What's the F***ing Point episode 12: Krystal of Power Femme Tarot on Socially Conscious Tarot

Whether you already love the tarot, know nothing about it, or are "tarot curious" like I've been in recent years, you're gonna dig this interview with Krystal of Power Femme Tarot.

If you've been listening to the show, you know that I'm getting increasingly interested in the tarot as a tool for self reflection and accessing intuitive guidance. I've touched on the tarot with guests in previous episodes, but this is the first all-out-tarot episode, and I couldn't have picked a better guest for it.

In this episode, Krystal and I talk about:

  • her "justice-centered" relationship with the tarot (the spiritual is the political)
  • favorite decks and being a "deck slut" :D
  • why she feels it's important to approach the tarot from a perspective of both intuition AND intellect
  • why she prescribes to the power of intention rather than the law of attraction
  • what she does for her daily draw
  • how she does long-distance readings
  • her unexpected journey from pantheism to polytheism
  • our concerns about the traditional maiden-mother-crone conception of goddess, and how we can understand the goddess in a more liberated and inclusive way
  • what's gender got to do (got to do) with it?
  • why we're both obsessed with Buffy (and the badass podcast Buffering the Vampire Slayer)
  • how and why she has made her own "little white book" for the deck
  • a card that she draws for us as a collective reading!

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**ALSO! Krystal is generously offering WtFP listeners 10% off tarot readings through the end of 2018 using the code THEPOINT18, so definitely take advantage of her unique readings!

About Krystal / Power Femme Tarot

Krystal is a New Orleans-based queer femme witch, priestess of the Morrigan, crafter of sacred tools, and professional tarot reader and teacher. She holds a PhD in Gender Studies and, in her muggle life, is a college professor. Her academic nature has led her to study tarot rigorously and joyfully since the age of 15. Krystal's lifelong personal and professorial commitment to feminism, queer politics, and social justice also shapes her approach to tarot. For Krystal, tarot bridges intuition and intellect as well as the spiritual and the political. Krystal uses tarot to crack open space for empowerment, individual and collective healing, and social change.

Krystal is available to facilitate classes and read tarot at events in the New Orleans area. She is also presently developing an online tarot for social justice course called "Tarot in the Tower." Krystal is offering WTFP listeners 10% off tarot readings through the end of 2018, and she has so many unique spreads she has created — I will be doing my first reading with her soon and will be sure to report back! The discount code is in the episode, and be sure to check out the full show notes because this one is chock full of awesome resources.

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What's the F***ing Point episode 11: Rebecca Trinidad on Healing with Plants

You guys are in for a treat with episode 11...

...and not just because the first 90 seconds of the intro is live footage of me freaking the fuck out about just discovering a giant spider near me. I kept it in for your entertainment, and because being in the wild outdoors is a very appropriate introduction for today's guest, Rebecca Trinidad.

Rebecca is a new friend I met earlier this year at a druid gathering in the Louisiana woods. If anyone I've met actually fits the description "radiates goddess energy," it's Rebecca (as evidenced by this photo of her). 

In this episode, Rebecca and I talk about:

  • what it's like living rural (OMG you guys an hour from the closest Target *hives* jkduh)
  • how she first got interested in herbal healing
  • the value of bringing herbalism to underserved populations
  • WTF is permaculture
  • WTF is druidry
  • her go-to tarot spread
  • her experience of having multiple ethnicities and being called to her ancestral roots
  • shamanism and cultural appropriation
  • colonialism and the US's fucked up response to Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico
  • what fiction most inspires us

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About Rebecca Trinidad

Rebecca Trinidad is a Hedge Druid living in North Florida. In the face of rising healthcare costs, she studies Herbalism as a way to encourage prevention and wellness at lower cost to the wallet and the body. In her spare time, she performs yoga and dabbles in mystic hobbies such as shamanic journeying, tarot cards and researching comparative mythology.

Oh, and Rebecca does not have a website or social media, which we exchanged some texts about earlier, in summation me saying "I bow to you." If y'all have questions for her, email me [valerie at wonderwelltherapy dot com] or comment on this post, and I will relay them to her for response! 

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And... my spider friend from the intro. Holy shit you guys, in person it was THE MOST (human for scale)

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What's the F***ing Point episode 10: Tierra B on Pivoting from Federal Officer to Full-time Yogi

Tierra B is one of those people that magnetizes any room she walks into. 

I met Tierra at the Prison Yoga Project training in Nashville a couple months ago, and have loved following her online since then. With a bachelors in Crime, Law, and Justice, and a masters in Forensics, Tierra started her career in federal law enforcement. Eventually, patriarchal bullshit (my words, not hers) was a big part of what made the work environment so toxic for her that she knew it was time to take a gamble and go all-in with yoga. 

