Have you noticed a shift in the wind? I sure have.
Yesterday after I came back from riding my bike by the bay, I sat on my back deck drinking water and writing in my journal. A breeze suddenly whipped up, and soon yellow alder leaves were dancing in the wind and scattering all over the ground. Douglas fir cones tumbled off the awning, pushed off by the breeze. This morning I rose at 5:30AM and it was still dark enough that I had to turn on the light to walk downstairs. That’s the first time I’ve had to do that in months.
I love the Lammas season in part because it is such a liminal state, this time of Summer-Turning-to-Fall. Both/and. Shifting. Changing.
Along with the shift in the natural world comes a closure to summer “vacation.” This was the first time in years that I did not teach any workshops or e-courses between early June and early September. I did this in order to focus on my creative projects and to be able to enjoy the luscious island summer. Oh my I have had such a wonderful time! I have completed 97% (more or less) of the book I’ve been working on for quite some time now (I may finish it today!), and I am gestating ideas for a few new tarot and/or oracle decks. (Crazy! I thought I’d never do another deck after the Gaian.) I also took two classes this summer in encaustic (painting and collaging with beeswax) and am completely smitten with this medium.
I flew down to San Jose, California last weekend for SF BATS (San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium). I had not been for a few years, and it felt to good to be back. My favorite part of events like this one is the creative conversations I have with so many people, sparking ideas that lead to clear guidance (what else might one expect in a group of 200+ crazy creative diviners?). Some of my ideas crystallized, new ones arose, and I got great feedback on others. Sigh. I love my tarot tribe.
I gave a presentation called “Reading the Book of Nature,” which was attended by around 50 people and seemed to inspire a lot of them. I was thrilled. I taught my method for going on a medicine walk (or Wisdom Wander, as my friend Carolyn Cushing calls it) and reading the auguries and signs in nature. This is the method I’ve developed over the last year for dozens of people as I create my “Mama Ocean Blessing Bags.”
BATS seems to have marked another turning point for me, as I am now looking ahead to the workshops and courses I’ll be offering in the fall. Here’s what’s cooking in my creative cauldron.
Coming This Fall:
September 1: “Spinning Gold” with Bri Saussy begins. I’m one of several guest teachers. I am really looking forward to this program! It’s not too late to register.
September 10-13: Gaian Soul Retreat (sold out).
September 16: “30 Days of Harvest: A Daily Sacred Pause to Welcome Autumn” begins. A return to my popular “30 Day” seasonal courses. Only $19! Registration is open now. More info here!
September 30: “Magic for Tarot Readers: A 5 Evening Online Class” with Andrew McGregor begins. I will be giving a similar presentation to the one I did at BATS on Nature Magic, on September 30th. Four other fabulous teachers are Andrew, my friends Beth Owl’s Daughter and Marybeth Bonfiglio, and Camelia Elias.
Early October: “Honoring our Beloved Dead with Ancestor Prayer Cards,” a video-based online course in multi-media collage. As the season turns toward All Hallows, let’s honor our beloved dead (of our bloodlines and our spirit-lines) by making prayer cards for them. More info coming soon.
October 23: “30 Days of Hecate: A Daily Sacred Pause to Honor the Darkness” begins. Only $19. More info soon.
December 1: “30 Days of Yuletide: A Daily Sacred Pause to Welcome the Return of the Sun” begins. Only $19. More info soon.
I hope you’ll join me for one or more of these offerings.
May the winds of change bless you as the seasons turn.