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The Natural Wisdom Podcast

The Natural Wisdom Podcast

By Kristine Backes

Reclaim Your Natural Wisdom with Kristine and guests through astrology, natural medicine, herbalism, and other nature-based wisdom. Find radical well-being by remembering yourself as an integral part of the natural world and its rhythms, and tapping into your natural wisdom.
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The importance of embodiment in this Time of Transition

The Natural Wisdom PodcastJan 22, 2023

Awakening the divine feminine: a conversation with The Goddess Astrologer Jude Hotep
Jun 02, 202357:05
Do nothing to find balance
May 13, 202331:49
Your power is within: Cosmic Wisdom with Kristine and Emily
Apr 25, 202301:02:58
Domination or co-creation - what is your relationship with your body?
Apr 04, 202342:48
Aries New Moon 2023: The turning point for a new beginning
Mar 18, 202338:11
Become a beacon: On authenticity with guru-maker James Deneka Lavers
Mar 06, 202301:06:22
Co-creation or control? How to use your power with honor and respect
Feb 27, 202331:26
What is embodiment, really, and how do we do it????
Feb 05, 202351:09
The importance of embodiment in this Time of Transition
Jan 22, 202326:48
A story of Saturn: telling the truth of my Soul

A story of Saturn: telling the truth of my Soul

Jan 06, 202345:38
Stand in your truth for the new year and new age: Cosmic Wisdom with Kristine and Emily
Dec 21, 202201:05:16
You are Enough: with Dr. Gulara Vincent
Dec 08, 202255:38
Super sensitive is a super power: a conversation with Belinda Noakes
Nov 25, 202256:18
Everything is energy: Beyond the stories to the truth of who you are
Nov 13, 202229:16
Celebrate the darkness at Samhain
Oct 31, 202241:10
A mega-purge, a new beginning, and time for integration: Cosmic Wisdom with Kristine and Emily
Oct 19, 202201:01:38
Own your Saturn, own your life
Oct 15, 202231:29
How does your birth story affect your life? An interview with Charlotte Kanyi
Oct 01, 202257:07
Our word is our wand: A cosmic conversation with Emily Trinkaus about astrology, wisdom and responsibility
Sep 17, 202255:38
Re-wilding ourselves with Kendra Ward
Sep 02, 202249:44
You ARE the body, and the Earth: break free of the karma of separation
Aug 20, 202244:31
Reclaiming kinship at the time of Lammas, first harvest
Aug 06, 202242:05
Reclaim your wildness: bear stories and a Uranian time
Jul 23, 202244:33
Astrology, free will, and reclaiming your power
Jul 09, 202246:35
Fate, free will, embodiment and natural wisdom

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. 

Thank you for listening! Become a patron to support the podcast.

Jun 25, 202241:00
Karma in the astrology chart: a short introduction
Jun 11, 202235:20
Karma and food, consciousness and reverence
May 28, 202252:23
Video version: Purging karma and reclaiming power: Cosmic Wisdom with Kristine and Emily
May 16, 202259:48
Purging karma and reclaiming power: Cosmic Wisdom with Kristine and Emily
May 16, 202259:48
Karma, money and the Taurus North Node with guest Belinda Noakes
Apr 29, 202257:14
The power of compassion at the Libra Full Moon
Apr 16, 202238:20
Karma and the astrology of now
Apr 09, 202230:23
What is karma, really?
Apr 02, 202236:35
The wisdom of the body with Sarah McCroskey
Mar 26, 202258:43
The cosmic wisdom of plants with Angela Segraves
Mar 19, 202255:47
Sky and earth: A cosmic conversation with Emily Trinkaus
Mar 12, 202256:57
Free-flowing expansion, purification, and health with Jupiter in Pisces
Mar 05, 202245:03
Pluto, Venus and cycles within cycles
Feb 26, 202247:09
Clear the fear of persecution to claim your natural wisdom

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:

The workshop I mentioned in the podcast is here:

