of hate.

I’m begging you, witches. Use your voice. Use your big, beautiful, bold, strong voice to make a difference. Even if you don’t think your voice will promote change, because you are just one person, if everyone thought like that we’d be in majorly deep shit. In fact, that’s pretty much what’s happening now. Stay woke, and stay witchy ( *)