Airmid’s Almanac
Power & Pleasure / Medusa & Aphrodite with Myrto Daskaloudi

Power & Pleasure / Medusa & Aphrodite with Myrto Daskaloudi

October 2, 2021

In this episode, Kenzie and Mica chat with astrologer and herbalist Myrto Daskaloudi. Myrto tells the myth of Medusa and relates this to Venus' current travels through the sign of her detriment, Scorpio. We explore the myths and astrology of Medusa, Scorpio, and Venus/Aphrodite to help us understand the intersections of power and pleasure. We give special attention to the ways in which feminine powers may guide us in our struggles against Western patriarchies, past and present. We touch on how each of us feels empowered through rituals of pleasure.

It was so enjoyable to talk magic again with our friend Myrto - there is a healthy serving of laughter in this episode!

You can find Myrto at: www.moonsofaphrodite.com / Instagram: @moonsofaphrodite

If you enjoy our podcast please like and subscribe. Also consider supporting us on Patreon. Your small monthly contribution helps us pay for the expenses associated with this podcast. Learn more here: www.patreon.com/airmidsalmanac. A third of the profits go to a LGBTQ and/or BIPOC-led organization doing decolonial healing work. Right now we are partnering with Kunsi Keya Tamakoce of Huntington, so-called-Vermont (Abenaki Territory). Kunsi Keya provides a pathway for Native women from Lakota and other nations to come and reconnect to traditional lifeways. Learn more at: www.kunsikeya.org

Reclaiming & Decolonizing Bardic Traditions for Grounded Social Movements

Reclaiming & Decolonizing Bardic Traditions for Grounded Social Movements

August 27, 2021

In this episode, Rue and Mica discuss how we engage with reclaiming storytelling and bardic traditions as queer settlers of Gaelic lineages. Rue recounts the tale of Lughnasadh and Lugh's encounter with the snake, Crom Dubh. We consider the role of the queer bard who tends the spiritual edges of the community and mull over the tensions of engaging with ancestral stories as members of a diaspora.

A few questions we engage with: What role does lineage connection play in grounding and spiritualizing the political action of North American settlers? How shall we engage with our ancestral stories while being careful not to appropriate them or homogenize traditions so strongly rooted in the landscape? How can we honor the original tellings and relationships embedded in the stories without being rigidly conservative or calcifying these cultural practices so impacted by colonial erasure? How can we keep the traditions alive whilst weaving their stories into present relevance?

If you enjoy our podcast please like and subscribe. Also consider supporting us on Patreon. Your small monthly contribution helps us pay for the expenses associated with this podcast. Learn more here: www.patreon.com/airmidsalmanac. A third of the profits go to a LGBTQ and/or BIPOC-led organization doing decolonial healing work. Right now we are partnering with Kunsi Keya Tamakoce of Huntington, so-called-Vermont (Abenaki Territory). Kunsi Keya provides a pathway for Native women from Lakota and other nations to come and reconnect to traditional lifeways. Learn more at: www.kunsikeya.org

The Rebirth of Magic / Swapping Stories with Chris McDonald

The Rebirth of Magic / Swapping Stories with Chris McDonald

August 11, 2021

In this episode Rue, Kenzie, and Mica swap stories with cousin Chris McDonald. Chris is a farmer, witch, artist, foodie, tarot practitioner, and astrologer. We focus our discussion on daily rituals of practical magic, that is, how to weave magic into every aspect of our lives to re-enchant this culture and revive its magical traditions. Examples are shared of how we are rebirthing magic in our homes, gardens, food, and bodies, and how we might raise and nurture magical children. We discuss methods of remedial magic and swap tales of orgasmic celestial influences. Lastly, we tackle the elephant in the room: why are queers so attracted to magic?

Chris can be found at literalmagician@gmail.com.

Mica's upcoming astrological herbalism class: https://www.mythosandmater.com/classes.html

Rue's classes with Queer Directions: https://queer-directions-learning-center.teachable.com/

If you enjoy our podcast please like and subscribe. Also consider supporting us on Patreon. Your small monthly contribution helps us pay for the expenses associated with this podcast. Learn more here: www.patreon.com/airmidsalmanac. A third of the profits go to a LGBTQ and/or BIPOC-led organization doing decolonial healing work. Right now we are partnering with Kunsi Keya Tamakoce of Huntington, so-called-Vermont (Abenaki Territory). Kunsi Keya provides a pathway for Native women from Lakota and other nations to come and reconnect to traditional lifeways. Learn more at: www.kunsikeya.org

The Astrology of Activism (part 2) / Moon Bitches & Lion Stilts

The Astrology of Activism (part 2) / Moon Bitches & Lion Stilts

July 21, 2021

In this second part of our discuss on the astrology of activism, Mica, Rue, and Kenzie talk about the planetary archetypes of Moon, Sun, Mercury, Saturn and the zodiac signs they rule. We give examples of how each zodiac sign exhibits a specific of role we may play in the context of political activism and movement building.