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Feb 19, 202201:08:36
Embodied astrology: Connect the planets to your bodily sensations
Feb 12, 202235:37
Finally, forward momentum at Imbolc
Feb 05, 202248:23
The Journey of Power of Venus and the Goddess Inanna
Jan 22, 202254:34
Turn fear into fuel with Belinda Noakes
Jan 14, 202201:13:18
Cosmic Wisdom for January, 2022 with Kristine and Emily
Jan 08, 202201:29:55
New Year, New Moon, new beginnings
Jan 02, 202218:50
Solstice celebration
Dec 21, 202137:11
Take time to honor Venus!
Dec 15, 202110:48
Cosmic Wisdom with Kristine and Emily

Cosmic Wisdom with Kristine and Emily

Emily Trinkaus and I recorded this episode on the Sagittarius Solar Eclipse of December 4th (find the chart here), the last of 2021, and the last on the Gemini-Sagittarius axis for another decade. We covered as much of the current cosmic weather as we had time for, starting with the Eclipse itself and how to work with it, and the themes of all six eclipses along the Gemini-Sagittarius axis of the past year and a half. We'll be doing another podcast episode in January to talk about the changes in the new year! 

Kristine mentioned her upcoming class "Twelve Seasons: The Signs of the Zodiac" on December 10th as well as her deep dive into "The Beauty of Venus" on December 15th, just in time for the Venus retrograde.

You can purchase Emily's recorded insights into today's Solar Eclipse; her webinar all about the powerful Venus retrograde in Capricorn beginning December 26th; or her recorded class on the major tension-producing astrology of the year, the Saturn-Uranus square, which goes exact for the third and final time on December 24th.

The Power with Money course we both mentioned was with Kasia Urbaniak, highly recommended!

Follow Kristine on Patreon to be the first to know about upcoming episodes. Become a patron to support the show!

Dec 04, 202101:02:31
Plutonian journeys
Nov 27, 202104:54
Animal communication: an interview with Kim Shotola of The Lightfoot Way

Animal communication: an interview with Kim Shotola of The Lightfoot Way

Animals are teachers and guides, from wolves to family pets, and they are talking to us all the time. In my conversation with Kim Shotola of The Lightfoot Way, we told a few stories of our own animal encounters, and Kim led us through a short meditation to connect with an animal and find out what it might have to tell us.

You can find all of her offerings here:

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The class I mentioned on The Planets in Astrology is here:

And don't forget to mark your calendars for my next live podcast episode with astrologer Emily Trinkaus, scheduled for Saturday, December 4th at 10 a.m. Mountain. We will be talking about the current astro-weather, including eclipses, Venus, and more! Become a patron at the $8 tier to join us live.

I'd love for you to share the podcast with your friends, and perhaps you know someone who wants to become a patron, too!

Nov 05, 202101:02:13
Scorpio season: corrections and Uranian amplifications!
Nov 02, 202110:42
Scorpio Season 2021

Scorpio Season 2021

The Scorpio New Moon occurs this Thursday** afternoon/evening in the heart of the sign. In this short bonus episode, I talk about the portal between the worlds of this lunation, which marks the 'official' start to Eclipse season. Download a chart of this New Moon for free, complete with a legend of symbols.

Want to learn astrology? I'm teaching The Planets in Astrology on Saturday, November 13th. Check it out!

Support (or just follow) the podcast on Patreon, and please share it if you like it!

**Corrected from my earlier note saying Wednesday!

Oct 30, 202117:55
The wisdom of plants: an interview with spiritual herbalist Angela Segraves

The wisdom of plants: an interview with spiritual herbalist Angela Segraves

Spiritual herbalist and energy healer Angela Segraves was my guest today. We talked about plants, and the many ways we can consciously connect with them and allow them to help us. We each had some stories on how plants have 'spoken' to us, and Angela led us through a meditation to find one of our plant allies. Part of our conversation covered re-learning that everything around us is conscious and in communication with us, if we simply allow ourselves to receive the wisdom. 

Angela has a couple of offerings coming up:

On November 2nd, a free virtual workshop on "Healing Ancestral Karma with the Akashic Records"

Then, beginning in February, 2022, she is offering a hands-on 11 month herbal apprenticeship

You can follow me and/or support the show on Patreon. And if you like the show, please share it!

