Free U.S. Shipping on orders over $20.00


New World Library Unshelved

New World Library Unshelved

Positive news and inspiring views from the New World Library community

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Author and proud Witch Danielle Dulsky has committed her life to revealing the inherent nature of Witchcraft: an ancient spiritual path that rejects religious dogma in favor of female empowerment and a deep reverence for the Earth. In her first book, Woman Most Wild, she reclaims the Earth-centered power of aligning with our wildest, freest selves to create an inclusive world for all. In her forthcoming book, The Holy Wild (publishing on September 18, 2018), she goes even more deeply into the old myths and helps to re-empower women who feel alienated from their spiritual lives — especially those who once tried to fit into traditional religions and found them sexist and lacking. 

In this brand-new piece by Danielle, written for New World Library Unshelved, she dives into the nature of the summer solstice — which in the northern hemisphere arrives on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at 3:07 a.m. PDT — encouraging us to create our own rituals and celebrations to honor this big change in the seasons. 

# # #

If we take our lessons from nature, the summer season is a time of intensity, fruition, celebration, and blooming. Beneath the silver moon on these warmer nights, we are tasked to forgo our more somber rituals in the name of sensory experiences and hedonistic delights. We, as primal creatures, are asked to pause at summer solstice and claim our ancestral inheritance. Our blood remembers the joy and the jubilance, the communal dance, and the sheer revelry our ancient foremothers honored as the Wheel of the Year turned to its brightest peak, and our cyclical nature beckons us, year after year, to come home to this wild and joyful knowing.

Attuning to the Merit of Our Joy
How do we attune to the merit of our joy in an age of such political volatility, social chaos, and collective transformation? We begin by asking ourselves to take stock of those moments in our lives when we truly felt joyful. Sifting through our epic personal myths of woundings and healings, misfortunes and miracles, we can make note of those pivotal and fleeting moments when we were swimming in a wellspring of sheer elation, when our joy was coupled with gratitude and our in-the-skin experience soared so high above mere happiness we wondered what we had done to deserve such grace.

Become a joy-hunter on these longer days by considering each stage in your life as an integral chapter in your story. From early childhood until this very moment, how many chapters have you lived? These chapters need not necessarily be linear; nor they do they need to correspond neatly to the formal life-stage names from Western psychology. A nourishing weeklong vacation when the lens through which you saw your world irrevocably expanded might be an entire chapter despite its limited duration, while a decade spent in a soul-starving relationship may only be a single chapter. This is your story to tell, and its order and organization are entirely up to you.

Within each of these chapters, dig through your memories in search of the joy. This practice may take some time and devotion. Even within the apparently mundane or painful chapters that have inevitably been part of your lived experience, joy-mine your memories to uncover the precious jewels you were gifted. These are ephemeral moments, temporary cosmic nods when your heart affirmed, Yes. Yes, I am really here in this body. Try to harvest at least ten joyful moments if you can, then search for the notable patterns in those experiences.

In the absence of such intentional inventories as these, we tend to assume that the ways we experience joy are the same ways that others experience their joy. Know that your patterns are unique to you, and they may well surprise you. Were you often outside in nature in these moments? Do your joyful moments reflect solitude or community? Movement or stillness? Find the patterns that exist among your most joyful moments, and pay particular attention to those that occurred during summer. 

Crafting a Simple Solstice Ritual
Both the summer and winter solstices are points of pause, holy days on which it serves us well to stop and reflect. A ritual can be a container for such reflection, a simple ceremony that honors the nature of the season and offers up precisely the nourishment that the soul needs to connect with the spiral dance of time. Trusting your own experience and the patterns evident in your unique memories, set the intention to create a ritual of joy reclaimed and jubilance remembered. 

Consider each of your joyful patterns to be a brilliant-colored thread, and weave together an artful tapestry through your ritual. Incorporate all your joyful themes if possible. If you were often dancing, dance. If you were often alone in nature, carve out space for sacred solitude and wander into the wilds. If you always experienced joy with another person who is no longer with you or for whom your love has waned, consider writing them a letter describing the gratitude you feel for those joyful moments you spent together, though they need never read it. Similarly, if a particular place you no longer visit brought you joy, perhaps honor this place by building a small altar reflecting its elements. 

