A longer, picture-rich, post today…
These wee cards were sent by Frances as a thank you gift for beta-testing the Soulful Scribes pages of the website – such a lovely surprise!
These tangible elements, all beautifully produced, connect me with Sisters I cannot see elsewhere in the world. Yes, they’re based on fictional characters, but I know such women did exist in history – the Beguines, those charged with withcraft, those village wise women and healers throughout the centuries… Not all women lived within the recognized roles of maids (under their father’s jurisdiction), married women (part of their husband’s property) or nuns (under the rules of the male-led Church). These independent, free-thinking women existed on the edges of society, often serving their local communities with knowledge and wisdom – until they aroused the suspicions of ‘the authorities’ and were charged with that oh-so-female crime of witchcraft…
I’ve always felt a deep connection to this saying:
… and I am proud to say there are more of us than ever before 🙂 We don’t all dance around fires under a full moon, but we do** share freedom of thought and practice, and for that I am extemely grateful.
** I am most mindful of all those women who currently don’t enjoy such freedom – they are daily in my thoughts and I long for the day when they are free to think and act as they wish, as I am privileged to do.
And if you’ve read this far – I thank you! – and I’d love to hear any thoughts you may wish to share down in the comments ❤