Ways to support Columbia

Here are some ideas of ways you can participate in supporting Columbia and defending religious liberty against the upcoming “siege” of DC by fringe Christians.

Focus your intent on the statue of Freedom that sits atop the dome of the US Capitol building. This is an iconic image of government in our country! The statue is a personification of America; in other words, this is another aspect and name of Columbia. You might use or adapt the following prayer or statement of intent:

Hail Columbia, patron goddess of your district and of our government! You represent our highest ideals of freedom and liberty. Help us to strive towards the fullest expression of those values. Stand firm to defend the wall of separation between church and state that protects our precious religious liberty, so that we may continue to honor you. Let all who seek to displace you instead behold your truth and be uplifted by it.

Visualize Freedom/Columbia on top of a solid wall, or a dome of protection that surrounds the Capitol and even her district. You can imagine this as something that neutralizes and grounds any negative intent directed at it, or as something that reflects it away. You could print out an image of Freedom (or of the Statue of Liberty, or another image of Columbia that you prefer) and place it on your altar as a way to strengthen this process.

If you can, say a prayer or send energy like this every day of the siege, from October 3rd to November 11th, and especially on Samhain. If you want to pick another day to concentrate on, find out when your state is supposed to be “the pointman” in the campaign, and express instead your support for religious liberty.

Cara Schultz made some great suggestions, including using traditional poetry and songs that honor Columbia, and making offerings to her of foods or resources native to the Americas, such as corn and tobacco. Thanks, Cara! (ETA: She also suggests libations – always a good idea.)

You might also invoke the aid of Founding Fathers who supported religious liberty, especially Washington and Jefferson. You could include them among your Mighty Dead on Samhain, for example, and ask them to help the country continue to pursue better ways of putting into practice the ideals that inspired them.

ETA: Greenflame offers this ritual and images for protecting America against prejudice and corruption. Thanks, Greenflame!

Isaac Bonewits’ page of Liberty Rite Materials may also be helpful.

Thanks to Grafton for help writing the above prayer. Please feel free to redistribute.

About Literata

Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented rituals and workshops at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. Literata offers healing and divination services as well as customized life-cycle rituals. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in history with the support of her husband and four cats.
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14 Responses to Ways to support Columbia

  1. cara schulz says:

    US Military Pagans deployed overseas have begun carrying coins that have Columbia (or Lady Liberty, if you prefer that name) on them. You can go to most banks and ask to trade for a liberty coin.

    Pouring libations is a very traditional way to honor Gods. You offer some of the wine or oil or spring water to Columbia as you make your prayer.

  2. Greenflame says:

    Hi Literata,

    These are *excellent* ideas. I want to let you know that some acquaintances and I began a working at Beltane that invoked Lady Liberty as Goddess, along with the “Mighty Dead” of Sacagawea, Thomas Jefferson, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King, Jr. We were just thinking of ways of taking this to a broader public when Jason published his blog yesterday, and today, and now your blog.

    Although we did not know about the ‘DC40′ action last May, we all sensed such stuff brewing as well as being very concerned about corruption and the abandonment of what we feel are core American values.

    One of us with some Photoshop skill created an image for us to focus on: those five Spirit beings with a five-pointed star against a background evocative of “America the Beautiful.”

    I have put a description of the working along with the image and the language we used on a web page donated by one of our member’s trad. (This trad is not formally associated with the working, but agreed to donate a page):

    http://www.eternalharvestwicca.org/Magickal_Working_for_America.html

    If you feel this is in resonance with your suggestions, would you help us get the word out? Thank you ~ GreenFlame (North Carolina)

  3. What siege do you refer to? I can’t find anything in the googles.

  4. Oh, duh, helps if I read your other posts.

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  6. Stephen Glaser says:

    What will they do when they get to Maryland, which is Mary’s Land. Will they go up against Jesus’ mother? There is the District of Columbia, then there is Mary’s Land.

    • Literata says:

      Well, some of these people think that Catholic reverence of Mary is also part of a giant plot to worship a demon known as the “Queen of Heaven.” So yes, they might not be too happy about Maryland either.

      • Stephen Glaser says:

        I know, but it is still ironic though. I think it was the early days before the American Revolution that Maryland was set aside for Catholics, who are by definition anti-mason, according to the Canon. Columbia is considered a “Masonic Goddess” by some of these Protestant Christians on the extreme right, and they are anti-mason. They ought to be allied with the Catholics on this issue. The enemy of your enemy is your friend. Nevertheless, they are against the people that would be their friend. Funny how Mary’s Land (Maryland) and the District of Columbia wound up being right next to each other.

      • Amaryllis says:

        Officially, Maryland was named after Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I. But I’m pretty sure, given the Calverts, that it was named with a “wink wink you know who we really mean.” After all, it’s not Henriettaland (thank goodness).

        Maryland prides itself on enacting the earliest single religious-freedom statute in the New world, the Toleration Act of 1649. It was a pretty limited toleration, protecting only trinitarian Christians, but at least it was a start (and included an attempt to discourage religious “hate speech”). So a bunch of Puritans immigrated to where they wouldn’t have to be Anglicans, and it ended with the repeal of the Act after the “Glorious Revolution” in 1692, with the practice of Catholicism being especially banned. The Puritans in their turn had their comeuppance when the Calverts converted to Anglicanism and regained control of the colony, and established the Church of England as the Church of Maryland. And so it goes.

        Still, the First Amendment is said to owe a good deal of its philosophy and phrasing to the Toleration Act, so I guess it was a worthwhile experiment.

        • Literata says:

          That’s very cool, Amaryllis. I only knew about the Virginia legislation (TJ in action again). Yeah, working to change a cycle is a lot harder than working to perpetuate it.

  7. Stephen Glaser says:

    According to Wikipedia, “As a quasi-mythical figure, Columbia first appears in the poetry of African-American Phillis Wheatley starting in 1776 during the revolutionary war” Here is the poem,
    One century scarce perform’d its destined round,
    When Gallic powers Columbia’s fury found;
    And so may you, whoever dares disgrace
    The land of freedom’s heaven-defended race!
    Fix’d are the eyes of nations on the scales,
    For in their hopes Columbia’s arm prevails.
    Here is the link to it, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_%28name%29#Personification

    • Literata says:

      Thanks, Stephen. I still find that poem both eloquent and problematic – Phillis Wheatley was writing about a “heaven-defended race” in a nation that less than a century after it gained its independence would be torn apart by a civil war over race. I hope to have more reflections on that and Columbia’s complicated history up soon.

  8. Stephen Glaser says:

    Hi, Literata, I found a longer version, here, http://bit.ly/nZhcKg It is not the poem at the top of the page by Emma Lazarus that engraved in the Statue of Liberty. To get to what I am talking about, you would want to scroll down until you see it. I think Cara Schultz posted it.

  9. Stephen Glaser says:

    Hmmm, with that link you might have to scroll up. I don’t know how I managed to do that. That is assuming that it is not my computer that is making the site appear at the bottom of the page.

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