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.
A lunar forecast for February 4 - March 6, 2019 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. This moon cycle it's time to expand our thinking. We have the opportunity to open up our vision of the future and explore a new sense of identity. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about embracing curiosity as we modify and upgrade our consciousness. We have the chance to create new networks for collaboration and innovation and infuse our goals with new ideas of what’s possible. She asks, “How do you view your self identity?" She urges us to observe our thinking and review our January intentions with a sense of positive anarchy. She reminds us to tend daily to our inner flame and be aware of the waters you’re taking into your body. She recommends a New Moon/Imbolc ritual for activating your wellness and inspiration for spring. We also talk about some herbs and crystals that can be helpful guides this month. Tune in to hear to hear about this rebellious and innovative month that urges us to dream a new self into being.
In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with entrepreneur Eileen Rosete about running a sacred feminine business. We talk about her path from working with trauma survivors to creating an lifestyle brand that has become a movement to honor women. We discuss divine timing, motherhood and how we can all work to write the feminine back into our collective story. We also talk about: Following the spark of inspiration How men can support the feminine Why the process is an important as the outcome Trauma-sensitive healing work
A lunar forecast for January 5 - February 4, 2019 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month and a look at the vibration for the year 2019. The doing is not only the achievement on the outer level, it’s the inner level.” - Susan Lipshutz This moon cycle it's time to release what’s not working so we can start to build. We have the opportunity to align with our inner values and create the container and structure we need for true liberation. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about showing up with discipline and dedication while also embracing the happiness and creativity present in vibration of 2019, which is a 3 year. We have the chance to mobilize from a place of self love and bring joy to our work. She says, it’s a time to “get serious about what we care about” and observe and even plan for your obstacles. She asks, “What is it time for? What is it time to let go of?” She reminds us that “there’s an inner elder in all of us” that can be called on to move toward our soul’s purpose. She urges us to pay attention to what is dragging our energy and confront our fear of failure. She emphasizes that mastery is largely achieved by “showing up every single day.” Tune in to hear the additional questions and writing prompts that Susan shares to assist you in setting your goals and intentions for this coming year.
Learn about about the power of vulnerability and remembering the voices of the ancestors with Kontomble Voice Diviner Liv Mokai Wheeler. “The connection with spirit and the people, it’s never stopped.” - Liv Mokai Wheeler In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with Kontomble Voice Diviner Liv Mokai Wheeler about the power of vulnerability and hearing the voices of the ancestors. Liv Mokai Wheeler is an international ritual facilitator and voice of the “little people.” She trained and apprenticed for 8 years with Malidoma Some and has gone through several initiations that have enabled her to speak in the tongue of the Kontomble. She tours the world facilitating ritual reminding people of their true nature, which is deeper than our modern selves would have us believe. She recently published her book “With the Love of the Ancients” available on Amazon. We talk about waking up to the call of the ancestors and how women can rise to truly support each other. Liv reminds us,”all of us come from some tribe or some village.” She says, “we need to retrace our steps in order to walk forward with clarity of purpose.” We also talk about jealousy, envy and shame along the path to our callings. Liv explains, “people are really aching to remember why we’re here in the first place.” We also talk about: Longing for true sisterhood Coming out as a spiritual person Hearing the voice of the ancients Waking up to our calling
A lunar forecast for December 7 - January 5, 2018 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. “A lot moves deep within what appears to be still.” - Susan Lipshutz This moon cycle it's time for pragmatic optimism as we enter the darkness of winter. We have the opportunity to return to our inner knowing and cultivate the light within. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about this uplifting time when we turn our gaze skyward. She reminds us to look beyond the everyday and gain inspiration from the bigger picture. We have the chance to examine the patterns that we don’t want to take into the new year. She says, “start by telling yourself the truth.” She advises us to look at the night sky as much as possible and work with inner and outer light. Susan also recommends some beautiful Winter Solstice rituals and practices for honoring our connection to the stars and our faith in mystery. Tune in to hear about this month's opportunities to pierce illusions, own our inner light and enter the new year with joy.
