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The Numinous Podcast is a show about intuition, spirituality and the mystery of life. The host, Carmen Spagnola, is an intersectional witch and clinical hypnotherapist who has smart, soulful conversations with interesting people.

The Numinous Podcast Carmen Spagnola

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 54 Ratings

The Numinous Podcast is a show about intuition, spirituality and the mystery of life. The host, Carmen Spagnola, is an intersectional witch and clinical hypnotherapist who has smart, soulful conversations with interesting people.

    TNP169 Sophie Macklin on Antifascist Folklore and Ungovernable Bodies

    TNP169 Sophie Macklin on Antifascist Folklore and Ungovernable Bodies

    Sophie Macklin is an anarchist mystic living on Tongva land, near the Los Angeles river. She’s lived in California for fifteen years but comes from Canterbury, England.

    She practises brythonic polytheism, antifascism, devotion to an animate world, and anarchist living. She specializes in topics related to anarchism, mysticism, radical history, communication with the human and more than human world, anti-capitalism, antifascism, reclaiming the commons, anti-ableism, and exploring different ways of knowing.

    Sophie is the person I chose to be the first reader of the manuscript for my book, The Spirited Kitchen. From the very earliest kernel of thought I had about potentially writing a book, she came to mind as the person I wanted to give me the first pass of honest feedback. Why? Because I think she might be the smartest person I know. Her cultural analysis is tops and I have learned so, so, so much from her way of teaching and of being in business.

    And at the time, I still had some things to unpack in my own mind about what to valorize and what not to valorize in a book about ancestral veneration, as a white settler under capitalism, in a time of increasing fascism. I knew there was nuance needed and also some firmness and boundaries so that my work couldn't be pressed into the service of white supremacy. I’m so grateful for Sophie for helping me see how I could improve my manuscript.

    Here we are jamming on anarchy, antifascism, ableism, and ungovernable bodies.

    Check out Sophie's work here:

    Beyond the Blood

    Ungovernable Bodies

    Radical Well Tending: Living Folkways of Care with Sophie & Becka

    I also mentioned RCCX Theory. This is a model we often use when we discuss sickness in The Numinous Network, particularly within the Sensitive Nervous Systems + Long Covid Connection group.

    • 58 min
    TNP168 Somatics for White-Bodied Folks Recovering Ancestral Wisdom with Marika Heinrichs

    TNP168 Somatics for White-Bodied Folks Recovering Ancestral Wisdom with Marika Heinrichs

    Marika Heinrichs is the granddaughter of German Mennonite, British, and Irish settlers to the part of Turtle Island colonially known as Canada. She is a queer, femme, somatics practitioner and facilitator whose work focuses on the recovery of ancestral wisdom through body-based ways of knowing, and challenging the appropriation and erasure of Indigenous knowledge in the field of somatics. Marika resides on Attawandaron, Haudenosaunee and Anishinabe territory (a.k.a. Guelph, Ontario). 

    Kai Cheng Thom

    Susan Raffo's Piece on the origins of craniosacral therapy

    Susan Raffo's piece on acknowledging the lineages of healing practices

    Bear Hebert on quitting yoga

    Michael J. Morris

    Prentis Hemphill

    Don Hanlon Jonhson

    Camille Barton

    Robin Wall Kimmerer

    Resmaa Menakem

    generative somatics

    NeuroAffective Touch

    Focusing

    Marika's blog post on Bealtaine

    Marika's course for practitioners

    • 1 hr 3 min
    TNP167 Lessons Learned from Ira Glass, Roxane Gay and the Making of The Spirited Kitchen

    TNP167 Lessons Learned from Ira Glass, Roxane Gay and the Making of The Spirited Kitchen

    The Spirited Kitchen: Recipes and Rituals of the Wheel of the Year is now available for pre-order! (Check it out here.) In this episode, I'm sharing how and why I wrote this cookbook – the stories, friends, mentors, and supports that helped me navigate the fear, creative blocks, and emotional paralysis that came up in the process. 

    Resources In This Episode

    Sarah Selecky

    Nerys Patterson's Cattle Lords and Clansmen

    Michael Newton, HiddenGlen.org

    F.Marian McNeill, The Silver Bough and The Scots Kitchen

    Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch

    Quaker Committee of Care 

    Sophie Macklin's courses: Ungovernable Bodies and Beyond the Blood

    Lauren Bacon: Curious For A Living

    Cyndi Brannen, PhD.

