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The Waxing Soul

The Waxing Soul

By Bridget Owens
Spirituality is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Join writer, alchemist, and pagan community organizer Bridget Owens for a deep dive into what spirituality is and how to build a deeply personal tradition. If the pre-packaged traditions don't seem to fit or you've never found the deep connection you're looking for, The Waxing Soul offers food for thought and guidance to find your own brand of mindful modern magic. Grow your soul, expand your spirit, and nourish your spiritual life in an exploration of religion, philosophy, psychology, culture, ritual, and our place in the universe.
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Episode 49 - The Magic of the Hope Chest
On today's episode we'll be discussing the need for action in manifestation, how magic doesn't run on thoughts alone, and what we can do today to nurture profound change in our lives. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:42
October 21, 2021
Episode 48 - Stop Chasing the Spiritual High
On today's episode we'll be discussing the dangers of chasing a spiritual high, how spiritual growth doesn't just happen in profoundly transformative moments, and ways we can learn to embrace the small experiences as we evolve. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:59
October 14, 2021
Episode 47 - Forgiveness
On today's episode we'll be discussing the mechanics of forgiveness, why forgiving doesn't mean excusing or ignoring what has been done, and how I finally learned to truly forgive. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
18:54
October 7, 2021
Episode 46 - Thought, Belief, and Action
On today's episode we'll be discussing the role of thought, action, and belief in spirituality and how action is the key to exploring the world and evolving in your authenticity. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
21:01
October 1, 2021
Episode 45 - Exploration and Curiosity in Spirituality with Laura Greenwood
On today's episode I interview Laura Greenwood, the leader of a local initiatory coven as well as a hobby biologist, about her exploratory approach to spirituality and why we are sometimes too afraid to follow our spiritual curiosity. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
30:15
September 23, 2021
Episode 44 - Tarot for Self Growth Part 7 - The Cards in Action
Today's episode is the last in a seven episode series on using tarot for self growth. Today we're discussing how to choose spreads to get the answers you really need, tips for getting clarity in the messages, and how to make friends with every card in the deck. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
21:44
September 16, 2021
Episode 43 - Tarot for Self Growth Part 6 - Divination for Evolution
Today's episode is the sixth in a seven episode series on using tarot for self growth. Today we're discussing the mechanism of personal evolution, the difference between aspiration and evolution, and how tarot can be used to guide your own evolutionary path. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:54
September 9, 2021
Episode 42 - Tarot for Self Growth Part 5 - Finding Yourself in the Deck
Today's episode is the fifth in a seven episode series on using tarot for self growth. Today we're discussing how to find the cards which represent you in the deck, the various aspects of self which you can look for, and why it's important to sometimes focus a reading around a manifestation of you. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
18:43
September 2, 2021
Episode 41 - Tarot for Self Growth Part 4 - Divination as a Mirror
Today's episode is the fourth in a seven episode series on using tarot for self growth. Today we're discussing how divination is more of a mirror than a crystal ball, the ways we can see ourselves in the tarot deck, and how to look at ourselves with a less biased eye. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:58
September 2, 2021
Episode 40 - Tarot for Self Growth Part 3 - The Mystery of Self
Today's episode is the third in a seven episode series on using tarot for self growth. Today we're discussing why our deep self is a mystery to us, how we can uncover more of the unknown parts of ourselves, and why it's so important to practice radical self-honesty. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:23
August 27, 2021
Episode 39 - Tarot for Self Growth Part 2 - What is Self Growth?
Today's episode is the second in a seven episode series on using tarot for self growth. Today we're discussing the basics of self growth, the difference between growth and evolution, and what it looks like to thrive in your life. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
21:20
August 27, 2021
Episode 38 - Tarot for Self Growth Part 1 - What is Divination?
