Rank #1: SSG012 The Power of Names, spiritual permaculture,and other Timeless Women's Magic with Lara Valeda Vesta
For Episode number 12 we are joined by Lara Valeda Vesta, certified celebrant, mother, artist, and author of The Moon Divas Guidebook: Spirited Self-Care for Women in Transition.
In this episode we explore:
• Whats in a name? The power we have to reclaim ourselves and change our destiny by changing our name
• Illness and motherhood as invitations to develop a more authentic relationship to time
• The fertile intersection of permaculture and tantra
To learn more about classes, books, and art by Lara, please visit: www.laravesta.co
The musical enhancement for this episode includes:
“Fara Fin Ya Ye Koba Ye” by Zena (zay-nah) Carlota from the soon to be released album The Confidence of Birds
“Spectrum” by Florence and the Machine
“Song of the Stars” by Dead Can Dance
Oct 11 2017
Rank #2: SSG004 At the Intersection of Tantra, Feminism, and Matriarchy- with Laura Amazzone
For episode number 4 we are joined Yogini, Priestess and Goddess Scholar Laura Amazzone. Laura is the author of the book, "Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power," and has published numerous articles in academic journals and anthologies in the fields of Tantrism, Hinduism and Women’s Spirituality. She has also contributed entries to the Encyclopedia of Hinduism and the Encyclopedia of Goddessses of World Culture.
Laura teaches in the Yoga and Philosophy program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, online at Mystery School of the Goddess and privately, offering classes, rituals, and workshops on the Goddesses, history and ritual practices of the Kaula, Shakta and Tantra traditions into which she has been initiated. In this interview we explore:
• Tantra- what it is and what it is not and how this varies among different lineages we hear about (Shakta, Sri Vidya, Kaula, etc.)
• Star codes and the relationship between Tantric Wisdom Goddesses and the 7 Sisters of the Pleides
• The importance of understanding the historical context of Tantric teaching stories and how Myths have often been taken out of context and used as a means of controlling women and avoiding responsibility
To recieve 40% off Laura’s online course “Mysteries of the Yogini’s” visit
and enter the code “yogini” at checkout
Musical enhancement for this episode includes my own original Sri Devotional coming from practices shared by Mark Whitwell through www.heartofyoga.com, as well as “Find a Better Way” by Aloka from the album “North Star”
Jan 24 2017
Rank #3: SSG014 Trust, Safety, Self Responsibility and Emotional Mastery- With Luna Love
For episode numbered 14, we are joined by women's leadership mentor Luna Love. Luna assists those called to be change makers in achieving clear vision for their lives by providing supportive, life promoting experiences, practical tools, and spiritual wisdom to align ones divine essence, authentic expression, and life purpose through the power of self awareness and love.
In this episode we explore:
• Self care for the professional care provider
• What self responsibility looks like and how self responsibility transforms our emotions and increases our capacity for both sexual and emotional intimacy
• Demystifying our emotions including:
- What emotions are and when, how, and why to fully feel them
- The connection between our feelings and the seasons
- An exploration of the immense value of depression, grief, and loss
To learn more about our guest Luna Love, you can listen to her podcast Ladies Who Lead or explore her other offerings at www.lunaloveleadership.com
Mar 01 2018
Rank #4: SSG006 Psychedelic Grief and Queer Plant Tantra- with Sophia Rose
For Episode number 6 we are joined by Sophia Rose, the master herbalist at the helm of the nomadic apothecary “La Abeja Herbs. Through La Abeja, Sophia creates potent and inspired wild medicines and apothecary goods, holds space for herbal wellness consultations, and teaches classes on topics including women's medicine, folk herbalism, and wild foods. In this episode we explore:
• Ocatillo for Womb Clearing
• The direct correlation between grief and orgasm
• Queer Medicine People- Can plant medicine make you queer?
To learn more about Sophia's travels, classes, herbal products, and more, visit her at:
To read " Love Dreams" (The poem read aloud at the end of the episode) visit:
To read the blog post about Ocatillo mentioned in this episode, visit:
Feb 21 2017
Rank #5: SSG011 Echoes of our Ancestors and Cultivating Intimacy with Death-With Amber Magnolia Hill
For episode number 11, I am joined by mother, writer, teacher, and herbalist Amber Magnolia Hill. Through her business Aquarian Dawn, Amber shares the fruits of her continued exploration of ancestry, psychedelic healing, float tanks, home funerals, empowered menstruation, sex, childbirth and more. In this episode we explore:
• Reclaiming the word "Witch" and Facing Loss
• The importance of being with and honoring your emotions even when it feels like you’ve been set on fire
• How to keep your womb space clear by moving through grief, anger, illness and more with presence and compassion and in a general unshaming of the woman’s journey and experience
To learn more please visit www.aquariandawn.com where you can learn about herbal body oiling, peruse the blog, and shop for Mythic Medicinals, Amber’s inspired line of handmade herbal products.
Music for this episode: Innana by Ibo K Payne from the Album Spiritu
Aug 19 2017
Rank #6: SSG015 Libra, Temperance, Tantra and the Soul's Quest for Moderation
Welcome to "Temple Talks", our series of mini episodes where we make a hopefully entertaining and educational attempt at the ultimate Fool's Journey, explaining the Great Mystery and Mapping the Void.
