When I first began reading The Holy Wild: A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman I quickly became enamored with it. Danielle Dulsky’s words are beautifully poetic and strikingly powerful. The book has a feel reminiscent of the work of Clarissa Pinkola Estés (who is one of my favorite Jungian authors) but from the perspective and insight of a modern witch. While written for a female audience, I feel every witch regardless of gender can benefit from the wisdom within these pages. Dulsky guides the reader through poetry, storytelling, rituals, prayers, and spells to uncover and reawaken one’s connection with the divine feminine and find it within themselves.
The book is divided into sections based on the four primordial elements that compose reality from an esoteric point of view – Earth, Air, Fire, and Water along with the quintessence of Ether that runs through and unites all elements. As such, Dulsky shares her cosmological view of this divine reality that we’re living within and seemingly uses each element to help the reader re-compose themselves into a holy heathen where battle scars and shadows are as sacred as the brightest light within us. As a witch author, the book is written as a radical battle roar for self-love and feminist empowerment to make magick of one’s own life; a call for authenticity instead of approval; self-sovereignty instead of obedience; deep connection instead of repression and rejection. If that isn’t the heart witchcraft, I’m not sure what is. After reading this book, I’m definitely checking out her previous book Woman Most Wild: Three Keys to Liberating the Witch Within.
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