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 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
A lunar forecast for June 13 - July 12, 2018 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. “Keep a cool head and a warm heart.” - Susan Lipshutz This moon cycle it's time to keep a clear mind and embrace the questions. We need to stay open and level-headed as we work to bridge the mind and the heart. In this episode of #moonwise podcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about how to bridge the mind and heart and stay curious in our interactions with others. We will have access to new levels of communication and be able to put words to felt experience. She reminds us to notice the difference between resistance and curiosity. "What are we saying no to?" How can we allow for vulnerability and be comfortable with not knowing all the answers? She also reminds us that in this period of embodied communication, we need to ask, "is something getting lost in translation?" She shares tips on how to steady our thoughts and recommends a lovely flower essence to work with this month. Tune in to hear about this month's opportunities to slow down and ask questions as we examine our thoughts and motivations and upgrade our perceptions about life.
Learn about herbs, alchemy and elemental eating with food educators Summer Ashley and Sarah Kate of The Kosmic Kitchen. “Our deepest act of love as humans is to nourish each other.” - Sarah Kate In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with herbal food educators Summer Ashley and Sarah Kate of The Kosmic Kitchen about herbs, alchemy and food as medicine. The Kosmic Kitchen was born out of a friendship. Sarah and Summer met when sewing the seeds for a community garden. It was there that they discovered herbalism, and the plants’ incredible capacity to heal. Their goal is to make kitchen herbalism accessible to all, so that everyone can have a connection to the plants. In our conversation, Summer and Sarah talk about their own healing journeys from chronic illness to health by trusting their intuition and the healing power of plants. They remind us how sacred each meal can be and why making your food beautiful is part of the medicine. They share tips on spiking everyday foods with herbs and why a daily practice of healthy meals can do more than any pill or potion. “We have Mother Earth to provide us with these plants that are their own beings and they have their own stories and things that they want to share with us. And if we really listen to that and can be part of that experience, it can be such a rich experience and also a deeper healing,” says Sarah Kate. We also talk about: How plants can bring people into our lives The power of adaptogenic herbs Fun recipes for herb-infused summer drinks The benefits of chia seeds Finding joy in good preparation and cooking Trusting our intuition for health
A lunar forecast for May 15 - June 13, 2018 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. “Stability and change is an inside job.” - Susan Lipshutz This moon cycle it's time to work with change, let go of fear and grow your dreams. We've outgrown something and as we experience shifts this month, it's best to tune into the Earth and our inner landscape for stability. In this episode of #moonwise podcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about how to become changemakers for ourselves and the collective. It's a time of reinvention when we can release fear and manifest what we really care about. She says, “the story is going to change, there’s a new Earth story in play.” She reminds us not to get too attached to the physical world but to embrace a sense of inner security. She asks, "What have we gotten attached to? What would I feel lost without?" She reminds us to "look for the hidden gems within." She shares tips on how to connect with nature as well as flower essences and stones to work with during the month. Tune in to hear about this month's opportunities to reinvent our inner and outer landscapes and build our dreams.
Learn how to reclaim your time and attention and create balance with your phone use with herbalist and folk healer Sophia Rose. "The moment that your phone starts to detract from lived experience is the moment to make a different choice." - Sophia Rose In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with herbalist and folk healer Sophia Rose about technological hygiene and her thoughts on connection in the digital age. Sophia Rose is a woman who listens closely to the singing of the Earth’s Spirit and shares the beauty of all that she hears in her work with plants and people. She’s the force behind La Abeja Herbs and Garden Party, a revolutionary take on online herbal education. In our conversation, we get real about our collective addiction to smartphones and discuss the urgent need for more balance in our use of technology. She offers practical tips for reclaiming our time and attention as well as strategies for decolonizing our minds. She reminds us that, "Our awareness and internal space is sacred and must remain sovereign." She says that our use of these technologies "needs to feel optional. It needs to feel like something that is bringing you joy and adding to your experience rather than taking you out of it." Afterall, "communication should be happening at the speed of life and not the other way around." We also talk about: How our brains are shaped by technology / Tips for reducing smart phone use / Managing subconscious messages from social media / How to cultivate more spaciousness in daily life / The importance of net neutrality
A lunar forecast for April 15 - May 15, 2018 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. "I can't stay where I was before. I can't live how I lived before." - Susan Lipshutz This moon cycle it's time to invest in yourself and engage with power. An inner fire is lighting the way for the magic and alchemy of growth. In this episode, Susan talks about how to move through obstacles fueled by the desire to do things differently. She says, "How are you engaging or running away from your power?" She reminds us that "growth is a miracle. We don't know which seeds are really going to come up. We don't know when we're dreaming something and calling it in, how is it really going to come forward?" She shares tips on how to create a vision bowl for spring as well as practices for connecting with the earth. She also recommends three flower essences to work with during the month. Tune in to hear about this month's opportunities to restructure our roots so a new archetype of empowerment can grow.
