CIRCLE: Healing the Witch Wound

Circle for healing and reclaiming.

The witch wound roots in history.

The witch wound carries a legacy of undeniable violence, hatred, greed.

The witch wound speaks only in duality: right/wrong, good/evil, self/other, rich/poor, divine/not, so it was an easy application onto cultures beyond.

Racism is the witch wound.

Colonialism is the witch wound.

Sexism is the witch wound.

The witch wound is globalization.

The witch wound is earth degradation.

The witch wound is speciesism.

The witch wound is religious superiority.

The witch wound is fear.

It is a wound opened culturally in a psychological sequence, the same temporal arena as land privatization, the advent of capitalism, the creation of racism and the export of these ideologies through colonization. These are all connected. How can we understand the fulcrum, the matrix, the axis apart


How do we heal, reweaving threads so long torn? The answers may lie in ancestral memory. In this circle of learning and communal exploration we travel to remember through the clues in story and myth and make visible ways before the wounding. Through experiential, embodied practices, sacred art and story showing, we may discover/re-member our unique pathways to healing and restoration. We must help each other see through eyes absent the lie of "progress," through landscape, through reclaiming a living, animist, collectively diverse worldview. We heal when we live into nonlinearity, community, sovereignty, activism, action, solidarity, regeneration, reparations, and deep listening to the wounds of others. Liberation from dominant culture and its insistence on historical superiority is dependent on addressing the witch wound. We must remember, reweave, live in to the source.

Where does the witch wound live in you? In me it comes up as chronic anxiety, my fear of potency, visibility and waves of disconnected shame. Individualized and claimed, these patterns become imbalance...but addressed, spoken to, acknowledged, contextualized, they become essential to our growth, sovereignty and service.

This circle is a place of seasonal practice, visioned in several waves over the course of a solar year. During the season, which lasts from three to four moons, we meet once per moon online to share resources, create alternatives and weave together. In the weeks between we work through experiential practices, read and respond to writings, and develop mythic rituals to connect us with our deepest ancestral knowing.

We are in the 2020 Summer season right now. Topics include: Fear of Persecution//Paying Ancestral Debts and a month long journey with earth-based traditions beginning with the Divine Mother of Herbs in August and culminating in the Feast of the Three Sisters in September.

::Long ago in the north a Goddess was burned in the first war of the world. She was Gullveig, and through her transformation, burned three times, she lived, becoming Hei∂, who offers magic with a playful intent and is beloved of those who are ill. Here in her seed story is a way for us to heal: thrice burned, and yet she lived. Through adversity we can transform, anneal. Burn bright.


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As with all Wild Soul School classes, once registered you have unlimited access and you can revisit the information as often as you like, working with the collective or at your own pace.

With lots of love--Lara

Your Instructor

Lara Veleda Vesta
Lara Veleda Vesta

I'm a storyteller, artist and educator working at the intersection of image and word. My interests include folk spirituality, ancestral mythology, ritual and the sacred creative. This work is an offering. I am the author of The Moon Divas Guidebook: Spirited Self-Care for Women in Transition, The Moon Divas Oracle Book and Card Deck, and illustrator of The Runes Revealed.. You can investigate more of my work and sign up for my quarterly Myth and Moon Letters at laravesta.co.

Course Curriculum

  Beltane Waning Crescent May 2019
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  Dark Moon Eclipse Season July 2019
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  CIRCLE Q and A Session November 2019
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  CIRCLE November 13: Earth Grief with Mary Good
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  Solstice Healing Circle 2020
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  August 2020 Dark Moon CIRCLE: The Divine Mother of Herbs
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