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

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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.

This class has been offered annually since 2019. When you register for this class you can access all of our past seasons, including readings, materials, preparations, rituals and circle recordings. Past season topics include:

Past Witch Wound Healing Seasons

The Medieval Penitentials and the Witch Wound

All Oppression is Connected

The Masculine and the Witch Wound

Mental Health, Magic and the Wound

Meeting the Bone Mother: Death, Grief and the Wound

Earth Grief with guest Mary Good

Reflections and Intentions

Fear of Persecution/Paying Ancestral Debts

Feast of the Divine Mother of Herbs/Feast of the Three Sisters

The Feast of the Dísir

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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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This Wild Soul School class is currently available on-demand and is community supported.
If you wish to join the community in supporting the creative effort and energy of the class, you can make a one-time donation here, via PayPal, Venmo or by becoming a patron of this work on Patreon and be a part of the greater Wild Soul School story:
Venmo: @LaraVesta
Whatever you choose, please know your contribution helps me to work sustainably with the cycles of my disability, supporting embodied difference.
Also, because of my disability, class times and dates sometimes need to be revised, extended or rescheduled. This necessary flexibility makes my work possible. Because of this I cannot offer refunds. Your donation is a gift, the classes are a gift, and by this exchange we agree to reciprocity without expectation. All gifts help support me in creating and reweaving new visions for living, including one where I can continue to offer this work while living in alignment with my body's disability and healing.
With love--
Lara


Your Instructor


Lara Veleda Vesta
Lara Veleda Vesta

I'm a storyteller, artist and educator transforming a path of chronic illness into initiation, healing and community. My research interests include folk spirituality, illness as a rite of passage, mythology, ritual and the sacred creative. 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 Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine. The Wild Soul School is a space for rooting and sharing the mythic journey, weaving new stories for our lives and work together. For more information visit laravesta.co, or become a patron and help support this work in community: https://www.patreon.com/laraveledavesta



Course Curriculum


  CIRCLE Q and A Session November 2019
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  CIRCLE November 13: Earth Grief with Mary Good
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  CIRCLE December 13th: Reflections and Intentions
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  August 2020 Dark Moon CIRCLE: The Divine Mother of Herbs
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  March 2021 Feast of the Dísir: A Devotional Journey With the Ancestral Feminine
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
All Wild Soul School classes are nonlinear and may be joined at any time--even those with live experiences may adapt to your unique rhythm. Access to course materials lasts for one calendar year beyond enrollment, or until a new section of the class is taught live. Coven Invisible members and Weaver tier patrons have the option to renew on-demand course access at no additional cost, plus have instant access to archived courses no longer available to the public.
Do you offer refunds?
All Wild Soul School courses are offered by donation, with multiple options for payment, including community patronage, which keeps costs low and creates scholarship spaces for everyone in need. Because of this unique funding structure we are not able to offer refunds. Please consider your desire to support and accommodate difference before you purchase a class.
What is the community supported education model and how can I be a part?
The community supported education model roots the Wild Soul School in ancestral concepts of reciprocity and exchange. Most classes offer an option to pay a tuition donation or become a member of the Wild Soul School support community through joining the Coven Invisible here or by becoming a patron on Patreon. Community support through regular patronage saves time, energy and resources, keeps class costs low and allows us to offer full scholarships to everyone in need. Donations in every amount are welcome, and patronage comes with a lot of benefits including connectivity, support and networking as you journey with us.

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