29. Otherworld Openings: When the Ancestors Call

In which I ramble about some of my ancestral resonances, the blocks I've had around exploring parts of my heritage, and what happens when we step through the portal to the Otherworld and let the magic in...

  • When different lineages call- following what pulls me in the moment

  • My deep ancestry in the American south, and the sense of home I feel even though I've never been there

  • Embarrassing confession: my first concert

  • Connecting to our ancestors through music and dance

  • My DNA results, how they've changed over time, and a comparison between the 3 different autosomal tests I've done (Ancestry.com, FamilyTreeDNA, LivingDNA) 

  • The best time to buy a DNA test

  • The 5th great grandparents I just found through Ancestry's cool new feature DNA Circles

  • A killer resource for old books on genealogy & myth/lore

  • Finding the meaning of surnames

  • When the portal to the Otherworld opens

  • A message for you from the archetype of the Seer

   

Links:

My website MythicMedicine.love

Medicine Stories Patreon (podcast bonuses)

The Medicine Stories Facebook group

My fun Which Healing Herb is your Plant Familiar? quiz

Mythic Medicine on Instagram

Music by Mariee Sioux (from her beautiful song Wild Eyes)

Forgotten Books

Ancestry.com's Surname Origins page

The Wildwood Tarot

 My 5th great grandmother, Millie Gilliland, born in North Carolina in 1800

My 5th great grandmother, Millie Gilliland, born in North Carolina in 1800

15. Intuitive Whispers: Deep Memory & Woven Fate

What fate is your intuition calling you toward? Who do you walk with outside of time? With what and with whom are you most deeply interwoven?

This is the story of a flower I fell in love with and what happened when I made an essence with it. It's about intuitive connection with the earth, the ancestors, and your own deep self.

Show Notes:

Episode 4 guest Asia Suler's online Intuitive Plant Medicine course

My blog post Flower Essences are Story Medicine

 

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11. Without a Village: Isolation, Honesty, and the Paradoxes of Modern Motherhood

We evolved raising children in clans of 50 or more other humans; today we live in homes with just a few other people. It goes against our very biology to raise children in isolation. It's really hard and really lonely, and it's not your fault.

In this episode I ramble into the microphone about my parenting journey. I am brutally honest and don't paint a rainbow over everything at the end. If you're already a parent, this episode will comfort you. If you're not and want to be, it'll give you a glimpse of your possible future and also maybe terrify you. If you're not and plan to keep it that way, you'll learn how to support the parents in your life.

I talk about:

  • How our fractured, nuclear family living hurts families and relationships
  • Emotional labor, women's invisible work, and the endless To Do list
  • The very different experiences I had with my daughters, born ten years apart
  • Sleep: I've both co-slept and sleep trained (also- SIDS and entrainment)
  • Realistic self care- does it exist? Kinda. Here's what I do
  • Building community
  • Herbs for mamas & kiddos
  • When does postpartum end?
  • Anxiety & motherhood
  • Choosing not to have kids
  • How the Maiden to Mother transition is different for everyone
  • The bone deep depletion of mothering
  • Being envious of non parents
  • Failing every day 
  • Come gather around this fire with me
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