Host of The Priestess Podcast Julie Parker takes you on a journey of the top five most popular episodes for 2021. Who will be number one?!
This episode of The Priestess Podcast might be about to bust a myth or belief you have wide open. And so get ready. If you think your soul work is all about what you do for a living or to earn money - my guest today Katherine Mackenzie Smith is here to lovingly challenge that notion and - put honestly - get you to think much bigger, deeper and wider about yourself and your reason for being here in this life than that. Katherine has a truly divine way of expressing the depths of what it means to be human - in all our mess, loveliness, shadow and imperfect perfection. This is a conversation that may just change your life and have you viewing what you ‘do’ and who you truly are, in a whole new light.
First time author Becca Piastrelli is back with us on The Priestess Podcast today to talk about her divine book ‘Root & Ritual.’ This beautiful talisman of wisdom is a rich exploration of what it means to ‘belong’ as a modern human being, and guides us with practical and soulful ways to connect with land, lineage, community and self. In this episode Becca and I dive deeply into the power of understanding our inherent relationship with nature, the miracle that is our DNA and ancestry, the lush relationship between food and our spiritual connections and the archetype of the wild woman. Root & Ritual is one of my most favourite reads of the year and a divine gift for yourself or a soul you love who is in search of greater meaning and connection in their life.
The term Christ Consciousness is a relatively new one to me. And I knew the first time that I heard it, it was something I wanted to deepen into further and learn more about. Then when I found Alia Walston I knew I had found the perfect vessel to deepen with and bring to you in this episode of The Priestess Podcast. While I don’t know what your beliefs or knowledge about Christ Consciousness are - you may like me - be about to have it’s true meaning opened up to you and even challenged. What is the role of Yeshua with Christ Consciousness? Is it only about or from the Christian faith? Or is it more than that and something we all have the capacity to connect with further? Alia is about to lead you on a journey that answers all these questions - and then likely raise more for you - as a true catalyst and initiator of spirit always does.
In continuing in this current season of The Priestess Podcast to bring you more divine guests living in the crone stage of their life, I am so thrilled to be joined in this episode by Diana DuBrow. Diana is a Scent Priestess and filled with heart and wisdom. She has been in service to the world as a priestess for more than forty years, with a particular passion for the art of essential oils, sensory acuity and anointing. Get ready to be inspired by this truly incredible woman and her passion for sisterhood, the collective, and our ongoing spiritual awakening as leaders.
So, you may already know this - or you may not. Feng Shui is about so much more than just furniture placement in your home and office. The divine Grace Niu is sharing with us today on The Priestess Podcast about this amazingly beautiful and soul rich spiritual practice that has so many benefits for our life. Grace brings eastern and western wisdom and practice to all she does in an incredible way, and you will undoubtedly learn some things from today’s episode not just about Feng Shui, but indeed your own life and soul longings, that you might never have previously recognised. This is the beauty of listening to practising intuitive mentors and guides that are an embodiment of years of ancestral and cultural wisdom. It’s learning that you simply can’t get in the same way from anyone else.
In the fast paced modern world we live in it seems sometimes as though we are always searching for something new, fresh and never before seen. Our culture is one that at times feels filled with disposables and an insatiable desire for the latest ‘thing’. And while new things can bring us so much, we surely must recognise that the old, the old ways, the ancient, the wise and wisdom filled, have deep merit too. I’ve often thought that a deep indicator of how well functioning a society is, is seen in how it treats its elderly and older citizens. The better that is, to me, the more likely enlightened that society would be. My guest on The Priestess Podcast today talking all things crone wisdom in her precious 70’s, is the extraordinary Anique Radiant Heart. Anique has been a High Priestess for decades and has inspired and worked with thousands of women around the world as they’ve been uncovering their version of this sacred leadership path. Her wisdom and humor and passion is timeless.
Holding space. I know it’s something that many of you who listen to The Priestess Podcast do whether it be as a parent, sacred space holder, coach, healer or guide. How well do you do it however? How deeply, how reverently, how present, how focused? Big questions I know but there is no one better I could think of to converse with about such things than my guest today, Heather Plett, author of ‘The Art of Holding Space’ and the Founder of the Centre for Holding Space. Heather leads us in this interview about how vital it is we learn to hold space for ourselves, what liminal space is and why it’s so important to know as a space holder, why we should be aiming to move from safe to brave spaces and the most potent step you can take right now to become a better space holder. Get ready to leave this conversation with your heart lit and ready to become better at your craft and the art of conversation with those you love.
