Goodness, it's dusty in here! That's what happens when you stay away for more than a year and a half (although, truthfully, my house is pretty dusty and I'm in it all the time). I woke this morning with the thought of doing a blogue post, and then noticed that it was eight years ago today that I did my very first post. Seems auspicious. Many other posts followed that first one, and then they slowed down, and then they just pooped out. I'm not sure why. Facebook is certainly to blame for some of it. Participating there uses up my energy for social networking, pinch by insidious pinch.
More significantly, my blogue silence has been a reflection of a larger silence. Since I moved to Portland from California four years ago, I've been submerged in projects that took all my words and work that took all my energy. It's all good, but mentally exhausting, with little left over for writing here -- or for actually seeing friends in the flesh! And that has to change soon too.
So, what's new? Let's see ... How about some Mystical Cats? My Mystical Cats Tarot, with lovely art by the lovely Mickie Mueller, came out about a year ago. Making it with Mickie was a delight, and I would work with her again in a heartbeat. Collaboration is fun! It's challenging for a Virgo's sense of control to share a project, but Mickie made it easy. Click here to go to the deck on Amazon. And while you're over there, you could also pick up my first deck, Victorian Fairy Tarot! I'm proud of both of these decks, and it means so much to me that other people are enjoying them too.
While all this was happening, something was bubbling on the back burner -- indeed, it had been bubbling there for a long time. Ten years ago or more, I got an assignment from my matron goddess, Brigid. She thought it would be a fine idea for me to write a book about her. I started an initial outline and it just poured out, in that amazing way that feels like you're taking dictation. Brigid is brisk and to the point when she has something for you to do! (Joanna Powell Colbert writes about her own such experience with Brigid here.) I wrote an introduction as well, and I liked it. So now I had an outline and an introduction. And then I stopped and put it away. I'm not sure why, other than my creative fire was subdued by watery emotions and earthly concerns.
And then, in November 2012, Patricia Monaghan died. Pat and I first met at a priestess conference in the early 1990s and hit it off right away. Over the years, I came to know her as a friend as well as admiring her tremendously for her writings on the Goddess and Celtic lore. She was enthusiastic about my Brigid book ideas and shared many resources with me. Her encouragement meant everything to me. When I heard of her death, in my shock and sorrow a message came blazing through: Write the Brigid book. NOW. And dedicate it to Pat.
And here it is.
So that's what I've been up to, along with other writing and editing work to pay the rent, caring for my dear old cat Morpheus, and musing about what kind of crone I'm becoming as I approach my 60th birthday. I cut my hair very short and colored it purple and blue. And I planted rather a lot of irises. Their blooming season is so brief, every blossom, every moment, is precious. A good metaphor as I get older. Petal by petal, the beauty of life unfurls before our eyes. And I am grateful. So, so grateful.
Blessings to you all, my friends!
Photo at the top by Andre Govia.
Iris photos by Lunaea. They are clickable for a larger image.