Today's episode is the first in a seven episode series on using tarot for self growth. Today we're discussing the basics of divination, what it means, and why we don't even need to know what's in our future. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
20:17
August 6, 2021
Episode 37 - Spiritual empowerment and equality
On today's episode we'll be discussing spiritual empowerment, equality, and how our spiritual histories have warped our sense of self worth. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:45
July 16, 2021
Episode 36 - Making Space for Your Authentic Self with Bryn Maycot
On today's episode I'll be interviewing author and astronumerotarologist Bryn Maycot about the importance of making space in your life for your authentic self and your evolution. Check out their book, "Pieces of My Mind," on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Pieces-My-Mind-Bryn-Maycot-dp-1724932527/dp/1724932527 Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
26:56
July 9, 2021
Episode 35 - Spirituality, Religion, and Culture
On today's episode we'll be discussing the difference between spirituality, religion, and culture and why it's important for our authenticity and personal evolution. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:59
July 1, 2021
The Basics of Magic Q&A #2 (Recorded live on Facebook June 29, 2021)
As part of the special seven-episode series on the Basics of Magic I did a livestream Q&A to answer listener-submitted questions on the series content. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
20:54
July 1, 2021
Episode 34 - The Basics of Magic part 7: Magic CHANGES You
Today's episode is number seven of a special seven-episode series on the Basics of Magic, all about how magic isn't just about changing the world around us, but about transforming ourselves. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:42
June 17, 2021
Episode 33 - The Basics of Magic part 6: Magic is COMMUNICATION
Today's episode is number six of a special seven-episode series on the Basics of Magic, all about magical energy as a form of communication and how important it is to be clear in our magical practice. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
18:35
June 10, 2021
Episode 32 - The Basics of Magic part 5: Magic is INTUITIVE
Today's episode is number five of a special seven-episode series on the Basics of Magic, all about intuition, our subconscious, and how our brains do magic. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:49
June 4, 2021
Episode 31 - The Basics of Magic part 4: Magic is EVERYDAY
On today's episode we're on part 4 of a special seven-episode series on the Basics of Magic, and we'll be discussing the everyday nature of magic and how it's woven into the very fabric of our lives.  Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod  Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher  License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:54
May 27, 2021
The Basics of Magic Q&A (Recorded live on Facebook May 24, 2021)
As part of the special seven-episode series on the Basics of Magic I did a livestream Q&A to answer listener-submitted questions on the first three episodes. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
40:23
May 25, 2021
Episode 30 - The Basics of Magic part 3: It's all about ENERGY
On today's episode we're on part 3 of a special seven-episode series on the Basics of Magic, and we'll be discussing how magic and spirituality come down to energy and what that really means. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
21:17
May 21, 2021
Episode 29 - The Basics of Magic part 2: Your magic is FOR YOU
On today's episode we're on part 2 of a special seven-episode series on the Basics of Magic, and we'll be discussing how our magic not only comes from within us, but exists to help us thrive. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
21:47
May 13, 2021
Episode 28 - The Basics of Magic part 1: YOU are the magic
On today's episode we'll be starting a special seven-episode series on the Basics of Magic by discussing how magic is intrinsic to humankind and how learning magic means tapping into our authentic and unique magical tendencies. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
21:25
May 6, 2021
Episode 27 - The Importance of Ritual
On today's episode we'll be discussing the importance of ritual and the importance of creating and personalizing our own rituals. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
18:32
April 29, 2021
Episode 26 - Belief System vs Spiritual Path
On today's episode we'll be discussing the difference between a belief system and a spiritual path and why it matters in the process of building our authentic spiritual life. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:52
April 24, 2021
Episode 25 - Magical Bypassing and Avoidance
On today's episode we'll be discussing the dangers of using spiritual tools and philosophies as a way to avoid and bypass. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
16:59
April 16, 2021
Episode 24 - What does it mean to act intentionally?
On today's episode we'll be discussing different meanings of intention and what it really looks like to live and do magic intentionally. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
18:19
April 8, 2021
Episode 23 - Your Spiritual Year
On today's episode we'll be discussing the importance of observing a spiritual year cycle, what it means to grow within your spiritual path, and how to know when your spiritual year begins and ends. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
18:15
April 2, 2021
Episode 22 - Are you obligated to use your spiritual gifts?
