catharsis

CATHARSIS

[noun]

1. the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through certain kinds of art, as tragedy or music.

2. Medicine/Medical: purgation.

3. Psychiatry: a) psychotherapy that encourages or permits the discharge of pent-up, socially unacceptable affects. b) discharge of pent-up emotions so as to result in the alleviation of symptoms or the permanent relief of the condition.

Etymology: from New Latin, from Greek katharsis, from kathairein, “to purge, purify”.

[Tomasz Alen Kopera]

CATHARSIS 

[noun] 

1. the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through certain kinds of art, as tragedy or music. 

2. Medicine/Medical: purgation. 

3. Psychiatry: a) psychotherapy that encourages or permits the discharge of pent-up, socially unacceptable affects. b) discharge of pent-up emotions so as to result in the alleviation of symptoms or the permanent relief of the condition. 

Etymology: from New Latin, from Greek katharsis, from kathairein, “to purge, purify”.

[Tomasz Alen Kopera]

girls fighting evil: the girl who steels herself

my skin has turned from porcelain, to ivory, to…

(steel yourself, they tell her. get a thick skin. be stronger. be less sensitive. don’t feel so much, cry so easily, be so weak. so she does. she turns herself to steel, to metal. when they come for her now, they cut themselves on her skin. she still cries, and the tears streak rust on her cheeks.)

I.
you’ll need soft, thin muslin and a needle and thread.
trace him out with a crayon. cut with a steady
hand. cut with the sharpest scissors you own. my mother
always said, you have to make it so your seams don’t show.
that means tiny stitches. that means slow going
and a sure needle.

take your time. soon you’ll sew up all your heartbreaks
by hand.

II.
fill him. fill him with beans, kernels, seeds: something
organic, something hard, like he was. stitch him tight up
the back. let your fingertip worry the seam like you used
to stroke his spine.

i wouldn’t suggest kissing him–he’s cool to the touch, all
lumps and cotton when your lips only remember silk–
but there’s no harm in it. not anymore.

III.
pour yourself a glass of wine. pour him a draught of lighter
fluid. toss a match with one hand and toast him with
the other. close your eyes and listen to his stuffing
clatter to the ground. it will sound like hail,
fireworks,
gunfire:
a punishment,
a revolution,
a warning.

IV.
this is what you make when you keep leaving fist-sized holes
in the walls.

when you can’t stand the idea of hurting him,
but you can’t stand him, either.

—  YOU WON’T FIND THIS ON PINTEREST, by jones howell
Witch Tip

Keep a witch/spiritual journal.

Seriously, it has helped me so much on my path. I record everything in it – significant dreams, omens/signs, spells and other practical things, personal philosophy, sigils, lore, divination readings, you name it. This has had several benefits for me:

1. It gives me the ability to look back and see the results of spells and readings so that I can develop my craft.

2. It allows me to look back on things like omens or signs in the context of a timeline to see if those things actually had significance or if they were just one-off chance encounters. I see a lot of asks on other blogs from people who wonder if such-and-such a thing meant anything and, if so, what it meant. Journaling allows you to hone your own intuition and keep track of significant things so that you can figure out what things mean on your own. I recommend writing down what you saw, how you felt, any information you’ve discovered through research, and what you think it means. Later (days, months, or even years), you can go back and confirm or disprove what you’ve written – either way, you’ve learned something valuable.

3. It’s cathartic. When I have something on my mind, it doesn’t leave until I write about it. It’s an outlet for all of my ideas and questions that wouldn’t otherwise have an outlet (either because they’re not quite developed enough to share or are just too personal).

I’ve been keeping journals since I first started crossing the hedge, and there’s nothing like it in terms of providing comfort and reassurance, catharsis, and wisdom.

Recently, I’ve been tapped on the shoulder by a deity (I know this because I’ve learned what the signs of a calling are for me based on past experiences I’ve written about), and as I think about the connection(s) between us more and more, it seems like this has been a long time coming. I am noticing the breadcrumbs that have been laid on my path up to this point, and my journal has been a huge help in tracing those crumbs to specific dates, ideas and messages. For example, readings that didn’t make sense before now make perfect sense in this new light. It’s coming at a significant time, too, and I’m noting it in my journal so that I can look back on it later and see what clues lay in the present in order to make sense of future events.

So, yes, journaling has been invaluable to me. I highly, highly recommend it.