I know that my friends and family across North America are still coping with snow — too much snow!— but here in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve had one of the mildest winters anyone can recall. This is not necessarily a good thing, as it means we may be facing drought next summer. But in the moment — such ...Continue Reading…

January is one of my favorite months, probably because it’s my birthday month. But I also love the sense of potential that permeates the month, and is reflected in pristine snowfall, clear cold skies, and bare branches with tiny buds. If you’re like me, you’ve completed your year-end review, done a tarot reading for the New ...Continue Reading…

“I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes at nine every morning.” — William Faulkner “Those who unleash their craft do not wait for the Muse; the Muse is like one’s breath, one’s arm, one’s hips, one’s eyes … the Muse is always there, waiting to spring into action if only we lay out ...Continue Reading…

Here’s my favorite tarot spread for taking a peek at the year to come. It may be familiar, as I post it every couple of years, and it’s in the Gaian Tarot companion book too. I recommend revisiting the reading each quarter throughout the year to see how the themes that emerge are unfolding in your life. ...Continue Reading…

2014 was a year of surprises. Good ones. The biggest one, of course, was our return to Heron House on Lummi Island. One year ago, Craig and I had no idea we would be selling our Bellingham house and moving back to the island. We sure didn’t know how happy that move would make both ...Continue Reading…

One of the things I love most about this season is the bittersweet remembrances of years gone by. Each Yuletide is a pentimento, a layered painting. The traces of Christmases Past show through the layers of years, one on top of another, creating a beautiful, textured pattern that gleams in the candlelight. I pull out ...Continue Reading…

(The following piece is the Week 1 Reflection from Gaian Soul Seasonal Practices for Yuletide / Midwinter.) Finally comes the time of withdrawal, the hidden time. It is as though the world sleeps under a gray cloak. Everything is still and silent. It is as though the world sleeps under a gray veil. . . ...Continue Reading…

The tides shift and change, which is how is should be. I am much more grounded this week. I spent last weekend with a lovely group of women I’d never before met in person, at a beautiful house on the water near Gig Harbor. We were artists and teachers and writers and coaches, all devoted ...Continue Reading…

Last Saturday, I hosted my second one-day retreat here in Bellingham. The theme for the day was “Sacred Play” — perfect for Spring and honoring the Young One within each of us, I thought! And indeed it was. The Maidens of Spring came out to play — no matter that we ranged in chronological age ...Continue Reading…

“There may be a concentration of spring energies in the maiden, but she can feel as well the forces of fullness and decline. Women in their prime are maids and crones at once. And every aged woman knows still the wild spring winds.” - Patricia Monaghan, Seasons of the Witch Every spring we have the ...Continue Reading…

I am one grateful woman, to be able to live this extraordinary life. This past weekend, I gathered women once again for a Gaian Soul Retreat at our beloved Aldermarsh Retreat Center on Whidbey Island. I invited them to come away and drink of the sacred well of nature, spirit, creativity, and connection. They came from ...Continue Reading…

(I wrote a blessing that seemed to tumble out of the painting itself. It’s appearing over on the SageWoman blog.) (Brigid speaks:) May you accept this offering of my Sacred Fire. May your heart and hands burn with creative passion. May you bring forth poetry, music, and art! May your head burn with the fire ...Continue Reading…

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