Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Waking the Witch

If you've ever thought of yourself as a witch - if only for a split second - the book Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women Magic and Power by Pam Grossman is like a warm welcoming hug. What is a witch? A witch can be anyone in any capacity because experiences range greatly from person to person. The traditional idea of a witch ascribes them to reading tarot cards, practicing candle magic, casting spells, befriending familiars, and being versed in the "old ways." But you may experience magic in your own life. Do you ever think of someone and they message you? Do you dream something and then it happens? Maybe you just have strong intuition or are gifted with a certain talent? Maybe you're an empath or a good listener? All of these things can make you feel like you are in tune with the unseen world around you. Waking the Witch will make you feel like you belong.


Grossman is a well-versed blogger, podcaster, and writer that covers a lot of territory regarding the history witches and intertwines them with her experiences, pop culture, and the current political climate. The book was published last year and she touches on Trump, the use of the term "witch hunt", and how identifying as a witch still has detrimental effects in other countries ~ but this is only a small part of the book. She talks about the burgeoning witch in the character of Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and her diverse characters, The Craft and it's authenticity, how Suspiria portrays a witch's power, and so much more.

This book is thoughtful and encouraging especially for someone like me, that often identifies as a witch and an outsider. It's positive and helpful with lots of references if you want to delve deeper. I only hope there is a follow up book because some of it will get dated, so I encourage you to read it now!

Never forget, we are the weirdos and we need to stick together.

For more information on Pam Grossman you can go to her website:
https://www.pamgrossman.com/

p.s. She's also a cat lady. 😉


(All images take from https://www.pamgrossman.com/)


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