Learn about radical self care and making wellness accessible to communities of color with Mariam Mouna of I See You Wellness. “Radical self care is dropping the ball and choosing you, constantly at all times, not matter what. That is radical.” - Mariam Mouna In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with reiki healer and wellness entrepreneur Mariam Mouna about making wellness accessible to communities of color. Mariam (or Mar for short) is a native of Marrakech, Morocco living and loving in Brooklyn, New York. She is the founder and creative director of I See You Wellness—a wellness and lifestyle brand that exists to empower communities of color through accessible wellness and radical self care. We talk about her journey from corporate America to creating a brand of soul care products infused with magic. We discuss why homogenous portrayals of wellness is harmful for us all and how we can begin to free ourselves from internal messages that hold us back. Mariam shares her own favorite self care practices as well as her perspective on the power of affirmations. She reminds us that words are spells. She says, “when were mindful of what we say, then we can cast spells that we actually want.” Be sure to stay tuned to the end of the episode when Mariam guides us in a beautiful meditation. If you’d like to skip ahead to experience that, it will be around minute 45 of this episode. We also talk about: Following pleasure to your calling / Words as spells / Separating self care from capitalism / Changing the way we talk to ourselves / Redefining meditation
A lunar forecast for November 7 - December 6, 2018 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. “What lies beneath the surface?” - Susan Lipshutz This moon cycle it's time to trust ourselves as we dive deep into the waters of Scorpio. It’s a time of transformation in which we can free ourselves from old wounds, connect with our underlying motives and move into a new sense of self worth. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about witnessing ourselves as we feel into the dark. She says, “we know it’s time for change and we know it’s time to live differently but try not to go into action too quickly.” She reminds us that something has changed forever but we’re not sure what, so we need to take our time. She advises us all to stay humble and trust that we will understand these shifts later. Tune in to hear about this month's opportunities to listen deeply, unwind from old patterns and know ourselves in a new way.
Learn about creating space to feed your authentic magic with women’s empowerment coach Sarah Jenks. “Sometimes who we are feels so big and so overwhelming but we have to choose it, we have to choose us.” - Sarah Jenks In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with life coach, emotional eating expert and sacred space holder Sarah Jenks about creating space to feed your authentic magic. Sarah Jenks is a life coach, emotional eating expert and sacred space holder. She is mother to 3 children and proprietress of Hawthorn Farm, a 23 acre farm and retreat center in Medfield, Massachusetts. She has created a number of online programs that help women remember their wild, authentic and sacred selves, including Live More Weigh Less and Whole Woman. We talk about finding freedom from emotional eating, treating our bodies as sacred temples and creating a life that is aligned with who we really are. Sarah says, “the real issue is women are just so exhausted pretending to be someone that they’re not.” She reminds us that “we’ve been living our whole lives thinking that we’re just normal, magic-less bodies and it’s all being revealed to us if we’re willing to see it, how magical we are.” We also talk about: Nourishing our sacred hunger Coming out as magical beings Letting go of the need to perform and please Releasing the idea of “sameness as safety” Embracing diversity in motherhood styles Working with the four elements Giving ourselves permission to rest
A lunar forecast for October 8 - November 7 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month with a special emphasis on Venus Retrograde. “We have to move how love compels…the love that is the depth of our being.” - Susan Lipshutz This moon cycle it's time to look at what is in and out of balance and examine the integrity of our relationships. Venus, the goddess of love compels us to take an inventory of what we’ve learned and use that information to reclaim our power. In this episode of #moonwise podcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about the Venus Retrograde cycle and how we can use it to gain inspiration and become our own muse. It’s a time to ask, “where have we over-accommodated for others?” Our relationships are a mirror of what’s in and out of balance within ourselves. Susan explains that this Venus Retrograde provides an opportunity to grieve and cleanse our relationship with intimacy, money, worth, body image and goals. She says, “we need to find ourselves again.” Tune in to hear about this month’s opportunities to connect with our divine feminine essence and engage in a fearless inquiry about power and the passion in our hearts.
Learn about world changing sex and reawakening feminine pleasure with author and 'vaginapractor' Kimberly Ann Johnson. “Get out of the therapy office and get into your bedroom and get really honest and real moment by moment about what’s going on.” - Kimberly Ann Johnson In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, author and ‘vaginapractor’ Kimberly Ann Johnson talks about about the intention and purpose of sex and how we can move beyond physical sex into embodied spiritual sex. Kimberly Ann Johnson is the founder of the holistic women's health collective MagaMama. She serves as a birth doula, a certified sexological bodyworker and somatic experiencing practitioner. After her own birth injury and difficult post-partum period, she studied women’s pelvic health and developed a private practice that has helped hundreds of women around the world to heal from trauma around sex and birth. We talk about the role that shame and guilt play in our cultural programming around sexuality and how we can begin to free ourselves from those harmful messages. Kimberly encourages everyone to slow down during sex. She says that slow sex is radical sex because it allows us to access our transformative potential. She explains, “slowing down is where new possibilities live.” She reminds us that “arousal energy is activation energy. So we have to build our capacity to hold energy.” Instead of focusing on a specific goal around sexual experiences, she urges us to ask, “what am I exploring? What parts of myself do I get to know better through erotic energy?” We also talk about: Alchemical sexual power Authentic communication during sex Self-generated feminine energy Toxic masculinity in men and women Infertility and low libido The #metoo movement Exploratory sex as preparation for childbirth
A lunar forecast for September 9 - October 8, 2018 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. This moon cycle it's time to look at what we've grown over the summer and step forward into our calling. Virgo, the practical mystic, will help us during this moon cycle to do some deep cleaning inside and out. Take time to examine your everyday routines, health and self care. In this episode of #moonwise podcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about getting in sync with our inner and outer selves as we review who we've become and how we spend our daily lives. She says that we need to ask ourselves, "when do I get trapped in my own cage?" and then realize that the keys are right there for us to gain release. She emphasizes the healing aspect of Virgo as it aids us in clearing our systems. She asks, "what is it inside you that is valuable to harvest?" Susan explains that this moon cycle is a time to take ownership, recommit and don't be afraid of your passions. She recommends getting grounded, walking barefoot and feeling the earth as much as possible. Tune in to hear about this month's opportunities to heal the body, step into service and own your life.
