When we start on a new leg of a wellness journey, it always seems we start as the Fool in tarot. This time, this path – THIS will be the answer. We have a smile on our face, a bag on our shoulder, and off down the path we go. What we always seem to forget is that every healing journey means looking squarely into our darkness. Sometimes that is reliving traumatic events with a therapist. Sometimes it’s leaning into a contraction. Sometimes it’s quieting ourselves and listening to what our bodies are saying during a struggle with infertility or dysmenorrhea. We shy away from the darkness because the darkness is painful. But here’s the thing: just like with a contraction during labor, the only way out is through. Photo by Gabriela Palai from Pexels

The only way out is through: Fear and pain in the healing process

When we start on a new leg of a wellness journey, it always seems we start as the Fool in tarot.

This time, this path – THIS will be the answer.

We have a smile on our face, a bag on our shoulder, and off down the path we go.

What we always seem to forget is that every healing journey means looking squarely into our darkness. 

Sometimes that is reliving traumatic events with a therapist.

Sometimes it’s leaning into a contraction.

Sometimes it’s quieting ourselves and listening to what our bodies are saying during a struggle with infertility or dysmenorrhea. 

We shy away from the darkness because the darkness is painful.

But here’s the thing: just like with a contraction during labor, the only way out is through.

When we start on a new leg of a wellness journey, it always seems we start as the Fool in tarot. This time, this path – THIS will be the answer. We have a smile on our face, a bag on our shoulder, and off down the path we go. What we always seem to forget is that every healing journey means looking squarely into our darkness. Sometimes that is reliving traumatic events with a therapist. Sometimes it’s leaning into a contraction. Sometimes it’s quieting ourselves and listening to what our bodies are saying during a struggle with infertility or dysmenorrhea. We shy away from the darkness because the darkness is painful. But here’s the thing: just like with a contraction during labor, the only way out is through. Photo by Gabriela Palai from Pexels
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October is a season of change and transformation. The days get shorter, the nights get longer and colder. Trees shed their leaves and their skeletal branches are a stark contrast to the pale, cloudy sky. Fall is the season of all things witchy. There has been a recent uptick in the number of people calling themselves witch and I think it’s because there is a call for us to change. People don’t seem to mean that they’re making a theological change to Wiccanism. Rather, they are embracing this power of transformation. “Witchiness” has become synonymous with feminine-power (though not all witches identify as female!). It’s raising up our voices, taking care of ourselves, and yeah, sometimes sage sticks, tarot cards, and crystals. So to celebrate this witchy season I want to share with you some of my favorite books about female empowerment, healing, and transformation. Featured image and cover photo by Spencer Selover from Pexels

Five Witchy Books for Fall

October is a season of change and transformation. The days get shorter, the nights get longer and colder. Trees shed their leaves and their skeletal branches are a stark contrast to the pale, cloudy sky. Fall is the season of all things witchy.

There has been a recent uptick in the number of people calling themselves witch and I think it’s because there is a call for us to change. People don’t seem to mean that they’re making a theological change to Wiccanism. Rather, they are embracing this power of transformation.

“Witchiness” has become synonymous with feminine-power (though not all witches identify as female!). It’s raising up our voices, taking care of ourselves, and yeah, sometimes sage sticks, tarot cards, and crystals.

So to celebrate this witchy season I want to share with you some of my favorite books about female empowerment, healing, and transformation.

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