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witch tradition would turn its back in such denial?

Witches and witch doctors were once highly


revered. Now they are considered community threats. Until the recent turn of the tide, if a child
exhibited special gifts he/she was given to the tribal shaman for training to step into his
honorable destiny as healer. Now misguided, misinformed parents abandon or try to kill their
offspring based upon fear, superstition, and hearsay. No gifts are necessarily even shown,
although that would increase the likelihood of the child's death. The witch snitching is
widespread across the continent. A friend recently spent three months as a volunteer teacher
in Ghana, where he witnessed innocent animals beaten to death because they were thought
to be witches. Christian colonialism has reinforced that the only true witch doctor is Jesus.
This all smacks of Salem, the Crusades...

It is time for people of African descent to reclaim and understand our historical link to the
witches. The terms "witch" and "wise woman" actually had their origins in ancient Kemet
(Egypt's true name, meaning Land of the Blacks). Wadj (or Uadj) is a Kemetic word meaning
"power, health, green, water." A wadj scepter represents a tied bundle of herbs for health and
prosperity. A variant of the word is Udja (pronounced WOO-jah), where the term Ouija board is
also derived from. The Mdw Ntr (hieroglyphic symbol) is believed by many to actually
represent a mortar and pestle. Another variant is Ujdat (WOO-chaht), the name for the
protective amulet representing the Eye of Heru, which is comprised of the protective
psychic/magickal energies of Wadjet and her sister Nekehebet (who are actually Ast/Isis and
her sister Neb-t Het). Wadjet (Uadjet, Uachet) is a term for a strong magickal woman who can
suddenly bend energy for healing.

Much of the Yoruba language and traditions can be traced directly to Kemet. Aje (ah-JZAY) is a
Yoruba term meaning witch. The Aje is an energy like Wadjet. The Aje are symbolized as
birds, who lovingly, fiercely protect their witch queen Oshun. Anyone who offends Oshun must
answer to the Aje, or witches. A little known Yoruba prophecy says that balance will not be
restored on the planet until the Aje have risen to their rightful places once more.

Anglo-Saxons claim the word witch came from wicca. However, an early, older variant of the
word in their language was wicce, pronounced "weecha." Wicce meant a wise woman/wise
man healer.

Wadjet. Weecha. Witch.

Also for the record, the Kemetic term for wise woman, "Rekhut, Rekhuit, Rekhit, Rekhat,"
means "skilled in words, knowledge, and craft." The Mdw Ntr (or hieroglyphics) are
comprised of a mouth (Re), a placenta (kh sound like the "ch" in "chutzpah") and a bread loaf
(t) indicating a female. The Rekhut was believed to have mastery of and work with the Uadj
energy. Rekhut was also a name for Ast (Isis), recognized and honored today as a witch
because she represents the ultimate female magickal healer. The pentagram is actually
Sepdet, the star of Ast, held within a protective shen. Quiet as it's kept, there is also a
prophecy that balance will not return to the planet until Ast's star rises to it's rightful place and
she is seated on her rightful throne once more. Variants of this prophecy are whispered in
traditions throughout the world.

With this rich history and prophecy of hope based on the strength of witches, it is sorrowful
that people have fearfully turned against the power source that will heal humanity.

Stand strong in our proud tradition.

We are the witches. We have returned.

Queen Mother Imakhu is author of THE COWRIE BLESSINGS BOOK: NU AFRAKAN WORDS
OF WISDOM, which shares information about African Kemetic cultural & spiritual daily living.
Her newest ebook is UNDERSTANDING KEMETIC MAGICK. Order her downloadable eBook
and lectures at here.
An Elder High Priestess of the Kemetic/Metaphysical CHURCH OF THE TRUE LIVING
WATERS, Imakhu has also been a practicing Nubian Wise Woman (Rekhut) for 25 years.
Her lectures and music have been heard worldwide. Imakhu is also founder & CEO of
AKERU MultiMedia.