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Sunday Journaling Prompt: Hagitude 📔🖋️✨
A podcast with Dr. Sharon Blackie about reclaiming the power of 'the hag' archetype.
A Sunday journaling prompt based on BBC4’s award-winning podcast WITCH, featuring our favorite mythopoetic badass, Dr. Sharon Blackie, author of HAGITUDE: Reimagining the second half of life. Admittedly, this one’s a little woo-woo, but it’s scholarly woo-woo, which makes it juicy as hell!
The Gist: The origin of the term 'hag' hails from the Old English for witch or haegtes, which in Middle English is hagge, and is akin to the German hexe meaning witch. Witches were often known for being menopausal, dangerous healers, liminal beings surviving at the margins of society, and who were burned along with their cats. Again, we see the trope of the older cat lady, replete with secrets, and Dr. Blackie’s whole project of how to reclaim and embrace the power, wisdom, and inherent gifts of the hag. How can we inspire a new generation of female elders: women who lean fully into their Inner Hag, maturing into their own unique brand of hagitude, and who are ready to pass down their deep feminine wisdom for the benefit of the wider community?
So, what kind of hag would you be? A healer? A wise woman? A seer? A fury? A futurist visionary? A multi-hyphenate hag? How do you see yourself?
It dovetails with our prompt from a few weeks back about interfering in the lives of others—now we’re simply doing a deep dive and interfering with our own inner hag selves. What is your unique brand of hagitude? Your magic? 🤍
Yours in Grandeur,