On today's episode we'll be answering the question: Are you obligated to use your spiritual gifts? Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:16
March 26, 2021
Episode 21 - Emotions in Your Spiritual Life: Love
On today's episode we'll be discussing love as it relates to your spiritual life as part 7 of a 7 episode series on emotions in spirituality. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
21:53
March 18, 2021
Episode 20 - Emotions in Your Spiritual Life: Shame
On today's episode we'll be discussing shame as it relates to your spiritual life as part 6 of a 7 episode series on emotions in spirituality. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:38
March 11, 2021
Episode 19 - Emotions in Your Spiritual Life: Sadness
On today's episode we'll be discussing sadness as it relates to your spiritual life as part 5 of a 7 episode series on emotions in spirituality. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
18:22
March 4, 2021
Episode 18 - Emotions in Your Spiritual Life: Curiosity
On today's episode we'll be discussing anger as it relates to your spiritual life as part 3 of a 7 episode series on emotions in spirituality. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:06
February 25, 2021
Episode 17 - Emotions in Your Spiritual Life: Anger
On today's episode we'll be discussing anger as it relates to your spiritual life as part 3 of a 7 episode series on emotions in spirituality. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:49
February 19, 2021
Episode 16 - Emotions in Your Spiritual Life: Joy
On today's episode we'll be discussing joy as it relates to your spiritual life as part 2 of a 7 episode series on emotions in spirituality. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:00
February 12, 2021
Episode 15 - Emotions in Your Spiritual Life: Fear
On today's episode we'll be discussing fear as it relates to your spiritual life as part 1 of a 7 episode series on emotions in spirituality. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
21:17
February 12, 2021
Episode 14 - The Varieties of Truth
On today's episode we'll be discussing the different kinds of truth, what it means for there to be different kinds of truth, and what kinds of truth we can use as a foundation for our spirituality. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
22:05
January 29, 2021
Episode 13 - Marking Spiritual Growth and Your Personal Year Cycle
On today's episode we'll be discussing how we can track our spiritual maturity, what spiritual growth looks like from year to year, and how to find our footing in whatever stage of life we're in. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
21:34
January 21, 2021
Episode 12 - Dealing With Dissonance
On today's episode we'll be discussing the impact of dissonance between our spiritual paths and our life paths, how to reconcile our life goals with our spirituality, and how to build a personal spiritual life that is truly authentic. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
20:58
January 14, 2021
Episode 11 - Divine Guidance and Magical Empowerment
On today's episode we'll be discussing the idea that everything happens for a reason, the importance of agency in the process of self evolution, and how to turn all experiences into opportunities for spiritual growth. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:32
January 9, 2021
Episode 10 - Awe, Wonder, and Magic
On today's episode we'll be discussing awe and fascination as the doorway to spirituality, why spiritual paths and traditions need to resonate with us on a personal level, and what we can do to increase the awe and wonder in our spiritual lives. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:08
December 31, 2020
Episode 9 - Pain vs Discomfort
On today's episode we'll be discussing the important difference between pain and discomfort, the dangers of spiritual avoidance and bypassing, and how we can stop using spirituality to numb ourselves and embrace our evolutionary processes. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
21:13
December 24, 2020
Episode 8 - Numerology and Calendar Cycles
On today's episode we'll be discussing the calendar year as one of three personally significant annual spiritual cycles, why it's important to look at our own life patterns and cycles, how numerology can help us approach the mysteries of each new year as growth opportunities. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
23:30
December 18, 2020
Episode 7: Creative Simplicity in Magical Practice
On today's episode we'll be discussing fitting magical and spiritual practice into our busy lifestyles, why knowing how to simplify your practice makes your practice more effective, and ways to streamline things to maximize the magic in your life. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
20:19
December 10, 2020
Episode 6 - Discipline, Achievement, and Your Spiritual M.O.
On today's episode we'll be discussing the problem with treating spirituality as something that has an end goal, the nature of personal evolution, and where discipline fits into authentic individual spirituality. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
18:28
December 4, 2020
Episode 5 - Your Power Mood
On today's episode we'll be discussing the nature of our power moods, why our emotional and mental states are so influential on our ability to function, and how we can do mood magic on ourselves.  Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod  Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:44
November 27, 2020
Episode 4 - Spiritual Community and Leadership
On today's episode we'll be discussing spiritual community and leadership dynamics, why we even need spiritual communities at all, and how to go about finding or forming a community which enriches your spiritual life. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
22:38
November 19, 2020
Episode 3 - Finding an Authentic Spiritual Direction
On today's episode we'll be discussing how our spiritual history impacts our search for a path of our own, why trying on many different traditions isn't the best way to find the one that fits best, and what questions to ask yourself to figure out what you're really searching for. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
20:38
November 12, 2020
Episode 2 - Opening Yourself to Infinite Possibilities
On today's episode we'll be discussing the ways we shut ourselves off from seeing and recognizing paths to manifestation that don't fit our expectations, why we shouldn't try to micromanage the universe, and how to train your brain to see greater possibilities. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
20:57
November 5, 2020
Episode 1 - Manifestation, Intention, and Magic
On today's episode we'll be discussing the importance of digging into your deepest intentions, why we are so good at desires but so bad at intentions, and the three questions to ask to get down to the root of what you really want. Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
21:18
October 29, 2020
The Waxing Soul Podcast - Trailer
For more information and resources, visit http://www.bridgetowens.com/podcast Music is Dream Catcher by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4650-dream-catcher License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
00:30
October 28, 2020