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The Holy Wild

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  387 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Ode to Our Wild Feminine Souls

This provocative book invites you to create your own spiritual path based on often-suppressed ancient principles and contemporary practices. Using the elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether) rather than traditional patriarchal hierarchies, this “holy book” is designed to connect each individual to their universal — but often denied — power
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2018 by New World Library
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Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Danielle Dulsky has somehow captured the essence and evolution of not only so many women, but anyone who feels that nagging, scratching urge to withdraw from the prescribed suffocating constricts of ‘society’ and reconnect with something primal. Something wild. Raw. Untamed. Divine. I’ve lost my breath more times than I can count reading this book, which proves how absolutely essential and timely it is. Please, Danielle - keep writing.
Anna Boyett
Mar 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
What can I say? This book is filled with the same weird Neo-Wiccan "Sacred femme" Goddess cult rhetoric as pretty much every other woman-centric text on the Pagan market... Maybe not always in overt words, but most definitely in the subtext; there's no denying that the majority of the rhetoric in the book comes from the traditions I left mainline Paganism  partly to get away from- and am incredibly disappointed (though hardly surprised) to find in a book about the Wilds.

Speaking of the Wilds: Li
Jaclyn Cherie
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a balm for the wounded, weary Soul of the Wild Woman and Heathen. Danielle has this way with words where she can weave a story within a story, and you become so immersed in what's coming next that you almost forget she is sentence by sentence changing your life. In many ways this book page by page grants the reader permission to find themselves, to be themselves unapologetically and to howl at the Moon.

She reminds us that we are simultaneously animals and Spiritual beings.

The book
Sosanna Olson
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Today I'm reviewing The Holy Wild - A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman by Danielle Dulsky.
Generally I like to start out with a disclaimer. I am an atheist witch. I look for the connection between magic and science without the need for a deity. I receive no compensation for these reviews and all my links are standard Amazon links and not affiliate links. I am a practicing photo reader and have spent the last 13 years honing my craft. I offer personal readings by request and have a strong onlin
Momo Bradham
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally! -- A book about the power of Feminine Energy that is not angry or loathsome but rather brutally vulnerable and undeniably mighty. Dulsky writes in poetic triumph and with an authority that electrifies her pages with the strength of the Holy Feminine. The title welcomes "the untamed woman", but I think this could be an encouraging and perhaps even illuminating read for anyone who is interested in getting closer to the Holy Feminine or of taking care of our Earth Mother!

So please don't s
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn't hate this book, but I definitely didn't like it nearly as much as I wanted to. Dulsky's writing style just subtracted so much from what this book could have been. In some ways it was pretentious, constantly calling the reader "my love" was condescending. The flowery purple-prose was so distracting from the point of the book that I had to put it down frequently and give myself a pep talk to pick it back up. What's more, this book was completely filled with unresolved anger and angst with ...more
Greg Soden
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Listen to my interview with the author:

The first book I’ve read in this genre and I really enjoyed it. It opened me to some new perspectives on the world that were immensely fascinating to ponder.
Robin Tobin (On the back porch reading)
This is a start stop -Holy Crap what did I get into kind of book.
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh we actually finished a book!!

Hard to rate. Potent and powerful, but not necessarily one to read front to back. My personality forced this upon it, breezing past the rituals and journal entries so that I can mark it as “read,” but I know I missed the point of it and will keep it close for when I’m ready for these activities. It’s a journey, not a one-stop shop to the mystical store and back. Xx
Mary Ann Donnarumma
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So many times while reading this book I said YES out loud. This book gets inside you and has the power to transform you, if you do the suggested journal prompts and rituals. This book is life changing.
Beautiful book. Lyrical and flowery, but sensible. Really enjoyed reading it.
Mary Drover
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is easily one of the best books I’ve ever read. I intended to write a separate (and longer) review for this, but that never happened, so you’ll just have to deal with me flailing a little here. If you’re curious about my reaction as I was reading, I have a highlight up on my Instagram page that are my genuine reactions while I was currently reading it. This is probably one of the few witch books I would actually recommend to non-witch friends because it’s more about female empowerment than ...more
Larissa Lee
Right off the bat, let me applaud Dulsky for how easily equality slipped into the story. Even though the title would imply this book is focused on cisgender folks, she immediately makes it clear (less than a dozen pages in) that she chose to emphasize the pronoun She/Her while seeing that divinity as “irrefutably pan-gender”. Again and again, she makes it clear that all feminine-leaning folk are welcome, regardless of physical form, to include mentioning their ability to use a Prayer for the Ene ...more
Dec 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
After not much time hearing "herstory" and drivel relating to the things this book would teach me, I had to stop reading it. Mindless hyped up "Pagan" fluff. ...more
Mat Auryn
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first began reading The Holy Wild: A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman I quickly became enamored with it. Danielle Dulsky’s words are beautifully poetic and strikingly powerful. The book has a feel reminiscent of the work of Clarissa Pinkola Estés (who is one of my favorite Jungian authors) but from the perspective and insight of a modern witch. While written for a female audience, I feel every witch regardless of gender can benefit from the wisdom within these pages. Dulsky guides the ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Danielle has written another gorgeous book, full of prose that melts your heart and rings true in your bones and rituals for any woman looking to deepen her connection to her elemental, primal self, whether she is new to her wild woman witchcraft practice or has been delving deeply for decades. It's broken up into 5 books: earth, water, fire, air, and ether, giving specific instructions on how to connect with those elements, all while weaving tales of archetypes and legends into the fabric of th ...more
K Kriesel
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
There is nothing new in this book.
But it is still important.

