A Pagan Guide to Coping with Depression
Whether is it impacting you or a loved one, depression can be difficult to discuss or even acknowledge. Empty Cauldrons explores the isolating influence it can have and why many people resist professional help. With contributions from Pagan clergy, depression sufferers, and therapists, author Terence P Ward creates a picture of depression that draws upon both science and religion. He also shares his own experiences with this common affliction and the spiritual methods he has used for relief.
Discover how to draw off miasma, appeal to the gods of the wind, purify yourself with sound, and host a traditional Hellenic ancestor feast. Learn about conduct-ing shadow work, tending a depression shrine, keeping a dream journal, and much more. Throughout the book, Ward compassionately presents dozens of simple strategies for developing a polytheistic relationship with depression, seeking comfort, and rekindling.
Includes a foreword by by M. Macha Nightmare, priestess, witch, and co-founder of the Reclaiming Collective.
Interviews about Empty Cauldrons
- with Laura Giles of the Pan Society on Modern Animism Radio: “A natural and spiritual approach to depression,” December 15, 2021
- with Patti Negri on the Witching Hour: “Empty Cauldrons with Terence P. Ward“
- with Raina Starr on Desperate House Witches, April 21, 2022
- with Marla Brooks on Stirring the Cauldron, May 13, 2022
More of my writing about depression
- posts about depression on this blog
- “Treating depression in a pagan context,” on the Wild Hunt
- “9 pagan ways to treat depression,” at llewellyn.com
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