What’s your relationship to your erotic energy? How do you even feel about that question? What stories pop up for you?
These are questions that Riyana Rose Sang is asking and wanting all of us to consider... especially for the empowerment of womyn and marginalized people in these tumultuous times.
Riyana Rose is an herbalist, counselor, mama, writer, and all-around witchy woman devoted to the magic of seasonal living and all things transformative. She thinks of herself as a mystical witch, and adores experiential, ecstatic, direct experience of the Divine and guiding others to get there, too, through the tools she teaches and the rituals she helps create. She is devoted to teaching about connection to nature through our relationships with the green ones, animals, and the fey, and utilizing ritual technologies such as aspecting, trance, and devotion that empower us move out of our minds and into connection with spirit.
In her private practice, Riyana works extensively with issues of the heart and womb, including anxiety, depression, grief, loss, infertility, and pregnancy and postpartum challenges.
In this interview, we talk about how essential it is to reclaim our erotic energy as part of the collective evolution of our time, and ways we can begin to do that. Riyana shares her journey with her own erotic energy, through pregnancy and post-partum, and her favorite plant and mushroom allies to support ourselves in times of stress and expand our consciousness as we’re being called to step more deeply into our own sovereignty and power to speak our truth and be heard and respected.
I absolutely loved this conversation, full of practical magic, thought-provoking questions and a look inside Riyana’s personal journey as a mama, witch, and force of nature.
In this episode, we discuss:
Sovereignty of women, our bodies’ ability to release, speak our truth, to be heard and respected, and how these times have made Riyana reframe her work
Riyana’s practice of witchcraft and earth magic for 25 years, herbalism for 10 years.
The Idea that the world needs us - all ppl, esp women and marginalized ppl - to own our worth and sovereignty so we can speak up for ourself and for Mother Earth
How to reclaim erotic vitality, energy, and whatever you consider magic for yourself
How the plants help us to become liberated and sovereign beings - as they all benefit when we reclaim this power and vital energy
How Riyana’s intense period of depression and disconnection when her father passed at 16 yrs old led to her first introduction and exposure to the feminine divine that made her feel at home
Starhawk’s work and importance in Riyana’s journey
The importance of death, ritual death or initiation as an agent in helping open up oneself to their spiritual path and in touch with the great mystery
What Riyana is witnessing from the current political events and making the connection between a dysfunctional youth sexual culture and lack of rites of passages in our modern culture at large
How Riyana sees erotic energy as our birthright - when we know that desire and pleasure are apart of who we are, we can tap into this energy and empower ourselves to create
How helping ppl reclaim their erotic energy and relationship to it is part of the collective evolution of our time that is needed and essential work right now
Erotic energy and empowerment related to physical manifestations such as rampant thyroid issues, cardiovascular disease, and reproductive challenges
Riyana’s journey with her own erotic energy, from feeling a surge during pregnancy, the message she received from spirit and lady love
How she developed hypothyroidism and her libido tanked, and how she got her groove back
Ways we can begin to reclaim our erotic energy- The first step: Choosing to reclaim being an erotic woman; questioning and breaking down inherited stories and cultural programming
The larger impact of stress culture and riding the cortisol train chronically on sexuality
Riyana’s favorite herb and plant allies that can support our stress response: adaptogens including ashwaghanda, shatavari (she with a thousand husbands), mushrooms (reishi, chaga, turkey tail, all of them!) to be grounded and expansive at the same time.
How becoming a clearer channel by cleaning out your and reducing what might be hijacking your brain, what “spell are you under”?
The importance of Riyana’s choice to use words like magic, spell-breaking, psychedelic, - they inherently challenge the current and oppressive power structures at be
What is feeding Riyana’s wild right now
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