As much as witches and Pagans may have a strong connection to the natural world, they are still human. Like any other human, they are not immune to the struggles of depression. It can be hard for them to admit to feeling down or overwhelmed, as it may feel like they are failing their spiritual beliefs. They often keep it to themselves, just like many other people, due to the stigma surrounding mental health issues. But it is important to remember that depression is something that can affect anyone, no matter who they are or what their spiritual practice may be. With the proper care, those who identify as witches and Pagans can find solace and healing, even if it is a difficult journey. Terence P Ward understands this and has provided this guidance in his book, Empty Cauldrons: Navigating Depression Through Magic and Ritual, is a must-read for anyone who is dealing with the darkness of depression. Ward’s approach of combining magical and ritualistic practices provides a unique perspective on the depths of depression and how to navigate through it. The book is filled with wisdom and insight, as well as practical advice and exercises to help readers work through their struggles. It is a book that can be read and re-read many times as it helps readers to process and heal.
Empty Cauldrons is an incredible resource for anyone looking to confront and tackle depression from a holistic approach. The book does not take the route of spiritual bypassing, where one is told to simply think positively or ignore the reality of their situation. Instead, it provides a balanced approach between spiritual and mundane tools, as well as a reminder to seek professional help when needed. The book is a perfect blend of spiritual and practical guidance, and provides a much-needed understanding of how to navigate depression in a safe and healthy way. What I particularly love about this book is that Ward shares his own struggles with depression with such beautiful honesty and vulnerability and is writing from a place of sharing what has worked for him as a Pagan. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs guidance in their journey to cope with depression, as well as Witchcraft / Pagan clergy and even therapists with Pagan or Witch clients.