A Cat’s Life
Dear readers, I have been absent from my blog writing for about six weeks now. That is because my book, Psychic Skills for Magic and Witchcraft has become fairly successful. Since it has been a while, I thought you all might like to know what I have been up to. The last six weeks have been a mixed bag of things much like any of us go through in life. It has actually been that way for me for the last two years really.
When one wonderful thing would happen, I would hardly have time to enjoy it when something difficult and hard would show up. The ups and downs of that and the pressure of completing my book, my initiation into the hermetic order, and passing on the Coven of the Rising Phoenix to the next generation were all part of what eventually led me to the depths of depression and ill health. During my own distress, my hubby became ill and I focused more on that than on myself. You know how it goes, we all keep up the brave face and soldier on.
During the last six weeks, I have been interviewed by many podcasts and YouTube channels. All of which I will post later on. I wrote a book review for Oberon Zell’s book, Goodbye Jesus, I’ve Gone Home To Mother, a book about folks leaving Christianity for Paganism, for the Green Egg Magazine, in which my own book is featured.
Phaedra Bonewits and I recently wrote an article together for the Witches and Pagans Magazine, in which she, my best friend, interviews me. I must say it is really good. There are some things in that article that are revealing. That article will be coming out soon as well and will get posted when it does. My friend Catt Foy, from Eugene and Queen of the Psy-Cards, wrote an amazing review of my book for the Witches and Pagans magazine too.
Last month I began writing a Q & A column for THoT, The House of Twigs. This witch school and website full of content from various writers is an amazing thing created by my pal Erika Fortner, who also owns the Queen Meb store in Portland on Broadway. Here is the link to my column there https://thehouseoftwigs.com/cats-eye-q-a/?fbclid=IwAR0SJsxnMNvv5wy5uvW4Ok_B_DlhlZ8PFg8X6v49iMZxLhrMCjOCYlvcc0E So, there is a lot to look forward to in content on the horizon.
The stuff that excites me the most is my work locally, in my state, and in my online pagan community. I will start with the Facebook group I created “Grants Pass Pagan’s” I started this group when three people from there spoke up in another group of mine, that they wanted meet-ups, so I put them together almost eight months ago.
Since then, those folks have created on their own, a monthly coffee meet-up and a monthly crafting meet-up. They all became students of mine and are doing very well in their studies and are well on their way to becoming a real coven of their own. The new priest of The Coven of The Rising Phoenix, Taz River, is scheduled to begin Paganism 101 classes with them soon as well.
Then there is Janilou Creations Metaphysical shop in Rouge River. About a month ago, I google-searched metaphysical shops in Medford and found this shop. So, one day I decide to visit, with a couple of my books in hand. I walk in and we begin to chat. Turns out she opened her shop the same month my book came out so she bought a couple of them. They were the first books she bought for her shop. During that visit, she told me she had just meditated and asked the spirits for the item or person that would help promote her shop. Which I am more than happy to do!
Now after several visits, we have an arrangement for the Coven of the Rising Phoenix to do a workshop there once a month. This will begin in June with a crystal workshop taught by me and her. I will be making an events page for this when we get all the details nailed down. I just love synchronicity!
In addition, the new Priestess of the Coven of The Rising Phoenix, Chase Doney already had a group of her own, The Moon Tribe, and she is working on bringing both groups closer together in local events as she and our new priest lead our coven too. She led a lovely blood moon ritual for us this last moon. Chase and I are planning an in-person herbal class here on my property soon.
Not that my place looks great right now, as I have had zero time and energy to do little more than mow the grass. So, it will be a real hands-on class in gardening, including what weeds to pull and which ones not to lol. A note about gardening, never mulch with straw or hay over the winter. You will end up with a garden bed full of hay come spring as I have. I will only mulch with leaves from now on!
Online last month I created a new Facebook group by the name of “Pagan Biznuss” In that group we pagan business owners, and content creators talk about the struggles we have related to our businesses. We share resources, contacts, and events, promote each other and give support. Just today in that group we were discussing how we content makers have “job” openings” for apprentices or interns in exchange for learning our trade or in exchange for magical and witchcraft classes and training.
We are discussing creating some kind of ‘Job’s Board for this, but this is still in the idea stage. I myself have such an opening for someone who knows word press websites. In today’s world of tech, there is more than one way to show your support or help the greater Pagan community grow.
Coming in June on the Summer Solstice on June 2st at 1 pm, I will be participating in the Llewelyn-con here is the link https://www.llewellyn.com/LlewellynCon2022/index.php?fbclid=IwAR2iXZTUYjqyBpP_lZZcGVm-Jv9r7WSJTcSdl7r2QNR9iqA9u3mog5mqvPs
I am going to try to be at the SunFest in June as well, which, as of this writing, is still unknown. In August I will be at the Eugene Pagan Pride and in September, the Sacramento Pagan Pride. Somewhere in all this I will eventually tend to my garden and take some deserved breaks to live, love and laugh, that is if I don’t get overrun by this infestation of ants I seem to have lol but I must say my heart overflows with seeing the greater pagan community growing so well. You guys are amazing, I love you, and Many Blessings to all!
A Cat’s Life