Happy Beltane & May Day sweet listeners!
I recorded this episode with the wonderful Lara Veleda Vesta quite some time ago and felt bad for publishing it so late, but listening back to our conversation just now made me realise that the timing is just perfect – Lara has so much wisdom and beauty to share around rites of passage and working through really difficult times. I love her work and am honoured to be one of her student and to share her message. Here is some of what we talked about:
- What it means to be a Dís-ability Witch living with chronic illness
- Myth as healer
- Living in ceremony in big and small ways
- Leaning into ancestral support and creative practices through difficult times
- The magic of naming yourself
- Rites of passage as death transformations
Lara Veleda Vesta is an artist, author and educator transforming chronic illness into a path of healing and reclaiming. She is the author of The Moon Divas Guidebook and The Moon Divas Oracle Book, illustrator of The Moon Divas Oracle Cards and The Runes Revealed, and is currently working on two books exploring death transitions: Dark Goddess, a handwritten, interactive rite of passage guide, and Coven Invisible, a memoir in myth. She has a patron community supporting this work, and to thank them she offers rituals, circles, mentoring and other gifts. Lara also teaches classes by donation at The Wild Soul School, where explorations include folk magic, ancestral connection, self-initiation and ritual practice.
To learn more and weave/create: laravesta.co
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Are you wanting to make sense of these strange times, connect with nature in a deeper way and find your own philosophy?
Then we probably have a lot in common. My name is Yarrow and I’m a queer writer, gardener and artist who loves to daydream.
Leaning into ritual, being a lover of the wild and making my own magic has helped me through all kinds of tough stuff, which is why I am so passionate about sharing what I’ve found here.
Follow along for explorations of beauty, the human experience and what it means to not go back to normal.