It’s well beyond time that we started to acknowledge in the self development and spiritual worlds that so much of what we may be healing and trying to work through is due to the collective oppressions we have all been living with for generations. We of course must all take responsibility for our own learning, unlearning and rising above, but when we can see that systems of oppression like the patriarchy have been designed and deliberately orchestrated to keep women and non-binary folks quiet, subjugated, lost, confused and separated from each other, we begin a path of power. My guest today Andrea Owen is here to talk about patriarchal unlearning and unravelling so we can step out, speak up and just like the title of her latest book ‘Make Some Noise.’
Shamanism. Shamans. Shamanic practices. So many myths and mistruths and misconceptions abound about them all. And so I am absolutely thrilled to be in conversation today with Deb Macintyre on The Priestess Podcast - a Shaman by birth and royal lineage. Deb’s grounded, practical and refreshing way of speaking to these topics is going to ignite your soul - it and she did mine. I left this conversation feeling empowered and even more ready to explore my own Celtic lineage and spiritual traditions. May you take inspiration from Deb’s words to potentially do the same.
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How someone may come to concepts in our lives such as the Divine Feminine is of course as varied as we all are. I have always had a fascination with people who have had the world of the Goddess and Divine surrounding them since birth, because it was not something that came into my own field of consciousness (even though it WAS present), until I was well into adulthood. My guest on The Priestess Podcast today, Jonita D’souza has been surrounded by the Goddess since an early age, but in a culture that she came to realise that while very leaning towards female deity worship, did not so much show that respect ongoing towards women in day to day life. Her journey as an Indian woman in this realm and her opening to the Divine Feminine at a later stage in her life is fascinating and one that I know will inspire you.
If you are a regular listener of The Priestess Podcast then you will know that I am a big believer in the power of all things ancient and ancestral. Our past and the past of others has so much to teach us about ourselves in a modern context - everything from how we relate to each other, how things like the patriarchy impacts us, spiritual traditions and more. Part of that ‘more’ is our health and wellbeing and my guest today - Jema Lee - is passionate about the wisdom of the ancient world and things related to that such as ancestral health, nature based healing and tapping into the wisdom and medicine of our cyclical selves. She’s a passionate guide and here to share with us today the power of the ancient world when it comes to our health and wellbeing and the connection of those things to our own spiritual journeys through life.
My guest on The Priestess Podcast today is the beautiful and soulful top ranking podcast host, author and mindfulness expert Rachael Kable. Rachael discovered mindfulness at a time in her life when she was experiencing challenging thoughts and feelings that were taking her out of the present moment and either focusing on her past, or projecting her into the future and a space of being where things were even yet to happen. And if you’ve had thoughts like that then you will relate. I think we all can in so many ways. Rachael guides us today on what mindfulness is, it’s connection to self-compassion and our spirituality and how to gently begin to cultivate it. And slowing down as a part of this? Oh yes please.
Can you relate to any of the following things dear listener…? You want to be seen but you don’t. You want to draw people towards you and your work but you don’t want to be judged or criticised. You want to put yourself out there in a big and bold way but you don’t want to make a mistake. You want more followers on social media but you don’t want to have to share everything about your life. I think that many of us can relate to at least some of these things and I know I certainly have before. On the surface it can seem such a simple and even easy thing as a human being - just make yourself visible. Be seen. Get out there. But it not’s that easy right? Right. Many of us have fears and concerns about what it means to be more visible and more often than not those fears are ones of our own creation. My brilliant guest on The Priestess Podcast today is Life and Business Coach Laura Banks and she’s here to break this down for us in a soulful but also practical way that’s going to help you shine and be seen before you know it!
Host of The Priestess Podcast Julie Parker shares in this solo episode about the very real and even very helpful power of your fears. Those fears that hold us back, keep us small, have us hide and stop ourselves from being and shining in our full light. What are they really about? Could they be something more than a voice or feeling that stops us from doing and being what we truly want to do and be? Could their meaning be deeper than that and in fact a sign that we are on the threshold of something amazing? Imagine that...
Sometimes when we talk about things like developing confidence and sovereignty and being in charge of our own life, the narrative around that can make it sound somewhat easy. Make this decision! Change your mindset! Choose a different path! And while all of those things, and many more, may indeed help, it does not mean that the changes or transitions or releasing they require are actually easy, or feel great all the time. My guest on The Priestess Podcast today, Erika Cramer, is known as the Queen of Confidence and her spin on confidence is that it does NOT always feel great to develop it. Developing confidence and being the Queen of your own life can at times mean making tough decisions, shaking in your boots, needing to push through something and change old habits and stories you’ve comfortably held on to for a long time. The great news is however that on the other side and through such times is a renewed or even newly found sense of self that will place you at the centre of your own life and confidently knowing who you are and what you’re really here to do.
