THE GEODE PODCAST
The Geode: delivering unpretentious “Wellness and Woo” content and friendly one-on-one interviews with innovative healers of body, mind, and spirit. Stephanie Wood connects with her diverse roster of guests in a way that allows the down-to-earth people behind the businesses and brands to shine as they educate and entertain the audience. As a National mental health crisis looms on the horizon, Stephanie’s passion for directing wellness resources where they are most needed is sincere and right on time. The Geode, because wellness rocks. Find the magic within you.
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Q. Can you please introduce yourself?
A. My name is Jen Waine. I was born in NYC, but I've been living in Charlottesville for the last 20 years. I'm a certified Yogastrolger®, Astrologer, Ceremonialist, + Wellness Coach. My company is Yoga, Astrology & Wellness with Jen Waine.
Q. What is Yogastrology®?
A. Yogastrogly® is the practice of looking at our luminaries, which is our sun and our moon. There's a body correlation for each sign. Right now, the sun is in Capricorn.** The body correlation for Capricorn is the knees. And then we look to the moon. The moon is in Leo, and the body correlation for Leo is the spine. So I design a practice that focuses on the knees and the spine. While we move through yoga poses, I speak about the archetypes of Capricorn and Leo to understand them more deeply and learn how to use those energies in a practical way to get the most out of them.
**This interview was conducted back in January. Jen's notes on the sky were relevant to that time. If you want to know about current astrology follow her on Facebook.
Q. What is Astrology?
A. Astrology is a cosmic clock that helps us understand when different portals of time are opening that we can align with. For example, a few days ago, we had a massive Eclipse. Because I know this, I can create practices that are grounding and support for these intense periods.
Q. What is a Natal Chart?
A. It's a snapshot of the Sky the moment you entered this incarnation. It is what was happening in the Sky, that exact moment you entered the earth. Those energies have imprinted you. You chose those energies because you said before you wanted to come into this body, I want to experience a, b, and c and learn about x, y, and z. So you chose everything in your Chart and everything that you're experiencing.
I don't know exactly how it works. But I will work with someone in Colorado that I have never met before. And I am looking at their Chart. We have an hour together. I asked them if it resonates, and they say it does. And there is magic in that.
**You can find your Natal Chart here**
Q. What are your main goals with your work?
A. I would say that there are two main goals with my work. One is to help people in transition, and the other is to help people that are working with a very ramped up nervous system (what we commonly refer to as anxiety). I find that knowledge brings relief and validation. And it brings a sense of calm and soothing to our nervous systems.
There's also a relief that comes from the chart reading as well. There's just this great sense of Ah; I get it now. Everything is designed the way it's supposed to be, and everything's okay.
Q. How did you get started in Astrology?
A. Astrology definitely found me. I would say that it started from a place of trying to navigate anxiety, trying to feel more comfortable in my skin, and more comfortable in my body and trying to navigate a lot of significant life transitions. But I can remember being fascinated with it from an early age. At around 14, I remember opening a Llewellyn calendar, and I thought to myself, one day, I would love to understand all of this.
About 15 years ago, I had panic attacks, and that's when I started to learn about mindfulness and meditation, and I became a yoga instructor. Shortly after (through social media), I found a woman, Diane Booth Gilliam, who created something called Yogastrogly®. It piqued my interest because I was a yoga instructor. I loved that she was bridging yoga and Astrology.
I was a single mom at the time, but somehow I found the money to take her training. Shortly after that, I was working for her.
I love Yogastrogly®. I've always been comfortable reading people's energy through movement; (Yogastrogly® ) was a beautiful way to translate the Sky and all of the science and the planets and all these big concepts and feel them on a cellular level. I was teaching Yogastrogly® for about nine years, and students and clients would come up to and ask me to read their Chart. I started to take more classes. When I had my Chart read I saw some things that explained my wiring and *blew my mind!* From that point on, I was sold. It helped me because I was no longer "too much" or "hard to handle." I learned I have a certain intensity because of where Pluto sits, in terms of being next to other planets of mine. And when I understood what that meant, *everything* made sense
I did these studies while working my day job teaching high school French. I was a teacher for 20 years. I loved teaching at the high school level because teenagers are the epitome of souls in transition, and I love working with people in transition.
I have recently dedicated myself to becoming a full-time astrologer and wellness coach. I'm back in school in a certification program for Evolutionary Astrology with Maurice Fernandez. I chose it because not only is it a psychological deep dive and excavation of the Chart, but it's also a spiritual one.
Q. Can you tell us a little bit about your Chart?
A. I'm a five times libra.
Q. Does that mean you're balanced? I have a lot of Cancer placements in my Chart. What does that even mean?
A. It's the opposite. I'm always in search of balance. Libra is an air sign that is very much about diplomacy and relationships and harmony and accommodating others. And it can be a challenging placement as all of our signs can be. And it can be beautiful.
