Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...

Articles/Essays From Pagans

[Show all]

Views: 19,798,247

March 4th. 2017 ...

Finding Balance: Discipline Wedded to Devotion

February 10th. 2017 ...

Understanding the Unseen

Kitchen Magic and Memories

January 10th. 2017 ...

The Gray of 'Tween

Becoming a Sacred Dancer

Little Dog, Big Love

December 9th. 2016 ...

A Child's First Yule

November 10th. 2016 ...

What Exactly Is Witchcraft?

A Witch in the Bible Belt: Questions are Opportunities

On Death and Passing: Compassion Burnout in Healers and Shamans

What I Get from Cooking (And How it’s Part of My Path)

October 10th. 2016 ...

Witchcraft from the Outside

September 11th. 2016 ...

Wild Mountain Woman: Landscape Goddess

How Did I Get Here? (My Pagan Journey)

September 3rd. 2016 ...

Rethinking Heaven: What Happens When We Die?

What is Happening in My Psychic Reading?

Nature’s Reward

August 12th. 2016 ...

When Reality Rattles your Idea of the Perfect Witch

Past Midnight

Hungarian Belief in Fairies

Designing a Pagan Last Will and Testament

July 13th. 2016 ...

What Every Pagan Should Know About Curses

Magic With A Flick of my Finger

An Open Mind and Heart

Finding and Caring for Your Frame Drum

June 13th. 2016 ...

Pollyanna Propaganda: The Distressing Trend of Victim-Blaming in Spirituality

Living a Magickal Life with Fibromyalgia

My Father, My First God

Life is Awesome... and the Flu

May 15th. 2016 ...

Wiccan Spirituality

Faery Guided Journey

How to Bond with the Elements through Magick

Magical Household Cleaning

Working with the Elements

April 2nd. 2016 ...

Becoming Wiccan: What I Never Expected

An Alternative Conception of Divine Reciprocity

The Evolution of Thought Forms

The Fear of Witchcraft

Rebirth By Fire: A Love Letter to Mama Maui and Lady Pele

Magic in Sentences

Blowing Bubbles with the Goddess

March 28th. 2016 ...

Revisiting The Spiral

Still Practicing

Lateral Transcendence: Toward Greater Compassion

Spring Has Sprung!

January 22nd. 2016 ...

Coming Out of the Broom Closet

Energy and Karma

Community and Perception

December 20th. 2015 ...

Introduction to Tarot For the Novice

Magia y Wicca

October 24th. 2015 ...

Facing Your Demons: The Shadow Self

Native American Spirituality Myopia

The Dream Eater--A Practical Use of Summoning Talismans

A Dream Message

Feeling the Pulse of Autumn

October 16th. 2015 ...

Sacred Lands, Sacred Hearts

September 30th. 2015 ...

The Other-Side

September 16th. 2015 ...

Vegan or Vegetarian? The Ethical Debate

Nature Worship: or Seeing the Trees for the Ents

August 6th. 2015 ...

Lost - A Pagan Parent's Tale

July 9th. 2015 ...

Love Spells: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

The Magic of Weather

June 7th. 2015 ...

A Pagan Altar

A Minority of a Minority of a Minority

The Consort: Silent Partner or Hidden in Plain Sight?

Why I Bother With Ritual: Poetry and Eikonic Atheism

May 6th. 2015 ...

Gods, Myth, and Ritual in Naturalistic Paganism

I Claim Cronehood

13 Keys: The Crown of Kether

March 29th. 2015 ...

A Thread in the Tapestry of Witchcraft

March 28th. 2015 ...

On Wiccan Magick, Theurgy, Thaumaturgy and Setting Expectations

March 1st. 2015 ...

Choosing to Write a Shadow Book

Historiolae: The Spell Within the Story

February 1st. 2015 ...

Seeker Advice From a Coven Leader

The Three Centers of Paganism

Magick is No Illusion

The Ancient Use of God/Goddess Surnames

January 1st. 2015 ...

The Six Most Valuable Lessons I've Learned on My Path as a Witch

Manipulation of the Concept of Witchcraft

Publicly Other: Witchcraft in the Suburbs

NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.

Article Specs

Article ID: 15425

VoxAcct: 431839

Section: words

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 1,174

Times Read: 5,446

RSS Views: 12,748
One Wiccan's Journey Through Depression

Author: White Wave
Posted: January 12th. 2014
Times Viewed: 5,446

At some point in everyone’s life, we will fall into the pit of despair. Sometimes it will be triggered by the death of a loved one, by abuse, by poverty, by failure, by deceit. At first, it seems a momentary sadness, a melancholy almost startlingly beautiful. Then all things begin to overwhelm with their sadness.

