EP 18: Healing the Witch Wound

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In this episode, Tanya explores the history of the witch hunts, firstly across Europe and then into America. As she traces back trauma inflicted on our ancestors, she helps us to see how it has passed from generation to generation.  

She invites us, as women, to reclaim the word witch, and tap into our power, our magic, and our sexual energy. Only then can we break the cycle, and heal from past wounds. 



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Consider/Ask Yourself: 

Do you find yourself responding to experiences from a place of trauma?

Do you ever feel a clamping or restriction around your throat and neck, when you try to speak your truth?

Do you find history repeating itself in your life, and you don’t understand why? 

Do you feel called to reclaim your voice, your body, your magic?


Tanya’s Question: 

By going back into our history books, and understanding the witch wound, how can we heal intergenerational trauma?


Tanya’s Key Insights and Ahas:

She listened to an activation which brought back memories of past life regressions. 

She felt the visceral feeling of being a witch. 

She feels that in a past life, she’s had trauma inflicted on her neck and throat. 

She’s experienced a lot of neck pain. 

She’s read powerful books about energy from our ancestors showing up in our bodies. 

She feels there is a disconnection from the magic and harmony of the earth. 

She questions the narrative that Christianity has given us. 

She feels anxious and nauseous relaying the number of witches who have been killed. 

She feels there is great power in reclaiming the word witch.

She believes “My Grandmother’s Hands” is one of the most powerful books of our time (see resources section). 

She observes many women struggle to speak their truth.

She observes that often when women struggle to speak their truth, they feel a restriction around their neck and throat. 

She believes that women have to come together with open hearts to heal past wounds. 

She feels called to circle because collectively women need to heal and settle the trauma in our bodies. 

She believes we can reclaim our bodies, our voice, and our magic through healing the witch wound. 


How to be BRAVE:

Find ways to settle your body by working on your nervous system, and getting curious with your shadow work. 

Find group practices that help you to settle in your body and begin to heal your trauma. 

Join circle to reclaim your voice, your body, and heal the witch wound. 

Step fully into your gifts, your superpowers, your magic and rewrite your story. 

Reclaim your witch, practice your magic and know that we can create this world. Anything is possible. 


Takeaways For You:

If we heal the witch wound, we can heal intergenerational trauma that has been passed down from our ancestors. 

By healing these wounds, we can rise up together in sisterhood.

By increasing the divine feminine energy in the world, we can tip the scale back to balance with the masculine. 

Witchcraft is one of the oldest religions in the world, and takes its teachings from nature. 

When we reclaim the word witch, we take back our power and rights as women to be powerful and magical. 

Trauma passed through generations is called intergenerational transmission, and can be passed on in our DNA expression. 

To heal trauma, we need to settle in our bodies, settle our nervous systems and take up somatic practices. 

Healing trauma can be done both individually and in a collective, such as through circle, singing or drumming groups. 

We must share our tools, our gifts, our magic with the world. 

Anything is possible in the world when we believe, and reclaim our rights as women. 



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Ina’s Activation: janetraftis.com/witch-wound-healing


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