It's kind of like a recipe where everyone has a little bit of Libra or a little bit of Cancer. Some people have a teaspoon, you and I have a quart.
Q. What else?
A. I love my work. I have five planets in the 10th house of a stellium, which means that I'm a workaholic. I'm in love with my work, and so I can work all hours, but sometimes to my detriment. 10th house is your Dharma, your vocation, what you're called to do.
Q. Tell us about your offerings and what you'd like to see for your company (in the future)?
A. I offer 1:1 Natal Chart readings and Full Moon Women's Circles. I also host a group called Sanctuary, where we meet Monday through Friday at 7, AM EST. It's a great way to start your day with Yogastrogly® and meditation. I cover the most important astrological transits, so you know what is essential and can align your day and get the most out of what's going on in the Sky
I also have a 2020 Astrology forecast for the year. In the report, I go through the hot spots (pockets of time that are potentially intense like the past few days) so that you can anticipate, and you can plan your year. People always reach out to me, asking when should I get married? When should I buy a house? When should I do this? That information can be found in the forecast.
In May, I'll be offering a Women's Wellness Retreat called "Renewal." It is three days and two nights over the Scorpio Full Moon. It is a time for women to relax, renew, and receive. I'm putting the finishing touches on it right now. Full information will be available shortly.
Q. Where can we find you?
A. I write newsletters called Cosmic Love Letters and make Intimate Astrology Facebook live videos. I'm on Facebook and Instagram. My website is www.jenwaine.com, and my Patreon is www.patreon.com/jenwaine.
Jen is currently offering 10% off a 1hr session with the Coupon SHL1111
Founder and Owner of PYRAMID Appalachian Magik + Remedy
Anh a Modern Day Renaissance(Wo)mXn concocting all kinds of magical stuff in their Apothecary located in Waynesboro, VA.
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Q. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
A. I'm Ahn Stanley, the founder, and owner of PYRAMID Appalachian Magik + Remedy, located in Waynesboro, Virginia. We offer services, classes, and products handcrafted and curated, especially for our clients' needs. I'm originally from Chesapeake, but I got out of VA after high-school. I’ve lived in Florida and the Pacific Northwest but moved back to the Valley about 5 years ago.
Q. Why a brick-and-mortar store?
A. My previous business was solely online, even though it did really well it wasn’t what I wanted to do. When I had my most recent spiritual awakening I realized I wanted to do something more in line with my principles. I’ve studied everything from Buddhism to Wicca to Sacred Geometry and have reached a point where I wanted to help other people (whether they have a solid foundation for their spirituality or they're just getting started) on their spiritual journey.
A hub seemed like the best option for all the work I wanted to do. My main goal with the store is to help people generate healing from within and empowerment. Our tagline is that we provide the daily tools and rituals that nurture the mind-body and spirit. We are also big on making sure we are inclusive in all aspects of our work and that we also avoid spiritual bypassing and spiritual gatekeeping. I don't believe spirituality is something you need to prove or buy into. My clients are from all over, most are solo practitioners and I am here to help them in whatever phase they are in.
I've been describing myself as an oarsman. I just want to ferry people from one shore to the other and help be their guide in whatever that next step is. Our branding is kept minimal for this exact reason. I want people to take what I have (which has been described as generic and safe) and make it into something of their own
Q. What kind of services do you offer?
A. I'm a Reiki Master, I've been doing Reiki for about three years now. Like most Reiki Masters, though, I branched off to do my own form of energy healing. I keep my prices low and affordable because I don't believe that healing should be something that's reserved for the elite. I also do tarot readings during after-store hours. My specialty is group tarot readings. I love doing group readings because I'm all about vulnerability. Before I had my spiritual awakening, I had attempted suicide. I am very candid about suicide because I think that could be something people can relate to. I speak about it, in fact, and not with remorse because a huge part of healing is vulnerability. Fortunately, I wasn't even good at that at the time. But that's why I prefer group readings because by allowing yourself to be open and candid in front of people that you trust, you've now formed a network of people on the same path as you. Tarot is essentially about healing and knowing yourself and knowing the path that you're on and where you've been. We do Tarot right in the front window. I don't care if people walk by and see or if they make eyes.
I also do some Shadow Work. When I talk about Shadow Work or the Shadow, I am referring to the Jungian subconscious. It's that aspect of ourselves that, as Thich Nhat Hanh would say, "we shove back down into our basement until we're ready to deal with it." The thing about Shadow Work is you don't get rid of the Shadow. You learn to live with it, and you allow it to be there with you and let it throw its little tantrums. Instead of you duct-taping its mouth shut and shoving it back down in the basement, you lull it into a calm sleep and learn to live with it. So it's a Jungian psychology technique that I do and work as talk therapy.
Something that I don't advertise on my website is spellwork. I do private spells for people. It's not something I advertise because I don't believe in the click and hex mentality. I prefer to have a full-on conversation and really understand the client.
