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Spiritual Basics with April and Jen

Spiritual Basics with April and Jen

By Dr. April Darley, Jen Merkel
Are you interested in improving your intuition? Perhaps expand your awareness? Spiritual Basics Podcast is a bimonthly podcast designed to teach the searchers, seekers, and spiritually-curious the basics of metaphysics and new thought. We discuss things like clairvoyance, mindfulness, the zodiac and astrology, empaths, manifesting, Angels, crystals, and more. We're all about the basics, but we're not basic b*tches! Learn more at
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All About Your Life Path Number
In numerology, your Life Path Number is like your astrological Sun Sign. It reveals traits of your inner self, potential career paths, your designated life lessons, and more. Today we start out by teaching how to properly calculate your number, then we lead you through the meanings of each. Do you have a karmic debt number, a master number, or a power number? We'll show you how to find out, and what it means. Calculate your life path number at
October 28, 2021
Fun with your Birth Chart
In this week's episode, we go beyond the basic birth chart and share some other fun things you can learn about your planet placements. We dive into things like Solar and Saturn returns, chart shapes, dominant elements & planets, signature signs, astrocartography, North and South Nodes, your Vertex, and Part of Fortune. During our pre-show chat, Jen talks about how she's simplifying her life, and April shares an update on her Astrology program. Before listening, run your natal chart at: - visit us at
October 14, 2021
All About Planet Retrogrades
You've probably heard about Mercury Retrograde - but did you know that most of the other planets also go into retrograde? Travel with us through the solar system as we visit the planets to talk about their traits and what to expect during their retrograde. You may want to grab your natal chart info (generate one for free at because we also cover what it means when you have a planet in retrograde in your birth chart. Got a question or show suggestion? Drop us a note or voice message at
September 23, 2021
All About Colors
Today we’re all about color! Learn the spiritual meaning of different colors in the spectrum and how to use them in your practice - including healing, divination, crystals, and more. We also cover some fun facts and the historical significance of different colors, and April teaches us about color therapy.  References in this episode: Test for synesthesia: Find us at
September 9, 2021
All About Out of Body Experiences
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have an Out of Body Experience? Tune in this week as we cover all types of OBEs including NDEs (near death experiences) and Astral Projection. April does a deep dive into how psychedelics like ayahuasca and cannabis induce OBEs. Then Jen gives listeners the ins and outs of Astral Projection, including tips and how-to’s. DISCLAIMER: This episode contains references to drugs that are illegal in some locations. Although we do not advocate the use of drugs, listener discretion is advised. Referenced in this episode: * Out of Body Experiences: How to Have Them and What to Expect by Robert Peterson (1997) * Dying to be Me by Anita Moorjani * Episode 37: All About Dreams Contact us: or
August 26, 2021
All About the Four Elements
Earth, air, fire, water - these are the elements that make up our existence. In this episode, All About the Four Elements, we talk about the meanings and affiliations of each element. We also share tips and ideas on how to bring more balance to yourself and the space around you by working with each element. April discusses a new favorite novel and Jen confesses a weakness during Cancer Season. What's YOUR favorite element and why? Let us know at
August 12, 2021
The Soul's Journey: Past, Present, and Future Part 2
In this extra special 2-part series, we cover all aspects of the Soul's Journey. Today's episode features a deep dive discussion about death, the afterlife, past lives, near death experiences (NDEs), communication with spirits on the Other Side, parallel lives, soul family, and soul splitting. Be sure to listen to Part 1 from last week for more on this topic. Warning: This episode may contain potential trigger topics such as suicide, miscarriage, and abortion. Listener discretion is advised.
July 29, 2021
The Soul's Journey: Past, Present, and Future Part 1
In this extra-special 2-part series, we cover all aspects of the Soul's Journey. Today's episode covers topics such as the "in between" or the Other Side: where your soul exists when you are not incarnated. We also dive into concepts regarding birth and Earthly life, the collective consciousness, parallel lives, soul contracts, life purpose, soulmates, and twin flames. One thing we guarantee - this discussion will get you thinking! Be sure to join us next week for Part 2! Warning: This episode may contain potential trigger topics such as suicide, miscarriage, and abortion. Listener discretion is advised.
