By going through each of the laws we can see how the patriarchy systematically destroyed the matriarchy to reduce our power then and now…
Women were unable to gather without the presence of a priest for fear they would be practising witchcraft. The power that women had felt sitting in circle, the way they were able to heal themselves and others became something depraved.
And that belief still holds today. There is so much fear of the idea of women gathering and gaining their power from those spaces.
When women gather something shifts and magic happens. An internal flame of understanding and knowledge is enlightened. And that’s exactly what the patriarchy felt needed to be brought to an end.
The idea of using plants to heal was so unfathomable that the churches felt as if the devils work must be involved somehow.
There was no understanding how plants such as dandelion root could help treat illness without some kind of intervention of evil. They spread the belief that this must be witchcraft.
But do you know what witchcraft actually is? It’s the power of knowing and understanding the elements and wielding them in their favour.
And that’s why still today when people talk of Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine or other natural forms of healing the eyes of medical professionals worldwide roll as they discount the healing properties of the natural world.
This final law is arguably the most ridiculous but also one that maintains its hold in our modern society so clearly.
Women were punished for expressing their sexuality. And I want you to imagine punishing men for their sexuality?
If every inappropriate advance, comment or touch put them in front of a court of law. Or if they were vilified for the clothes they wore as if they were asking for whatever horrible act came their way.
Yes, that’s how ridiculous that law was.
Women were put to death for expressing their most natural self.
Again, the Hammering of the Witches from 1486 explains, “All witchcraft comes from carnal lust, which is in women insatiable… Wherefore for the sake of fulfilling their lusts they consort even with devils. More such reasons could be brought forward, but to the understanding it is sufficiently clear that it is no matter for wonder that there are more women than men found infected with the heresy of witchcraft.”
And don’t think for a moment these beliefs vanished with history… no. We still see them today in the way mistresses are defamed or the shaming of sexual assault survivors.
This law forced women to turn on each other as jealousy ran rife. And how can we come together and heal if we’re fighting for the resources of reproduction. And if we cannot gather, how can we overthrow the system that is oppressing us?
The patriarchy successfully dismantled the power of women in these three easy steps:
- If we mistrust our spaces of healing and each other, we lose our sense of community – perhaps even, our sense of self.
- When the ‘norm’ is to invest in a system that profits off our disconnection and disregard for the Earth, dis-ease finds its way into the Earth, our bodies, and our minds.
- When we see our sexuality as inherently dirty, unholy, or dark, we deny a natural, primal, and instinctual part of ourselves that is inherently sacred.
During this time our medical system changed too.
Instead of wise women at the forefront of medicine healing with herbs and practical rituals, the churches implemented some, frankly bizarre treatments in their place.
For instance, instead of using the numbing and antibacterial properties of clove oil to heal a toothache, Priests would instead repent the sins of sufferers while waving the cross over the side of their face that ached.
Or Priests were forced to be present during operations because there was no separation between the church and healthcare.
And though today that connection has been disrupted there still is great mistrust within the medical community towards natural and spiritual practices.
It seems as if our current health system views matters of conception, birth, death and healing with fear.
And we can see this in the way that pregnant people are often treated as if they’re infirm, weak and feeble. Or when we look at current statistics around the rate of Caesarean sections around the world.
C-sections now outnumber vaginal deliveries in parts of southeast Europe, Latin America and China. While in some private clinics in Brazil C-Section rates are up to 85%.
Western medicine and society no longer respects or has space for the wonder that is birth, instead, we’re controlled by the patriarchal system to be fearful of the power we have to conceive, carry and give birth.
Now I’m not saying all C-Sections or modern medical interventions are unnecessary. I know with the help of modern medicine many millions of lives have been saved.
But what I want to explore is the possibility of merging the old with the new and finding a more womb-centered way of healing.
The kind of healing that doesn’t overlook or brush aside very real and justified feelings of anxiety, grief and fear and instead listens to and honors these emotions.
And that work starts with you. Where you are given real tools to reconnect with your body, your womb, and your power.
The revolution starts within.
If you’re ready to join the revolution with me and 1000s of other wise womben then I have just the thing.
I’m hosting one of my favorite trainings of all time on the 17th October. This training will be available for FREE online and will start you on your path towards global healing.