The Wisdom of Plants with Angela Segraves

In my interview with spiritual herbalist and energy healer Angela Segraves, we talked about the wisdom of plants and how to connect with them. We each had a story or two about listening to plants, and Angela led us through a short meditation to find a plant ally of our own.

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The first episode of The Natural Wisdom Podcast was recorded July 10, 2021. Topics included an introduction to the podcast and its purpose, a little about how it came about, and some practical wisdom on aligning your lifestyle with Nature’s rhythms. Follow the podcast on your favorite podcast platform, including Apple, Spotify, Anchor.fm, Google, Breaker, RadioPublic and PocketCasts.

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Here are some of the highlights of what is on offer in The Natural Wisdom Podcast:

  • Astrology! I’ll be hosting regular (at least monthly) astro-weather forecasts and insights to help you get in synch.
  • One of my pet subjects is how our lifestyle can be our medicine. When and how we eat, for example, is often more powerful than what we eat.
  • Other ways to connect with the natural world, from communicating with plants and animals to ‘catching the season’ and more.

Every episode will be geared to helping humans remember ourselves as Nature. Have ideas for speakers or subjects? Become a patron, follow me on Patreon, or send me a comment here on my website.

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List of Episodes

Season 1

Episode 1, July 10, 2021 – Remember Yourself as Nature

Bonus episode – Connect with your inner Sun!

Bonus episode – Feel your inner Moon

Bonus episode – Injuries are my teachers

Episode 2, August 7, 2021 – We are seasonal beings!

Bonus episode – How to get grounded

Bonus episode – Virgo New Moon and seasonal transitions

Episode 3, 2021- An interview with astrologer Emily Trinkaus!

Bonus episode – Message from the forest

Episode 4, October 16, 2021The Wisdom of Plants with Herbalist and energy healer Angela Segraves

Bonus episode – Entering the portal of Scorpio Season

Bonus episode – Scorpio Season Corrections and Uranian Amplifications

Episode 5, November 4, 2021- Learn how to connect with the animals in your life with Kim Shotola of The Lightfoot Way

Bonus episode – Plutonian Journeys

Episode 6, December 4th, 2021 – An epic conversation about current astrology with Emily Trinkaus – the Sagittarius Solar Eclipse, the confusion of Neptune, and releasing certainty and old beliefs.

Episode 7: A special Solstice episode on the astrology of the moment, plus a meditation and ritual for calling in our greatest desires.

Season 2

Episode 1, 2022 – New Year, New Moon, new beginnings

Episode 2, January 8th, 2022 – Cosmic Wisdom with Kristine and Emily. Emily Trinkaus and I covered the major shifts going on in the Heavens and what that means for all of us.

Episode 3, January 13th, 2022 – Turn fear into fuel with gifted healer Belinda Noakes

Coming up soon:

Episode 4, January 22, 2022 – The story of the ancient Queen of Heaven and her descent into the Underworld. This Sumerian myth has exact parallels to the journey of the planet Venus from morning to evening star.

Scorpio Super-Moon – what will break free from our depths?

Scorpio Super-Moon – what will break free from our depths?

Monday’s Super Full Moon in the sign of Scorpio brings old and new tensions to a head. Scorpio, ruled by the animating force of Mars, is the symbol of the edge-walker and the sense of intimacy with life that comes only through awareness of death. Mars has just crossed into the Moon’s sign of Cancer, the Great Mother of creation, and the two bodies are working together from each other’s homes. But with Mars “out-of-bounds” and unpredictable, and Pluto – Underworld Lord  with a Scorpionic feel – standing still as it prepares to turn retrograde, there is a ferocity and obsessive quality in force as this Full Moon brings to light what has been hidden. 

The Scorpio Moon stands opposite the Sun and Uranus in earth sign Taurus. Radical, revolutionary Uranus exacerbates the unpredictable energy of Mars and Pluto, suggesting potential breakthroughs, break-outs, or breakdowns. These aspects alone point to a powerful time for breaking free from old patterns and restrictions, as well as a time of plumbing the depths of our own hearts and minds for what we are ready to release.

However, the Full Moon-Sun/Uranus opposition triggers the tense square angle between Uranus and Saturn in its home sign of Aquarius. We have felt the strain between these planets since the beginning of the year and perhaps most acutely at the U.S. inauguration. Uranus pulls us toward freedom and release, while Saturn constricts and restrains. The interplay between these forces continues through 2021, culminating on Christmas Eve, pointing to the continuation of eruptions of resistance to authority and control.

