Emmy is a writer, witch and mental health advocate from London, England. She has a Masters in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies, and a particular interest in queer and feminist perspectives in archetypal psychology. Her poetry is inspired by the feminine unconscious and lesbian spiritual initiation.
W&W: Do you consider yourself a witch?
Yes! Very much so. I come from a long line of witchy women.
W&W: What does your magical practice look like? (i.e. Solitary, Coven, etc.)
To me, being a witch is a mindset and a path, rather than a particular practice. So practice and life are inextricable - and I see them as about committing myself to living in a way which honours the life-death-life cycle, being close to the earth and seeking to be true to my own nature. I often work with tarot, and I record and spend time with my dreams.
W&W: What drew you to queer and feminist perspectives in archetypal psychology?
I began studying for a Masters degree in Jungian psychology two years ago. There are profound insights in Jung' works drawn from his own spiritual experience, esoteric traditions, spiritualism, mythology, shamanism and Buddhism. But for me what is often missing in depth psychology is an understanding of how contemporary culture - particularly its misogynist, heternormative and colonialist aspects - affect the individual and collective psyche. So I'm planning to continue into doctoral studies to look at just this theme.
W&W: What influences your creative process?
First, nature; I do most of my creative writing in the woods and swamplands close to my home and the content of my work invariably reflects that. And second, books. I have a conviction that books are magical things, which arrive synchronistically in our lives at the times in which we most need them. I'm interested in how the books we read influence our psychic lives and our creativity, not only intellectually but emotionally and spiritually too. The energies of whatever I'm currently reading will weave through my own creative work.
W&W: Who is your favorite writer and why?
Viriginia Woolf. If I could only read one book for the rest of my life, The Waves would be the book I would choose. More than any other writer, Woolf for me crystallizes the impossibility of being human, of finding meaning and connection. I read her not as a novelist or essayist but alternately as a psychologist, a philosopher, a mystic and a poet; and most of all, as someone deeply committed to the reality of the inner life.
So other than being Witchy As Fuck, what do you do in the world of Muggles?
Since I finished studying last month I've returned to working for an advocacy charity during by day and reading and dreaming by night. I venture into the woods as often as I can, to forage, write, wander, daydream. Otherwise I haunt old libraries, lecture halls, strange museums and candlelit bars.
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