Let nothing keep you from your joy this summer solstice. Do what you need to do to feel elation and delight, if only for a few precious moments. Joy is, after all, fleeting by nature. What if the flowers themselves bloom bright despite a deep knowing that their beauty is temporary? Why bother? doesn’t exist in nature. No fear is so great that it blocks the flora or fauna from fulfilling their purposes, and humans do well on these longest days to remember our right to feel an ecstatic connection with the beauty of the wilds, the beauty that is our epic journey of magick made and joy reclaimed.

# # #

Danielle Dulsky is the author of The Holy Wild and Woman Most Wild. She is an artist, yoga teacher, energy worker, and founder of Living Mandala Yoga teacher training programs. She leads women’s circles, Witchcraft workshops, and energy healing trainings and lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Find out more about her work at

Based on the book The Holy Wild. Copyright © 2018 by Danielle Dulsky.






December 2020 (3)
November 2020 (4)
October 2020 (2)
September 2020 (4)
August 2020 (3)
July 2020 (4)
June 2020 (4)
May 2020 (4)
April 2020 (2)
November 2019 (2)
October 2019 (5)
September 2019 (4)
August 2019 (5)
July 2019 (3)
June 2019 (4)
May 2019 (4)
April 2019 (4)
March 2019 (4)
February 2019 (4)
January 2019 (5)
December 2018 (3)
November 2018 (5)
October 2018 (4)
September 2018 (4)
August 2018 (4)
July 2018 (4)
June 2018 (5)
May 2018 (7)
April 2018 (5)
March 2018 (5)
February 2018 (5)
January 2018 (5)
December 2017 (3)
November 2017 (6)
October 2017 (6)
September 2017 (6)
August 2017 (6)
July 2017 (5)
June 2017 (7)
May 2017 (6)
April 2017 (6)
March 2017 (8)
February 2017 (5)
January 2017 (5)
December 2016 (6)
November 2016 (8)
October 2016 (6)
September 2016 (7)
August 2016 (6)
July 2016 (6)
June 2016 (7)
May 2016 (7)
April 2016 (6)
March 2016 (7)
February 2016 (6)
January 2016 (6)
December 2015 (4)
November 2015 (7)
October 2015 (7)
September 2015 (6)
August 2015 (7)
July 2015 (9)
June 2015 (9)
May 2015 (8)
April 2015 (9)
March 2015 (9)
February 2015 (8)
January 2015 (8)
December 2014 (7)
November 2014 (7)
October 2014 (9)
September 2014 (9)
August 2014 (8)
July 2014 (10)
June 2014 (8)
May 2014 (9)
April 2014 (8)
March 2014 (9)
February 2014 (9)
January 2014 (7)
December 2013 (7)
November 2013 (4)
October 2013 (5)
September 2013 (4)
August 2013 (4)
July 2013 (3)
June 2013 (3)
May 2013 (4)
April 2013 (4)
March 2013 (3)
February 2013 (3)
January 2013 (2)
December 2012 (4)
November 2012 (4)
October 2012 (5)
September 2012 (2)
August 2012 (3)
July 2012 (2)
June 2012 (3)
May 2012 (2)
April 2012 (3)
March 2012 (5)
February 2012 (3)
January 2012 (4)
December 2011 (4)
November 2011 (3)
October 2011 (4)
September 2011 (5)
August 2011 (4)
July 2011 (2)
June 2011 (3)
May 2011 (3)
April 2011 (4)
March 2011 (4)
February 2011 (3)
January 2011 (1)
December 2010 (3)
November 2010 (3)
October 2010 (4)
September 2010 (2)
August 2010 (4)
July 2010 (4)
June 2010 (2)
May 2010 (4)
April 2010 (5)
March 2010 (5)
February 2010 (1)