For others, depression creeps slowly in, till it begins to squat as an unwelcome house guest in the mind, consuming all hope in the cupboards, all joy in the fridge and all self confidence in the freezer. I, like so many others, suffer from this second breed of terror- and face the daily battle of finding ways to survive.

I first stumbled upon Wicca some thirteen years ago as a lonesome theatre geek just starting high school. I went through the typical stages of fluffy-bunny hood, joining up in groups of like-minded friends who slowly lost interest as the novelty wore off. I was dazzled by the beauty of nature, enthralled by divine femininity and empowered by homegrown ethics. While others wavered I continued strong, finding a balance in day-to-day life. As I emerged from fluff-land, I developed the mind, expanding my knowledge and applied what I was learning at university- a critical mind. Wicca passed the test, and I emerged stronger, an adult witch in full blossom.

Later in the workforce depression came to me, overwhelming myself belief and leading to attempts to end this horror life. I am still very much in recovery from this heart of darkness.

What role does Wicca play now? Wicca is nothing if not the spirit of transformation, of rejuvenation, and if not hope then the promise of hope to come. Wicca, Paganism, Heathenism and the like are all based on this principle of reincarnation (if not directly of the soul then definitely in nature) .

If you are struggling with depression I offer you some advice, as one sufferer to another, on ways out of the darkness. It is a tough road (this I know only too well) and it will not be easy. Yet it will be worth it, transforming your soul in the process.

1) Healing is paramount.
It is easy to get distracted by the symptoms of depression (for example, having no money) without tackling the root cause of the issue. It is imperative to focus your attention on self-healing before tackling any other issues. No money spell in the world will alleviate depression until self-healing is approached. Magickal ways of healing that helped me include: oil mixes burnt every night (including lavender, bergamot, clary sage, neroli, orange, lemon, and rose) , long hot baths with plenty of candles, communing with nature in any way possible, growing herbs and flowers (particularly sun flowers!) , sleeping in a simple protective circle and anointing chakras with sandalwood for protection of my energies. These ways are less treatments, more like useful ways to assist the healing process. Consider what ways assist you in healing and apply them to your everyday life.

2) Reject ridiculous affirmations.
The traditional approach of countering negative self talk with phrases like “I am beautiful, “I am capable” WILL NOT WORK. Primarily, this is because when depressed you will never believe these things, plunging yourself into further depression over your inability to change your mind. Start slow: go from “I am a terrible person” to “I am sometimes a terrible person” to “sometimes I am an OK person”. Remember, you must believe in your assertions for them to work.

3) Get help.
This may sound obvious, but getting help from others is so important. Go to your GP, get a referral, and take anti-depressants if they help you. Do not think you can conquer this on your own. Do not think you are ‘giving up’ by using Western medicine. Your own work with naturopaths, meditation, aromatherapy, massage, etc. will in no way be lessened by this scientific method. Together, they can assist you, and it is vital to accept all the help you can get. Similarly, tell friends and family you can trust. Let them support you- it will not make you a lesser being.

4) B>Do not worry if Wicca or magick makes you feel nothing.
A common symptom of depression is an increasing disinterest in areas which once gave you joy. This includes religion as much as anything else. If you feel the need to take a break from actively practicing, then do. It is not surrender or religious disavowal – it is simply focusing on self-healing before expecting any return of interest.

5) Get moving.
It’s hard to get out of bed, let alone the house, when depressed. But by the Goddess, does it help! Walk in nature: on the beach, in a park, in the bush, wherever. Take a diary and relaxing music. Cry, scream, dance, do yoga: breathe and let your pain out. Start small, walk around the block and see how it feels.

6) Ignore all of my advice if you want to.
When depressed, you are going to be surrounded by ‘should’ and ‘must’. By placing burdens on yourself, such as “I should meditate”, your self-loathing will only increase if you do not manage to do so. Remember, the only thing you ‘should’ do every day is respire. That’s it. All else is up to you and how you feel.

Slowly, through the help of others and my belief in transformation, I am recovering. Sometimes, it feels like two steps forward and one step back, but it is not a race, so this doesn’t bother me. I’ll leave you with a little chant I say, while lighting a candle each day to remind myself of this change through which the caterpillar becomes the butterfly:

“Power of fire, lift me higher
Purge me from my darkest hours!”

And may the God and Goddess walk with you.


White Wave

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE

Email White Wave... (No, I have NOT opted to receive Pagan Invites! Please do NOT send me anonymous invites to groups, sales and events.)

To send a private message to White Wave ...

Pagan Essays

Pagan Web
8,000 Links

Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.

80,000 Profiles

Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops

Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2017 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
Witches, Pagans
of The World

Search Articles

 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide

NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).