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Words are magick. There’s a reason why the infamous political consultant Frank Luntz, and the author of “Words That Work” is paid such hefty fees from politicians, business moguls and PR strategists. Language is symbolism in its strongest form, because it’s tied up not only in visual representations, but in all of our senses. We have to use our minds to accurately formulate our thoughts into a tangible expression. Then we use our lips or our pens to birth the creation into reality. Interpreting language also usually requires a certain level of cooperation, the ability to listen or read and engage in communication with other humans. It’s powerful, and we all know that the politicians and the wealthy elite of this world rarely shy away from the things that will bring them more power.
I love words, which is why writing and reading are one of my absolute favorite things to do in life. It's incredible that thoughts can become tangible things like books that we can hold in our hand, speeches that we can record and watch again or music albums that we can listen to on repeat when we’re feeling emotional. Which is why I have a tendency to pay extra close attention to the words that get repeated over and over again in the media. It’s safe to say that news organizations and political party leaders understand how important words are, and are very good at using language to psychologically persuade the masses in one direction or another. And there is one very particular example of this word manipulation that is really starting to get under my skin.
And the mispronounced phrase, “war on terra” (not terror)
Why do I care?
Because when I go to google and type in the word Isis, this is what I would like to see, and what I would have seen only a few years ago.
And now, this is what I see….and it breaks my heart.
For someone who has dedicated herself to supporting and cultivating the sacred feminine, it is horrifying and disturbing that the word has become corrupted by this. People may say that the two are not related, that it isn’t on purpose, that it doesn’t really matter what we call them, it’s just a word.
That unfortunately doesn’t seem to be the case. Just last year a bookstore in Colorado that has been well known and respected in the spiritual community for a long time had to change its name from Isis Books to Goddess Isis Books because they kept getting vandalized by the local community. And while a few politicians like Obama have begun using more appropriate names for the terrorist organization like ISIL or Daesh, far more continue using ISIS.
Then add to it the fact that both Donald Trump and George Bush insist on using the phrase “war on terra” instead of “war on terror” is another slap in the face. Many may argue that it’s just their accent, but they both do it in a significant number of their speeches, despite coming from two completely different parts of the country. Also, do career politicians and businessmen not educate themselves on public speaking? I’ve heard both of them use similar words that end in -or or -er and the result is not the same.
Of course, there’s absolutely no way to know for certain if it’s subconscious or a direct attack on the sacred feminine. What I do know is that it is doing potentially irreversible damage to the Goddess’ image once again. I can’t watch a debate without hearing the words “ISIS” and “War on Terra” multiple times.
In ancient Egypt, symbols were held with great respect and awe. Heiroglyphs were not just a way to jot down notes, they were highly regarded and believed to hold great magick and energy. So much so that when a new Pharaoh took power, first on the agenda was to physically marr and destroy the written names of the former King. Doing so was a way to wipe them out of the minds and records of the people, and to energetically destroy their spirit and influence. Whether this is simply instinct, or more ill intended, the result is still the same. The Goddess’ name is being run through the mud, and it has to stop.
Those women who have fought hard for equality, to be seen as strong and worthy of the abundance of life, need to stand up for ourselves and refuse to let the symbols of feminine power be associated with the destructive forces of terrorism. This is a real threat, not only spiritually and energetically, but historically as well. In this digital age, who knows what information will survive the future, and it’s more important than ever before that we preserve the few images and words that bring strength and glory to the feminine before we have none left. It seems to me that the majority of the language and images that exist to describe the “ideal woman” have been constructed by men and patriarichal society in general.
It seems that this entire campaign has been a battle of the sexes, highlighted by Donald Trump’s constant public ill treatment of women.
Whether it’s conscious or not isn’t the point. As above so below. The way we feel on the inside, is echoed in our actions. Reality is democratic. Whatever the group feels, there will be a collective manifestation of that desire and societal ideal. As long as the agenda of powerful people is dominance over the natural resources of earth, they will subconsciously dominate women and everything that symbolizes the earth in the microcosm of humanity. If we fail to heal the desire to conquer the planet, rather than embrace our role as nourishers and cultivators of our beautiful Terra, then that failure will likely be reflected in the men and women we choose to rule our world.