Summary: MoonWise is a podcast featuring conversations with women of power. Join host Dorothée Sophie Royal each new and full moon for lunar forecasts and interviews about natural approaches to self care, health and creativity. Our guests are wisdom carriers, artists, mothers and leaders who are ushering in a new era of feminine wisdom in their own lives and in the world. Each episode is created to help you connect with nature's rhythms and celebrate the beauty medicine in you. Follow us on Instagram @MoonTentCo and check out the show notes at moontent.co.
Learn about listening to the bees with author and natural beekeeper Jacqueline Freeman. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with author Jacqueline Freeman about listening to the wisdom of bees. We talk about reverence and how she came to learn about natural beekeeping from the hive itself. Jacqueline Freeman is a biodynamic farmer and natural beekeeper who wrote the popular book Song of Increase: Listening to the Wisdom of Honeybees for Kinder Beekeeping and a Better World. She and her husband Joseph moved onto their biodynamic farm in southwest Washington in 2001 and she got her first hives soon after. Jacqueline attended conventional bee school and immediately knew there must be a different way to care for bees that is more respectful, more compassionate, more like the way feral bees live. A few years later she began teaching this bee-centric approach in her classes. We discuss how the bees sense of unity has influenced Jacqueline’s own human relationships, including her marriage and approach to housework. We talk about bee songs, the magic of pollination, birth as a ritual and how bees approach the death process. We also talk about: A bee’s understanding of unity Bee mating rituals Listening to intuition Sacrifice and service
In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with Rebekah Erev about loving yourself as an act of liberation. We talk about presence, finding the sacred in the mundane and working with unseen realms. Rebekah Erev is an ordained kohenet (Hebrew priestess), feminist, queer, artist, intuitive, healer, lover, creativity coach and teacher. She lives on the Salish Sea in Olympia, WA., the original village of the Steh-chass people. In her work, she collaborates with unseen and seen beings to make art and ritual with the intention to recover and liberate the earth. She offers intuitive readings and workshops to help people manifest their most true expressions, listening to the wisdom of their bodies. She also makes objects like her beautiful Moon Angels card deck. We talk about self exploration, commitment, and love. We discuss the importance of getting to know yourself in a culture that teaches us to reach externally for happiness and validation. We explore the concept of self partnership and Rebekah’s experience of creating a marriage ritual for herself. We also touch on queer identity, belonging and Rebekah’s path as a Hebrew priestess We also talk about: Imaginary friends Reclaiming self care culture Exploring our birth stories Following through with our commitments
This moon cycle, it’s time to shift our consciousness and learn something new. We have the opportunity to re-visit our New Year’s intentions and clear our minds with self compassion. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan shares insights about Aquarius and the first warming of the spring at Imbolc. She encourages us to check in with ourselves and befriend ourselves as we receive a potent flow of star energy into our fields. We can ask ourselves, “what feels right in the moment?” Susan reminds us to think about how to open our mind and step into great leaps of innovation. It’s a great time to learn something new or perfect something you’re already learning. She says, “what does it feel like when your mind feels free? ” She invites us to be aware of our breath and keep our feet on the ground. Susan offers writing prompts, stones and ritual recommendations for working with the energy of the month. Tune in to hear about how we can break free from limited thinking and remember that anything is possible.
In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with Dr. Kate Sydney and Mandy Asklock, LMT about self care for healthy breasts. They share important information about the anatomy of breasts, the lymphatic system and simple ways to care for this vital part of our bodies. Dr. Kate Sydney explains, “we don’t address things until they become a disease…We’re either not thinking about our breasts at all or we have breast cancer, and nothing in between. It’s important to address these blank spots in our education.” We talk about overcoming shame and cultural messaging around the breasts. We discuss how to pick bras for health and comfort and some recommendations for women-led bra companies. We cover how to do a self breast massage and what oils are easy to use for that. We also touch on some nutrition tips for healthy breasts and how to pick out safe deodorants. We also talk about: How the breasts are connected to the heart The benefits of Poke Root Oil Why Vitamin C is important for healthy breasts Deodorants that work without harmful chemicals
A lunar forecast for December 21, 2019 - January 24, 2020 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for Winter Solstice and the New Year. “Be mindful of your inner world.” - Susan Lipshutz This moon cycle, it’s time to bridge into a new decade with Winter Solstice and a New Moon Solar Eclipse on December 25th. We have the opportunity to reset our bones and seed our dreams for 2020. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan shares insights about Capricorn as we enter winter eclipse season and the new year. She encourages us to take time for self care, to breathe and feel the seasonal shifts. She says it’s a time for magic, color and working with fire and light. We can ask ourselves, “what do we give to the night?” Susan reminds us to examine our past year and our past decade. She says, “is there an element of our persona that we’ve outgrown that is eclipsing our light, that is eclipsing our growth?” She invites us to release toxic aspects of our lives that we’ve outgrown. She says, “to be personally accountable and self-accepting will be the payoff.” Susan offers writing prompts and recommendations for stones and flower essences to work with the energy of the month. She also shares a beautiful guided meditation (around minute 42:50) to take us into our inner vision. Tune in to hear about how we can step into the new decade with renewed clarity and strength.
