“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 an empty space. Seed goes first to the places which are most empty.”
— Clarissa Pinkola Estés
I spent the New Year’s / Full Moon weekend creating a container for the Muse to fill this coming year — otherwise known as planning.
I’ve been planning my business year in increments since last fall. But this weekend, it was time to break out the paper calendars and colored pens, the laptop and new iPad Mini. (I taught myself to use Evernote efficiently this weekend, and it just may change my life.)
I was in business.
The weather cooperated. It rained all weekend, and then it rained some more. The contrast between soft golden candleglow and lamplight inside, with the dark grey downpour outside, seemed to warm me up from the inside out.
For me — as a heart-based, spiritually minded entrepreneur — there is no separation between my art, my spiritual path, and my business. It is all one. I see myself as practicing three art forms: visual art, writing, and teaching / creating experiences for people. They all feed each other. (Oh yes, I do know how lucky I am. And so grateful.)
My blogger friend Hecate says that putting things on a calendar is an act of magic. And I agree wholeheartedly. Although (as we have seen) I’m keeping myself open to serendipity. After all, the card that showed up in the place of “What do I open up to, in the New Year?” in my New Year’s Reading was Lightning / the Tower! (I’ll take bolts of inspiration out of the blue instead of crises, thank you very much!)
Many Wise Ones have told us that when it comes to creativity, you don’t wait for inspiration to strike and then get to work. No, you make a date with the Muse, show up for it, sit down at your table, and get to it. Then the Muse shows up.
And She did. (Of course She did.)
I emerged from the weekend with a plan, and consecrated it under the light of the Full Moon, hidden behind thick rainclouds.
So here’s a look at some of the things I’ll be doing in 2015, remembering — always — to never become so rigid in my plans that I can’t shift and change, following as She leads. Last year was full of surprises. And this year? We shall see.
I’m planning my work and working my plan — and throwing the door open wide. Come on in, 2015! Let’s make it a good one.
Coming Up in 2015
January / February: “It’s a Wrap” Mentoring and “Soul Care Sessions” available.
January 29th: Sacred Art Video Workshop #1 (yes! I’m excited about this! More info soon!)
March: Gaian Soul Retreat with co-teacher Lyn Belisle
April 1st: 21 Secrets (with my “Personal Tarot Icon” workshop) is released.
April: Mama Ocean Blessing Bags will be available again.
April: Readers Studio 2015, New York. (I’m attending RS15, not teaching. Three of my favorite teachers and tarot buddies are the key speakers this year: Ellen Lorenzi-Prince, Theresa Reed, and Carrie Paris. I’ll be leading a Tarot Incubator Process session on Deck Creation on Sunday morning.) Plus, a visit to granddaughter Gracie in Maine!
All Year: Regular Sacred Art video workshops
All Year: Revised seasonal ecourses in a new form
All Year: Finish and polish my Shapeshifter: Wheel of a Woman’s Life book manuscript, working with developmental editor Christina Baldwin.
All Year: Create artwork for the book.
All Year: Be open to serendipity and surprises!
(There’s more on my calendar, but this is all I want to share right now. Surprises are good for the soul, yes?)
I hope you’ll join me for some of these luscious things coming up in 2015. Love & Blessings always!