37. Ancestral Legacies, Lost Cultures, & Personal Mythmaking - Janelle Hardy

The stories that call to us, the ancestors who live in us, the cultures that are lost to us, and so much more...

IN THE INTRO:

  • Self care and energy hygiene for sensitive types

  • Ancestral languages

  • Elderberry magic

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Making peace with our names, the legacy of patriarchal naming, changing names, prehistoric kinship ties, and pondering how our most ancient ancestors chose names

  • Spectral visitations from the grandfather who died before Janelle was born

  • Rootlessness, and what is lost when people set out on their own and leave their land and people behind

  • How our ancestors live in us, even when we can't claim their culture as our own

  • Language as a gateway to the ancestors

  • Megalithic monuments and the transition from hunting and gathering to farming in Europe

  • Starting a podcast

  • Knowing whose land you're living on

  • The ancient tales we're drawn to

  • Diving deep into embodiment and creativity

  • The profound inner and outer journey of Personal Mythmaking

  • Navigating the world as a Highly Sensitive Person and empath- "I need a lot of self care to be connected to my deep self"

  • Biodynamic craniosacral therapy, somatic experiencing, and other coping mechanisms/self care

  • Chronic trauma responses and nervous system stuckness

  • The more ephemeral cultural transmissions: textiles, fiber arts, music, dance, cooking, etc.

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36. Magic Makes Us Human & Plants Keep Us Rooted- Rebecca Altman

How strategic inefficiency can make us more efficient, knowing your personality type, and being deeply rooted in place.

IN THE INTRO:

  • What time can do (my recent family emergency)

  • Ancestral Lineage Healing

  • Lion's mane mushroom & hawthorn berry medicine

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • How the journey through grief, depression, and getting on and then getting off 5 different pharmaceuticals at once led Rebecca to herbalism

  • Meeting the spirit of a place/seeing your home with new eyes

  • Sexy desert plants: creosote (chaparral/Larrea) & ocotillo

  • Where there is no word for magic because it's just a normal part of life & why believing in magic makes us human

  • The West's missing rites of initiation & why we have such a hard time adulting

  • Realizing that no one else is going to tell you that you belong, that you have the gift, that you are magical

  • The humoural approach to herbalism & healing: why knowing your personal balance of temperaments (sanguine, choleric, meloncholic, and phlegmatic) can help you to know yourself better

  • The debilitating cultural preference/lie embedded in The Hero's Journey 

  • The virtues of working inefficiently

  • A practice to get you rooted and step you back inside yourself: reconnecting to what we cut off in order to get things done quicker & better

  • Root medicine: shatavari & ashwaganda

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25. Self Attunement & the New Myths We're Making - Maia Toll

Herbalism is vast, the second song of a plant, a powerful stone medicine story, and more...

Maia Toll spent a life-changing year apprenticed to a traditional medicine woman in Ireland. She mentors spiritual wellness seekers, practitioners, and teachers through her online program, The Medicine Keepers Collective, and is the founder and owner of Herbiary, a natural products store with locations in Asheville, North Carolina, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Maia has taught botanical medicine at West Chester University and at the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research in the Peruvian jungle. She lectures at hospitals, universities, and herbal conferences and runs her own Deep Magic Retreat in the North Carolina mountains during the witchy twilight of autumn. She blogs to an international following at maiatoll.com and lives in Asheville, North Carolina.   

In the Intro:

  • Coming into relationship with nature

  • Become a kitchen witch

  • Herbalism is vast

In the Interview:

  • The layers within

  • A fantastical Herbal 

  • Opening to the second song of a plant 

  • How a health problem, an unraveling life, and a dream message set Maia on the plant path 

  • Apprenticing to a medicine woman in Ireland 

  • When having a diagnosis isn’t helpful

  • Deep self attunement for stopping illness before it becomes too big

  • A major weakness herbalists face when we’re ill 

  • The Healing Relationship

  • Stone medicine & a story of healing with morganite 

  •  How we create the sacred 

  • A meaningful swan sighting, union & transformation, and the myth of Caer

  • We talk about how neither of us wanted to get married and now we’re both wives, and also the stories of our wedding rings

Links:

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19. Reclaiming Kitchen Wisdom & Ancestral Healing - Darla Antoine

Calling in the grandmothers! The more dependent we are on the industrialized food system- and the more entranced we are by diet culture- the further removed we are from our ancestors. Food is a bridge between the land, our bodies, and those whose bodies we come from.

Darla Antoine is a mixed race Okanagan tribal member, ancestral activist and healer, mother and accidental homesteader in the high mountains of Costa Rica. Darla helps mixed-race and mixed-culture seekers become rooted into place and lineage by combining her master's degree in food and culture, ancestral healing and her own experiences as a mixed race woman and expat.