I also have members of the community who show up throughout the week to offer their services. Amethyst is our Tarot reader and comes in every Friday and we have Shamans, who come from Virginia Beach on Sundays.
Q. What are some of the things you sell in your store?
A: Skincare, herbal remedies, spell candles, crystal specimens, jewelry, local artwork, ritual baths, and a few other things. Everything we make is created with purpose and mindfulness of its impact on our ecosystem.
I'm currently growing my knowledge of plant medicine. I'm working with an ethnobotanist on dream weaving/dreamwork. We're working on a safe application of three or four different herbs that you would take before going to bed to induce lucid dreaming, past life regression, astral projection, that kind of sh*t. One of the critical components will be the Blue Lotus Flower. We've basically been dosing ourselves and trying to find the right formula.
We're also going to move forward with plant medicine, adaptogenic, and some legal psychotropic herbs and educating people on how to use them safely.
Q: Where did you learn to create your in-house products?
A: My focus for the past 12 years has been what I call Cosmetic Herbalism (that's a topical application). Some people call that work alchemy some chemistry, for me, Cosmetic Herbalism sounds right.
I first started getting into candle making because Target used to sell a "tomato" leaf scented candle. I fell in love with it, and then they stopped selling it. So I thought, I'm gonna start making candles, but I really just wanted it to be decent. So I got way deep into candle making, and eventually, my studio was just full of oils and waxes and butters. Then I went into making balms because well, I already have all this stuff. So let's do that. And then, I figured I'll try making some skincare. And I think I spent a whole year failing until one moment when I got my formula, and it worked. It just skyrocketed from there. That business was solely online (mostly through Etsy), and it got very popular. I got a lot of PR from the NFL. The Giorgio Armani suites of New York were ordering my candles in bulk to use in their office spaces.
Q: Your Instagram photos and your Store design are impeccable. Where did you get such an eye for design?
A: I've been to school six times and never finished, but I know a lot. One of the things I studied was interior design. I think part of the reason I dropped out of interior design was that I would be working for clients, and not everyone wants to paint everything black. I was in school for architecture as well.
For graphic design, that's all been self-taught from working online for about 12 years. I used to be a model. I learned a lot about lighting techniques and composition from working with actual photographers.
Q. What has surprised you the most from opening your store?
A. I started studying Appalachian witchcraft/Appalachian folk magic. That's Appalachian-centric, but it has its roots in Scotland. I've been studying more because these are the people I'm attracting and I need to know where they're coming from. I will study whatever I can get my hands on, which would be a benefit to the community.
Did you know that the Appalachian Mountains are the same mountain range as the Scottish Highlands? They were joined together when they were a part of Pangea. So, same mountain range and same age. These are some of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. There's a lot of history that's connected between the Scots and Appalachian residents. But it just became a bunch of solitary practitioners. Most of whom grew up in hollers. Some of them are still in their hollers. But there's always been that resident witchdoctor who took care of spellwork/health. They were the healthcare providers in every sense of the word. And when people can't afford healthcare, they would go there, their hollers, and seek out spiritual advice, anything health-related, literally everything. So that’s been fascinating. I also thought I would get more support from local communities, but my regulars are solitary practitioners in every sense of the word.
Q. What are your top favorite books:
A. the book that really got me hooked on Magic was called Rituals For Life, Create Your Own Sacred Ceremonies, written by Brenda Knight. The Kybalion is also an excellent book for an introductory course in the basic hermetic principles. The beauty of studying Hermetics is essentially the core values that every major religion entails.
Q. What are your self-care rituals outside the store?
A. One of my favorite rituals is my skincare routine. It's sometimes in-depth, but the second I know I'm lighting that White Candle, I know this is my time, and no one can interrupt. I have a vanity that I am very proud of, and I light a candle and some Incense.
I also do moon rituals. If I have a spell that needs to be done, New Moon is when I get serious with it. The new moon is intentional, with the moon going black, You can look at that as a great time to access the subconscious or the Shadow. And then I work with the waxing of the moon because, by the time the full moon hits, the goal is to have that manifestation set. So during a Full Moon, I relax and have a bottle of wine. And then as it wanes, that's when I slowly come back into myself and gear up for the next moon cycle.
Q. Is there anything that I haven't asked that you would like to talk about or that you feel is important?
A. I just want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this venture. From early donors to friends supporting the launch and daily operations, to clients and customers who come into the shop. I'm just very grateful.
We have great things happening in 2020. All the money we make is going right back into the business. I am working on bringing new and amazing things into the shop. My focus is to help the community and give people what they want. I want to just really embrace this boom of spiritual culture because I believe in it.
Q. What would you like to see for your store in the next 10-15 years?
A. My ultimate goal would be to have a space where I can have a Tea bar next door where we do concoctions on the spot like a true apothecary. I want to have a space for community, whether it's for group meditation, showcasing local art or witchy craft shows. That's the dream, but as of right now, I just want to pay my bills.