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In the My Shamanic Life podcast, I share insights and practices to get ready, get rooted, and get real about your health and the state of life on planet Earth. We’ll explore the wisdom of deep ecology, look at some sad truths about the disappearing more-than-human world, feel into earth-based practices and teachings, and take action to help restore the wonder and magic of biodiversity to our world. New episodes are posted weekly on Friday. Listen to episodes below or find and subscribe to My Shamanic Life on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your podcast player of choice.

"My Shamanic Life" Podcast Timeline

Episode 148: Pine Tree Riot

The last thing I expected to hear when Sheri Kurdakul, of Glitter Witch Gardens, shared about the eastern white pine was that it once caused a riot! You’ll hear about that plus the ecological, medicinal, and magical properties of this common but absolutely wonderful tree. Sheri starts us off with another of her herbal poems, which...

Episode 147: Embodying Love

Valentine’s Day turned my thoughts to love while I was also contemplating the web of life and making dream webs for an upcoming metaphysical expo. They all fit together, and I tried to explain how in this episode, although it was a challenge to do so. In the end, I fell back to a practice from...

Episode 146: Clearly Intuitive

Somehow I knew Jen VanBenschoten was going to bring you another wonderful episode. To help you find some clarity, Jen shares about intuition – what it is and how to develop yours so it becomes something you can trust. Listen and you’ll find out why I’m digging into my bowl of gemstones for my piece of...

Episode 145: Clarifying Imbolc

Imbolc, the Celtic festival that marks the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, was last week. Although I didn’t get this episode published ahead of time, the energy of the season continues. I’ll share some ways we can work with Imbolc energy, a bit about Brigid, the goddess associated with Imbolc, and the...

Episode 144: Winter’s Bloom

Sheri Kurdakul, of Glitter Witch Gardens, brings us lots of goodness about a winter-blooming herb, witch hazel. You’ll hear about the origins of commercial witch hazel production and why witch hazel is a favorite for dowsing. I also revisit bones, this time from a garden perspective. Enjoy listening! Episode links: Find Sheri at Glitter Witch Gardens:...

Episode 143: Be Still, Like Snow and Owls

It finally looks and feels like winter where I live, and I am leaning into the stillness and magic of the season. One of the magical winter beings is the snowy owl. I’ll share some information about this unique owl and then lead you into the stillness practice of progressive relaxation from Yoga Nidra. This practice...

Episode 142: Bare Bones Tarot

Jen VanBenschoten and I talk bones in this episode. Winter is a good time to get into the deep mystery and power of bones. Jen shares a wonderful, week-long, card-a-day tarot practice you can use to work with energy of bones and winter.   Episode links: February 2nd online Imbolc Ceremony:  https://debbiephilp.com/event/online-imbolc-ceremony/ 2024 Shamanic Reiki trainings: ...

Episode 141: The Foundation

Happy 2024! After a pause for the holiday, I am back and feeling into the stillness of winter as a time to reflect on routines, habits, and practices that will create a resilient foundation for whatever craziness this year brings. In this episode, I’ll share some of what I’m doing mundanely, then deepen into the spiritual...

Episode 140: Mistletoed!

The Glitter Witch herself, Sheri Kurdakul, is back with the perfect herb for Winter Solstice, mistletoe. There’s the medicinal and ecological stuff, but also lots of seasonal lore. And wait until you find out how mistletoe got its name, because it had me giggling the whole time. I also share a bit about the magic in...

Episode 139: Yule Reflection

The Winter Solstice is approaching in the northern hemisphere, where I am. Listen to the second-to-last episode of 2023 and hear me reflect on some Yule traditions that show up in the celebration of Christmas and how we can find meaning in them in the modern Pagan revival. I also share some of my observations of...

Episode 138: The Hermit

Winter is coming. It is time to turn inward and get cozy. Jen VanBenschoten shares how to do that with the Scandinavian concept of hygge. Then she pulls The Hermit out of her Tarot deck and guides you through a spread that helps you discover your best approach to the winter season. Grab your favorite fluffy...

Episode 137: The Give-Away

As the months flow from November to December, I reflect on the spirit of Turkey, the “Give-Away Eagle.” I say some stuff about my privilege and the economic and social systems that give me that privilege, which was uncomfortable to talk about. And I share some wandering thoughts on shifting from gratitude to give-away. In the...