The Natural Wisdom Podcast
By Kristine Backes
Find out more about Kristine and her offerings here: kristinebackes.com
The Natural Wisdom PodcastJul 10, 2023
Shift your relationship to fear with non-personal awareness: A conversation with Joel Young
I had an enlightening and timely conversation with Joel Young, creator and custodian of Non-Personal Awareness, as we close out the 2023 eclipse season with a volatile combination of energies. Mars, planet of action and assertion faces off with unpredictable change-maker Uranus on November 11th, and their intense relationship continues through the Scorpio New Moon on Monday, November 13th.
Scorpio is an intensely emotional sign, and deep fear is one way of experiencing Scorpio themes of loss and renewal. In this episode, Joel shared his perspective on how we can shift our relationship with fear and other experiences that cause us suffering through the Non-Personal Awareness process.
For healers, coaches, therapists - check out the NPA Mastery course (and join me in it in 2024!)
Joy is a power move: with guest Belinda Noakes
Friend and colleague Belinda Noakes joined me for this episode, in which we held forth on joy as a power move; why we sometimes get lost in trying to heal endless trauma; and why it's so important to design a joyful life.
Kristine gave an overview of the Taurus Lunar Eclipse of October 28th, and its themes of power, desire and letting go of control. With Venus carrying overtones of Leonine joy for the next 19 months, now is a perfect time for a joy practice!
Astrology of leadership: with Beth Cavagnolo
At the Aries Full Moon, I had the pleasure of examining the astrology of leadership with Beth Cavagnolo, leadership and human resource expert, witch, and sister astrologer. Some of the key points we covered were:
everyone leads in one way or another;
astrology can give us great insight into our styles of leadership;
understanding each other's differences allows us to work together with more ease.
One of Beth's guiding principles is to give each other the benefit of the doubt!
Find out more about Beth through her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/winterwitch1221
Or LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bethcavagnolo/
Kristine's website: https://kristinebackes.com
Rebalance and Integrate self-love at the Libra Equinox: Cosmic wisdom with Kristine and Emily
Emily Trinkaus joined me a few days before the Libra Equinox to talk about the current cosmic forces, including the October eclipses and Saturday's Equinox in Libra. Themes of self-love, joy, and understanding the difference between your innate power and its shadow of manipulation were all part of our discussion.
The inner planets (Mercury and Venus) are moving forward again, but the outer planets are still in retrograde motion, offering us time to integrate what we have discovered these past weeks.
We also touched on the US Pluto return, a transformational turning point for our country!
Find more about Emily and her bi-weekly Moon updates here: https://embodiedaquarian.com/moon-updates
Connect with Kristine here: https://kristinebackes.com/
Charts we used in the podcast: https://kristinebackes.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Libra-Equinox-2023.pdf, https://kristinebackes.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Solar-Eclipse-10-23.pdf, https://kristinebackes.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Lunar-Eclipse-10-23.pdf
How do you know what you know? The Virgo New Moon has answers.
How do you know what you know? The Virgo New Moon is tomorrow, September 14th, and Virgo's ruling planet, Mercury, the planet of facts, information and perception is extra strong right now. The New Moon comes at a time when there is a lot of information - human-generated and artificially created - out there, and we need to discern what feels true.
Ready for a reading or some karmic clearing work? Check out Kristine's website to learn more or connect: https://kristinebackes.com/
Ask for what you want: The alchemy of Aries and Libra
We are fast approaching the cross-quarter holyday of Lughnasadh, or Lammas, the mid-point between June Solstice and Autumn Equinox. The Sun's light is beginning to wane here in the northern hemisphere.
There are other significant energy shifts going on, including the completion and rebirth of Venus' 19 month cycle and the shift of the eclipse axis into the signs of Aries and Libra.
Venus has been retrograde in Leo, sign of the heart, since July 22nd, offering us a period of re-evaluating what we want, what we value, and what matters to us. Venus will be reborn in a new cycle as a morning star in late August.
At the same time, the shift of the eclipse axis offers new challenges and opportunities for seeing through collective programming, especially around desire and having what we want. I created a whole workshop on this topic, which you can find here: https://kristinebackes.com/product/lunar-nodes-karma-2023/
Living in harmony: A conversation with Dr. Kristian Strang
On the second anniversary of The Natural Wisdom Podcast, Dr. Kristian Strang and I talked about the many paths to uncovering our innate natural wisdom. One subject we came back to several times is the danger of getting stuck in 'finding our tribe' by seeing differences instead of common values. We also talked quite a bit about the power of fiction and stories to convey wisdom.
Kristian is a mystic, metaphysical psychologist and an Amazon bestselling author. She’s written 12 books in the genres of visionary fiction, paranormal romance, and channeled message Oracles.
