Heal the Witch Wound: Reclaim Your Magic and Step Into Your Power (Paperback)
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“A rare achievement that discusses the witch wound with historical depth and also offers practical invitations to heal the wound on a personal and collective level.”—Danielle Dulsky, author of The Holy Wild
You were born to live a magical life. Deep within your soul, you know this; it is why you picked up this book. But there is another reason why you now hold this book in your hands: because some part of you feels it is unsafe to fully embrace the magic that exists within and around you. This part of you carries an age-old wound—one that keeps you from claiming your magic, owning your power, and shining fearlessly in your truth. This is the “witch wound.”
Healing the witch wound is not about going back in time or dwelling on the atrocities of the past—quite the opposite. This work is about taking steps now to reclaim your power, live a more magical life, and embody your most authentic self.
This book will lead you through a diverse range of practices, including spell work, rituals, meditations, and journal prompts to help you uncover and work through feelings of reticence, uncertainty, and fear. Some practices may not resonate for you, while others may be deeply impactful. Take what works, adapt and customize where you can, and leave the rest. This is your journey.
About the Author
Celeste Larsen is a Pagan witch, writer, and ritualist. She authors the blog Mage by Moonlight, where she writes about a range of esoteric topics including folk magic, paganism, polytheism, animism, ancestor veneration, ritual practice, magical self-healing, and more. Originally from Texas, she currently resides in beautiful County Cork, Ireland. Visit her at www.magebymoonlight.com or @magebymoonlight.
“Even now, the witch wound still bleeds, and many of those who choose to claim the name witch are accepting an invitation to heal this soul-injury. Healing the witch wound can only happen when the history is examined; in the absence of such accounting, the healing becomes a fruitless pursuit. With the understanding of how the witch wound is inextricably linked to the horrors of capitalism and colonization, healing this centuries-old wound becomes the most potent shadow work a witch can do. Celeste Larsen’s Healing the Witch Wound is a rare achievement that discusses the witch wound with historical depth and also offers practical invitations to heal the wound on a personal and collective level. It is an essential addition to any witch’s library.” —Danielle Dulsky, author of The Holy Wild
“In Heal the Witch Wound, Celeste Larsen addresses a topic that every witch needs to examine at some point: reconciling the word and concept of witch with its deeply complicated history. Celeste explores how to process the tension of self-identifying as ‘other’ in a society that depends on labels and imposed boundaries. And she provides rituals, exercises, journal prompts, and meditations to uncover and work through feelings of reticence, uncertainty, fear to help you affirm your own authenticity and expression as a witch.” —Arin Murphy-Hiscock,author of The Green Witch
“Do you ever find yourself hiding your tarot practice from family members, downplaying your love of astrology, or feeling like a freak for being a witch? In Heal the Witch Wound, Celeste Larsen normalizes such feelings. Larsen starts with a history of the witch hunts and ends by offering accessible but effective rituals to help work through the ancestral trauma they have caused and step into your magick.” —Sophie Saint Thomas,author of The Glamour Witch
“Heal the Witch Wound offers an insightful perspective on the historical causes of the trauma that many self-identified witches experience to this day. But more than that, it is a call to action!—not only to heal ourselves of past intergenerational trauma but also to lovingly and openly accept ourselves as witches. With a better understanding of our shared witch wound, we can work toward healing it, collectively.” —@witchofcolorado
“Celeste Larsen provides an informative overview of the history and struggles of past witches, while also offering guidance and inspiration for those seeking to embark on a magical journey of healing and self-discovery. By deepening our connection to the natural world and reconnecting with the self, readers can gain a deeper understanding of their own personal power and discover a nourishing spiritual path.” —Leah Middleton, creator of The Redheaded Witch
“Celeste Larsen has written a powerful book addressing a core wound that so many seekers of magic have to deal with throughout their journey. In Heal the Witch Wound, we are reminded of the persecutions and harassment that those who practiced magic were forced to endure, with the addition of modern perspectives that will resonate with a new generation of witches. Most of all, in uncovering and articulating these wounds, Larsen illuminates a path to deep healing. This one should be on any magic lover’s shelf!” —Briana Saussy, author of Making Magic: Weaving Together the Everyday and the Extraordinary
“Full of opportunities for profound healing and growth—an illuminating, gentle, and thought-provoking self-help text for those experiencing many levels of hurt.” —Foreword Magazine