To cast your own birth chart go to www.astro.com or www.chaninicholas.com.

If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us through Patreon! Your small monthly contribution helps us pay for the expenses associated with this podcast. Learn more here: www.patreon.com/airmidsalmanac. A third of the profits go to a LGBTQ and/or BIPOC-led organization doing decolonial healing work. Right now we are partnering with Kunsi Keya Tamakoce of Huntington, so-called-Vermont (Abenaki Territory). Kunsi Keya provides a pathway for Native women from Lakota and other nations to come and reconnect to traditional lifeways. Learn more at: www.kunsikeya.org

 
The Astrology of Activism / Cú Chulainn & Queen Mugain

The Astrology of Activism / Cú Chulainn & Queen Mugain

July 13, 2021

In this episode we discuss how astrology can be a valuable tool in understanding our individual strengths and the roles we play in political activism and movement building. Studying astrological archetypes can help us understand ourselves better and the gifts that we bring to political projects. Movements need more than just leaders and warriors; they also need diplomats, caretakers, messengers, protectors, containers of emotional space, healers, organizers, data collectors, visionaries, elders, historians, and more. We talk about the seven traditional planets and the zodiac signs they rule, and how each sign/planet might show up on the scene of a political movement. We begin with a story about Cú Chulainn and Queen Mugain from Irish mythology to highlight the astrological polarity between Mars the warrior and Venus the peace-bringer.

This episode is broken into two parts: first we tell the myth and discuss the archetypes of Mars, Venus, and Jupiter, and the zodiac signs they rule. In part two (next episode) we will discuss the other four traditional planets of Mercury, Moon, Sun, and Saturn, and the zodiac signs they rule.

To cast your own birth chart go to www.astro.com or www.chaninicholas.com.

If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us through Patreon! Your small monthly contribution helps us pay for the expenses associated with this podcast. Learn more here: www.patreon.com/airmidsalmanac. A third of the profits go to a LGBTQ and/or BIPOC-led organization doing decolonial healing work. Right now we are partnering with Kunsi Keya Tamakoce of Huntington, so-called-Vermont (Abenaki Territory). Kunsi Keya provides a pathway for Native women from Lakota and other nations to come and reconnect to traditional lifeways. Learn more at: www.kunsikeya.org

 
Queer Myths & the Politics of Magic / Hermes & Isthar

Queer Myths & the Politics of Magic / Hermes & Isthar

June 15, 2021

In this episode Mica, Kenzie, and Rue recite two queer myths of Ishtar and Hermes, and discuss the politics of magic in 2021. We talk about the trouble with cultural appropriation and apolitical spirituality in the New Age, orientalism, cancel culture, and the use of mythology to understand the villain. 

 
If you appreciate our podcast, please consider supporting us through Patreon! Your small monthly contribution helps us pay for the expenses associated with this podcast. Learn more here: www.patreon.com/airmidsalmanac. A third of the profits go to a LGBTQ and/or BIPOC-led organization doing decolonial healing work. This month we are partnering with Kunsi Keya Tamakoce of Huntington, so-called-Vermont (Abenaki Territory). Kunsi Keya provides a pathway for Native women from Lakota and other nations to come and reconnect to traditional lifeways. Learn more at: www.kunsikeya.org
 
Coming Out as Magical & Special Announcement!

Coming Out as Magical & Special Announcement!

May 27, 2021

In this episode, Rue, Kenzie, and Mica share our magical coming out stories. We discuss how coming out as magical can be just as difficult as coming out as queer, and how queerness and magic are interlinked. We share some of our early magical experiences, disapproval of parents, identifying as a witch, science vs. magic, and the politics of magic in the post-New Age.

Special Announcement: Airmid's Almanac has launched a Patreon membership program!

Patreon is an online platform where members make a small monthly contribution to support the production of this podcast and receive a host of benefits options including: bonus material and early-access to episodes, an invitation to a private Facebook group, an invitation to a monthly live discussion, and more. If you enjoy listening to our podcast, please consider becoming a patron. Learn more at: https://www.patreon.com/airmidsalmanac

In line with our commitment to decolonial healing, one third of the profits of our Patreon will be given to a BIPOC- and/or LGBTQ-led organization doing decolonization or decolonial healing work.

