Tuesday, 20 October 2015

New Deck, New Writing!

Merry meet one and all!

I wanted to give you a bit of an update on what I've been up to recently, because it's all quite exciting.

First I wanted to apologise because you may have noticed I've had a bit less of an online presence recently.  This is partly for very mundane reasons, not least of which has been illness over the summer in particular, and a desire to make my house black widow free and get a load of cleaning done.  However I am also very excited to be working on some new creative projects.

After years of working with other people's decks I've realised the best results will always come from a deck of my own, and this is one of the projects I have been working on.  I'm calling it my woodland oracle deck, and while it's still a work in progress I have at least roughly figured out what cards I want to have in it.  This has been quite fun researching, and I've gone through my Book of Shadows as well as the Internet looking for ideas and inspiration.  I chose the woodland as my theme because that is where I've always felt most spiritual; as a child we would walk up the woods most Sundays and whenever I visualise a sacred spot it is always either in the woods or a clearing.  In fact one of my favourite spots was one near where I used to live in Devon where the woodland actually came down to the shoreline - a truly magickal spot where two worlds collide and the energy was amazing.

Elberry Cove, Devon
Photo by Derek Whitchurch-Bennett
I want it to reflect my Britishness as well, so I am using the sacred trees of the Celtic calendar, creatures native to the UK and some of the Romano-British deities that would have been worshipped, as well as archetypes such as the Maiden, Mother and Crone.  For now I am just planning on creating it for myself, but if it works and people like it I will look into getting a limited run produced, so watch this space.

The other projects have been in written form.  I recently submitted my first article for a well-known national magazine and had a really great response from the editor.  It was about tarot so now I just have to wait and see if they can get permission to reproduce the cards I mention and if they do they might publish it, which is very exciting!

Then finally I have started writing a book for new witches, or those of us who seem to have lost our way somehow and got bogged down.  While I know there are already a lot of these out there, I want to focus on stripping witchcraft down a little for those of us who find some rituals quite time consuming in a busy modern life, not to mention expensive if you follow the list of supplies you often see.  I also aim to give a historical grounding so we can understand where we came from as much as where we are headed, because while Wicca is less than a hundred years old, witchcraft is a different thing entirely and dates back many centuries yet is still growing and developing to reflect changes in society and technology; not many people these days have their waters cast or consult a girdle-measurer, but they do use apps and visit sites like Oranum to get a live tarot reading.

So that is what I have been up to these past few weeks.  This work will of course continue, but I will do my utmost to be available online more often so I can answer your questions, cast your cards and generally be of service.

Until next time everyone,

Blessed be )0(