The Burning Times*

“In the cool of the evening, they used to gather,

‘Neath the stars in the meadow, circling an old oak tree,

At the times appointed, by the seasons of the Earth, and the phases of the moon,

In the center, stood a woman, equal with the others, and respected for her worth,

One of the many we call the witches, the healers and the teachers of the wisdom of the Earth.

And the people grew through the knowledge she gave them,

Herbs to heal their bodies, spells to make their spirits whole,

Can’t you hear them chanting, healing incantations,

Calling forth the wise ones, celebrating in dance and song”

“Isis, Astarte, Diana Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna”

“There were those who came to power, through domination,

And they bonded in their worship, of a dead man on a cross.

They sought control of, the common people, 

By demanding allegiance to the church of Rome.

And the pope declared, an inquisition,

It was war against the women whose power they feared,

In this holocaust against the nature people,

9 million European women died,

And the tale is told of those, who by the hundreds,

Holding together chose their deaths in the sea,

While chanting the praises of, the mother Goddess,

A refusal of betrayal, women were dying to be free.”

“Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna” 

“Now the Earth is a witch, and the men still burn her,

Stripping her down with mining, and the poisons of their wars,

But to us the Earth is a teacher, a healer, a mother,

A weaver of the web of life, that keeps us all alive.

She gives us the vision to see through the chaos.

She gives us the courage, it is our will to survive!” 


(*My apologies if any of this work, including the music, song, and lyrics are copyrighted. I will gladly ascribe credit where it’s due. Just shoot me a message, but please don’t me to take it down. Thanks a bunch.)


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