In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Dorothée Sophie Royal shares resources for bringing intention and earth-honoring ritual into the holiday season. The show is divided into three short chapters. She shares a holiday planning guide, thoughts on reclaiming the Christmas tree as spiritual practice and the ancient and little-heard story of Mother Christmas. She says, “I hope that this discussion is useful for examining inherited traditions and habits as well as helping us all remember that we have the choice to create more meaningful seasonal rituals for ourselves.
This moon cycle, it’s time to dream and get inspired. We have the opportunity to clear old resentments and embody our truth. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan shares insights about Sagittarius as we enter the last month of the decade. She encourages us to elevate our wisdom and think expansively. She says it’s time to own the truth about our history and take responsibility for it. At the same time, she reminds us that we don’t need to box ourselves in with our mind. Susan reminds us to pay attention to our dreams, patterns and write down what we’re experiencing. She invites us to challenge our old definitions and to see our lives as an adventure story. What is the next chapter that you want to write? Susan offers writing prompts and recommendations for stones, flower essences and a ritual to work with the energy of the month. Tune in to hear about how we can cleanse our thought field and see the bigger picture of our life.
In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with producer and author Joy Donnell about the power of storytelling. Joy shares her unique perspective on creativity, intention-setting and finding the authentic voice within. As Joy says,"it’s an important time for people who work with words.” We talk about how the spoken word can be an experience of relationship and true reciprocity. We talk about how the spoken word can be an experience of relationship and true reciprocity. We discuss privilege, betrayal and whose story is getting funded in the media today. She explains, "The stories that we know are the stories that got funded…Who ended up on buildings and who ended up buried? Who got pushed to the margins and who got magnified?" As Joy says, “its an important time for people who work with words.” We also talk about: Positive self talk Affirmations & intention-setting The need for new stories about the feminine Representation in media Her new book, “Beyond Brand”
This moon cycle, it’s time to move into depth and darkness as we enter Scorpio season. We have the opportunity to break spells and agreements that don’t serve us anymore. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about merging with the dark inside and outside of ourselves. She reminds us that, “it is time to stay awake without fear.” She encourages us to be patient and forgiving with the stormy emotional waters that may arise. She says, “there’s a descent into more depth, that’s where the power lies.” She asks, “how can I merge with my power with love, with grace and with my inner values?” As the veils thin, it’s a time to honor our ancestors and work with the elements in a deliberate way. Susan cautions us, “go slow in the discovery of the magic.” And she encourages us to work with boundaries and trust as we commit to new habits. Susan offers ritual suggestions and recommendations for herbs to support the energies of the month. Tune in to hear about how we can go beneath the surface for emotional healing, shake up old systems and work with our raw creative power. Here are some important dates: October 28, 2019 New Moon in Scorpio October 31, 2019 Halloween/Samhain/Mercury Retrograde November 2, 2019 Day of the Dead November 12, 2019 Full Moon in Taurus
Learn about nourishing new mothers with author and postpartum healer Sophie Ward Koren. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with author and postpartum healer Sophie Ward Koren of Milk + Seed about nourishing the soul of new mothers through food, beauty and ceremony. Sophie Ward Koren is a former model, self-published author, initiated shamanic practitioner and Certified Health Coach (IINHC). She is committed to connecting mothers with Mother Earth through healing comfort foods, sustainable life practices and meaningful motherhood ceremonies, especially those informed by her study of Andean cosmology. She lives in the Ojai valley with her family and gratefully spends each day in the kitchen listening to Oprah, playing with fire, being with women and nourishing dozens of families. Sophie shares her story of starving to fit the mold of the modeling industry and how she used writing to bring herself back into authenticity. We discuss worthiness, overcoming the cult of perfection and learning to take up space as a woman. We talk about postpartum depression and the importance of feeding new mothers with nutrient rich foods and gentle care. Sophie describes foods rich in color, texture and joy that she calls “modernized medicinal comfort foods.” She says, “if you don’t take care of the mother, then she will be weakened for the rest of her life.” We also talk about: Healing from anorexia Writing as a soul-feeding ritual Creating Mother Blessing Ceremonies Rebuilding the village for new mothers Sophie’s medicinal kitchen apprenticeship
