• Personal,  Political,  Widdershins Essentials

    The Personal and the Political

    Widdershins is all about trying to do things differently from the way we are doing them now. And the Widdershins approach to politics, specifically, consists of separating between the “political stuff” and the “personal stuff”. And being very clear not to mix the two. I swear one day this approach will be a book. (If you’re a publisher and you’re interested, get in touch) For now, let’s see if I can explain the basics to you. What do I mean by political stuff? Oh, the usual: Feminist analysis, the Left, Marx, Environmentalism… all that jazz. And by personal stuff? I mean the stuff that’s all about *you*. You, as in,…

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    With a Whisper…

    Today is the first day of Autumn… a time to turn inwards. But back in my home country, in the Southern hemisphere, today is Spring Day… And Spring is the time of growth and new beginnings. Today is the day when Widdershins starts walking into the world… When I invite everyone to look at this wonderful place and marvel at its potential. When I begin to hint at the possibility of turning widdershins: turning inwards and healing ourselves… in order to go out and heal the world. When I officially tell people “this is happening, it’s here now”. I am whispering… to you: Turn widdershins… I’m here… I’m doing this.…

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    About Us

    Hello, Hi! I’m Mary Tracy. I’m a political writer and the world’s first and only political activist life coach.   This is my Imaginary Monster, he lives under my bed. I call him Imo. I talk to him all the time. His words will appear in blue: “Ehm… Hi“. Wait, a political activist life coach? Yep. It means I coach political activists. Feminists, lefties, hippies, communists, socialists, environmentalists, etc. Because they are the people I love. I like to think of myself as a coach / counsellor / “spiritual guide” type person for political activists. At the moment I’m a wee baby coach, and because I’m the first and only…

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    Is This You?

    You are a Lefty, Feminist, Socialist, Anarchist, Communist, Environmentalist, Marxist… You love politics, and activism. You believe in changing the world. And in entirely unrelated news… you are a tad miserable. Depressed. Anxious. Your life is… how can we say it…? Falling short of your expectations. Perhaps you’re broke, unemployed, skint. Perhaps you are stuck in a miserable job. Perhaps you are disabled, depressed, a survivor of past trauma. You are permanently shaking your fist at the sky. Perhaps you are a journalist, or a political writer like me, and you’re tired of seeing the world ignore you. You are exhausted from writing political piece after political piece, truth after…

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    Widdershins Essentials

    The Essence of Widdershins

    “Widdershins is anti clockwise, Richard” Door, Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman The essence of Widdershins is… doing things differently. Politics is the art and science of changing the world… and here we are trying to change the way we go about changing the world. We will cover politics from a different place, with a different set of rules. “Widdershins comes from the fantastic German word widersinnig, which means something like against common sense” (Havi) Widdershins means… “In the direction opposite to the usual” “Contrary to the apparent motion of the Sun” “anticlockwise or lefthandwise” Turning widdershins means… turning inwards, in order to change the world. Healing ourselves first… and in doing…