Episode 5

The Power of Pillow Talk: The Story of Queen Medb | S3 Ep 5

Published on: 1st March, 2023

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Our Story

The “Pillow Talk” scene opens theTáin Bó Cúailnge, the Irish mythological epic. Queen Medb and King Ailill compare the wealth they brought to the marriage. This private conversation becomes a war that involves all of the greatest warriors of the time.

In Marisa's retelling of the story, which originally appeared in her book, The Sovereignty Knot, she highlights the way Queen Medb was known for instigating this great battle, but also for her powerful sexuality and her association with the Sovereignty Goddess.

Our Guest

Lee Chaix McDonough is the founder of Coach With Clarity,  where creative, innovative professionals discover how to combine their talents, experience, and intuition with a powerful coaching methodology, so they can create a flexible, meaningful business that serves their people and supports their families — without selling their souls..

She is also the host of the Coach with Clarity podcast and author of the #1 Amazon bestseller, ACT On Your Business: Braving the storms of entrepreneurship and creating success through meaning, mindset, and mindfulness.

You can follow Lee on Instagram, on Facebook and visit her website: www.coachwithclarity.com.

Our Conversation

  • What it means to be “a difficult woman”
  • Money stories and the idea of “girl money” or “mom money” that make women’s earnings seem less important or worthy
  • When Medb is, and isn’t, a model of who we want to be
  • The Princess, Queen, and the Wise Woman - meant to be balanced within us
  • Our psychological desire for the binary, especially when we are under stress and need ease
  • Medb’s voracious sexuality; Medb and Aillill as a sex positive couple with an open marriage

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About the Podcast

KnotWork Storytelling
Untangling Our Myths, Reweaving Our Stories
In each KnotWork Storytelling episode, we'll explore a different story from mythology, folklore, or history, particularly from Ireland and the Celtic World. Then, my guest and I dive deep into why these ideas and characters still resonate today.

Your host is Marisa Goudy, author of The Sovereignty Knot: A Woman’s Way to Freedom, Power, Love, and Magic. She is a Word Witch, a Story Healer, a Writing Coach, and a has an MA in Irish literature from University College Dublin.

Join us as we wander through these ancient storylines as we set out on a quest to learn from the past, better understand the present, and craft a sustainable future.

Every episode reminds us that ancient stories are medicine for our ancient maladies.

About your host

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Marisa Goudy

Marisa Goudy is a story healer, a writing coach, and a word witch. Her book, The Sovereignty Knot: A Woman’s Way to Freedom, Power, Love, and Magic, was released in 2020.
Marisa nurtures writers and storytellers in her long-running online writing community, the Sovereign Writers’ Knot.
On this show, Marisa combines her passion for story with her love of Irish literature, culture, and folklore and her fascination with the Celtic world. She has a particular love of stories of heroines, goddess, and women whose tales were forgotten by history.