    Ira Glass quote about having killer taste that exceeds your skill level

    Roxane Gay's writing Masterclass

     

    Check out the pre-order bonuses! If you place a bulk order, or have a group of Spirited Kitchen fans who'd like me to visit your bookclub, please reach out to: admin@carmenspagnola.com

    Come hang out with us in The Numinous Network where I'll be doing cooking demos in Carmen's Cookbook Club and holding online Wheel of the Year rituals for each solstice, equinox and halfway point in between. 

    The book hits stores on October 18, 2022. Pre-order today and save $10 per copy!

     

     

    • 53 min
    TNP166 Cultivating Sisterhood at (Trans) Midlife with Aurelie Richards

    TNP166 Cultivating Sisterhood at (Trans) Midlife with Aurelie Richards

    Aurelie Richards is a writer, educator, beekeeper, witch, performer, community builder, gardener, wounded healer. She's a Jewish woman with trans experience, living in Germany. She's long been an advocate for queer rights, trans community building, and domestic violence prevention, especially in rural and small-town contexts. And she's the manager of The Numinous Network and very dear to me.

    Aurelie had feedback for me about something I said in my last episode with Nikiah Seeds, so we've continued the conversation here. Listen in as we work through differences and bring in more context and practice repair skills like the soft start up, balancing power, and dropping in to deep listening.

    Check out her work at AurelieRichards.com

    Hang out with us in The Numinous Network

    • 1 hr 13 min
    TNP165 Embracing Sovereignty at Midlife with Nikiah Seeds

    TNP165 Embracing Sovereignty at Midlife with Nikiah Seeds

    Welcome back to the podcast, Nikiah Seeds! Nikiah has been a ceremonialist and teacher of ritual, myth, and ancestral veneration for a couple decades now since her early years as a doula. She’s founder of the Red Moon Mystery School and co-author of the book Moon Mysteries about connecting with your menstrual cycle, and she’s been leading sacred drum-making retreats for years and years.

     

    Nikiah was last here in 2017 when we talked about sacred beekeeping. But we’ve actually known each other since about 2007. We've witnessed each other grow and our careers evolve over the years so it’s fun to be able to have a visit and talk about the thresholds we stand upon now as women at midlife. Originally we were going to talk about ageing and elderhood and Embracing the Crone and how that archetype speaks to us, but actually…it turns out there’s still a lot to figure out about this in-between phase of becoming the cunning woman who stands between maidenhood and cronehood. 

     

    • 1 hr 4 min
    TNP164 The Astrology of Midlife with Danielle Blackwood

    TNP164 The Astrology of Midlife with Danielle Blackwood

    Danielle Blackwood last appeared on the podcast in 2019 when we talked about her previous book, The Twelve Faces of the Goddess. Now she’s back with a fabulous book that I highly recommend to people aged 25 to 55 especially - it’s called A Lantern In The Dark: Navigate Life's Crossroads with Story, Ritual & Sacred Astrology.

    We're talking not only about the famous (infamous?) Saturn Return (age 28-30), but also about the lesser known major Midlife Transits:

    • the Pluto Square (age 36 to 48)
    • the Neptune Square (age 39-43)
    • the Uranus Opposition (age 41 - 45)
    • the Saturn Opposition (age 44 -45)
    • the Second Saturn Return (age 58 - 60)

    Learn more about Danielle's work here.

    Sign up for my newsletter to get the link for Free Week in the Numinous Network happening June 16 - 22, 2022.

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

RyeGrist ,

Incredible

TNP161 Collapse in a Nutshell is the most incredible summary and practical advice I’ve ever heard. OMG thank you Carmen.

janerioseco ,

So Many Treasures!!!

I love this podcast! Thank you, Carmen, for sharing your interests, wisdom, gifts, and offerings so generously thru this podcast. I’ve just listened to the Somatic Mentoring with Patti Elledge and as in each episode, this one is full of tangible gifts I can integrate into my own life to expand potential for wellbeing, deep connection, and inspiration. There are so many fascinating interviews and I feel as though you are weaving together a tapestry of resources to draw from as we learn together how to navigate these complicated times. Thank you!

Purplecj ,

Always Provides a New Perspective

I have listened to every episode. There is a relaxed quality within nicely structured conversation that struck me from the beginning. I feel less alone listening to the topics and folks Carmen brings forward. I learn about things I didn't even know existed, or more deeply about things I'm already exploring. Thank you for this important work.

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