Oct 16, 202157:29
Message from the Forest: Give up the struggle
Oct 01, 202108:07
Interview with astrologer and healer Emily Trinkaus

Interview with astrologer and healer Emily Trinkaus

In this third live episode of The Natural Wisdom Podcast, it was my pleasure and honor to interview astrologer, writer, teacher, healer Emily Trinkaus. We covered a lot of ground, including astrology as a healing art; practical suggestions for getting started with - or deepening your connection with - astrology; astrology as a way of connecting with natural cycles; and a brief foray into current astrological energies and how they are playing out in our lives. Emily will be a regular guest on the podcast, and later this year we'll cover some major shifts in the astro-weather, and take a peek into 2022.

Here are links to some of the programs we mentioned on the show:

Emily's Lunar Attunement subscription; join her e-mail list to be notified of individual New and Full Moon updates, available in the gift.

Kristine's Fall Reset for body and mind, a gentle cleanse process to help your body adjust to the change of seasons.

The video version of this podcast episode is available to patrons, and you can follow the podcast updates on Patreon, or become a patron to attend all the live podcast episodes.

Sep 18, 202101:15:49
Virgo New Moon and seasonal transitions

Virgo New Moon and seasonal transitions

Here is a short take on today's New Moon in the sign of Virgo, and how to work with it. The reset and cleanse protocol I mentioned is also on the Resources page of my website, and my fall class schedule will be up soon on 

The next live episode of the podcast records on September 18th, an interview with astrologer (and my mentor) Emily Trinkaus. Patrons at $8 and above can join me live; all patrons get early access to the video version of the podcast. Follow me on Patreon for more updates and previews!

Sep 06, 202118:08
How to get grounded
Aug 20, 202111:50
We are seasonal beings!

We are seasonal beings!

In this second episode of The Natural Wisdom Podcast, I talk briefly about the New Moon in Leo, the cross-quarter holy day of Lammas, and then discuss how - and why - to align our lives with the seasons. You can find the gentle seasonal cleanse protocol I referenced here.

In the next scheduled episode on September 18th, I'll be interviewing long-time astrologer Emily Trinkaus. Among other topics, we'll be talking about how astrology helps us be more connected to the natural world, not mention ourselves. Patrons at $8 and above can join us live!

Aug 08, 202135:36
Injuries are my teachers
Jul 31, 202117:54
Feel your inner Moon

Feel your inner Moon

This is the second in a series of bonus meditations for The Natural Wisdom Podcast. The Moon is one of the 'Lights' in astrology, and a primary timekeeper for Nature - including us. In this 20 minute meditation, recorded in the Montana mountains with a wild companion or two, learn to feel the Moon's rhythms in yourself.

Jul 17, 202112:18
Connect with your inner Sun!

Connect with your inner Sun!

In this 20 minute meditation, Kristine helps you honor your inner Sun, your digestive fire. This bonus podcast episode is the first in a series of meditations on the Sun, Moon and planets and how their cycles are reflected in our own lives. Reclaim your natural wisdom by claiming your connection with the Sun.

Jul 14, 202121:13
Remember yourself as Nature - Episode 1

Remember yourself as Nature - Episode 1

In this inaugural episode of The Natural Wisdom Podcast, I introduce myself and how I got 'here', some of the basic principles of the podcast, and what led to its creation. The episode weaves together astrology, Ayurveda, a touch of modern physics and some practical advice on aligning your life with Nature's rhythms.

The video version is available for all my patrons on Patreon (Kristine Backes) as well as a pdf of the slides I used for the podcast. $8 patrons also received a handout on lifestyle practices for aligning with Nature.

Jul 11, 202152:40
The Natural Wisdom Podcast inaugural trailer

The Natural Wisdom Podcast inaugural trailer

The first official episode of The Natural Wisdom Podcast is July 10th, 2021. In this trailer, get a quick intro to what the podcast is all about.

Jul 06, 202104:46