By Katarzyna Majak, Women of Power is “a series of 29 portraits and interviews of modern-day Polish witches, healers, enchantresses, visionaries and spiritual leaders.”
We found these images to be fascinating. We couldn’t stop looking at them. Perhaps it’s the inner power these women have that reaches out to us from beyond culture and region to speak to us.
Maybe you won’t find the portraits as fascinating as we do, but we hope you do!
Maria: healer and visionary
Maria Ela Lewanska – belongs to the “tribal Elders” of the new times. Searches for truth and love, truth of love, inner truth. The search for the meaning of existence, sacredness of everyday life and roots has led her to teaching, knowledge and wisdom of the indigenous people, especially the first inhabitants of the American continent.
She is a Pipe Carrier for Poland. She does lectures, workshops and women’s circles in which she serves as an Elder.
Natalia Lach Lachowicz – an artist. At times a witch.
She touches on philosophy, magic and religion, deconstructs her own physicality. Gains her strength from her surroundings, from nature. Uses the power of dreaming, myths, magic attributes, and ritual objects.
Justyna: MA-URI path follower
Justyna Rychlewska-Suska – has been in MA-URI since 2001, when the question “WHO AM I AND WHAT IS MY DIRECTION?” brought an unexpected answer with the word “MA-URI”.
She is a multimedia artist living in Nadnotecka wilderness, where she established “4 WINDS,” the first European MA-URI teaching house, based on traditional Maori meeting houses.
Bea: one who listens to the woods
Beata Lech – a witch, herbalist, spiritual healer.
Full of wind. She lives next to a mountain and a ravens’ nest. She listens to the forest, meditates, practices shamanism and reads cards. She traveled across Russia, Ukraine and Mongolia.
Paraskiewa: a Babka, a whisperer
Uses the power of prayers, spells, burns flax, pours wax – just like centuries ago she “prays” illnesses.
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Enenna – fell in love with Wicca in the mid-90’s, but she was too young, and there was no traditional Wicca in Poland – so she had to wait.
In 2004 she followed a wave of Polish people emigrating to Great Britain. She met her teachers there and in 2005 was initiated by them into Alexandrian Wicca.
Currently in Poland she leads a coven in this tradition.