In this episode, Tierra and I talk about:

  • her transition from law enforcement to full-time yoga
  • the injustice of how our modern criminal justice system dehumanizes people who are incarcerated
  • how she felt super uncomfortable in her first experiences of yoga, but now views discomfort as something we should lean into rather than avoid
  • the rollercoaster of entrepreneurship and her must-do daily self-care routines
  • spiritual connection with nature
  • how we get sucked into the consumer culture and the ongoing practice of prioritizing core values and goals over short-term "wants"
  • our shared struggle with the snooze button

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About Tierra B

Tierra B, (AKA YogiTB) hails from Prince Georges County, Maryland. She is a yoga student, freelance yoga instructor, mindfulness advocate, health & wellness advocate for people of color. Tierra decided to pursue yoga her freshman year of college as her gym credit and found it as an outlet, mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally. Ever since, she has advocated for the education and experience of living a more holistic, healthier lifestyle. Moving every day to motivate her students to practice self-care and build mindfulness practices. She is half of NamaSIP and creator of Flow2Glow, LLC.

Tierra has practiced yoga for ten years and has been a 200hr. RYT since 2017. Tierra is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University (BS) & Stevenson University (MS). She completed Yoga4Trauma Training, February 2018 and completed the Prison Yoga Project training, May 2018 in Nashville, TN. The type of classes YogiTB offers, are more of a flow, breath centered, free spirited vibe. She offers private, group & community classes. YogiTB works with all types of communities from schools to professional athletes. She teaches vinyasa, yin, restorative, trauma based and Trap Yoga. She promotes loving kindness practices & intentional actions/ways of living. Constantly motivating her students to vibrate high. Her aesthetic is positive energy & vibes just flowing. Tierra is a firm believer in your actions leave such a lasting impact on those you come into contact with.

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What's the F***ing Point episode 08: Emmy Singer on the Union of Opposites

Y’all are about to be shook when you hear that my guest for this episode is, wait for it… a YOGA TEACHER.

Why yes, I *am* hilarious since 4 of my first 6 guests have been yoga teachers — but, hallooo, so much more than only that, and each one a gem in her own right. 

This week’s guest is Emmy Singer, founder of Inner Light Yoga studio and one of my biggest inspirations and teachers in the yoga world. Like a few of my other guests so far, Emmy is a fellow Nashvillian —and unbeknownst (isn't that a fucking great word? hah) to me until we recorded, originally hails from upstate New York very near last week’s guest, Sarah Jane Chapman. Hello, small world!

In this episode, Emmy and I talk about:

  • the winding path that landed her in Nashville, where she and her husband Lee opened up the city’s first music-based yoga studio, Inner Light Yoga (where I am so fortunate to get to be a part of the team) 
  • the importance of healers and teachers of all kinds being REAL as opposed to trying to seem like you have all the answers
  • our shared curiosity about astrology, tarot, past life regression, and dreams, with some tips for beginning your own dream analysis
  • how she views union of opposites as a framework for living — stillness and movement, connection and solitude, hustle and heart
  • simple practices for opening up a little more to kindness, compassion, and non-judgment
  • our musings on the law of attraction, the pieces that make most sense to us, and where we see its limitations

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About Emmy Singer

Emmy is founder & f-word enthusiast of Inner Light Yoga in Nashville, Tennessee. She believes in positive energy, the collective of people, genuine vibes and the power of puppies.
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What's the F***ing Point episode 07: Sarah Jane Chapman on Body Liberation, Yoga, and Spirituality

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Sarah Jane Chapman, a massage therapist, yoga teacher, and heart-of-gold human who I am lucky to call a friend.

In the conversation, Sarah Jane and I delved into: 

  • why she believes “yoga always wins” and how her personal practice and teaching have evolved
  • how getting diagnosed with diabetes further complicated her eating disorder
  • the practice that was most transformational in healing her mindset from toxic diet culture
  • spending time in nature, gardening, sustainable farming, and seasonal eating as ways of connecting with spirituality and honoring our interconnectedness with the earth
  • making the tarot relevant and useful in day-to-day life 

And just an audio heads up — on the morning we were recording, Sarah Jane was having some laptop issues and used her phone instead for the recording, so there were a few vibrations in the second half of the interview, but not too bad. 

To listen to this episode, you can stream or download from the embedded player below, or find and subscribe in your fave podcast listening app. 

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About Sarah Jane Chapman 

Sarah Jane Chapman was born in Upstate New York where she would spend her days climbing trees and laying in the grass. She started practicing yoga at age 14, which helped her through some of the most difficult times of her life. In 2012, she traveled to Rishikesh, India where she became certified in Hatha Yoga, and shortly thereafter moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Wanting to offer more to students and expand her knowledge of the body, Sarah Jane attended the Mind Body Institute in 2015 to begin her work as a massage therapist. She now offers a plethora of body work and Reiki, as well as astrology and tarot readings. Sarah Jane lives in east Nashville with her husband and pitbull, still climbing trees and laying in the grass. You can follow her wanderings on Instagram @sarahjanechap

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