First, I wish to open with a heartfelt apology for my silence, specifically to the 49 beautiful people who were taken from the world during the massacre in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. Further, I wish for nothing less than a speedy & healthy recovery to the additional 53 who were injured in this unconscionable attack on the LGBT community.
May the gods and spirits bring healing to those who need it, guide the souls of those taken from us to the peaceful lands of Anin Pextera, reveal the truth of the incident to all, and hold accountable those with blood on their hands.
Orlando’s LGBT massacre at the Pulse nightclub hit me, your author, hard.
In previous times of injustice I have encouraged magics of change and healing from witches of the Wandering Coterie (e.g.: the Ferguson, MO). Immediately following the Pulse massacre I became inflamed with fiery justice, engaging in multiple levels of activism locally & digitally. However, I chose to have the Stardust Compass itself remain silent.
Recently I have also been denouncing “silent allies” - individuals and organizations who profess support of the LGBT community, yet have remained silent on all issues relating to, and including, the massacre. Yet to denounce them while the Stardust Compass remained mute feels hypocritical.
So, why did I choose to let the official site remain silent? And perhaps more importantly: what should the Stardust Compass say?
I can point to deep wounds, shock, or mourning as the root causes for the silence - but I am not sure if any of these excuses are valid. I have also asked myself, “if I am speaking up about Pulse, why not Oaxaca, or Paris, or other tragedies happening around the world?” A question to which I also have no good answer. “This planet has many ills,” I remind myself, “why stir the witches to action on one, but not another?”
However, after some careful consideration on the issue, and consultation with the spirits & gods of the path, I have come to the opinion that any human (myself included) influencing the Wandering Coterie towards a specific agenda is unhealthy - both for the practitioners and the path. The intention of the Stardust Compass is to empower each witch to move forward with their own goals and intentions - not to be influenced by any singular individual. Further, to post about one incident while remaining mute regarding others is both selfish and discriminatory.
But... the Stardust Compass staying silent during a tragedy sucks. It really sucks. It means that when Pulse, Oaxaca, Paris, or other such incidents occur there will be no official response. While individual members of Wandering Coterie may choose to act (something I always encourage!) there will only be silence from the official site. In an era where everyone posts about large scale global tragedies, groups which remain silent are noticed. Such silence can not only impact the affiliated members internally, but can also make the group (and / or it’s members) appear heartless, cold, or indifferent to a global tragedy.
Sadly, such a negative public opinion may become an unintended consequence of the Stardust Compass remaining silent. However, I feel that this is the healthiest and safest way to ensure that the Wandering Coterie is free to follow their heart, and to obliterate the seeds of favoritism / discrimination before they take root.
To those reading this, know that the Wandering Coterie of the Stardust Compass is made up of witches just like you from around the world. We all have hopes and dreams, doubts and fears, goals and desires. We all have our own own trials to overcome, bliss to discover, and injustices to defeat.
We stand together in our individuality, united in solidarity within the Wandering Coterie to make ourselves, and the world, a better place. We respect that each witch’s path is unique, and we support each other on our individual yet collective journeys. We might perform a personal working upon a secluded rural crossroads, or a group ritual on the steps of the Capitol Building - but we don’t sit idle. We will always act, each in our own way, to manifest positive change for humanity.
While the Stardust Compass may be silent, the Wandering Coterie eternally sings.
So if you feel called to sing, sing.
If you feel called to dance, dance.
If you feel called to act, act.
Use your head, and follow your heart.
A’kah, Za’kah! Jez Ka'bar!
Image: Vigil to unite in the wake of the Orlando Pulse shooting, by Fibonacci Blue (CC: BY)