Book Review – The Holy Wild by Danielle Dulsky

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about this book… wait, yes I can, and I will right now!

Holy Wild, A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman by Danielle Dulsky is such a gem of a spiritual book. Though aimed towards those who identify as women, I would say this would be a fantastic book to pick up for anyone who wants to dig deep into the feminine spirit and magicks.

So here’s the layout of the book: each section deals with the five elements and how they relate to the feminine spirit, how they can be expressed by feminine spirit. Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether.
Within each section, Danielle provides a retelling of 5 famous women of history and myth: earthy Lilith, Salome, the Mother of Babylon, the Magdalen, and Jezebel. 

The stories Danielle has imagined for these powerful women realigns them to a more realistic and balanced perspective, their own perspectives. This is so refreshing compared to the frequently damning masculine spin that permeates far too many women’s narratives, or leaves women’s perspectives out completely.
They are also so incredibly relatable and touch on some very deep chords of what the female experience is, in relation to others, and just within ourselves.

Each element section of the book contains three chapters: Verses, Rituals, and Magick. In the verses chapters, you will find those wonderful reimagined stories, as well as the seeds to begin telling our own personal mythology. This often begins with healing the parts of ourselves that become wounded from both the way in which our culture teaches us to be unkind to ourselves, and the harms that may come at the hands of others. 

The rituals provide healing work we need for ourselves, as well as rituals to mark events or powerful emotions that occur in our lives. They also guide us to powerfully claim and embody our reactions and emotions. They are wonderful for continuing to acknowledge, work on, and accept and be radiant within ourselves. 

Finally, the magick chapters provide profound magicks that really lead us to direct our deep energies into changing ourselves, our lives, and our world for the highest good. 

After reading this amazing book that is so full of love, encouragement, and healing, I am looking forward to working through each element for myself over the year and begin down my own path towards being who I truly am, and allowing that to radiate and affect my patch of the world, to others to heal themselves as well, and to carry our world ever onward to the best reality we can make for ourselves. It’s a long road full of toil, don’t be mistaken, but I feel with such guidance that can be found in Danielle’s book, we are that much closer to getting there.

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Celebration of Love

I thought I’d share a little more about the creation of my Valentine teas! I also want you to know that I’ll be blogging on my website, but cross-posting here for those of you who find it easier to follow along with the WordPress newsfeed. You could also copy the rss feed of my website’s blog if you use a feed app as well! But let’s get on with this post!

The idea of celebrating love and loving relationships (especially with yourself, self-care is self-love, witches!) is such a wonderful way to remind ourselves how important love is for us as social beings.

Love has been such an important idea and profound experience in my life, I’d say it’s probably the most important thing to me, in fact! As much as I like to say I’m a bit anti-social, I recognize the need for us to give and receive love in every aspect of our lives, from the micro of loving ourselves, to the macro of giving love to all human-kind, all living beings, the Earth, and the universe. Not only that, but being open to love when it is genuine and carries the possibility of greater connection and ability to fill us so full to bursting is something we need to remind ourselves to actively work on.

Love really is the core of my magick, it gets poured into everything I create: the music, art, acting, and dancing in my life is putting love out into the world with beauty and a truth of emotion that can be felt in those mediums. The teas I create and share with family, friends, and you, dear witches, as well as all the food I make, is all crafted with the purpose of bringing ease and joy and deliciousness into our lives. 
These things allow us to take a moment out of the daily toil to appreciate the depths of connection we can have with each other, and to appreciate the beauty of it.

So in my efforts to put more love in the world, I’ve created five teas for the loving season (though all seasons are full of love).

I’ve chosen two of my favourite literary couples as inspiration. Their stories have touched on the deep connection we can have with our lovers and partners in life. Despite all dialogue, there can be a deep understanding of one another, even when we sometimes may not want to say it aloud for fear we are mistaken.

The first couple is Ms Bennet & Mr Darcy of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. There seems to be this understanding of each other from the very start. Even though their perspectives become muddied by how they think they should behave, think, and react, they find the truth of each other in the end, the ties that had formed between them, and the love that had grown.

Claire and Jamie Fraser of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon comprise the second couple, and their story of loving each other throughout time and place reminds us that love can bond us so tightly together, even when years separate us.

Lastly is a tea that is more about indulgence and deep deliciousness… Red Velvet. There’s nothing better than sharing good food with your loved ones, or treating yourself to some love in a cup.

So go on, get those candles lit, brew up a delectably delicious cup of tea, read or watch stories that remind you how beautiful connection and love is, and celebrate that we can feel something so wonderful, and so universal, so deeply. It’s the language that connects us all.

Waiting

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I’m anxiously awaiting my new tarot deck that should hopefully (fingers crossed) arrive tomorrow! It’s a birthday gift along with a handful of books to read, all witchy, of course! I’m getting the Wildwood deck, which I am pretty excited about as the images are beautiful and really click with me (so far as I’ve seen online). Not to knock the Rider-Waite, it’s a fantastic deck to start out with as it is the go-to, but I need something that works more for my own sensibilities. What’s also great is there is a huge book which discusses each card, which means (and I’ll find out for sure when I receive it), that it can also probably work well as a beginner’s deck. I’ll probably discuss how I like the deck once I’ve had some time to work with it in the future.

As for the books, I got the following:
Balkan Traditional Witchcraft by Radomir Ristic, Michael Carter
Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation by Stephen Harrod Buhner
The Faery Queen of Spencer’s Butte and Other Tales by Jolene Dawe (read her fantastic blog here)
Journey to the Dark Goddess: How to Return to Your Soul by Jane Meredith
Hearth and Field: A Heathen Prayer Book by Hester Butler-Ehle
Neolithic Shamanism: Spirit Work in the Norse Tradition by Raven Kaldera, Galina Krasskova

Funny thing, you buy a bunch of books, and then you have no focus to read them. Since I didn’t have to wake up this morning for garden work, apparently that meant my body wanted to sleep 10 1/2 hrs, so I woke up at 11 am. Then I end up being tired all day. Fantastic. Oh well, I let myself rest, and baked some squares for a friend’s birthday on Saturday.

What I’m also waiting on now is for a friend of the family to come and till my garden beds so I can get to planting, finally! I finished digging up the last bed yesterday (Wednesday May 21), was hoping he’d come today, but it did rain overnight. Hopefully he’ll be here tomorrow to get it all done, because my seedlings need in the earth! They need to grow! And I need to tend to them! Heh, you can tell I hate being on the verge of things…

I realize this post is waffley, so I’ll let you get on with your day/night until I have something substantial to say. I’m off to dreamland.

 

Edited: added in my own photo of the deck.