Tending the Witch Wound

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Tending the Witch Wound will be offered by Portia Richardson

The witch wound is a meta-level pattern of disharmony and ancestral trauma held within our larger cultural bodies. It is the energetic imprint of colonization. It shows up on all levels of your being: mind, body, heart, spirit, community.

How it shows up on the individual level looks and feels different depending on your identity, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, and experiences. But essentially, at the core of the witch wound there exists:

- An illusion of separateness
- A deep disconnect from your cultural lineage and ancient wisdom ways
- A profound level of disembodiment
- An oppression of your personal power and sovereignty
- A suppression of emotional expression
- A primal fear of speaking your truth to power and being seen
- A disenchantment with the belief in your intuitive abilities and capacity to sense subtle energies
- A mistrust of communal support
- A degradation of reciprocal, respectful relationships with the larger web of life

The witch wound disempowers, divides, cuts off, oppresses all of us in various ways from the inside out. Metaphorically speaking, I see the witch wound as a cultural forest fire that has spread around the world, leaving a long scar of terror.

For those with European ancestry, the wound is so old (thousands of years), the roots have all but withered away. The pattern has become internalized and self-perpetuating. The active burning has turned cold and numb. But underneath this frozeness the wound festers covertly through the illusion of systemic privilege.

For those who identify as black, indigenous, and/or people of color (BIPOC), the wound is relatively more recent in history (hundreds of years). The pattern is less internalized and the feeling of pain is more accessible within the cultural body of BIPOC. However, the cultural forests of BIPOC are still be being actively and overtly burned through systemic oppression.

Furthermore, the witch wound is woven from intersectional patriarchal wounds of sexual and gender politics; religious fundamentalism; classism and the rise of global capitalism; hyper-rationalism, materialism, and scientific dogma; and a heartbreaking disenchantment with magic and animistic ways of relating with all beings and the ancient entity we commonly call Mother Earth.

We must come together now and tend to it our wounding. Witches are wounded healers with the powers to transform individual and collective scars into sigils of reconnection.

We must regrow our forests once again – from the roots to the canopy and beyond.

We must release the old pattern, restore our power, reclaim our place within the whole, and reweave our relationships within the web of life.

In this offering we will:
- Explore the energy of the witch archetype cross-culturally, past and present – and discuss why the witch is trending currently.
- Discuss the history of witch hunts in Europe as connected to colonization of gender, the body, the earth, and land-based cultures globally.
- Describe the witch wound pattern of disharmony in detail and identify how it shows up for us as individuals and within our larger cultural bodies at this time.
- Invite in ways of tending this wound through wholistic practices rooted in ancient wisdom and modern science that help release, restore, reclaim, and reweave us from the inside out – back into our original forms and harmonize our mind, body, heart, spirit, and community.
- Engage in dynamic group discussions and experiential exercises to feel our witch wounds and begin to tend to them within our communal container.
- Co-create a ritual to honor our lineages of witches and resource the well of our ancestral magic.

This class is open to humans – all identities and presentations.