Healing our witch wound is one of the most crucial things we can do for ourselves. And a witch wound is the suffering and trauma brought on by being marginalized and oppressed due to our identification as witches. Pain of any kind, whether it be physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual, can represent this. We will go over how to treat your witch wound in this article.
The Witch Wound
The belief that witches are injured people is where the phrase "witch wound" originates. We have been victimized and oppressed because of our status as witches, which has left us wounded. Whilst most witches are also women, but not all, there are added foot to throat pressure from the patriarchy too. Deep trauma may result from this, both personally and societally. When we discuss the witch wound, we are referring to the suffering brought on by this oppression.
The publication of the Malleus Maleficarum in 1487 sparked a surge of witch hunts that would last for generations to come. People were regularly slaughtered and tortured during these witch hunts, which were frequently harsh. Both personally and collectively, this persecution caused a great deal of suffering and anguish. Witches are misunderstood even today.
Who can have a Witch Wound?
When we talk about inherited trauma, we said it was collectively and passed on through our ancestors. So what does a witch wound look like for those who didn't necessarily inherit this trauma hereditarily?
You may have a witch wound if you are afraid of being persecuted or of being mocked because you practise witchcraft. It may be an indication that you are fearful of persecution or internalized oppression if you feel like you need to hide your true identity or keep your witchy ideas to yourself. Numerous witches have feelings of alienation or a lack of social integration. This can be because people frequently perceive us as being unusual or different. Because we have been told that our views are bad or incorrect, we could also feel inadequate.
In our community, on occasion we may also find fellow witches who dictate practice must be followed a certain way, and that if we do not follow step by step perfectly then we are less of a witch. This is simply not true, and is an extension of the witch wound, as it keeps us feeling small, unworthy and like an imposter. Wherever we can, we must avoid elitism in our witchcraft community, as we have suffered externally enough. Why step on each other, when we should be stepping forward together?
Healing the Witch Wound
There isn't going to be a quick fix with healing this for yourself. To treat yourself with grace and compassion, to adhere safety within part of your intuitive awareness and boundaries, and to monitor your self care practices as to not neglect them, are all great starting places for your healing journey.
A big part of this is to remember that your experience as a witch is valid. As we've seen, the witch wound can result in a great deal of self-doubt and insecurity. It's important to remind yourself that you are just as valid as anyone else. Your views and opinions matter just as much as anyone else's.
It's essential to create a support system for yourself. Find other witches that you can relate to and who will understand what you're going through. These people can provide a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen when you need to vent. They can also offer advice and guidance when you're feeling lost. Leave a comment below with how you have found a witchcraft-supporting community for inspiration to others who come by.
Finally, build yourself a strong self care practice that helps empower you as a witch. This could involve things like yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, and journaling. Deepen your connection with nature, your surroundings and yourself. When you take care of yourself, it helps to undo the effects of the witch wound and begin the process of healing.
Healing takes time, but by taking small steps each day, you will eventually get there. Be patient with yourself and never give up on your journey. You are a powerful witch, and you deserve to heal.
Enchant a comfort ring
Whilst growing through a witch wound healing, the progress you make won't be direct. You will have good days, and you will have bad days. Some days you'll be feeling on top of the world, and others it might feel like everything is crashing down around you. This is normal! It's what happens when we try to break free from our past and heal any trauma. Here at Blessed Be Magick we wanted to help you by creating a comforting ritual to help soothe you, and provide a fidget support to soothe anxiety and self-doubt.
Hold or wear this ring on the days you need extra love, extra magick and extra strength. It may not always feel like you can move forward, but I assure you you can come out the other side a stronger witch. When you're feeling lost, angry, or just need a little pick-me-up, this ring will be there for you. It's magickal enchantment will help guide you on your healing journey and provide support when needed.
To enchant your ring for support you will need:
- 1x silver ring (we love the Hecate Wheel Ring for this)
- Herbs of your choice (we used lavender, chamomile and rosemary)
- 1x white candle
- Small pouch or craft your own little pillow for the ring
- Matches or a lighter
- Cast your circle if you choose to. First, charge your herbs by holding them in your hands and infusing them with your intention. You could say something like "I charge these herbs with the intention of healing and comfort".
- Next, hold your candle in one hand and your ring in the other. Focus on infusing the candle with your intention. Again, you could say something like "I charge this candle with the intention of healing and comfort".
- Light the candle and hold the ring above the flame, allowing the heat of the candle to charge the ring. As you do this, say "I charge this ring with the intention of healing and comfort, as I will it, so mote it be".
- Now place your herbs over the ring and into the pouch or pillow that you can store your ring with on the days you won't wear it. You could also add a few drops of essential oil to the herbs if you like. Close the circle and wear the ring as a reminder of your power, your community, and your magick.
As a witch and as a human being, you deserve safety, love and support. Hopefully by working with your witch wound you can find more of that within yourself and from your community. Until next time xox
I am very new at being so involved in the craft I have not done any spells and only some rituals. I do not have anyone to talk to about what I believe in and family wouldn’t talk to me if they found out my feelings about witchcraft. My daughter surprised me one day and I did not have my alter hidden, she asked and I told her it’s all positive and when I feel negative I stay away and don’t touch anything. I’ve always been curious just not sure how to start or continue or what I’m doing… when I light my candles and use my sage over my alter I affirm that the spirit guides and protects me only the positive can touch my being and I am safe and at ease in body and spirit. I found it on a protection candle and it always puts me in my positive mood and believing the universe will tell me where my life is going…
Thank you so much for this beautiful article. I, too, felt peace while reading it. I also do not have anyone who is a support system of my beliefs, except my hubby. He , is however strict roman Catholic and does not waver from that practice , but he is open to things like crystals and helps me with my herb garden etc. I do however wish I could meet open-minded witches in person. I think I have always held onto that fear you speak of being minimalized, because it happened to me when I was first practicing as a teenager and others just a bit older than me ,made me feel like an imposter due to my lack of knowledge in certain subject etc. Now, I am a solitary practitioner , and practice how I please, with nature as my church. However, how great would it be if there were churches , non denominational for us ,or so to say for us to meet and support each other as we please
Thank you for reading this rambling comment
Thought I’d let you know what I just found. A book written by Celeste Larsen “Heal the Witch Wound”. Excited to see what she has to say after reading what you wrote about the same topic. And such a coincidence that it was brought to my attention after your post.
I agree with Angela above as she spoke from her heart and that is what i do not see or heart very much in many years.
I have no support except my hubby who does what he can to understand and be loving and kind in my spiritual ideas.
I am a solitary and I wish i did have some sort of support that i could talk with once in a while.
A feeling of peace has settled over me while reading this. Thank you 🙏
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