Intergenerational Trauma,  Women’s Empowerment and Pleasure as an Act of Rebellion – An Interview with Nienke Thurlings

Intergenerational Trauma, Women’s Empowerment and Pleasure as an Act of Rebellion – An Interview with Nienke Thurlings

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Today on the A Pinch of Magick podcast I’m joined by Nienke Thurlings, a trauma-informed women’s coach and social psychologist.

Warning: This episode includes adult themes and some strong language. Additionally, there is a trigger warning for discussions of sexual abuse at 15:57 minutes, which is pre-warned within the episode.

In this episode of the A Pinch of Magick podcast, I’m joined by Nienke Thurlings, a trauma-informed women’s coach and social psychologist from The Netherlands. Get ready for a deep dive into the realms of women’s experiences, history, and empowerment that promises to enlighten and inspire (but first it might piss you off).

Nienke takes us on a journey exploring how intergenerational patterns of trauma influence women’s self-expression today, suggesting that events like the witch hunts still cast long shadows over our collective consciousness.

Ever wonder why, at times, you feel silenced or unable to speak your truth? We’ll delve into the societal expectations placed on women, the often unacknowledged emotional labour they carry, and the subtle dangers lurking behind being ‘too nice.’

We’re going deeper, uncovering the pain of self-betrayal and examining the ‘tend and befriend’ survival mechanism. It’s an eye-opening discussion on distinguishing between true intuition and trained responses, the deep-seated ‘need to belong,’ and the painful reality of the ‘sister wound.’

Nienke doesn’t shy away from the historical context, shedding light on how women have been systematically disempowered over the centuries. Yet, in the midst of this, she introduces pleasure as a radical act of rebellion, leading to an enlightening conversation on the female orgasm and the suprising origins of vibrators.

This episode is a call to reclaim our power, to embrace our truths, and to discover liberation in pleasure. So, whether you’re seeking to understand the deeper layers of female experience or ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment, this conversation with Nienke Thurlings is an absolute must-listen.

It’s time to uncover the magick within our stories, our struggles, and our strength.

About Nienke Thurlings

Nienke is a nationally acclaimed trauma informed women’s coach and social psychologist from The Netherlands.

She is especially interested in how intergenerational patterns of trauma play a role in women’s self expression and how events like the witch hunts might very well impact us to this very day.

Her motto is that every woman should be the queen of her own life, by giving themselves permission to take ownership over everything from their sexuality to their soul’s mission.

Through her coaching programs she has helped over 5.000 women to do just that.

 

Connect with Nienke

Instagram: @nienkethurlings

 

Books Mentioned During the Show

Witches, Midwives, & Nurses: A History of Women Healers by Barbara Ehrenreich
Invisible Women: the Sunday Times number one bestseller exposing the gender bias women face every day, by Caroline Criado Perez

 

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Witchcraft Cocktails (and other brews and potions)- An Interview with Julia Halina Hadas

Witchcraft Cocktails (and other brews and potions)- An Interview with Julia Halina Hadas

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Today on the A Pinch of Magick podcast I’m joined by Julia Halina Hadas, Witch, Mixologist and Author.

In our latest episode on the A Pinch of Magick, we’re getting into the spirit (and spirits!) with Julia Halina Hadas, who’s magickal when it comes to blending witchcraft, mixology, and astrology. You’re in for a treat that’s as enchanting as it is enlightening!

Imagine a world where your cocktails are not just drinks but spells in a glass, and that’s where Julia takes us. She’s got stories about how she started mixing up her passions for witchcraft and bartending, turning herbal liqueurs, bitters, and shrubs into potions that heal and energise.

Did you know that mixology has roots in ancient healing practices and witchcraft? Julia dives deep into this, revealing the mystical side of fermentation – it’s all about transformation, much like the magickal process of death and rebirth. And she tells of ancient beer goddesses that will have you looking at your brew in a whole new light!

But it’s not just about listening – Julia’s got some practical magick up her sleeve too!

She walks us through how to whip up our own magickal cocktails, mocktails, teas, and coffees.

And it’s not just about the ingredients; it’s about syncing with the moon’s cycle and the rhythm of the seasons.

You’ll love hearing about her ritual process for crafting these concoctions. And guess what? The glass and garnishes you choose are part of the spell too!

Ever had a drink that didn’t turn out right? Julia shows us how these ‘mistakes’ can become magickal offerings instead.

She even shares her go-to ingredients and tips to become a magickal mixologist yourself.

So, grab your favourite mug or glass, and get ready to be spellbound. This episode is a journey into a world where every sip is a sip of magick!

 

Key Topics:

  • A Magickal Fusion: Discover how Julia’s journey led her to intertwine the mystical paths of witchcraft, mixology, and astrology into a harmonious blend.

  • Bartending with a Witch’s Touch: Explore the evolution of Julia’s bartending art, where herbal liqueurs, bitters, and shrubs are more than just ingredients – they’re conduits of plant energies and healing forces.

  • Healing Roots of Mixology: Uncover the deep connections between mixology and its historical roots in healing and witchcraft.