Learn about post-partum depression as an underworld initiation with MoonWise podcast host Dorothée Sophie Royal. "Human beings need time and space to grieve, grow, and blossom." - Dorothée Sophie Royal In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Dorothée Sophie Royal speaks about grief and her own personal experience with post-partum depression as an underworld initiation. Dorothée Sophie Royal is a writer, producer, medicine maker, and mother. She is the founder of MoonTentCo, a space of self care for women of power. She is passionate about reclaiming and reconnecting with the heart of the feminine. She is the host of the monthly #moonwisepodcast and was recently selected as one of fifty women for #50WomenCan Change the World in Media and Entertainment. In this episode, she shares her healing path through post-partum depression and anxiety. She talks about the shadow side of new motherhood and the tips and resources she found during her recovery. She says, "I now believe that sometimes depression shows up as the soul's way of working through grief and transition at its own pace. I ultimately view it as a blessing and something I am grateful for. Because what I met in that underworld reshaped me completely. I uncovered in the dark my primal will to survive, the strength beneath my weakness, the dark mother of grief who turns our tears into rain."
A lunar forecast for August 11 - September 9, 2018 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. “A fire has been started, how are you going to keep it alive?” - Susan Lipshutz This moon cycle it's time to make a deep sacred heart commitment to yourself and what you really care about. We need to remember that power requires personal responsibility so walk carefully with intention as you plant seeds for the future. In this episode of #moonwise podcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about tending the sacred flame in our heart as we reach the completion of a powerful three eclipse cycle. She says, “we have to tend the sacred fire of our heart or it will go out. If we let it go without any discernment or containment, it will burn up everything. So how do we walk with that? How do we balance that?” She explains that it's a time to create an oath to our personal value systems and plant seeds for the future. She says, "leave room for mystery always, always, always. Leave room for the sign and symbols to speak to us.” Tune in to hear about this month's opportunities to tap into our inner fire, align with our truth and walk with pride.
A special blood moon eclipse/one year anniversary special featuring a meditation practice and lunar insights from Susan Lipshutz. The longest eclipse of the century happens on July 27th and it also marks the one year anniversary of the MoonWise podcast! In this episode, we check in with Susan Lipshutz about this powerful eclipse season of self healing. She takes us on a guided meditation and ritual for release that can be practiced in the two weeks surrounding the full blood moon eclipse. As we surrender to the mystery of the shadow, we have the opportunity to reset thoughts and behaviors and also reconnect with meaningful friendships and community. Susan urges us not to isolate and to "remember that you're not alone, your council of elders are with you." She reminds us to collaborate with the moon, "never forget that we are lunar beings as women."
“Your joy matters, it's the greatest strength you have.” - Woman Stands Shining In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with Diné grandmother, activist, artist, and ceremonial leader Woman Stands Shining about joy as strength and remembering our role as women in the sacred hoop of life. Woman Stands Shining is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth, and global healing. She has presented at numerous conferences, events, and indigenous gatherings around the world. She lives in Taos, New Mexico, and hopes all peoples of the earth "can learn from Indigenous experience and re-member themselves and their own birth-right relationship with Mother Earth." Woman Stands Shining draws upon the deep Indigenous sciences of thriving life to reframe inquiries about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, the “Women’s Nation” and the “Men’s Nation” in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life" and upholding the honor of being human. In our conversation, she talks about women's role as visionaries for the community and her powerful experience in the moon lodge. She reminds us that in this time of great transition as a species, we need to listen to the women because they are built to give and receive instructions from Mother Earth about how to be on the planet now. She says, "we need the feminine language again." She urges women to express themselves, "the way you think is needed, your language that's not linear is needed, your emotional content is needed." She also affirms that the role of woman as spiritual conduit transcends cultural differences. She says, "I've put women of every race in moonlodge and the same thing happens to them every single time." We also talk about: Joy as a compass for life, Navigating the dark night of the soul, A woman's body as a spirit gateway, The non-linear nature of the feminine language, How the European witch hunts are connected to the suppression of indigenous peoples, Being a translator of indigenous culture to the modern world