Kristian has been featured in a variety of publications and as a featured speaker on a number of podcasts and summits, including her own podcast, Awakening: The Podcast. When she’s not doing all of that, you’ll find her dance-walking on the Oregon Coast or baking it up in the kitchen for her high-vibe nutrition blog, Metaphysical Menu. You can also receive free meditations and transmissions from Dr. Kristian at: www.Sacred-Spirituality.org.
Kristian's latest book, The Angelics: Wildest Dreams is now available for pre-order. Go on "a wild ride of destined lovers, magic, divine counterparts, Angels and so much more (inspired by IRL events)".
Find out more about Kristine and her work at kristinebackes.com
Doorways to darkness: an astrological perspective
In this episode, recorded just a few days after the Cancer Solstice, I talk about cycles of light and dark, and especially the experience of dark times. One of the gifts of astrology is greater perspective on the timing of and cooperation with the heavier times of our lives. I shared some of my thoughts and experience with depression and the 'dark night of the Soul'.
The book I mentioned is "Learning to Walk in the Dark" by Barbara Brown Taylor.
The other author I mentioned who has written authentically about his experiences of depression is Parker Palmer. One of my favorite books is titled "Let Your Life Speak".
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Awakening the divine feminine: a conversation with The Goddess Astrologer Jude Hotep
The Goddess Astrologer Jude Hotep joined me for a wide-ranging conversation about the return of Divine Feminine energy; healing the split between Soul and body, and more. Jude and I met as presenters at the Aquarian High Council online summit, and found a common interest in undoing some of the dominator distortions of astrology. One of my favorite quotes from Jude: "Saturn restricts to catalyze", just as contractions are part of the birth process.
Jude Hotep is The Goddess Astrologer, a Professional Astrologer, Master Soul Coach and emotions expert, and host of the Light Goddess Podcast.
Learn more about Jude and Download the Understand Your Astrology FREE Mini-Course Here:http://www.thegoddessastrologer.com
You can also connect with her through her Light Goddess Podcast, as well as on YouTube and other social media channels as The Goddess Astrologer.
Learn more about Kristine's work on kristinebackes.com
Do nothing to find balance
In the final week of the first eclipse season of 2023, we are in the midst of a strong dose of feminine, or yin, energy. This episode is devoted to reclaiming the balance of yin and yang in a culture that over-values doing, thinking and productivity and dismisses the value of stillness, quiet, and rest.
As Mercury finishes its retrograde journey in slow, sensual Taurus and we approach Friday's New Moon in that earthy sign, give yourself permission to do nothing, nap, and daydream.
The book I referenced on the show is titled "Rest is Resistance: A manifesto", by Tricia Hersey, creatrix of The Nap Ministry: https://thenapministry.wordpress.com/
Learn more about reclaiming your natural wisdom with Kristine at kristinebackes.com
Your power is within: Cosmic Wisdom with Kristine and Emily
Astrologer Emily Trinkaus joined me again today to talk about topics from the current eclipse season, to relationship astrology (and her upcoming course!) and finding our power within. As always, we had a lively discussion about how to work with the astro-energies in our lives.
The first eclipse of 2023 was at the very last degree of Aries, sign of the courage to be yourself; the next eclipse, on May 5th is a completion of the eclipse pattern begun in January of 2022. The eclipses come at a pivot point in this great time of transition initiated in 2020.
Learn more and sign up for Emily's course on relationship astrology here: https://embodiedaquarian.com/classes/p/synastry-workshop
Find out more and register for Kristine's workshop on the shifting karma of the eclipses here: https://kristinebackes.com/product/lunar-nodes-karma-2023/
Domination or co-creation - what is your relationship with your body?
The body is an expression of the Soul, and how you treat your body is a direct reflection of how you treat the Earth. But our dominator culture teaches us to control our bodies, rather than learn to deeply listen. The Libra Full Moon on April 5th/6th invites us into co-creation in all of our relationships, in particular our bodies. This Full Moon also opens the portal into eclipse season of 2023. With Pluto squaring the eclipse axis throughout most of the year, one of the major karmic lessons is about how we use our power: will we give in to authoritarianism, or learn cooperation?