Learn about the healing power of sound and how to find your sacred voice with musician Alexa Sunshine Rose. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with musician Alexa Sunshine Rose about her creative process, the healing power of sound and how to find your sacred voice. After witnessing the transformative power of music in a healing ceremony, Alexa asked for music to come through her, to assist in the healing of the earth and all beings. She began to receive songs the next day. Since then she has recorded three albums and various side projects and tours the U.S. frequently. Her sound has been described as a mixture of west coast folk and kirtan and evokes a state of prayer and blessing no matter how you define it. In our conversation, we talk about the co-creative process of receiving songs and how we all can tune into the healing song that we need. She addresses the realities of being a mother and an artist and why music is even more powerful when shared. Alexa reminds us that "music is of mutual benefit to the giver and the receiver." She also shares advice for someone who wants to be a song carrier. She says, " find what moves you and get inside it." We also talk about: The healing power of sound vibrations / Why we should all pay attention to the music we consume / Singing for survival / Songs of devotion for the elements / Her upcoming West Coast tour
A lunar forecast for March 17 - April 15, 2018 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. "We all have something that breaks us open...and as we search for the pieces, all along the way we find out who we are. - Susan Lipshutz This moon cycle it's time to clean up and let go. Life is stirring under the soil and dead leaves and branches must be cleared to make way for new growth. As we each approach spring, think about what needs to die so that something can live. In this episode, Susan talks about how to spring clean your psyche and master healing through action. She says, "think about the seeds you want to plant" and she reminds us that in our quest for mastery, we should ask ourselves, "do you want to be a master of pain or a master of love?" She shares tips on how to do a spring grief ritual and recommends four flower essences to work with this season. She also talks about why some people may feel irritated or angry in the spring and how best to prep for Mercury Retrograde. Tune in to hear about this month's opportunities for release and inner cleansing in preparation for a fertile and fruitful spring.
Learn how to feed your creativity through a unique approach to yoga for women with renowned teacher and author Uma Dinmore-Tuli. "I don't want anything to do with that cosmic spell that says this is how women should be, because it's just rubbish, it's just not true." - Uma Dinmore-Tuli In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with renowned teacher and author Uma Dinmore-Tuli about her unique approach to yoga designed especially for women's bodies and life experiences from youth to old age. Uma met yoga in 1969, at the age of four, and fell in love. But after many years of studying and teaching traditional methods, she found herself frustrated with a system that was primarily designed by men and for men. She began to explore practices that could better support women's bodies, hearts and minds at all ages. She now teaches women's yoga around the world and has authored four books on the topic, including the massive Yoni Shakti. In our conversation, we talk about Uma's definition of a womb and why it's such an important space for creativity. She reminds us, "our bodies are the earth" and "the womb space is connected to water and earth, that's why it's so creative." We discuss the unique historical moment we're in as women and how the resurgence of ancient feminine wisdom has been facilitated through social media. We talk about surrender as the ultimate act of courage and our hopes for future generations of girls. We also talk about: Working with life force energy at any age / Why traditional yoga may be depleting for women / How to avoid yoga injuries in the post-natal period / The connection of womb and climate awareness / Living shame free for our daughters
A lunar forecast for February 15 - March 17, 2018 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. "Wake up from the spells, have a sense of self-determination, be uniquely you." - Susan Lipshutz This moon cycle, we find ourselves on the threshold of change with an opportunity to elevate our consciousness with a solar eclipse and an Aquarius new moon. How are your beliefs and thoughts supporting or hindering you at this time? What thoughts are you feeding? Susan talks about clearing mental illusion and shares tips for relieving the anxiety or pressure that we may be feeling at this time. She says, "everything is broken about our world and we've got to be radical in our thoughts about how we create new realities." She reminds us, "now that we know it's broken, it's awesome because we're liberated by what's possible." At the end of the episode, Susan also shares a simple crystal exercise you can do to access higher possibilities. Tune in to hear about this month's opportunities to break the mold, step into your choice and rewrite your agreements.