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Spring Equinox

Episode 3: Riding the Wheel of the Year w/ Karina Blackheart

Join us on a journey through the Wheel of the Year as we welcome the arrival of the Spring Equinox, or Ostara, where the balance of day and night signals a shift towards brighter days. Together with our esteemed guest, Karina Blackheart, we discuss the importance of tuning into the subtle changes in nature that mark this seasonal transition. Embracing a personalized approach, we consider how we can incorporate our own ancestral traditions and local environment into celebrating these eight pivotal times of the year. By taking personal, environmental, and cultural inventories, we invite listeners to discover patterns that resonate with their lives and use this awareness to enrich their planning and celebrations, linking spirituality with the rhythm of daily life.

As the world spins in turmoil, we emphasize the need for self-inquiry and balance, exploring how our core values can be an anchor amidst chaos. The conversation leads us to consider the influence of media, the importance of mindful consumption, and the role of climate change in shaping local traditions. Listen in as we discuss the significance of grounding ourselves and nurturing a connection to the land, while adapting rituals that hold true to our present reality. The dialogue opens up avenues for finding peace and joy by knowing oneself and standing firm in our beliefs and practices.

Witness the magic of the equinox with us, a fleeting moment of balance that brings the thrill of spring's renewal. We share insights on the energy of this season and its impact on growth, both in nature and within ourselves. Learn about the simple yet profound practices of spiritual cleansing, such as a salt bath, to rejuvenate for the season ahead. We also dive into the art of magical practices, highlighting how true magic lies within and can be expressed through the simplest of tools. Furthermore, we touch on the profound effects of healing ancestral trauma, emphasizing how our personal growth can positively affect our lineage and future generations. Listen as we reflect on the broader implications of our actions and the spellbinding power of setting intentions for a life of abundance and fulfillment.

(00:02) Understanding the Wheel of the Year

(11:07) Deep Dive Into Self-Discovery and Balance

(24:46) Embracing Change and Spiritual Cleansing

(38:14) Embracing Magic and Nurturing Future Generations

(50:40) Healing Ancestral Trauma and Magic

(00:02) Understanding the Wheel of the Year

This chapter welcomes the approach of the Spring Equinox, or Ostara, a time when day and night are equal and the wheel of the year turns towards longer days. I reflect on the subtle changes in light and air that signify the season's shift, emphasizing the importance of being attuned to these nuances. We explore the idea of creating a personalized, hyper-local, and culturally relevant approach to celebrating the eight seasonal shifts of the year, moving beyond the neo-pagan framework often associated with the wheel of the year to include our own ancestral traditions and the specifics of our current environment. I discuss the significance of personal, environmental, and cultural inventories in recognizing patterns in our lives, such as health, abundance, and projects, and how this awareness can inform our planning and celebrations. Through this, I suggest that our spirituality is intertwined with our daily existence, and by mapping our personal wheel of the year, we can live more harmoniously with the seasons and our own cycles.

(11:07) Deep Dive Into Self-Discovery and Balance

This chapter examines the necessity of self-inquiry and grounding in the face of the world's current turmoil. I share insights on how our faith and values can provide stability and discuss the benefits of the meaty workbooks designed to guide listeners through such personal exploration. We touch on the importance of staying informed yet critical of the media's influence, and the significance of being mindful about what we consume, both physically and mentally. Additionally, we explore the connection to the land and the impact of climate change on local traditions, emphasizing the need to adapt and create new rituals that resonate with our present circumstances. Throughout the conversation, the overarching theme is finding peace and joy amidst the chaos by knowing oneself and standing firm in one's beliefs and practices.

(24:46) Embracing Change and Spiritual Cleansing

This chapter captures the enchantment of the equinox, a time when balance is a fleeting moment, and the excitement of spring's approach. We explore the traditions and symbolism of the equinox, such as the practice of balancing an egg, and discuss how balance is not a static state but a dynamic process akin to walking a tightrope. I share insights on the importance of the equinox as a time of renewal and growth, reflecting on how the energy of spring propels us forward. We talk about the process of planting seeds, both literally in the garden and metaphorically in our lives and businesses, acknowledging the cycle of dreaming, planning, and acting that aligns with the seasons. Furthermore, I touch upon the necessity of spiritual cleansing during this period, suggesting simple practices like a salt bath to slough off the remnants of winter and rejuvenate for the coming season.

(38:14) Embracing Magic and Nurturing Future Generations

This chapter examines the natural shift in cravings and behaviors as seasons change, highlighting a personal inclination towards green foods like kale, spinach, broccoli, and the benefits of nettle tea as a cleanser. I discuss the importance of listening to our bodies for cues on what to eat and how to care for ourselves. Additionally, we explore the return of movement and the desire to be outdoors, participating in activities like walking the dog or preparing the garden, emphasizing the value of sunlight for natural vitamin D production. The conversation transitions into simplifying magical practices, stressing that magic is more about who we are rather than what we own or do. I share insights on the commodification of the craft and the power of embodying our magic, using everyday items like a plate or a knife as tools, and casting spells in any setting without the need for numerous objects. This approach encourages us to recognize and utilize the magic within ourselves and the natural environment.

(50:40) Healing Ancestral Trauma and Magic

This chapter examines the impact of personal healing on our ancestral lineage and future generations. I share insights on how addressing our own trauma can prevent its transmission to our children and beyond, highlighting the importance of self-compassion and forgiveness in this process. We reflect on the notion that all time may be occurring simultaneously, suggesting that our actions now could be influencing our descendants in real-time. We also consider the cultural shift from focusing solely on personal advancement within capitalism to pondering what is truly enough for a fulfilled life. The concept of personal responsibility is emphasized, extending to our loved ones, communities, and those we will never meet. I also touch on the power of setting intentions for prosperity and the necessity of defining what comfort means on a practical level to cast effective spells for abundance.

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Riding the Wheel of the Year
The Neurodiversity Media Network proudly presents Riding the Wheel of the Year with Karina Blackheart. In this year-long series, we’ll examine how to live seasonally, and rhythmically, regardless of where you live, or what kind of seasons you live with. Bonus meditations and workbooks for paid subscribers.
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