Learn more about Kristine and her work here: https://kristinebackes.com
Aries New Moon 2023: The turning point for a new beginning
The Aries Equinox and New Moon of 2023 come in the midst of a huge shift of energies in our world. Many Aquarian themes have come to the foreground over the past few years: information and technology; social patterns and agreements; science; astrology; and even what we think of as 'truth' are increasingly subjects of deep conflict. This New Moon and Equinox are turning point in the story, and present the opportunity for each of us to commit to new beginnings. Join Kristine on March 21st for her workshop on Transformation of Humanity: First look at Pluto in Aquarius Or catch the recording of Time of Transition 2023: Between paradigms
Become a beacon: On authenticity with guru-maker James Deneka Lavers
In this time of transition and entering the age of Aquarius, one of the watchwords is authenticity. But what is it, how do we do it, and is it worth it? Guru-maker James Deneka Lavers joins the podcast to ask and answer these questions. We talk about discerning truth from fiction within yourself, the 'age of facade', the risks of being authentic, and why it might not really be a choice any more.
James Deneka Lavers has been a leader in coaching the gurus of the personal, professional and spiritual development industry to even greater success for over 20 years. He has worked with a wide variety of luminaries as well as companies large and small, and has a reputation for honesty, authenticity, and even some butt-kicking.
Find out more about James and his work here: imakegurus.com
Join Kristine's workshop on Pluto's transformation of Aquarian themes: https://kristinebackes.com/product/first-look-pluto-in-aquarius/
Co-creation or control? How to use your power with honor and respect
What is co-creation, and how is it different than manifesting? When we try to impose our will on life, we are crossing over into control - the shadow expression of true, authentic power. As Saturn moves into the sign of Pisces on March 7th, this is the perfect time to explore how to co-create with, rather than seek control over our lives.
Join Kristine on the Equinox for a first look at Pluto in Aquarius
Recent workshops mentioned in this episode:
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What is embodiment, really, and how do we do it????
This episode was recorded at the Leo Full Moon, 2023, which this year coincides with the cross-quarter holyday of Imbolc/Candlemas. After a short peek at the Full Moon and the Leo/Aquarius polarity, I spent a good portion of this episode defining what embodiment is - and is not - and how you can more fully occupy your body by aligning with the Sun's cycle, using the eight phases of the Solar year. The graphic I shared on the video is a Celtic wheel of the year.
If you are feeling called to greater ownership of your life through the archetype of Saturn, check out my Own your Saturn, Own your life program beginning February 14, 2023.
The importance of embodiment in this Time of Transition
We are in a fascinating time of transition between the ages - Pisces and Aquarius, among others. Learning to become your own authority, and fully embody your Soul, your unique 'frequency' will be the key to thriving in the midst of change. This episode covers why increased sensitivity is what we want, along with being more deeply rooted in our physical existence; Kristine shared a few of her favorite embodiment practices, too.
Catch Kristine's recorded workshop on this Time of Transition here: https://kristinebackes.com/product/time-of-transition-2023/
Register for her workshop on February 4th on Saturn's move into Pisces here: https://kristinebackes.com/product/dreams-into-reality-saturn-in-pisces/
Register for the free online summit The Aquarian High Council: Astrology in the age of truth, love and freedom: https://www.venuswisdom.com/Aquarian-Council-2023
If you're an astrology lover who has seen through the veil of illusion and dared to question the status quo, this event is for you!
A story of Saturn: telling the truth of my Soul
My friend and colleague, Belinda Noakes, and I switched it up in this episode: she interviewed me about my Saturn reclamation story. The planet Saturn in astrology represents manifestation, achievement, authority, and karma. When we are out of alignment with ourselves, or living according to external rules, Saturn lets us know. I imagine many others will recognize themselves in the disappointment, burnout and discomfort of living life according to 'should', 'could', and external measures of success.
Belinda and I also talked about our parallel journeys of the past dozen years - leaving corporate positions; traveling in India; pursuing enlightenment; and, finally, meeting for the first time at a very different kind of spiritual retreat right here in Montana.
In the final moments of the episode, I shared the magical results of my Saturn journey so far.
I am deep in the cauldron of creation of an online program to help you own your Saturn and own your life. Make sure to sign up for my Saturn list to stay tuned and get the details: https://www.subscribepage.com/getyoursaturn You'll also receive information on the classes I have coming up on the astrological turning points of 2023, and how to put the astrological energies to work for you.
And for the super-sensitive among us, get on Belinda's list for her free workshop and information on the tinybrave way to heal heartbreak and claim sensitivity as a super-power: https://www.tinybrave.com/
Stand in your truth for the new year and new age: Cosmic Wisdom with Kristine and Emily
This was another amazing conversation with Emily Trinkaus, full of cosmic wisdom for this season of new beginnings and the big shifts coming in the new year. We talked about the power of Saturn at this Solstice and Capricorn New Moon; and the huge shift of energies with Saturn's move from Aquarius to Pisces in March of 2023. Other topics included Saturn as Santa Claus (really!), and the question of whether Saturn means hard work, or making work hard, or something different altogether.
