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*Personal and collective healing through relationship with the animate world.* Every lunar cycle, we embrace the nature-based rhythms and energies of the month as inspiration for healing praxis, soulful living, and communal resilience. Along the way, we visit with plant and animal wisdom, mythic archetypes, animist ethics and enchantment, and earth-honoring folkways from around the world. Visit @ Kathryn.a.fink on Instagram or kathrynfink.com for more magic.

The Heart Is a Cauldron Kathryn Fink

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 28 Ratings

*Personal and collective healing through relationship with the animate world.* Every lunar cycle, we embrace the nature-based rhythms and energies of the month as inspiration for healing praxis, soulful living, and communal resilience. Along the way, we visit with plant and animal wisdom, mythic archetypes, animist ethics and enchantment, and earth-honoring folkways from around the world. Visit @ Kathryn.a.fink on Instagram or kathrynfink.com for more magic.

    In the Cauldron with The Dark Mother: Isis, Black Madonnas, Winter Goddesses, African origins

    In the Cauldron with The Dark Mother: Isis, Black Madonnas, Winter Goddesses, African origins

    “To say that one is longing for darkness is to say that one longs for transformation, for a darkness that brings balance, wholeness, integration, wisdom, insight.” - China Galland

    The Dark Mothers are goddesses of death and rebirth both, fertility and winter, fear and survival. We’ll meet with several today, beginning with an homage to the African origins of this lineage.

    We’ll then take in their medicine of profound transformation, and consider what that means for us as we crave radical shifts within ourselves and our communities.

    Included are historical prayers to the Dark Mother, my own offering in honor of Mother’s Night, and, at the end, my own personal tale of devotion.


    || 4:02 || Mother’s Night prayer
    || 6:00 || Invitation to open yourself up a kaleidoscopic view of darkness +
    || 8:18 || African origins of the divine feminine
    || 10:21 || Isis
    || 13:31 || The Virgin Mary and The Black Madonna
    || 18:56 || Holda, Frau Holle, and Perchta
    || 23:34 || Green Tara
    || 25:49 || The Dark Mother’s medicine of profound transformation
    || 34:35 || The Dark Mother’s medicine of collective survival + justice
    || 39:01 || Personal tale of devotion to the Dark Mother
    || 43:24 || Parting words for you at the turning of the wheel


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    Books referenced:
    Dark Mother: African origins and godmothers, by Lucia Birnbaum
    Longing for Darkness: Tara and the Black Madonna, by China Galland

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    • 44 min
    The Heart Is a Hallowed Night: Dreaming in the spaciousness of winter

    The Heart Is a Hallowed Night: Dreaming in the spaciousness of winter

    In the expansiveness of deepest night, we reconsider the binaries of light versus dark, unfoldment versus resolution, and progress versus sacred pause.

    We visit with solstice customs sprung from the rejuvenating blackness of winter as much as the rebirth of the sun, and appreciate how the magic of both can foster a more collaborative, heart-centered, and complex transformation of the spirit, in place of typical New Year’s resolutions.

    ||0:03|| Prelude prayer-spell

    ||1:39|| Opening notes, field diary, invitation to rethink the binaries of light and dark

    ||7:17|| The dark helps us to see: Saturnalia, Kalends of January, Burusho Thumushelling, Alpine/Slavic spinning bans, Makahiki, mock kings and cross-dressing

    ||13:33|| Beholding the light: Inti Raymi, Chaumos of the Kalash, Yaldā, Yule logs, Lohri

    ||19:06|| MUSICAL INTERMISSION “Gloomy Winter’s Noo Awa” from the album Highlander’s Farewell on Culburnie Records. To purchase all Fraser & Haas albums, including Highlander’s Farewell: https://culburnie.com/alasdairandnatalie.html And to support their current “SYZYGY” project: https://culburnie.com/support.html

    ||25:19|| Eschewing typical New Year’s resolutions and sense of timing, in favor of a more collaborative, heart-centered, and complex transformation of the spirit

    COMING SOON: This lunation's companion episode, where we’ll join the wild hunt and their mistress who rides at the fore, the Dark Mother.

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    Image credit: Alphonse Mucha, “Star”

    • 33 min
    In the Cauldron with Mythic Time and Gordon White of Rune Soup & Ani.Mystic

    In the Cauldron with Mythic Time and Gordon White of Rune Soup & Ani.Mystic

    Tumble into a winding dialogue about decolonized time, the magic of body and place, and right relationship with the living world in this swapcast between myself and Gordon White, author of the upcoming Ani.Mystic and creator of Rune Soup.

    Gordon and I decided to do something a little different, and much more mythic timey, so instead of a traditional interview, we had a long and circuitous chat with one another.

    || 3:58 || Get to know Kathryn 

    || 8:18 || Get to know Gordon

    || 33:40 || Animism, whiteness, empire

    || 44:10 || Introducing mythic time

    || 52:13 || Defining mythic time vs. colonized time

    || 1:10:22 || The role of time in magical practice

    || 1:23:33 || Mythic time as anti-empire

    || 1:35:33 || Reviving vs. revivifying and conservation vs. relationship (please also refer to additional context and reading below)



    FURTHER DELVING re: the conversation around climate crisis

    Since this was a fairly quick and impromptu part of our conversation, and because someone listening might not have the context of knowing Gordon or myself well, I want to state clearly: Sustained individual and collective action is required to address the crisis our planet faces, including climate collapse. And I hope we do so in a way that dismantles rather than replicates racism, capitalist frameworks, or supremacism worldviews.