July 22, 2021
All About Dreams
Have you ever had a recurring dream or nightmare? Want to know what a crazy dream about your ex means? Or are you longing to try lucid dreaming? In this episode, All About Dreams, we explore the fascinating world of dreaming. We start out with some interesting facts and theories about dreams and discuss dream interpretation. Then we dive in to how to maximize dream recall and boost lucid dreaming. All throughout, we share our own dream stories and weigh in on what they mean. Send us a note:
July 8, 2021
All About Spiritual Bathing with Shannon Price from Erthy Bruja
Immersing your physical body into intention-charged water can be an intense and enlightening spiritual experience. Join us as we have a divine conversation with the radiant Shannon Price from Erthy Bruja. She walks us through the process of spiritual bathing and talks about how to use this sacred practice to manifest and release. Learn more about Shannon and her products & services at 
June 24, 2021
All About Candle Magic
What is candle dressing? Which color should you choose? How do you use candles to manifest, release, or do spellwork? April shares her knowledges about all these topics and more in today's episode, "All About Candle Magic." In our pre-show chat, Jen shares a new process for manifesting that has proven highly successful for her. Contact us: or
June 10, 2021
Animal Communication with Mary Helen Schmidt
Our guest on today's episode talks to the animals - and they talk to her! Mary Helen Schmidt from It's My Nature gives some great tips and advice on how to communicate with your beloved companion. She also blesses us with some very heartfelt and emotional readings on our own fur babies. Learn more about Mary Helen and book a private reading: or
May 27, 2021
All About Meditation
How can meditation benefit us? What are some different meditation methods? In episode #33 All About Meditation, we discuss these questions and more. We also share ways to overcome some of the challenges people often face when meditating, such as mind chatter. We start out the show chatting about holistic shows, a new type of reading, shopping for jeans, and an upcoming TV appearance. Contact us:
May 13, 2021
Cutting & Removing Energetic Cords with Athena from Victory Crystals
In today's episode, Cutting and Removing Energetic Cords, we welcome special guest Athena from Victory Crystals in Dallas. Athena shares her knowledge about discording and some of her favorite crystal recommendations for the process. We also chat about our "go-to" crystals. First, April shares a recent discovery in hygiene products and Jen talks about a recent discovery about her Viking roots. Victory Crystals:
April 22, 2021
All About Zodiac Love Matches
Curious about whether your partner's sign is compatible with yours? Want to know why past loves haven't worked out? Give a listen to this episode, All About Zodiac Love Matches to find out! We go through each sign and list the most and least compatible signs, and tell you why. But first, we chat about something we discovered about our friendship while bra shopping! For details about sign/sign compatibility, visit Send your questions & show suggestions to or visit us at
April 8, 2021
All About Hoodoo with Tera Hodges from Hoodoo Priestess
Today we welcome Tera Hodges as our special guest! She tells us all about Hoodoo beliefs and practices, and dispels the myth that Hoodoo is the same as Voodoo. In fact, Hoodoo is a longstanding practice developed by American slaves, and uses botanics to cast spells and remove curses. Tera also organizes the Metroplex Holistic Fair in Arlington, Texas, where we (April & Jen) first met! Visit Tera's businesses: | |
March 25, 2021
Wicca and Pagan Celebrations - Wheel of the Year
Take a trip around the sun with us! This episode is all about Wicca and Pagan celebrations. We focus on the sabbats that are marked on the Wheel of the Year including Samhain, Yule, Ostara, and Litha. These coordinate with many Norse Pagan and Asatru celebrations like Walpurgisnacht, Midsummer, Harvest Mother, and Winter Finding. Tune in to learn why and how these holidays were celebrated, and how to make them a part of your own practice if you are guided. Send us a note: or