Emily will be co-hosting an online astrology summit at the beginning February, and Kristine will be participating as well. Make sure to join one or both of our mailing lists to find out more details as they are available:
You are Enough: with Dr. Gulara Vincent
This was a lovely conversation with teacher, healer, and author Dr. Gulara Vincent on realizing we are more than enough when we uncover our true selves. Gulara uses a wide array of cutting edge healing modalities to help people resolve old traumas to improve every aspect of their lives, including money, relationships, health and more. We talked about money as a doorway into healing; the impacts of inter-generational trauma, and how caring for our wounded child parts can help us not only wake up, but also grow up.
Gulara has several workshops coming up, all online:
"Already enough" masterclass on December 13th, 2022: http://www.gularavincent.co.uk/already-enough
Five week programme on unlocking unlimited love and unlimited money: http://www.gularavincent.co.uk/unlock
"What do I want" masterclass on January 20th, 2023: http://www.gularavincent.co.uk/want
Kristine is reprising her free Saturn workshop on December 10th, 2022, and working on a couple of special events. Get on her Saturn list for the workshop, recording, and free Saturn Archetypes e-book: https://www.subscribepage.com/getyoursaturn or go to https://kristinebackes.com
Super sensitive is a super power: a conversation with Belinda Noakes
It was such a pleasure to talk with my dear friend Belinda Noakes, a therapist and coach who works with super-sensitive people - like me! Our journeys have been shockingly parallel, from quitting our corporate careers in 2010, to visiting the same ashram in India (at the same time), and finally meeting in 2014 at Sera Beak's SoulFire retreat. We talked about the true gift of being sensitive; the realization that spiritual seeking is an inside job; and why big breakthroughs might not be as valuable as 'tinybrave' steps.
Sign up for Belinda's free call for super-sensitive humans: https://www.tinybrave.com
Join Belinda's free Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tinybrave
Find out more about Belinda here: https://belindajoynoakes.com/
Kristine's offerings can be found here: https://kristinebackes.com/
Everything is energy: Beyond the stories to the truth of who you are
Everything is energy, according to ancient wisdom and modern physics. But what does that mean, and why might it matter? Kristine talks about sensing your own unique energy signature and why it is especially important for empaths and other sensitive people. She also relates it to finding your purpose, or dharma. And, of course, Kristine talks about Saturn, its energy signature, and why it's important to get beyond the stories.
Kristine's class on Saturn in astrology is here: https://kristinebackes.com/product/saturn-friend-or-foe/
The article by medical astrologer Judith Hill referenced in this episode: https://www.judithhillastrology.com/saturn-the-balance-wheel-of-the-planetary-pantheon
Keep up with Kristine's Saturn work and get a copy of her Saturn Archetypes e-book here: https://www.subscribepage.com/getyoursaturn
Celebrate the darkness at Samhain
Samhain is the traditional cross-quarter holyday celebrating the end of the harvest. This year, 2022, this time of growing darkness and thinning veils coincides with Mars turning retrograde and an intense Eclipse season. In this episode, Kristine talks about re-evaluating the stories and thoughts that keep us in fear, and offers a few practices for celebrating the season.
Learn more about Kristine and her offerings here: https://kristinebackes.com
A mega-purge, a new beginning, and time for integration: Cosmic Wisdom with Kristine and Emily
As we dive into the heart of the final eclipses of 2022, Kristine and guest Emily Trinkaus share their combined wisdom on working with the cosmic forces of this time. The eclipses happen against a backdrop of other planetary alignments that signal the need to slow down, integrate the changes we have already begun, and prepare for the turning points ahead. This is a time for deep healing of old trauma, and renewal of authentic power.
Emily will be a guest (from 9 am to 10 am Pacific) on the Venus Wisdom retreat coming Saturday, October 22nd: https://www.venuswisdom.com/venus-retreat
There is still time to register for Kristine's free workshop on Saturn Archetypes, also on Saturday October 22nd at 11 am Pacific/Noon Mountain: https://www.subscribepage.com/getyoursaturn
Own your Saturn, own your life
Saturn, despite its reputation as the 'greater malefic' (i.e. bad guy), holds the keys to embodied human life. Saturn is known as the Lord of Karma, as well as the pointer to our dharma, our life purpose. Contraction, limits, boundaries, crystallization and manifestation are Saturn's assignments. Our personal Saturn archetype shows us where we have limited ourselves and our lives. Reclaiming Saturn allows us to reclaim the gifts of our embodied human lives.
Kristine has a whole lotta Saturn in her chart, and is embarking on a Saturn journey to have the life she wants. And she is inviting you to join her!