The Holy Wild echoes Women Who Run With Wolves, When God Was A Woman, and The Spiral Dance. Significant books that have brought about profound change to several generations of women. Because systemic change in the spiritual landscape of the US is so slow, these books have not been passed down to younger women - or they simply aren't interested. The fact that this book is new, trendy, and Instagrammable gives me hope that younger women a
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was excited to read this book, and I want to like it, but I don't. I'm sure this book had good meaning, but the author's writing style completely takes away from it. If written in such a flowery way with so many unneeded words and stories and sentences that it completely takes away from whatever point the author is trying to make. I didn't feel inspired or enlightened after reading this, I felt tired. I literally had to put the book down after each page, it was too exhausting to fully read. I ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was more than I could ever ask for. It totally bade me take my time. Every store made sense and the prompts we're eye opening. Every woman identifying person should read it ❤️ (every male identifying person too) ...more
Thankful Reader
Apr 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, spiritual
I wanted to love this book. It began beautifully, but alas I realized it was not feeding my soul. It's part myth, part self-help, and part one woman's edict. I wish the author had stuck with re-writing the myths. That I would have enjoyed. ...more
Stephen Buisson-priest
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Invigorating, powerful, and inspirational. Will re-read, and re-re-read.
Babe of Darkness
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Her words touched every part of me but I felt the book dragged. Most def going to read her other book.
Tristy at New World Library
“With conviction, defiance, and a broad, inclusive definition of womanhood, Dulsky. . . calls on women to reconnect with their wild, instinctual feminine power in this poetic yet practical guide of heathen rituals and observances.”
— Publishers Weekly

“I sank into The Holy Wild like a seed into fertile, warm soil, and I was watered to my roots, shown how to flower, and sung into seeds flying free. Grab this book and savor it. It’s a breathtaking achievement — thorough, practical, and
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"The untamed woman is feared because she is constantly examining the extent to which her beliefs are not her own so that she might better be an agent for change. A woman who will not swallow what she's been spoon-fed is dangerous indeed."

This book took me over 8 months to read because there was so much in it to pause and reflect on. I anticipate returning to it again and again as I continue on my own journey into the Holy Wild. I appreciate that she does not write this as a prescriptive guide, a
Witch Leaf
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is a confidence boost; not five minutes of the audiobook went by without me being reminded of my goddess-y, priestess-y, witchy-ness. That is not a criticism, I was very much into it.

I really enjoyed the book in general too. I particularly liked the reimagining of the various bible stories. I didn’t find it repetitive and I liked the way that the book moved through the five sections.

Only thing is that I will need to get a physical copy of the book so that I can properly work through s
Ariail Heath
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a great book to utilize as a guidebook and to access rituals. The knowledge in it is abundant and you will want to keep a copy of this book by you for a long time to reference!

Where it fell short for me was the writing style and goddess story line information. The writing style is very spiritual and often feels like reading an oracle card for 300 pages. So it's great for reference style, but for a sit down and read to grow your mind more, you won't make it far in one seating. I also wish
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pagan-witchcraft
This book was beautifully written and did wonders for inspiring me to continue to re-wild my practice over the last six months as I nursed what was on the pages. I often found that synchronicities relating to each chapter would crop up in the week(s) before and after I started reading each--I don't think that was a coincidence. One chapter, sure, but all of them?

Danielle's writing is a healing balm that helps all of us uncover the kind of spirituality that will truly leave us feeling fulfilled--
Nov 28, 2020 added it
Shelves: feminism, paganism
I'm not pagan (or anything, for that matter), so I listened to this out of interest and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Yes, there was quite a lot of the stereotypical sacred feminine/ goddess manifesto stuff (which has it's place, but can sometimes feel a little over the top), but it was also passionate, informative, interesting, and inclusive (ex: acknowledging trans folk and the presence of "feminine" power in men). ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely mind-expanding. Dulsky's writing is gorgeous. I'm not a book crier, but I was so touched by this book in so many areas that I teared up often. I love how she rewrites familiar myths/stories as inspiration, and I found the Mary Magdalene section just so moving. I bought the book so that I can write in it and do the prompts. ...more
Danielle Trent
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
There's an intrinsic truth to the words spoken in this book. While I don't consider myself a conjurer of magic of any kind- I do appreciate this heathen, holy bible for the untamed woman such as myself. The activities are grounded in peace and love- I am a fan and it has helped me reconnect with my inner and higher self, in a sense. ...more
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