WASHINGTON D.C. – On Friday Jan 20, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Then, on Saturday Jan 21, an estimated 200,000 women will march on Washington in protest against an administration that they say is hostile toward women and unwilling to protect their civil rights.
The march organizers’ mission statement begins: “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”
Among those thousands of people marching in Washington will be a contingent of 64 plus Witches, who plan to frist meet at the Museum of the American Indian at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, and then they will join up with the larger event.The Firefly House, an organization of Witches and Pagans based in Washington D.C., has called for this gathering. According to Firefly High Priestess Lady Akilah Bloomwild, the group is looking to gather other Witch and Pagan organizations, covens, groves, and solitary workers from all around the country to stand together to “…end racism, sexism, hate; and to spread love, joy, positive energy and good vibration.”
Brandon Blair and his husband Mike, two Witches living in Providence, Rhode Island, are traveling to take part in the Witches march. Blair says he wants to make sure everyone in the Trump administration knows that women’s rights are human rights.
“As are the rights of the LGBT community, people of color, and every other human,” said Blair in an interview.
He noted, “Given the results of the election we will most likely need to stand stronger and fight harder in the coming years, and I wanted to be a part of one of the first events in that fight.” He believes that what he is doing will help to inspire hope and bring forth equality for all, no matter who is in office.
Gwen Walsh, a Solitary Witch from Maine, is also attending the Witches Contingent event. She posted on its Facebook page, “I’m so excited to participate in a Pagan-focused event – can’t wait to meet all of you and raise some energy together.”
Lady Bloomwild doesn’t think the Witches Contingent will stand out too much from the many other groups joining in the march, although she says, “It is possibly that we may start chanting to raise positive energy or call on the elements so that bring some attention to our group.”The attendees will carry Firefly House signs and any additional signs participants may bring.
Lady Bloomwild says she hopes the event supports women in what she calls their greatest time of need, “We are coming out to be seen, heard and we will not be silenced. We will raise the spirit of the great Goddess to remove hatred, vileness, and negativity and replace it with love, peace and positivity.”
In addition to the Witches Contingent, blogger Peg Aloi will be leading a ritual for “protection and power to resist.” She invites, “all earth religion followers (witches, pagans, druids, etc.) and anyone of like mind” to join her at Hancock Park at 10am. In blog post, she wrote, “[The ritual] will consist of a few moments of silence and some vocalizing and a simple grounding. Wicca 101.”
Outside of the Washington D.C. march, there are now a reported 616 sister marches happening around the world. The organization’s website also reports an estimated 2,053,370 marchers will be participating in those sister events, which are sponsored by different local organizations and people. Included in this global day of action is an online “Disability March” for those people who are unable to get to a live event due to, as it specifies, “a variety of physical limitations as well as chronic illnesses.”
Witches, Pagans, Heathens, and polytheists from all over the country will reportedly be in attendance at many of the corresponding events. Author Byron Ballard, for example, said, “Mother Grove Goddess Temple [has] groups representing at the Asheville Women’s March and the national March in DC. Come find us and walk with our banners.”
To follow the Firefly-sponsored Witches Contingent in Washington D.C., the organizers are encouraging participants to use #witchesatthemarch on Twitter and the group has also said that it will be posting photos of the rally and march as it occurs on their event page.