A lunar forecast for September 28 - October 27, 2019 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. “Fall in love with your purpose.” - Susan Lipshutz This moon cycle is a time for getting inside our hearts so we can focus our activism from a place of balance. We have the opportunity to embrace clear boundaries, examine our desires and harvest inner wisdom. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about the dance of relationship as we move toward the waning cycle of the year. She reminds us, “the shell of the old is the seed of the new.” She encourages us to slow down and think about what gifts we want to share with the collective. She says, “presence is action, our presence is as powerful as what we have to do.” As the winds shift and leaves fall from the trees, it’s a good time to make friends with loss and grief. Susan cautions us, “now you can start to build but don’t rebuild what you’ve just destroyed.” Susan offers writing prompts, recommendations for stones, flower essences and rituals to support the energies of the month. Tune in to hear about how we can center in love and move harmoniously in the autumn season. Here are some important dates: September 28, 2019 New Moon in Libra October 3, 2019 Pluto Stations Direct October 13, 2019 Full Moon in Aries October 27, 2019 New Moon Scorpio
In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with fungi farmer and herbalist Rae Hart of Ground Culture about trust, deep listening and working with the magic of mushrooms. Rae Hart is a fungi farmer, registered nurse, herbalist, artist and beetender who is dedicated to community health and regenerative agriculture. She is the founder of Ground Culture, a women-owned, community-supported mushroom farm on Sauvie Island in Portland, Oregon. Rae also serves as the apothecary manager, herbal clinician and mentor at the People’s Health Clinic of Portland, a free integrative health resource for those living at the crossroads of economic injustice and other systemic oppressions. Rae shares her story of leaving a career in nursing to grow medicine on the land. We discuss connection with plant allies, working with intuition and the wisdom of darkness. We also talk about the unique transition time we find ourselves in on the planet and the ways in which fungi reveal solutions. We also talk about: Rest as activism Dealing with jealousy as we uncover our gifts Relearning how to grow things Reciprocal relationships Breaking down barriers with delight
A lunar forecast for August 30 - September 28, 2019 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. This moon cycle is a time for rooting into our daily life as we enter Virgo season. We have the opportunity to detox our habits and cleanse stuck areas so we can be of greater service. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about examining our daily work and health habits and finding the sacred within the mundane. She reminds us, “our body is our temple, our body is our home.” She encourages us to take stock of what has blossomed over the summer and digest what we’ve learned. It’s a good time to apply common sense to systems in our life and work. It’s also a good time to pay attention to our relationships and make sure our responsibilities feel balanced. Susan offers recommendations for stones, flower essences and practices to aid in working with healthy boundaries, protection and healing. Tune in to hear about how we can tune into our intuition and engage with practical magic.
Learn about the urgent stand for Mauna Kea with Native Hawaiian water protector Pua Case. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with Native Hawaiian and Wimea resident Pua Case who is currently on Mauna Kea with her family and community working to protect their sacred mountain from desecration. Since July 17th 2019, thousands of protectors have gathered at the base of the mountain to peacefully block the road leading to the proposed construction site. In this episode, Pua shares her urgent update about the threat to Mauna Kea. We talk about standing for the sacred, the spirit of place, the importance of traditional ceremonies and building a nation. Pua also shares some specific ways that you can help support the movement. Pua Case is a former elementary school teacher and lifelong water protector who was raised on the slopes of Mauna Kea. Along with her community, she has been working to protect the mountain from a 10-year, $1.3 billion 30 meter telescope project has been proposed on the Northern Plateau of Mauna Kea, where there are already 13 telescopes. Pua says, “the Mauna has brought us together…make no mistake that we are building a nation here.” She explains, “this mountain is not just the most sacred for Hawai'i but all of the Pacific…and the mountain says to us that from me is a connection to mountains around the world and we hold this vibration of the earth together.” We also talk about: Why the TMT telescope project does not meet legal criteria for construction The discipline and commitment of Kapu Aloha The top three ways to support the #protectmaunakea movement Music in this episode is from Hawane Rios’s new album “Kū Kia‘i Mauna – Together We Rise” which was released on the four year anniversary of the powerful frontline stand to protect Mauna Kea. Her music is available to purchase on iTunes or via her website hawanerios.com.
A lunar forecast for July 31 - August 20, 2019 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. This moon cycle is a time for growing authentic confidence as we enter Leo season. We have the opportunity to alchemize our past experiences and turn them into gold. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about working with sun energy and tapping into love as our powersource. She reminds us that it’s a sweet season to feel joy and be fully present. She encourages us to turn to breath practices to access more life force energy and embrace enthusiasm, positivity and expansion. At the same time, she encourages us to ask,” What did I learn about boundaries these past few months?” Susan offers a flower essence, writing prompts and crystal ally for this sun-powered month. Tune in to hear about how we can access natural confidence and move from the heart.