If you are anything like me, then you grew up in a household where you were told that being a ‘good girl’ was very important. And in fact, it was the most important thing you could be and along with it all things such as sweet, giving, forgiving and more. My guest on The Priestess Podcast today, Majo Molfino, is here to share with us about this good girl myth and how it can be damaging to our soul purpose, vitality, and how we show up in the world everyday. Majo also reassures us that the good girl way of being has its advantages, especially when we are children, but the key is to be discerning now and truly work out how it may be holding us back from our fullest potential and having vibrant relationships with those around us.
Boundaries. Hmmmm. We all need them right? We know they are a good thing. That in fact they can elevate our life, confidence, relationships and so much more. But knowing such things and actually implementing them as a conscious practice into our being and world, is a whole other thing all together. My guest on The Priestess Podcast today is psychotherapist Terri Cole, and she’s here to guide us into a new relationship with boundaries, one that is sovereign, self-determined and has our spiritual selves and health at the core. If you are someone who struggles to set and maintain positive boundaries for yourself in your life this one is a must. And may indeed even be life changing.
There comes a time for all of us in our lives where we may need to undergo a complete inner transformation or even clean out of some kind. In fact, we may need to undergo or do such a thing many times. My Priestess Podcast guest today, Elaine So, calls this an inner revolution, and she has made it part of her life’s work to support women undergoing this transition. Elaine speaks to us today about this revolutionary undertaking and how it involves de-conditioning, curiosity, awareness, tapping into our intuition and even developing our psychic abilities. And she beautifully describes as well how when even just one of us undergoes inner revolution, we create the conditions collectively for it to be possible for us all.
My guest on The Priestess Podcast today, Lee Noto, believes there is a High Priestess in all of us. Now that may feel or seem hard to believe for some of you which I fully appreciate, but when you listen in to Lee and her own priestess journey and her embodiment of this archetype in life, sexuality, health, creativity and life purpose, I have a feeling you may just see a little bit - or even a lot of yourself - in her words. Let’s dive into the deep and rich world of the High Priestess Archetype.
Megan Fraser (Priestess Moon) is a Western Australian artist and author. Her work is designed to impart a sense of enchantment, and she has five solo exhibitions to her name as well as numerous group exhibitions. Renowned for being colourful, decorative and highly symbolic, her work brings universal symbols into a modern context. Priestess Moon’s works have strong links to illuminated manuscripts, herbal codex and magickal grimoires. Containing special symbols that act as energy tools, the artwork is designed to evoke certain qualities such as peace, protection and prosperity. The addition of gold leaf to many of her paintings enhances the meaning, luminosity and beauty of the pieces.
Host of The Priestess Podcast Julie Parker shares in this solo episode the spiritual (and life) lessons that can reveal themselves to us when we feel uncomfortable. No one necessarily enjoys feeling uncomfortable, but within the experience there can be so many lessons for us about self-care, perfectionism, tolerance and grace. Where do we project? Where do we overreact? Where do we bypass? Where do we bury? And what are the genuine benefits not just for us as an individual, but indeed all of humanity that can be found within the lessons of discomfort? They are absolutely there if we are open to them.
Is your soul purpose in life all about what you do? Who you are? A combination of both? Or maybe even neither? Such are the questions of life, love and the Universe that we are exploring today on The Priestess Podcast with my guest Sahara Rose. Sahara’s take on your life legacy and what you are truly here to unveil about yourself in your life and spiritual journey is filled with wisdom. She also shares with us more about her own ancestral lineage as a daughter of refugees and how that still impacts her work today. It’s a refreshing and uplifting conversation on the true essence of your dharma and soul purpose.
Why are people so afraid of being anti-racist? How can that be the case when it is something that so many of us desire to do? This is the question we explore deeply on The Priestess Podcast today with my guest diversity, equity and inclusion coach Trudi Lebron. You are about to dive into fear, failure, perfectionism, white supremacy, oppressive systems, busting out of the good girl persona and learning to be accepting of discomfort and getting things wrong. It’s only when we do so that we can hope to address our own bias, embrace matters of social justice as a part of our spiritual path and create the world we all long for. A world that is steeped in humanity, inclusion and equity for all.