    Interview with Rowen White, Seedkeeper and activist for Indigenous seed sovereignty: https://bit.ly/3lSHAzf
    Quick intro to racism in the environmental/conservation movement: https://bit.ly/36RAIO5
    Medium read: https://bit.ly/39Oset1 
    Long read: https://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/gtr534.pdf
    Also check out many of the relevant interviews on the For the Wild podcast https://forthewild.world 



    FURTHER DELVING re: Mythic Time

    The Heart Is a Veil, Lifted: Feasting with the ancestors in mythic time https://bit.ly/2K4hziY
    Check the bibliography from that episode https://bit.ly/33UqsCX



    MORE ON GORDON

    To watch today’s conversation in video form: Link coming soon!
    RuneSoup https://runesoup.com
    Gordon’s episode on Pattern Logic: https://bit.ly/36UyqxG
    Stay tuned for Gordon’s new book Ani.Mystic, coming from Scarlet Imprint scarletimprint.com
    Gordon on Twitter: @gordon_white

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    Artwork: Unknown artist, vintage illustration of nautilus

    • 1 hr 53 min
    In the Cauldron with Dirt

    In the Cauldron with Dirt

    Dirt forms the body from which all life springs, and to which all life returns when it dies. Dirt feeds the people, dirt creates the crossroads, dirt cradles our dead. Dirt remembers.

    Humans have long honored our sacred relationship with soil. While this relationship has manifested in countless enchanting ways, today we’ll focus on the magic of dirt in holding space for grief and other challenging emotions, through the alchemical unfolding of witnessing, transformation, and rebirth.

    Included are tales of the creation of the first human, burial mounds, and the awakening of the Buddha.

    || 3:20 || The wonder of soil
    || 5:42 || Dirt as witness
    || 10:54 || Dirt as transformation
    || 14:41 || Dirt as new life

    Companion podcast episode, "The Heart Is a Cocoon: Mourning to live" https://kathrynfink.com/the-heart-is-a-cauldron

    If you’d benefit from additional support in turning this lunation’s inspiration into practice, the the Patreon now includes an immersive practice of body and soil, bridging somatic awareness and calling upon the earth as witness, ancestor, kin, and lifegiver. You can access this and all past content, no matter when you join. www.patreon.com/theheartisacauldron

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    Artwork: Thangka from Traditional Art of Nepal traditionalartofnepal.com

    • 19 min
    The Heart Is a Cocoon: Mourning to live

    The Heart Is a Cocoon: Mourning to live

    Each of us will mourn, and folk traditions have long modeled radical ways of being with our grief in a way that nurtures our resilience, wisdom, and even joy.

    We sit in circle with mourners from diverse traditions that encourage us to come close to the exact things that empire teaches us to run away from: our bodies, our pain, and our resilience. And we re-member three kinds of magic that colonized ideas of funerals and mourning have mostly suppressed: the sacred container of time, space, and community; the body as ally; and radical intimacy.

    Finally, we explore how mourning bolsters our personal resilience and our collective resistance.

    ||0:03|| Prelude prayer-spell

    ||1:40|| Opening notes and introduction to the lunation’s energies

    ||7:07|| Visit with the funereal rites of the Torajans and Warlpiri

    ||15:46|| MUSICAL INTERMISSION “Arevelyan” by Armen Stepanyan from the album Armenian Highlands (Licensed from Hollywood Music Center)
    Find on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3nICDue
    Find on Apple Music: https://apple.co/3kR5RoT
    Donate to ArmeniaFund: https://www.armeniafund.org
    Learn more about what’s happening in Armenia: https://bit.ly/2ILFaoF

    ||20:16|| Three kinds of magic that colonized ideas of funerals and mourning have mostly suppressed: the sacred container of time, space, and community; the body as ally; and radical intimacy.

    ||38:22|| Questions for personal reflection, and mourning as personal resilience our collective resistance

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    Image credit: Artist unknown, vintage botanical illustration of Death’s Head Moth

    • 44 min
    In the Cauldron with Mugwort, Goose, and Psychopomps

    In the Cauldron with Mugwort, Goose, and Psychopomps

    Today, we invite into our cauldron the magic of mugwort, goose, and the psychopomps, or mythical conductors of souls, Baron Samedi, Anubis, and Hekate.

    These more than human kin are especially potent friends right now, as we walk through the gateway into the dark half of the year, but they can be called upon any time we long to come close to our ancestors, enter into powerful transitions, or shift our sense of possibility.

    For each ally, I’ll share some lore as well as my own reflections on how they show us the way to cross thresholds, assist us in navigating the spirit world and spirit flight, and teach us what it is to live from a sense of time that is cyclical, non-linear, and centered on the eternal present.

    At the end a deeply personal tale from my own healing relationship with these allies, full of the wonder and synchronicity that often arises when we step more fully into the web of being.

    || 3:20 || Goose

    || 14:10 || Mugwort

    || 21:00 || Psychopomps: Baron Samedi, Anubis, Hekate

    || 28:48|| Personal tale about mugwort, Hekate, and ancestral healing

    A few related links...

    Companion podcast episode, "The Heart Is a Veil, Lifted: Feasting with the ancestors in mythic time" https://soundcloud.com/the-heart-is-a-cauldron/the-heart-is-a-veil-lifted

    olivia pepper https://www.instagram.com/oliviapepper/

    A couple fave mugwort crafters (no paid promotion, just sharing the love):
    https://bloomcoshop.com/products/mugwort-bundle-protect-cleanse
    http://www.sisterspinster.net/shop
    https://banefolk.com/shop/

    And if my tale of the ancestral grove touched you, take a look at the Patreon. Folx in the Fruit Bearer level are receiving a guided journey this month from me that will lead you to your own sacred space for ancestral healing. www.patreon.com/theheartisacauldron

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    Artwork: "Hekate," pastel on paper by Maximilian Pirner, 1901

    • 34 min

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I hope that you will share again soon. This was really special for me to hear on so many levels. Blessings to you (ALL) in the new year.

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