Thursday 6 September 2018

Review: Holy Wild: Heathen Bible for Untamed Women

Do you feel trapped? Are you angry about the state of the world? Do you want to stand with those who are oppressed as a force for change? Are you looking for a spirituality that is wild, free and inclusive?

If so, this new book by Danielle Dulsky is quite possibly for you. It is aimed at women - and men - who want to honour the Goddess within us all. It is angry, passionate, beautiful, poetic and empowering, but it is also practical.

Publisher New World Library says about Holy Wild:
This provocative book invites you to create your own spiritual path based on often-suppressed ancient principles and contemporary practices. Using the elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether) rather than traditional patriarchal hierarchies, this “holy book” is designed to connect each individual to their universal — but often denied — powers. Wild woman Danielle Dulsky takes you deep as she explores and embraces sacred feminine archetypes such as the Mother Goddess, the Crone, and the Maiden. Join her as she guides you to envision and explore a world that enriches and supports your spirit, body, and mind as well as our global community and the Earth.
Holy Wild is written from a perspective at least partly inspired by the reclaiming tradition and encourages re-connecting with deep, wild and instinctual feminine power. It offers stories, rituals and spells to bring wild magic into everyday life.

Back in 2017 I reviewed Woman Most Wild, which was Danielle Dulsky's earlier book. I loved it. This one is darker. It takes you on journeys away from safety, but into freedom. It encourages you to face your shadows and befriend your demons. It offers a mirror into which you can, if you choose, scry your own old age and even your death. Yet it also offers hope - and a lot of love.

The subtitle uses the words "heathen" in the sense of belonging to wild spaces. Danielle Dulsky says:
To be heathen means to belong to the wild, to take our lessons from the natural world, and to be nourished by what we fundamentally are rather than what we are told we must be. Let me distinguish here between Heathenry, a polytheistic neo-Pagan religion for which I have much reverence but to which I do not belong, and the eclectic pre-Christian landscape of our ancestors. To be heathen is to remember the rawest essence of our worth...
She uses the word "bible" to mean a holy book and says: “As women of the wild, we deserve our own holy books, our own teaching tales, and our own venerable verses of validation.”

Obviously there already are quite a few "bibles" already available to those following nature religions, including A Witches' Bible by Janet Farrar and Stewart Farrar, but Holy Wild sits well among them. It is part of a move away from hierarchical structures - even away from hierarchical pagan religions like Wicca - towards a spirituality in which all are equal.

You can view The Holy Wild on Amazon.

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Unknown said...

Thankyou. It's on my kindle now, brooding.

Badwitch said...

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.