For our second Temple Talk, Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman, host of Starseed Survival Guide, takes 20 minutes to explore:
• The Archetypal energy of Libra
• How our relationship to apparent others expresses itself differently in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th dimensions
• The relationship and applicability of terms such as balance, equilibrium, equality, temperance, moderation, tantra, integration, harmony and unity
Although this episode is for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of what we can learn from Libra energy, it may be especially useful for professional seers, diviners, tarot readers, astrologers, shamanic practitioners, and others who serve the collective as companions and guides to the inner realms, where the ability to make extremely subtle distinctions becomes more and more important to the quality and effectiveness of our work. We will close with a guided meditation and blessing, so it may be useful to wait until you can be alone to listen to the complete episode uninterrupted, allowing the time for it to become a mini self care ritual, complete unto itself.
For more information about tarot assisted intuitive guidance sessions or other healing journeys with Erin, please visit www.activeculturefamily.com
Apr 01 2018
Rank #7: SSG003 Poet as Revolutionary and Sacred Whore-With Eve Bradford
In this episode we are joined by one of our most beloved ongoing collaborators, Eve Bradford, culture maker, oracle, and author of one of my favorite books of poetry: Instructions to a Young Magician (from herself). As a long-time student of shaman and author Martín Prechtel, Eve is often called upon by the extended community to offer counsel and guidance to individuals, couples and groups, and to create and facilitate ceremonies of all kinds, from weddings to rites of passage to memorials. At the heart of the matter is Eve’s innately ecstatic nature, her great love for the web of life, and her hopeful diligence applied to creating a myriad of experiences coaxing others to fall equally in love with the world. In this episode, we explore:
• The overlap in Goddess Myths of Ancient India and Eastern Europe
• Word magic and some specific ways that the words we use to express our experience of who we are either limit or expand our reality
• Subtle dynamics of energy exchange and The poet as both the Revolutionary and the Sacred Whore
To learn more about Eve's work as a teacher, author, event producer or ceremonial leader, please visit www.ladyapples.com
Musical enhancement for this episode: "Purple Dream" by Seequill
Dec 17 2016
Rank #8: SSG008 Regenerative Culture and the Slow Music Movement-with Leah Song of Rising Appalachia
For Episode number 8 we are joined by Leah Song, one half of the douo at the front of the musical activist band Rising Appalachia. Rising Appalachia brings to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. In this episode we explore:
• Music as activism and the Slow Music Movement
• Weaving Threads of Change and mining for goodness
• Urban farming and sharing skills that empower us in creating regenerative culture
To learn more about the Weaving threads of Change workshop coming up later this week that we speak about in this episode, please visit:
To learn more about the music heard in this episode (from the Rising Appalachia album “Wider Circles” you can visit:
Apr 25 2017
Rank #9: SSG009 Mystical Activism Part 1-with Vicki Noble
For episode number 9, we are joined by feminist shamanic healer, author, scholar and wisdom teacher Vicki Noble. Vicki is the author of several books, including Shakti Woman: Feeling our Fire, Healing our World, and The Double Goddess: Women Sharing Power.
Vicki taught in the Women's Spirituality graduate program at New College in San Francisco, lectures internationally, and has lead tours of women on pilgrimage to sacred Goddess sites around the world. She is also one of the creatresses behind the celebrated Motherpeace Tarot, and currently shares her teachings in private practice with women in Santa Cruz, California. This episode is part 1 of a 2 part series. In this episode we will explore:
• The path of Mystical Activism
• The Goddess Guided beginnings of Feminism in the United States
• The role of Cannabis in the creation of the Motherpeace Tarot, one of the most important tools we have been gifted for evolving our understanding of the archetypal energies that shape our human experience by enabling us to consider them through a matriarchal lens.
Books and resources mentioned in this podcast:
Musical enhancement In this episode includes Dve Nevesti by The Moors
May 15 2017
Rank #10: SSG013 The End is the Beginning: Reforestation at the End of The World with Ayana Young
For Episode Number 13 we are joined by ecological researcher and voice of the forest Ayana Young. Ayana hosts For The Wild Podcast (formerly Unlearn & Rewild) and teaches about empowered earth stewardship, leads biodiversity enhancement workshops and facilitates panels across North America.
Ayana is currently studying Restoration of Natural Systems in Victoria, BC, and creating an ecological research center and native species nursery in the Southern tip of the Cascadian bioregion. Along with the restoration of damaged landscapes, Ayana is committed to protecting intact ecosystems. In this Episode you will learn:
• What it means to be planting 1 million redwoods at the end of the age of loneliness
• Why a women’s perspective and capacity to “embody the dichotomy” of our times is critical to the climate change movement
• How sacred rage can function as a gateway into a scouring, purifying grief that paves the way for a more creative, emotionally evocative, sensually fulfilling form of activism
To Learn donate to Ayana’s 1 million Redwoods Kickstarter project, click here before December 29th, 2017.
Click here to enjoy over 60 interviews exploring radical ideas for earth renewal through Ayana’s podcast For The Wild.
Musical enhancement for this episode includes "When I grow Up" by Fever Ray
Dec 19 2017