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Healing the Witch Wound


The witch wound refers to the collective trauma, persecution and suppression experienced by women, healers, and those who identify with the witch archetype throughout history. This wound runs deep, affecting our self-perception, relationships and connection to our innate power. By healing the witch wound we can begin to reclaim our authentic selves, embrace our ancestral wisdom and restore the divine feminine within.

Understanding the witch wound

The witch wound stems from centuries of patriarchal oppression, where women and healers were persecuted, demonised and silenced for their intuitive abilities, healing practices and connection to nature. This suppression has left a lasting imprint on our collective psyche, creating fear, shame and mistrust around our feminine power and spiritual gifts.

Recognising the impact of the witch wound

The witch wound manifests in various ways, such as self-doubt, fear of persecution, hiding our true selves and suppressing our intuitive gifts. It affects our ability to trust ourselves, express our creativity, be authentic and stand in our power. By acknowledging the impact of this wound, we can begin the process of healing and transformation.

The healing journey

Healing the witch wound is a process that involves acknowledging the witch wound, embracing your inner witch and finding a community where you feel loved and accepted as you are. 

Acknowledge the wound

We need to begin by recognising and honouring the pain, fear and trauma associated with the witch wound. Allowing ourselves to feel and express these suppressed emotions is essential for healing. Find a safe and nurturing environment where you can freely express your feelings without judgment. This could be through journaling, talking with a trusted friend or therapist, or engaging in creative outlets like art or music.

Understand that the pain and fear you’re feeling are valid responses to historical and personal experiences of persecution and suppression. Your feelings, insights and revelations are valuable and deserve to be acknowledged and respected. By validating your feelings you create a strong foundation for healing and transformation. Treat yourself with kindness, gentleness and understanding as you face these emotions and work on witch wound healing.

A ritual to honour the witch wound

What You Need

A mirror
A white candle or LED candle
Matches or a lighter
A journal or piece of paper
A pen or marker

What To Do

Find a quiet and comfortable space where you feel safe and supported. Set up your ritual space with the mirror and white candle placed in front of you.

Take a few deep breaths to centre yourself and connect with the energy of the space. Feel the presence of your guides and ancestors surrounding you, offering their love and support.

Light the white candle, and, as you do so, visualise a warm, healing energy surrounding you, enveloping you in its embrace.

Gaze into the mirror, allowing yourself to fully acknowledge and honour your witch wound. Notice any emotions or sensations that arise within you, without judgment or resistance. Allow yourself to sit with these feelings, knowing that you are held and supported in this sacred space.

Take your journal or piece of paper and write down any thoughts, emotions, or insights that come to you during this process. Use this as an opportunity to express yourself fully and release any pent-up energy or emotions related to your witch wound.

When you feel ready, extinguish the candle. Take a moment to thank the divine, your guides and your ancestors for their presence and support during this ritual.

Reflect on your experience and any insights you gained from acknowledging your witch wound. Know that you are not alone in your journey, and that healing is possible with time, patience and self-compassion.

Embrace your inner witch

Once we have acknowledged the witch wound we can begin to embrace and celebrate our inner witch. Our intuitive gifts can guide us through life’s twists and turns, offering insights and wisdom. Embracing these intuitive abilities helps us to live more authentically and step into our power as witches like never before!

In addition, nurturing a deep connection with nature is an important part of healing the witch wound as Mother Earth serves as a source of inspiration, healing and wisdom. Spending time outdoors, connecting with the elements and honouring the cycles of the seasons allows us to align with the natural rhythms of the earth. This connection nourishes our souls, grounds our spirits and reminds us of our connection to all living beings and the sacred web of life.

Once we have connected to nature and embraced our inner witch we will be more able to harness and direct our energy for healing, transformation and manifestation. Whether you’re drawn to spellcasting, divination, herbalism, or energy healing, embracing your magical abilities empowers you to create positive change in your life and the world around you.

A ritual to embrace your inner witch

What You Need

A crystal or gemstone (such as amethyst or moonstone)
A journal or piece of paper
A pen or marker

What To Do

Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can connect with your inner witch. Set up your ritual space with the crystal or gemstone in front of you.

Take a moment to ground yourself by connecting with the earth beneath you.

Hold the crystal or gemstone in your hands and feel its weight and texture. Try to tune into its vibration, allowing it to awaken your inner witch and connect you with your intuition.

Close your eyes and visualise yourself stepping into the role of your inner witch, embodying her power, wisdom and magic. Feel the energy of the earth, moon and stars flowing through you, guiding you on your spiritual journey. Try to stay present in this space as long as possible. This may only be for a few minutes at first but you will find that you can stay in this awareness longer with practice.

Now, take your journal or piece of paper and write down any insights or inspirations that come to you during this process. Reflect on your experience and any insights you gained from embracing your inner witch. Know that she is always with you, guiding you on your path and empowering you to embrace your true self.

Seek community and support

Whether you are a solitary witch or part of a coven, spending time with like-minded souls creates a nurturing and uplifting environment where we can share, learn and grow together. We all need a space where we can express our challenges, celebrate our victories and explore new ideas without fear of judgment or criticism.

These connections offer encouragement and understanding, helping us feel less alone on our path. This is particularly important if you are a broom closet witch who is unable to share your magical practice with friends and family. 

Luckily there are many witchy spaces both online and in the real world. Perhaps there is a witchy community in your neighbourhood. If not, there are many spaces online from Facebook groups to courses, spiritual coaches to online covens. 

Healing the witch wound is a journey of empowerment and transformation. By embracing our true selves, reclaiming our power and honouring nature, we can heal the witch wound and embrace wholeness. You are a powerful, magical being capable of creating change, healing and transformation. Trust your intuition, embrace your inner witch and shine your light brightly in the world.

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Eva May Baker
Eva May Baker
Hello, and welcome to The City Witch, your portal into the magical world that exists within the hustle and bustle of city life. My name is Eva Baker and I am an urban folk witch, author and your guide on this magical journey.


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