  • The Alchemy of Fermentation: Dive into the magickal process of fermentation, a transformative journey of death and rebirth, echoing ancient practices.

  • Deities of the Brew: A toast to the ancient beer goddesses, celebrating their enduring legacy in brewing and witchcraft.

  • Crafting Magickal Beverages: Learn from Julia how to concoct your own magickal cocktails, mocktails, teas, and coffees, incorporating lunar cycles and seasonal energies.

  • Ritual in Mixology: Julia shares her personal ritual process in creating her mystical brews, imbuing them with intention and power.

  • The Art of Presentation: Discover why the choice of glass and garnish isn’t just about aesthetics – it’s a crucial part of the magickal process.

  • Embracing Flavourful Failures: Even when a flavour profile misses the mark, find out how it can be transformed into a magickal offering.

  • Julia’s Essential Ingredients: Peek into Julia’s pantry and learn about the staple ingredients of a magickal mixologist.

About Julia Halina Hadas

Julia Halina Hadas is the bestselling author of WitchCraft Cocktails and Moon, Magic, Mixology and is the leading mixologist in the witchcraft and spiritual spheres – combining her professions and passions of witchcraft, mixology, and astrology.

Her most recent work, The Modern Witchcraft Book of Astrology, reflects her witchcraft and healing practices, where she incorporates the meaning and myth of astrological archetypes and transits for empowerment, transformation, and manifestation.

She is a certified reiki, crystal, energy worker.

 

Book by Julia

WitchCraft Cocktails

Moon Magic Mixology

The Modern Witchcraft Book of Astrology

 

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Birthkeeper of Bethlehem: The Lost Stories of Women – An Interview with Bridget Supple

Birthkeeper of Bethlehem: The Lost Stories of Women – An Interview with Bridget Supple

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Today on the A Pinch of Magick podcast I’m joined by Bridget Supple, a midwife and author.

 

We’re weaving a tapestry of tales and truths with Bridget Supple, an antenatal teacher with a heart full of stories and the author of the ‘The Birthkeeper of Bethlehem – A Midwife’s Tale’.

We kick off with the sheer joy that non-fiction books bring into our lives, especially those brimming with stories.

Bridget shares her insights on how these tales are not just narratives but pathways to deeper understanding and learning.

Then, we dive into the profound world of rites of passage. It’s a conversation that unfolds layers of meaning and significance, revealing how these milestones shape us.

Bridget and I then get personal, sharing our own stories of pregnancy and the profound experiences of birth.

She opens up about how her own C-section became a turning point, fuelling her desire to support others through this transformative journey.

We discuss the idea or birth not just as a process but as a ritual, a rite of passage that alters you in ways you can’t imagine. It’s about the transformative power of bringing life into the world.

The topic then shifts to the importance of choice in birthing, a critical aspect often overlooked.

We explore the historical and current dangers associated with birth, shedding light on the wisdom that once thrived in our communities.

We delve into the midwife of Jesus and Mary, unearthing tales and wisdom long buried. It leads us to discuss the demonisation of women throughout history and how their power and knowledge were systematically suppressed.

What happens when you write women out of stories and history? We explore this, understanding the gravity of erasing such vital narratives.

But it’s not all about looking back. We talk about how people are now reclaiming this power, reconnecting to the seasons and cycles, and remembering the wisdom of their bodies.

The conversation rounds off with the importance of support, friendship, and connection.

It’s a reminder of the power that resides within us and the strength we garner from those around us.

So, settle in, get comfortable, and let’s embark on this journey of rediscovery and empowerment together.

About Bridget Supple

Bridget has spent the last twenty years supporting women and birthing people through all stages of pregnancy, labour, and parenting.

A mother of four herself, she works as an antenatal teacher for a UK Birth and Parenting charity, as well as the National Health Service, both in a major UK Maternity Hospital and as an antenatal teacher for a number of maternity units across the country.

She is also part of Birth Companions, a charity supporting pregnant women in prison and helps support incarcerated women through their pregnancy journey.

For the last ten years Bridget has been part of the International Journal of Birth and Parent Education team.

She is also the founder of an information resource all about the Infant Microbiome (www.babysbiome.org) and runs workshops on parenting, brain development and hypnobirthing.

 

Connect with Bridget

Website: www.lovebirthandbaby.com

Instagram: BirthKeeperofBethlehem

Facebook: BirthkeeperofBethlehem

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2.5 Intuition in Action: Trusting Your Inner Guide in Everyday Life

2.5 Intuition in Action: Trusting Your Inner Guide in Everyday Life

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Have you ever had a moment where your heart skipped a beat, not out of fear, but because something deep inside whispered, “This is important”?

Or those times when an unexplainable inner voice insisted you take a different route, only to find out later it saved you from a mishap?

That is the magick of intuition at play.

In this finale episode of our series ‘Trusting Your Inner Guide: Building Relationship with Self and the Energies Around You‘, we’re exploring the enigmatic and powerful world of intuition.

