Well, it’s not really a secret so much as that many witches may not be aware of what the psychopomp is in order to utilize this concept and archetype in their practice! So let’s start with defining the psychopomp and then discuss how we can work with them in our own spiritual journey.
What is a Psychopomp?
Working with the Psychopomp
To understand the value of working with the psychopomp, it’s important to also understand the symbolism surrounding death. Death represents the unknown. Symbolic death represents transformation and in some ways we associate death with the subconscious. As a living human the closest experience we typically have to death is sleeping which explains this association. Symbolic death can also be a way to dive into that subconscious and work in the shadows of our mind where we tend to tuck away the things that we don’t like or don’t want to confront usually.
Working with the psychopomp can be a way to become comfortable with the Unknown. Right now in the middle of a pandemic of indefinite length, this can be especially useful. The psychopomp can be a point of comfort in any otherwise uncertain situation. And the psychopomp can help us to understand the ways in which we can utilize this energy of uncertainty as a springboard for personal change and transformation.
Have you ever worked with any of the entities or deities that perform this sacred duty? Which ones and how were you called? I’ve worked a bit with Hecate, but I don’t want to get too deep into a discussion of her as I will be talking more about Hecate specifically in a couple weeks! Tell me about your own psychopomp experiences in the comments below!