March 11, 2021
All About the Scariest Tarot Cards
Have you ever had a Tarot reading and gotten the Death card? Or the Devil? Or the Tower? In this episode, we go through the bad boys of Tarot - the cards with the creepiest images that nobody wants to get! We'll explain what they really mean and why there's no need to fear them. But first, we chat a little bit about our apparent tendency for fire mishaps during rituals. We love listener questions and suggestions! Give us a shout at or our website
February 25, 2021
All About Fairies with Special Guest Karen Kay
We are super excited to have as our very special guest, the "Fairy Lady" herself, Ms. Karen Kay! Karen is well-known in the UK as a Hay House UK published author and a fairy and mermaid expert. She has appeared on ITV This Morning and is Editor of Soul & Spirit Magazine. In today's episode, Karen joins us to give the lowdown on fairies: Where to find them, how to attract them, and how to manifest with them. She also tells us all about her beautiful music and her magical 3 Wishes Fairy Festival in Cornwall, UK. Stay to the end for a very special treat - Karen pulls a card for our listeners from her Oracle of the Fairies deck! Learn more about Karen Kay: and If you are enjoying our podcast, please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE. Find us at
February 11, 2021
All About Witchcraft
Curious about witchcraft? In this episode, April spills all the ins and outs of being a witch. That includes misconceptions, spells, the different types of witches, and the basics you need if you want to try it out and see if it's for you. Find us at
January 28, 2021
All About Manifesting
The new year marks an excellent time to begin manifesting, but it's almost always a good time to manifest! In this episode we chat about things we have successfully manifested ourselves, and the do's and don'ts on the Law of Attraction. As always, we have a few resources to check out so that you too, can manifest what you want.
January 14, 2021
Using the Moon to plan your productivity (aka Strategic Astrology)
It's our final episode of 2020! This mini episode is packed with a ton of information on how to get the most out of the moon's placement as it relates to your productivity. We start out with recommendations for planners for 2021, including reviews on the ones we are using for ourselves. Then April dives into the best tasks to be doing based on which element the moon is occupying. This concept can be implemented at any time throughout the year. Why not use the Moon's placement to your greatest advantage? Resources mentioned in this episode: - to determine Moon & planetary placements 2021 Your Most Magical Year Yet Planner by Tess Whitehurst (April's pick) Llewellyn's Daily Planetary Guide: Complete Astrology At-A-Glance (Jen's pick) If you have questions or suggestions contact us at or visit
December 31, 2020
All About Release
It's nearly the end of 2020 (thank goodness!) so today we're talking about release! WHEN you need to release, WHY you need to release, WHAT you need to release, and HOW to do so. We provide practical tips and information about each of our healing practices as well as things you can do at home with tools you probably already have. Please consider supporting us with a rating and/or review! Find us at | |
December 24, 2020
All About the Moon
In this episode we chat about our mysterious and magical moon! We cover topics relating to its correlation to women's cycles, moon symbolism, and releasing and manifesting. Then we delve into eclipses and  phases, how they might affect you, and share tips on what to practice during each one. Resources from this episode: Moonology: Working with the Magic of Lunar Cycles by Yasmin Boland Find us at If you enjoy the podcast, please support us by subscribing and adding a review! We appreciate you!
December 10, 2020
Our 2020 Zodiac Gift Guide
April shares a magical story about manifesting. Then we dive into our sign-by-sign Zodiac gift guide! Some of our ideas are more practical, and some are fantastical, but we guarantee they will spark some great ideas for this year's giving season. For Jen's Aquarius gift, visit Please send your questions to or visit
November 26, 2020
All About Honoring Our Ancestors
We owe a lot to our ancestors, and they deserve recognition and honor. We talk about how different cultures celebrate ancestors - Samhain, All Saints Day, Dia de los Muertos and more - and give ideas about how you can begin your own practice. April shares a new fiction genre she discovered, and Jen talks about a gift from the fae. Please send your questions to or visit
November 12, 2020
All About Pagan Traditions with Bear & Wendy from Artio Artisanals
April and Jen welcome special guests Bear and Wendy Griffin from Artio Artisanals to discuss how they incorporate Modern Paganism into their lives and livelihood. We chat about Pagan traditions, core beliefs, and how Paganism has brought them many blessings. Visit to learn more - Hail Artio! Please send your questions to or visit our website
October 22, 2020
All About Ghosts
It's October so we start out talking about our favorite ghost movies. Then we delve into everything about ghosts: How to know if you have them, how to communicate with them, how to get rid of them, and what NOT to do! Jen rounds out the show with ghost stories from her three favorite haunted places: The Winchester Mansion in San Jose, California, The Hotel Monte Vista in Flagstaff, Arizona, and The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. Give us some love! Be sure to subscribe / follow / like / 5 star / review - wherever you're listening.  Got questions or show suggestions? Send them to or visit
October 8, 2020
All About Astrological Houses
This week we start off chatting about two of Jen's favorite community projects (movements?), then we take a deep dive into the Houses of Astrology. The twelve Houses represent our life experiences, and our individual planet and zodiac sign placements will tell our unique life stories. Before listening, you might want to check out some of our show resources: To run your free natal chart: * (You can also use this site to see which house each sign is currently in) * * We also refer to the book "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astrology" 4th ed., by Madeline Gerwick-Brodeur and Lisa Lenard If you'd like to suggest a topic or ask a question for our "mailbag", send it to or visit
September 24, 2020
All About Spiritual Awakening
April and Jen give tips to those going through spiritual awakening, and share their own personal awakening stories in depth. Spoiler alert - April had plenty of ghostly visits growing up in an old Victorian home! Many thanks to listener "blue ocean" for the topic suggestion! If you'd like to suggest a topic or ask a question for our "mailbag", send it to or visit
September 10, 2020
All About Hypnosis with Jen Merkel
This week April interviews Jen, a Certified Hypnosis Practitioner, about how hypnotherapy works, how it can be used to reach personal goals, and how she uses hypnosis to help clients with stress relief and spiritual development. Jen also leads listeners through a test to see whether they can be easily hypnotized. Learn more about hypnosis & sign up for Jen's newsletter: Facebook: Instagram: YouTube: Got a question or show suggestions? Send it to or visit our website at
August 27, 2020
All About the Zodiac
April and Jen discuss one of their favorite subjects... the zodiac! Beginning with an introduction to what your Sun, Moon, and Rising signs mean, they then delve into the different characteristics of each sign, grouped by each element (earth, fire, air, and water). Helpful information includes examples of celebrities who exemplify their Sun signs. If you want to learn your Sun, Moon, and Rising signs, look up your birth date, time, and location, then use one of these sources: Have a mailbag question or idea for a show? Email us at or visit our website:
August 13, 2020
All About April & Jen BONUS Episode
In this special BONUS episode, we talk about who we are, what we do, and share a little about our spiritual journeys.  April Darley: - Emotional Strength Coach Jen Merkel: - Certified Hypnosis Practitioner Have a question or show suggestion? Email or visit
July 30, 2020
All About Crystals with Guests Arthur Graye and Eloy Machuca
Crack open your favorite beverage and join us! In this episode we cover all the basics about crystals - how to clear them, program them, charge them, and use them. Then we're joined by special guests Arthur Graye and Eloy Machuca from The Green Man Studios ( as they go through a list of their crystal recommendations for personal transformation. Just to make things extra fun, we decided to initiate our first podcast cocktail hour - so we're enjoying our favorite alcoholic bevvies as we talk about one of our favorite metaphysical subjects. Send your questions and show suggestions to or visit our website 
July 23, 2020
All About Fairies and Other Elementals
If you've ever wanted to work with fairies, elves, mermaids, gnomes, or other elementals, this is the episode for you! April and Jen talk about the history of these cheeky beings, and how you can work with them. Send your questions and show suggestions to or visit our website
July 9, 2020
All about the Five Love Languages
April and Jen discuss their take on the fundamentals from the bestselling book "The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts" by Gary Chapman. They include overviews of each language, and give tips on how you can use Chapman's theories to improve any type of relationship. The Mailbag brings us a question from a listener who is having trouble connecting to people.  NOTE: We are NOT affiliated with the book, its author, or publisher. The opinions expressed in this episode are our own, and based on our own views after using the book. We recommend you purchase the book, which is available at your favorite retailer or find it on Amazon at (not an affiliate link). Send your questions to or visit our website
June 25, 2020
All about divination tools
April and Jen discuss their favorite divination tools such as Tarot, pendulums, tea leaf reading, and scrying, and also give information about some of the ancient and less common forms of divination. Jen answers a mailbag question about animal communication. Correction: The title of the Tarot book is incorrectly referenced in the podcast. The book's name is "78 Degrees of Wisdom" and the author is Rachel Pollack. To submit a mailbag question or show topic suggestion, visit our website or email
June 11, 2020
All about Spirit Guides
In this episode, April and Jen give a brief overview of your "Spirit Team" and then delve into details about Guides - the different types, what they do, and how to connect with them. Our mailbag segment answers a listener's question about using crystals for anxiety and manifesting money, due to a recent job loss. Resource mentioned in today's episode: The Honest Guys on YouTube at Learn about us and find more ways to listen on our website:
May 28, 2020
Angels with special guest Jason Carlson
April and Jen are excited to welcome the podcast's very first guest! Jason Carlson, an Angel expert and Certified Practitioner of Quantum Touch healing, discusses how he first learned about Angels and shares valuable do's and don'ts for those just starting out. He also gives an overview about some of the classes he offers with his partner Carol Lee. Jason's websites: and Learn about us and find more ways to listen on our website:
May 14, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: Forgiveness
In this special bonus episode, April introduces us to the ancient Hawaiian principles and mantras of Ho'oponopono and shares her own variations. Then Jen discusses the transformational power of using affirmations for unconditional love, forgiveness, and self-forgiveness as presented in Louise Hay's book, "You Can Heal Your Life." To submit a mailbag question or shw topic suggestion, visit our website or email
April 30, 2020
Empath Armor: How to protect yourself as an empath
April talks about her book, "Empath Armor: How to Protect Yourself as an Empath" and gives great tips on protecting your energy. Jen answers an email from a listener who has challenges with mind chatter during meditation. Resource mentioned in today's episode: The Honest Guys on YouTube at Learn about us and find more ways to listen on our website:
April 23, 2020
All about seeing numbers
Have you been seeing number sequences? Numbers like 111, 444, and 1234 are common when psychic abilities start opening up. Check out this episode where April and Jen talk about the different meanings behind numbers, and how to know whether they are a sign from the Universe.  In our mailbag segment, we answer a listener question about taking on the energy from others. You can also listen on Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and wherever else you listen to podcasts.   Please send your questions to or visit our website
April 9, 2020
All about the "clairs" Part 2
In part 2 of this 2-part series, April and Jen discuss clairaudience (clear hearing) and claircognizance (clear knowing) as well as some other lesser known "clairs": clairgustance, clairtangency, and clairalience. Exercises are also provided to help you strengthen your abilities.
March 25, 2020
All about the "clairs" Part 1
In the first part of a two-part series, April and Jen go into depth about two of the four main "clairs", clairvoyance (clear seeing) and clairsentience (clear feeling). Several exercises to help strengthen these gifts are also provided.  Please support us by subscribing! Send your questions to and we will do our best to answer them in future episodes.
March 12, 2020
Are you psychic?
In the premiere episode, we share our stories about when and how we learned about our own psychic abilities. We also share clues that will help you discover your own gifts.  Please support us by subscribing! Send your questions to and we will do our best to answer them in future episodes.
February 28, 2020