Many women feel alienated from the spiritual paths outlined by traditional religions and by those described by popular spiritual alternatives. This “ode to the Feminine Wild” speaks to those women. Here are ideas and practices based on the elements (earth, fire, water, air, ether) rather than traditional patriarchy hierarchies and designed to connect individual women to their universal — but usually denied — powers. While goddesses and heroines from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Norse mythology are drawn upon to illuminate uniquely feminine virtues, the author deftly dismantles indoctrinated belief systems that limit women’s spiritual autonomy. Why “heathen”? The ancient Germanic definition of the word refers to inhabiting uncultivated land, being wild and nourished by the natural world. Dulsky embraces the word as an invitation to experience the exhilaration of being fully what we are, rather than what we are told we should be.
Danielle Dulsky, a longtime activist for the divine feminine, leads women’s circles, Witchcraft workshops, energy healing trainings, and yoga teacher trainings. The author of Woman Most Wild, she lives in Phoenixville, PA.