Picture this:

  • You’re faced with a decision, but your mind is a whirlwind of maybes and what-ifs.
  • A subtle yet persistent feeling tugs at your soul, urging you to pay attention.
  • You stand on the brink of a choice that feels daunting, yet inexplicably right.
  • Inner whispers compete with the loud voices of logic and reason.

What if these whispers are your soul speaking to you? What if your intuition is the key to unlocking paths you never imagined?

Join me in today’s episode as we unravel these mysteries. We’ll be diving into:

  • Strategies to sharpen your intuitive skills.
  • Ways to discern true intuition from fleeting emotions or fears.
  • Insights into how trusting your gut can transform your life.
  • Techniques to stay grounded, even when uncertainty looms large.
  • Empowering yourself to heed and act on your inner guidance.

The ultimate revelation? Realising that sometimes, the seemingly illogical choice guided by your intuition might just be the wisest decision you ever make.

Embrace the whispers of your inner guide. Your journey towards a more intuitive life starts here.

With love and a pinch of magick,
Rebecca xo

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A mystical grimoire that invites you to chronicle the extraordinary, the unbelievable, and the downright miraculous moments that sprinkle your life.

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2.4 Intuitive Interactions: Building Relationships with Energies and Entities

2.4 Intuitive Interactions: Building Relationships with Energies and Entities

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You know, life’s not just about the people we see every day.

It’s also about those unseen presences, those whispers of energy and echoes of spirits that surround us.

Today’s episode is like stepping into a different realm – a realm where we learn to connect with energies and entities beyond our physical world.

We’re going deep into the art of intuitive interactions, understanding how to reach out and build relationships with various energies, from the playful spirits of nature to the wise ancestors and guides who watch over us.

Ever walked through a forest and felt like you weren’t alone?

Or sat quietly and sensed a presence, a guiding force?

It’s not just your imagination. It’s a connection, a conversation waiting to happen.

Today, we’ll explore how to approach these entities with the respect and openness they deserve.

Building a connection with these energies is a journey, one that requires patience, understanding, and, most importantly, a listening heart.

It’s about learning to quiet our minds and open our senses to the subtle messages and signs they send our way.

But how do we know we’re really connecting?

How do we interpret these messages that often come in whispers, in signs, in feelings?

I’ll be sharing some personal stories and insights on how to decipher these communications, how to understand their language, and how to respond.

This episode isn’t just a guide; it’s an invitation to expand your perception, to explore a world beyond the physical, a world that’s vibrant with energies and entities eager to interact with us.

It’s about building relationships that enrich our lives and deepen our understanding of the universe.

So, if you’ve ever felt that gentle nudge, that whisper in your ear, or that inexplicable knowing, this is your moment.

Join me as we open the door to intuitive interactions and start a conversation with the world beyond.

Rebecca xo

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2.3 The World as a Mirror: Learning from the Energies Around You

2.3 The World as a Mirror: Learning from the Energies Around You

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Oh, life, what a mysterious dance it is!

You plan, you strategise, and just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, whoosh! Everything changes.

But here’s a little secret: sometimes, it’s not about the stars above, but about the ground beneath our feet, the walls around us, the very air we breathe.

Today, we’re embarking on a fascinating exploration. It’s about how the energies around us – be it the earth under our garden, the corners of our homes, or even the seats of our cars – are not just inanimate spaces. They’re alive, pulsating with energy that impacts us in ways more profound than we often realise.

Have you ever felt a sudden shift in your mood when you enter a particular space? I experienced this in my own garden. A place of solace suddenly felt unsettling. It wasn’t just a change within me but a transformation in the land’s energy. It’s a subtle dance between us and the world around us, a dance of give and take.

And what about our homes? Ah, the stories they hold in each room. Have you noticed how clearing out a cluttered space seems to declutter your mind too? Or how a simple act like cleaning a mirror can bring new perspectives into focus? It’s not just tidying up; it’s an act of shifting energies, of making room for new thoughts and feelings.

But it’s not just about the spaces we inhabit. Think about the car you drive, the office where you work. Every space demands something from us, but what if we could change that dynamic? What if we could make these spaces sources of energy, not just recipients of it?

And then, there’s the magick and mirrors of synchronicities – those little moments of coincidence that are anything but random. They’re the universe’s way of whispering to us, a subtle language of signs and signals that guide and nudge us in directions we never expected.

So, how do we navigate this rich, energetic tapestry? How do we tune in to these subtle energies and interpret their messages?

Join me on this journey, where we’ll delve into the art of listening not just with our ears, but with our entire being. Together, we’ll learn to interpret the silent dialogue between us and our surroundings. By the end of our time together, you’ll find yourself in a deeper conversation with the world around you, a dialogue rich with insights and wisdom.

Let’s embark on this adventure of discovery, where every space tells a story, and every moment is a lesson waiting to be unravelled.

Rebecca xo

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JOURNAL: Moments of Magick: Chronicles of Serendipity and Wonder: Your Personal Grimoire for a Life Less Ordinary

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