In the Intro:

  • My unexpected, super transformative, podcast hiatus: shingles and a family emergency

  • Fat is love (and an absolutely necessary nutrient for the brain & every single cell in the body)

  • Giveaway!

In the Interview:

  • Ancestry that’s deeply embedded in the land

  • The Grandmother Hypothesis

  • How diet culture keeps us separated from our ancestors

  • Disordered eating & how the fear of fat is pushing us away from what it means to be human

  • To learn about your ancestor’s lives, look below the level of empire (& what that means)

  • Reclaiming kitchen wisdom as an act of resistance against the dominant, patriarchal, industrial food system

  • The medicine that people of mixed race are bringing to the world right now

  • Dreams as guideposts

  • A mythic matriarchal dreamscape

  • Charting serendipity: When you’re in the right story, nothing doesn’t fit

Links:

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17. True Holistic Healing: Bridging Plant & Human Consciousness - Sajah Popham

The vital intelligence of nature is the force behind all growth, healing, and renewal, and our work as plant healers deepens greatly when we can match whole plants with whole people living inside the dynamic multiverse of the whole cosmos. 

One of the most common stumbling block upon the path of the budding herbalist is the this-herb-for-that-ailment approach to plant medicine. If you ever catch yourself asking "What's this plant good for?" then this mind blowing episode, and my guest Sajah's FREE online video course (which changed my life forever last year by deepening my understanding of what true healing is), is for you:

 Vitalist Herbalism Mini Course

Sajah Popham, founder of Organic Unity and The School of Evolutionary Herbalism, is a student of the universal truths found within both ancient and modern herbal traditions from around the world. The focus of his work is on integrating ancient teachings for a new paradigm of plant medicine, one that is truly holistic in its honoring of the spirit, energetics, and body of both people and plants. His unique synthesis bridges herbalism not only east and west, but north and south, above and below, into a universal philosophy that encompasses Ayurveda, western alchemy and spagyrics, astrology, clinical herbalism, and modern pharmacology. 

Sajah’s vitalist approach utilizes plants not only for physiological healing and rejuvenation, but for the evolution of consciousness, for a truly holistic practice of plant medicine. Sajah’s teachings embody a heartfelt respect, honor and reverence for the vast intelligence of plants in a way that empowers us to look deeper into the nature of our medicines and ourselves. He lives in southern Oregon with his wife Whitney where he teaches at his school, makes spagyric medicines, and practices his art.

In the Intro:

  • The way in which most of us (including me) are called to the plant path

  • It's time to remember who we are

  • The multidimensional medicine of Calendula

  • What I do when I want to remember new information forever

  • How understanding the ancient idea of vitalism changed my approach to plant healing

In the Interview:

  • The real definition of holistic medicine (it's probably not what you think it is)

  • Approaching plant relationships the way we approach human relationships

  • Why a balanced approach to herbal learning includes intellect, intuition, science, tradition, personal experience, and the experiences of others

  • The best way to get to know a plant

  • The two words that Sajah saw in a newspaper while clearing tables at a coffee shop job and how they changed his life forever

  • The role synchronicity played in introducing Sajah to one of his most beloved plant allies

  • Alchemy- the wholeness of the plant and the wholeness of the person integrated into the wholeness of the cosmos, and the importance using plants for the psyche and spirit as well as for the physical

  • Mythic astrology, the archetypes of the zodiac, and plants as bridges connecting our internal microcosm to the celestial macrocosm

  • Lung herbs and grief

  • Ancient ancestral resonances and the memory we carry in our DNA

  • The vitalist approach to herbalism- “something that is created by the whole is going to be more intelligent than something created by the part”

  • Plants mentioned include oregon grape root, devils club, wood betony, ceanothus, osha, and mullein

Show Notes:

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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9. Know Thyself: Weaving Myth & Magic Into Everyday Life - Ariella Daly

Here's the secret about magic: it's not elusive, it's not hard to find, and it's everywhere. Magic happens when we follow the mythic threads that call to our soul and travel ever deeper into ourselves. We court magic when we take our inner yearnings seriously- by paying attention to dreams, symbols, old stories, ancestry, etc.-  and more & more meaning and synchronicity become woven into the fabric of our daily lives.

Ariella is a beekeeper, musician, and storyteller.  A student of the Path of Pollen, she has studied honey bee shamanism and the way of the Melissae for the past 8 years in the United Kingdom. She developed an interested in earth wisdom at an early age, creating her first herb garden and herbal remedies at the age of 15.  Plant lore and an affinity for traditional folk music led her to study the myth and folk wisdom of her Celtic ancestry.  As a result, she has over 25 years experience designing, leading, and participating in Celtic and earth-based practices and ceremony.  She believes in the power of body as guide and nature as ally, and is committed to fostering relationships between the human and non-human world.  She employs her skills with group facilitation in a number of workshops and classes focused on beekeeping, dreamwork, and women's embodied wisdom.  

