Woman Most Wild is a fierce, raw, and unapologetic affirmation of women's spiritual freedom. This book offers women lush glimpses of and open pathways to Wild Woman Spirituality, the nonreligious and fully accessible practice of soulful, nature-born sensuality, magick and ritual, and sisterhood. Reclaiming the name of witch as both a wild woman and as a compassionate global healer, this book asks the reader to consider spiritual liberation by way of the ?three keys to the broom closet."
According to author Danielle Dulsky, many women today crave a spiritual connection to Mother Earth and the ancient practices of Wiccan and Magick that honored that connection. As she explains, these women need to be liberated from the ?broom closet" and fully embrace their feminine power and energy, and, to do that, she offers them three keys that every woman can use. These keys are: cycles (each woman's personal embodied rhythm and the rhythms of nature), ritual (ceremonies and activities to connect with yourself and the world and to call on internal and external sources), and coven (community and connection with others).
Woman Most Wild book emerged quite organically out of the author's work as a yoga teacher, fully outed witch, and women's circle leader. She was regularly intrigued by a common thread running through her work: women who have never practiced ?witchcraft" before, and even a few who would be quite resistant to calling themselves witches, would have an experience of coming home to themselves during these circles. Spell-craft and ritual seems natural to women, as if they already understand how to cast circles or fashion wands long before they ever do it.
Writing with a solid grounding in these ancient traditions of a wild priestess but with a 21st century sensibility, Danielle provides compelling background stories, exercises, rituals, practices, meditations, and inspirational advice on how to achieve the goal of living as a modern witch in today's complicated society. Woman Most Wild urges readers to nourish their inner wild woman through accessible, healing practices, embodying the essence of the witch without having to rely on any external validation. The crux of this book's message is this: The average woman today is awakening to her role as a witch, a role that quenches her thirst for spiritual authenticity and addresses collective feminine wounds. Reclaiming the name witch is absolutely vital to global healing, and such an act is a deeply personal one that does not require dedication to a particular organization, deity, or culture. By creating nonhierarchical and sacred connections and space, the author helped women ?come home to the ways of the witch." With this book, she expands that to readers who will discover this homecoming to be a liberating and soul-feeding experience that need not be tied to religion at all.
Through Wild Rhythm, or the acknowledgment of how nature's cycles inform those within women's lives, Wild Ritual, or the practical and magickal crafting of personally relevant spells, and Wild Circle, the communal practice of sisterhood and feminine communication, women are charged to reclaim their birthright as change-agents in our wounded world. In proposing that ?wildness" be considered not as immaturity but as a firm validation of women's unique connection to nature, cyclical rhythms, and embodiment of sensual spirituality, this book offers the reader fertile opportunities for nourishing the starving feminine spirit. The embrace of the wild is a sweet but challenging homecoming, and this book offers women a much-needed touchstone in the rushing, winding river of feminist spirituality.
By ?coming home" to this power, women will discover new connections to their world, new ways of being strong and making an impact, and new ways to connect with other women ? all without losing the basic love and nurturing nature of the feminine spirit.
"Danielle Dulsky has dared to reclaim [the word witch] in this deeply alchemical and passionate book. Not only does she brave the word, but she also restores the rich, embodied meanings and uses it inspires. Dulsky speaks from deep in her soul to deep in our souls."
-- Deborah Kampmeier, Full Moon Films, writer and director of SPLiT
"A whimsical handbook to reclaiming the lost art of feminine magic -- medicine that our world sorely needs."
-- Sara Avant Stover, author of The Way of the Happy Woman
"In this engaging, bold, and intimate book, Danielle Dulsky provides keys to unlock ancient portals behind which perilous and pivotal treasures await."
-- Bill Plotkin, author of Soulcraft
"In Dulsky's bright debut, the women's spirituality movement of the early 1990s, as exemplified in books like Women Who Run with the Wolves and Goddesses in Everywoman, is reoffered with a gentle nod to 2017's conception of gender, while still retaining the aesthetic of an imagined birthright of feminine power from an earlier time."
-- Publishers Weekly
"I love this book -- and that is a big deal for me to say. . . . I've read countless tomes aimed at teaching witchcraft and it takes a lot to impress me these days. But Woman Most Wild by Danielle Dulsky really did."
-- Lucya Starza, A Bad Witch's Blog