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?


The “psychopomp” is a creature, spirit, deity, or other entity that guides the souls of the dead to the afterlife. The psychopomp does not judge the souls as to their worthiness to be in one place or another (i.e. Heaven or Hell); they are simply facilitating their journey to the end destination. Throughout the history of folklore and mythology there have been many entities that fit this description. With Samhain coming up soon, the psychopomp strongly fits the energies of the season and as such can be a valuable concept and archetype to work with in your personal, seasonal spiritual journey. -
Untitled design - 2020-09-29T084810.755.jpg

The “psychopomp” is a creature, spirit, deity, or other entity that guides the souls of the dead to the afterlife. The psychopomp does not judge the souls as to their worthiness to be in one place or another (i.e. Heaven or Hell); they are simply facilitating their journey to the end destination. Throughout the history of folklore and mythology there have been many entities that fit this description. With Samhain coming up soon, the psychopomp strongly fits the energies of the season and as such can be a valuable concept and archetype to work with in your personal, seasonal spiritual journey.

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.


So, working with the psychopomp as a deity or entity otherwise can be a bridge to working with all of those energies. They are excellent for doing shadow work. (The “shadow” concept relates back to Jungian psychology which I talked about yesterday on Instagram a bit and refers to “an unconscious aspect of the personality that the conscious ego does not identify in itself; or the entirety of the unconscious, i.e., everything of which a person is not fully conscious. In short, the shadow is the unknown side.”) Both in New Age philosophy and modern therapeutic settings, it is believed that without integrating (recognizing and working actively with) our shadows we are incomplete. We come into our full power when we are fully integrated with our shadows. -

So, working with the psychopomp as a deity or entity otherwise can be a bridge to working with all of those energies. They are excellent for doing shadow work. (The “shadow” concept relates back to Jungian psychology which I talked about yesterday on Instagram a bit and refers to “an unconscious aspect of the personality that the conscious ego does not identify in itself; or the entirety of the unconscious, i.e., everything of which a person is not fully conscious. In short, the shadow is the unknown side.”) Both in New Age philosophy and modern therapeutic settings, it is believed that without integrating (recognizing and working actively with) our shadows we are incomplete. We come into our full power when we are fully integrated with our shadows.

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!

%d bloggers like this: