Between the Sheets | Luna Dietrich, a.k.a. Pussy Witch

Between the Sheets | Luna Dietrich, a.k.a. Pussy Witch

Luna Dietrich is a woman on a mission. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Luna offers her services both locally and online as a sexual empowerment coach and teacher under the moniker Pussy Witch. A diviner of sexual energy, Luna provides loving, open-minded guidance to both individuals and couples, helping them to overcome shame about their sexuality, gain emotional and sexual intelligence, and engage in more conscious communication with the goal of experiencing deeper pleasure. 

Luna was one of our earliest supporters when we launched Nox, so we were super excited to be able to interview her for the journal. Read on to find out how she got into sexual empowerment coaching, her philosophies on sex and self-care, and the follower feedback that's touched her the most...

 

 

Hi Luna, tell us a bit about yourself and Pussy Witch.

My name is Luna Dietrich, I’m a Sexual Empowerment Coach/Teacher and the founder of Pussy Witch, an ever evolving pleasure agenda for the sex positive revolution. I guide womxn to radically accept themselves and their sexuality so they can show up for their truth, whatever that is, with confidence.


Are you surprised at where you’ve ended up, or did you always want to work with others in such an intimate way?

I’m not so surprised where I ended up. Even though I did go to Catholic school until I was 12, I was the kid who would teach the other students what the words “pussy” and “blowjob” meant. My parents would answer any of my questions! At the time, I wanted to be a heart surgeon. A lot of my work now is a much more subtle medicine of the heart.

However, I am surprised by the way my career happened. In college, I studied biochemistry and herbalism because I loved a challenge, am obsessed with plants, and thought I wanted to be some type of natural doctor/healer. After I graduated, I traveled to Southeast Asia and fell in love with a woman who opened my sexuality in ways I didn’t know were possible. Up until that point, I subconsciously thought my sexual pleasure was for pleasing my partners…that sex didn’t actually belong to me. With this awakening, I learned how to receive and because I felt so accepted by her, I started having epic, hour-long orgasms!

My newly found orgasms impacted my outer world in very obvious ways...mainly more confidence and curiosity to keep exploring what’s possible. I started sharing naked photos of myself on Instagram. My community around me asked me to start teaching...and so I did. So, my teaching journey began from my personal experience and breakthroughs...not from a book or any lecture. However, since then, it’s been a long humbling journey. I gather information and wisdom from very many different resources like training, workshops, books, podcasts and personal life experiences! I try to include more marginalized voices than my own in my teachings because I know everyone’s sexuality is so uniquely different and also completely normal and valid.

 

What kind of role does sexuality or sexual energy play in your work?

Sexuality and sexual energy play several roles in my work. For one, like I mentioned before, my business was birthed from orgasm. Meaning, the full body, hours-long, trance stage orgasms that I experienced built up so much energy in my body that my inner landscape changed. I felt confident, capable and worthy. Because I didn’t originally feel powerful, I realized everyone had this power inside of them and I could feel it even if they couldn’t themselves. So I knew I wanted to start, I saw it as a disservice not to!

My orgasms were the fuel to my fire to quit my job working in a chemistry lab and start figuring out how to teach others full time how to experience what had become possible for me. So, I will have personal sexual experiences and then I will sometimes write, teach, or even share exercises that I’ve learned. For example, I attended a few self-pleasure/masturbation circles and then I eventually led one!

 
What is the role of self-care in your life? Do you use it to control stress, or just to be present with yourself?

As someone who has tendencies of being an introverted empath, for me, self-care is very much centered around saying “no.” When I don’t get self-reflection time or just allow my brain to take a break, I really start to feel drained. I live in Asheville, North Carolina, which is full of inspiring, heart-centered humans. There are opportunities to process about feelings, relationships and activism and ecstatically dance every day of the week. So sometimes it’s challenging to say “no” to social opportunities that are full of depth. But for me, self-care’s keyword is “self.” I need space to feel myself fully to recharge...and sometimes that means I need to stay home and watch Netflix rather than attending another beautifully connected party or ceremony.

 
What are your favorite rituals of self-care?

My favorite rituals of self care are anything that include my phone being turned off.

First, I love dancing ecstatically, without technique or performance. Without mirrors or spectating. Just letting myself be moved by own body, fully. Letting the music carry me into a trance like state. Even though, I love alone time, I find it easier to get out of my head when I attend group ecstatic dances because the container helps me not stop dancing and look at my phone. So I have managed to not need to talk to anyone when I attend these dances and simply just appreciate the container. I also love dancing at home by myself...it’s very powerful in a different way, because I initiated it and held the space myself.

Showering is another favorite self-care ritual. When I feel super emotional or frazzled, allowing water to run over my head really helps me destress.

And finally, I love the walking in the woods. No phone. No conversation. Just listening to the sounds of the birds and my whole being can relax and remember how deeply amazing it is to be alive.

 

Do you think sex (with yourself or others) can be a form of self-care? Why?

My definition of sex is very broad and inclusive. I find sex to be anything that brings me pleasure and has some element of eroticism. I can turn most situations into an erotic one if I can remember that it’s possible. Like swimming naked or eye gazing. But I don’t normally feel erotic when I am stressed out and my biggest association of self-care is destressing...completing the stress response cycle and allowing my body to come out of fight/flight/freeze. Typically, when I am stressed out I don’t feel erotic or desire for sex. I know some people feel more desire when stressed out, but I’m not one of those people. So I think of self-care as a preparation for allowing myself to be sexual and erotic, with myself or with others.

However, if I expand my definition of self-care to include just being present with myself, then I definitely can accept sex as a form self-care for me. My favorite way to have sex with myself, which could be the same as self-care, is rubbing oil over my body while getting over the shower, turning on hypnotic music loudly and touching myself all over my body. Not with the intention to pleasure my body, but to feel pleasure through my hands FROM my body. I can connect to my body and remember how erotic I am because my body feels soooo good to my own touch. It helps me get out of my head and worrying about what I LOOK and just simply enjoy what I FEEL like...to myself. This is my form of self-care and sex.

 
What’s the best piece of feedback you’ve received that made you want to keep pushing forward with your work?

That’s really challenging to think about. One time I was at a local festival and one of my students came up to me while I was on LSD and said, “Luna! When I am having sex, you came to mind and you were cheering 'yes queen, yes!' and my orgasms have been amazing.” I’ve also had people say that my work has been more effective for them than any therapy.

While I’ve had others say that just by me sharing on Instagram, they are healing their sexual trauma. The messages I receive from people and when reading feedback forms almost always makes me cry. Sometimes I get so focused with just doing the work that feels rights that when I look up and recognize how it is actually impacting people, I start crying. It’s so much energy that it’s hard to contain in my body or explain with words.

 

Thanks Luna! 

Photos by Mason Greenwald, Taylor Clark Johnson and Yasmina.
Follow Luna on Instagram @pusssywitch.
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