Sign up for Kristine's free Saturn archetype workshop, on October 22nd 2022: https://www.subscribepage.com/getyoursaturn
Find out more about Kristine: https://kristinebackes.com
How does your birth story affect your life? An interview with Charlotte Kanyi
My guest in this episode is Charlotte Kanyi, who helps women choose their birth experience, and all people heal trauma around their own birth. 'Birth and the first hours immediately after are a potent time for imprinting.' As newborn infants, we are imprinted by our first experience in this world. Whether those imprints help us to live with joy and ease, or 'break the evolutionary expectations' of someone arriving here on Earth depends on how the birth is handled. Charlotte shared some of the ways we might see a difficult birth experience show up in our sense of safety, or relationships, and in every area of our lives. Charlotte uses a variety of healing modalities in her work, including the Compassion Key and Non-Personal Awareness.
You can find out more about Charlotte and download her workbook here: https://www.birthessence.co.uk
Find Kristine at https://kristinebackes.com/
Our word is our wand: A cosmic conversation with Emily Trinkaus about astrology, wisdom and responsibility
In another epic conversation with astrologer and teacher Emily Trinkaus, we discussed the wisdom of astrology, what we are really doing as astrologers, and how we wield it consciously as we enter the Aquarian age. With Mars in Gemini until March of 2023, including its rare retrograde period, this is an important time to be aware of the power of our words, and 'our word as our wand'.
Emily's recent class on the upcoming Mars retrograde in Gemini is available by recording: https://embodiedaquarian.com/classes/p/mars-retro-22
Learn more about Emily's online course The Art and Practice of Astrology: https://embodiedaquarian.com/classes/p/art-practice-astro
Sign up for Kristine's free Q and A on her online Fall Reset gentle Ayurvedic cleanse: https://www.subscribepage.com/fall_reset_2022
Re-wilding ourselves with Kendra Ward
In this episode of The Natural Wisdom Podcast, Kristine and Kendra had a wide-ranging conversation about remembering ourselves as nature embodied in human form. We talked about both why and how to heal the perceived split between human and nature; what 're-wilding' means and how to get started in your life, not matter where you live; and the process of awakening to ourselves as part of nature.
We recorded the session just as the Sun moved into the sign of Virgo, and the energy of the season was very much a part of the conversation.
I had the honor of being interviewed on Kendra's podcast, Woman Who Rubs the Mountain, earlier this year. You can find it here: https://www.kendraward.com/podcasts/woman-who-rubs-the-mountain/episodes/2147716580
You can find out more about Kendra here: https://www.kendraward.com
More about Kristine here: https://kristinebackes.com
You ARE the body, and the Earth: break free of the karma of separation
You are not IN a body, you ARE a body. Your body is the expression of your Soul. To reclaim this paradigm is to reclaim our health, and the health of the planet. In this episode, Kristine offers practical suggestions for occupying our bodies, including paying attention to where our attention is directed. One of the lessons of the 7-month journey of Mars in Gemini, which began today, is the power of our attention - and the need to align our attention with our deepest desires.
You can find the meditation I referenced here: https://kristinebackes.com/2020/04/08/love-your-body-guided-meditation/
Here is an article from Kristine on occupying yourself: https://kristinebackes.com/2019/01/28/occupy-yourself/
For an in-depth look at the astrology of Mars retrograde in Gemini, check out this class with Emily Trinkaus: https://embodiedaquarian.com/classes/p/mars-retro-22
Reclaiming kinship at the time of Lammas, first harvest
In this episode, the 23rd this year, Kristine continues in her examination of healing the karma of believing ourselves separate from Nature. We are at the convergence of several 'gates': the ancient cross-quarter holy day of Lammas/Lughnasadh/First Harvest (August 7); Lion's Gate (August 8); the Sun at the Eclipse mid-point (August 10) and the Aquarius Full Moon (August 11). How might we put this time of turnarounds and breakthroughs to use to 'break out' of our story of separation? Kristine tells a very personal story of one of her own recent breakthroughs.
Want to learn more about the life assignment of your Lunar Nodes? Join Kristine on Friday, August 29th for her workshop on the subject: https://kristinebackes.com/product/karmic-life-work-lunar-nodes/
Source for Chief Luther Standing Bear quotes: http://www.indigenouspeople.net/standbea.htm
Kristine's story on 'remembering' what it means to be indigenous: https://www.patreon.com/posts/indigenous-grief-20322485
Website for Charlotte Kanyi, who specializes in healing birth trauma using the Compassion Key: https://www.birthessence.co.uk
Reclaim your wildness: bear stories and a Uranian time
Nature is a mirror, showing us how we relate to life, death, and wildness. In this episode, I told some bear stories, talked about reclaiming wildness, and gave a preview of the Mars/Uranus/North Node conjunction in Taurus on July 30.