The first organization we're partnering with is Kunsi Keya Tamakoce of Huntington, so-called-Vermont (Abenaki Territory). Kunsi Keya is an organization led by Beverly Little Thunder, a Native two-spirit woman and founder of the Women’s Sundance who teaches the traditions and ceremonies of her Lakota heritage. Kunsi Keya provides a pathway for Native women from Lakota and other nations to come and reconnect to traditional lifeways. Learn more at: www.kunsikeya.org

Plantcestors & Tree Medicine / The Silver Branch of Cormac mac Airt

Plantcestors & Tree Medicine / The Silver Branch of Cormac mac Airt

May 4, 2021

In this episode we recount the Irish tale of King Cormac mac Airt's magical silver branch and discuss the resonance of the holy day of Bealtaine (Beltane) with sacred tree medicines. Kenzie, Rue, and Mica discuss ancient kingship and sovereignty rituals, honesty in governance and restorative justice, the medicinal uses of hawthorn and linden for grief and balancing the nervous system, plant intelligence, and honoring plants as the leaders and teachers of humanity. We tell several stories of our most memorable tree encounters (and make-out sessions). And as always, we get witchy; we get queer.

Further Resources:

Queer Natures: Transgender Trees, Lily Phalluses, and the Tale of Sinnach the Seer

Queer Natures: Transgender Trees, Lily Phalluses, and the Tale of Sinnach the Seer

April 14, 2021

In this episode we celebrate the many aspects of queer Nature both within and outside of humanity. We begin with a passage from Mica's book Poet, Prophet, Fox: The Tale of Sinnach the Seer and from there discuss queer ancestors, the dilemmas of being seen, the honored social roles given to genderqueer people in traditional societies, transgender plant life, intersex flowers, non-binary childrearing, and more.

Here are some resources we discuss in this episode:

Mica's book Poet, Prophet, Fox: The Tale of Sinnach the Seer by M.Z. McDonnell

How Trees Complicate Our Understanding Of Gender

Striped Maples Can Change Sex Repeatedly

Queer Times, Queer Assemblages

Transgender Creeks and the Three Figures of Power in Late Liberalism

Radical Dharma by Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Lama Rod Owens

King Yaa

A map of gender-diverse cultures around the world

Trans and Non-Binary Identities from Mesopotamia to Ancient Rome

She/He/They/Me by Robyn Ryle - a book about gender diversity around the world

Towards the Queerest Insurrection

Shooglet

Decolonial Healing (part 2) / Healing from Whiteness

Decolonial Healing (part 2) / Healing from Whiteness

March 18, 2021

Kenzie, Rue, and Mica reflect upon part 1 of their discussion on decolonial healing and dive deeper into the topics of white guilt, shame and its origins in European history and religions, ancestral trauma, and solidarity. Dog snores and chickadee gossip are invoked.

Here are some resources and organizations to learn more from & give to:

Whose Lands do you live on?

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change by Sherri Mitchell

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust

Protect Amah Mutsun Sacred Grounds from Proposed Quarry

Honor the Earth - movement to protect the land and water against the Line 3 tar sands pipeline in Minnesota.

UNIST'OT'EN | INVASION

Tiny House Warriors | secwepemculecw

Ulluilsc/A Voice for the Voiceless Camp | Facebook

California Kitchen | Facebook

 

Decolonial Healing (part 1) / The Seal Hunter and the Selkie

Decolonial Healing (part 1) / The Seal Hunter and the Selkie

March 10, 2021

In part one of this two-part discussion, Rue, Kenzie, and Mica talk about how they, as queer settlers, each engage in the work of decolonial healing. They begin by telling the story of the Seal Hunter and the Selkie, a traditional Scottish tale of repairing relations between nations when one nation has violently harmed the other. Afterward, they discuss settler colonialism, decolonization, decolonial practices, healing from whiteness and white supremacy, white guilt and shame, reclaiming pre-colonial European spiritualities and practices, animism, solidarity and liberation, sovereignty, and more.

 

Here are a few resources on these topics (more will be shared in part two):

TED Talk by Nikki Sanchez

Four levels of denial: https://decolonialfutures.net/4denials/

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change by Sherri Mitchell

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust

Honor the Earth - movement to protect the land and water against the Line 3 tar sands pipeline in Minnesota.

Indigenous Peoples Power Project

UNIST'OT'EN | INVASION

Tiny House Warriors | secwepemculecw

Ulluilsc/A Voice for the Voiceless Camp | Facebook

California Kitchen | Facebook

 

Introduction / the Myth of Airmid and Miach

Introduction / the Myth of Airmid and Miach

February 1, 2021

A podcast hosted by queer settlers navigating decolonial healing through herbal medicine and myth, queerness and magic, astrology and ancestral connection.

We begin with a recitation of the ancient Irish myth of Airmid and Miach. Next we (Rue, Kenzie, and Mica) each discuss how this myth has impacted our lives, how it inspires the work we do in the world, and how it highlights several topics we will dive into more deeply in future episodes.

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