Having been a witch for several decades - and having reviewed books on witchcraft on my blog for one of them - I've read countless tomes aimed at teaching witchcraft and it takes a lot to impress me these days. But Woman Most Wild: Three Keys to Liberating the Witch Within by Danielle Dulsky really did.
I love the way the book is written. It is poetic and inspiring. It teaches more through story-weaving than through dry instruction. It reminds me of the much-acclaimed Women Who Run With the Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, which Danielle Dulsky cites early on in Woman Most Wild.
I love the way it teaches an intuitive approach to magic - trusting your feelings and sensing the magic in the world rather than learning lists of correspondences or Goddess charges by rote.
And I love that the form of magic the book promotes is inclusive and non-hierarchical. Although it is aimed at women and written from a gentle feminist perspective, Danielle Dulsky is clear that you do not have to have a womb to honour the divine feminine in each of us.
The book itself is in three sections - the "three keys to liberating the witch within" that are in the subtitle. The are: alignment with the cycles of nature, understanding the importance of ritual, bonding with a circle of like-minded seekers. The chapters in each section offer experiential ways to sense the energies within the cycles of the moon and sun, the seasons and our bodies - then to use those energies to empower our lives and work ritual and magic.
The last section offers advice for setting up a witches circle - specifically not called a coven to get away from more structured groups. In the circles described by Danielle Dulsky, there is no high priestess (or high priest) and all women are equal.
As it said in press release I was sent by publisher New World Library:
Woman Most Wild helps us all reclaim the power we were born with and asks us to come home to our inner witch. Instead of being shamed for our “wildness” [Danielle] validates it as our birthright, which includes a deep connection to nature. In her own words from the book: “The wild is your human way of relating to the life-force that is beyond human but wholly natural.”You can view Woman Most Wild on Amazon and also view Women Who Run With the Wolves on Amazon.