Waldeinsamkeit - Soap Highlight
Filled with scents of the evergreens, this ritual soap will aid in the connection with the eternal ancestors of the forest.
Waldeinsamkeit (pronounced as “vald-In-zom-kIt”)is a German word that does not have a literal translation into English. However, the word hints at the idea of being alone in the woods, and the joy that comes with it. Our soap is named in the honor of this concept and includes the very essence of the forest in the ingredients.
Just like its namesake, this soap will help provide a connection with nature. Similar to camouflage, using this soap in ritual cleansing (Link to our blog post about ritual bath) will help the witch become immersed with the forest that many have lost its connection with.
The essential oils found in this soap are from Fir, Pine, Juniper, and Spruce, with the addition of ground juniper berries. The trees are all known for their evergreen foliage, and possess the characteristics of longevity and determination, being beacons of life even in the dead of winter. Evergreens have long been considered a symbol of honesty, strength, and provide pure intentions in magical workings. The ground berries provide a light exfoliation to help remove the unhealthy ties to the modern world that are blocking the witch’s ability to connect with nature.
Many cultures believe in a Tree of Life. All have different names, but the underlying meaning is the same. Our world would not exist without trees, and our ancestors understood that. Anyone who has stood underneath a towering evergreen understands the meaning of Waldeinsamkeit. These trees command awe and are naturally inspiring. One can easily contemplate how much these giants have silently witnessed as they have provided shelter and nutrients to those around them. While physically being among the trees boost energy levels and alleviate feelings of sadness, the tree oils incorporated into the soap will invoke the same emotions and benefits as walking through the woods.
With this soap, the witch would wash in a cleansing bath as a pre-ritual before doing work with the spirits of the trees. Immerse yourself in the scent of the forest, and call upon the Tree of Life for energy.