Visionary #30: Many Moons creator Sarah Gottesdiener talks feminist self-help

Meet Sarah Faith Gottesdiener, author of the cult spiritual read Many Moons 3-year long series, creator of intersectional feminist line Modern Women and founder of the Ideal Futures podcast which she co-hosts with writer, director, performer Gina Young. On the show they invite trailblazers in the creative, queer and feminist world including JD Samson, Marlee Grace and Virgie Tovar. Sarah lives and works in LA as a creator, artist, teacher and writer, and teaches workshops all over the world. Her Many Moon book series has become a sold out cult book amongst a global community, changing many lives along the way. Many Moons contains (moon) phase-by-phase Astrology, and offers suggestions for the reader to dive into their own personal spiritual discovery and growth using journaling exercises, spells, herbalism and more. As Sarah draws the series to a close, she reflects on her own personal rituals and working process.

Where is home for you, and what does it mean to you?

Los Angeles! I love the light here, I love the people here, and I love that avocados grow in trees in my neighbourhood.

 

The Many Moons workbook is such a unique project and an extension of your art. How and why did you develop this idea?

My guide told me to do this project one day when I was laying on my couch. I had been teaching this subject for a couple of years, and working with the phases for maybe 5 years before that. I listened to my intuition and created what needed to be created. Ultimately, Many Moons is meant to be a radical feminist self-help book, as well as a love letter to the Moon and all that she has taught me.

 

What made you delve into podcast territory with Ideal Futures and Gina Young?

I always want to make things I don’t see in the world. Ideal Futures, a show that focuses on creativity, challenges, and growth for conscious business owners and artists, specifically those who are oppressed and marginalised systematically, is that. I also needed an excuse to see my dear friend Gina more. 😉

What are your favourite symbolic daily rituals to get in touch with your Higher Self?

Tarot cards, meditating, journaling, being in nature, making art.

 

What does the concept of self care mean to you?

Here are a few quotes about self care. The first is from Elise of La Mystica Tarot: “Self-care inherently divests from capitalism because it dismantles our desire to compare ourselves to others.” And of course, we have to include the iconic quote from Audre Lorde : “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” And last, but certainly least, to paraphrase from The Charge of the Goddess“all acts of love and pleasure are Her rituals.”

What are your favourite skincare and hair care regimes?

I literally do nothing to my hair except wash it with the cheapest organic product on sale at the store. Once or twice a week I do an oil treatment with the incredible Agender By Noto Botanics. It is the best smelling oil, and our entire household uses it, even our dog, as it is completely organic! My skin I’m more particular with. I have very oily skin, so for ages was resistant to using oils, but when I started to use them it changed so much and my skin is actually less oily now. I use Marie Veronique Skincare products. I get facials maybe three times a year, and when I have the funds, I get facial rejuvenation acupuncture by the life-changing Deeper Genius Acupuncture.  By far, the number one thing that has changed my skin quality is the fact that I drink up to two gallons of herbal infusions a week. I’ve been doing this for the last 3 years or so. People will remark on my skin, and I tell them infusions have honestly been the secret. Plus the herbs help my nervous system as well. Whenever I feel off, it is because I have been traveling, or haven’t drank my infusions in a few days.

 

Do you work with any other holistic practices for your health and wellbeing?

I try to do yoga a few times a week, I meditate, I do breathwork, and I do EMDR therapy. I also see other practitioners every couple of months for energy clearing/calibration, and other healing modalities.

Do you have any advice about how someone could start out with self tarot readings?

Pull a card every few days. Journal about it. Spend time with the cards. Relate the card you pulled to what is happening inside of you, or around your external circumstances. The number quality of a self practice is the suspension of self-judgement, self-blame, and working through denials that can come up, particularly with challenging cards, like the Tower, for instance. It takes quiet, it takes space, and it takes time.

Many Moons Vol 2 2018 by Sarah Gottesdiener is now sold out, but the benefit edition is avaliable now. For more products, art and design from Sarah, visit the Modern Women online store

Photography: Lani Trock