Uranus in Taurus is known for triggering earthquakes and volcanoes, break-throughs and eruptions in the Earth itself. As Taurus is associated with money, agriculture, food, and other forms of what is material, these breaks can come in the financial system, agriculture or food supply as well other material aspects of life. Crypto-currency, the current volatility of the stock markets, and lab-manufactured ‘food’ are all examples of revolutionary Uranus in Taurus. 

Yet another layer of meaning for this Saturn-Uranus square is the inherent conflict between old traditions (Saturn) and the revolutionary and new (Uranus). Nowhere is this more evident than in the field of health science right now, where the traditional story of germ theory is being tested and challenged by our growing knowledge of the microbiome. Conclusions drawn based on the new science, especially around the pandemic, have been ignored or suppressed as potentially contradicting the current response policies. Yet, without access to all the research, scientific rigor becomes mired in dogma.

These health policy conflicts are the tip of an iceberg: the question of what it means to be human, and what it means to be ‘natural’, and what role technology will play in our future. Will we continue to tinker and remodel ourselves as human beings by incorporating technology into our bodies?  Learn to see ourselves as an integral part of the natural world on our home planet and treat both accordingly? Or is there room for both, somehow?

With Saturn in Aquarius, the sign ruling science, this year’s conflict, suppression and disruptions indicated by the square to Uranus pave the way for Pluto’s entry into Aquarius in 2023-24. Just as Pluto in Capricorn has coincided with the transformation of institutions, governments, and other human traditions around the world, its entry into the sign of science, technology, and human wisdom promises death and rebirth in those areas of life over the next two decades.

The Full Moon may offer us a preview of the some of the paradigm shifts we are undergoing as a collective. It most certainly offers us the opportunity for our own personal breakthroughs. Where are we constricted by old rules or ideas? How do we integrate ourselves into Nature, and Nature into ourselves in our daily lives?

With three of the four fixed signs activated at this Full Moon, there is a feeling of a logjam waiting to break free. What is lacking is the fiery, creative expression of Leo. Each of us can fill in the missing energy by tapping into the blaze of our hearts, and expressing what we find there.

See what Monday night’s Full Moon brings to light for you, and how your heart wants to break free.

If you want to learn practical ways of aligning with Nature in your daily life, join me for my seven-week Diet as Medicine course, beginning May 5th.

What does astrology have to do with natural well-being?

What does astrology have to do with natural well-being?

…when rightly understood, [astrology] opens the way clearly to an understanding of the manifestations of Nature through human and mundane affairs.” – Llewellyn George

Someone once asked me what astrology had to do with nature. Here are some thoughts on that question.

Prefer to read rather than watch? Here is a transcript.

Germ war and peace

I am more than a little discouraged at the polarization of viewpoints over various elements of the pandemic at a time when curiosity and cooperation could not be more important. Social media has become a hotbed of fear, anger and shaming over how individuals choose to respond to the situation. Not only is there little agreement,  there is no room for disagreement over such basic questions as whether masks are effective tools in protecting people’s health; whether, when and how much we should be able to return to daily life outside our homes; and even the extent of the threat – or very existence – of a virus itself. And to my great confusion, these questions have become partisan issues, making it difficult if not impossible to question and examine without immediately attracting an unwanted and unwarranted label. 

We’re moving from theory to practice, from preaching to teaching, from knowing to asking questions, from big picture to little picture (details). We need to cultivate Gemini perception, recognise duality, engage rational and intellect. This isn’t about accepting what we’ve been told, instead it’s continuing to enquire so that we find our own answers.

Leah Whitehorse

For someone who believes neither in the mainstream narrative nor conspiracy theories, any conversation becomes a minefield. But from my perspective, not only are we missing the mark on addressing the underlying causes of one new, virulent virus, but many of the commonly accepted solutions have the potential to make our health, both individually and collectively, worse, especially in the long term.

The fundamental mainstream narrative of the pandemic rests on the assumption we are helpless victims of a viral invader, and only technology – from masks to vaccines – will save us from its clutches. Yet protection from invasion is only one part of the story of health, and an old and destructive one at that. It is based in our unconscious mindset of warfare and conflict, and the even more unconscious assumption that as human beings, we are separate individuals, each self-contained and ending at the outside edge of our skin. Based on this erroneous and incomplete worldview, our culture sees disease as something outside of ourselves, a foe to be conquered. We have a war on every thing we label as illness; we talk about survivors and victims; sickness is caused by an external enemy we can identify and kill.