Learn more about me here: https://kristinebackes.com
Astrology, free will, and reclaiming your power
In a continuation of the previous episode, here I take a deeper look at the ways in which astrologers are the new spiritual teachers, and why we need to be extra careful in using astrology to empower, not victimize people. When we start to understand the pure, neutral energies of the planets, we can more consciously co-create with them - individually and collectively.
This episode was recorded just as the Moon opposed the planet Uranus alongside the Lunar Nodes, a perfect co-creation on breaking out of the restrictions of our stories!
There is still time to join my 3-class series Discover Karma in the Astrology Chart if you want to learn an innovative and unique approach blending Eastern wisdom and Western astrology.
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Want a more in-depth report on the upcoming Capricorn Full Moon? Emily Trinkaus offers her deep wisdom at each lunation, in the gift.
Watch the video version on Spotify!
Fate, free will, embodiment and natural wisdom
This week's Cancer Solstice and the upcoming Cancer New Moon offer us a powerful time for new creations, and for being our greatest selves. Much of this episode was devoted to conscious embodiment, and the ways in which astrology can help us express our own unique energetic frequencies as embodied humans. According to the traditions of yoga and Ayurveda, 'seating your Self', i.e. embodying your Soul/Higher Self is the way to health and well-being, as well as to freeing ourselves from the bonds of karma.
The book I mentioned is titled 'Red Hot and Holy', by Sera Beak and I can't recommend it enough for a fun and informative read on an embodied approach to the spiritual path, and the divine feminine. A short, to the point book on spirituality and awakening by an authentic and (in my experience) trustworthy spiritual teacher is Adyashanti's 'The Way of Liberation'.
Join me for a three-class series on Discovering Karma in the Astrology Chart, beginning July 15th. Learn how to find the energetic 'knots' in your own chart and how to release them.
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Karma in the astrology chart: a short introduction
Continuing the conversation about karma, I offer a short introduction to karma in the natal chart in this short episode. Although all parts of the chart are indicators of karma, how we create it and how we can unlock it, there are a couple of specific places to start. In addition to mentioning Pluto, Saturn and the Lunar Nodes, I also introduced the four elements and their energy signatures.
Join me on June 24th for a free introductory class on Karma in the Chart. I will be following it up with a series of three classes on finding karmic signatures in your natal chart, and then an experiential course in the fall on Embodied Awakening through the integration of opposites.
Find the position of your Lunar Nodes: https://cafeastrology.com/northnodetables.html
Book a personal reading with me to explore your unique potential.
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Karma and food, consciousness and reverence
Our relationship with our food mirrors our relationship with our bodies, and the body of the Earth. Our cultural food karma is based on a reductionist view of the world, and we see the havoc this creates with our health and the health of the planet.
In this episode, I draw on Ayurveda, yoga, and nature to talk about how we can shift our karma and reclaim reverence for our food. Not just what we eat, but when, where, how and even why are important.
The two books I mentioned are "The Yoga of Eating", by Charles Eisenstein; and "The Three Season Diet", by Dr. John Douillard. Both are excellent for helping us shift our understanding of food, diets, and health.
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Find out more about me or book a consultation here: https://kristinebackes.com/
Video version: Purging karma and reclaiming power: Cosmic Wisdom with Kristine and Emily
This is the video version (available on Spotify) of today's podcast episode: In this epic conversation just hours after the Scorpio Lunar Eclipse, Kristine and Emily discussed the purpose of eclipses and the work of clearing old karmic patterns. Power was the main topic, and especially how we reclaim our power through fully occupying our bodies. Kristine shared her epic realization about unconditional receiving, a life-changing concept but one consistent with the ways of nature and the cosmos.
You can find out more about Kristine and her offerings here: https://kristinebackes.com
All of Emily's offerings, including the classes we mentioned in this episode, are here: https://embodiedaquarian.com
Check out Emily's podcast, the Embodied Aquarian: https://embodiedaquarian.com/podcast
You can support The Natural Wisdom Podcast by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/kristinebackes
Purging karma and reclaiming power: Cosmic Wisdom with Kristine and Emily
In this epic conversation just hours after the Scorpio Lunar Eclipse, Kristine and Emily discussed the purpose of eclipses and the work of clearing old karmic patterns. Power was the main topic, and especially how we reclaim our power through fully occupying our bodies. Kristine shared her epic realization about unconditional receiving, a life-changing concept but one consistent with the ways of nature and the cosmos.