In the Intro:

  • Dreamwork

  • Me, my birthday, my dead mom, & something meaningful that happened

  • Herb Learnin’- the myth of precise dosage

  • Finding plant resonances

In the Interview:

  • The beautiful stories behind the meaning of Ariella’s name

  • How the tales her father told her as a child planted a seed that started Ari following the mythic threads of her Celtic ancestry a decade later and inspired many pilgrimages to her ancestral countries

  • Reclaiming the lost indigenous and women’s wisdom from your line

  • The grief of displacement and how our animal bodies recognize our ancestral homelands

  • Ariella’s devastating miscarriage and the lessons and healing that followed (including how her lost daughter brought the bees into her life) and how our biggest traumas are what we weave our gold out of

  • Ari’s initiation into ancestral, shamanic beekeeping

  • Folklore & magic of place: that feeling when the fae folk/spirits of the land appear and offer you entrance to the Otherworld as you’re standing at midnight on a sacred hill at Glastonbury that centuries of lore say is a powerful portal (a true story)

  • Raven meaning & medicine

  • Spontaneous, heart-opening healing: “the piece of me that left came back in”

  • “My whole life has been led by listening to the animals and plants”

  • Embodying your ancestry through story, music, the land

  • How to study and work with Ari

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7. The Motherline: Embodied Ancestry & Feminine Magic - Lara Veleda Vesta

The scrolls are in our bones, and an embodied relationship with our ancestors can bring countless rewards and reveal things a merely intellectual path cannot. Through myth, ritual, and creative expression we can remember the feminine magic of our grandmothers and reap their blessings.

Lara Veleda Vesta is an artist, writer, and educator with strong, well tended ties to her Northern European ancestors. Her works and offerings focus on folk spirituality, archaic magic, mythology, ritual, and women’s remembrance. Our conversation runs deep and meanders from the cultural legacy of the burning times to the language of symbol to the nature of fate to the illusion of linear time and its effect on our modern lives to mold toxicity to snake medicine. And so much more!

-In the Intro:

Garden Party Giveaway!

The status of the podcast

Healing the Witch Wound

Herbal Tip: plant recognition & the human brain

 

-In the Interview:

The Motherline- intergenerational trauma, we’re all descended from survivors, and we are never separate from our ancestors

“Things are real and not real simultaneously”

Ancestral connection as an embodied path: connecting with the ancestors via direct information from your intuition, art, and ritual

The scrolls are in our bones: the ancestral dream that changed my life

Listening to the language of symbol

Hyndla- goddess of the bloodlines (let's bring her back!)

The woven web of Wyrd- the matrix of existence

Fate is interactive, time is non-linear, everything is happening simultaneously

The Disir- support, guidance, and blessings from the sacred grandmothers of your lineage

Go sit on your ancestors graves (for real tho)

Collapsing time and shifting consciousness 

How linear time separates us from nature, the ancestors, myth, and indigenous ways of knowing

"Get off the grid of your thinking"

The multiplicity of reasons you are never alone

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, mold toxicity, and invisible disabilities

Disregarding cultural expectations: exhaustion, trauma, and illness in women (especially at midlife)

The ancient Northern myth of Golveig- “Thrice burned and yet she lives”- and what it can teach us about feminine power, magic, surviving patriarchy, and healing after pain and trauma

Snake medicine & feminine magic

 

-Links:

Lara’s website

The Wild Soul School

Lara’s Patreon

Max Dashu and The Suppressed Histories Archives

Jung and the Ancestors by Sandra Easter

My blog post Ancestral Voices, Women's Weariness, & the Illusion of Linear Time

The New Midlife Crisis for Women on Oprah.com

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2. Lost Lineages & Ever Evolving Lore - Milla Prince

As people and communities move and change with time, stories evolve and lineages are lost. But information always goes where it needs to in order to survive and resurface again when needed. Ancestral stories can guide us on our paths, and lost lineages can be remembered.

Milla Prince is an herbalist, writer, and teacher who moved from Finland, where she had been deeply immersed since childhood in ancestral plant lore from that intact tradition, to the west coast of America about 10 years ago. Her blog, newsletter, Instagram account, Fireweed & Nettle herbal medicines, and The Cauldron zine reach tens of thousands of people each month. But I knew her when... and we talk about how funny that when was, as well as touching on a large range of other topics.

We talk about:

  • The unexpected internet subculture that first brought us together

  • Bear lore and the myth that spans the northern lands and shapes Milla’s online identity

  • Baba Yaga arising in the collective consciousness right now

  • The dream that guided Milla to change her work in the world

  • The circuitous paths we take when finding ourselves

  • Ancestral medicine & being indigenous to a place

  • Cultural appropriation as a symptom of spiritual longing

  • #witch #ancestry #medicine and mimetic expression online (evolving lore!)

  • The trauma of the burning times

  • Working with ancestral lines that are lost to you

Links:

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