Joan of Arc represents the power that we all possess when we’re aligned with our calling. She is a legendary heroine in France for her role in the Hundred Years’ War. She was born in 1412 in Domremy, France. And at the age of thirteen, she had a vision that would change the course of her life.
She relates years later in transcripts from her trial after being captured by the English, that she would have preferred to stay in her hometown spinning wool. But, the power of her vision and her belief in the truth of it compelled her to follow the voice she heard within her. The vision was of the Archangel Michael accompanied by many angels. She said, “I saw them with my bodily eyes, as well as I am seeing you; and when they left, I wept.” The Archangel Michael told her that she was meant to drive out the English from France.
Dressed in men’s armor, Joan of Arc led several campaigns against the English and became a symbol of hope. The power of her conviction that she was acting on God’s behalf shifted the tenor of the war in France’s favor. She was captured in May of 1430 and taken to Rouen, which was then under English rule. A heresy trial led by Bisho Cauchon charged her with the repeat offense of cross-dressing. She was condemned and sentenced to death in May of 1431.
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During Joan of Arc’s heresy trial, her interrogators asked her if she was in a state of grace. She answered, “If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me.” Her unfaltering faith in the truth of her own visions made the impossible, possible. As a teenager, she led an army that changed the course of history for France. And
because of the trials, we have sworn testimony detailing the courage of her convictions and her own testimony about her visions of the Archangel Michael who inspired the course of her actions. “Act, and God will act,” she said. The faith she had in her vision allowed her to take on a task that had never been done before by a young woman. Her every action chanted, “I am not afraid; I was born to do this.”
She is associated with the Fleur-de-lis known as the flower of light. It represents the trinity, and the profound truth that the trinity would not exist without Mary, and her brave response to the angel Gabriel’s call. Joan, like Mary, knows she is directly connected to the divine, from within her, and she allows that connection to guide her.
Joan of Arc’s life is a testament to what is possible for us when we believe steadfastly in our own vision. She asks for us to move beyond our fear, to act on our truth, and to do this with the confidence of knowing that our every step is flanked with angels. “
-Excerpted from “The Divine Feminine Oracle” by Meggan Watterson; Art by Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman (SheWhoIs)
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