You can find out more about Kristine and her offerings here: https://kristinebackes.com
All of Emily's offerings, including the classes we mentioned in this episode, are here: https://embodiedaquarian.com
Check out Emily's podcast, the Embodied Aquarian: https://embodiedaquarian.com/podcast
You can support The Natural Wisdom Podcast by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/kristinebackes
Karma, money and the Taurus North Node with guest Belinda Noakes
Karmic imprint specialist and therapist Belinda Noakes joined me today for a conversation about karmic imprints that keep us stuck in a broken relationship with money, and therefore our bodies and the Earth. Money as a form of love; the 'Atlantis vow'; and the damage of believing the scarcity story were a few of the edges we visited.
Belinda is a therapist and healer who helps people get unstuck: https://belindajoynoakes.com
Kristine offers astrological consultations that can help identify karmic imprints: https://kristinebackes.com/
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The power of compassion at the Libra Full Moon
The Full Moon in Libra (April 16 at 2:55 pm Eastern) brings the power of compassion front and center. Venus rules much of the sky from her honored placement in Pisces, with Mars nearby. In this episode, Kristine talks about the potential for sacred union and integration of duality; the power of compassion; and some ways to honor Earth Day. Download a chart of the Libra Full Moon.
The blog post on dreaming the future we want: https://kristinebackes.com/2022/04/13/a-karmic-crossroads/
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Karma and the astrology of now
We are in the midst of the most significant astrology of 2022, with Jupiter conjunct Neptune in Pisces and Saturn squaring the Lunar Nodes. Building a little on last week's episode, Kristine goes into the opportunities of this time to release old conditioning and karmic imprints around our relationship with the Earth, our bodies, and more.
For a personal look at how these energies show up in your life, learn more about consultations with Kristine: https://kristinebackes.com/soul-guidance-astrology/
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What is karma, really?
Karma is a concept from the tradition of yoga that is much misused in Western culture. In this episode, I spent some time defining karma as well as talking about how it is created, and how we can release it. My primary source, in case this is a topic near and dear to your heart as well, is an introduction to and translation of the Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran. The Gita is one of the foundational texts of yoga, and Easwaran's beautiful rendition includes an insightful and comprehensive explanation of some of the basic concepts underpinning yoga philosophy, karma among them.
I use our relationship with Nature and our bodies as examples of how we might see karma in our world today.
More about me on my website: https://kristinebackes.com
Find out more about your personal karma with an astrology reading: https://kristinebackes.com/soul-guidance-astrology/
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The wisdom of the body with Sarah McCroskey
Sarah's website and healing work can be found here: www.biointegration.com/
Listen to past HumanSpirit Radio programs and interviews here: www.humanspiritradio.com/
Kristine's offerings, including individual consultations are here: kristinebackes.com/
The cosmic wisdom of plants with Angela Segraves
Like all of life, plants are the living embodiment of the cosmos. In this episode, spiritual herbalist Angela Segraves and I talk about the transition from winter to spring, and several ways to choose plants to help us work with cosmic weather shifts.
You can find all of Angela's offerings here: http://www.angelasegraves.com/
More on Angela's Sacred Heart Wisdom retreat in Montana: http://www.angelasegraves.com/sacredheartwisdomretreat
Angela's virtual Soul Expansion retreat: https://mailchi.mp/1c9ca4008739/soul-expansion
Angela's "Heal the Past" podcast: https://anchor.fm/angela-segraves
An astrology reading can help you understand your elemental make-up and other factors to help you choose plant allies: https://kristinebackes.com/soul-guidance-astrology/
The astrologer/herbalist we mentioned is Sajah Popham, of The School of Evolutionary Astrology
Sky and earth: A cosmic conversation with Emily Trinkaus
Emily Trinkaus and I talked about how to deepen into our souls, flow with the vastness of Pisces, and choose our destiny as embodied humans in another epic Cosmic Conversation. We also discussed simple ways to connect with body and Earth in the midst of a Piscean deluge of feeling.