One consequence of this thinking has been our war on microbes and ‘germs’, based on our embrace of germ theory, which has become an unquestioned assumption on which the conventional medical model – from research to treatment – rests. Antibiotics and their overuse, anti-bacterial soaps, chlorinated water, and even health laws requiring sterile containers for making cultured foods such as cheese, show the extent to which we have gone out of our way to limit or eradicate the microbial population with which we come into contact. And sadly for our health, we have been far too successful.

In recent years, the conventional medical world had just been discovering the problems this war on germs was creating, such as strains of ‘super-bugs’ that are harder to kill and more destructive. And then there is what natural health practitioners know and honor: our bodies are not all human. Bacteria and viruses – our ‘microbiome’ – make up a significant proportion of what we think of as ‘our’ bodies by such measures as the proportion of the total cells with human DNA versus ‘other’ DNA. We are not separate and ‘pure’ humans, but living, breathing, animate ecosystems, and these non-human parts of ourselves are essential to our ability to digest food, eliminate toxins, and manage less-helpful microbes from our environment. We have been poisoning ourselves with antibiotics and medicines meant to attack invading diseases. 

We have also poisoned ourselves by poisoning the Earth – and our soil and food- with pesticides and herbicides (not to mention pollution) designed, again, to kill the plants and creatures we deem enemies. The result has devastated – I don’t think that’s too strong a word – our digestive systems. It is difficult to find a statistic for it as our conventional medical world doesn’t even know how to measure it, but we can point to the rapid and exponential rise of everything from ‘irritable bowel syndrome’ – a catch-all for conditions physicians don’t know how to treat – to gluten intolerance and all sorts of food sensitivities, as well as so-called auto-immune conditions. Interestingly enough, one of the most promising new treatments for some of the most severe digestive conditions is fecal matter transplantation (FMT), which involves refining feces from a healthy person and transplanting into the sick person to recolonize their lower intestinal tract with ‘good’ bacteria. And of course, in the natural health world, a key recommendation is often to take ‘probiotics’ or to eat fermented foods in order to add back in some of the bacteria killed off by our modern lifestyles.

Before Covid, we were just beginning to see more focus on the natural and ‘alternative’ medical view of addressing health by strengthening the whole person, rather than just focusing on disease. In other words, make the terrain inhospitable to the invader. A primary line of defense agains ‘bad’ viruses and bacteria is having enough of the good ones; our microbiome is an inextricable component of our immunity. 

Yet now, here we are right back to using anti-bacterial soaps, hand sanitizers, disinfectant sprays and all sorts of ultra-cleaning techniques in a bid to eradicate one virus. And, lest it needs to be said, eradicating a whole lot of beneficial microbes along with it. Just as with the natural world, that loss of biodiversity within us has severe implications for our health.

Another tragedy of the current shift to repelling invasion and finding a technological cure for any illness is the helplessness it engenders. In the case of Covid, we are told to sit tight, keep your distance, close yourself off and wait for the technological silver bullet. Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the mainstream narrative around Covid for me and other natural health practitioners I know is the utter absence of any advice or even analysis on how people can strengthen their own resistance to the virus. Instead, we have social distancing and masks, both of which have very unpleasant and even health-threatening consequences, particularly over the long haul. And since we are at war with the virus, adopting these measures is implicitly related to being a good and responsible citizen for many, contributing to the politicization of the issue.

This time affords us the opportunity to learn how to be healthy instead of simply continuing our failing war with disease. To begin with, we can recognize that health does not come from a one-size-fits-all approach. There is no one right way to eat or to exercise; each of us has a unique constitution. 

We must also expand our thinking beyond the simple questions of what goes into our mouths and how many calories we burn. When and how we eat, how much television we watch, and other lifestyle elements such as sleep habits have significant impacts on our health. For some, the shelter-in-place orders may have led to the discovery of the importance of downtime and rest for everything from digestion to sleep to mental clarity. 

And while we are at it, we can start breaking down the artificial barriers between body, mind and spirit/soul.

The war on germs and disease is costing us our health. It is time to make peace.