You can find all of Emily's offerings, including the Embodied Aquarian Podcast on her new website: https://embodiedaquarian.com/
There is still time to join her live online class, Astrology 101: Foundations of the Cosmic Science! https://embodiedaquarian.com/classes/p/astro-101
The Lunar begins in late March: https://embodiedaquarian.com/thelunar
Kristine's class on The Deeps and Dreams of Neptune, offered in the gift, is coming up on March 23rd: https://kristinebackes.com/product/the-deeps-and-dreams-of-neptune/
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Free-flowing expansion, purification, and health with Jupiter in Pisces
After a long period of containment, we are finally entering a period of free-flowing expansion. Kristine explains some of the vast opportunities and pitfalls of Jupiter, the planet of expansion, in its home sign of the great mystery - Pisces. Pisces and Virgo together make up the axis of purification, preparation and health. As with all polarity, our work is to find conscious integration of these opposites to support our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Join Kristine for a deep dive into all aspects of the planet Neptune, God(dess) of the sea and modern 'ruler' of Pisces on March 23rd: https://kristinebackes.com/product/the-deeps-and-dreams-of-neptune/
Find a free simple home cleanse protocol, plus guided relaxation and meditation recordings on Kristine's Resources page: https://kristinebackes.com/resources/
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Pluto, Venus and cycles within cycles
The United States is on an Underworld journey as Pluto returns to the place in the Zodiac where it was at our birth as a nation. Plus, Venus is carrying Plutonian themes of power as this bright morning star descends toward its own Underworld period. Venus passed through the second 'gate' the weekend of February 26th at her conjunction with the waning crescent Moon. Kristine talks about these overlapping cycles, ways of working with them, and how understanding cosmic cycles supports us to reclaim our natural wisdom.
Find the chart of the US Pluto return here: https://kristinebackes.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/US-Pluto-Return.pdf
To learn more about Venus or Pluto, check out my classes on the planets, offered on a gift basis: https://kristinebackes.com/classes-events/
Book a reading: https://kristinebackes.as.me/
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Clear the fear of persecution to claim your natural wisdom
Does the fear of persecution keep you from your natural wisdom? Prevent you from speaking what you know? In this episode of The Natural Wisdom Podcast, healer Belinda Noakes and I went there - to the echoes in today's world of the Inquisition and the 'burning times', the difficulty in holding our center and our balance during a time of intense polarization, and some work on healing the trauma.
At about 45 minutes in to the episode, Belinda led me through a healing exercise to clear the fear of even having this conversation and releasing it on the podcast!!
We touched on polarizing topics, yet with the intention of holding space for all viewpoints. Clearly, The Natural Wisdom Podcast takes the 'side' of staying connected with ourselves as nature, and there is tension today between natural versus synthetic/technological treatments for everything from human health to climate. It is my great desire to contribute to awareness that allows us to make conscious choices on the personal and collective level that keep us in touch with our membership in the Earth's ecosystem.
Want more of Belinda's healing work? Find her here: https://belindajoynoakes.com
The workshop I mentioned in the podcast is here: https://kristinebackes.com/product/beyond-2020/
Embodied astrology: Connect the planets to your bodily sensations
In this episode, take a tour of the planets and how they can show up in our felt experience. Feeling blue? Perhaps the Moon is in Pisces. Anxious? Mercury and/or Uranus might be activated. When we pay attention to astrology and attune to the planets, our sensations and emotions become part of our understanding of how the planets are operating in our lives from moment to moment.
Join Kristine in her class on the planet Uranus on February 23rd, live online or by recording: https://kristinebackes.com/classes-events/
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Finally, forward momentum at Imbolc
Finally, all planets are moving forward! If you have felt sluggish or stuck this past month, take heart. Venus and Mercury just turned direct, the Sun reached the cross-quarter holyday of Imbolc, and the days are getting noticeably longer in the northern hemisphere. This episode covers the wisdom of the retrogrades in light of the past couple of years; how to change your lifestyle to synchronize with the season; and some insight into where we are in Venus' journey to the Underworld. Here is the chart for Imbolc: https://kristinebackes.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Imbolc-2022.pdf
On February 23rd, join Kristine to understand the planet Uranus, the "Great Awakener" and revolutionary: https://kristinebackes.com/product/in-the-name-of-freedom-uranus-in-astrology/
This blog post from a couple of years ago offers some additional perspective on how lifestyle can be medicine: https://kristinebackes.com/2020/04/18/sacred-rhythms-of-life-and-health/
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The Journey of Power of Venus and the Goddess Inanna
The ancient story of Queen Inanna's journey to the Underworld mirrors almost exactly the travel of Venus in her 19 month synodic cycle. The Queen of Heaven corresponds to Venus as the morning star, where she emerged only days ago. The Queen of Heaven and Earth reflects Venus after her Underworld death and subsequent resurrection as an evening star, which occurs at the end of 2022. In this episode, I give an overview of Venus' cycle and read the story of Inanna with commentary on the relationship between sky and story.
I used a few slides to illustrate today, which you may find here: https://kristinebackes.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Venus-as-Inanna-TWNP-1-22-22.pdf
The first gate to the Underworld in this cycle occurs on January 29th at 11 degrees of Capricorn. In the myth, this is when Inanna removes her royal crown. Stay tuned as we follow the descent of Venus through the gates as Venus conjoins the waning crescent Moon each month!
Want to learn more about Venus? Check out my deep dive, pay what you want: https://kristinebackes.com/product/the-beauty-of-venus/
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